If you’ve been visiting The Western Producer’s website this week, you might have noticed we’ve been busy over at Canadian Western Agribition in Regina.
The Producer has been running a live blog all week, capturing the images and events.
It’s an interesting way to keep tabs on what’s going on. You can scroll through the highlights of the week in a matter of seconds, then check back for updates.
The Producer will have five staff members at Agribition at various times throughout the week.
Barbara Duckworth and Karen Briere of our Calgary and Regina bureaus, respectively, have between them some four decades of experience covering the most spectacular livestock and agricultural show in the country.
Managing Editor Michael Raine will showcase his photography talents — see the photo gallery under the live blog at producer.com — while multi-media guru Robin Booker will be there for a few days.
I will have taken in my first Agribition as editor of The Western Producer by the time you read this, offering some observations of my own through tweets in our live blog.
Live blogs add a dimension to our coverage. Our readers will still get the considered narrative stories that arise out of the show in print and later this week online, but you also have the option of checking back to our website regularly to see what’s happening.
You can offer comments and even ask our staff questions through a tweet. And if you’re at the event, tweet your photos or comments using the hash tag “agribition2014,” and your contribution will be captured in our live blog for all our viewers to see.
At the time of writing Nov. 24, Raine had tweeted comments from Saskatchewan agriculture minister Lyle Stewart vowing to keep a close watch on grain rail movement.
And by now, you might also have looked over contributions from the Winners’ Circle Auctioneer Competition, the Canadian National Bison Sale, the goat sale, and numerous other events and demonstrations.
It’s how we plan to bring you more agricultural news in the future: as it happens online and through in-depth reporting in print.
Agribition is a celebration of our livelihood. I hope you’ll take the opportunity to enjoy it with us.