Tackling hunger hindered by conflict, environmental disasters

More than half the world’s population will suffer from some form of malnutrition by 2030 if greater action isn’t taken, global leaders are warning. “About one in three persons globally suffers from at least one form of malnutrition, be it hunger, micronutrient deficiencies or overweight and obesity,” Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General José Graziano da […] Read more


Letters to the editor – November 9, 2017

An equitable society We are often told that there is not enough money available to create a genuine equitable society to provide the basic needs of life for all human beings.  So why even try? However, a team of economists set out to establish the fact that an equitable society  is possible if we cut […] Read more


Interpreting tax changes

The government’s proposed changes to the taxation of small business has heated up considerably. Opposition by those small businesses most affected, including farmers, has forced the government into sober second thought. Part of the opposition has been stimulated by a belief that the government was making unfair reversals of past tax policies designed to recognize […] Read more




Fighting malnutrition with education

It’s not only Canadian volunteers whose hard work and determination help to combat hunger through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Men and women who volunteer in their own communities around the world are another key part of the effort. Their contributions often go unsung. Modina Begum, who lives in the remote village of Dhakhinail, Bangladesh, is […] Read more



Anti-science revolution could cut grain production

You don’t hear the agriculture boom theory repeated as often anymore. You know, the one where farmers live happily ever after with grain prices that never sink below the cost of production? For most of the last decade, at nearly every gathering of farmers someone would trot out the theory that the future had to […] Read more


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