Nigel Maxwell

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Potato shortages likely in Saskatchewan: Vegetable specialist

By Nigel Maxwell
December 4, 2018 - 4:06pm

Potato shortages are likely in Saskatchewan but won't impact anyone's Christmas dinner, according to the province's top authority on vegetables.

The comment from Provincial Vegetable Specialist Connie Achtymichuk comes on the heels of a recent shortage warning from the United Potato Growers of Canada, which indicated this past fall's poor weather is to blame.....

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Farm groups say changes to trespassing laws will protect bio-security

By Nigel Maxwell
November 29, 2018 - 12:00pm

Organizations that represent Saskatchewan grain farmers and ranchers say they support changes to the province's trespassing legislation which will put the onus on the person visiting the property to get permission.

The bill was introduced on Tuesday. Todd Lewis, President of the Agricultural Producers of Saskatchewan, told farmnewsNOW the changes.....

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Average year projected for insurance claims: Crop Insurance Director

By Nigel Maxwell
November 7, 2018 - 2:00pm

The Executive Director of Insurance with Sask Crop Insurance said he expects an average year this year in terms of claims, despite some challenges from Mother Nature.
Darby Warner spoke to farmnewsNOW, one week ahead of the deadline for producers to submit their yield declarations.

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Clubroot spreading across Saskatchewan, says new report

By Nigel Maxwell
October 31, 2018 - 5:00pm

Visible symptoms of clubroot have been confirmed in 37 Saskatchewan canola fields across the northern agricultural regions, according to a new report from the Ministry of Agriculture.

The area where clubroot was confirmed has expanded outside of crop districts 9AE, 9AW and 9B (2017 findings) to include districts 7B, 6B, and.....

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Sask. farm groups welcome Pacific Rim trade deal

By Nigel Maxwell
October 29, 2018 - 2:00pm

Canada has become the sixth and deciding country to ratify a new Pacific Rim trade deal, and that's very good news according to several groups representing Saskatchewan producers.

Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association (SCA) Chair Rick Toney said the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) represents many opportunities for cattle producers.


SARM President Ray Orb.
SARM President Ray Orb. File photo/paNOW Staff

SARM anxious to hear plans for regional police forces

By Nigel Maxwell
October 25, 2018 - 2:26pm

The provincial government announced plans to amend The Police Act to allow rural municipalities and small communities with a population under 500 to join regional police services, and that's welcome news for the president of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM).

Ray Orb told paNOW he was anxious to hear the.....

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Saskatchewan farm group 'disappointed' with federal carbon tax

By Nigel Maxwell
October 24, 2018 - 5:00pm

The federal government's carbon tax rebate program announced on Tuesday, received a thumbs down from at least one group representing Saskatchewan farmers, who claim it won't do much to save the bottom line for producers.

Todd Lewis, President of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, said the farm fuel exemption.....

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CAP, trespassing, and price insurance among topics at cattle meetings

By Nigel Maxwell
October 18, 2018 - 12:00pm

Some of the big questions and challenges facing Saskatchewan's cattle industry, will be discussed in length at a series of meetings across the province this month.

The district meetings hosted by the Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association started Wednesday night in Delisle and run until Oct. 29. CEO Ryder Lee said he expects a lot.....