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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



Grand harvest event at Winkler

At press time last week organizers for Harvest for Kids were confident they’d break a Guinness World Record with 300 combines

The attempt at a world record harvest scene in southern Manitoba this past weekend was expected to be viewed worldwide, said organizers putting the final touches on the grand show in Winkler last weekend. Nineteen countries had confirmed with Harvest for Kids that they’d be watching the event unfold, said Dave Thiessen, national director for […] Read more


Manitoba’s consultations begin on pricing for carbon emissions

KAP members will be looking at what an offset market means for agriculture

The provincial government has released a consultation document on devising a new output-based pricing system (OBPS) related to carbon emissions. The OBPS system, like a cap-and-trade program, will apply to large-scale industrial facilities with annual emissions of 50,000 tonnes or more of carbon dioxide equivalent, requiring these facilities to meet specific emission targets, or pay […] Read more



Love Food Hate Waste campaign tackles food waste in Canada

Two of Canada’s largest food retailers plus local and provincial governments and agencies have launched a national campaign to change Canadians’ food behaviour

A new national campaign launching this summer in Canada aims to reduce the vast volume of food waste generated by Canadian households. The Love Food Hate Waste campaign is dedicated to reducing the significant amounts of food thrown out daily in households right across the country, said Malcolm Brodie, chair of the National Zero Waste […] Read more


Putting class theory into soybean field practice

The University of Manitoba has introduced a new hands-on field course designed to introduce research principles to help second-year diploma students apply learning from their first year of study

Students studying agriculture at University of Manitoba took their studies outside this summer as participants in a first-ever course being offered those in their second year of the agriculture diploma program. The field class is instructed by pulse crops expert and U of M’s faculty of agricultural and food sciences’ agronomist in residence Kristen MacMillan, […] Read more