Canadian Western Agribition is just a few days away but before hundreds of livestock trailers and trucks pull into Regina, there is a lot of work to do.
Sarah Lewis raises sheep with her husband, two sons and daughter at Cross Creek Farm outside Elkhorn, Manitoba. They have been making the trip to agribition off and on for about 15 years but started showing their own sheep about seven years ago.
“I’m starting to load my trailer, the sheep are all in their individual pens in the barn,” she said.
A 27-year-old product of Foam Lake is out to tip the grain trading business on its head.
Brennan Turner said growing up in a farming family, he came to realize producers often find themselves chained to the phone when it comes time to line up buyers for their grain.
"You have to make a lot of phone calls. The opportunity cost, basically, the time, the energy you have to spend trying to find that better price. Or you could use a broker which is potentially going to cut into some of the margins," he said.
The province of Saskatchewan is putting more money into preventing a deadly swine disease.
The province is providing $100,000 to help prevent the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) during transport. The new phase created in the Saskatchewan Swine Biosecurity Program will provide for truck washes, transport audits with veterinarians, and follow-up veterinary visits.
The Government of Saskatchewan is taking on reform of the province's nearly 30-year-old regulations on drainage.
Environment Minister Scott Moe came on John Gormley Live Monday morning to talk about the results of an online consultation involvling about 500 people, the majority of them farmers. He noted the government mentioned the drainage regulations in the throne speech and said the goal is to have new rules in place for the spring.
At least one water expert is pleased with the changing tide of attitudes toward wetlands and drainage systems he’s seeing in Saskatchewan.
“There’s a tremendous consensus amongst farmers and others that something needs to be done in terms of our wetland policies and to strengthen them,” said John Pomeroy, director of the Centre of Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan.
Hundreds of farmers, rural politicians, and conservationists have weighed in, and now it’s up to the government to direct the tides of opposing views to create a drainage plan for Saskatchewan.
"It's worse now that it was five years ago. The more rain we get, the more snow we have, the more water we get and it has got no place to go," said Stan Ganczar, councilor with the RM of Griffin, near Weyburn.
The RM has experienced significant flooding in recent years, and people are hoping to build a drainage ditch to redirect water into the Alameda Dam.
Suits of armour will be found alongside wrangler jeans and cowboy hats as the 2014 Canadian Western Agribition is getting a taste of the medieval .
Agribition is bringing some never-before-seen events this year, one of which is full-contact jousting.
Shane Adams and the Knights of Valour will hold a tournament.
An inaugural meeting is being held in Regina this week to come up with a plan for the Assiniboine River basin.
The three-day conference includes various water-related groups from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and North Dakota. They have gathered at the Travelodge to discuss common goals and issues and find a way to work together in the future.
Some of those issues include water quality, drought, and the flooding seen in 2011 and 2014.
The premiers of the three western provinces are meeting in Regina to discuss transportation of goods for Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C.
The New West Partnership Summit is taking place Thursday and Friday.
Christy Clark and Jim Prentice arrived in Regina Wednesday night. Along with Brad Wall, the three highlighted some of the main issues to be discussed over the following two days.
Despite Saskatchewan's harvest starting slow, producers have now surpassed the five-year average.
Across Saskatchewan, 95 per cent of crops were in the bin compared to the average of 94 per cent.
Reported yields from the crops have been average, though above average has been reported in a few areas.