Press Releases

  • 11
    Apr 2017

    Grain transportation changes must benefit producers: Saskatchewan coalition

    With changes to federal rail service legislation and the Canada Transportation Act (CTA) expected soon, a coalition of Saskatchewan producer groups visited federal officials in Ottawa last week to ensure farmer voices are being heard.

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  • 09
    Feb 2017

    Sask Wheat advocates for Saskatchewan producers on Ottawa trip

    Following January’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) Chair Bill Gehl and General Manager Harvey Brooks made a trip to Ottawa on February 1 and 2 to advocate for farmer-focussed transportation policy and market transparency changes on behalf of Saskatchewan wheat producers.

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  • 10
    Jan 2017

    Sask Wheat commits nearly $1.5 million to collaborative wheat research

    The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) has committed $1,473,621 to support wheat research projects funded under the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) in 2016. Saskatchewan’s Minister of Agriculture, the Hon. Lyle Stewart, announced the funding of all crops-related ADF projects at CropSphere 2017 on Tuesday, January 10.

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  • 10
    Jan 2017

    Provincial wheat commissions sign MOU to collaborate on continued support for variety development and the Canadian International Grains Institute when WCD sunsets July 2017

    Today, the Alberta Wheat Commission, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission and the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to absorb the responsibilities and financial obligations of the Western Canadian Deduction (WCD). This collaborative agreement will further support and strengthen variety development and market support initiatives with the goal of improving net returns for western Canadian wheat producers.

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  • 03
    Nov 2016

    Western farmer’s voices heard on grain transportation

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  • 17
    May 2016

    Sask Wheat graduate scholarship recipients announced

    The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) and the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Bioresources are proud to announce the first recipients of the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission Graduate Scholarships.

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  • 03
    Mar 2016

    CTA report recommendations would be devastating for Sask grain producers

    A Saskatchewan producer coalition is expressing its disappointment in the wake of the tabling of the Canada Transportation Act (CTA) Review on February 25.

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  • 08
    Feb 2016

    WGRF Invests Record $21.4 M for Wheat and Barley Breeding

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  • 13
    Jan 2016

    World wheat experts to meet in Saskatoon in 2019

    A Saskatoon group has won the bid to host the 2019 International Wheat Congress, a first-of-its-kind event that will bring together more than 600 wheat scientists to discuss advances in wheat research and the future of wheat in helping avert a global food security crisis by 2050.

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  • 13
    Jan 2016

    Sask Wheat and SeCan to invest up to $3.5 million in CDC durum program

    The development of durum varieties through the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre (CDC) will take a major step forward thanks to a commitment to invest up to $3.5 million over ten years by the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) and SeCan.

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  • 13
    Jan 2016

    Government Invests More Than $1.5 Million in Wheat Research

    Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart committed more than $1.5 million to six projects geared at advancing one of the most important crops in Saskatchewan. The investment is part of the province’s $5 million commitment to support wheat research and development projects through the Canadian Wheat Alliance (CWA).

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  • 12
    Jan 2016

    Sask Wheat commits $1.5 million to collaborative wheat research

    The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) has committed $1.5 million to support ten wheat research projects funded through the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) process in 2015. Saskatchewan’s Minister of Agriculture, the Hon. Lyle Stewart, announced the funding of all crops-related ADF projects at CropSphere 2016 on Tuesday, January 12.

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  • 16
    Dec 2015

    Producer groups provide leadership in wheat and barley breeding

    Recognizing the important role producer funding of public breeding has played in delivering new wheat and barley varieties for increased farm profitability, Western Canada’s wheat and barley commissions/associations are working together to consider options for continued leadership and influence.

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  • 12
    Dec 2015

    Sask Wheat announces results of Director elections

    The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) is pleased to announce the results of its 2015 Director elections.

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  • 05
    Dec 2015

    U of S students receive the first Sask Wheat undergraduate scholarships

    The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) awarded $10,000 in scholarships to four undergraduate students from the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the annual Bean Feed event, which took place on November 20 at TCU Place in Saskatoon.

