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The canola protein wave starts here in Manitoba

The announced Burcon NutraScience processing plant will be the first to bring canola protein to the commercial food market

A new processing facility may signal the kick-start of canola as the plant protein of the future. In May, Burcon NutraScience Corporation announced it would build a $65 million pea and canola protein processing plant in Manitoba. This is the first commercial-scale canola protein facility in the world, the company said in a news release. […] Read more

Local content scarce in local brews

University of Manitoba study shows brewers want to buy local but the supply chains don't exist

After 11 years in the business, Wells is still more than happy to yak about beer and what he’s got brewing — like the Pilsner made with Saskatchewan craft-malted barley he has in process. “So far it’s tasting awesome,” he said. Rosthern, Saskatchewan, is the closest Wells can get to local craft malt right now. […] Read more

Manitoba Stampede takes heat from protestors

In the wake of horse deaths at the Calgary Stampede, animal rights advocates organized to question the ethics of the rodeo event

The Manitoba Stampede faced protests, both at the front gate and online, following six animal deaths at the Calgary Stampede. Video also circulated online of clean up following the death of a heifer during a team penning competition on Saturday. Activist organization Manitoba Animal Save shared the video, which shows a tractor hauling away a […] Read more

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Work to begin on Winnipeg food strategy

Food Matters Manitoba has been contracted to begin work on the food plan

Work is slated to begin on Winnipeg’s first food strategy with Food Matters Manitoba heading the effort. “Food Matters Manitoba has an excellent track record of deliver- ing programs and services in the community, and have been an essential partner in getting the Winnipeg Food Council off the ground,” said St. Vital councillor Brian Mayes, […] Read more

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