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


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