Letters to the editor – March 19, 2020

No need to kill all the gophers Re: Prairie farm groups vow to fight PMRA strychnine ban, (WP, March 12). I write this in response to the headline in the March 12 edition concerning the proposed strychnine ban. I am very much in favour of this proposal. I was a veterinary practitioner (mostly large animal) […] Read more

Letters to the editor – March 12, 2020

Test samples will never match Re: Questionable moisture tests may cost farmers big bucks, (WP, Feb. 27). The Western Producer’s front page article regarding “questionable moisture tests” swiped my total attention. Every fall at the beginning of harvest I self test my harvested crop moisture. Then I take that very sample to the local grain […] Read more

Letters to the editor – February 20, 2020

Carbon tax a shell game Re: Carbon tax, Trans Mountain called inevitable (WP, Feb. 6). If I had Andrew Coyne’s email I would remind him that in my view, and others as well, that a carbon tax is a shell game poorly thought out and based on rather suspect science, which today has shown little […] Read more

Letters to the editor – January 30, 2020

Let P&H keep two elevators A few days ago I received a phone call from a Canada Competition Bureau agent with reference to the recent acquisition of 10 former Louis Dreyfus Company elevators by Parrish and Heimbecker. The Competition Bureau has recently filed an application to order P&H to sell either their current Moosomin location […] Read more

Letters to the editor – January 23, 2020

Not all climate-change advocates are extremists Re: Smith warns of pressure by environmentalists (WP, Jan. 9). It is ironic that radio talk show host (and former Wildrose Party leader) Danielle Smith warns of “extremist” propaganda while appearing to use the same type of propaganda, classing all environmentalists in one extreme category. Not everyone concerned about […] Read more

Letters to the Editor – January 16, 2019

There is a future for glyphosate Re: Agriculture contemplates life without glyphosate (WP, Jan. 2). Weed scientist Hugh Beckie is right on the mark when he says the loss of glyphosate in the weed control arsenal would be a major blow. CropLife Canada, on behalf of Canada’s plant science industry, agrees whole-heartedly that tools which […] Read more

Letters to the editor – January 9, 2020

Neonics report questioned Re: “Wetland data may point to lower neonic risk,” (WP, Dec. 6, 2019). Recently, The Western Producer ran a news report that gives an industry lobby group a platform to cast doubt upon widely accepted scientific opinion on the environmental risks of neonicotinoid use. In the article, the vested-interest position of the […] Read more

Letters to the editor – December 19, 2019

Cost of food has many factors “Food prices bear no relation to farmers’ prices.”  Someone spoke these words at a local farm meeting recently. It is an appropriate response to the article The Western Producer published some time ago, early August, I believe. That writer suggested food prices were inflated as a result of some […] Read more

Letters to the editor – December 12, 2019

Grain-drying tax pointless, punitive Re: “Carbon tax a grain-drying mystery” (WP, Nov. 28). Anecdotal evidence or hard numbers on the cost of the carbon tax on grain drying, it doesn’t matter. Every dollar farmers are spending on a carbon tax on an essential operation to deal with this year’s harvest is a dollar they are […] Read more

Letters to the editor – November 28, 2019

Alberta beekeepers suffer major losses Re: “Almost half of Alberta’s sugar beet crop is lost,” (WP, Nov. 14). The Alberta Beekeepers Commission read with great concern that half the Alberta sugar beet crop is lost.  Alberta beekeepers buy eight percent of Alberta’s sugar beet crop to keep our bees alive over our harsh winters. Our […] Read more