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Author Margaret Laurence commemorated in Neepawa

Plaque was unveiled which stands in front of the house in which she once lived

August 10 was a big day for the literary community of Neepawa, Manitoba. On that day, the community held the Manawaka Festival, billed as “a celebration of stories” and, in particular, a celebration of esteemed author, Margaret Laurence, who grew up in Neepawa, and used the town as her basis for stories set in the […] Read more


Bringing in the bread

Cereal and canola growers are smiling after pleasantly surprising yields

Cool-season crops once again dodged the drought bullet this year, according to the first harvest reports from Manitoba Agriculture, but soybeans may not be as lucky. Dry, hot weather has been among the big conversation starters in agro-Manitoba this year. Despite that, according to farm production adviser Rejean Picard, cool-season crop yields have impressed and […] Read more



ALUS gains steam in western Manitoba

ALUS returned to its roots in the Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District in 2014, and producers are buying in

A multi-province program that promises to pay landowners for conservation practices is attracting so much interest in the Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District that providers say they can’t meet the demand. District manager and local ALUS co-ordinator, Colleen Cuvelier said program co-ordinators couldn’t accommodate all the proposals this year, estimating another 100-200 acres could have […] Read more


Rainfall, cool temps stall harvest, crop yields seen variable

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for September 17

Southwest Region Cool, wet weather throughout the week, hindered harvest operations.  Rainfall amounts were very variable, but higher accumulation in southern part of region. Daytime temperatures also cooler, which did not help in drying crops. Harvest in region is 75 per cent complete overall. Cereal harvest is 90 to 95 per cent complete and canola […] Read more



Ticking down to Open Farm Day 2018

Open Farm Day has become one of Manitoba’s largest agricultural outreach efforts, with locations across Manitoba and thousands of visitors, including many who would ordinarily never set foot on a farm

Rural Manitoba has once again been getting ready for its close-up. The occasion is the annual Open Farm Day slated for this Sunday, Sept. 16. Forty-two sites are preparing to open their doors to the public this weekend, slightly down from last year’s 46, although co-ordinator Wendy Bulloch says she is still happy with the […] Read more


KAP calls on farmers to defend Manitoba democracy

The farm group says a plan to remove a rural seat in the legislature and add one in Winnipeg is unjustified and needs to be overturned

[UPDATED: Sept. 17, 2018] The Keystone Agriculture Producers (KAP) is urging farmers to defend their interests and democracy. They’re hoping farmers will tell the Manitoba Electoral Divisions Boundaries Commission not to strip rural Manitoba of one of its seats in the Legislative Assembly and give Winnipeg an additional seat, furthering its political power. “We know […] Read more



KAP GM questions whether boundaries commission members have an open mind

James Battershill says the chair interrupted him while he tried to present the farm group’s position during a public hearing

[UPDATED: Sept. 17, 2018] James Battershill already had concerns about the Manitoba Electoral Divisions Boundaries Commission. According to the general manager of the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) it ignored rural concerns by recommending there be one less rural seat in the Legislative Assembly. And then it held public consultations during harvest — farmers busiest time […] Read more


Locations for Manitoba Electoral Divisions Boundaries Commission public hearings

Seven of the Manitoba Electoral Divisions Boundaries Commission’s 13 public hearings have already taken place. The remaining six are as follows: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 – BEAUSEJOUR Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm Sun-Gro Centre, Sunova Room 360 Veterans Lane, Beausejour TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 – STEINBACH Time: 5:00 pm-7:00 pm Mennonite Heritage Village, Multipurpose Room Highway […] Read more



COPA for Kids introduces youth to aviation

Program enriched by Shoal Lake Flying Club with pilots volunteering time and aircraft

With a top-notch airport nearby, it’s a common occurrence to hear the roar of planes overhead the community of Shoal Lake. Such was the case in July, as pilots helped young passengers take flight as part of the COPA for Kids program, where youth, ages eight to 17 signed up for a free 20- to […] Read more


Crop residue burning down, but not out

Dry weather is one reason, but officials say there are other factors too

Fall stubble burning in the Red River Valley used to be as common as spring seeding. But smoke wafting into Winnipeg became such a health hazard in the late 1980s and early 1990s the Manitoba government began regulating crop residue burning in 1992. Now burning permit requests from farmers in the 10 rural municipalities near […] Read more