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The farmers’ market goes high tech

A small group of local food producers are taking their marketing efforts online

Squinting through blowing snow isn’t how most vendors travel to farmers’ markets across Manitoba — but that’s the sort of trip owners of Thousand Hills Ranch take once in a while. Tiina and Dean Hildebrand, who raise grass-fed beef and lamb near Morden, keep a segment of the Morden summer farmers’ market going through the […] Read more


Helping hands: pilot immigration program targets rural Canada

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program matches immigrants to jobs and could help agricultural recruiters fill vacancies

It’s no secret — finding employees to work on the farm isn’t getting any easier. Rural populations are dwindling, fewer have skills or aptitudes for farm work, or even any interest in finding out about jobs in agriculture. But a new initiative announced in late January could potentially send experienced farm managers, equipment operators, meat […] Read more



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Grocery store entry easier than ever

Even those with limited product volumes should explore these opportunities, business development specialist tells St. Jean Farm Days

It’s never been a better time to start a food-processing business. Where in years gone by there were nothing but barriers, now more grocery stores are keen to stock locally produced products, says a Manitoba Agriculture business development specialist. Gone are expensive listing fees to buy shelf space in stores, and you won’t find yourself […] Read more


New ‘heliport’ site begins operations at Portage la Prairie

This is the first site approved by Transport Canada outside Winnipeg. Ste. Anne’s Hospital is also awaiting approval of a newly constructed site

Every minute matters when a life is in danger, and with a new ‘heliport’ becoming operational this month at the Portage la Prairie District General Hospital, critical time will be saved during emergency response efforts. Why it matters: Cutting down transport times of critically ill or injured patients can save a life. The hospital’s newly […] Read more



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What does the updated Canada’s Food Guide mean for farmers?

Animal foods now housed in a protein category shared with milk, pulses, tofu and nuts

The new Canada’s Food Guide and its new emphasis on plant proteins drew swift but measured response from agricultural groups and organizations across the country last week. In a news release after the guide’s rollout January 22, Ron Bonnett, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) said it was “unfortunate that the revised food […] Read more


No more food groups in 2019 Canada’s Food Guide

The new Canada’s Food Guide unveiled January 22 by Health Canada is no longer a rainbow, but a dinner plate. The design of the image reflects its dietary guidelines — to cover half your plate with vegetables and fruits, devote a quarter of it to proteins, and the other quarter to whole grain breads, pasta, […] Read more



Rural Canada has a new voice, say rural advocates

New minister of rural economic development expected to oversee ‘the creation of a rural development strategy to spur economic growth and create good, middle-class jobs in rural Canada’

Nova Scotia MP Bernadette Jordan’s appointment to a new portfolio as minister of rural economic development is good news for rural Canada, say rural development experts. Why it matters: Bernadette Jordan’s appointment is a dedicated federal portfolio for rural economic development. Her appointment and the creation of this new office brings back a rural voice […] Read more


New program aims to attract skilled immigrants to rural Canada

Participating communities will gain access to a range of supports to help newcomers settle there

A new program announced by the federal government last week aims to tackle the problem of so few skilled immigrants choosing to work and live outside Canada’s large urban centres. The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the new five-year pilot program January 24, saying it will be aimed at […] Read more



Diet and food production must radically change: study

Feeding 10 billion people will be impossible without transforming eating habits

A ‘great food transformation’ that radically changes what we eat and how we produce food is urgently needed to feed the world’s 10 billion by 2050, a new report says. Why it matters: Human diet, health and the environment are inextricably linked but current diets are pushing the Earth’s resources past its limits. “Human diets […] Read more


A head to clearer thinking

4-H Canada has chosen Manitoba farm business coach Elaine Froese to receive the first 4-H Canada Distinguished Alumni Award

People often ask Elaine Froese when she first began public speaking. Her reply is always ‘when I was nine.’ That’s when the Boissevain-based farm business coach, today giving lively talks to audiences all across North America, started 4-H — with the Dugald 4-H Club. And like many who recall that first speech given somewhere in […] Read more