Classified ads hold a special place in farming culture, and that includes The Western Producer. I’ve heard readers say they only get The Producer for the classifieds, in the same way that some say they only subscribed to Playgirl magazine for the articles. There is some truth in there, but you have to dig into […] Read more

At $26.5 million, Miner Creek Farm is one of the larger farm sales in Canadian history.  |  Ted Cawkwell photo

WP’s most read stories

Each year, we offer a look at the most popular stories at It’s interesting to see the eclectic mix of stories that pique readers’ interest. From 2016, here is The Western Producer’s Top 10 list. 10. “Diagnosing lumps and bumps.” A column about cattle infections published in June by columnist John Campbell. 9. “Prairie […] Read more

Glen Entz has some ride-alongs with him as he combines a canola field east of the MacMillan Hutterite Colony west of Cayley, Alta., Oct. 21.  The image has sparked some discussion regarding farm safety. |  Mike Sturk photo

Safety always an important discussion

Raised on the farm? Most of us who read this publication’s words were. It can be a great place to grow up. In modern society, opportunities to learn about the natural world in ways that let one be a part of it every day, at a time of life when the mind and body are […] Read more

Former WP editor Keith Dryden dead

To Western Producer readers, he was Keith Dryden, reporter, Agricultural Editor, Managing Editor, Executive Editor and finally Editor and Deputy Publisher of WP. But to many who knew him personally, he was a boy from Tufnell, Sask., who became a journalist and served his readers. Dryden died Oct. 11 at age 90 but his work […] Read more

Are you ready for the future?

The world of agriculture is changing so fast — from top to bottom — that over the next few years, we may be wondering, “what have we done?” Two years ago, Agri-Trend’s Rob Saik wrote a book called The Agriculture Manifesto, which predicted massive change in the industry, driven by 10 factors such as “non-science” […] Read more

Sensationalism versus the facts

If you are wondering why The Western Producer is running a photo and a story about an animal activist’s experience with a bloody livestock trailer (page 64), I wouldn’t be surprised. Across the nation, the general media has picked up the story and run with it. But for the WP, this is not a “me-too” […] Read more

Seven things you need to know

Did you see it? Everybody is looking at it. You need to see it. “It” is nothing. It is click-bait online. It is marketing-hype about pseudoscience in place of real research. It wants your time, your money or both. It either doesn’t carry much weight, or none at all. The media has gone through an […] Read more

This photo by WP photog WIlliam DeKay was among those awarded silver in the

WP staff recognized for excellent work

The Western Producer is read all over the world, both in print and online. Now, we’re also recognized in a far-flung part of the world in a different way. Our Calgary bureau’s Barb Duckworth recently placed second in the 2014 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Star Prize for print journalism. The awards were announced during […] Read more

It’s time to stop using non-answers

Elections highlight many of the great things that our system of democracy is capable of producing. They also show off its weaknesses. One of those weaknesses has been the acceleration of the trend toward the non-answer. While this one has been around forever, politicians who abused it were once considered to be hacks, incapable of […] Read more

A pile of reasons to value manure

They said it was a crappy idea. Some even used a less benign adjective. It stinks, they said. Reeks, even. But other factions said the idea would hold water. They insisted that, properly handled, it could be spread among interested parties. It could be broken down and provide nutrition to fertile brains. OK, enough with […] Read more