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Manitoba cattle ranchers hear clock ticking on grazing lands’ leases

Lack of long-term leases, right of first refusal has many livestock producers pondering their future

Dale Myhre had plans to expand his ranch near Crane River, before the province announced its new approach to agricultural Crown lands. Now he’s wondering if he is going to lose his farm. The long-awaited agricultural Crown land regulation overhaul was announced Sept. 27, sparking immediate anger from ranchers. The new regulations shortened lease terms […] Read more


Winter snowstorm lands its first blows on rural Manitoba

This week’s forecasted storm is already moving into the northwest, although meteorologists say southern Manitoba and the Red River Valley should be braced for the brunt of the snowfall in the next few days

Farmers are scrambling to harvest few last acres as a forecasted blast of winter moves into the northwest. Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has upgraded areas around Dauphin and south to Minnedosa from a special weather statement to a snowfall warning as a Colorado Low looms over the province. The Roblin, Riding Mountain and […] Read more



Ag-chemical cleanup dates, locations set

Drop off outdated or unwanted products for free

CleanFarms Manitoba is giving farmers a chance to safely dispose of unwanted or obsolete crop protection products and livestock medications at upcoming events around the province. There is no charge for participating in the program, which runs from Oct. 21 to 25, with single day clinics in each participating community, between 9 a.m. and 4 […] Read more


MASC says Manitoba farmers not giving up on harvest yet

Wet weather in September delayed Manitoba’s harvest, but there’s still time

Manitoba farmers aren’t giving up on the 2019 crop yet despite an especially wet September which, for the second consecutive year, has delayed harvest. “We’ve had very few calls from producers who have concluded their crop is in a spot where they can’t harvest it, or it’s not going to be worth harvesting,” David Van […] Read more



Delivering emergency services in rural Manitoba a risky business for responders

Farm safety presentation entitled "Trauma, Country Style" designed to ‘scare the crap’ out of paramedics

[UPDATED: Oct. 8, 2019] Tim Hillier got up on stage in front of a conference of paramedics and bluntly told them, “My objective is to scare the crap out of you. “These are very, very dangerous scenes. They’re dangerous for the patients… but they’re dangerous for you as responders as well,” Hillier said. “I don’t […] Read more


Crown Land changes outrage Manitoba ranchers

Tension was high in the Ste. Rose du Lac community hall Oct. 2 during a last-minute meeting of forage and grazing Crown Land leaseholders

Ranchers in the Parkland and Interlake say they are worried that changes to the province’s Agricultural Crown Lands regulations will cost them their farms. It was standing room only at the community hall in Ste. Rose du Lac Oct. 2 as over 350 leaseholders came to express their outrage over incoming regulations. The new regulations, […] Read more



Entz honoured by Organic Trade Association

Plant scientist recognized for contributions to organic agriculture

Dr. Martin Entz, Professor in the Department of Plant Science, was honoured by the Canada Organic Trade Association with the Leadership in Organic Science Award during the 10th anniversary Organic Week Celebration in Toronto on Sept. 11, 2019. The Organic Science Award is awarded to an individual who has demonstrated a significant impact through their research […] Read more


Oak Lake local honoured for land donation for wildlife

Grassland property will serve as permanent wildlife habitat

Oak Lake local Peter Galawan was honoured for his donation of property to the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation on September 20. In 2017, Galawan donated a quarter section of land in the grassland flats of the Arrow Hills, according to a news release from MHHC. It contains Bailey’s Creek, a tributary of the Assiniboine River. […] Read more



Eat, think, vote: Putting food as an election issue on the plate

Candidates gather at the South Osborne Farmers’ Market to chat about food issues

Organizers of a farmers’ market in Winnipeg’s South Osborne neighbourhood want voters to think of food as an election issue. That’s why they brought the ‘Eat Think Vote’ campaign to the season finale of the farmers’ market on September 25. Why it matters: While food isn’t a standard election topic, it coincides with many other […] Read more