Repealing WOTUS is just one example of ag de-regulation in America. U.S. ag secretary Sonny Perdue said in 2018 that he wanted to achieve 28 “deregulatory actions” in agriculture. | Screencap via

U.S. eases regulations for farmers

While Canadian farmers worry about the carbon tax and other regulations that increase cost, American producers are dealing with a different reality — fewer regulations. Since taking office in 2017, President Donald Trump has removed Obama-era regulations on farmers and eradicated other rules. One major victory for U.S. farmers was Trump’s decision to kill the […] Read more

Irrigators say it’s important to think of the entire project as an investment rather than an expenditure because the benefits will be far-reaching, including to recreation and the cattle industry.  |  File photo

‘Transformational’ irrigation project praised by producers

Irrigators across Saskatchewan were all smiles after last week’s announcement of two major expansion projects out of Lake Diefenbaker. “I’m so happy today that it’s finally happening,” said Larry Lee, chair of the Macrorie Irrigation District and a long-time irrigator. Even though he won’t personally benefit from the expansion, he said so many other farmers […] Read more

Shipping containers were in short supply earlier this year after the COVID-19 pandemic slashed North American demand for consumer products from China.  |  File photo

End of container shortage relieves exporters

Thirty percent of Canada’s pulses ship by container, and one-third of that business was lost for a couple of months 

Containerized shipments of pulses and other agricultural products are back on track after a temporary derailment this spring. “From a port perspective, the container availability has improved dramatically,” said Stephen Paul, vice-president of supply chain logistics with Ray-Mont Logistics. Companies that were “scrounging” for the metal boxes in March and April now have an ample […] Read more

Alta. vows to keep Milk River users informed

The collapse of water diversion infrastructure in the United States puts the river at risk of drying up this summer

Alberta’s environment and parks department says it is working to address impacts on water users in the Milk River watershed now that water diversion from the St. Mary River system has been halted. A concrete drop structure on the St. Mary canal in Montana failed on May 17 and repairs will eliminate any ability to […] Read more

The expansion at the bird food manufacturing plant in Winkler, Man., will result in a reliable market for sunflower growers.  |  File photo

Scoular makes investment in bird seed plant in Manitoba

Sunflower acres were expected to increase in the province this spring because of solid demand and stronger prices

Manitoba sunflower growers had a reason to celebrate on Canada Day. Scoular, a U.S. company with more than $4 billion in annual sales, has invested in its bird food manufacturing plant in Winkler, Man. The expansion of the facility means sunflower growers have a reliable buyer for their crop. “At Scoular, we think of ourselves […] Read more

The government noted that calls to the province's Farm Stress Line doubled in 2018-19 compared to the year before, and COVID-19 is placing new stressors on people. | Getty Images

App offers mental health support for ag

A province-wide Innovation Challenge this spring in Saskatchewan has led to an app to help farmers with their mental health. Bridges Health in Saskatoon was chosen from among technology companies that offered solutions to farmers and ranchers. The app, called Avail, will link people to supports they need anywhere and any time. The government noted […] Read more

Farmers in the area may struggle to get to their fields this summer because municipalities and the province will need to repair dozens of washed out roads and replace culverts. | Twitter/@RonKrahn photo

Man. storm strands farmers

Farm buildings and other infrastructure north of Brandon were severely damaged June 28-29 after a storm brought high winds and 120 to 160 millimetres of rain to the region. Farmers in the area may struggle to get to their fields this summer because municipalities and the province will need to repair dozens of washed out […] Read more

Ulivit, founded by Laura Gustafson, already makes pulse-based snack bars and Gustafson has been working on a pulse-based tofu product. | Screencap via

Partnership targets pulse markets

Two Saskatchewan based companies are combining forces to develop new pulse-based foods for retail and market-ready sectors. AGT Food and Ingredients of Regina and Ulivit from Saskatoon plan to spend $11.3 million from Protein Innovation Canada to address what they say is a growing consumer need. PIC chief executive officer Bill Greuel said the demand […] Read more

Lethbridge Exhibition chief operating officer Mike Warkentin shows an artist’s rendition of the planned new look for Exhibition Park. The provincial government recently announced a $27.5 million investment in the $70 million project that will increase the size of the Lethbridge venue and allow it to attract more national and international events.  |  Barb Glen photo

Alberta ag venue receives infrastructure funds

Funding for Lethbridge’s Exhibition Park is part of an effort to help provincial economy recover from COVID shutdown

The financial floodgates have opened in Alberta as the government rolls out a recovery plan that will see $10 billion spent on various infrastructure projects. Lethbridge’s Exhibition Park was among the first recipients June 30 when Premier Jason Kenney announced the venue will receive $27.8 million from the province toward a $70.5 million expansion plan. […] Read more

Canadian Greenfield Technologies’ HempTrain processing plants cost almost $2 million.  |  Supplied photo

Hemp processing gets boost

Hemp is versatile. The plant can be used to make cat litter, shopping bags, skin cream, paper and cardboard, diapers, shoes, concrete, garden amendments, jeans and bioplastic. Companies and entrepreneurs could convert hemp into a longer list of consumer goods, but one piece of the puzzle is often missing: processing. “All of those industries … […] Read more