VIDEO: Barn burner

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It was a resilient old barn that withstood the brutal lashings of prairie weather for decades. It was erected by John and Wilma Belcher north of Bield, Manitoba, along the south boundary of the Duck Mountain provincial park, and was the centre of the farm’s livestock operations. The first half of the barn was built […] Read more

Mark Wiebe talks to a neighbour while walking through the charred remains of his machine shop that fire destroyed March 19. The Osler, Sask., dairy farmer lost his sprayer, semi-tractor and super B trailer, feed wagon and feed truck, several tractors including a restored vintage tractor.  |  William DeKay photo

VIDEO: Fire destroys shop at Osler dairy farm

A fire in a machine shop at a dairy farm north of Osler, Sask., earlier this week is estimated to have caused $1.8 million in damage. Firefighters from nearby towns responded to the blaze in Mark Wiebe’s shop about 9 p.m. Monday March 19th. Fire departments from Warman, Osler, Martensville and Dalmeny fought the blaze […] Read more

Producers no longer have to go to paper maps or poor scans of soil maps in Saskatchewan.  |  File photo

VIDEO: Farmers gain access to improved soil information

Information on Saskatchewan soils collected throughout the 20th century by the provincial soil survey is readily available through a new online platform. The Saskatchewan Soil Information System (SKSIS) was launched during the University of Saskatchewan’s Soils and Crops meeting in Saskatoon by Angela Bedard-Haughn, head of the department of soil science at the U of […] Read more



U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says many in Donald Trump’s administration are working to persuade the president not to kill the North American Free Trade Agreement.  |  Sean Pratt photo

VIDEO: U.S. farmers worry about trade war with China

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The segment of the electorate largely credited with bringing U.S. President Donald Trump to power is not thrilled with his trade policy. Farmers do not like his approach to the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership or his strong-arm tactics with China. The latest kafuffle came last week when Trump […] Read more


While making a case for getting rid of supply management, former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney says it can be done only if farmers are offered compensation that makes them “very happy.”  |  File photo

VIDEO: End supply management, spark a boom: Mulroney

Former prime minister says the move would create a boom for food processors and provide more affordable food for consumers

Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney is trying to convince Canadians to give up the supply management system. He says it would create a “boom” for food processors and provide more affordable food for consumers, but can only be done if farmers in the system are offered compensation that makes them “very happy.” He used a […] Read more

U.S. agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue addresses farmers at the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California. | Sean Pratt photo

VIDEO: U.S. ag secretary defends NAFTA

Sean Pratt is attending the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California. The gathering of U.S. corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers is America’s largest farmer-led convention. Look for stories in upcoming issues of The Western Producer. In the meantime, here is a blog of some of the things he is hearing at the conference. ANAHEIM, […] Read more



VIDEO: Markets Moment – February 23, 2018

Mike Raine, The Western Producer’s managing editor, monitors trends in the North American and global agricultural markets and leads our staff markets coverage. Each week he also hosts a market video. The video is designed to help viewers understand the forces responsible for changes in the trade. If agricultural markets are important to you, we […] Read more

VIDEO: Former PM urges Ottawa to take tough stance with NAFTA

Know what’s in your grain contracts and make sure they protect and reward you as much as they protect and reward the buyer. That was advice from a seasoned sunflower marketer, speaking at CropConnect, to farmers thinking about contracting the crop. It makes a lot of sense because farmers can end up on the delivery […] Read more