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



Look to Producer for Agribition what, when, who

If you’ve been visiting The Western Producer’s website this week, you might have noticed we’ve been busy over at Canadian Western Agribition in Regina. The Producer has been running a live blog all week, capturing the images and events. It’s an interesting way to keep tabs on what’s going on. You can scroll through the […] Read more


Belt tightening on the way for provinces

Doug Horner, Alberta’s finance minister, is on the record saying there will be no tax increases and no new sales tax in the province’s March 7 budget. However, he admits this budget is “not going to be fun.” No kidding. Alberta oil has been selling at about $42 per barrel less than U.S. crude, and […] Read more



Snow comes in all shapes and wetness

You may have noticed a whole bunch of “not availables” in the precipitation portion of the weather summary on page 87 of the Jan. 24 Western Producer. It’s not something we wanted to do, but the percent of normal part of the weather summary just didn’t look quite right in the Jan. 17 edition. Everyone […] Read more


Serving up an old favourite for a limited engagement, with a twist

Western people are tough, innovative, talented, entrepreneurial and hard-working. Is it the weather? The pioneer mentality? Whatever the personality-forming elements, we’re one amazing bunch, and in this edition of The Western Producer, we are celebrating some of the people who embody the western ethic. We have adopted the name of this edition from a magazine […] Read more


Learning doesn’t take a vacation

Palm Springs does not exactly leap to mind as the first place to study agriculture. I admit to having been much more interested, at least at first, in the azure pool and bright flowers just outside the little hotel room we booked for a week of R & R. However, as that burned-out feeling began […] Read more