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Like flour in the grocery store this spring, globally there was enough supply. It was a supply chain problem that had consumers fighting over 10-pound bags and eventually going to local millers for supplies.
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Almost everyone spreads their risk within the chain

Food doesn’t come from the grocery store. That is one of the lessons North Americans are learning during this pandemic. Another is learning to spread risk. Like other major industries that have been bent on a path to lower costs over time, food has been sourced globally from the cheapest suppliers it can find. Is […] Read more

Grain farmers say the federal government isn’t taking their concerns seriously.  |  Jeannette Greaves photo

Grain farming is the forgotten sector

Grain farmers are concerned. The current federal government pays lip service and says that they have our back, but the simple truth is that they don’t walk the talk. These frustrations existed long before COVID-19 but now it’s even more challenging. The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association remains dedicated to the values of free trade, […] Read more

An editorial by Brian MacLeod, entitled, “Canada should consider adjusting biotech regs” was among several winning WP entries. | File photo

WP writers recognized for their work

Western Producer reporters don’t do what they do for the awards. Their motivation is based largely on a natural curiosity and a desire to provide western Canadian farmers with the information they need to successfully produce food and feed the world. However, everyone likes to be recognized for their achievements, and it’s no different for […] Read more


U.S. property owners may face tax bill

Has the thought ever crossed your mind to buy that beautiful property south of the border? Do you already own property in the United States? There are many factors that come into play when owning U.S. property. Specifically, the U.S. tax system has many different rules than Canada. One huge difference you must consider is […] Read more

CERB debate prompts reflection of ongoing labour issues

D.C. Fraser is Glacier Farm Media’s Ottawa correspondent. Reach out to him by emailing dfraser@farmmedia.com. The coronavirus pandemic is revealing a fundamental problem with our society — thousands of essential workers don’t make nearly enough money. The question is, how to fix it. It’s worth debating whether that responsibility should fall to private employers or […] Read more


COVID-19 fears diminish in many rural areas

I attended a farm auction sale recently and bought a couple hopper bottom bins and an old welder. It wasn’t large by farm auction standards, but it was still a significant gathering of people in this era of physical distancing. People were asked to come alone and only attend if they were interested in buying […] Read more

Letters to the editor – May 28, 2020

FCL acting badly in refinery dispute I was once a dedicated and loyal member of our local co-op — for 40 years our farm fuel and supplies were purchased there. But no more will I spend one penny there until they show some decency and respect for the oil and gas workers that they have […] Read more

Don’t expect too much, no matter what happens with Meng

Whatever happens Wednesday, China will not be a market we can count on again

Tomorrow (Wednesday) a B.C. Supreme Court judge will release the ruling on whether or not to uphold the validity of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s arrest and detention on a U.S. extradition request. A lot of people are hoping Meng gets released, goes back to China, that China calms down, the two Michaels are released and […] Read more


Addison and Reagan Ross of the Camrose 4-H Beef Club par ticipate in a Zoom meeting. Like other groups, 4-H clubs have learned to be creative in holding meetings and shows.  |  Mike Ross photo

4-H members learn to do (differently) by doing

A young person’s 4-H livestock career is marked by the showing and often the selling of their stock. Season-long projects take a lot of heart, time and learning, all of it evaluated and measured at achievement day. This year, the usual culmination of 4-H livestock projects is missing due to pandemic restrictions and health risk […] Read more

To ensure social distancing remains in place, MPs have taken to meeting online over video chats to conduct parliamentary committee meetings. So far, they have proven challenging but workable. | Screencap via ourcommons.ca

Digital committee meetings face technical, time limitations

Our members of Parliament should be applauded for their efforts to practise democracy during these trying times. To ensure social distancing remains in place, MPs have taken to meeting online over video chats to conduct parliamentary committee meetings. So far, they have proven challenging but workable. Recent meetings of the standing committee on agriculture and […] Read more