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Feather sector’s on-farm upgrade program underway

Applications now being accepted for funding

The federal free trade compensation program to help Canada’s poultry and egg producers pay for on-farm upgrades, renovations and improvements is now taking applications. The $646.8 million, 10-year Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program (PEFIP) is now formally underway, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced Monday. Each eligible Canadian producer is entitled to an amount proportional

George Graham said he and other landowners asked Manitoba Hydro to build transmission towers along the property line where it would be less of a hazard to machinery.

Farmer says Manitoba Hydro disregarded safety in placing new lines

If farmers choose to farm public road allowances, it’s their job to take safety precautions says Hydro

A Foxwarren-area farmer says Manitoba Hydro’s high-handed treatment has left his farm less safe and caused him to relinquish leased land he says is now too dangerous to work. “We as citizens need to be aware of Hydro and Hydro lines and avoid contact, but Hydro doesn’t seem to take any interest or responsibility to


Manitoba Hydro sees rise in farm accidents

Manitoba Hydro sees rise in farm accidents

KAP members told Hydro line height standards have not kept up with farm equipment sizes

Manitoba Hydro says in the last few years it’s seen a sharp rise in collisions between farm equipment and power infrastructure. “The outcome for these contacts can be tragic and severe,” said Cyril Patterson, Manitoba Hydro’s director for distribution, operations and maintenance for rural Manitoba. He and other Manitoba Hydro staff spoke during the Keystone

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Rural, remote crime targeted in Tory MP’s bill

Bill would consider crimes' settings during sentencing

An Alberta Conservative MP is trying to tackle rural crime by introducing a law that would punish more severely those accused of targeting remote, and vulnerable, people or property. Red Deer-Lacombe MP Blaine Calkins introduced his private member’s bill for first reading in the House of Commons on Tuesday. “Rural Canadians too often don’t feel

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Saskatchewan to pare school tax mill rate for farmland

EPT mill rates to rise for residential, other properties

Saskatchewan’s latest budget taps down the education property tax (EPT) mill rate it sets on farmland, while raising those mill rates on other property classes. The provincial government, in Tuesday’s budget, set the provincewide EPT mill rate on agricultural land for 2021 at 1.36, down slightly from the previous rate of 1.43. EPT mill rates


U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai is sworn in at the White House on March 18, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Tom Brenner)

New U.S. trade chief Tai focused on CUSMA, China ties in calls

New trade deals on hold for now, White House says

Washington | Reuters — New U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai mapped out her priorities and Washington’s desire to rebuild alliances in initial calls on Monday with her counterparts from Canada, Britain and the European Union. Tai, sworn in Thursday as President Joe Biden’s top trade negotiator, emphasized climate change, racial equity and the need to

Members of the Regina Pats during a May 20, 2018 game against New Brunswick’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan at Brandt Centre in Regina. (CHL photo by Marissa Baecker)

Ag equipment maker buys WHL’s Regina Pats

Brandt takes full ownership of hockey club

Regina-based machinery manufacturer the Brandt Group is levelling up from partner to full owner of the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats. Brandt, which since 2005 has held the naming rights to the Pats’ home arena, Brandt Centre — formerly the Regina Agridome — said Friday it has approval from the league’s board of governors and

Roquette was forced to deal with a quickly evolving situation while also managing its construction process at Portage la Prairie.

Protein companies ponder COVID-19 echoes

How many of the COVID-19 adjustments are likely to stick as the ‘old normal’ slowly reasserts itself?

Flip the calendar back to this time last year. It’s the first months of 2020. COVID-19 is just starting to worm its way into the North American consciousness. Most of us have just heard the phrase “social distancing” for the first time. The first COVID-19-related public health orders are being released. Inside food-processing plants and


Incoming WTO director-general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala takes part in an online meeting before speaking during an interview with Reuters in Potomac, Maryland on Feb. 15, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Joshua Roberts)

Canada hails new WTO chief

Trade body names first African, and first female, DG

Canada is lending its support to the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) choice for its new director general. Ngorzi Okonjo-Iweala was chosen Feb. 15 by WTO members as the international trade body’s new head, making her the first woman and the first African to serve in the role. Mary Ng, Canada’s minister of small business, export

Bison Transport has operated out of Winnipeg since 1969.

Richardson buys major Winnipeg trucking firm

Bison’s divisions include refrigerated hauling and intermodal trucking

The owner of Canada’s biggest agri-food company has bought full control of one of Canada’s biggest trucking companies. James Richardson and Sons Ltd., the parent firm of agribusiness Richardson International, announced Jan. 5 it has bought 100 per cent of the shares of Winnipeg-based Bison Transport for an undisclosed sum. Bison employs about 3,700 staff