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Farmers want and need resources for mental health: survey

Stress, anxiety, depression, emotional exhaustion and burnout are all higher among farmers than among other groups

Canadian farmers are among the most vulnerable to stress, anxiety, burnout and depression, according to early results of an online mental health survey done by researchers at University of Guelph. They experience these symptoms in numbers higher than comparative groups, including those in the U.K. and Norway, where similar studies have been done, said Andria […] Read more


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Grassroots water monitoring pilot underway

The Lake Winnipeg Foundation has a pilot project to co-ordinate community-based water monitoring

It’s well understood high phosphorus levels cause harmful algae blooms in Lake Winnipeg. What’s not yet well understood is precisely where they come from. A new project from the not-for-profit Lake Winnipeg Foundation (LWF) aims to find out. Its Community Based Monitoring project, operating as a pilot program in 2016, aims to co-ordinate the water […] Read more



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Take the Pulse Pledge

Prairie Fare: Roasted Beet Hummus, Cumin Roasted Carrot and Lentil Tacos and Peanut Butter Chickpea Energy Balls

We’re halfway through International Year of Pulses (IYP). Are you eating more of them yet? If not, sign up for the Pulse Pledge. You’ll be inspired to try. First, a word on the IYP. The United Nations declared 2016 the year of pulses to remind us how diets of pulses are healthier for both people […] Read more


Manitoba dairy farmer David Wiens worked with the RM of De Salaberry and the Seine Rat River Conservation District (SRRDC) to create a water retention area that covers a quarter section of his land and additional Crown land bringing the total to a full section. The undertaking will reduce downstream flooding and erosion, particularly where the Rat River flows into St. Malo Lake. It’s the largest project ever undertaken by the SRRCD.

Farmer sees water storage as ‘win-win’

The site covering an entire section temporarily holds back water to reduce downstream flooding

Few landowners would agree to hold water on their land without compensation — but one farmer is working with the Seine Rat River Conservation District (SRRCD) to buck convention. Dairy farmer David Wiens owns a quarter of a section — the rest is provincial Crown land — encompassed by a mile-long dike, constructed to hold […] Read more



Kharl Cabatingan came to Canada eight years ago as a temporary foreign worker, arriving in Neepawa in 2009 to work at Springhill Farms. He brought his wife Ruby Ann and daughter Annikha to live in Neepawa in 2011.

New life in Canada ‘a dream come true,’ couple says

The Cabatingans are one of hundreds of young families now calling 
Neepawa and surrounding municipalities home

Kharl Cabatingan will have his own “settler story” to tell his grandchilden one day. He and wife Ruby Ann became Canadian citizens last year. The couple, both born in the Philippines, has lived in Neepawa not quite all of their young daughter Annikha’s life. She was born shortly after Kharl emigrated in 2008, initially working […] Read more


On board the DC-3 is an instrument similar to one on NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) space satellite launched in 2015.

NASA conducting aerial soil moisture data collection over south-central Manitoba

The NASA aircraft carries a radiometer instrument similar to the one on board 
the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite launched in 2015

The U.S. space program is taking to the skies again in southern Manitoba this summer. They’ll be using a Second World War-era DC-3 airplane to make multiple early-morning north-south passes over farm fields around Elm Creek, Carman and Roland later this summer. It’s all part of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) flight […] Read more



The ‘broadband gap’ still divides Canada despite investment, rural leaders say

Municipal leaders gathered in Winnipeg for the national Federation of Canadian Municipalities held a 
Rural Forum special assembly June 4 to draw attention to needs and policy issues for rural areas

Municipal leaders hope a $500-million commitment in this spring’s federal budget for expanding broadband Internet services to underserviced areas of rural and remote Canada achieves its goal this time. The “broadband gap” still divides rural and urban Canada despite significant investments already made trying to close it, said councillors and mayors attending the Federation of […] Read more


Accompanied by their chaperon Tracy Claeys, (far right), Manitoba delegate Amber Dyrda (front) and Christine Kilpatrick (l to r), Luke Weidenhamer, 
Levi Rimke, Jenai Buchanan and Marika Dewar-Norosky assemble before their meetings with Ottawa officials.


Manitoba delegates inspired by 2016 Citizenship Congress

Youth delegates met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and held a mock 
parliamentary debate in the Senate Chamber at the annual 4-H event

Marika Dewar-Norosky is seeing farm and rural life in a new light following a once-in-a-lifetime trip as a 4-H delegate to Ottawa this spring. The Grade 11 teen from Newdale 4-H Club was one of six Manitoba delegates visiting the nations capital in early May to participate in the 4-H Canada Citizenship Congress. 4-H Canada […] Read more



Anthony Mintenko, Manitoba Agriculture’s fruit crops industry development specialist, began putting out detection traps to keep a lookout for spotted wing drosophila last week.

Fruit Crops Branch begins monitoring for SWD

The Manitoba Agriculture Crop Industry Branch’s Fruit Crops Program began monitoring for spotted wing drosophila last week

Commercial fruit growers in Manitoba welcome all visitors, but the one no one wants to see this summer is spotted wing drosophila (SWD). The tiny vinegar fruit fly was first detected in 2013 in Manitoba but that year — and in 2014 — showed up in early August after most fruit crops were already harvested. […] Read more


Lundar School carpentry teacher Donald Nikkel (l) oversees the school's Industrial Arts home-building project giving students like 16-year-old Cauy Kinkead valuable training and skills.

Lundar School students build for the future — and help others

The school will auction off a finished RTM built by the students as 
part of their Industrial Arts program integrating home building in their studies

Lots of students haven’t nailed down what they plan to do after high school but 16-year-old Cauy Kinkead definitely has. He plans to become a journeyman carpenter, and he credits his school’s unique Industrial Arts program, with its emphasis on home construction, for piquing his interest in a trade. The Grade 10 student at Lundar […] Read more