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  • Back-to-Work Legislation Needed for CP Rail Strike

    Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry RitzThe Federal Agriculture Minister says back-to-work legislation for striking CP Rail employees is needed to make sure international buyers continue to see Canada as a preferred supplier.Gerry Ritz said he's hearing ma...
  • Agrium Adresses Concerns over Competition in Crop Inputs Market

    Agrium is set to take over more than 230 of Viterra’s crop input locations as part of a side deal in Glencore’s acquisition of the grain handler.The businesses will operate under Agrium’s retail brand, Crop Production Services."They will have two d...
  • Canada Working on Trade with Japan

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture, Pierre Lemieux (Photo: pierrelemieux.ca)The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture has returned from Japan.Pierre Lemieux was working on strengthening agricultural and trade ties and ...
  • NFU president Reacts to Viterra Sale Approval

    The President of the National Farmers Union sees the sale of Viterra as a grim footnote in history. Yesterday, shareholders voted in favour of selling the company to Swiss based Glencore International for just over 6 billion dollars. Terry Boehm says Vit...
  • CP Rail Back To Work

    Back to work legislation has been tabled in the dispute between CP Rail and the Teamsters Union, after contract talks broke down over the weekend.The federal government ordered an end to the strike by nearly 5,000 C-P Rail workers Monday. Workers had bee...
  • Viterra Shareholders Approve Takeover

    It was a resounding YES from Viterra Shareholders today.Shareholders passed a special resolution approving the company’s sale to Glencore International. The Swiss based company stepping up with an offer of $16.25 per share or just over $6 billion. The ...
  • Provincial Funding for Livestock Traceability Projects

    The Province’s newly appointed Agriculture Minister was on hand Monday for the opening of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers 99th Annual Convention in the snowy Cypress Hills. Lyle Stewart announced $50,000 in funding for the organization for cattle tracea...
  • Saskatchewan's New Minister of Agriculture

    Saskatchewan's new Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart (Photo: saskparty.com)Thunder Creek MLA Lyle Stewart is Saskatchewan’s new Minister of Agriculture. Stewart said the Agriculture Ministry is a key part of Saskatchewan’s economy and he wants to see ...
  • Frost Could be a Concern

    It was another cool night in parts of Saskatchewan. Frost warnings were out for much of the southern half of the province overnight, and Environment Canada is calling for overnight lows to range from -1 to +2 for the next few nights.Producers are being e...
  • APAS on CP Rail Strike

    (Photo: Wikipedia)The Ag Sector is hoping for a quick end to CP’s rail strike. Labour Minister Lisa Raitt said she has already laid the groundwork for a legislated end to the strike if the two sides can't reach an agreement.Norm Hall, President of the ...
  • Court of Appeal Reserves Decision in CWB Case

    Lawyers for the Federal Government and Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board appeared before the Federal Court of Appeal Wednesday. Government lawyers were appealing a previous court ruling that found Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz had violated the origin...
  • Wheat and Barley Check-Off

    Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz The Alberta Barley Commission has been tapped to administer the revamped check-off on wheat and barley. Until now, funding for market development and research was administered by the Canadian Wheat Board. Federal Ag...
  • CP Rail Workers on Strike

    The Grain Growers of Canada, Canadian Fertilizer Institute and others are encouraging Ottawa to use back-to-work legislation with Canadian Pacific Railway workers on strike.After serving 72 hour strike notice on the weekend, 4,800 CP engineers, conductors...
  • Stock Growers' AGM this Month

    "Profiting Through Productivity" - that's the theme for the 99th Saskatchewan Stock Growers' Convention, AGM and Tour set for May 27th through 29th in the Cypress Hills.Stock Growers' President Harold Martens says among the topics to be discussed wi...
  • Bjornerud Winding Down Time as Ag Minister

    Bob Bjornerud has wrapped up his time as the province’s Agriculture Minister in the legislature.He will remain on as the MLA for Melville-Saltcoats, but has decided to leave the cabinet posting to spend more time with his family."When I announced I was...
  • Sprayer Technology Program Cut

    There’s a lot of concern in the ag sector about Agriculture Canada’s decision to eliminate the Sprayer Technology Program as part of its budget cuts. The move shuts the door on the research being done by Dr. Tom Wolf in Saskatoon. Gerrid Gust is a fa...
  • Keys to Efficient Spraying

    The latest Agriculture Census shows the size of the average farm is increasing in Saskatchewan.As a result, producers have more acres to cover in the same amount of time. Now there’s more interest in trying to increase coverage and efficiency.Dr....
  • Farmers Marketing Survey Shows Interesting Results

    Farmers' opinions on which company will do the best job marketing their wheat are starting to become clear.Blacksheep Strategy, based in Winnipeg, surveyed producers about the changes to wheat marketing back in January, and again in April, after the prop...
  • Early Season Insects

    Cutworm damage on Dutch IrisFarmers have had some great weather as they work on getting this year’s crop in the ground.   Producers also want to be aware of some early season insects that could pose some problems.  Provincial Insect Speci...
  • Bob Bjornerud On Glencore Deal

    Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud As we wait for Industry Canada to make a ruling on the $6.1 billion take over bid from Glencore to purchase Viterra, Saskatchewan's Agriculture Minister weighed in on the subject this morning at a breakfast...