Bulls being loaded onto a trailer.

Ranchers flock to ‘no-bull’ bull sale

Douglas Bull Test Station’s annual all-breed bull sale passes 50-year milestone

Where do you go when you want a bull, but no B.S.? For 50 years now, ranchers have been boosting their operations’ bullpower at the annual spring sale hosted by the Manitoba Bull Test Station at Douglas, Man. Owned and operated by the Manitoba Beef Cattle Performance Association Inc., it is one of the largest […]

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 […]

Man speaking into microphone at conference

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 […]

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 […]

Car exhaust muffler

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 […]

Farming scholarship application deadline looms — April 15, 2014


Applications for the 2015 Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust are due by April 30. Up to three scholarships of $15,000 each are available. Application forms are available online. Nuffield scholarships are awarded to enthusiastic individuals with a passion for agriculture and a desire to expand their knowledge, pursue new ideas and to share their findings […]

Manitoba flood bulletin #4: April 14, 2014

Province of Manitoba media bulletin – Summary Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing throughout most of southern Manitoba for the early part of this week. These temperatures are expected to slow melting and run-off. A high water advisory is in place for the Whitemud River from Gladstone to Lake Manitoba due to high flows […]

Manitoba flood bulletin #3: April 13, 2014

Province of Manitoba media bulletin – Summary The Portage Diversion is operating for management of ice on the lower Assiniboine River. Channel flows may reach 2,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) in the next 24 hours. Portage Reservoir inflows and upstream conditions are being monitored to inform operating decisions. A high water advisory continues for […]