Letters to the editor – November 15, 2018

Dairy farmers need correct market signals Re: Class 7 replacement must wait for trade details, (WP, Oct. 18). The dairy industry needs to start changing today. Class 7 milk components are sold into two completely different markets:  replacing imports of diafiltered milk export markets for milk powders Canadian dairy farmers are selling more than 20 […] Read more

Letters to the editor – November 1, 2018

Marijuana oils should be legal Re: Trudeau’s marijuana legalization misses the mark when it comes to medicinal use. The total focus of the liberal marijuana legalization is all about recreation pot smoking. A legal age customer can walk into any government-approved retail outlet and buy all the buds he or she can carry out. Smoke […] Read more

Letters to the editor – October 18, 2018

Canada’s dairy system should be emulated Supply management restricts dairy production within Canada so that consumers are not oversupplied. Supply, for the most part, equals demand for dairy products in Canada. Furthermore, according to the April 2018 Export Action Global report, on a global scale when factors are described in common terms, Canadian consumers pay […] Read more

Letters to the editor – October 4, 2018

Speed and acres not worth glyphosate Re: It’s time to curtail pre-harvest glyphosate, (WP, Sept. 12)Thank you to Kevin Hursh for his article about the use of pre-harvest glyphosate. I am a farmer and even I am horrified at the almost universal practice of fall burn off on the prairies. Yes, we could go back […] Read more

Letters to the editor – September 27, 2018

Funds will target tangible benefits Re: Surplus Investment Framework On Aug. 1, 2018, the Canadian Grain Commission announced the Surplus Investment Framework, which will invest $90 million in safeguards for producers, grain quality assurance, and grain quality science and innovation. These funds will be targeted on initiatives that will provide tangible benefits across the grain […] Read more

Letters to the editor – September 13, 2018

Made-in-Manitobacarbon tax preferable Manitobans have questions about the carbon tax that is coming in a few months. You want to know how it will impact you, your family and our economy. And of course you want to know why it is coming in the first place. Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government in Ottawa has decided that […] Read more

Letters to the editor – September 6, 2018

Oats sector still doing well Re: “Funding loss a blow to oat research” and “Ag economist questions future of oats,” (WP, July 19). Farming, along with all other industries, does not occur without its share of challenges. However, oat growers feel positive about the outlook for Canadian oats. We are obliged to correct a statement […] Read more

Letters to the editor – August 30, 2018

Testing for EIA virus Re: EIA found in Saskatchewan horse, (WP, Aug 2). There is no such thing as an EIA (equine infectious anemia) test that shows the presence of the EIA virus. The EIA- AGID (Agar-Gel Immunodiffusion) test only shows the presence of antibodies, not the virus. Stating that a horse has the virus […] Read more

Letters to the editor – August 23, 2018

Hog producers won’t benefit An article in your Aug. 2 edition suggested that Canadian hog producers might somehow benefit from the U.S.-China trade war, and specifically, from high punitive duties on U.S. pork exports to China. Let’s examine the facts. In mid-August the Alberta Index 100 slaughter hog price was $1.31 per kilogram, while the […] Read more

Letters to the editor – August 16, 2018

Unsafe culture makes workers hard to get Farm leaders notice new emphasis on ag labour, column by Michael Raine, Western Producer, Aug. 1. A tad ironic, coming from the rural majority who are anchor members of the United Conservative Party and whose avowed pitchfork-waving promise is to — on day one of a mandate — […] Read more