CFIA PROTOCOL AND THE BEEF INDUSTRY

Is the Canadian Food Inspection Agency doing enough to prevent border closures?By Jade Marshall, University of Saskatchewan student The beef industry is a volatile business, heavily reliant on exports, according to a 2014 source Canada exports 40% of its beef production. This makes the Canadian beef industry extremely susceptible to …

Cultivating Knowledge About Ag

By Michelle Ross, University of Saskatchewan student A growing problem in agriculture is consumer’s lack of knowledge about where food comes from. According to a study by Australian retailer, Woolworths Limited, 92% of the 1,600 children studied between the ages of 6-17 didn’t know bananas come from a plant. Equally …

Agricultural Drones, Saving your Crops and Your Time

By Carter Chute, University of Saskatchewan student Every grain farmer knows the importance of crop scouting, if a nasty bug or disease goes unnoticed that could mean a serious hit to profits. There are two major issues with crop scouting: time and coverage. Often farmers do not have the time …

Could High Canadians = High Producer Profits?

How the Legalization of Marijuana Could Result in the Growth of the Hemp IndustryBy Kendra Bailey, University of Saskatchewan student With the recent election whirlwind and the Liberal win, many are concerned that the agriculture industry may have lost its voice. But could Trudeau’s plan to legalize marijuana be the …

Starting Student Blogs with “Meating New Standards”

This week marks the start of student blogs. One week a month SAIFood will post some of Stuart’s student blogs, sharing insight on what agriculture students feel are important issues and policies for producers and consumers.   SUBWAY: TRYING TO MEAT HIGHER STANDARDS Marketing antibiotic free meatMarketing antibiotic free meat …

When Will You Know What the TPP Means to You?

By: William A. Kerr Bioresourse Policy, Business and Economics, University of Saskatchewan, Canada In early October, Canada and eleven other countries reached agreement on a major trade liberalization initiative, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The final agreement was accompanied by considerable theatre of negotiators threatening failure and negotiations continuing long after the …

Hybridization, breeding and hybrid cultivars

By: Graham Scoles, Ph.D., PAg Hybridization Hybridization refers to the natural or deliberate pollination between two plants.  It occurs all the time in the wild as many plants are cross-pollinated and when the pollen from one plant lands on the stigma of another plant, and if fertilization is successful in …