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The signature heavy horse event is just one of many facets of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair that remains on hiatus awaiting better times.

Royal Manitoba Winter Fair takes 50th anniversary virtual

The anniversary fair was postponed at the last minute last year, but with COVID-19 restrictions still in effect, some elements of the event moved online

When organizers postponed last year’s golden jubilee of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, the hope was that 2021 would bring a triumphant return. They looked forward to the day this spring, when entertainers, horse and cattle shows, ag education, petting zoos and trade shows that typically draw thousands to Brandon at the end of March, resumed. COVID-19, however, has had

FCC’s Marty Seymour reflects on the impacts of COVID-19 on the agricultural industry.

Agriculture learned its COVID lessons — and quickly

Now is the time to start positioning the sector for the coming recovery

The agriculture industry was hit hard by the pandemic. Early on, it became apparent that the sector needed to make changes in order to address the situation. But a year later, by many accounts, the Canadian agriculture sector has adapted effectively — spectacularly, even. This past winter at the Farm Forum conference, Marty Seymour from


Ag in Motion sets digital schedule

Ag in Motion sets digital schedule

COVID uncertainty moves farm show online

As COVID-19 restrictions continue to make in-person gatherings at the Langham, Sask. site uncertain this summer, Ag in Motion is forging ahead with a suite of online events, beginning in March. “We learned in 2020 through our Ag in Motion digital farm show that farmers appreciated being in touch with experts and each other to

The “Salad Queen” was a key fixture at many Salad Month events, including the parade.

‘Salad Month’ was a big deal in 1965

Archival video shows salad parade, ‘Salad Bowl’ football game, and virtues of Manitoba vegetable production

A “Salad Bowl” football game, a horse race, a “Salad Queen” and a parade of vegetable-covered floats — just a few of the big events Manitoba held to promote its vegetable industry in 1965. “In this province, the food business is big business,” says the 1965 video “The Salad Bowl.” The promotional film, produced by

Editor’s Take: The winter of our discontent

Ordinarily at this time of year my colleagues and I would be headed west to Brandon, for the annual Manitoba Ag Days at the Keystone Centre. The first time I ever attended — being a transplanted Saskatchewanian — was more than 20 years ago, as a young reporter under the tutelage of my editors and


The familiar crowds of Ag Days are on hold this winter.

Innovations Showcase heads up reined-in Ag Days

The ag sector will have to make do with a few online efforts and a special publication this year

It’s going to be yet another quiet week at Brandon’s Keystone Centre, when normally there would be tens of thousands of visitors. On Aug. 18, Manitoba Ag Days announced that it would be cancelling its in-person show for 2021, due to COVID-19. Despite speculation on how some form of the show might go ahead online,

Opportunities for plant proteins await

Opportunities for plant proteins await

Plant proteins have a big role to play as Canada positions itself for the future of agri-food

There’s a market out there for the taking for Prairie producers. That was the message Bill Greuel, CEO of Protein Industries Canada shared with the Farm Forum Event earlier this winter. He told the virtual event that agriculture in Western Canada has a lot going for it — innovative producers, a supportive research and development

The halls of the Keystone Centre will remain silent this January, but the Innovation Showcase portion of Ag Days will go on this winter.

Manitoba Ag Days to host Innovation Showcase online, in print

Exhibitors and Ag Days Specials to get listing in publication, web platforms

Producers and exhibitors will still be able to interact and show off ag innovations through Manitoba Ag Days this year, albeit in a very different format. “We know we cannot physically be together this year and so our board wanted to remain committed to ag education, innovation and supporting the communities where our exhibitors and


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Ag publishing house Issues Ink sold

Farms.com buys Winnipeg media company

Online ag information company Farms.com has taken another step into Canadian print media by buying ag publishing and consulting company Issues Ink. Winnipeg-based Issues Ink publishes Germination, Spud Smart, the Alberta Seed Guide, European Seed and Seed World. Its Seed World Group division also includes Seed World Create, a consulting unit providing marketing and communications