The federal government created the shelterbelt program to reduce the effects of soil erosion.  |  File photo

End of an era for shelterbelt program

Like thousands of prairie farmers, Lorne Scott has planted hundreds of trees on his farm near Indian Head, Sask. He weeded and watered, and each year replaced those that didn’t survive. The routine is similar throughout Western Canada, but after next year farmers will have to get their trees somewhere else — and pay for […] Read more

Agriculture minister Gerry Ritz said the shelterbelt tree program and management of community pastures are century-old programs that need to be revamped. | File photo

Gov’t axes shelterbelt program

Ag research centres closing | Federal budget cuts will trim more than 1,000 positions from ag

More than 1,000 federal agriculture-related public servants will lose their jobs over the next several years because of budget cuts, say affected unions. The positions include researchers, food inspectors and technical support staff. Community pastures once operated by the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration will be turned over to provinces or the private sector as well […] Read more