Organic farming is going through a rough time. With the recent increase in precipitation in the last few years and the recession in 2008, organic farmers have been taking the brunt of it.

 

“Personally I think it (organic farming) will be phased out within the next 15 to 20 years,” said Wayne Willner, an organic farmer from Davidson, Sask.

 

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Cows. Photo by Megan Lacelle.

It was the perfect storm for cattle producers around Saskatchewan. Cattle prices have nearly doubled since last year. This means producers are leaving sales with fewer headaches and more smiles.

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Saskatchewan’s prisons are overflowing with people and problems, according to a new research report. Warehousing Prisoners in Saskatchewan, authored by Jason Demers, echoes correctional worker’s concerns about a lack of staff training and overcrowding.

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Ninety-five per cent of anything is a considerable amount but, to farmers around the province, 95 per cent of crop reported combined at the end of October isn’t something to brag about. “We normally would have gotten to 95 per cent in the middle of September,” said Ken McDougall, a farmer near Moose Jaw.

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Saskatchewan train

Andreas Gryba was working on his combine in the yard when he noticed a large plume of black smoke rising in the distance. The 21-year-old drove onto the highway to see what was happening. He assumed someone was just burning stubble; instead he discovered 26 rail cars piled like matchsticks across the tracks.

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Farmer Brian Kessel in his field south of McLean. Photo by Megan Lacelle.

Brian Kessel kicks a lump of dirt in his field south of McLean, examining the moisture sopped up in the soil. “Another hour,” his hired hand said to him, even though by then it’ll be late in the afternoon with the sunlight fading.

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Coyotes are known as a lot of things: dangerous, predators, vermin and target practice.  In 2009 the Saskatchewan government instituted a program which placed a $20 bounty on the heads of every coyote in the province; the program was incredibly popular, but some hunters abused the system by killing coyotes in other provinces and claiming the Saskatchewan bounty.

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Two students from Carry the Kettle First Nation, located about 100 kilometres east of Regina, took home first prize at the Saskatchewan First Nations Science Fair March 10 to 11 in Saskatoon.

 

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