Milligan Biofuels’ processing plant opened in 2009 in Foam Lake, Sask. The company plans to expand to accommodate the budding industry.  |  Milligan Biofuels photo

Biodiesel firm eyes expansion

Editor’s note: This story has been edited from the original online and print versions. FOAM LAKE, Sask. — Growing demand worldwide for renewable diesel fuel has Saskatchewan’s only biodiesel producer looking to expand. Milligan Biofuels Inc. produces biodiesel as well as half a dozen byproducts and has invested more than $2 million in research and […] Read more

Sask. bison back home after winter of roaming free

The 30 animals have been on the lam since December but two men from northeastern Saskatchewan managed to round them up

A herd of bison that were on the run in northeastern Saskatchewan last winter are back home. The approximately 30 bison broke loose in early December and roamed all winter near Highway 35 in the rural municipalities of Pleasantdale and Barrier Valley. Two men from the area worked together over the winter and spring to […] Read more

Farmers can take steps to reduce food waste

Western Canadian grain farmers probably don’t think of themselves as culprits when they hear about food waste. Huseyin Arslan, president of the Global Pulse Confederation, told the recent 2016 Global Pulse Convention in Cesme, Turkey, that 1.3 billion pounds of food are lost annually around the world. “We have to be very careful and we […] Read more

Body Fuel Organics has a store and delivery service to 500 customers. | Tennessa Wild photo

Riding retail trend to success

It began as a Regina mother’s frustration at being unable to find organic produce to feed her family. Today, Body Fuel Organics is a growing business,delivering organic and locally sourced food through a subscription service and Regina store. Consumers can request a produce bin of goods stocked according to value and the food currently in […] Read more

Quebec slaughterhouse investigation requested

Critics say Canada’s tracking system fails to record drugs given during the animal’s life, some of which should prevent them entering the food supply

An animal welfare group has lodged a complaint against a horse slaughter plant with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Competition Bureau of Canada. Ewa Demianowicz, campaign manager for Humane Society International/Canada, said the Viande Richealieu plant near Massueville, Que., is not being honest with how it manages horses before they are processed. “They […] Read more

Michael Frodyma, senior manager for Novozymes North America Inc., told the Emerging Technologies for Global Food Security Conference about exciting possibilities in microbials as a tool for sustainable agriculture.  |  Tennessa Wild photo

Microbial products show yield hikes possible

Using naturally occurring bacteria and fungi to enhance soil fertility and crop yields could help feed growing population

Microbial products are about to play an important role in boosting worldwide food security, said a manager of a leading biological products company. “The things that we will find and identify in the (BioAg) Alliance … are going to make an impact on how people can eat — soon,” Michael Frodyma, senior manager for Novozymes, […] Read more

Smoke from this hog barn fire north of Leroy, Sask., could be seen 50 kilometres away.  |  Tim Thibault photo

Hog barn fire ‘could have been much worse’

The cause of this fire has not been determined, but here are some preventive tips:

A hog farm north of Leroy, Sask., is redistributing its stock after a June 18 inferno demolished two barns. The structural fire killed about 4,500 pigs after nearly 30 firefighters battled the blaze for more than three hours. “The neighbour across the road reported it and then called me, so I was first on site,” […] Read more

A field tour June 6 at the Willner Elbow Grazing Corp near Elbow, Sask., provided a close up view of leafy spurge. The tour discussed the challenges and the control efforts that are available.  |  William DeKay photo

Leafy spurge poses environmental threat

Cattle aren’t fond of the plant and eat only three percent, costing producers millions in lower livestock grazing capacity

ELBOW, Sask. ­— It’s not easy grabbing the public’s attention when trying to control a noxious weed such as leafy spurge. “’Eradicate leafy spurge’ is not as attractive as ‘save the pandas,’ ” says Kerry Lowndes, an agri-environmental group plan technician with South Saskatchewan River Watershed Stewards Inc. Lowndes, who helped organize a June 6 […] Read more

Rex Murphy moderates the IQ2 debate, Do we need biotechnology to feed 9 billion people? during the Emerging Techologies for Global Food Security Conference in Saskatoon.  |  William DeKay photo

GM seen key to food security: poll

Debate at the Mobilization to the Developing World Conference discussed need for genetically modified crops

The audience was clearly in the “yes” camp as four experts set out to debate the need for genetically modified crops at a food security conference held last week in Saskatoon. The IQ2 debate, moderated by journalist Rex Murphy, kicked off the Emerging Technologies for Global Food Security: Mobilization to the Developing World Conference organized […] Read more

Neonicotinoids helps control crucifer flea beetles but the striped beetle is less susceptible, highlighting the need for new control methods. |  File photo

Growers face pest of different stripe

Striped flea beetles are taking over some of the territories once dominated by the crucifer flea beetle and that means farmers may have to change their control methods. Owen Olfert, a research scientist with Agriculture Canada and operator of the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network, said the species are different and must be treated as such. […] Read more