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Clubroot and other crop diseases have startlingly similar transmission pathways and preventive measures as public health challenges such as COVID.

How canola diseases act like COVID-19

There are startling similarities between public health and plant health as coronavirus precautions reveal

With the COVID-19 pandemic, society is gaining a whole new understanding of how diseases spread and how following proper precautions can make a huge impact on slowing the spread. While the human stakes are lower for crop diseases, the economic stakes can be high — and the similarities between COVID-19 and crop disease management is

PMU producers have seen volumes fall and the collection season curtailed in recent years.

Remaining PMU producers brace for more cuts

The once-robust industry is now a fading shadow of its former self

The hits keep coming for the region’s remaining pregnant mare urine producers. They’ve been told to expect further production cuts for the 2020-21 season, despite signing a three-year, 18-week collection contract with Pfizer Canada in 2019. It follows of the heels of last year’s cuts which resulted in production of PMU to cease at five


Gold industry CEO Kelvin Dushnisky says his youth on a farm near Birtle was the very important start of his career path.

Proudly Manitoban

Simple rural values serve well for life as a corporate executive on the world stage

No matter where life takes Kelvin Dushnisky, CEO of AngloGold Ashanti of Johannesburg, South Africa, he still considers Manitoba his home. “I have lived in a few places but unequivocally when I am asked where I call home, the answer is Manitoba,” says Dushnisky, formerly of Birtle. “I am very proudly Manitoban and I promote

Educators Leah Obach and Devon Caldwell are adding

The ‘Kenton Girls’ are educating the educators

Passion for teaching and lifelong learning leads two Manitoba teachers on a unique adventure

As teachers and students from across the province headed back to school this fall, two women from Kenton embarked on new roles in the classroom of life. As educators, they have become teachers to the teachers, by taking their classroom roles to a whole other level with KG (Kenton Girls) Education, an online and in-person

This crop-duster is a dual-purpose firefighting machine.

Birtle crop-dusters add firefighting to their profile

First-of-its-kind multi-purpose plane that can battle blazes ready for take off

A Birtle-area crop-duster is getting into the firefighting business. Randy and Janet Sandstrom have expanded their crop-dusting business to now offer aerial firefighting assistance to local fire departments. They are the proud owners of a serial No. 1 from Thrush Aircraft, a single cockpit plane with a switchback fire gate, the first-of-its-kind, multi-purpose aircraft capable


Shoal Lake Grade 12 student Austin Tataryn received his laptop from Richardson Pioneer representative Rick Kienas at a June 12 presentation at Shoal Lake School.

Gently used laptops find a new home

Former Richardson employee works with the company to donate surplus machines to high school graduates

Thirty high school students from Shoal Lake and Strathclair each recently received a refurbished laptop thanks to a joint initiative by Shoal Lake School alumna Jennifer Stefansson and Richardson International Limited. The new program is for high school graduates who have contributed to their community but do not have a laptop and intend to pursue

Shane and Lonnie Brown in action at the 2018 CCA Finals Rodeo in Swift Current, Sask.

Virden brothers share cowhand traditions

Shane and Lonnie Brown like nothing more than teaching a greenhorn to handle a rope

Shane and Lonnie Brown, of Virden, believe in sharing ranch traditions with anyone who is interested. Putting that in action has become an annual event at their team roping clinic where they share their passion for roping and horsemanship skills with youth. April 13 and 14 saw 24 eager participants, ranging from age five to

Ex moves to rebuild heavy horse show

The organization says it remains committed to the iconic event

The Provincial Exhibition is beginning the process of rebuilding the heavy horse show at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair after just two hitches competed this year. A meeting held during the fair in late March saw concerns brought forward by 50 exhibitors and draft horse enthusiasts. The goal of the discussion was to come away


Dallas Johnston, pictured with grandson Aysen Abey, and the black Angus steer named Profyle who raised $32,250 for his namesake organization with the CancerCare Foundation.

Cattle industry rallies around CancerCare

The sector says it’s going to do all it can to raise the ‘PROFYLE’ of the fight against childhood cancer

A recent auction at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair worked overtime — or perhaps more accurately, double time — to raise funds for children’s cancer research. In the end the event raised over $32,000 for this cause, and how that figure was raised is a testament to the charitable generosity of the sector. An Angus

PMU mares like this have become a rare sight in Manitoba following years of cuts.

PMU ranchers see cuts

The industry remains a shrinking shadow of its former self

Equine ranchers serving the hormone replacement therapy industry are seeing another round of cuts. The news came March 29, in an official statement from Pfizer Canada and affects a total of five operations in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. It results in a 17 per cent reduction in production, which equals 33,000 grams of estrogen. Producers are