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What does the updated Canada’s Food Guide mean for farmers?

Animal foods now housed in a protein category shared with milk, pulses, tofu and nuts

The new Canada’s Food Guide and its new emphasis on plant proteins drew swift but measured response from agricultural groups and organizations across the country last week. In a news release after the guide’s rollout January 22, Ron Bonnett, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) said it was “unfortunate that the revised food […] Read more


No more food groups in 2019 Canada’s Food Guide

The new Canada’s Food Guide unveiled January 22 by Health Canada is no longer a rainbow, but a dinner plate. The design of the image reflects its dietary guidelines — to cover half your plate with vegetables and fruits, devote a quarter of it to proteins, and the other quarter to whole grain breads, pasta, […] Read more



Rural Canada has a new voice, say rural advocates

New minister of rural economic development expected to oversee ‘the creation of a rural development strategy to spur economic growth and create good, middle-class jobs in rural Canada’

Nova Scotia MP Bernadette Jordan’s appointment to a new portfolio as minister of rural economic development is good news for rural Canada, say rural development experts. Why it matters: Bernadette Jordan’s appointment is a dedicated federal portfolio for rural economic development. Her appointment and the creation of this new office brings back a rural voice […] Read more


New program aims to attract skilled immigrants to rural Canada

Participating communities will gain access to a range of supports to help newcomers settle there

A new program announced by the federal government last week aims to tackle the problem of so few skilled immigrants choosing to work and live outside Canada’s large urban centres. The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the new five-year pilot program January 24, saying it will be aimed at […] Read more



Diet and food production must radically change: study

Feeding 10 billion people will be impossible without transforming eating habits

A ‘great food transformation’ that radically changes what we eat and how we produce food is urgently needed to feed the world’s 10 billion by 2050, a new report says. Why it matters: Human diet, health and the environment are inextricably linked but current diets are pushing the Earth’s resources past its limits. “Human diets […] Read more


A head to clearer thinking

4-H Canada has chosen Manitoba farm business coach Elaine Froese to receive the first 4-H Canada Distinguished Alumni Award

People often ask Elaine Froese when she first began public speaking. Her reply is always ‘when I was nine.’ That’s when the Boissevain-based farm business coach, today giving lively talks to audiences all across North America, started 4-H — with the Dugald 4-H Club. And like many who recall that first speech given somewhere in […] Read more



Glyphosate-resistant kochia confirmed in 12 municipalities in 2018

Testing is the only way to confirm how widespread glyphosate-resistant kochia is in Manitoba

When Tammy Jones’ phone rang last year as often as not it was farmers fed up with kochia spreading in their fields. The Manitoba Agriculture weeds specialist dubbed the tumbleweed ‘weed of 2018,’ in a talk at St. Jean Farm Days last week. “We saw a lot of it,” she said. “It felt like anyone […] Read more


New Canada Food Guide to debut January 22

Health Canada minister says updated document will better meet the needs of Canadians

The 2019 revision of Canada’s Food Guide will be released January 22, with Canada’s dairy and livestock sectors, which have already had plenty to say about what it may contain, especially anxious to see its recommendations. Worrisome to both industries is the increased emphasis the guide is expected to place on eating protein-rich foods derived […] Read more



First-ever plan on economics of water storage networks in development

Theirs will be a first-ever plan that builds an investment case for flood and drought resiliency, says Seine Rat River Conservation District manager

2019 will see a comprehensive flood and drought protection plan produced for southeastern Manitoba, the first ever to be developed in the province. Now under development in the Seine Rat River Conservation District, the plan will eventually map out sites across the district most prone to excess water flow, or vulnerable to dry spells, and […] Read more


Beyond buzzwords: Ag Excellence panel weighs in on ag export targets

Strong trade agreements, addressing labour shortages, reliable infrastructure, sound ag education and public trust are all key ingredients

Graeme Finn recalls handing a visitor to his farm a handful of soil and asking their thoughts. The Alberta beef producer had World Wildlife Fund representatives there to hear how their Madden-area farm’s grazing practices were benefiting species at risk. “Well, it’s dirt,” Finn recalls them saying. “I said, ‘you’ve got more life forms in […] Read more