Three people were killed in a freight train derailment early this morning in a mountainous region near Field, B.C., about 225 kilometres west of Banff, Alta. | Twitter/@Globalnews photo

Three confirmed dead in train derailment

Three people were killed in a freight train derailment early this morning in a mountainous region near Field, B.C., about 225 kilometres west of Banff, Alta. The derailment involved a west-bound grain train operated by Canadian Pacific Railway. The incident happened around 1 a.m. MST. CP officials confirmed the deaths of three CP employees later […] Read more

Emergency crews were dispatched to the site of a multi-car train derailment north of Saskatoon earlier this morning. | Robin Booker photo

CN train derails near Saskatoon

Emergency crews were dispatched to the site of a multi-car train derailment north of Saskatoon earlier this morning. Sources at the scene said a grain train operated by Canadian National Railway left the tracks around 10 a.m. The cause of the derailment is unknown. WATCH: Video of a CN train derailment on Highway 11 north […] Read more

Crop Production Week 2019 is underway in Saskatoon. | Robin Booker photo

LIVE BLOG: Crop Production Week 2019

Crop Week, CropSphere and Crop Production Show have kicked off for 2019 in Saskatoon. WP reporters will be on site covering all facets of these events this week. Stay up-to-date by following their stories, images and videos, which we’ll post below. VIDEO: More ag research funding announced in Sask. – Saskatchewan Agriculture and Agriculture Canada […] Read more


The investigation will examine a variety of issues, including whether there is evidence of discriminatory treatment of certain commodities, how freight rail permits and embargoes are being used and whether railway companies operating in the Vancouver area are fulfilling their service obligations. | File photo

CTA to examine Vancouver freight rail service

The Canadian Transportation Agency has initiated an investigation into possible freight rail service issues in the Vancouver area. Federal Transportation Minister Marc Garneau authorized the investigation today at the request of the CTA. Under provisions added to the Canada Transportation Act in May 2018, the CTA can launch an investigation, provided the federal transportation minister […] Read more

In a letter to federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay, the commissions said the likelihood of achieving an industry wide agreement on either end-point royalties or trailing royalties on farm-saved seed is low. | File photo

Cereal commissions raise concerns about royalty proposals

Farmer-funded cereal grain commissions from across Western Canada are calling for major changes in a federal consultation process that’s looking at new ways to fund varietal development in Canada. In a joint news release issued Jan. 14, wheat, barley and oat commissions representing growers in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba said current consultations seeking feedback on […] Read more


Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence Macaulay announced the investment earlier today under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. | Twitter/@L_MacAulay photo

Ottawa announces $39 million in crop research funding

Ottawa will spend $39.3 million to support research that benefits the Canadian wheat, barley, soybean and field crop industries. Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence Macaulay announced the investment earlier today under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The money will be directed into four newly formed research clusters, each of which will be led by existing industry organizations. […] Read more

In a joint news release dated Jan. 11, seed companies Alliance Seed, Canterra, FP Genetics and SeCan said they hope to provide seed customers with more clarity about proposed funding changes and how will affect primary producers. | File photo

Canadian seed companies speak out on royalties

Four independent seed companies in Western Canada have joined forces to express their support for proposed funding changes in the Canadian cereal breeding sector. In a joint news release dated Jan. 11, seed companies Alliance Seed, Canterra, FP Genetics and SeCan said they hope to provide seed customers with more clarity about proposed funding changes […] Read more

In a news release, company officials said exceptionally strong market conditions in the energy sector drove up the profits to a degree they did not anticipate. | File photo

Federated turns 90 with record $1.1 billion profit

Federated Co-operatives Ltd. is 90, and it recently gave itself a $1 billion birthday present. For the year ending Oct. 31, FCL had revenues of nearly $10.7 billion, which is an increase of eight percent from $9.8 billion the previous year. The record $1.1 billion in earnings is up from $575 million in 2017 and […] Read more


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