NAFTA deal appears unlikely for 2018

Robert Lighthizer has confirmed what trade analysts have been saying for a while: a new and improved North American Free Trade Agreement is a long way off. Earlier in May there was hope that Mexico, Canada and the United States could finalize a deal or possibly achieve an agreement in principle this month. But Lighthizer, […] Read more


Man. farmers embrace regenerative agriculture

On the Farm: The Whites grow a diverse rotation of crops, raise bison and aim to reduce inputs as much as possible

About three years ago Brooks White had an “aha” moment that changed his life, or at the very least, changed how he views farming. White was browsing on the internet when he came across a phrase that he hadn’t heard before: regenerative agriculture. Suddenly, everything made sense. “I saw that and (said), ‘that’s it, that’s […] Read more


Farmland owner buys into Sask. agriculture

WHITEWOOD, Sask. — It’s obvious that Robert Andjelic feels comfortable in his truck. Driving south on Highway 9 in eastern Saskatchewan on a gusty but sunny day in late April, Andjelic rested one hand loosely on the steering wheel and sat in the relaxed posture of someone who spends a lot of time on rural […] Read more



Trade groups nervous about lack of TPP ratification

When it comes to the Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, not much is happening in Ottawa right now. As a result, trade advocates are worried the federal government won’t ratify the deal in time and Canadian exporters could be at a disadvantage. “It’s quiet, and that’s not a good thing,” said Claire Citeau, executive director of […] Read more


Organic company wrestles with U.S. customs over cracked corn

A Saskatoon company is dealing with a 25,000 tonne headache. Sunrise Foods, one of the largest wholesalers of organic feed and food ingredients in the world, has a shipment of 25,000 tonnes of organic corn currently at sea. That’s because United States Customs and Border Protection rejected the shipment at a California port in March. […] Read more



Optimism wanes for quick NAFTA deal

The United States says it wants a deal signed this month, but one observer doesn’t expect an agreement until next year


It’s become an intriguing guessing game for trade analysts and a few media pundits: will a new North American Free Trade Agreement get done this month? Or is a May deal as likely as United States President Donald Trump taking a week-long break from Twitter? Patrick Leblond, University of Ottawa associate professor of public and […] Read more


Lyme disease big concern for Man. beekeepers

The black-legged tick that causes the debilitating disease is more common in Manitoba than Saskatchewan and Alberta

Ian Steppler does a lot of laundry in the summer months. He runs a beekeeping operation near Miami, Man., and every day he washes the bee suits worn by his employees. He does it because he’s worried about ticks and the chance that one of his employees will get Lyme disease. “I don’t know if […] Read more


First Nation workers vanish

There are about 800 tree fruit growers in British Columbia’s interior, mostly in the Okanagan Valley. A generation or two ago, those farms employed dozens and possibly hundreds of First Nations people to pick apples, pears, peaches and cherries at harvest time. Not anymore. “I only know of one farm that makes use of some […] Read more



May NAFTA deal? Fat chance, say analysts

It’s become an intriguing guessing game for trade analysts and a few media pundits: will a new North American Free Trade Agreement get done this month? Or, is a May deal as likely as United States President Donald Trump taking a week-long break from Twitter? Patrick Leblond, University of Ottawa associate professor of public and […] Read more


Gene drive put to work for first time

Facts about Drosophila suzukii:


A disruptive technology that potentially could eliminate or reduce the need for insecticides may soon be coming to market. In a paper published April 17 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, University of California, San Diego biologists announced they have developed a gene drive to control an agricultural pest. The pest is […] Read more