Stephen Visscher will assume the role of interim executive director and chief executive officer with the Global Institute for Food Security at the University of Saskatchewan. | Screencap via gifs.ca

Global Institute for Food Security appoints interim CEO

With Maurice Moloney retiring from the Global Institute for Food Security at the University of Saskatchewan next month, Stephen Visscher will assume the role of interim executive director and chief executive officer. Visscher will remain a member of the board while an international search for a permanent CEO is conducted. A GIFS board member since […] Read more

Beans tug on canola as China lower feed protein

Canola was pulled lower by beans. Chicago Board of Trade soybean and oil contracts were down, while meal contracts were mixed. Last week saw heavy farmer selling, Canadian Grain Commission data released on Friday showed 636,500 tonnes of canola deliveries to elevators. We could see more selling this week as farmers look for cash for […] Read more

G3 plans new elevator for Alberta

G3 Canada will build a new elevator near Carmangay, Alta., as it expands its grain network in Western Canada. Construction will soon begin on the state of the art facility, which can empty a super-B truck in less than five minutes and load 134-car trains in a matter of hours on the loop track. With […] Read more


Federal legislation implementing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership received royal assent October 25, moving Canada closer to becoming the sixth country to implement the trade deal. | Twitter/@CanadaTrade image

CPTPP implementation legislation receives royal assent

Federal legislation implementing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership received royal assent today, moving Canada closer to becoming the sixth country to implement the trade deal. The federal government must now notify the other CPTPP countries that its ratification process is complete before the country becomes the sixth member to do so after […] Read more

A difficult harvest has motivated the Canadian Grain Commission to extend the deadlines of its Harvest Sample Program by a month so more producers can benefit from the service. | File photo

Grain commission extends Harvest Sample Program

A difficult harvest has motivated the Canadian Grain Commission to extend the deadlines of its Harvest Sample Program by a month so more producers can benefit from the service. Cool, wet weather has delayed harvest in many areas and affected grain quality. The voluntary program provides producers with an emailed report that includes an unofficial […] Read more


A tractor crossing the highway near Westlock, Alta., was hit by a truck carrying propane. |  Les Dunford photos

No serious injuries sustained in Westlock accident

The driver of a Pibroch Hutterite Colony tractor reportedly suffered only a broken arm after the machine he was operating was involved in a collision with a semi-tractor-trailer carrying propane on the evening of Sept. 25 evening on Highway 44, north of Westlock, Alta. Reporter/photographer Les Dunford says the colony’s Fendt tractor appears to have […] Read more

Wheat is combined at the Hovland family farm northeast of Lake Diefenbaker, Sask., Sept 9.  |  William DeKay photo

The hindered harvest

Harvest 2018 | While some farmers are done with harvest, others are waiting for snow to melt after unusually cold weather ripped through the Prairies in September. Here are snapshots from harvest across the Prairies — and across Canada — as of last week.

While some farmers are done with harvest, others are waiting for snow to melt after unusually cold weather ripped through the Prairies in September. Here are snapshots from harvest across the Prairies — and across Canada — as of last week.

Two killed after car, combine collide in Cudworth, Sask.

A combine was involved in a fatal crash south of Cudworth, Sask. that left two dead and another injured. First responders were called to the intersection of Highway 2 and provincial grid road 767 at 5 p.m., Sept. 27. Police report a car collided with the combine as the machine came off the grid road […] Read more


Who pays more?

The cost of Canadian supply managed products to the average household has long been an item of interest. 


The Western Producer compared six common food-basket items across the northern tier of the U.S. and Canada, using similar grocery stores, regions and community sizes. In a four-day period last week, we made sure to check regular prices at larger chain grocery stores, rather than using flyer or loss-leader sales. We compared prices for common […] Read more