Letters to the editor – July 9, 2020

Corporate seed tax unacceptable The corporate seed entities, or Canadian Seed Trade Association, would like to impose a “trailing or end-point royalty” on every acre or bushel of grain that is grown or marketed by farmers on certain varieties. Primary producers make this imperative suggestion to the CSTA — use the marketplace, spend your own […] Read more

Letters to the editor – June 25, 2020

Non-GMO claims cause confusion Non-transgenic organisms are increasingly being represented as “non-GMO” (Transgenic crops: end of an era, June 4 The Western Producer) but this is more wishful public relations than reflective of reality. Firstly, the federal government defines GMOs very broadly, to even include products of conventional plant breeding. However confusing and out of […] Read more

Letters to the editor – June 4, 2020

Prime minister cannot be trusted How may Canadians trust Trudeau? His first election was won by convincing Canadians of change — he offered us “no more elections of first past the post.” He lied to Canadians, please don’t forget that. Then, he commented that the budget will balance itself. Now, he is busy spending $260 […] 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

Letters to the editor – May 21, 2020

Local firefighters need protection I have to draw the line at backing up a plan to tell firefighters they have to physical distance while fighting active fires and thinking that is good enough and all we have to do for them to be safe. They have enough going on avoiding immediate painful death or injury […] Read more


Letters to the editor – May 14, 2020

Gun laws make new criminals Today I became a criminal, not through my own actions but due to a decision made by (Prime Minister) Justin Trudeau. With the stroke of a pen, Trudeau made me and 2.1 million other Canadians criminals. Trudeau threw away democracy by bypassing parliamentary procedures. He made an order in council […] Read more

Letters to the editor – May 7, 2020

Low incomes real problem Regarding Deb Smith’s letter to the editor in the April 23, 2020, issue about business risk management programs not working: the letter does not state anything new. Politicians set up things like the AgriStability program to paint a great-looking picture. It has no long-term to it, but it appears great. The […] Read more

Letters to the editor – April 30, 2020

Climate change comments unscientific As a long-time subscriber to The Western Producer, I was dismayed to read a column by Kevin Hursh in the April 16, 2020, paper. I respect Kevin’s work and his opinions, but in this article, he suggests climate change is a farce. He states that scientists in the 1970s said we […] Read more


Letters to the editor – April 23, 2020

BRM programs not working AgriStability has been reduced to the point of being of very little benefit to most producers. Many have dropped out. You reduced AgriInvest to $10,000 per year — we can fill a fuel tank once with those kinds of funds — and Saskatchewan Crop Insurance is a complete joke and failure.  […] Read more

Letters to the editor – April 2, 2020

Gopher is a noxious animal Re: Prairie farm groups vow to fight PMRA strychnine ban (WP, March 12). As a so-called retired farmer, I’ve come to the point where there isn’t much that I can do physically, like manual labour. But over the many years that I’ve fought the gopher, I’ve learned a few things […] Read more