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High soil moisture in southern and central Manitoba may prove to be a concern when snow starts to melt in earnest.

Flood risk high along the Red, lower elsewhere

No word yet on how the coronavirus pandemic might affect flood fighting

Cooler temperatures toward the end of March slowed spring melt, but risk of major flooding remains high along the Red River, according to a report from the United States National Weather Service. A March 19 report said cool temperatures over the following week would continue the gradual thaw, allowing snowmelt to slowly reach streams and

Joey Fiola and Christel Lanthier and their three daughters, Olivia (6), Anne Rose (4) and Lila (1).

Resurrecting the family farm

Faces of Ag: Joey Fiola and Christel Lanthier are determined to give their girls the same farm life that shaped them

As 25 ewes and a gangly baby llama mill around Christel Lanthier, her six-year-old daughter chats to her in French, the language they speak at home. She’s wondering if you want to know anything about the cats, Christel translates for a reporter. Olivia explains the names of the three cats and shows off her stuffed


Bergmann (centre, in black shirt) with Foodgrains Bank staff on a tour in India.

Local farmer witnesses effects of agriculture training on food security

‘Mind-blowing’ learning trip to agriculture projects in India got Will Bergmann thinking about how to help closer to home

Will Bergmann is a foodie, so when his hosts in a remote Indian village began cooking, it just made sense to join in. Bergmann, a farmer and restaurateur from Glenlea, watched a group of men lift a metal bowl, about three feet across, onto an outdoor clay oven. As one man fed the fire with

Rural municipalities ‘grinding to a halt’ in face of pandemic

COVID-19: Community centres and offices go dark in effort to protect residents

Rural municipal leaders are rethinking how they govern and provide essential services in an era of social distancing due to COVID-19. It’s “hurry up and wait to get everything in place,” said West Interlake Reeve Art Jonasson. The RM of West Interlake has closed its office to the public, though staff will continue to work,

Cora and Karl Hohenberg pose with “April,” a Gypsy cob yearling at their La Broquerie farm.

Gypsy winds

Faces of Ag: Cora and Karl Hohenberg’s lives are dedicated to horses — Traditional Gypsy cob horses in particular

William the Gypsy cob stallion was an eating machine, so when he lost his appetite Cora and Karl Hohenberg knew something was wrong. A vet looked William over, and the couple continued about their day, puttering around their wooded property near La Broquerie until the phone rang. It was the local vet telling them to


Portage Coronavirus testing site announced

COVID-19: Three more cases of the virus outside Winnipeg announced

A dedicated Coronavirus testing site will open in Portage la Prairie “in the next few days,” provincial health officials announced March 25. Additional sites will open in the Prairie Mountain and Interlake-Eastern health regions soon, said Lanette Siragusa, chief nursing officer with Shared Health. The twelfth testing site opening in Winkler on March 25, joining

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

Coronavirus testing site to open in Winkler 

COVID-19: Testing is by referral only, as widespread testing is not possible at this time  

A community testing site for COVID-19 will open in Winkler March 25.  The drive-through testing location will be at the Winkler Centennial Arena, 600 Park Street and will be open daily from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M.  This is the twelfth testing site to open in the province. Tests are only by referral.   Due to


(Left to right) Keenan Wiebe and Mitch Rezansoff ran through the process of “whiteboard- ing” — analyzing a farm’s operations for inefficiencies.

Young farmers told to take a manufacturing mindset

Two speakers at the recent Manitoba Young Farmers conference demonstrated how to analyze data to find money-saving efficiencies

Young farmers were urged to take a manufacturer’s mindset at a recent conference. “Some people find that offensive. Don’t look at it that way,” Mitch Rezansoff said. “It’s just managing the farm the way any other business would. It’s knowing the cost of your production intimately.” Rezansoff, executive director of CAAR, demonstrated a “whiteboarding” exercise

A foreign laborer tends to plants in a greenhouse.

Travel restrictions complicate temporary foreign labor

COVID-19: Organizations scrambled to work out if—and how—much-needed seasonal laborers would get into Canada and onto their farms

Travel restrictions and mixed messaging had some Manitoban producers “freaking out” after it seemed temporary foreign workers might not be let into the country. On March 16, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that foreign nationals from all countries except the U.S. would be temporarily barred from entering Canada in response to the evolving threat of