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Christmas bird counting to go ahead in Regina

If you want to dust off those snow-boots and ski pants this week there is one Christmas tradition that takes naturalists right into the heart of the great outdoors.

The annual Christmas Bird Count has been a tradition in Saskatchewan since 1942 and this year is no exception. Brett Quiring is organizing the group through Nature Saskatchewan. It will run Saturday December 28 in Regina and surrounding areas.

Farm Stress Line projecting fewer calls

Farming and stress can go hand in hand.

But after a record crop in Saskatchewan did farmers have less stress in their lives?

The Farm Stress Line - operated by Mobile Crisis Services (MCS) is on pace to receive fewer calls this year, but the final numbers won’t be out until the end of its fiscal year on March 31.

The crisis service helps farmers deal with the personal issues that cause stress such as finances, but calls also range from mental health to domestic problems.

Record harvest to boost province's GDP: RBC

Saskatchewan farmers grew more than just a record crop this year, they also grew the province's GDP.
 
According to the latest RBC economics provincial outlook, Saskatchewan GDP is predicted to grow almost four per cent in 2013.
 
"We've got it increasing at 3.9 per cent which represents over a percentage point upward revision from what we were looking at just a quarter ago," said Paul Ferley, assistant chief economist with RBC.
 
Ferley said the revision and extra growth is due to this year's great harvest of wheat, barley and canola.

Mounties trying to track down cattle thieves

The RCMP are looking for some cattle rustlers in southwest Saskatchewan.

According to the Mounties six calves were stolen from a pasture/yard on a farm near Viceroy, which is west of Assiniboia. In a news release the RCMP said it happened between Nov. 4 and 8.

The calves are a Charolais/Angus cross. They're not branded but they do have tags in the left ear with the letters "GN."

RCMP are asking anyone with information about this to call them at 1-306-268-2144 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

YouTube star talks social media with Sask. farmers

A YouTube sensation was in Saskatchewan Thursday to speak to local farmers about the importance of using social media to promote agriculture.
 
Greg Peterson is the young Kansas farmer behind viral parody vidoes that put an agriculture spin on a popular song.  He explained getting young people involved in farming is important and social media can help with that.
 

Saskatchewan farmer celebrates best harvest in province's history

When there was still snow on the ground at his farm near Rouleau this April, Bill Aulie never could have imagined the yield he would get this year. But it turned into the best crop he ever had.

“Conditions started off a little tenuous in the spring. It was late and we still had snow banks in the end of April when we should be getting ready to seed,” he said.

May and June didn’t necessarily have the best conditions either, staying mostly cool. But as the weather warmed up in July, Aulie said his luck turned.

World's largest agriculture auction in Saskatoon

After a record harvest, it seems many farmers in Saskatchewan were more willing to open up their wallets at a recent farm auction.

Farmers harvest largest crop in Saskatchewan's history

At 38.4 million tonnes, it’s the largest crop Saskatchewan has ever produced.

On Wednesday, Statistics Canada released its November report on principal crop production that showed that this year’s crop is the largest Saskatchewan has ever produced.

Their estimates show a 40 per cent overall increase in production from 2012, which is about one-and-a-half times the 10-year production average and outpaces goals set by the province for 2020 by nearly 2 million tonnes.

Workers, businesses in shock over potash layoffs in Lanigan

A group of men joke as they sit around a table at the local union building in Lanigan, but the topic they're discussing is no laughing matter.

People in town are still grappling with the shocking news that 240 workers were laid off from the town's potash mine Tuesday morning. 

VIDEO: PotashCorp to lay off 440 people in Saskatchewan

PotashCorp is cutting its workforce by about 18 per cent with the biggest hits here at home in Saskatchewan.

The company announced Tuesday morning that about 440 positions will be lost in the province. Another 605 positions will be eliminated worldwide.

"It's a tough day for the company," said Bill Doyle, PotashCorp's president and chief executive. "This is not something that we ever wanted to see but it's responding to market conditions and making sure we do the right thing for the company going forward."

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