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Manitoba’s Latest And Last Windfarm Unveiled

After almost 12 months of fighting against the elements, the 60-turbine St. Joseph Windfarm Project located in the RMs of Montcalm and Rineland is finally complete. Although there are another two phases proposed for the St. Joseph project, Manitoba Hydro has not determined if it will happen, said a spokesperson for the Crown corporation. The

Now There’s An App For Virtual Trade Shows

The global village is once again getting a little smaller thanks to a new Internet tool that gives companies access to overseas markets without leaving the country. Virtual trade shows allow companies in one country to introduce their products overseas, specifically in Asia, and deal directly to interested buyers. The two sides can discuss the

Exporting To India Not Without Challenges

India is emerging as an attractive market for Canadian agricultural exports, but there are a few hurdles to keep in mind, participants in a recent business forum were told. While the rest of the world is struggling to spring back from a recession, India’s projected growth for 2011-12 is 8.75 per cent to 9.25 per

Fire Damages Manitoba Agricultural Museum

Staff at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum at Austin hope that fire damage can be repaired in time for the regular opening in early May, a spokesman said last week. On March 29 at 11:30 p. m the Austin Fire Department was called by a neighbour who saw the smoke from one of the museum’s buildings.

Youth Travel To Guatemala To Learn About Food Security

Ten youth from across Canada will travel to Guatemala in May to learn first hand about food security issues. The 15-day food tour put on by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank is focused on food justice issues. Guatemala is among the 10 poorest countries in Latin America and it is estimated half of the population lives

More CFGB Growing Projects Than Ever

Even with fields still covered in snow, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) already has over 30 projects totalling 4,500 acres planned for the 2011 growing season in Manitoba. This is up from last year’s numbers, and CFGB is still looking for more acres and volunteers. “We’ll be working on getting more acres right up to

Celebrating Agricultural Awareness

Farmers, politicians and industry insiders chowed down on a made-in-Manitoba breakfast March 15 as they gathered at the legislature for the sixth annual Agriculture Awareness Day. The Manitoba government created Agriculture Awareness Day in May 2004 as an opportunity to acknowledge producers for providing safe, plentiful and affordable food products and recognize their role as

Ag In The City Showcases Budding Food Scientists

University of Manitoba food science students competed at this year’s Agriculture in the City to see which new food product would win top prize in the Food Fight Competition, held March 18 at The Forks Market Square. Out of the five new products that were presented, which included a pumpkin yogurt, high-protein soy noodles, popcorn

Turkey Production Recovering After November Avian Flu Case

After a stressful 3-1/2 months for poultry producers across Manitoba, U.S. borders have reopened and it’s back to production as usual. Borders reopened to all poultry February 1, 2011, 11 weeks after the Manitoba avian flu case was first reported in a turkey breeder farm. The young breeder who was forced to destroy all of

Community Art Gallery Gets Makeover

For an organization whose focus and mandate is to make things beautiful, it was ironic that its courtyard was not. The Golden Prairie Arts Council in Carman decided in 2009 that it was time to give its backyard a makeover. Members applied to MAFRI’s Hometown grant program for help funding the project. Hometown grants, started