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Farmers key players on mission

The 2017 new crop missions visited Canada’s top customers and provided technical data and support as part of Team Canada Wheat. Who are Canada’s top customers? Some of the answers, such as Japan, will be no surprise to anyone, but many would not expect to see one of our newest top customers, Nigeria, on the […] Read more


Legacy stories popular reads

It’s interesting to see how many Western Producer readers are turning to producer.com to find information published years ago. Many older stories are also among our perennial top-read items. Indeed, the readership numbers for some older stories rival some stories published recently. By far the most popular legacy story in the Producer over the last […] Read more


Agriculture has reason to watch pending federal budget

The Liberals’ 2018 budget will drop Feb. 27. In what had become one of Ottawa’s worst kept secrets, Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s latest fiscal plan comes as the Trudeau government continues to try and change its political narrative. For one thing, the pending budget certainly gives Morneau a chance to regain Canadians’ confidence after a […] Read more



It’s time to reconsider farm income transfer programs

Did you manage to get away for a winter vacation? We did. In fact, this is being written from sunny Mexico. Unfortunately, we have to go back home to the cold later today. You meet a lot of Canadians at winter vacation spots, and a lot of them are farmers, particularly grain producers. Back home, […] Read more


Plant protein supercluster will be game changer for ag

The success of the Protein Industries Canada supercluster in drawing federal funding should not be underestimated. It has the potential to be a game-changer for agriculture in Western Canada. And it is the first tangible initiative in the federal government’s goal to increase Canada’s agriculture and agribusiness exports by more than 34 percent to $75 […] Read more



Letters to the editor – February 22, 2018

Grain at Vancouver Has grain performance at Vancouver improved? There have been many changes in the industry configuration in terms of structure and policy, with the most dramatic being the consolidation of grain companies and facilities, the termination of the CWB in 2012 and recent record tonnages in production and shipments. The question remains as […] Read more


Bitcoin begins to move into the mainstream market

In a previous article, we explained the basic nature of Bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies and how they work. In the interim, the cryptocurrencies have continued to exhibit substantial volatility, which should indicate this is not an investment path for the faint of heart. There have been some new developments, however, that indicate it might be moving […] Read more


Herb resistant crops remain best way to control weeds

While engaging in an online debate around genetically modified organisms, I realized that few non-farmers understood the issues farmers have dealing with weeds. Many people are ready to condemn herbicide-resistant crops and the application of herbicides and seem to see this as a frivolous activity by farmers. I suggested they not do any weed control […] Read more



What will Alberta’s proposed law mean for ‘local?’

I once interviewed a pair of farmers who described their operation as a “regenerative-agriculture, soil-building, carbon-sequestration, grass-fed meats, pastured poultry, direct-to-consumer farm.” Being in the thick of it, I didn’t think twice about the litany of adjectives that described their farm. From supermarkets to farmers markets, food eaters are inundated with ag buzzwords: organic, non-certified […] Read more


Let the spring seeded acreage guessing game begin

The seeding intentions guessing game is always a lot of fun — what crops will be up this year and by how much and which crops will see their acreage shrink and how will all of this ultimately affect the market? Some different dynamics are at play this year. Most analysts agree canola acreage will […] Read more