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Grain industry meets in Saskatoon


Sixteen thousand people are expected to come through the gates at Prairieland Park for this week's Western Canadian Crop Production Show.

Agriculture Manager Lori Cates said every square inch of floor space is spoken for with a total of 336 companies using more than 1,000 trade show booths.

The show annually draws farmers from the three Prairie Provinces and companies from across North America. Twenty U.S. companies will be at this year's show.

Owners Wanted: group seeks young entrepreneurs in Sask.

A Janurary campaign wants to attract young people in Saskatchewan to start their own businesses.
Owners Wanted is a series of coffee dates set up at local shops throughout the month.

"A lot of the revitalization that we're seeing in (Saskatoon) and in Regina is really due to a lot of these young entrepreneurs that are making it happen," said Taunya Woods Richardson, director of the Saskatchewan Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF).

Saskatchewan still has the best outlook for employment in Canada

A newcomer to Regina insists that Saskatchewan really is the place to be if you need a job, as the province continues to buck the national trend with the lowest unemployment rate in the country.

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.

Evraz issues layoff notice to 400 workers in pipe division

Early this week, Evraz issued layoff notices to more than 400 employees in Regina which represents 80 per cent of the workforce in the tubular pipe division but the company hopes they won't actually come to pass.

In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for Evraz said the notices were issued as a precaution ahead of Jan. 20. According to Evraz communications manager Melodie Ruse, there is currently an overstock of pipes at the mill due to logistical transportation challenges with both Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Railways.

Saskatoon hotels packed for Pink concert and ag conference

A major agriculture convention coupled with a popular concert has Saskatoon hotels packed tighter than hay bales and mosh pits next week.
Crop Production Week (CPW) takes over Prairieland Park from Jan. 11 to 18, while Pink fans will descend on Credit Union Centre for the pop star’s rescheduled concert on Jan 15.
The convention-concert collision means anyone who hasn’t booked a room yet will likely be told that there’s no more room at the inn.

Investigators to enter blast site at oil refinery early next week

Early next week, investigators will be able to physically enter the blast site after an explosion shook the Co-Op Refinery complex on Christmas Eve.

"The weather has delayed structural engineers from finishing their analysis on the safety and stability of the structure," said fire marshal Randy Ryba, "with that said, they're going to work through the weekend to finish their work. I expect to be on the physical-damage scene by Monday, next Tuesday at the latest."

Regina refinery valve leak leads to oily cars nearby

The Co-op Refinery is cleaning up a small but dirty mess after a valve leak sent a mist of oil into the air.

A mechanical failure led to a small oil leak on Dec. 20 that was quickly contained according to spokesperson Daryl Oshanek. However due to some wind that day, the air-borne oil wasn't all contained.

Texas company buys Magna Electric in Saskatchewan

An electric service company called Shermco Industries based in Dallas Texas has bought out Saskatchewan's Magna Electric Corporation.

Combined the two companies will create the largest electrical testing and maintenance company serving industrial and energy clients in North America. On it's own Magna Electric takes in about $85 million in revenue and has developed a wide reach with 650 employees working regularly on projects across North America.

Sask. potash sales on par with last year

Saskatchewan is on track to set all-time high records for exports.

The province exports surpassed $30.3 billion in the first 11 months of 2013, up 5.4 per cent from 2012. In only November, exports totaled $2.8 billion.

"We got our November (numbers) yesterday," said Lionel LaBelle, President & CEO of Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP)

"They are just a snap shot. We get the detail line by line in about seven or eight days."

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