Ag organizations must earn a “social licence” before new technology will be adopted, Kevin Folta said. “It breaks my heart to (see the solutions that are available), especially in the developing world, that don’t get to their target, that don’t serve the people they were meant to serve.”
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Trust vs. facts in debate over agriculture

We have often championed the virtue of good communications about agriculture to consumers, but Kevin Folta, a professor in the horticultural sciences department at the University of Florida, has outlined a process to ensure the targets and the messages are effective. Folta, who spoke at the Global Institute for Food Security conference in Saskatoon last week, urged those […] Read more

Will supply management survive?

In April 2017, shortly after Canada closed the loophole on imports of ultra-filtered milk, Wisconsin dairy farmer Shane Sauer, told the CBC: “We don’t blame you (Canada)” for what was then a glut of product on the market. Sauer explained the explosion in production of ultra-filtered milk, used in milk byproducts such as cheese, came […] Read more

As bins get bigger the ability to keep air flowing through them becomes more of a challenge.  |  Michael Raine photo

Bigger grain bins mean bigger management issues for farmers

Farmers can increase storage capacity by moving to bigger grain bins, but those who do need to know more about bin management because bigger bins mean a greater risk of costly damage to the grain, says Joy Agnew, agricultural research services project manager at the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute. “We’re getting a few hints and […] Read more

Dairy sector seems to have public support

At first glance, it looks pretty solid: an online Ipsos poll found 75 percent of Canadians “believe the Canadian dairy sector should be defended and that the federal government should make more effort to do so at the NAFTA negotiating table.” The poll, conducted on behalf of the Dairy Farmers of Canada, surveyed 1,000 Canadians […] Read more

PM to be tested on ag

When Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government was elected in 2015, agriculture wasn’t a hot issue. However, in the coming months the Liberals will be called upon to make decisions on a confluence of issues that will have important impacts on agriculture. One is the NAFTA talks, which are coming to a head. The future of supply […] Read more

WP journalists recognized with awards

The Western Producer’s journalists were recognized in six of the eight awards categories presented by the North American Agricultural Journalists last week in Washington D.C. The NAAJ is a continent-wide organization that aims to “promote the highest ideals of journalism and agriculture.” Judges of the 2018 awards are seasoned veterans in agricultural writing. Reporter Ed […] Read more

The Producer’s experienced staff covers agriculture with vigour and a journalist’s skeptical eye. 
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Is the Producer on the side of farmers?

It’s a question that arises from time to time when The Western Producer publishes a story or opinion that many farmers disagree with. Of course we are, but not because we act as a spokesperson for the industry. Rather, it’s because we place a lens on the industry to try to get a clearer take […] Read more

Legacy stories popular reads

It’s interesting to see how many Western Producer readers are turning to to find information published years ago. Many older stories are also among our perennial top-read items. Indeed, the readership numbers for some older stories rival some stories published recently. By far the most popular legacy story in the Producer over the last […] Read more

One of the top stories of 2017 was the federal government's announcement of tax changes that could affect incorporated farms, making it more difficult for full-time farmers to share income with spouses and children, among other issues. The changes were eventually altered. | File photo

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