Speaking at an industry meeting in Saskatoon, Canola Council president Jim Everson says the changes are meant to build upon the council's core strengths and efficiencies. | Sean Pratt photo

Canola council reduces role in agronomy, promotion

The Canola Council of Canada is making broad changes to how it operates, including reducing its role in agronomy and promotion. Speaking at an industry meeting in Saskatoon, Canola Council president Jim Everson says the changes are meant to build upon the council’s core strengths and efficiencies. “We’re very pleased that all segments of the […] Read more

A widespread power outage has left many Saskatchewan residents in the dark. | Screencap via saskpower.com

Power goes out in large parts of Sask.

A widespread power outage has left many Saskatchewan residents in the dark. “Power units at Boundary Dam, Shand and Poplar River Power Stations tripped off and we lost generation. We are bringing those units back on line as quickly and safely as possible,” the provincial utility said in a blog post on its website. The […] Read more

Saskatchewan farmers and agriculture industry stakeholders will have a chance next week to learn more about the costs and benefits of a proposed new royalty that could be collected on farm-saved seeds. | File photo

Details released for Saskatoon seed royalty meeting

Saskatchewan farmers and agriculture industry stakeholders will have a chance next week to learn more about the costs and benefits of a proposed new royalty that could be collected on farm-saved seeds. The second of three prairie consultation meetings on seed royalties will take place Dec. 4 at the Saskatoon Inn and Conference Centre, beginning […] Read more


The NFU says farmers could end up paying millions of dollars to seed companies every year for the right to replant seed that they harvested in previous years.  |  WP file photo

NFU takes aim at new seed royalty proposal

The National Farmers Union will be hosting an event in Saskatoon tomorrow to express its views on seed royalties. Former NFU president Terry Boehm and Manitoba Regional NFU co-ordinator Ian Robson will speak at the event, to be held at 10 a.m. in the Hilton Garden Inn in Saskatoon. Agriculture Canada recently launched consultations on […] Read more

Stephen Visscher will assume the role of interim executive director and chief executive officer with the Global Institute for Food Security at the University of Saskatchewan. | Screencap via gifs.ca

Global Institute for Food Security appoints interim CEO

With Maurice Moloney retiring from the Global Institute for Food Security at the University of Saskatchewan next month, Stephen Visscher will assume the role of interim executive director and chief executive officer. Visscher will remain a member of the board while an international search for a permanent CEO is conducted. A GIFS board member since […] Read more


Beans tug on canola as China lower feed protein

Canola was pulled lower by beans. Chicago Board of Trade soybean and oil contracts were down, while meal contracts were mixed. Last week saw heavy farmer selling, Canadian Grain Commission data released on Friday showed 636,500 tonnes of canola deliveries to elevators. We could see more selling this week as farmers look for cash for […] Read more

G3 plans new elevator for Alberta

G3 Canada will build a new elevator near Carmangay, Alta., as it expands its grain network in Western Canada. Construction will soon begin on the state of the art facility, which can empty a super-B truck in less than five minutes and load 134-car trains in a matter of hours on the loop track. With […] Read more

Federal legislation implementing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership received royal assent October 25, moving Canada closer to becoming the sixth country to implement the trade deal. | Twitter/@CanadaTrade image

CPTPP implementation legislation receives royal assent

Federal legislation implementing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership received royal assent today, moving Canada closer to becoming the sixth country to implement the trade deal. The federal government must now notify the other CPTPP countries that its ratification process is complete before the country becomes the sixth member to do so after […] Read more


A difficult harvest has motivated the Canadian Grain Commission to extend the deadlines of its Harvest Sample Program by a month so more producers can benefit from the service. | File photo

Grain commission extends Harvest Sample Program

A difficult harvest has motivated the Canadian Grain Commission to extend the deadlines of its Harvest Sample Program by a month so more producers can benefit from the service. Cool, wet weather has delayed harvest in many areas and affected grain quality. The voluntary program provides producers with an emailed report that includes an unofficial […] Read more

A tractor crossing the highway near Westlock, Alta., was hit by a truck carrying propane. |  Les Dunford photos

No serious injuries sustained in Westlock accident

The driver of a Pibroch Hutterite Colony tractor reportedly suffered only a broken arm after the machine he was operating was involved in a collision with a semi-tractor-trailer carrying propane on the evening of Sept. 25 evening on Highway 44, north of Westlock, Alta. Reporter/photographer Les Dunford says the colony’s Fendt tractor appears to have […] Read more