Letters to the editor – September 5, 2019

Australia, NZ suffered after dairy deregulation Re: Case made against marketing boards, (WP, Aug 8). Author Roslyn Kunin, lamented the existence of supply management, a model that matches domestic demand with domestic supply and which provides a living wage for farmers and a competitive price for consumers. Australia and New Zealand are cited as successful […] Read more

Letters to the editor – August 29, 2019

Ag system has problems Re: CBC interviewee’s suggestions would set agriculture back 50 years,” (WP, Aug. 15) Stuart Smyth makes an argument about Canadian agriculture that doesn’t misrepresent the numbers — just the reality. Smyth says we are producing big yields but doesn’t mention farmers’ profit margin is down, nor explain why there are so […] Read more

Letters to the editor – August 15, 2019

Trusted voices in Canada’s food system We read with great interest, Mike Raine’s piece in a recent edition of The Western Producer where he asked, “Who are the credible sources in agriculture?” What Raine highlighted, articulates the challenges Canada’s food system faces in the media when “minority-position, generally anti-science speakers” make themselves available to speak […] Read more

Letters to the editor – August 8, 2019

Be a good employer Sadly, some farmer are poor employers. A friend works on a dairy farm in Alberta and is given no extra pay for working on Christmas day, etc. He was not covered by insurance until Bill 6 came into effect. Now (Alberta Premier Jason) Kenney wants to repeal that and exempt farms […] Read more

Letters to the editor – June 13, 2019

We still don’t have responsible drainage Re: “Sask. farmers defend well planned agricultural drainage,” (WP, May 23). The rural municipalities and the Smith Creek Watershed Association proclaim that they take issue with “perplexed by environmental claims that we’re damaging the land.” Although agricultural drainage removes wetlands, it’s more than that. It is the redirecting of […] Read more

Letters to the editor – May 9, 2019

Grain code of practice a waste of time Re: “Time for a code of practice for grain,” op-ed by Cereals Canada President Cam Dahl, (WP, April 4). We have and will continue to have “imposed requirements,” whether we have a code of practice or not. Sustainable beef production certification, as an example, has done nothing […] Read more

Letters to the editor – April 25, 2019

Carbon tax rally a great success I am writing this after just returning from the Regina rally against the carbon tax. The organizers of this were very modest, but I need to say that it was incredibly well thought out. The RCMP and city police were flawless in their traffic control, and the residents of Regina […] Read more

Letters to the editor – April 18, 2019

Grants and taxes not helping farmers It seems the Saskatchewan government doesn’t care if the family farm exists, it’s all about the big or corporate farms. Nowadays to qualify for grants for wells, pipelines and dugouts you have to gross $50,000 from the farm so small farms, in order to qualify you would have to […] Read more

Letters to the editor – April 11, 2019

Sask. PST increase worse than carbon tax  Having recently completed my income tax return for 2018, I noticed a significant increase in Saskatchewan PST charges. With the current backlash against the federal carbon tax, led in large part by the provincial government, I decided to do some comparing. In the spring of 2017 the Saskatchewan […] Read more

Letters to the editor – April 4, 2019

Why import hogs from Poland, China? Re: “Feds must be guard dog protecting against hog disease,” column by D’Arce McMillan, March 21. Good work. Please bring more related information to people’s attention. Myself and many other hog producers that I know are very concerned about pork being imported from Poland and even China. This should […] Read more