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Young farmers spurred by fundamental human reasons: study

Land access the No. 1 obstacle to starting or continuing farming

Land access the No. 1 obstacle to starting or continuing farming

Young farmers’ motivations to farm despite the obstacles they face are striking and important, says an author of a new study from the University of Manitoba. Researcher Annette Desmarais said she was glad, perhaps a bit surprised to see young farmers wanted to farm so they could spend time with family, be closer to nature, and feel

Livestock producers share their outrage at a last-minute, Oct. 2, 2019 meeting in St. Rose du Lac after the province released incoming changes to Agricultural Crown Lands regulations.

Crown land lease renewals to extend to family transfers

Producer groups had urged the government to add family transfers into their plan for renewing legacy forage leases for the sake of farm succession

[UPDATED: Oct. 6, 2020] Family members taking up the torch on their family’s operations which involve Crown land leases will, in fact, benefit from the right of renewal promised last year by the provincial government. The regulatory change would allow producers who held their grazing or haying lease prior to last year’s changes to renew


Reporter’s Take: COVID-19 too close

My father doesn’t waterski much anymore, although I remember him as an avid skier when I was younger. I remember watching him cut the wake on the slalom, on the wakeboard, and even turning the occasional 180 on the trick skis. Nowadays, though, inviting him to take a turn behind the boat is more likely

Peer groups give context, relationships, accountability

KAP, Backswath Management plug peer groups for producers — especially ‘emerging’ farmers

Joining a producer peer group can provide key relationships, insight into farming issues and professional development, according to a webinar hosted by KAP and Backswath Management. “Peer groups can help you to create context for any one or any number of ‘what if this happens, what if that happens? What about this opportunity, what about

Young farmers more stressed, less able to cope, study finds

Business planning and other management practices contribute to peace of mind, but younger farmers less likely to engage in these for several reasons

A recent study has shown that young farmers are more stressed than older ones — and less likely to be effective at dealing with that stress. “Have you ever heard a farmer say, ‘I have peace of mind’”? said Jake Ayre, a young farmer and second vice-president of Keystone Agriculture Producers (KAP). His tongue may


A panel of experienced farmers recently shared with Manitoba Young Farmers about what they did right, and wrong.

‘Old farmers’ share their wisdom

A panel of experienced farmers tell Manitoba Young Farmers about what they did right and wrong

The panel included: Harold Froese, director with the Manitoba Egg Farmers and a grain, poultry and egg farmer from Oak Bluff; Reg Dyck, an instructor with the University of Manitoba ag diploma program, and former grain and oilseed farmer near Starbuck; Ed Remple, a retired grain farmer from Starbuck; and Barry Routledge, who runs a

Brooks White (l) and Evan Shout.

KAP young farmers tackle efficiency

This year’s Young Farmers conference takes several angles on reducing waste and gaining a slight edge

Efficiency is the theme of this year’s Young Farmers conference, hosted by Keystone Agricultural Producers on March 5. “It impacts every young farmer,” said KAP organizer Thea Green. “It doesn’t matter if you’re growing cows or canola.” This year’s Young Farmers conference is separate from KAP’s annual general meeting, held February 4 and 5. This

Manitoba Beef Producers president Tom Teichroeb addressed worries on Agricultural Crown Land changes, and what MBP will do about them, during a packed lease holders' meeting in Ste. Rose du Lac Oct. 2, 2019.

Year in Review: Crown lands saga continues

Crown land changes were a hot-button topic for northern ranchers in 2019, but with promised rule changes still incoming, it's not over yet

The province’s agricultural Crown lands overhaul went from a simmer to a boil in late 2019 — and northern ranchers are still roiling. Crown lands were gridlocked to start off the year. The province froze all new lease agreements or unit transfers as of fall 2018, after changes to the Crown Lands Act got royal


Recently introduced regulatory changes to Agricultural Crown Lands saw sweeping changes to how forage and grazing leases would be allocated and administered.

Province firm on Crown land changes

Ranchers still hoping for a return to unit transfers or an extended right of renewal for all leases may be disappointed

The province is not backing down on Crown land regulation changes, despite continued pressure from northern ranchers. Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen maintained that ranchers would get right of renewal for existing forage and grazing leases, but stayed firm on the province’s removal of unit transfers. “We’ve said that we’re going to