Greens should reconsider ag policy

So, the Green Party’s Elizabeth May has stepped down as leader. She will continue on as a member of Parliament – she even plans to run again – but her tenure as leader, which met with mixed success, is over. While May is much admired in Canada, it’s to be hoped that her successor will […] Read more

Spoiled ballots not advised when voting

By this point in the federal election campaign, you may have been advised how to lodge a protest vote, or how to spoil or decline your ballot. The thinking is that if voters show politicians they are unhappy with “the system,” they might change. It doesn’t work. The goal of any election campaign is to […] Read more

Feds’ climate program may be too costly

I recently received a call from a Saskatchewan farmer who said he’d dried grain only twice in 45 years — both times in recent years — so he was now looking to convert from propane to cheaper natural gas. He had read our Sept. 26 article in which Saskatchewan MP Ralph Goodale advised farmers to […] Read more

Greens miss science in ag

The Green Party’s platform mentions agriculture 18 times. Bottom line: There is good, bad and ugly. The “good”: The Greens would address “climate risk with the focus on disaster assistance” in Canada’s business risk management programs. (They should address market risk too.) They would encourage urban agriculture on rooftops and in school gardens. (OK, great.) […] Read more

Kubota's M7 was the largest the company had produced. The machine's 5,700 pound lift is the heaviest in its class. A new machine is expected in the coming months.  |  Michael Raine photo

What readers are reading online

A couple of times a year, we publish our top-10 list of stories that are popular with readers online. It’s always interesting to see the medley of information that readers seek, and it helps us at The Western Producer ensure we’re on target with our editorial content. For the first half of 2019, here are […] Read more

Timing is good for UN’s International Year of Plant Health

Next year is the International Year of Plant Health — so says the United Nations, which is fond of dedicating years to causes. Previous “year-of” declarations have included Year of the Family (1994), Year of the Ocean (1998), Year for Culture and Peace (2000), Year of Freshwater (2003) and Year of Natural Fibres (2009). Remember […] Read more

Mental health worth the investment

There is reason for optimism in the latest report by the House of Commons standing committee on agriculture and agri-food on rural mental health. After hearing from 58 witnesses and receiving five briefs over eight months, the committee made 10 recommendations. The conclusions pretty much have it right, but much of it was already known. […] Read more

Ag policy remains vital coverage area

For the last five years, since the retirement of our Ottawa bureau’s Barry Wilson, Kelsey Johnson’s column has graced the bottom of page 10, offering her weekly analysis of what’s going on in ag on Parliament Hill. Kelsey has covered many issues related to agriculture – she’s an Albertan, and an Edmonton Eskimos fan – […] Read more

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Correcting errors helps build trust

On April 21, the New York Times ran four corrections. On April 18, the Toronto Star ran five. No doubt many people have received viral emails containing humorous errors and corrections in the media. A newspaper accidentally reported that a musician was on drugs, instead of on drums. Another newspaper reported that a source did […] Read more

The news team of Barb Glen, Robert Arnason and Ed White won first place in the Special Projects category for a special report on supply management. Journalism in this category “takes reporting to a higher level,” demonstrating “careful planning and enterprise.”| File photo

WP writers recognized for their efforts

Western Producer journalists have been recognized around the world for their work, and this year’s North American Agricultural Journalists awards competition kept that record going. Five members of the Producer’s newsroom were honoured in four categories. The news team of Barb Glen, Robert Arnason and Ed White won first place in the Special Projects category […] Read more