Farmers pay a high price for the convenience of consumers

The further food moves from the farm, the more the profit is diluted. Unless farmers can sell directly to consumers, they'll fall back

Farmers pay a high price for the convenience of consumersCanadians are spending more on food prepared and often consumed outside the home, but our pursuit of convenience may be costing farmers. According to some surveys, about 35 per cent of the average Canadian’s food budget is spent on food prepared outside the home. This is nowhere near what Americans spend on out-of-household food, which…

A bold alternative to pouring money into another Calgary Olympics

Why not pioneer an Alberta climate change caravan resettlement program as part of an emerging new west?

A bold alternative to pouring money into another Calgary Olympics“Back to the future!” This thought echoes in my brain as I contemplate the imminent plebiscite on whether Calgary agrees to the omnibus International Olympic Committee, provincial and federal offers to co-fund the Winter Olympic Games again, along with some $390 million in Calgary municipal taxpayer dollars. While most Calgarians who were part of the…

The secret to staying young

Longtime volunteer Bill Mullock says you need to keep working, putting your skills to good use

The secret to staying youngJoan Janzen of The Clarion Bill Mullock has been volunteering in some capacity for the past 30 years. During warmer months, he can be found helping his nephew on the farm, where he is the “go for” guy, going for this and going for that. During winter months, Bill helps out at the Salvation Army…

The cash cows of USMCA: how Canada’s dairy industry can survive

A clear vision and strategy for dairy’s future is imperative, with a forward-looking focus on domestic and foreign markets

The cash cows of USMCA: how Canada’s dairy industry can surviveThe United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), or NAFTA 2.0, could be the watershed moment Canadian dairy farmers have been waiting for. The federal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has committed to compensating the dairy sector for either lost sales, higher per-unit costs or the loss in value of quotas. The government has been clear on…

New regional ag services office open house planned

Saskatchewan Agriculture specialists will be there to help producers and SCIC team members will assist producers with crop insurance issues

New regional ag services office open house plannedBy Kenneth Brown of The Clarion Saskatchewan Agriculture and the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. (SCIC) are inviting producers to check out their new office space in Kindersley. The Saskatchewan Agriculture and SCIC regional office in Kindersley has moved to a space in the Kindersley Mall. Local producers are invited to attend an open house on…

Growing project committee holds another Harvest Day

Students attending Harvest Day are split into groups and rotate through various educational sessions

Growing project committee holds another Harvest DayKenneth Brown of The Clarion Committee members for the Prairie West Growing Project are continuing to provide an annual educational opportunity to Grade 7 students in the area. The Prairie West Growing Project supports the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFB) and the committee responsible for the growing project has been holding an event known as Harvest…

Local businessman surpasses goal for STARS fundraiser

Garth MacDonald, the president and CEO of G-Mac’s AgTeam Inc., raised a total of $205,350

Local businessman surpasses goal for STARS fundraiserKenneth Brown of The Clarion The 2018 Rescue on the Prairie fundraiser for STARS Air Ambulance is in the books and a local businessman has eclipsed a fundraising goal for the annual event. Garth MacDonald, the president and CEO of G-Mac’s AgTeam Inc., had a personal goal to raise $200,000 through his involvement with the…

How USMCA democratized supply management

The new North American trade agreement has forced Canadians to look honestly at our dairy industry

How USMCA democratized supply managementNobody should be surprised – concessions on dairy access during the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) negotiations were foreseeable. Americans went from wanting to tweak the North American Free Trade Agreement last year to getting significant concessions from Canada in the USMCA, which replaces NAFTA. It’s a deal we needed, of course. But how will our…

Canada’s trade hurdle is all about supply management

The federal government has not explicitly stated that supply management is non-negotiable

Canada’s trade hurdle is all about supply managementBy Steven Globerman and Gary Hufbauer The Fraser Institute As North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks continue, much remains undecided. The United States and Mexico have already reached an agreement in principle on a new free-trade arrangement. But in light of Trump’s complaints about Canadian dairy tariffs, the highest hurdle for Canada will be…

BMO launches loan program to help young farmers

‘We see a need for programs and incentives to attract and support younger Canadians into the sector’

BMO launches loan program to help young farmersBMO Bank of Montreal has introduce a new loan program to support young Canadians in agriculture. BMO says the program is a first for a Canadian chartered bank. The bank said the BMO Young Farmer Program offers loans of up to $1 million in an environment where the total number of farm operators in the…

G-Mac’s expanding at Brock

New facility will provide the company with access to rail service for the delivery of fertilizer

G-Mac’s expanding at Brock  Kenneth Brown of The Clarion G-Mac’s AgTeam Inc. is building its asset base by adding a new facility in Brock and the location is going to provide the company with access to rail service. Ground work for the project started in 2017 and more recent work has included the foundation. The facility will be…

Canadian Pacific moving more grain

Railway plans to spend more than $1.55 billion in capital investments in 2018

Canadian Pacific moving more grainCanadian Pacific railway announced on Monday that it moved 25.8 million tonnes of Western Canadian grain and grain products, soybeans and other non-regulated principal field crops during the 2017-2018 crop year, up one per cent over the 2016-2017 crop-year and one per cent above its three-year average. It also said that September 2017 was CP's…

Monsanto lawsuit ruling leaves Bayer in need of more Aspirin

Monsanto, now a division of Bayer, ordered to pay $289M to a single plaintiff. Even if Monsanto’s brands no longer exist, its legacy remains

Monsanto lawsuit ruling leaves Bayer in need of more AspirinIn California, where lawsuits can be found more easily than drinking water, German chemical giant Bayer has been dealt a huge legal blow. Monsanto, now a division of Bayer, was ordered to pay a whopping US$289 million in damages to a gardener suffering from cancer, allegedly from using Monsanto products. Given that more than 5,000 such…

Kindersley businessman needs support to be ‘rescued’

Garth MacDonald is one of five Saskatchewan community leaders who will compete in challenges while raising money for STARS Air Ambulance

Kindersley businessman needs support to be ‘rescued’Kenneth Brown of The Clarion The fourth annual STARS Rescue on the Prairies fundraiser is in progress, and a local businessman is participating in the event for a second time in three years. Garth MacDonald, the president and CEO of G-Mac’s AgTeam Inc., is one of five Saskatchewan community leaders waiting to be whisked away…
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