Top stories of 2017

At the end of each year, we like to share with readers the most popular online stories from the previous 12 months. This gives us an indication of what people like to see, and readers can take the measure of what fellow farmers like to read. So here are 2017’s top stories: 10. Grain bag […] 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


The trouble with telematics

When it comes to telematics, that special set of data that helps monitor the performance of big equipment, acceptance by farmers appears to be coming in fits and starts, with the emphasis on the younger generation. The challenge, several dealers say, is to provide training and follow-up to farmers who are now buying equipment with […] Read more



WP launches new website

The Western Producer has launched a new website. It has been a long time coming, but I hope visitors will find it’s been worth the wait. The new producer.com is not a flashy or gimmicky website; instead, it’s functional and attractive. Our experience — both in print and online — shows that the easier and […] Read more


WP launches new website

The Western Producer has launched a new website. It has been a long time coming, but I hope visitors will find it’s been worth the wait. The new producer.com is not a flashy or gimmicky website; instead, it’s functional and attractive. Our experience — both in print and online — shows that the easier and […] Read more



WP welcomes new talent in Edmonton

It’s been a while since The Western Producer has had the opportunity to introduce some young blood into the newsroom. We have a staff of proverbial grizzled (or, depending on your point of view, notorious or legendary), veterans in Saskatoon and in our bureaus in Alberta, Regina and Manitoba. So, it’s good to welcome Jeremy […] Read more


VIDEO: Success is in the details, says dairy farmer

Good herd management comes from a guiding set of principles and faith in hired workers, says Holstein producer

LYNDEN, Ont. —Travelling along a rural road near Lynden, Ont. recently, a writer looking for the Joe Loewith and Sons Holsteins farm stops at another farm looking for directions. He’s farther down the road, the woman said before volunteering: “Good farmer.” Indeed, sitting in a room with Ben Loewith, who runs the farm with his […] Read more


WP top 10 online stories

It’s time for our semi-annual look at what our online viewers are reading. The results are always interesting and instructive for us at The Western Producer. Our 10th most read story this year is “Survey reveals ‘amazing’ soil loss in Great Plains region.” Published in January, this story pointed out that large amounts of nitrogen […] Read more



Farmers’ votes allowed Scheer to win

Regina-Qu’Appelle MP Andrew Scheer’s weekend victory as the leader of the federal Conservative party has precluded a partisan political debate over the future of Canada’s supply management system in the dairy and poultry sectors. Maxime Bernier, who led in support during the campaign and all the way to the last ballot, had vowed to scrap […] Read more


NAFTA threats overblown?

The trajectory of the United States’ comments on the North American Free Trade Agreement over the last few months has wavered so much that figuring out what’s ahead is difficult. But President Donald Trump has one tendency that may show the way. More on that below. Trump has long vowed to tear up NAFTA, calling […] Read more