Violet McNaughton championed farm women’s rights, encouraging them to empower themselves and each other, and advocated for things like running water and sanitation. Here she is hauling water for the farm in the 1920s.  |  WP archive photo

Newspaper study tracks Depression’s progress

University of Regina student looks at the content of The Western Producer’s Mainly for Women pages from 1925-37

It’s been nearly 70 years since Violet McNaughton edited the women’s pages of The Western Producer and encouraged farm women to make their voices heard. But University of Regina student Brandi Adams said she thinks the sentiments expressed on those Mainly for Women pages still resonate today. Adams studied a series of the pages, each […] Read more

Ghostown Blues is a unique bed and breakfast near Maple Creek, Sask. | Karen Briere photo

B&B serves up a look at rustic times

Ghost towns come to life in southwestern Saskatchewan, paying homage to cowboys and tightly knit communities

MAPLE CREEK, Sask. — The notion of cowboys sitting around a campfire, wagons circled, isn’t that far flung at Ghostown Blues. The picture-perfect setting of this bed and breakfast just outside southwestern Saskatchewan’s best-known cow town could be a western movie set. And that wouldn’t be a stretch either considering owner Greg Hisey’s resume. This […] Read more

Tyler Bartmanovich, who farms near Glenlea, Man., helped estimate the wheat yield potential from one of his crops south of Winnipeg July 30. He is hoping  for a wheat yield of 50 to 60 bushels per acre. |  Robert Arnason photo

Crop check

The 2019 prairie crop is more variable than in past years but better than what many predicted in spring, according to data gathered during a three-province crop tour led by FarmLink Solutions. Overall production and individual crop yield estimates changed only slightly after yield measurements conducted throughout the region July 30-31. They could change again […] Read more


Gary Sollid, left, Nutrien agronomist, Derek Dery, regional manager for north Saskatchewan with FarmLink Solutions, and Rick Taciuk, marketing adviser at FarmLink, count barley plants in a field near Rosthern, Sask.  |  Karen Briere photo

Estimates surprise Sask. farmers

The tillers farmers typically don’t want in their fields may actually boost cereal crop yields in Saskatchewan’s northeast this year. Multiple fields observed on last week’s GrainWorld crop tour, organized by FarmLink Solutions, showed tillers taller than main stems and carrying similar numbers of spikelets and seeds. “We saw this all day yesterday,” said Derek […] Read more

Ag ministers seek labour solutions

QUEBEC CITY — While trade disputes and risk management programs grab immediate headlines, Canada’s agriculture ministers say resolving the labour shortage is a top priority for the sector’s long-term health. At their recent annual meeting, ministers reviewed concerns about the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and agreed they have to find solutions to the challenges of […] Read more


Food guide not opposed to meat consumption: dietitian

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — The message to eat more plants is nothing new, says dietitian Carol Harrison, and it doesn’t mean eating less meat. Harrison said many have interpreted the new Canada’s Food Guide recommendations to eat more plant-based protein as a directive to eat less red meat. However, she said the guide does not […] Read more

Self-defence requires knowing how far to go, says lawyer

People can defend themselves and their property from thieves, but have to know how far they can take that, a lawyer said during a presentation at Canada’s Farm Progress Show earlier this summer. Talon Regent, a defence lawyer in Moose Jaw, Sask., who previously worked as a federal drug crimes prosecutor, said people at risk […] Read more

Agriculture ministers gathered in Quebec City for their annual meeting. In the back row, from left, are Keith Colwell, Nova Scotia, federal minister Marie-Claude Bibeau; David Marit, Saskatchewan; Ernie Hardeman, Ontario; Bloyce Thompson, Prince Edward Island; Andre Lamontagne, Quebec; and Devin Dreeshen, Alberta. Seated, from left, are Lana Popham, British Columbia; Gerry Byrne, Newfoundland and Labrador; and Ross Wetmore, New Brunswick.  |  Agriculture Canada photo

Saskatchewan and Ontario work together on agricultural priorities

QUEBEC CITY — Agriculture ministers from Saskatchewan and Ontario say their two provinces will collaborate on priorities that support the sector’s growth in both provinces. Saskatchewan’s David Marit and Ontario’s Ernie Hardeman held an inaugural meeting under a memorandum of understanding for free trade signed by their premiers last fall. They met before the federal-provincial-territorial […] Read more


Agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said improving business risk management systems is a higher priority than trade-dispute resolutions.  |  Michael Raine photo

Feds tight-lipped on trade dispute help

QUEBEC CITY — A call last week from the Canadian Federation of Agriculture for immediate federal help for farmers affected by trade disputes has not been answered. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said resolving disputes, especially those with China over canola, pork and beef, remains a top priority. However, she said improving existing business risk […] Read more

At right, Quebec premier Francois Legault shakes hands with Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe at the conclusion of the Council of the Federation premiers' meeting in Saskatoon as Ontario's Doug Ford and Manitoba's Jim Pallister look on. | KAREN BRIERE PHOTO

Premiers look to reduce internal trade barriers

SASKATOON — Alberta was the first to move, eliminating half of its exceptions to the Canadian Free Trade Agreement, after premiers recently committed to improve internal trade. Procurement by several Alberta agencies, including the purchase of local food under the Supporting Alberta’s Local Food Sector Act, is no longer restricted. “Since when are Alberta companies […] Read more