WP “NoCOZone” stories

There’s a great deal of news coverage of the current #COVID-19 pandemic. You won’t find any of that here. For your enjoyment we’ve pulled together some of our favourite stories from past months and years that feature you, our readers. Stories of your life “on the farm.” It’s our hope these stories will distract you, […] Read more

COVID-19 resources for producers

The Western Producer has compiled the following resources so readers can get the most up-to-date-information available on the COVID-19 pandemic. WP coverage of #COVID19 can be found below. This page will be updated daily. Saskatchewan Government of Saskatchewan online Self-Assessment Tool – use the self-assessment tool as a first step to determine if you may […] Read more

Farm Credit Canada will receive support from the Government of Canada that will allow for an additional $5 billion in lending capacity to producers, agribusinesses, and food processors. | Screencap via CPAC.ca

$5 billion in loans for farmers, ag businesses facing COVID-19 hardship

Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced important new measures to support farmers and agri-food businesses in Canada facing financial hardship due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Farm Credit Canada will receive support from the Government of Canada that will allow for an additional $5 billion in lending capacity to producers, agribusinesses, and food […] Read more


The last new herbicide mode of action was introduced more than 30 years ago.  |  File photo

Bayer announces new mode of action

Bayer recently announced products it has in its research and development pipeline, including a new mode of action for post-emergence weed control. The company had previously announced that it’s developing new molecules it said will provide new modes of action for in-crop weed control. However, in a news release, it said it now has a […] Read more

It’s estimated that prairie farmers left more than two million acres of canola in the field before weather conditions halted harvest.  |  Michael Raine photo

Spring canola harvest looms

Harvesting canola in the spring can be frustrating. That means a lot of frustrated prairie canola producers will be climbing into combines in the next few months. Based on industry estimates and data from Statistics Canada, western Canadian farmers left more than two million acres of canola in the field this winter. That includes an […] Read more


Communities get funding

Co-op Community Spaces is once again accepting applications for community projects in Western Canada. Registered non-profit organizations, registered charities and community service co-operatives can apply online until March 2. Between $25,000 and $150,000 of capital funding per project is available. Categories include recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture. Past projects included parks, greenhouses and sports […] Read more

Alta. changes perennial forage insurance

Changes to perennial forage insurance for 2020 have been implemented by Alberta’s Agriculture Financial Services Corp. In response to industry feedback, AFSC has recalculated historical pasture normal yields for 2020, resulting in increased coverage. It has also updated methods of determining price options “to better reflect feed replacement cost in the event of a loss,” […] Read more

Ag Day in Canada – 2020

It’s Ag Day in Canada and a great time to look back at some of the people and issues that shape our agricultural sector in this nation. Food and agriculture in Canada is a multi-billion dollar annual business, but it’s a lot more. Farmers oversee Canada’s vast rural land resource suited for food production. The […] Read more


The sale means FarmLink, which provides grain marketing services in Western Canada, will use Ag Exchange's CXN360 technology when working with clients. | Screencap via farmlinksolutions.ca

FarmLink sells brokerage service

FarmLink Marketing Solutions has sold its brokerage department to the Ag Exchange Group. The sale means FarmLink, which provides grain marketing services in Western Canada, will use Ag Exchange’s CXN360 technology when working with clients. “Rather than trying to reinvent and look for ways to stay relevant in commodity price discovery, partnering with Ag Exchange […] Read more

Below is the text of the mandate letter for federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. The Prime Minister's office released the mandate letters for all ministers  December 13. | Screencap via pm.gc.ca

Mandate letter from Prime Minister to ag minister Bibeau

Dear Ms. Bibeau: Thank you for agreeing to serve Canadians as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. On Election Day, Canadians chose to continue moving forward. From coast to coast to coast, people chose to invest in their families and communities, create good middle class jobs and fight climate change while keeping our economy strong and […] Read more