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New dean of agriculture named for U of S

Soil science prof Angela Bedard-Haughn takes over Aug. 15

One of Western Canada’s major post-secondary ag institutions will get a new hand at the wheel this summer. The University of Saskatchewan announced Wednesday it has named soil science professor Angela Bedard-Haughn as the dean for its College of Agriculture and Bioresources for a five-year term starting Aug. 15. Raised on a family farm in

“With AgriStability you are protecting a margin and it’s more coverage than you think.”

The quest for a perfect farm safety net program

There’s a long list of plans that have come and gone

The perfect farm income stabilization program is as elusive as utopia itself. But a lot of farmers say they would be happy if AgriStability’s payout trigger went back to an 85 per cent, instead of the current 70. But that would cost governments potentially a few hundred millions of dollars more, estimates University of Saskatchewan


New malt varieties are being developed that nearly match the yields of feed and that will create new interest in barley, says breeder Aaron Beattie.

Wheat research coalition inks first major agreement

THE CWRC has committed over $9.6 million to the Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan

The Canadian Wheat Research Coalition (CWRC) has committed more than $9.6 million over five years to a ‘core breeding agreement’ with the Crop Development Centre (CDC) at the University of Saskatchewan. The funding will support the development of new spring wheat cultivars. The research dollars will increase field-based breeding activities, the disease nursery and disease

A wild boar wallows in the mud.

PHOTOS: Wild pigs on the loose

How many wild pigs are roaming agro-Manitoba? Nobody knows the answer to that question, and that’s going to be a problem for the province. Ryan Brook, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan who was educated at the University of Manitoba has the best handle, and even he admits his numbers are far from certain.

Dr. Cindy Lukianchuk is a practising veterinarian and farrier.

Russell veterinarian also a practising farrier

Dr. Cindy Lukianchuk has passion for podiatry in the horse world from a multi-model approach

Problem solving and hard work is how Dr. Cindy Lukianchuk, a veterinarian at the Russell & District Veterinary Clinic, sums up what travelling to farms raising cattle, bison or horses within the Parkland region means to her. The 2015 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine began searching for a job while attending farrier


KAP carefully considering seed ‘value creation’

KAP doesn’t have a set plan, but it has set out its principles on the issue

The Keystone Agricultural Producer’s (KAP) policy on how farmers should fund new cereal variety development remains a work in progress. The seed industry has proposed two models — trailing and end point royalties. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has been consulting farmers about them. But KAP delegates attending their 35th annual meeting in Winnipeg Feb.

China is the ultimate test for U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade strategy, says a University of Saskatchewan agricultural economist.

There’s method to Trump’s madness

Agricultural economist says the president’s seemingly chaotic trade policy is aimed at ending constraints

Donald Trump’s trade policy seems chaotic, but it’s not, according to University of Saskatchewan agricultural economist Bill Kerr. “I think they (U.S. administration) know what they are doing,” Kerr, who specializes in trade, told the annual Fields on Wheels conference in Winnipeg this fall. By pulling out of trade deals (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for

In February 2019, the Canadian Space Agency is launching the RADARSAT Constellation – an array of three satellites that will be used to collect data and monitor the entire Canadian land mass.

Things are looking up for agronomists

Satellite and drone technologies are changing the face of agronomic research

Forget boots on the ground — the future of crop monitoring could well be the eye in the sky. One of the discussions at last month’s Joint Conference of the Canadian Wheat Symposium and the Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight explored how remote sensing is opening up possibilities for monitoring soil conditions and crop


Dosman named to Canadian Medical Hall of Fame for agriculture efforts

The ‘father of agricultural medicine’ in Canada has spent decades on the health risks of farmers

A Saskatchewan researcher known as the ‘father of agricultural medicine in Canada’ has been named to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Dr. Jim Dosman, of the University of Saskatchewan, was among six awarded the honour this year. “A pioneer in his field, Jim has been devoted throughout his career to improving and protecting the

Consultation on plant variety royalty options soon starting

The seed sector says the goal is encouraging more plant-breeding investment in Canada

Federal government consultations on ways to encourage more investment in plant breeding will start this fall, says Todd Hyra, president of the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) and SeCan’s business manager for Western Canada. “It’s really about how to generate investment for plant breeders, incent investment by new innovators that want to come to Canada