Genetic modification a crucial tool in feeding the world

Scientists have found no negative differences in the health of people eating GM and non-GM foods

Genetic modification a crucial tool in feeding the worldThe changing environment means we face weather patterns that haven’t been seen in generations. And that means new challenges in feeding humanity. But we have the tools. Storms and floods are more frequent and widespread. Changing temperatures affect oceans and lands, wildlife and crops. Because we haven’t seen such changes before, we often don’t know…

Kindersley’s Prairie West Growing Project hosts appreciation banquet

There are 27 growing projects in the province, and 15 churches and/or church-based organizations involved

Kindersley’s Prairie West Growing Project hosts appreciation banquet  Joan Janzen for The Clarion Kindersley’s Prairie West Growing Project (PWGP) hosted their annual banquet on Friday, Nov. 23, at the Elks Hall in Kindersley. The event was a show of appreciation for all those who have assisted in PWGP’s efforts to raise funds and awareness for the work of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank…

Realized net income for Canadian farmers declines

Livestock revenues were up 5.1% in 2017, following a 6.7% drop the previous year

Realized net income for Canadian farmers declinesRealized net income for Canadian farmers  fell 3.6 per cent in 2017 to $7.0 billion, following three consecutive annual increases, according to a report released on Tuesday by Statistics Canada. The federal agency explained that realized net income is the difference between a farmer's cash receipts and operating expenses, minus depreciation, plus income in kind.…

Charity harvest group now taking grant applications

‘The purpose of this is activities or resources that youth would benefit from’

Charity harvest group now taking grant applicationsKenneth Brown of The Clarion Non-profit community groups in Kindersley and area are now able to apply for an annual grant through the Field of Opportunities (FOO) charity harvest group. Each year a group of local businesses contributes to growing crops on a 100-acre parcel of land north of businesses along 12th Ave. West in…

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…
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