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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


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



Want to come back?

This summer marks the 70th anniversary of when families started sending their kids to Camp Wannakumbac at Clear Lake

Ask anyone who grew up in rural Manitoba to name a place they link with childhood and summer, and chances are it’s Camp Wannakumbac. For 70 years tens of thousands of youths have spent a week of summer camping here, often returning later on to work as a counsellor or director. Adults wanna come back, […] Read more


International Harvester collectors’ club to visit Austin

Visiting Western Canada IH Collectors Club (Chapter 38) is a brand new attraction for the 64th annual Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion and Stampede

Is that Grandpa’s tractor? Is that the truck Dad proposed to Mom in? Anyone with a love of the history, products and memorabilia of the International Harvester Company won’t want to miss the upcoming Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion and Stampede. For the first time, the Western Canada IH Collectors Club (Chapter 38) — a mix of […] Read more



WI quilt ‘A Story in Patchwork’

About 120 delegates recently visited Winnipeg to attend the Federated Women’s Institute of Canada convention

A brightly coloured quilt dubbed ‘A Story in Patchwork’ on display in Winnipeg this past weekend vividly symbolizes the group that helped piece it together, says its maker. Donna Henderson of Listowel, Ontario was in Manitoba last week to attend the Federated Women’s Institute of Canada’s (FWIC) convention, bringing with her a quilt she constructed […] Read more


High rates of child death and injury persist: Why farm children are put at risk

Parents interviewed say there’s benefits to including children in tasks on the farm

Much work has been done around child safety on the farm, and the high incidence of injuries and deaths among Canadian farm children is well documented. But there hasn’t been much effort put into understanding why parents allow children into dangerous situations. A new study sheds some light on the reasons, and may help prevent […] Read more