Glyphosate misinformation continues

The freedom to share an opinion on a mass scale used to come with more responsibilities. There was a responsibility to inform and not to mislead. If you did too much of the latter, often the platform on which you preached would fail after the money to maintain it ran out. Folks who read your […] Read more

Rural Canadians face health issues, food insecurity: report

Canadians living in rural communities are more likely to have poorer health outcomes than their urban counterparts, Canada’s chief public health officer says. In her inaugural report on healthy living released Oct. 26, Dr. Theresa Tam said rural Canadians were more likely to report they were in poor or fair health and tended to have […] Read more

Letters to the editor – November 2, 2017

Missed the mark In The Western Producer article Hog Production Protest Misses the Mark (Oct. 12), I think it is more a question of the journalist in question seriously missing the point. The reality is that there is a wide diversity of groups and individuals with serious concerns about the prospect of the ramping up […] Read more

Use ratios and benchmarks to analyze performance

Before getting too far into “next year” thinking, it’s important to look at how you did financially in 2017. There are many reason why people farm. One of them though, must be to earn profit. Four key questions should be addressed: What profit did the farm earn in 2017? Profit has must be calculated on […] Read more

New food policy should include input from agricultural experts

To make good decisions, you need good information. Decisions or policies made with limited information or diversity of input often fail when they meet the real world. The Liberal government’s recent attempt at tax reform is a prime example. A superficially attractive desire to make the tax system fairer crashed when it became clear that […] Read more

Our fragile free markets are snowflakes that need a safe space

Never has it been so obvious how terribly fragile and prone to melting our free and open markets are today. Winnipeg’s futures markets for barley, durum and spring wheat have been disbanded, after being abandoned by market players over the past few years. The remnants were swept out and mopped up last week, with the […] Read more

Agriculture industry works together

In the words of auto maker Henry Ford: “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” I am grateful that I get to work for an organization where one of its guiding principles is to promote collaboration throughout the cereals value chain. In a diverse industry like cereal grains, […] Read more

Who do consumers trust? Farmers favoured for reliable info

Canadians may not know where their food is coming from, but they say they still overwhelmingly trust those who are producing it; well, kind of. In a recently released telephone survey conducted last March on behalf of Agriculture Canada, pollsters found 91 percent of respondents say farmers and ranchers are a reliable source of information. […] Read more