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Manitoba dairy producers reeling from USMCA trade deal

Trade deals are starting to add up when it comes to the impact on dairy farms

Manitoba dairy farmers attending annual meetings this month are trying to understand the coming changes as a result of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). There are some serious questions being asked about what the new deal means for the family farm and their future, said David Wiens, a Manitoba dairy farmer and vice-president of […] Read more


Public support largely behind dairy farmers

Canadians are clearly signalling they value dairy farms

Dairy farmers reeling from the uncertainty descending on their farms in light of the new trade deal can take heart in one thing, says Manitoba dairy farmer and Dairy Farmers of Canada vice-president David Wiens. “There’s one thing the government can’t take away from us with this trade deal, and it is the relationship we […] Read more



Family honours daughter and son through major donation for autism research

The Dyck family, whose son Chad has autism, has donated $300,000 through a foundation established in memory of their daughter Kali, who died in a car accident in 2011

Research at St. Boniface Hospital seeking a new way to classify autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been given a significant boost thanks to a Manitoba family with ties to the agricultural community. The Dyck family, owners of BrettYoung Seeds, has given the hospital a $300,000 donation through The Kali Dyck Foundation, which they established in […] Read more


‘Natural infrastructure’ — retain what you have; restore what’s lost

A new report says natural infrastructure can be cheaper than built infrastructure for controlling floods

Saving and carefully managing of wetlands, forests and other working natural landscapes can save Canadians millions in yearly flood damage costs, says a new report supported in part by the Insurance Bureau of Canada. This ‘natural infrastructure’ is also a viable and cost-effective alternative to traditional — and often much more expensive — built flood […] Read more



First-ever Western Canada Heritage Harvest this weekend

Rarely operated vintage combines and swathers will be in operation August 25 at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum ground near Austin

This will be a harvest you don’t see every day — or haven’t in decades. Seventy acres of wheat will be harvested with antique threshing machines and vintage combines and swathers spanning six decades at a new growing project for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank on August 25. This is the inaugural Western Canada Heritage Harvest, […] Read more


Healthy heat

It’s shaping up to be a hot early autumn and harvest. Stay safe while you’re in the field

Heard the one about the farmer who wouldn’t drink while he drove the combine? He refused water, or any other liquid, while trying to get the harvest done, figuring it would mean fewer stops to answer the call of nature. But it didn’t end well. He landed in hospital with dehydration complicating other pre-existing health […] Read more



Manitoba Beef Producers president resigns to seek federal nomination

Ben Fox is a second farm leader to throw his hat in the ring for Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa

A second prominent farm leader has stepped down to make a bid for federal politics, and for the same party ticket in the same riding. Manitoba Beef Producers president Ben Fox, who ranches near Dauphin, stepped down from his post August 7, announcing his plans to seek the Conservative Party of Canada nomination for MP […] Read more


Manitoba’s direct-marketing sector gaining strength and diversity

There’s still lots of potential to grow this sector, says Direct Farm Manitoba spokesman

Early August is the peak of summer and peak time for sales at farmers’ markets, farm stands and other ways Manitobans sell their farm-grown products direct to customers. More farm families see the potential to make sales and earn extra revenues this way and the growth in this sector is steady, says spokesman for Direct […] Read more



Feds fund Assiniboine River Basin Initiative with $400,000 allocation

The Assiniboine River Basin Initiative (ARBI) will set to work immediately on a series of projects and activities using new federal funding support announced earlier this month, the organization’s executive director says. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada Catherine McKenna in Gimli earlier this month announced $3.8 million in project approvals under the ECC […] Read more


Prairie Mountain Hops is Manitoba’s newest hops producer

Lyn and Randy Tye who have six acres of hops now established are also acquiring equipment to plant, harvest and process their new crop and support other growers

It’s no wonder Lyn Tye enjoys working in a field of aroma hops on her Boissevain-area farm. About 2,500 plants grow on 2-1/2 acres here. In late July the tall green plants look like an ocean-floor kelp forest, except that they’re growing rows. They’ll soon emit delicious spicy, fruity scents as the hops mature. “It’s […] Read more