On behalf of the 2019 International Wheat Congress, we would like to welcome you to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the heart of the Canadian Prairies! Surrounded by close to 25 million hectares of farm land in the Province of Saskatchewan, the agriculture and the agri-food sectors drive this economy.
Saskatoon’s agriculture technology cluster includes many research institutes like the University of Saskatchewan, National Research Council, Saskatchewan Research Council, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Canadian Light Source (a 3rd generation Synchrotron) which are all either private industry stakeholders or government organizations.
Saskatoon is the largest city in the province of Saskatchewan in Canada and is one of the world’s leading food producing regions and a hub for agriculture related research:
- Saskatchewan has more than 40 per cent of Canada’s agricultural land.
- Saskatchewan is the world’s top exporter of lentils, dried peas, mustard and flax.
- Saskatchewan supplies nearly a third of the world’s durum wheat.
- Saskatchewan exports almost half of the world’s canola meal and one third of canola oil.
- Saskatchewan supplies 40 per cent of world potash, mainly for crop nutrient use.
Saskatoon is the birth place of Canola which is grown over more than 21 million acres in Canada and many parts of the world.
The city of Saskatoon is favourably positioned with the South Saskatchewan River winding through it. Seven bridges span its gentle flow, linking east to west. An active city, residents and visitors alike flock to the Meewasin Valley trails, traversing sixty kilometres of pathways in all seasons.
The city’s youthful vitality and cultural richness are evident in every neighbourhood, thanks in part to the University of Saskatchewan, where leading-edge technology draws the best minds from around the world. A vibrant, sophisticated arts community is tangible at the assortment of events and festivals taking place throughout the year. Boutique shopping, challenging golf courses, and fresh local cuisine round out Saskatoon’s appeal.