As many as 33 of the 419 confirmed cases may have been community transmitted as opposed to spreading from international travellers, said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief provincial medical officer. | Screencap via Alberta.ca

Alta. introduces fines for COVID violations

Alberta confirmed 61 new cases of COVID-19 in the province within the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 419. The continuing rise in cases has led the government to impose fines on violators of certain health protection requirements. As many as 33 of the 419 confirmed cases may have been community transmitted as opposed […] Read more

The government has set aside $50 million to help those who are self-isolating, or who are sole caregivers for someone in isolation, who have no other source of income. | Screencap via YouTube/Government of Alberta

Alta. pledges $50 million for COVID-19 isolation assistance

Albertans who are self-isolating or who are sole caregivers for someone in isolation can apply for financial support from the province. The government has set aside $50 million to help those in the above situation who have no other source of income. To be eligible, applicants must have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or be caring […] 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


The NFU believes farmers' markets to be an essential component of local food systems but they could be under threat due to provincial and municipal health directives that result in business closure or restrictions on crowd size and distance protocols. | File photo

Case argued that farmers markets be declared essential

Worries about food supply chains in the face of COVID-19 virus effects and restrictions have prompted the National Farmers Union to demand that farmers markets be declared as essential services. There are more than 650 farmers markets operating in Canada, some of them year round and most only seasonally. The NFU believes the markets to […] Read more

Canola hauling appears to be business as usual at the  Cargill Ag Horizon facility near Clavet, Sask.  |   William DeKay photo

Sask., smaller gatherings, more infections, tighter COVID-19 rules

The Saskatchewan government clarified today that emergency orders issued by the province to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic take precedence over those issued by individual municipalities. There was confusion last Friday after the city of Regina issued orders different from the province’s. Government relations minister Lori Carr said she has spoken to Regina mayor Michael […] Read more


Nicola Irving and Kyle Nahirniak of Round Hill are part of the Round Hill Renaissance Agriculture Program designed to save their rural school.  |  Mary MacArthur photo

Ag seen as saviour of rural Alta. school

ROUND HILL, Alta. — Families, students and community members are counting on agriculture to save their rural school. They’re counting on chickens, cows, gardening and dozens of other agricultural projects to build enthusiasm needed to stop their school from being closed. Round Hill School is one of just four schools in the Battle River School […] Read more

Jason Basset farms about 2,500 acres near Peterson, Sask., and is the owner of Peterson Grain Processors Ltd., a custom grain cleaning and conditioning service located about 70 kilometres east of Saskatoon. Basset’s Bo-Mill seed sorter can sort grain according to different quality parameters, including protein and vomitoxin levels.  |  Brian Cross photo

Sask. farmer happy that flood years in past

On the Farm: Nearly a third of cultivated acres on farm near Peterson, Sask., lost over a five-year period


Slowly but surely, Saskatchewan farmer Jason Basset is reclaiming the farmland that he lost during “the wet years.” Between 2010 and 2014, Basset’s farm, located an hour’s drive east of Saskatoon, was swamped by excess rainfall. In 2010 alone, the area received more than 40 inches of rain, ranking it as the wettest year in […] Read more

Allan Kehler’s fourth book includes stories from many people who have experienced mental health challenges.  |  Brian Cross photo

Book addresses myths to cultivate mental well-being

Prairie farmers invest a great deal of time and energy each year into sustainable food production. But is all that effort and investment taking a toll on their well-being? How much time and energy do farmers invest into sustaining their own mental health? These are questions that Allan Kehler wants to address. Kehler, an author […] Read more


Stamp Seeds in Enchant, Alta., holds regular safety meetings to assess hazards.  |  Stamp Seeds photo

Alta. family advocates for farm safety

The Stamp family takes farm safety seriously. They hold safety meetings with employees every month to discuss potential hazards and opportunities for improvement and have adopted a number of practices to avoid incidents. “With our meetings, we bring things up in a formal setting, but it has shown to actually get things done,” said Nathan […] Read more

Manitoba has recorded 15 cases and Saskatchewan 16 as of March 18. At least six of the seven Manitoba cases reported the day before are related to travel and information is pending on the seventh. | Getty Images

COVID-19 cases double in Sask., Man.

Both Manitoba and Saskatchewan have seen their confirmed and presumptive cases of Covid-19 double. Manitoba has recorded 15 cases and Saskatchewan 16 as of March 18. At least six of the seven Manitoba cases reported the day before are related to travel and information is pending on the seventh. The government said more than 2,100 […] Read more