News editor says goodbye to WP readers

I feel a pang of sadness as I write this — this will be my last Notebook column.

Actually, after 22 years at The Western Producer, it’s only my second Notebook column so come to think of it, it’s about time they loosened their sleeper hold on it anyway.

Jokes aside, I am moving on to a new career in a new community.

I may not have been a highly visible presence to Western Producer readers over the years, but I have been fortunate enough to be part of this mighty struggle — the struggle in which we craft and build the best packages of agricultural stories, photos, graphics and information you’re going to get anywhere.

That has always been Job 1 for me, through my years as news editor. It’s been top of mind, no matter the task.

And even though I casually refer to it as a “mighty struggle,” the operation actually clicks together smoothly, every hour, every day, every week and beyond like a magical jigsaw puzzle because of the people who work here.

The experienced and engaged staff makes my job easier. Some days, I’ve been able to sit back and watch the various aspects click together seemingly with minimal effort because the staff, my friends, have always shown a dedication to quality.

I owe them all a large thank you. They made me look good, and they made The Western Producer look good through the years.

It also leaves me with a great deal of confidence that I leave the WP in good hands. It will do just fine without me.

Readers will continue to receive the highest standards of journalism and information the ag world has to offer, while I explore what’s beyond the next hill.

I’ve decided to take on new challenges in Summerland, B.C. Neither my wife nor I is near retirement age, so this isn’t about slowing down. We both hope to keep our fingers in many different pies, including staying active, if even in some small way, in agriculture.

Hmm, there is an ag research station in Summerland, so you may see my byline on a Western Producer story before too long. I’ve never been one to sit still.

terry.fries@producer.com

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