Winkler fire chief Richard Paetzold (left), Glenboro deputy fire chief Garth McIntyrewere in Westman Place Arena Tuesday demonstrating how a rescue would occur in the even of a grain entrapment. Glen Blahey, (right) is CASA’s Agricultural Health and Safety Specialist who is at the display to speak to farmers about best practices procedures for grain handling and storage.

New safe handling program announced at Ag Days

CASA launches BEGRAINSAFE program

A new exhibit for the BEGRAINSAFE program launched by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association is on display at Ag Days this week. The interactive trade show display and a mobile entrapment trailer demonstration unit in the Westman Place Arena aim to help educate farmers about the risks associated with handling grain. The risks are rising, […] Read more


An example of rill erosion which occurs when run-off water forms small channels while running down bare soil.

More emphasis should be placed on soil health, MCDA speaker says

Cover crops, reduced tillage, crop and livestock diversity can all help reduce watershed challenges

We’ve all had those moments when we realize what we do most of the time matters more than what we attempt once in a while. One of those light bulbs snapped on for Ryan Canart while sitting at a soil health conference in Alberta awhile back. The district manager for the Upper Assiniboine River Conservation […] Read more



Nitrogen use is going to get a lot more sophisticated in the coming years.

High-tech fertilizers offer great promise

More expensive fertilizer likely cheap compared to future N20 pricing

The fertilizers farmers use will one day be manufactured from algae or hydrogen fuel, not natural gas, and they’ll be ‘SMARTer’ too, said a speaker at St. Jean Farm Days last week. These will be long-lasting sensor-based nano fertilizers, not likely to be nearly as easy to handle as current products, and which may reside […] Read more


Multiple flooding events in the Assiniboine River basin the past several years have seen crops losses increase in many jurisdictions.

MCDA updated on progress of Aquanty project

Conservation districts could one day use the program to run water-based scenarios in their jurisdictions

It’s no crystal ball, but when a new computer modelling program now under development is complete, a much clearer picture how various flood and drought scenarios could impact the rural landscape will emerge. Delegates at last month’s Manitoba Conservation District Association annual convention heard more about how a new HydroGeoSphere model under construction will work […] Read more



Telecommunication tower with beautiful sky background

Study says faster Internet speeds not enough

The Rural Development Institute says increasing the culture of use in rural areas 
is equally important to making faster broadband available

A new study by the Rural Development Institute (RDI) in Brandon says rural residents will need help becoming more Internet savvy as faster broadband services become available. “Everybody treats broadband with a mentality of ‘build it and they will come,’” said RDI research associate Wayne Kelly. “What we’re finding, though, is that there is a […] Read more


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Happy anniversary, Canada — and canola!

This is a year to celebrate our own ‘Made in Canada’ crop

If you’re still pondering new year’s resolutions, a good one for 2017 would be spend more time learning more about our wonderful country’s history, geography, culture and its innumerable accomplishments. 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation. It’s a year for plenty of parties, festivals, and commemorations. Canadian agriculture is reaching an important milestone of […] Read more



Workers bone and cut beef at a meat packing plant in Toronto, May 22, 2003. Work continues at the plant despite several countries placing a temporary ban on Canadian beef after a case of Mad Cow disease was discovered on an Alberta farm.

Four-year rule for TFWs tossed out

Government is also committing to develop pathways to permanent residency for eligible applicants among TFWs

Federal officials recently announced that temporary foreign workers (TFWs) will no longer be required to leave Canada after four years’ employment. The government will also begin paving the way for more to remain in Canada permanently. The ‘cumulative duration’ or ‘four-in, four-out rule,’ was a requirement that these workers could only work here four years […] Read more


Jake Suderman holds the musical jack-in-the-box and spinning top initially bought for their young son. Classic toy purchases eventual led to selling toys in the Village Toy Shop on their property in Chortitz. 
Helen Suderman holds some of the Village Toy Shop's most popular dolls.

Tiny store specializes in timeless toys

The Village Toy Shop in Chortitz south of Winkler, is a popular place to shop at Christmas — and year round — among families looking for timeless, top-quality toys

Jake Suderman remembers the time one of his young customers thought he really might be you-know-who. “She was maybe two years old, and she kept walking by the counter and looking up at me,” he recalls. “All of a sudden she says ‘are you Santa Claus?’” No, he was not, he politely told her. She […] Read more



Conservation districts need to step up their visibility with the public said Open Farm Day
co-ordinator Wendy Bulloch, a speaker at the 41st annual meeting of the MCDA last week.

Snowstorm keeps many — but not all — away from 41st MCDA AGM

Strategic plan, funding needs were discussed and ideas exchanged during smaller-than-planned MCDA meeting in Brandon Dec. 6 to 8

A massive snowstorm kept away nearly half the delegates — about 160 — trying to travel to Brandon for the Manitoba Conservation District Association’s annual meeting, which was held from Dec. 6-8. Numerous speakers also cancelled, but that resulted in some delegates successfully coaxed into taking their place, giving the event a new local tone. MCDA […] Read more


Farm land owner Boris Michaleski (left) and IMCD technician Aaron Kulbacki stand at one of two dry dam sites constructed earlier this year on Michaleski’s farm land to temporarily hold back water during peak flows.

Farm-based dry dams to help reduce downstream flooding

Intermountain Conservation District built two dry dams in 2016 on a 
Keld-area farm that will hold water temporarily on farmland – the landowner sees gains from doing so

Road washouts, soil erosion and other water-related damage are nothing new to any municipality, but some parts of Manitoba are especially vulnerable. Those living and farming around Riding Mountain National Park are all too familiar with the kind of havoc water rushing downstream creates. With the steepest slopes in the province in their region, Inter-Mountain […] Read more