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Watch for slow-moving farm equipment: RCMP

Motorists urged to take precautions when meeting farm equipment on roadways

RCMP and Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) are warning motor vehicle drivers once again to slow down as the growing season nears its end and farmers move large equipment on public roadways. “This year we have already had one death on our roads because of a collision with farm equipment,” said RCMP Insp. Ed Moreland, officer in […] Read more

Dairy Farmers of Manitoba chair David Wiens described the Canadian dairy sector’s proAction initiative at the inaugural One Welfare conference.

Providing the proof consumers want on animal care

DFC’s proAction animal welfare assessment program helps farmers demonstrate that high standards are being met

In 2008 two brothers who farm near Ste. Anne built a new barn to replace the one their father erected in the 1960s. His was “a Cadillac barn” and the best of the best for its time, but by the mid-2000s times had changed. It wasn’t just a robotic milking system for their 220 cows […] Read more

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Human and animal welfare closely linked: conference

International speakers visit Winnipeg to share research on animal welfare and human mental health

Healthy people take good care of animals they’re responsible for, whether they’re pets, or the farm’s livestock, but the reverse is also sadly true. Those who neglect the welfare needs of their animals, or who outrightly abuse an animal, often have serious psychological problems. A first-of-its kind conference held in Winnipeg Sept. 26 to 28 […] Read more

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Your own goose — and how to cook it

A few more of us are finding out we’re still a little wild at heart

My husband hunts. I don’t. But I do get why he goes, even if I’m not getting up at 5 a.m. to go with him. Like most hunters, he’ll tell you this fall ritual is important to him. It’s a family tradition and a walk in the woods. It’s a time to reconnect with the […] Read more

MWI to host workshops on family health

The MWI is hosting two events in October aimed to help families better communicate, 
handle conflict and improve understanding of financial issues

A family that gets along well and communicates effectively is a safe and secure place. One that’s chaotic and regularly in conflict is not. This fall the Manitoba Women’s Institute is tackling some of the thorny issues around causes of family conflict, while offering help to lessen it. Two Manitoba Rural Women’s Day events — […] Read more

John Heim of Torque Brewing Co. in Winnipeg takes home the 2016 Great Manitoba Food Fight gold prize for the company’s new Witty Belgian Wheat Beer.

Top food fight prize goes to craft beer maker

Craft beer, energy bars, and Asian-inspired sauerkraut impress Great Manitoba Food Fight panel judges in 2016

The 2016 Great Manitoba Food Fight’s top prizewinner is a unique small-batch beer, signalling the creativity and new potential in this province’s emerging craft brewing sector. John Heim of Torque Brewing Co. in Winnipeg last week took home the gold package worth $10,000 for the Witty Belgian Wheat Beer the company has developed. The beer […] Read more

This isn’t an exact replica but an example of the kinds of mobile units already in use in the U.S. offering farmers farm safety education on the dangers of grain entrapment.

Grower groups kick in cash for grain safety

Funds will help launch a mobile unit for farm safety education at farm shows and offering training for first responders

A large cash contribution is going to help the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) warn farmers and their families about the dangers of working in and around stored 
grain facilities. Four grower organizations including the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA), Alberta Pulse Growers (APG), Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), and Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA) have […] Read more

Direct Farm Manitoba wants more marketing freedom for farm products

Direct Farm Manitoba, organized in March 2016 to represent farms producing and selling direct 
to consumers, holds first meeting with provincial ag minister

A first meeting with the provincial minister of agriculture has gone well, says a spokesman for a new organization representing direct marketers of farm products. Phil Veldhuis is spokesman for Direct Farm Manitoba, a group organized this spring to promote an improved policy environment for direct-to-consumer farm business. They sat down last week with Ralph […] Read more

Pipestone-area producer Bryce Lobreau planted 15 acres of Linden butternut squash this summer.

Grain growers try their hand at veg production

Canadian Prairie Garden Puree Products Inc., based in Portage la Prairie 
has significantly ramped up its organic product line

Not long ago Bryce Lobreau would have scoffed had someone told him he’d be growing a field of vegetables one day. The Pipestone-area farmer was focused on building up his cattle herd, to become what is now Manitoba’s largest organic livestock feeder, and expanding his land base, now at 5,000 acres of mostly hay land […] Read more

Rolf Penner’s neighbours have put in long hours on the family’s farm this fall helping take the harvest off after Penner’s father was killed in a highway accident.

Tragedy brings out the best in farm community

Within hours of learning their 76-year-old neighbour had been killed in a car accident, farm neighbours began organizing to help harvest the family’s crops

At his father’s funeral this summer, Rolf Penner spoke of how working alongside him on the farm was a bit like being ‘like an old married couple.’ “We would bicker and fight and argue over things, but when it came down to it we were always there for each other,” he said. And they’d always […] Read more