David MacNaughton
Canadian ambassador to U.S.

VIDEO: Canadian ag tariffs looming in U.S. steel fight

Canada’s ambassador to U.S. warns agricultural products will be included in latest round of retaliation over steel tariffs


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The window to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement before the federal election this fall is quickly closing, but American tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum imports prevent progress. Parliament is set to rise June 15 and then will not be able to vote on the USMCA until after the election. “I don’t […] Read more

Prairie farmers will have more opportunities to see and learn about biobeds this year as the Agriculture Canada Biobed Working Group builds more of them and shares information on research findings from studies conducted over the past several years. | Barb Glen photo

VIDEO: Ag Canada researchers focus on biobeds

Rinse water from sprayers can be applied to a biobed, where the residual chemicals are digested by bacteria and fungi

The biobed recipe for handling pesticide rinsate is surprisingly simple: take soil from your fields, mix it with straw, woodchips or peat moss, put it in a large open bin or bed, add sprayer rinse water collected in a holding tank, and wait. That’s the process at its most basic, although a dual bin or […] Read more

In an interview with The Western Producer March 29, International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr said Canada will press the scientific approach to Chinese officials to resolve the canola dispute, but opportunities have recently opened up in other parts of Asia with the enactment of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership with 10 Asian countries. | Michael Raine photo

VIDEO: Feds look to replace lost canola sales to China

Canada is reaching out to other countries to determine if they will increase imports of Canadian canola amidst the Chinese embargo, says International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr. In an interview with The Western Producer March 29, Carr said Canada will press the scientific approach to Chinese officials to resolve the canola dispute, but opportunities […] Read more


Eric Cowger of AltaLink conducts a safety briefing for visitors to the hawk nest installation site.  |  Barb Glen photo

VIDEO: Alta. project builds new home for hawk couple

The nest pole was erected earlier this month to lure two ferruginous hawks away from a busy road in southern Alberta

CRANFORD, Alta. — When a pair of ferruginous hawks returns to southern Alberta this month, they will see a new home on the landscape. A nest pole was erected March 4 in a pasture north of Cranford near Taber, Alta., that wildlife biologists hope will meet with approval from a hawk twosome that last year […] Read more

For farmers, long hours spent in tractors and other farm equipment, interspersed with shorter bouts of heavy labour, can wreak havoc with health.


VIDEO: Sitting your way toward a bad back

Long hours spent in farm equipment, interspersed with 
shorter bouts of heavy labour, can be a recipe for disaster

Farmers can be extreme examples of weekend warriors, those folks with relatively sedentary jobs who then undertake extreme sports and activities on weekends. For farmers, long hours spent in tractors and other farm equipment, interspersed with shorter bouts of heavy labour, can wreak havoc with health. Scott Lawrence, a Lethbridge-based osteopath, frequently treats people who […] Read more


At 9,000 acres, Larry Woolliams is a larger operator in the foothills region and makes use of the best technologies that he can to operate profitably.  | Michael Raine photo

VIDEO: Farming by the numbers in the Alta. foothills

A farm family finds having all the information available using precision agriculture lets them make sound choices

AIRDRIE, Alta. — When farmers began using precision agriculture to operate their farms, “they started at the wrong end of the horse.” So says Larry Woolliams, who along with his father, began using data on their farm nearly three decades ago. It has formed the way that the Woolliams farm. The Airdrie, Alta., grain farmer’s […] Read more

China is top-of-mind for all the farm groups attending the 2019 Commodity Classic. | Sean Pratt photo

BLOG: Major U.S. farm conference focuses on China

ORLANDO, Fla. — China is top-of-mind for all the farm groups attending the 2019 Commodity Classic. Davie Stephens, president of the American Soybean Association, said there is no question that the U.S. is going to suffer permanent losses in the Chinese market. He noted that the market wasn’t built overnight. It took decades to develop. […] Read more

Dan Basse, president of AgResource Company, kicked off the 2019 Bayer AgVocacy Forum on a positive note. | Sean Pratt photo

BLOG: Market recovery predicted at Bayer AgVocacy Forum

ORLANDO, Fla. — Dan Basse, president of AgResource Company, kicked off the 2019 Bayer AgVocacy Forum on a positive note. He told the reporters in attendance that he was starting to feel bullish about agriculture for the first time in about six years. Farmers haven’t experienced a big demand driver since the ethanol boom between […] Read more


Grassy Lake, Alta., will be home to a $41.8 million fertilizer terminal for Federated Cooperatives Ltd. The facility will be the third fertilizer terminal for FCL, which opened other facilities in Hanley, Sask., and Brandon in 2017. | FCL graphic

VIDEO: Federated Co-op plans fertilizer terminal in Alberta

TABER, Alta. — Grassy Lake, Alta., will be home to a $41.8 million fertilizer terminal for Federated Cooperatives Ltd. The facility will be the third fertilizer terminal for FCL, which opened other facilities in Hanley, Sask., and Brandon in 2017. Grassy Lake, east of Taber, Alta., is a hamlet within the Municipal District of Taber […] Read more

DOT Technologies Corp. has brought in Rob Saik as chief executive officer of DOT Ready Retail, a new sales and marketing side of the business. | Robin Booker photo

VIDEO: Agri-Trend founder joins DOT marketing

MARICOPA, Ariz. — DOT Technologies Corp. has brought in Rob Saik as chief executive officer of DOT Ready Retail, a new sales and marketing side of the business. DOT is a Saskatchewan-built robotic platform designed to bring autonomous farming to broad acre grain production. “DOT Ready Retail will run in parallel to the DOT manufacturing […] Read more