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

Letters to the editor – November 14, 2019

PM should visit farm to see issues first-hand An open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Dear prime minister, On behalf of Manitoba farmers, I first want to congratulate you on your success and your party’s success in the most recent federal election. We look forward to working collaboratively with your government and the soon-to-be […] Read more

Letters to the editor – November 7, 2019

Alberta MLAs’ salaries should be reduced Re: “Better pay for MLAs would improve quality of candidates,” (WP, Oct. 24). It must be some sort of tradition that shortly after every provincial election MLA’s salaries make it to the top of the political radar screen. And voters start to wonder how much MLAs make, plus what […] Read more

Letters to the editor – October 17, 2019

Water system not enforced well enough Re: “Report puts a number on Sask. lake flooding,”(WP, Oct. 3). The occurrence of that flooding is disgusting. However, that has happened twice in the 1900s. First time was towards the end of the First World War into the early 1920s. The second time period was the late 1940s […] Read more

Letters to the editor – October 10, 2019

Telling it like it is on climate change Re: Climate action takes on religious undertones, column by Kevin Hursh (WP, Sept. 26). Many thanks for this article. What a breath of fresh air that is. You describe your perceptions in an excellent, forthright and compelling manner. I have just one point to make on this. […] Read more