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MWBGA offers ‘principles’ on ‘value creation’

It says AAFC must continue to bring new cereal varieties to market

Government and farmer-funded plant breeding has benefited Canadian farmers greatly, the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) says in the preamble to its principles on seed value creation. “The MWBGA emphasizes many critical questions remain unanswered concerning which value creation model proposed by AAFC/CFIA (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada/Canadian Food Inspection Agency) best serves Manitoba […] Read more

Seed royalty costs discussed at Ag Days

Wheat deregistration as an anti-competitive tool is on regulators’ radar

There’s more word on just how big the bill could be under proposed new royalty models intended to fund variety development. A slide presented at Ag Days Jan. 23 showed a range of $1 a tonne or $1.30 an acre to $3 a tonne or $3.90 an acre. A farmer who grows 300 acres of […] Read more

Spud growers battling storage woes

A wet and cold fall saw some potatoes dug and stored at less than optimal conditions

A tough harvest is translating into a challenging storage season for Manitoba potato growers. It’s especially frustrating because growers were looking at a bumper crop, forecast to be the third-largest harvest on record. But they were denied that by rains that delayed harvest and hard frosts that hit in mid-October causing ground to freeze as […] Read more

Participants wanted for on-farm study of flowering habitats

Study will look at impact of flowering habitats for pollinators, natural enemies of pests

Pollinators and natural enemies of pests may improve the health of agroecosystems. Have you considered practices to enhance them on your farm? If so, we want to partner with you for an on-farm project. Project Establish flowering plants at crop field margins to determine if this habitat increases crop productivity by increasing pollinators and natural […] Read more

Garland family recognized for environmental stewardship

Steven and Heather Welland wanted to return to their farming roots, but the price of land was prohibitive and there wasn’t much available to purchase where they used to live. That’s what prompted a move in 2013 from Bracebridge, Ontario, to Garland, Manitoba, after purchasing a 160-acre farm here. The couple, who has four children, […] Read more

Ag Action Manitoba adds to fundable farm projects

Farmers have until Feb. 22 to apply for 2019-20 beneficial management practice funding

Livestock producers and forage growers will feature heavily in the next round of farm funding under Ag Action Manitoba. The province has added five beneficial management practices (BMPs) for assurance funding in 2019-20, most of which relate to perennial crops or livestock, on top of 10 management practices already on the books. Why it matters: […] Read more

Organic production an economic winner

The latest cost-of-production estimates for organic crops paint a picture of resilience

Manitoba Agriculture has released its latest organic crops cost-of-production figures and once again the production system is stacking up well against conventional agriculture. Higher production costs are typically met by higher prices, which more than offset the production lag organic growers can experience, Roy Arnott, a farm management specialist with Manitoba Agriculture’s Killarney office, told […] Read more

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Grocery store entry easier than ever

Even those with limited product volumes should explore these opportunities, business development specialist tells St. Jean Farm Days

It’s never been a better time to start a food-processing business. Where in years gone by there were nothing but barriers, now more grocery stores are keen to stock locally produced products, says a Manitoba Agriculture business development specialist. Gone are expensive listing fees to buy shelf space in stores, and you won’t find yourself […] Read more

Decker Colony celebrates after overcoming challenges

Friends and neighbours once again met together with colony for annual get-together

Decker Colony’s annual holiday get-together in December 2018 had special meaning and was a time of thanks for the Hutterite community for hardships overcome. In May of 2017 fire destroyed two-thirds of its large equipment shed and a number of vehicles within it. The building not only served as a main cog in the farming […] Read more

Green and yellow peas in white bowls

Roquette gives pea quality checklist

Environmental Farm Plans, cross-contamination worries and MRL conflicts are among the highlights of Roquette’s pea quality requirements

Farmers wanting to feed Roquette’s soon-to-be- commissioned pea protein plant in Portage la Prairie will face a few stiff quality stipulations. John Buch, risk and grain department manager with Roquette, gave an overview of the company’s requirements during Ag Days 2019, including grade, traceability and MRL conflicts that will preclude growers from using certain chemistries […] Read more