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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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