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Agriculture sector grows for the 1st time in decades

Saskatchewan is once again the place to be if you want to work in Canada.

The province has the lowest unemployment rate in the country. It sits at 3.9 per cent in December compared with 4.1 per cent a month earlier. The next closest province is Alberta, at 4.8 per cent.

Cheerios' GMO removal insignificant to Sask. farmers

A decision by General Mills to remove all genetically modified (GM) food products from their Original Cheerios cereal shouldn’t be of much concern to farmers in Saskatchewan, at least according to Agriculture Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) President Norm Hall.

Wheat Board backers appeal lawsuit decision

Despite a setback, Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board are trying again to push forward a lawsuit against the federal government.

About a month ago half of the group's class action lawsuit was allowed to go forward while half was stopped. The half that was stalled pertained to forcing compensation from the federal government for assets held by the board which were taken by the government when the board's monopoly was disbanded.

The Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board are appealing that ruling.

Saskatchewan leading fight to end oilseed restrictions

Saskatchewan is leading the battle for western provinces when it comes to oilseed producers and processors against Quebec.

Quebec currently has restrictions on the sale of things like coffee creamers, margarines and dessert toppings.

“If we don’t have a foundation of free trade here at home within Canada, that puts us on our back foot,” explained Saskatchewan’s minister responsible for trade Tim McMillan.

Christmas bird counting to go ahead in Regina

If you want to dust off those snow-boots and ski pants this week there is one Christmas tradition that takes naturalists right into the heart of the great outdoors.

The annual Christmas Bird Count has been a tradition in Saskatchewan since 1942 and this year is no exception. Brett Quiring is organizing the group through Nature Saskatchewan. It will run Saturday December 28 in Regina and surrounding areas.

Farm Stress Line projecting fewer calls

Farming and stress can go hand in hand.

But after a record crop in Saskatchewan did farmers have less stress in their lives?

The Farm Stress Line - operated by Mobile Crisis Services (MCS) is on pace to receive fewer calls this year, but the final numbers won’t be out until the end of its fiscal year on March 31.

The crisis service helps farmers deal with the personal issues that cause stress such as finances, but calls also range from mental health to domestic problems.

Record harvest to boost province's GDP: RBC

Saskatchewan farmers grew more than just a record crop this year, they also grew the province's GDP.
According to the latest RBC economics provincial outlook, Saskatchewan GDP is predicted to grow almost four per cent in 2013.
"We've got it increasing at 3.9 per cent which represents over a percentage point upward revision from what we were looking at just a quarter ago," said Paul Ferley, assistant chief economist with RBC.
Ferley said the revision and extra growth is due to this year's great harvest of wheat, barley and canola.

Mounties trying to track down cattle thieves

The RCMP are looking for some cattle rustlers in southwest Saskatchewan.

According to the Mounties six calves were stolen from a pasture/yard on a farm near Viceroy, which is west of Assiniboia. In a news release the RCMP said it happened between Nov. 4 and 8.

The calves are a Charolais/Angus cross. They're not branded but they do have tags in the left ear with the letters "GN."

RCMP are asking anyone with information about this to call them at 1-306-268-2144 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

YouTube star talks social media with Sask. farmers

A YouTube sensation was in Saskatchewan Thursday to speak to local farmers about the importance of using social media to promote agriculture.
Greg Peterson is the young Kansas farmer behind viral parody vidoes that put an agriculture spin on a popular song.  He explained getting young people involved in farming is important and social media can help with that.

Saskatchewan farmer celebrates best harvest in province's history

When there was still snow on the ground at his farm near Rouleau this April, Bill Aulie never could have imagined the yield he would get this year. But it turned into the best crop he ever had.

“Conditions started off a little tenuous in the spring. It was late and we still had snow banks in the end of April when we should be getting ready to seed,” he said.

May and June didn’t necessarily have the best conditions either, staying mostly cool. But as the weather warmed up in July, Aulie said his luck turned.

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