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A&W defends 'better beef' campaign to Sask. producers

Saskatchewan cattle producers have a beef with A&W’s burger campaign.

You’ve likely seen the better beef commercials that promote the company selling beef with no added hormones, steroids or antibiotics.

Trish Sahlstrom, vice president of purchasing and distribution for A&W, said after a lot of research, the company is simply responding to what consumers are asking for.

Moose Jaw elementary students visit 'Pizza Farm'

It was a day of digging in the soil and learning just how food gets from the farmer's field to their plate for a group of Moose Jaw elementary school students.

They spent Tuesday on a "Pizza Farm." It's a plot of land just outside Moose Jaw city limits that's in the shape of, and will grow ingredients for - you guessed it - pizza.

Going into the day, some weren't too sure where their food came from.

"Um...the store," guessed Cameron.

Others were already well on their way to becoming expert farmers.

Legacies honoured at Century Farm Family Awards

Bob Sanders farms on the same plot of land as his father and his father's father.
 
In 1914 his grandfather homesteaded by Shell Lake, Sask., and since then the Sanders family has continued the farming tradition. Sanders is just one of the more than 300 families honoured with the Century Family Farms Award this year.
 
"It's got a lot of prestige, someone put a lot of work into it to start with and just to try and keep it going."
 

Saskatchewan's wild boar infestation growing problem

They have large, razor sharp tusks that have been know to lop off the fingers of the scientists that research them.

They can weigh up to 300 pounds, and have been known to travel in packs called "sounders." While it sounds like something you might encounter while on a trip far away, wild boar are right here in Saskatchewan. According to biologist Ryan Brook, they are a big problem that is only becoming worse.

Rain continues to delay seeding for Lumsden producer

The threat of rain continues this week as farmers try to keep seeding on time.

Wayne Gienow owns the Lincoln Gardens vegetable farm near Lumsden and says he's about a week behind schedule even though his field is in much better shape than last year. In May 2013, the majority of his 140 acres of growing land was under massive amounts of flood and rain water writing off any chance for crops to grow.

Sask. moose on the move in May and June

Moose are not only on the loose in Saskatchewan, they're on the move.

A fatal collision with a moose Friday night served as a grim reminder of how dangerous these large animals are on Saskatchewan highways. The 23-year-old woman died after her vehicle struck a moose near Wynyard.

Sask. should capitalize on export opportunities

Canada’s breadbasket is one of the first places a hungry world will turn to.

The growing middle class in emerging markets will command more food exports from the agri-food sector in Saskatchewan, according to Peter Hall, vice-president and chief economist with Export Development Canada (EDC).

“When they cross that middle income threshold there, they do two things. They consume more and they consume higher quality. The place they start is food,” Hall said on John Gormley Live.

Sask. farmers' tensions remain after stolen cow ruling upheld

Four years after an incident that left a Shellbrook-area farmer without 10 heifers, tensions remain between himself and a neighbour.

Legal disputes between Glenn Strube and the man who sold his cattle, Kelly Deck, have drawn out over the years. It started with a Court of Queen’s Bench case in Prince Albert that was heard in 2012.  It continued in April as Deck appealed that ruling, which found him guilty of knowingly selling cattle that were not his.

It started in the fall of 2009, when Glen Strube noticed 10 heifers missing from his herd.

Sask. selling nearly 2 million acres of Crown land

Some crown lands that were previously protected in Saskatchewan are going up for sale with farmers getting the first priority.

A little under two million acres designated under the Wildlife Habitat Protection Act (WHPA) in the past could now have the potential to be sold to lessees.

“We know that there’s a strong demand from agricultural lessees as they want to own the land that they’ve been looking after for many, many years,” explained Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff.

Seeding just beginning around province

Crop seeding around Saskatchewan is just beginning thanks to a cool and wet start to spring.

According to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report, the southwestern part of the province is reporting about two per cent of the crop is now in the ground.

Shannon Friesen, cropping management specialist for Saskatchewan Agriculture said for the northeast region, it’s been cool and wet so seeding hasn’t really begun.

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