Residue testing, traceback critical to Canada’s reputation

Richardson International’s assertion that it can trace grain samples containing pesticide residues back to original producers is a wake-up call for Canadian growers to adhere to proper application procedures. If this practice becomes widespread among grain companies, it will help protect Canadian producers’ reputation as quality suppliers. It will also reduce the chance that problems […] Read more

Federal food policy faces many hurdles

The federal government’s pending national food policy must take into account the acute labour shortage the agriculture sector is facing and find a way to help Canada’s young farmers overcome barriers, says a new report from the House of Commons agriculture committee. More than 20 recommendations were included in the House of Commons standing committee […] Read more

Assessing future premiers

With slightly more than 27,125 members, the Saskatchewan Party has increased its membership dramatically ahead of its leadership vote later this month. And why not: those members are electing Saskatchewan’s next premier and setting a course of direction for the government that will last a couple of years until the next provincial election and possibly […] Read more

Weed control on the Prairies continues to evolve

It’s creeping up on us: herbicide resistance is changing the way we think about weed control. The warnings have been coming for years, but it always seemed like someone else’s concern, or we thought the problems would be solved by new herbicide chemistries before it became serious. Even now, with herbicide resistant weed issues rapidly […] Read more

New exclusions made to proposed income sprinkling rules

The federal finance department recently announced simplification to the new proposed income sprinkling rules that begin to apply in 2018. It has provided clear guidelines (“bright line tests”) for when these rules will no longer apply to a taxpayer. The changes appear to provide relief for a majority of structures that farms may have in […] Read more

Letters to the editor – January 11, 2018

Saskatchewan is one of the most important grain, oilseed and pulse producing regions in Canada, is a primary supplier of one-third of the world’s durum wheat, has a burgeoning processing industry and is home to 40 percent of the nation’s farmland. To quote Premier Brad Wall, “Saskatchewan has what the world needs.”  What Saskatchewan needs […] Read more

Washington’s dairy farmers need NAFTA

The Washington state dairy industry contributes nearly US$4 billion a year to the state’s economy and provides more than 18,800 jobs. In fact, dairy is part of a booming food and agriculture sector that creates more than 736,700 jobs and provides a $69 billion economic stimulus to the state. But a U.S. withdrawal from the […] Read more

Saying goodbye to three editors

Earlier this year, Jeremy Simes joined The Western Producer’s reporting staff to cover northern Alberta from his home base in Edmonton. However, as time marches on, other staff members are also moving on. We are saying goodbye to three longtime journalists who have decided to retire. Karen Morrison has been covering rural issues since 1984. […] Read more

Caution warranted for upcoming year

Forecasting the economy is a lot like forecasting the weather. Both are reliably unreliable. For predictions of the agricultural economy, you need to forecast both the weather and the general economy, not only at home, but also in key importing and exporting regions around the world. Needless to say, there are poor odds of getting […] Read more

Less gross revenue being generated from capital assets

I recently made a presentation on financial benchmarking at Farm Management Canada’s Agricultural Excellence conference in Ottawa. I looked at data that we capture in our EAGLE farm business management software program. The program analyzes the financial performance of individual farms and aggregates the data from participating farms. Individual farms can compare their performance to […] Read more