Tag: Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan’s Celebrating Rural Ranch Women Registration Deadline Today

Last year, the Government of Saskatchewan proclaimed March, “Rural Women’s Month,”and this year, they’re kicking it off with a new event, called “Celebrating Rural Ranching Women.” Speakers for the day, which runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on February 26, 2016, include Anne Wasko, marketing analyst with Gateway Livestock; Kathy Larson, beef economist with… Read more »

Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Announces Ryder Lee as New CEO

The Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association today announced that Ryder Lee will take the role of Chief Executive Officer. Lee (@ryder_lee) has lived and worked in Ottawa for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association since 2005, where he focused on animal care and domestic agriculture policy. He was also a driving force behind the renewal process of the Canadian… Read more »

Saskatchewan Forage Council Investigates Trace Mineral Levels in Pastures

The Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC) recently completed a study to investigate the status of trace mineral across the province. Pastures were sampled in 2012 and 2013, looking at four soil zones and various forage species in spring and fall. In general, the study found copper and zinc decreased from spring to fall, while iron, manganese… Read more »

Current and Connected: Sask Young Ag-Entrepreneurs to Co-Host January Conference in Saskatoon

Saskatchewan Young Ag-Entrepreneurs (SYA) is partnering with the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors to host this year’s Current and Connected Conference and AGM, taking place January 7-8 at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel in Saskatoon. Registration for #currentandconnected15 is filling up fast! Get yours in today by emailing [email protected] @CAFANET #youngag @SKAgriculture — Sask Young Ag… Read more »

SaskCanola Announces Board of Directors Election Results

SaskCanola today announced the results of their election, which sought to fill four positions on the Board of Directors. Charlene Bradley of Stranraier, Bernie McClean of Glaslyn, Lane Stockbrugger of Englefeld and Dale Leftwich of Esterhazy will fill those roles. “We are pleased to welcome Charlene, Bernie, and Lane to the SaskCanola Board and to… Read more »

New BioSecurity Program Expands Verified Beef Offering

Verified Beef Production (VBP) is a national on-farm food safety program which evolved from Quality Starts Here. It is based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points, with workshops to help producers through the verification process, from Standard Operating Procedures to on-farm assessments. In order to participate, producers are encouraged to contact their Provincial Delivery Agent. They will… Read more »

Saskatchewan Launches Farm & Food Care Chapter; Hosting “Farms at the Table” Event

Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan is set to serve up “menus of opportunity and food for thought” at its official launch event coming up next week. Joe Kleinsasser, Interim Board Chair for Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan, has been immersed in the formation of the new organization. “Farm & Food Care presents tremendous opportunities to connect… Read more »

Compressing the Calving Season — The 21-Day Challenge

Calving seasons should be 63 days (3, 21-day cycles), with at least 60% of the calves born in the first 21 days, according to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. This helps calving cows stay on track, increases the size of calves at weaning (by up to 100 pounds from 1st to 3rd cycle) and improves… Read more »

SaskFlax Holding Director Nominations; Deadline to Vote is December 12

The Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission received four nominations for directors and will be holding an election to fill three vacant director positions. The four nominees are: Jordon Hillier from Southey, SK Nancy Johns from Zelma, SK Ken Kessler from Pangman, SK Dave Sefton from Broadview, SK Biographies for the candidates are available on the Saskatchewan… Read more »

Obsolete Pesticide, Livestock Medication Collections Move to Saskatchewan

From October 27-31, farmers in Saskatchewan will have the opportunity to safely dispose of obsolete pesticide and livestock medications. The initiative is organized by CleanFARMS, a not-for-profit stewardship organization with an impressive track record. Last year, Alberta alone contributed 35 800 kilograms of unwanted pesticides for safe disposal, and since the program’s 1998 launch, it has… Read more »

Saskatchewan’s Grain Bag and Twine Recycling Pilot Project Continues

Saskatchewan’s Grain Bag and Twine Recycling Pilot Project began in March of 2011 and has diverted a total of 730,500 lb of plastic out of landfills. Last month, federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the project would receive an additional $100,000 for 2014. “We are pleased to extend the Grain Bag Recycling Pilot… Read more »

Real Fruit on the Prairies: Moving Past Just a Crab Apple

With new varieties readily available, growing tiny crab apples isn’t your only option, prairie-dwellers! In 2008, the University of Saskatchewan released Prairie Sensation, an apple evolved to our prairie climate, and at roughly seven to nearly 8.5 cm in diameter, it’s no crab. Though apple trees are largely grown as a hobby, with keen interest in… Read more »

Innovation in Parlours — A Call for Dairy Farmer Participation

I ventured out to the University of Saskatchewan for a nice change of pace this week, meeting up with Eric Micheels, assistant professor, and Eduardo Pina, graduate student. Pina had just returned from a trip to Mexico, where he was interviewing dairy farmers for his masters project (and made it back to Canada just in… Read more »

Nearly $4.2M Announced for Livestock and Forage Related Projects in Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, SK – Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart and Member of Parliament Kelly Block announced a nearly $4.2M investment into 27 livestock and forage related research projects today, on behalf of the federal government. “Our government is committed to supporting agriculture research,” Stewart said.  “The funding provided through the Agriculture Development Fund results in innovations that… Read more »

Water Treatment Competition Announced for Saskatchewan Communities

Five small communities in Saskatchewan have a chance to try out a new water-purification system valued at $45,000 in a competition that seeks to find Saskatchewan’s worst water. The system was developed by Tec-Water Supplies Inc’s Bill Kidd, and uses a coagulant (or floc) to join the particles that cause turbidity in water. Once the… Read more »