Manitoba flood bulletin #6: April 17, 2014

Province of Manitoba media bulletin Summary Temperatures are forecast to rise through the Red River Valley in Manitoba over the next few days, with five to 15 millimetres of precipitation over Friday and Saturday. The crest of the Red River is now predicted to reach Emerson Friday or Saturday with a flow rate of approximately […]

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COOL not going away

Supporters will move quickly to replace if it is struck down

Even if Canada wins its battle against country-of-origin labelling at the World Trade Organization (WTO) this summer, Canadian livestock producers could still lose the war. Congressman Collin Peterson, the ranking member of the U.S. house committee on agriculture, told reporters here last week there are groups in the U.S. that support COOL regulations and want […]

Argentine port workers to strike over wages — April 16, 2014


Buenos Aires | Reuters — Port workers in Argentina’s Rosario grains hub will start an indefinite wage strike on Thursday, Edgardo Quiroga, head of the San Lorenzo chapter of the powerful CGT labor union, said in an interview Wednesday. With inflation estimated at more than 30 per cent, one of the world’s highest rates, Argentine […]

U.S. livestock: Pork price rebound rallies CME hogs — April 16, 2014


Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange hog futures on Wednesday settled higher after a choppy day of trading, supported by unexpectedly strong demand for pork at wholesale, traders said. Wednesday morning’s wholesale pork price turned $2.38 per hundredweight (cwt) higher at $124.11, after falling $2.68 the day before, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture […]

Cargill grain terminal in Nesbitt, Manitoba

KAP wants open railway running rights to spur improved rail service

Delegates complain about the historically wide basis on grain prices 
at their spring general council meeting

Two major western farm groups called on the federal government to increase competition in rail transportation last week by granting running rights on national railroads. The calls from Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) and the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association (WCWGA) came as the senior railway officials continued to publicly defend their performance and lobby against […]

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Odds slim to none that global warming natural

It doesn’t matter how you cut the numbers, 
human activity is behind it

An analysis of temperature data since 1500 all but rules out the possibility that global warming in the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the Earth’s climate, according to a new study by McGill University physics professor, Shaun Lovejoy. The study, published online April 6 in the journal Climate Dynamics, represents a new […]

Map of agricultural restoration project.

Restoration Agriculture project moving forward

Gimli-area farmers to host permaculture expert Sepp Holzer in May

The design is in, dozens of species of fruit- and nut-bearing trees have been ordered, and now the owners of Prairie Heritage Farm north of Gimli are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the spring planting season. Last fall, Kirsten Benot and her husband Daniel hosted a three-day workshop featuring perma-culture pioneer Mark Shepard. Along with […]

Manitoba flood bulletin #5: April 16, 2014

Province of Manitoba media bulletin Summary Prolonged temperatures of as much as 15 degrees cooler than normal have prevented ice breakup on the Red River from Emerson to Winnipeg. The ice remains 10 to 20 per cent thicker than normal for this time of year. The Red River at Emerson is expected to peak on […]

ADM set to take full control of Toepfer — April 15, 2014


U.S. agrifood giant Archer Daniels Midland plans to buy the stake it doesn’t yet own in international grain trading house Toepfer International, and to forge ahead with the sale of its chocolate business, in its latest round of “portfolio management.” ADM, which has owned 80 per cent of Toepfer since 2002, said Tuesday it proposes […]