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KAP says more supports needed to recycle farm plastic waste

Resolutions at recent meeting ask for inclusion of plastic bag rollers as a BMP and for more collection sites

Everyone knows burning grain bags or any other agricultural plastic in the back forty is a bad idea, but some do it anyway. The matter came up at the April 5 meeting of Keystone Agricultural Producers during resolution debates. “There’s been some concern about burning,” said Justin Jenner, District 7 KAP delegate. “The best way […] Read more

New era beginning for conservation work, says MCDA chairman

Meetings held to talk over future boundary changes, new programming

It’s a new day for conservation efforts in Manitoba, according to the chair of the Manitoba Conservation Districts Association. Ray Frey, who’s also an executive member of the Little Saskatchewan Conservation District, says there are a number of new and proposed initiatives that are going to create a new paradigm in the province. There’s the […] Read more

KAP exploring apprenticeship program for farm staff

The farm group has begun early discussions with Apprenticeship Manitoba about the need for training those employed on farms and how training could be offered

With spring seeding around the corner, do you have the people you need on the payroll? Many farmers don’t and know chances of finding someone are next to nil. With the farm labour shortage intensifying, Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) this spring is sitting down with Apprenticeship Manitoba to look further afield for workers. They’re in […] Read more

Manitoba’s climate plan implementation delayed to fall

Provincial Opposition delays passage of Bill 16, saying Manitobans need more time to push for increased green spending from revenue collected through a carbon tax

The provincial agricultural minister said he’s disappointed about the delays his government now faces implementing its made-in-Manitoba carbon tax. The Opposition on April 5 chose to push Bill 16 forward to fall, saying Manitobans should use the time to push the government to spend the revenues on green programming. Bill 16 will pass but this […] Read more

Province signs five-year agreement worth $176 million

The cost-shared initiative will be consolidated into one program and called Ag Action Manitoba

Funding will begin to flow right away from the new bilateral five-year $176-million agreement signed between Manitoba and the federal government last week, Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler says. This is the Canadian Agri­cultural Partnership (CAP), part of an overall $3-billion federal program supporting cost-shared initiatives delivered by the provinces and territories, to be consolidated […] Read more

Rural Manitoba is both good and bad for aging seniors

The people make it work, but the places can be hostile environments, says a Centre on Aging speaker

Small towns can be great places to retire and live out one’s golden years — or not. A community with nearby family and lifelong friends is what draws or keeps people there. It’s more difficult to live there when appropriate and well-located housing, good sidewalks, and alternative modes of travel for non-drivers aren’t. Richard Milgrom, […] Read more

Tall timber: Rural communities rally around threatened trees

The spectre of tree-destroying insects like emerald ash borer spreading in rural Manitoba underscores the urgency to begin to see trees as ‘green infrastructure’ and key community assets, say workshop speakers

Allan Derhak doesn’t want to think what his hometown would look like stripped of trees. Neepawa is renowned for its beauty and in large part because its residential streets are lined with mature elm, cottonwood and green ash trees. But Derhak, a public works employee in Neepawa, knows many of those trees’ days may be […] Read more

Province proposes changes to approval process for livestock operations

Bill 19 is ‘a balanced approach’ that will reduce red tape for municipalities, says Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton

A bill introduced in the Manitoba legislature March 19 will make it easier for livestock producers to rebuild or renovate existing barns. Bill 19, The Planning Amendment Act (Improving Efficiency in Planning) proposes changes to how livestock operations are approved by municipalities, and other matters related to zoning bylaws and appeals. Under the bill, owners […] Read more

Roland reeve recovering from severe West Nile virus

John Hughes spent 13 months in hospital after developing the most serious form of West Nile virus in September 2016

A Roland man who spent 13 months in hospital following a West Nile virus (WNV) infection hopes some normalcy returns to his life this year. “This year my goal is to be able to get up and onto my tractor, and mow my yard and walk around the house,” said John Hughes, husband and father […] Read more

Funding freeze for municipalities worrisome, AMM president says

Operating grants frozen at 2016 levels in this year’s provincial budget

Municipalities face more fiscal challenges ahead with operating grants frozen at 2016 levels in last week’s provincial budget, the head of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) says. That freeze is worrisome as it doesn’t take the cost of inflation into account, said Chris Goertzen, AMM president. “We do know that this will pose some […] Read more