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Pollinator plots to be tested for benefits

As Syngenta’s Operation Pollinator winds down, the company says the plots have been attracting more bees and butterflies, but more testing is needed

A hot wind blows the shaggy grass as Margaret Klassen leads a tour group to a patch of what looks almost like native prairie, turned yellow by clover. “The clover is taking over,” she says. On closer inspection, the mix of red and yellow clover, timothy and other grasses is growing in neat rows, not yet completely filled in between […] Read more


The seed company that grew Brandon

An exhibit at Brandon’s Daly House tells the story of McKenzie Seeds’ agricultural roots and breakout into the domestic seed market

A Brandon exhibit is taking folks back to the city’s boom-town days through one of the companies that grew the city — and brightened its gardens. The “Imagining Summer Gardens: Images from the A.E. McKenzie Visual Archive” exhibit at Daly House Museum tells the story of A.E. McKenzie, and his company’s rise to be one […] Read more



KAP releases election wish list

With a fall election on the horizon the group is pushing ag up the agenda

Infrastructure, climate change and equitable education funding are Keystone Agricultural Producers’ top priorities in the upcoming provincial election, the organization announced July 2. “It is imperative that the next provincial government focuses on a real plan for our sector that ensures that we have a steady, reliable cost-effective food source for years to come,” KAP […] Read more


Rolling prairie landscape. Central Alberta, Canada.

Expropriation reform would give more rights to landowners

A recent report from the Manitoba Law Reform Commission recommends 10 changes to the Expropriation Act

Landowners would see expanded compensation rights in land expropriation cases if 10 recommendations from the Manitoba Law Reform Commission are adopted. The commission, which is an independent body which advises the minister of justice, released a report on the Expropriation Act of Manitoba on June 11. The act sets out the process to be followed […] Read more



Farm fences can be insured against fire

Despite the long-standing idea fences aren’t insurable, some insurers will add a rider to cover fires

Every year, fires damage Tom Teichroeb’s fencelines. Sometimes miles of it. “This year it came from both directions,” he said. Teichroeb, the president of the Manitoba Beef Producers, farms near Langruth, just west of Lake Manitoba. He’s slowly phasing out his wood fence posts for steel ones, though he said fires also compromise electric fencing […] Read more


Food or pet?

Poultry disease sparks a battle of philosophies in southeastern Manitoba

A case of the deadly infectious laryngotracheitis virus in a small flock of chickens near Steinbach has put the birds’ owners at odds with the province’s commercial poultry industry. Owner Raelle Schoenrock says she will not be euthanizing her flock of about 50 birds because this goes against the farm’s mission as a sanctuary for […] Read more



Niverville farmer featured in documentary about reducing hunger

Colleen Dyck travelled halfway around the world to meet a Kenyan farmer who is teaching agricultural skills to women in her community

A Manitoba farmer will star in a documentary about the impact of empowering women farmers around the world. “It was quite incredible,” said Colleen Dyck, who farms with her husband and four children near Niverville. “I feel like I got this university education in like two weeks.” This spring, Dyck spent eight days with a […] Read more


New cannabis regulations a mixed blessing for small growers

Craft cannabis growers could generate thousands of jobs in rural communities if given the chance, experts say

Craft cannabis growers have a lot to offer rural communities, but new Health Canada regulations may be a mixed blessing, experts say. In May, Health Canada announced that those applying for licenses to grow cannabis must have a fully built site meeting all cannabis regulations. In the announcement, Health Canada cited the changes would address […] Read more



Tariffs made for ‘lean year’ for agriculture manufacturers

The lifting of the U.S.-Canada steel tariffs should make trade easier, but it might be too early to tell if it will reduce the cost of farm machinery

Despite dropped steel tariffs, one Manitoba manufacturer of agricultural equipment says it’s too early to be optimistic. “I think it’s just going to be a regular day of business,” said Darren Blazeiko, general manager of Cancade CBI Ltd. in Brandon. Why it matters: The tariffs have made imports of steel and equipment and exports of […] Read more


Preserving vanishing Prairie barns a difficult row to hoe

One Wawanesa-area family has already sunk thousands of dollars into saving their heritage barns but fear the structures will succumb to the elements

A barn sits in a barley field, gambrel roofed, stained with red iron oxide. It could be one of dozens scattered over the more than two-hour drive from Winnipeg to Wawanesa, but to Sheila and Jeff Elder, this one is special. On the peak facing the road, it says “Maplegrove Farm 1913” in big white […] Read more