Food-related issues are widening Canada’s rural-urban gap

For years, farmers have tried to tell their stories through social media and elsewhere – and too often failed

Food-related issues are widening Canada’s rural-urban gapFor years, farmers have tried to convey their message and explain the agriculture and rural lifestyle to the broader Canadian populace. They’ve taken to social media with touching stories and countless messages, telling Canadians what things are like on the farm. Some have called this “agvocacy.” But the new Canada’s Food Guide and recent policy…

Forum organizers look to send strong resource industry message

Organizers hope to influence Senators to kill Bill C-69

Forum organizers look to send strong resource industry messageKenneth Brown of The Crossroads A forum for those who oppose Bill C-69 takes place next week to give people the chance to help send an important message to the Canadian Senate. The West Central Saskatchewan Ag & Oil Resources Forum takes place at the West Central Events Centre in Kindersley on Feb. 6 at…

Canada’s Food Guide: New dish, with a dash of condescension   

After years of celebrating our agricultural know-how, the guide has gone urban – and is more than a little patronizing

Canada’s Food Guide: New dish, with a dash of condescension   Say goodbye to the four food groups. Almost 12 years after the launch of the previous version, the new Canada’s Food Guide celebrates food by displaying a plate filled with greens, fruits, plant proteins and grains. And if you look very carefully, you’ll see a cup of yogurt alongside a piece of beef that looks…

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…

Historian spreads message of honouring women on the farm

Museum seeks stories to go with its collection of artifacts that pertain to the roles of rural women

Historian spreads message of honouring women on the farmKenneth Brown of The Crossroads Women have played important roles on the farm over Saskatchewan’s history. Loverna-area farmer and historian Bill Warrington wants people to recognize their efforts. “We don’t give them nearly the credit they need for what they did,” the historian said, referring to rural women and all of the things they did,…

Kindersley farmer wins innovation award

Coutts Agro’s efforts have a ripple effect across the entire food system – from the land, to suppliers, to consumers

Kindersley farmer wins innovation awardJoan Janzen of The Crossroads It’s innovation and a strong commitment to helping the environment that led to Ian Coutts of Coutts Agro in Kindersley to be honoured with an Innovation Award by Land O’Lakes, a farmer-owned co-operative, representing and recognizing operations from all over North America.

Best-selling author shares his message in Kindersley

Former politician Doug Griffiths believes community building is the most important job a person can do

Best-selling author shares his message in KindersleyKenneth Brown of The Crossroads National best-selling author Doug Griffiths (13 Ways to Kill Your Community) has delivered his message to an eager audience at an event in Kindersley. Griffiths, who was raised on a ranch at Coronation, Alta., gave his presentation to a packed room on Nov. 21 at the Norman Ritchie Community Centre.…

Historical Society annual Christmas in November a success

For the 11th year, Frances McManus of LaBelle Boutique curated the Christmas in November fashion show, a glittering part of the evening

Historical Society annual Christmas in November a successThe local museum, the Prairie West Historical Society, held its 11th annual Christmas In November on Saturday, Nov. 17. The evening has been deemed a success with many great comments about the meal, the fashion show and the silent auction. Lacey Owens, who was slated to speak, unfortunately was called out of town due to…

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.…
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