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Manitoba prepares for African swine fever

The hog industry is planning ahead and learning from the past

The Manitoba pork sector says it won’t be caught flat footed if African swine fever (ASF) makes its way here. The virulent disease is wreaking havoc in China and industry and government both concede it could be just a plane ride away from Manitoba. “In my opinion, I think you can never be prepared enough,” […] Read more


Rare native prairie to continue in perpetuity

Galawan land donation ensures that habitat will be protected for some species at risk

The New Oxford Dictionary defines ‘gem’ as a person or thing considered to be outstandingly good or special in some respect. By this definition, the quarter section of native prairie grassland formerly owned by mixed grain and cattle producer Peter Galawan of Lenore can undoubtedly be described as a gem. The 160-acre plot northeast of […] Read more



WANTED: Hay fields for Green Gold testing

MFGA seeking producers with hay fields that are mostly alfalfa

Once again the Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association (MFGA) is seeking producers interested in participating in our Green Gold program. We believe the MFGA Green Gold Program (Optimum Alfalfa Harvest Date or Hay Day) represents one of MFGA’s longest-standing, most successful services to Manitoba forage producers and we want it to be the best program possible. On […] Read more


Elkhorn farm named to Bill Lenton Memorial Award

Ken and Sharon Johnson of Elkhorn, Man., took home the top honours when Manitoba’s bison industry met for its annual meeting, sale, show and awards gala this past March

The winner of this year’s Bill Lenton Memorial Award can tell a story or two about Manitoba bison. When Ken and Sharon Johnson first introduced a handful of bison to their farm in the late ’90s, the industry was a very different place. Manitoba’s producers were just starting to organize — a national bison group […] Read more



KAP wants government action on canola spat

While Chinese and Canadian officials are talking, so far China hasn’t agreed to a face-to-face meeting

Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) is frustrated the federal government hasn’t done more to restore Canadian canola exports to China a month after the current trade dispute began. At press time Monday the Chinese had not replied to Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau’s request to send a Canadian delegation to China led by the Canadian Food Inspection […] Read more


KAP grapples with China canola trade dispute

Can science trump politics and what sort of government aid, if any, is needed?

What, if any, support the federal government should provide canola farmers following the loss of their biggest canola customer China, was discussed at the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) advisory council meeting here April 2. Members also talked about how to get the Chinese government to engage with Canada to try and fix the impasse. China […] Read more



Farmers sticking with canola-seeding plans

If you’re thinking of changing, contact your seed retailer ASAP

So far it looks like western farmers are sticking to their rotations and not jumping out of canola this spring, despite losing their top market, China. “Farmers are locked and loaded and sticking to it,” Canadian Canola Growers Association CEO Rick White said in an interview April 4. “Yes, some have been pushing their rotations. […] Read more


Changes to cash advances can help canola farmers’ cash flow: White

The Saskatchewan government says the entire loan should be interest free

One way to help canola farmers suffering lower prices following the loss of the Chinese market is enhancing the cash advance program, says Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) CEO Rick White. “We have a tool,” White, whose organization administers 98 per cent of Western Canada’s cash advances, said in an interview April 4. “That’s what […] Read more



A tale of two proteins

Are plant and animal proteins competitors or complementary under the province’s new ‘protein strategy’?

The provincial government wants Manitoba to be a protein province, but the jury is still out on where that investment will fall between livestock and plant-based protein. The province has said both plant and animal protein sectors will benefit from the government’s Manitoba Protein Advantage Strategy. “We’re positioned so well, probably better than any other […] Read more


VIDEO: Stemming the spread of blackleg

Justine Cornelsen with the Canola Council of Canada shares three things canola growers can do to help limit disease

A recent canola disease survey for Manitoba shows that blackleg is present in nearly 75 per cent of fields. Thanks to improved to genetics, the number of blackleg incidences in plants is much lower, but anything that can impact yield loss is always cause for concern. In this video, Justine Cornelsen with the Canola Council […] Read more