Social media plays role in fanning food fear

A story by Western Producer reporter Sean Pratt on page 63 of this week’s paper holds some good lessons for those of us who work, or spend any time, in the world of social media. Pratt’s story talks about how the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission intends to use social media to help dispel some common […] Read more

Busy time for reporters at Producer online

The second week in January is a busy time at The Western Producer, and this is especially the case in the online world as the annual Cropsphere/Crop Production Week kicks off. I thought I’d give our readers a bit of a look behind the scenes to see just what’s involved with covering an event of […] Read more

Great farm stories still a good read online years later

An interesting thing happened last week. A story from more than two years ago was suddenly back among the most popular stories on our site. This is no small feat, considering stories on Bill 6 and glyphosate have been dominant and driving record traffic to our site in recent weeks. The story in question, and […] Read more


Some thoughtful comments on the controversial Bill 6

The outcry over the Alberta government’s proposals to change farm labour standards continues to rile our readers online. However, the knee-jerk reactions that were so prominent when Bill 6 was first introduced have given way to more reasoned thought. A reader named Paul writes: “(I) was able to attend the meeting held in Bassano. One […] Read more

Alberta’s Bill 6 drawing ire, and some support

Few subjects in recent memory appear to have pushed our readers’ buttons like Alberta’s proposed farm and ranch workplace legislation, Bill 6. Last week’s public consultation meeting in Grande Prairie was the government’s first concrete opportunity to hear the public’s thoughts on the matter. And did they get an earful. “The idea that we cannot […] Read more


Keep nasty personal comments out of online posts

Calling something a “fact” does not make it so. As a way of insuring we would always use the correct units in our equations, my old high school physics teacher, Dwight Kaytor, was fond of telling us, “if you call a cow a horse, then surely you will try to ride it.” Aside from the […] Read more

Genetically modified opinion article gets readers riled and writing

Two items in this past week’s Western Producer really captured the attention of our readers online. Both were about genetically modified crops. The first was a lecture delivered by Agri-Trend chief executive officer Rob Saik in support of his upcoming documentary movie, Know GMO. “There’s so much disinformation, so much misinformation out there, it’s important […] Read more

Readers react to chiropractors providing nutrition advice

One of the stories generating quite a response from our readers online lately has been Robert Arnason’s piece about whether consumers should accept nutritional advice from a chiropractor. “Chiropractors are known as doctors who specialize in the spine, but that isn’t stopping some from offering advice on the dangers of pesticides and genetically modified food,” […] Read more


Farmer-built robot tractor catches readers’ attention

Every once in a while you just know a story is going to be well received. Such was the case when I received an email from WP managing editor Michael Raine a couple weeks ago. Raine is normally a pretty cool customer, part and parcel — I imagine — of the many responsibilities he shoulders […] Read more

Conventional versus organic

When it comes to conventional versus organic yields, it seems the only consensus is that the subject generates a good deal of commentary from WP readers on social media. Last week, WP Brandon reporter Robert Arnason looked at whether organic agriculture, if properly supported with research and extension, could produce a sufficient volume of grains […] Read more