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  • 12
    Nov 2015

    Western Canadian farmer organizations announce funding for wheat genomics research

    The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat), and the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) announced a combined total investment of $3,582,992 over four years for a world-leading, Saskatchewan-based research project focused on advancing wheat genomics that will lead to better productivity and profitability for wheat farmers.

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  • 04
    Nov 2015

    Sask Wheat fall 2015 elections now underway; Deadline December 2

    Ballots and candidate information packages for the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) fall 2015 elections were mailed out to all wheat producers in Saskatchewan this week. Sask Wheat reminds all Saskatchewan wheat producers that the deadline for ballot receipt is December 2, 2015.

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  • 13
    Oct 2015

    Sask Wheat announces fall 2015 elections will proceed

    The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) announced today that elections will proceed this fall for three positions within its Board of Directors.

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  • 07
    Oct 2015

    Sask Wheat announces undergrad, graduate scholarships for U of S students

    The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) has confirmed it will help ensure the future of agricultural research and profitable production of wheat in Saskatchewan by offering undergraduate and graduate scholarships to agriculture students at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).

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  • 29
    Sep 2015

    Sask Wheat calls for grain transportation, handling to be federal election issue

    With the most recent report estimating producer revenue losses caused by grain export capacity constraints to be $5-6.7 billion for the 2013/14 and 2014/15 crop years, producer organizations such as the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) are reminding the agriculture industry to keep transportation issues top of mind this election season.

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  • 01
    Jul 2015

    SK farm coalition group to host 2015 Farmers’ Forum on Grain Transportation

    A Saskatchewan-based farm coalition group, consisting of the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat), the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SaskBarley), and the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS), will be hosting the 2015 Farmers’ Forum on Grain Transportation July 20 in Saskatoon. This one-day event targets farmers and industry members who are interested in keeping on top of the latest developments around transportation issues that affect farmers and potential solutions for the future.

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  • 29
    Apr 2015

    SK farm group brings Western Canadian grain farmers’ concerns to parliament hill

    A Saskatchewan-based farm coalition group, consisting of Sask Wheat, Sask Barley, and the Agricultural Producers of Saskatchewan (APAS), is meeting with members of the Federal Government on Parliament Hill this week ...

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  • 11
    Mar 2015

    New report underscores need for railway costing review

    A new report, commissioned by a farm coalition consisting of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS), Sask Wheat, Sask Pulse and Sask Barley, underscores the need to examine railway costs and efficiency gains as part of the federal government’s review of the Canada Transportation Act (CTA).

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  • 12
    Feb 2015

    Latest grain market & transportation numbers show producer losses increasing

    The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) has received the latest of its commissioned reports on the export basis numbers for grain within the Canadian transportation and handling system, and the numbers do not reflect good news for Canadian grain producers, says Bill Gehl, Sask Wheat Board Chair.

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  • 13
    Jan 2015

    Government announces $6.9 million for crop research in 2015

    Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today that the government will be investing $6.9 million into crop-related research for 42 new research projects in 2015, as part of the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).

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  • 04
    Dec 2014

    Sask Wheat agrees with government decision to extend railway volume requirements

    The Federal Government’s decision to extend minimum volume requirements for grain movement by rail comes as welcome news to the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat), which has been working with other farm organizations to ensure producers have a voice at a national level when it comes to issues in the transportation and grain handling system.

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  • 02
    Dec 2014

    Transportation issues cost Saskatchewan producers billions

    Western grain producers lost an estimated $3.1 billion in 2013/14 and could lose an additional $2 billion in 2014/15 because of failures in the transportation and handling systems.

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  • 13
    Jan 2014

    Wheat and barley commissions elect executives

    The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (SWDC) and the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SBDC) are pleased to announce the election of Chairs and Vice Chairs of their first producer elected Boards of Directors.

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