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2019 Canada Food Price Report: Meat prices to decline

This is the first time since its inception that the report is forecasting lower prices for meat tied to rising consumer interest in switching over to more plant-based protein in their diets

Canadian households are going to pay more for food next year, but for the agriculture industry the telling point is what they’ll be spending their money on. Canadian households can expect to see a 3.5 per cent increase to their overall food bill next year — spending about $411 more — according to Canada’s Food […] Read more


Is meat demand on the wane?

The latest Canada Food Price Report says lower demand for meat is in the forecast

Canadian households are going to pay more for food next year, but for the agriculture industry the telling point is what they’ll be spending their money on. Canadian households can expect to see a 3.5 per cent increase to their overall food bill next year — spending about $411 more — according to Canada’s Food […] Read more



Farm Credit Canada backs industry mental health push

Rooted in Strength — Taking care of our Families and Ourselves booklet is designed to help farmers across the country do just that

You wouldn’t dream of trying to feed the world on your own, so why carry the weight of the world on your own shoulders?” That’s Cynthia Beck, a suicide intervention responder in Saskatchewan speaking in a series of videos she’s produced for a new Farm Credit Canada resource identifying how to stay mentally healthy when […] Read more


New report spotlights high-value horticulture

Total value of production from horticultural crops is estimated at roughly $100 million a year

A new report shows Manitoba’s horticultural producers are punching well above their weight when it comes to contributing to the provincial economy. There are relatively few fruit and vegetable growers, plus those producing sod, other nursery crops such as flowers and trees, and greenhouse operations — yet together their production is worth roughly $100 million […] Read more



Road Rage: RMs call foul on infrastructure program end

The Municipal Road and Bridge Program will be sorely missed by local governments

Municipal leaders are up in arms over unexpected provincial cuts to a crucial program that helps pay for road and bridge repairs. A record number of councils backed a resolution condemning the end of the Municipal Road and Bridge Program at the Association of Manitoba Municipalities annual convention last week. The often-spirited discussion could have […] Read more


Rural municipalities decry infrastructure program end

The Municipal Road and Bridge Program will be sorely missed by local governments

Municipal leaders are up in arms over unexpected provincial cuts to a crucial program that helps pay for road and bridge repairs. A record number of councils backed a resolution condemning the end of the Municipal Road and Bridge Program at the Association of Manitoba Municipalities annual convention last week. The often-spirited discussion could have […] Read more



Linked by technology

Manitoba Farm Women’s conference panel says technology can connect women in agriculture into powerful networks

Women who farm and live in rural Manitoba need relationships with each other, not merely ‘connections,” — not easy to establish or maintain given provincial geography. But organizations well established and new are working hard to change that, and with a high-tech twist. Why it matters: Manitoba women in the agriculture sector can be geographically […] Read more


‘Nutrition farming’ techniques key to Elie farm operation

Alex Boersch sees potential in the soil-building approach to make farming more profitable, sustainable and even more fun

An Elie-area farm family didn’t know exactly what they were in for when they signed up for a short course on ‘nutrition farming’ a couple of years back. But the Boerschs, who farm a 5,000-acre commercial grain farm, figured there had to be something to it. Their son, Alex, who’d recently left his grain trading […] Read more



A Port in the Storm

The adult medical hospice is a little-known health service available to rural Manitobans

Those who live in Winnipeg and receiving ongoing treatment for critical illnesses at large city hospitals are just a short drive to and from the care they need. Not so for rural and northern Manitobans who can live many hours — one way — away. In the early 2000s a Brandon-area single mother found herself […] Read more


Of like mind

Twin farmers lived a quiet life and left a legacy to the Swan Valley

They were often seen driving the backroads of the Swan Valley, stopping by to visit farm neighbours or in town for business. But they were never out at social events. Alexander Cherban, known as ‘Sandy’ and his brother Marvin were a pair of “quiet guys,” say those who knew them. They were also twins, born […] Read more