A study indicates three servings of whole-fat dairy products per day could reduce cardiovascular disease.  |  Flickr photo

Latest study touts benefits of whole-fat milk

A glass of whole fat milk three times per day is good for the heart and may help extend life, according to conclusions of a new study. The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiological (PURE) study, recently published in The Lancet, followed 136,384 participants from 21 countries aged 35 to 70 years old for an average of […] Read more

Fear of flying can be treated with help from a doctor and psychologist.  |  Getty image

Find the words to help conquer fear of flying

Q: I am afraid of flying. I have always been afraid of flying but until recently it was not an issue. Of late our children have moved out of the home and are settled almost everywhere about this great country of ours. That is great, but it means if I want to spend time with […] Read more

A so-called Ag Economy Barometer, a reading of American producer sentiment, has fallen to its lowest level since October 2016. | Screencap via ag.purdue.edu/commercialag/ageconomybarometer/

Ag Economy Barometer volatile, drops to two-year lows

A so-called Ag Economy Barometer, a reading of American producer sentiment, has fallen to its lowest level since October 2016. The Ag Economy Barometer carried out by Purdue University and the CME Group fell 15 points in September to 114 from an August reading of 129. The Ag Barometer is an index based on a […] Read more


Cool and wet conditions across Manitoba limited harvest progress once again during the week ended Oct. 1, according to the latest crop report from Manitoba Agriculture. | Robin Booker photo

Cool, wet weather slows Manitoba harvest progress: report

Winnipeg – Cool and wet conditions across Manitoba limited harvest progress once again during the week ended Oct. 1, according to the latest crop report from Manitoba Agriculture. The harvest was 78 per cent complete, up five points from the previous week. Most of the harvesting took place over the weekend when the weather was […] Read more

Memories of the Sept. 11, 2017, wildfire still burn deep in the minds of ranchers who lost cattle, property and grazing land.
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Claims in limbo for wildfire losses

Memories of the Sept. 11, 2017, wildfire still burn deep in the minds of ranchers who lost cattle, property and grazing land. More than a year later, most of them are still awaiting compensation payments from the federal Department of National Defence, which is responsible because the fire started on Canadian Forces Base Suffield and […] Read more


Make a hearty tomato soup with chicken or beef stock added to tomato sauce. Make it a cream of tomato soup by adding whole cream just before serving.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Tomato sauce is a versatile ingredient

Canned tomato sauce is like summer in a jar that will keep throughout winter. Canning may not be as popular as it used to be but it remains the best way to preserve tomatoes. Roma tomatoes are the best for making sauce because they are meatier and have fewer seeds but any tomato can be […] Read more

Kay McIvor, left, lives in Brisbane, Australia, but that didn’t stop her from developing a long-lasting friendship with Francy Redding of Tyvan, Sask. The two women exchanged cards and letters for years after meeting through the Western Producer penpal section when they were children. They have since visited each other in person. | Photo courtesy Francy Redding

Lifelong penpals become ‘family’ with years of sharing

The distance between tiny Tyvan, Sask. and bustling Brisbane, Australia, is far, but the connection is strong for two women who have exchanged letters for the past 54 years. When Francy Redding, who lives in Tyvan, made her first trip to Australia to meet her penpal, Kay McIvor, this summer, their lifelong friendship struck a […] Read more

 Takota Coen stands with his Jersey cow on his farm near Ferintosh, Alta.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Farm goes from conventional to regenerative

Young farmer and his parents work together using organic practices and directly marketing their products

FERINTOSH, Alta. — Takota Coen beckons his hogs to come out onto the green pasture. The animals follow him through a small opening in the fence and begin to forage. He approaches the pigs for a belly rub. Some are typically wary, but he manages to find one that lies down. He begins to rub […] Read more


Dealing with postpartum depression on the farm

Q: I think that I can start this letter by saying that it was not supposed to be this way. We have had a couple of tough years here on the farm. Both of my wife’s parents have had major health problems, our crops have not been as great as they could have been and […] Read more