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 producer.com 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

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


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 cleaner a website is for users, the more it will be used. | Screenshot via www.producer.com

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