The shutdown meant many regular U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports weren't released, such as the weekly export sales. | Screencap via USDA.gov

USDA reports delayed by government shutdown

WINNIPEG – The ICE canola futures market spent the holiday season like it usually does, paying attention to the goings-on south of the border. However, near the end of the two-week holiday period, canola broke out on its own due to a rally in the Canadian dollar. The holidays were kicked off by a partial […] Read more

Toss up some cranberry and chicken into a mealtime salad.  |  Jodie Mirosovsky photo

New year is good time to find ways to renew ourselves

As we transition out of the holidays, refresh yourself by ensuring that your surroundings are pleasing to you. Your home should be your haven, a place that brings you into balance and not into a whirlwind. There are a variety of ways to renew ourselves: Different perspective By learning to look at the cup as half […] Read more

The Hamill family, which run Red Shed Malting on their farm near Penhold, Alta., now includes three generations: Matt, left, John, Susie, Daelyn, Joe and two-year-old Isabella. They are standing in front of the company’s malt roaster.  |  Maria Johnson photo

Alta. family malts, markets their own barley

On the Farm: The Hamills’ decision to get into the malting and marketing of barley took them half way around the world

PENHOLD, Alta. — The Hamill family are accustomed to taking risks. After all, they’re farmers. So when they made the decision to tap into Alberta’s burgeoning craft beer scene by malting and marketing their own barley, they knew there were no guarantees. Little did they know that their “barley to bottle” journey would take them […] Read more


Amber L’Heureux comes out of the barrels with her chuck wagon team during a race in St. Walburg, Sask., in 2014.  | Just Enjoy Photography/Carrie Arlett photo

‘It’s the girl with the pink wagon’

A driver from Saskatchewan will be the first female to compete in Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association races

History will be made in June when the 2019 Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association season kick offs in North Battleford, Sask. Amber L’Heureux will be the first woman in the organization’s six-decade history to be in the driver’s seat at the sound of the horn. “It’s pretty big deal. It’s the first time we’ve ever had […] Read more

Strong relationship with Mom can offset abusive father

Q: After years of verbal and emotional abuse I finally found the courage and strength to end our marriage and get away from my former husband. He never hit me, but the verbal and emotional abuse was constant and overwhelming. I could do no right, and just to make his point he swore at me […] Read more


In what can only be described as a Christmas miracle, Molly the coveted Clydesdale has finally been found after being missing for slightly more than three months. | Facebook/Cindy Thomas photo

Molly the Clyde has been found

In what can only be described as a Christmas miracle, Molly the coveted Clydesdale has finally been found after being missing for slightly more than three months. Owner Cindy Thomas said today that the bay-coloured mare was found Christmas Eve in ship shape in a neighbour’s yard. “Tears started to flow and I started to […] Read more




Catherine Hui Niu makes adjustments on an adsorption column, which is capable of treating water and particularly useful for gas-phase separation.  |  William DeKay photo

Grasping at straws

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan test treated barley straw to absorb chemical pollutants from waterways

It’s all in the eye of the beholder. Where some see waste moving out the back end of combines, Catherine Hui Niu sees great opportunity. “Can we explore new use of those materials? Can we make better use, discover new technology to reuse those materials, recycle them, or add value to them?” asked Niu, associate […] Read more

Does the Canadian agriculture industry treat its data security seriously enough? Some experts say no. | WP graphic

The wild west of agricultural data

Canadian agriculture is in the midst of a sea change that stems from the digitization of farm production data. The sector was a little tardy in showing up for the digital revolution, but most growers now use techniques powered by complex algorithms and massive datasets. Telematics, cloud storage and processing, internet of things (IOT), sensors, […] Read more