SaskCanola Maintains Current Leadership
Following SaskCanola’s Annual General Meeting on January 8, the SaskCanola Board of Directors voted to maintain current leadership for the 2018 year with Doyle Wiebe as Board Chair and Lane Stockbrugger as Vice-Chair.
SaskCanola Commits $1.5 Million to Collaborative Canola Research
SaskCanola has committed $1.5 million to support 10 new research projects funded under the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) in 2018. Some of the projects include: understanding clubroot populations, monitoring soil organic carbon in direct
seeded fields across Saskatchewan, defining best management practices for using supplemental heating with natural air drying, understanding canola root rot systems and nutrient uptake, and understanding the role of plant hosts during outbreaks of the aster leafhopper vectored aster yellows. At CropSphere on January 9, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Agriculture, the Hon. Lyle Stewart, announced that the government will be investing $7,730,038 into 30 crop-related ADF projects in 2018.
“SaskCanola is always looking for ways to maximize producers’ investment. Funding partners are key to this so we really appreciate the government’s sustained investment and continued support of the agriculture industry,” stated Janice Tranberg, SaskCanola Executive Director.
Bill Cooper Receives Canola Influencer Award
To commemorate our 25th year as SaskCanola, from 2016-17 onward, the Canola Influencer Award will be annually bestowed upon a member of the agricultural community that has made significant contributions of knowledge, education, and ongoing efforts to promote canola. The first recipient of this award was one of the ‘fathers of canola’, Dr. Keith Downey. This year, the SaskCanola Board voted for William “Bill” Cooper to be the second recipient of this award.
Bill Cooper was very proactive in the early years of canola production and processing in the province through his participation as a Director on the Board of the Saskatchewan Canola Growers Association and then as Executive Director of the SCGA from 1978 to 1987. He was instrumental in many policy discussions including those related to grain transportation and used his knowledge to further discussions about moving canola to market efficiently and economically.
Bill’s engagement with the canola industry has been long-term. He has consistently provided leadership and guidance during a time when canola was a fledgling crop that required an advocate and a champion. A farmer himself, from Foam Lake, he has worked to improve the business of farming in Saskatchewan and that impact has been felt across western Canada.
It was SaskCanola’s distinct pleasure to honour and recognize Bill’s accomplishments as we presented him with the Canola Influencer Award at our AGM on January 8. Congratulations and thank you Bill!
canolaPALOOZA Returns to Saskatoon
Save the date for June 25, 2018, when canolaPALOOZA returns to Saskatoon. An event that brings the best research and agronomy extension experts from across the country into one field in Saskatchewan for a day of interactive, hands-on, in-field learning where you move through stations and demos at your own pace.
Research Tax Credits for Saskatchewan Canola Producers
The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program is a federal government program that encourages research and development by providing tax-based incentives. By using levy contributions to finance research and development work that benefits Saskatchewan canola producers, SaskCanola is able to participate in this program and distribute these tax-based incentives back to producers.