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ATVs On The Land

There have been several serious ATV incidents in Manitoba this year. This is a sad reminder that there is a great need for us to educate all riders on appropriate ATV usage on the rural landscape. Farmers have a love-hate relationship with ATVs. They are useful around the farm to check fields or fences, move

Province Should Reconsider Bipole Route

It is hard for us to understand why “pristine” forest is viewed as more important than productive farmland, especially against predictions of the critical challenges we’ll face concerning feeding the world in 2050. The Manitoba Government is due to announce its preferred route for Bipole III, and farmers are very clear – none of the

Markets Within Reach For Farms’ Pent-Up Energy

Manitoba farmers could become major players in the energy marketplace with the right programs. No, that doesn’t mean finding oil under the farm – though that never hurts. It means tapping into markets for the energy products we already produce. As farmers, we are really just managing the landscape to use the sun, water and

Canadian Farmers Lose On Inputs

As farmers, the cost of inputs affects our bottom lines. Competition in the supply of these inputs is essential to keep supplies adequate and prices realistic, and to keep Canadian farmers competitive in world markets. Last summer the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food began an examination of competition in agricultural inputs, with particular focus

Producers, Markets And Better Returns

I read with some interest an analysis of the potential for supply management in the cattle industry from John Masswohl, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association director of government and international relations. He is certainly correct in his assessment of the impact on the cattle industry and undoubtedly the impact would be similar to any agricultural sector

Saving Manitoba’s Rural Infrastructure

It seems every time you turn around, rural Manitoba loses another piece of grain-handling or transportation infrastructure. Arborg saw the loss of the Viterra elevator in April, and as of Sept. 12, Canadian National Railway (CN) will no longer deliver producer cars to nine of its loading sites. The future of these sites is still

Agricultural Energy Expansion Must-Haves

The expanding renewable energy sector offers incredible opportunities for Manitoba producers. What we need now are the right policy tools and information on diversifying into new agricultural-based energy solutions such as biomass, wind power, and renewable fuels. Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) recently updated a policy paper regarding agricultural energy, which outlines our vision for the

Traceability Important But Elusive

Earlier this month, Keystone Agricultural Producers attended a research and development conference for agriculture and food traceability. Trace R&D was hosted by the University of Manitoba and it focused on examining traceability technology and looking into a national traceability research strategy. A considerable portion of the event highlighted perspectives on traceability from different points in

Fertilizer Companies Serve Up A Dose Of Frustration

Comments by fertilizer executives and others implying farmers are putting world food supplies “at risk” by not buying fertilizer inputs are extremely aggravating to their farm customers (see quotes from Bill Doyle in “As farmers cut back on fertilizer, the impact could reverberate far beyond Potash Corp.’s bottom line,” The Globe & Mail, April 24,

Province Must Research Waste Water System

The province wants to change the way sewage disposal is managed in rural areas, and new regulations are going to have a significant impact on many people – including farmers. If you are not connected to community waste water treatment infrastructure and you rely on a disposal field, sewage ejector system, or holding tank, you