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More than 500 students took part in the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba’s ag education events on October 26 and 27.

Showing off the industry to tomorrow’s consumers

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba strives to include agriculture education programs at all of its events, including Ag Ex

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba seized the opportunity to spread some agriculture knowledge to Manitoba youth during its annual Ag Ex event. “At all of our events we like to put a focus on ag education,” said Ron Kristjansson, general manager of the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba. “Having the students come out to our events

Wet weather promotes foot rot

Experts warn to be on the lookout for foot rot as recent weather conditions 
have been ideal for the growth of the bacteria

Keep a weather eye out for foot rot. The wet and warm conditions of this season have set the stage for the bacteria that causes it to flourish. “The wet weather gives more places for the bug to live and softens up the animal’s skin which makes little wounds more prevalent,” said Dr. Wayne Tomlinson,


The eighth annual Take the Leap rural entrepreneurship conference was held in Dauphin on October 17.

The rural Manitoba advantage

Take the Leap provides valuable business development tools for rural entrepreneurs

Rural Manitobans have big entrepreneurial dreams. The sizable turnout at this year’s Take the Leap conference in Dauphin Oct. 17 is just the latest sign of this, according to event organizers. Take the Leap, hosted by the Dauphin and District Chamber of Commerce, aims to provide insight into the resources available to these budding business

A current aerial photo of HyLife’s packaging plant in Neepawa. Expansion plans include increasing the plant by 130,000 square feet.


International success leads to HyLife expansion

After finding success overseas in the Asian markets, Manitoba pork processor, 
HyLife will be undertaking a major expansion to keep up with demand

A planned expansion at the HyLife pork-processing plant in Neepawa is good news for the entire hog sector. HyLife is planning a major expansion of the company’s finishing and processing capacities, a move made necessary by strong demand for its products, the company says. We produce a great product and consumers want to buy it,

Milk producers seek added processing capacity

Lack of processing is keeping the industry from reaching its full potential 
say the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba

The Dairy Farmers of Manitoba (DFM) says the lack of processing capacity in the province is hampering its ability to reach quota. At the organization’s first fall meeting held on October 11 in Elkhorn, DFM reported being 6.4 per cent under the issued quota. “Our lack of processing ability has created a situation where, at


European cheese is just one dairy product that’s set to enter Canada in greater volumes if looming trade deals are ratified.

Trade deals loom for dairy farmers

But compensation packages remain elusive

International trade agreements continue to weigh on the minds of the province’s dairy producers. The Dairy Farmers of Manitoba held the first of its fall meetings on October 11 in Elkhorn, where conversations frequently turned to the looming Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union. “There was nothing

The Manitoba chapter of the CFGB hosts a fall banquet every year to gather and thank participants from across the province.

CFGB to celebrate successful harvest with fall banquet events

This year Manitoba communities have grown approximately 5,600 acres that will be donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank

The final tally isn’t quite in yet, but communities throughout Manitoba have once again produced a sizable harvest for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB). “You never know exactly at this time of year, but I am seeing about 5,600 acres and that includes a project in Thunder Bay, Ont., as well,” said Harold Penner, CFGB

University of Manitoba students from the faculty of agriculture took part in the 35th annual Aggie Bed Push event 
on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

Future farmers raise funds for Manitoba Farmers with Disabilities

Students from the University of Manitoba’s faculty of agriculture have raised 
just over $9,000 for Manitoba Farmers with Disabilities

Its not every day you see a group of young people running down the main drag of small-town Manitoba with a bed in tow. Local residents in towns throughout southern Manitoba may have witnessed a peculiar sight recently as agriculture students from the University of Manitoba got together for their annual Aggie Bed Push fundraiser.


Larry Wagner, a Virden-area producer discusses his management strategies in a pasture on his operation last summer.

Bale grazing – benefiting the pasture and your wallet

Bale grazing has the potential to reduce overwintering costs and leaves substantial 
nutrients behind, promoting increased forage production and quality

Not only can bale grazing reduce costs and time in the tractor, it can also boost forage growth and overall production. “The advantages of bale grazing are that you are able to save money and reduce operating cost by lowering yardage, tractor use and removing the need to haul manure,” said Shawn Cabak, livestock specialist

Local residents and invited dignitaries recently celebrated the planting of a train-themed shrubbery labyrinth at Rivers, including (L to R- back row) Donna Morken, chair of Rivers Train Station Restoration Committee, Bob Sopuck, MP for Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa, MLA Greg Nesbitt of the Riding Mountain Constituency (L to R- front row) Heather Lamb, CN retiree, Marlene Hayhurst, president of the Rivers Royal Canadian Legion Branch #75 Ladies Auxiliary and member of the Rivers Train Station Restoration Committee, Raymond Carriere, the president and founder of Communities in Bloom and Kelvin Lamb, CN retiree.

Rivers honours its railway history

Built along the CN main line, Rivers looks to honour its connection to the railway with the 
creation of a one-of-a-kind labyrinth in the shape of the front of a steam locomotive

A small Prairie town on a main rail line is defined by that presence. The town of Rivers is a good example of this, just a few miles northwest of Brandon, according to local residents who have banded together to commemorate their history as a railway centre. “We wouldn’t be here without the railway. Rivers