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The province says the move will allow disease management, rather than having a zero-tolerance approach. | Screencap via

Alta. removes fusarium from pest act

The Alberta government is removing fusarium graminearum from its pest regulation, a move industry says will allow for better management of the disease. The government said in a news release today that regulating the disease has failed to stop it, arguing the changes allow for the modernization of management practices. It said rates of fusarium […] Read more

NRGene is a genomics artificial intelligence company that provides ready-to-use technologies that support agricultural research, plant breeding and animal husbandry. | Screencap via

International genomics firm to open in Sask.

NRGene, a leading genomics company based in Israel, is planning to open up a new office in Saskatoon, the company announced last week. The office will support NRGene’s plans to expand operations in Canada, where the company has worked on a number of large genomics projects over the past few years and has developed working […] Read more

CEO Scott Livingstone said tight control of facilities is still required to protect patients and residents from the virus, but the situation required balance. | Screencap via YouTube/Government of Saskatchewan

Sask. makes it easier to visit health-care patients

Saskatchewan Health Authority has expanded the criteria that allow visitors to patients for compassionate reasons. Visitors aren’t permitted at any SHA facility during COVID-19, except for compassionate reasons. A Family Presence Expert Panel worked with SHA and public health specialists on ways people in compassionate care could receive necessary care and visits from family members. […] Read more

The first two weeks of June are usually associated with the highest levels of flea beetle feeding in Western Canada. | File photo

Flea beetle spraying can be emotional decision

Spock from Star Trek would have been a good farmer. He’s famous for being logical and removing emotion from every decision. But Spock isn’t human. Humans are emotional creatures, and feelings can drive decisions. That’s why it’s hard for canola growers to watch flea beetles devour the leaves on tiny canola plants in late May […] Read more

The projects will target a number of goals: such as reducing soil erosion, repairing riparian habitats and educating the public. | Screencap via

Conservation projects announced in Manitoba

Manitoba is unique. Not because of its polar bears, or mosquitoes. The province has adopted a unique approach to fight climate change and improve the environment. The government has placed more than $100 million into the Conservation Trust. The interest from that investment will help pay for projects that combat droughts, reduce the impact of […] Read more

During a May 27 meeting, members of the Canadian Mushrooms Grower's Association raised

Ag committee hears mushroom farmers’ concerns

Members of Parliament sitting on the committee dealing with agricultural issues continue to hear concerns over the federal government’s response to COVID-19. During a May 27 meeting, members of the Canadian Mushrooms Grower’s Association raised “grave concerns” over the support they have received. Chief executive officer Ryan Koeslag said additional measures put in place by […] Read more

Without cannabis factored in, crop revenues across the country declined 1.1 percent. | Getty Images

Cannabis carries farm growth in average year

New data from Statistics Canada shows farm cash receipts continue to trend upward, increasing in 2019 by 5.7 percent or $66.1 billion to mark the ninth consecutive year of increase and the largest single uptick since 2012. But that number is less impressive when cannabis is removed from the equation because it represents 2.8 percent […] Read more

Two national campaigns launched for food supply chains

The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity is launching a new campaign to inform consumers on how the food system works. “It’s Good, Canada” will share personal stories of Canadians working across the food supply chain and provide information about farming, transportation, processing, retail and production on its website, “It’s natural for Canadians to have […] Read more

The plant will be located in the Calgary-based company's Battle Creek field near Consul. | Screencap via

Helium plant planned for Sask.

North American Helium has raised $39 million to build a helium purification plant in southwestern Saskatchewan. The plant will be located in the Calgary-based company’s Battle Creek field near Consul. The Battle Creek is a Milk River tributary that flows from Alberta into Saskatchewan through Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park and near Fort Walsh. Cypress Hills […] Read more

In a May 22 interview with The Western Producer, a spokesperson for the union that represents 730 locked-out refinery workers said unionized workers were planning to set up picket lines at six bulk fuel locations this week. | Twitter/@Unifor594 photo

Locked-out union to disrupt farm fuel

A labour dispute between Federated Co-operatives Ltd., and unionized workers from FCL’s refinery in Regina was expected to spill into rural Saskatchewan this week, potentially delaying bulk fuel deliveries to farmers. In a May 22 interview with The Western Producer, a spokesperson for the union that represents 730 locked-out refinery workers said unionized workers were […] Read more