Birds Canada, which developed the guide, says birds are essential to the health of grasslands and are also good indicators of ecological and environmental health. | Mike Sturk photo

New guide helps farmers preserve grasslands

The Grassland Conservation Incentives Guide makes it easier for producers to find funding programs available to them

Producers and landowners now have a one-stop online shop to find financial incentives to help preserve, enhance or restore grasslands and other prairie habitats. The 69-page Grassland Conservation Incentives Guide from Birds Canada is now available at birdscanada.org. Ian Cook, grassland conservation manager at Birds Canada, said many producers understand the importance of keeping prairie […] Read more

Peter and Collin MacInnis work in the rhubarb patch. Their passion recently came to fruition with the company’s first batch of 1,150 bottles of rhubarb wine.  | Supplied photo

New winery sells Prairies in a bottle

Two couples grow fruit that can tolerate Saskatchewan’s harsh environment as they work to make their dreams come true

A long love affair with wine has led to Saskatchewan’s latest craft winery. “When my wife and I first met in the earlier part of the 1980s, one thing we always enjoyed doing was making homemade wine,” said Peter MacInnis, chief executive officer of Bee and Thistle Winery northeast of Debden, Sask. “As time went […] Read more

By far, revenues in the energy market were significantly reduced by the lack of fuel demand because of COVID-19, which FCL chief executive officer Scott Banda said created one of the most difficult financial years in the co-operative’s recent history. | File photo

Federated Co-op posts tough financial year

Reduced fuel demand because of COVID-19 creates one of the most difficult financial years in the co-op’s recent history

This past year was an economically challenging one for Federated Co-operatives Ltd., but some bright areas emerged. “From a specific Federated Co-op business level, put energy aside, which was a terrible year in the whole energy sector and all components of it, our food business did very well, our home and building supply business did […] Read more


Food shopping patterns may have been forever altered as many consumers pay more attention to where their food comes from and how it’s produced. Some industry insiders say this will present new opportunities for agriculture.  | Getty Images

The future of food

With a little nudge by a pandemic, the curtain has been opened between the consumer and food system, according to Toronto-based Nourish Food Marketing president Jo-Ann MacArthur. “For the first time (consumers are) starting to read about it. They’re starting to ask questions and they’re starting to understand that distribution systems are different for retailers […] Read more

Youth at the Stampede event in Lloydminster showed their animals with safety and care.  | William DeKay photo

Learning to do and do without: heart, head, hands and health

The 4-H motto is “learn to do by doing,” and this year members have been learning how to do without certain aspects of their usual club activities. The global pandemic has led to cancelled shows, tours and other 4-H events across the Prairies. In March, COVID-19 hit the 4-H world like a late winter blizzard, […] Read more


Mia Mackie, 10, in grade 5, works on math at the kitchen table.  | Kylie Mackie photo

Homeroom on the range

Georgia Pawlitza doesn’t need to catch the school bus each morning anymore and she doesn’t miss it. Having an extra hour to sleep in is awesome, said the Grade 11 Hazlet, Sask., student. “Riding the bus I’d either have to be up at 6:30 or 7, depending on what day the kindergartens would go into […] Read more

ProAct is a dry whey powder product that can be fed in an animals feed ration and is also soluble in liquid, said Paula Hadland, western Canadian sales representative for PMT.
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Feed supplement puts whey back into play for livestock rations

Milk from livestock subjected to immune challenges might offer some improved health for other animals

A Regina company hopes a new product it is distributing will help build immunity in young and adult animals while minimizing antibiotic use. The PMT Group, which consists of two companies, Prairie Microtech and Essential’s Inc., claims ProAct is a natural proactive immunity additive that contains a small amount of functional proteins and can be […] Read more

People who want to be board directors should harness their passion and interest to find the right fit on industry and community boards and committees.  |  Getty Images photo

Finding a seat on the board

How does someone begin to become a board member? Start at the top, said Trish Tetz, an agricultural manager for the Bank of Montreal. “In my experience, one of the very best ways that you can learn about a board is by speaking with a director,” she said during the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference […] Read more


Chickpeas are mostly grown for human consumption, but as global production increases, product not suitable for humans is being shifted into cattle feed. | File photo

Chickpeas are feed option

Chickpeas, high in protein and micronutrients, are becoming a partial replacement for soybean meal and cereal grains in livestock feed. The pulse crop is mostly grown for human consumption, but as global production increases, product not suitable for humans is being shifted into cattle feed. Using the beamline at the Canadian Light Source, a synchrotron […] Read more

A Canadian National Railway train rumbles by Fusarium band members Owen Gerrard, left, Mike Vidal, Brett Arnelien and Darian Dutchak. The sights and sounds around the Asquith, Sask., grain elevator provide band members with inspiration for their music, song writing and recordings. | William DeKay photo

Old grain elevator ready to rock

Sask. band turns prairie skyscraper into a rehearsal space and venue where local musicians can hold private concerts

ASQUITH, Sask. — Nearly a century of grain dust and chaff has been loosened by the thumping rhythm of an electric bass guitar inside Asquith’s last standing grain elevator. Not since thousands of trucks and millions of tons of grain passed over its weigh scales has the old wooden sentinel resonated with such purpose. Nicknamed […] Read more