Fishing derby draws crowd

The Rivers Northern Pike Fish Derby saw a good crowd again this year


There were 189 registered contestants in the Rivers and Area Game and Fish Association 10th annual Northern Pike Fish Derby on Mar. 10 on Lake Wahtopanah. A total of 37 fish were caught during the five-hour derby. This year’s winner was Wade Turner of Brandon, hooking an 83.2-cm pike. Proceeds from the event are used […] Read more


Beef producers seeing more wolf kills

Wolf predation is a growing concern among producers, says association president

A decade ago spotting a wolf was rare in this part of Manitoba’s Interlake. But the one Robert Green shot last fall wasn’t skulking through the bush around their Fisher Branch-area cow-calf operation. The animal had come right into their farmyard. It’s not the only close encounter the Greens have had with wolves lately either. […] Read more



Steinbach dairy is cream of the crop

Brent and Kirsty Oswald have been named Manitoba’s Outstanding Young Farmers

Cottonwood Holsteins, near Steinbach, has been dairying for three generations now. But when Brent and Kirsty Oswald took over the family operation in 2008, big changes were in store — starting with the robots. In 2009, the couple raised a new barn, moving dairy operations from the building used by Brent’s parents to a new […] Read more


Organic agriculture no panacea: study

Too many uncertainties exist to say it’s the only solution

Organic agriculture has benefits but it is not a silver bullet for global food security, a new study says. Too much scientific uncertainty exists for organic agriculture to be considered a better alternative to conventional farming, says the study by two University of British Columbia researchers. “(O)rganic agriculture cannot be the Holy Grail for our […] Read more



Manitoba Beef Producers releases carbon pricing policy

The beef industry is part of the solution and must not have punitive 
profit-killing measures enacted, says MBP

Manitoba Beef Producers is proposing a carbon pricing policy centred around recognizing its sector as part of the solution. Pastures and grassland play a key role in carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas reduction, the organization said. “We believe we have a valuable role to play in helping Manitoba achieve its goal of reducing GHGs,” said […] Read more


Dashing through the snow

Canada’s largest sleigh ride is bigger and better than ever

It’s touted as the largest sleigh ride in Canada, but to participants in this year’s 20th anniversary event Mar. 4 near Riding Mountain National Park, it’s pure and simple winter fun. Close to 300 people attended this year, and a total of 56 sleighs and horse teams. Participants departed from both north of Rossburn and […] Read more



Fresh vegetables on bark.

Horticulture industry gets a taste of Manitoba as national council gathers in Winnipeg

About 200 members of the Canadian Horticulture Council were expected 
to attend the annual general meeting held in Winnipeg March 14-16

Winnipeg recently played host to Canada’s horticulture industry. Around 200 members of Canadian Horticulture Council gathered for the organization’s annual general meeting March 14-16. The Vegetable Growers Association of Manitoba, Peak of the Market, Keystone Vegetable Producers Association and Keystone Potato Producers Association are among Manitoba organizations represented, joining members from across Canada. “It basically allows […] Read more


Canola’s biological future still bright

The crop has been a major beneficiary of good science, something researchers hope 
will continue as they warn of sustainability challenges

Wilf Keller knows exactly what’s on the top of his canola wish list. Keller heads up Saskatoon’s Ag-West Bio and is well known for his contributions to early plant biotechnology work. At the recent Canola Council of Canada convention he participated in a panel discussion on past and future canola innovation. “We need to look […] Read more



Manitoba classrooms boost ag literacy

Minnedosa’s Tanner’s Crossing School is one of 235 Manitoba schools participating 
in the first month-long agricultural literacy event

Tracy Kingdon’s Grade 5/6 class at Tanner’s Crossing School in Minnedosa wasn’t using pens and pencils Mar. 10. Instead, they were shaking whipping cream into butter, getting an up-close look at seed varieties and digging up questions for Lise McQuarrie, one of more than 100 Agriculture in the Classroom volunteers invited to Manitoba schools this […] Read more


Zhoda-area couple reports 150 cattle missing

Manitoba Beef Producers spokesman says the loss is unprecedented

Owners of a Zhoda-area cattle operation are warning other cattle producers to be on the lookout, after discovering as many as 150 head disappeared from their ranch. Juergen Schubert, owner of New Country Ranch in Zhoda, Man., was widely quoted in media reports last week saying thieves stole the cows from their herd of 800 […] Read more