Researchers explore nutrition-animal health link

Research in swine nutrition and health is a continued focus at the Prairie Swine Centre, said its new chief executive officer. Murray Pettitt, who took over from former CEO Lee Whittington in June, outlined what’s new at the research facility during the Saskatchewan Pork Industry Symposium held in Saskatoon Nov. 14-15. One project is looking […] Read more

Bernier would prorate quota compensation

Politician says plan to end supply management wouldn’t compensate ‘somebody who has received a quota for free’

Supply management will end and farmers’ quotas will be prorated if the People’s Party of Canada becomes the next government. “I will have a transition period of four to eight years,” said party leader Maxime Bernier. “We’ll buy back their quota. People who want to stay in their industry, they will be able to put […] Read more

Property rights protection supported

Maxime Bernier wants to stand up for rural residents and stop what he calls the harassment of law-abiding gun owners. He said Canada’s firearms laws are broken and need to be replaced with effective legislation that protects property rights and cracks down on dangerous criminals. As leader of the People’s Party of Canada, Bernier suggested […] Read more

This year's National Outstanding Young Farmers from left are the McKay brothers: Alex and Jordan, of Willow Tree Farms in Port Perry, Ontario; and Jinel and Craig Ference of Double F Farms at Kirriemuir, Alberta.  |  Outstanding Young Farmers photo

Alta., Ont. producers named Outstanding Young Farmers

This year’s national winners for Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer Program are Craig and Jinel Ference of Double F Farms in Kirriemuir, Alta., and brothers, Jordan and Alex McKay of Willow Tree Farms in Port Perry, Ont. Seven regional farmers between 18 and 39 years of age competed at the 38th annual competition, which recognizes producers […] Read more

Eric Johnson of the University of Saskatchewan’s agriculture college speaking at the Organic Connections Conference and Trade Show held in Saskatoon Nov. 1-3.
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Organic weed war uses ‘many little hammers’

Researchers identify three mechanical control practices for organic farming, but none of them work well on their own

Organic crop researchers are now focused on developing a larger, more diverse tool kit to control weeds. “The research has kind of evolved to the point where we’ve looked at things in isolation and now we’re looking at integrating a number of different factors,” Eric Johnson of the University of Saskatchewan’s agriculture college said during […] Read more

Most crops are now in the bin, thanks to a two-week window of warm, dry conditions opening up in October.
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Harvest 2018 almost a wrap across the Prairies

The harvest window has closed again after rain followed by sub-zero temperatures and snow swept the Prairies Nov. 4-5. However, most crops are now in the bin, thanks to a two-week window of warm, dry conditions opening up in October. After multiple weeks of delay, many producers were able to return to their fields and […] Read more

Yields to take tumble in Western Canada

Growing conditions and harvest production trends are swinging widely this year across Canada, which has affected the national economy, the Bank of Montreal says in its annual harvest report. According to the report, Ontario is experiencing record corn and soybean production, while the Prairies are seeing crop yields for corn, soybeans, wheat and canola come […] Read more

Garret Poletz holds six-month-old daughter Houstyn while talking with Ike Wipf and Joel Kampen during the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association district 7 meeting in Kindersley Oct. 22.  |  William DeKay photo

Sask. cattle producers had good year

Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association chief executive officer looks back at the positive developments of 2018

KINDERSLEY, Sask. — It has been a good year for Saskatchewan cattle producers, according to Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association chief executive officer Ryder Lee. He listed changes to compensation, trade agreements and the opening of the new livestock and forage centre as positives during the Oct. 22 District 7 meeting in Kindersley. Lee said compensation for […] Read more

Financial trouble requires quick action: FCC

Possible options for farmers include postponing payments or making capital injections to reduce the financial pressure

Farm Credit Canada is encouraging its grain-producing customers experiencing financial difficulties to get in touch sooner rather than later. “People should not be shy in contacting their FCC office and setting up a time to even just have a quick conversation with their relationship manager about what options they do have and what’s needed to […] Read more

Some older farmers say retirement means financial security and fewer worries, but not necessarily working less.  |  Getty Images

More ‘retired’ farmers keep their land

Auctioneers say they are seeing fewer estate sales now than 10 to 15 years ago as retirees keep ties to their farms

“They always say to leave the party when you’re having the most fun,” says Betty Turner. She and husband, Dennis Turner, love farming. But on Oct. 25, after 40 years of farming, the couple are having an equipment auction and retiring. “There comes a time to make some new memories, and that time is now,” […] Read more