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Municipalities should get carbon tax revenue: poll

Majority says local communities should get between one-half 
and all of the funds raised by the province

Most Manitobans say carbon tax revenue should go to municipalities — with rural residents slightly more convinced than Winnipeggers at least half should be returned to them. Those are poll results shared by the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) last week. The AMM commissioned Probe Research to ask 1,000 Manitobans how much, if any, of […] Read more

KAP welcomes further carbon tax exemptions

Fuels used to heat and cool livestock buildings, greenhouses or to dry or store crops will be exempt

The Manitoba government’s carbon tax exemption on marked farm fuels used in farm equipment and trucks, has been extended to include heating and cooling farm buildings and drying crops. “A farm building for fuel and carbon tax purposes is a building where you either keep or raise livestock for sale or a building where you […] Read more

Manitoba budget contains multimillion-dollar conservation trust

There’s great potential for the trust to help farmers help the environment, says KAP

A $102-million conservation trust fund announced in the Manitoba government’s March 12 budget could help compensate farmers for protecting the environment, says Keystone Agricultural Producers president Dan Mazier. “That’s how I see the fund being used, but I’m not certain if all of it will be,” Mazier said from his farm near Justice, Man., in […] Read more

Pierson couple 2018 Outstanding Young Farmers

They’ll move on to the national competition 
this fall in Winnipeg

A Pierson-area farm couple are Manitoba’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2018. Brooks and Jen White, of Borderland Agriculture, took over the family grain farm and bison ranch in 2012. It’s so named because the southern boundary of the operation nestles along the U.S. border and the western fringe creeps into Saskatchewan. The couple’s vision for […] Read more

PHOTOS: Fish derby helps promote lake health

Pelican Lake attracted hundreds in early March for the event

A total of 885 fishermen and women registered for the Healthy Lake Committee ice fishing derby March 3 on Pelican Lake, near Ninette. The organization works to ensure a lake clear of algae and healthy fish stocks, mainly through the installation of an aeration system that keeps the bottom of the lake clear of sediments, […] Read more

Spring road restrictions underway

Manitoba’s weight limits will run through May 31 in the southern regions and June 10 in the northern parts of agro-Manitoba

A massive winter storm may have blanketed much of the Prairies, but spring is imminent and seasonal road bans are coming into effect. The annual seasonal weight restrictions will further disrupt grain movement already struggling with rail service issues. In Manitoba, spring road bans began on March 15 in all agricultural regions of the province […] Read more

New turkey market mechanisms needed

Surplus turkey stocks continue to cause problems for 
producers despite improvements

Manitoba turkey producers are looking to their national counterparts to help find a solution to the current overstock of storage turkeys in the country. While the stock of surplus birds was lower this January than last, several factors continue to hamper the flow of turkey through processors and into the market. Bill Uruski, chairman of […] Read more

Injured on the farm? Farm Safety Program wants to know

Manitoba Farm Safety Program wants to hear about incidents so it can post preventive bulletins

The Manitoba Farm Safety Program (FSP) wants farmers to tell it about the injury-causing incidents and near misses that occur on their farms. That information could help others avoid the same mishaps by helping its program do more preventive programming, said FSP program director Keith Castonguay. The FSP launched in 2017 through Keystone Agricultural Producers […] Read more

FALLING NUMBER: More wooden grain elevators bite the dust in Manitoba

Just 133 wooden country elevators remain in Manitoba, says a Manitoba 
historian who also estimates about 40 per cent of these are now abandoned

Rural Manitoba lost one more wooden grain elevator last week with the demolition of a United Grain Growers site at Birch River (above). The building was owned by the RM of Mountain which took possession of it in a tax sale after its private owner passed away. Equipment operators rolled in March 5 after council […] Read more

Rossburn producer breaking ground in cattle industry

Drawing on farm background woman is carving niche for herself as purebred producer

Ever since she was a young girl growing up on the family farm at Solsgirth, Amy Bonchuk has made a name for herself. Whether showing cattle as part of a 4-H beef project or at an elite show, or more recently making a presentation at Manitoba Ag-Ex’s Taste of Beef event this past year, Bonchuk […] Read more