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Mike and son Sky harvesting finished castings from a ridge row of manure.

‘Accidental business people’ find niche in worm-made fertilizer

Faces of Ag: A veteran ‘worm farmer’ and his childhood friend set out to offer environmentally friendly fertilizer — years later, business is booming in unexpected ways

It began 35 years ago with a quarter-pound of worms sent in the mail from Kentucky. Mike Jacques bought them to help develop soil for his greenhouse and the Northern Sun Farm Co-op, a small, off-grid community near Sarto in southeastern Manitoba. The soil in the area was sandy and needed some organic input. Jacques

Manitoba Metis Federation says moose hunting ban ignores rights

A one-year extension of a moratorium on moose hunting in certain areas all about the moose: Pedersen

The Manitoba Metis Federation has indicated it’s prepared for a legal battle over members’ constitutional rights to hunt moose. “We are standing firm on our commitment to a balanced approach for Métis harvesters seeking moose meat to feed their families and elders, while limiting the number of animals taken,” said MMF president David Chartrand in


Night hunting has been explicitly outlawed in Manitoba. While Métis and Aboriginal rights remain, new rules require free permits in agro Manitoba, and some strict safety prohibitions.

New night hunting law now in effect

Law proclaimed makes night hunting explicitly illegal

A law which explicitly makes night hunting illegal and which adds more regulations to its enforcement has been proclaimed. “This has been a priority for MWF and our members,” said Manitoba Wildlife Federation in a statement. “Together with all stakeholders and the government, we have made enormous strides.” As amended, the Wildlife Act reads, “No person shall hunt

Sharing stories of earlier challenges and fond reminiscences has helped some seniors cope with the uncertainty of COVID.

Carman seniors use storytelling to connect despite COVID

Many seniors’ programs in rural communities have had to close while others have modified, leaving seniors with fewer options for socializing

COVID-19 isn’t Olive Foote’s first brush with a national crisis. She lived through the Great Depression. “It wasn’t my responsibility when I was eight or nine years old, but I was old enough to join my parents in their concern,” wrote Foote, who lives at Heritage Manor in Elm Creek. “We always made do with

Manitoba’s organic sector seeing slow but steady increase: report

Manitoba was the only Prairie province to see an increase in organic crop acres in 2019

Manitoba’s organic growers and processors posted a year of moderate increases in 2019, according to a new report from the Prairie Organic Development Fund. While Manitoba continues to be by far the smallest of the Prairie provinces in terms of organic acres, it was the only Prairie province to increase its organic acres last year with an addition of


The Exceldor Co-operative poultry processing plant in Blumenort, Man.

COVID cases confirmed at Blumenort poultry processor

Plant processing as usual, but contingency plans in place say turkey, chicken producers

[UPDATED: Oct. 21, 2020] Twenty-seven workers at Blumenort’s Exceldor Co-operative poultry processing plant have tested positive for COVID-19 the company confirmed Oct. 21. The plant remains open and processing as usual. The company says there is no evidence of workplace transmission. *“As far as our operations are concerned, we do not foresee any major impact

U of M student Calum Morrison, along with Professor Yvonne Lawley, are digging into cover crop use on the Prairies in an ongoing survey.

Survey looks for those who’ve grown cover crops – or haven’t

The University of Manitoba study looks to quantify cover crop production across the Prairies

University of Manitoba researchers want to hear from producers growing cover crops – and those who’ve yet to grow them. The survey of cover crops on the Prairies is in its second year, and is calling on all farmers to tell them if they grew a cover crop in 2020 — and if they didn’t, what they

Province, Manitoba Beekeepers announce knowledge transfer program

Applied research and technical support will help beekeepers struggling to keep up with changing agricultural landscape

A new knowledge and research transfer program will bring Manitoban beekeepers applied research and on-the-ground support that’s badly needed said Manitoba Beekeepers Association vice-chair Ian Steppler. “It’s a direct investment into the grassroots of our industry. We’re quite excited about it,” Steppler said. The Knowledge and Research Transfer Program (KRTP), which should begin January 1,


A Municipal Board hearing earlier this fall was the first of its kind under new powers to hear appeals of RM decisions.

Quarry decision a dangerous precedent, say opposition leaders

Government paving the way for party donors to get their way, says Liberal leader

A recent ruling which allowed a quarry to move forward despite repeated denial by the local municipality sets a precedent that “… donors can override democracy and the courts,” says provincial Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont. “It’s a very disturbing precedent,” Lamont told the Co-operator. “It just seems to me that if people want to get

RM of Piney residents met in Sprague on September 21 to discuss options for a public transportation system.

Rural community considers public transit options

Transportation a need likely to grow for an aging rural population that’s seeing services move further away

For aging residents of rural Manitoba, there are few challenges that loom larger than transportation. Consider the different realities of urban and rural seniors. For an urban senior, losing the ability to drive for themselves is still a cruel blow of aging, but it isn’t debilitating. Options ranging from buses, traditional taxis and a plethora