A carbon tax will negatively affect agriculture in Canada

By Brady Blackmore, University of Saskatchewan student With the federal government’s announcement last fall of a implementing a carbon tax across the country, many people are still worried about how it will affect the agriculture sector. The plan is to set a minimum floor price on carbon at $10 a tonne …

Cattle Welfare Before Consumer Concerns

Will Changing Animal Welfare Regulations Benefit Cattle and Producers? By Laramie Slade, University of Saskatchewan student Across Canada, consumers want to know the story behind the beef they eat. They want to know where it came from, how it was raised, and if it was raised humanely and with care. Consumers have …

Blacklegged Canadian Canola

What China’s Restrictions Mean to Canadian Producers By Kalene Kammer, University of Saskatchewan student On September 1, 2016, Canadian canola producers prepared themselves for new dockage restrictions placed by China on exported canola. Dockage refers to the readily removable foreign material that is removed from grain in the cleaning process. Previously, …

The Buzz on Neonicotinoids

By Kaytlin Robertson, University of Saskatchewan student Neonicotinoids are commonly used agricultural systemic pesticides typically applied to the seed and transferred through the vascular system to the rest of the plant, making all parts of it toxic to any insect that chews on it (LinkTV, 2012).  There is a public perception that …

Sustainability of Conventional vs Organic Farming

By Jordan McInnis, University of Saskatchewan student Background Organic farming is the oldest type of farming. It is farming without the use of any synthetic chemicals or industrial fertilizers. Conventional farming is farming with the use of GMO’s, chemicals, and fertilizers. Conventional farming is the more popular and common practice in …

What’s your Beef?

By Courtney Nestman, University of Saskatchewan student Implants Safe for Cattle and Consumers With the rise of social media and scare tactic marketing, many consumers are being unnecessarily driven away from eating beef. Hormones are used in beef production to produce leaner beef, improve feed efficiency, increase average daily gains, and …