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Timing is everything – especially in farming

Manitoba finally got some moisture – right when farmers didn’t need it

Well September, you sure weren’t yourself this year. The warm, sunny, dry, harvest days you usually provide happened ever so briefly the first week you were here. Then the rains, which we had longed for all spring and summer, came pouring down, bringing a sudden halt to harvest for the remainder of the month. What […] Read more


Keep CALM and garden on

This elementary school teacher takes joy in teaching his students about food production

From the moment you step into his classroom, Stewart Akerley’s unbridled energy, passion and enthusiasm for teaching is evident. My husband and I first met this Portage la Prairie School Division elementary teacher when we volunteered for Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM) in March 2015. This was also Akerley’s first year of participating in Agriculture […] Read more



Agvocating through experience

Farm-stay business offers both a retreat and up-close view of a working farm

Tracy Wood and Taralea Simpson knew they found the perfect spot when they discovered a 95-acre wooded river lot just outside of Portage la Prairie was for sale. Having long dreamt of owning their own farm-stay, bed and breakfast business, the sisters officially opened “Farm Away Retreat” last month. With their roots deeply embedded in […] Read more


Comment: You don’t have to be alone with farm worries

There are resources to help those whose mental health can be determined by the level of the rain gauge

I thought I was doing fine. Not too worried or concerned. I kept telling myself it would all work out, and if it didn’t we’d be OK. We’ve always had a crop. We would this year too. It wouldn’t be a bumper crop. Not even an average one, but after being married to a farmer […] Read more



plants growing in a lab

Opinion: Clarifying ‘What’s in a name?’

Science has always led the way in agriculture, and continues to do so today. Yet advances in plant breeding are being met with skepticism, fear and vehement opposition by many consumers. Perhaps we aren’t listening closely enough to their concerns. Because we understand the science, we assumed they would too. We’ve failed in telling our […] Read more


Building their community one potato at a time

Mark and Yanara Peters are turning a potato giveaway into an annual event in Portage la Prairie and beyond

How does it feel to give away 35,000 lbs. of potatoes in just under five hours? “It was awesome… a lot of fun,” recalls farmer Mark Peters with a wide smile. Peters and his wife Yanara, of Spruce Drive Farms, grow certified seed potatoes 12 miles northwest of Portage la Prairie. On Saturday, October 14, […] Read more



graduates throwing hats in the air

Don’t forget agriculture when considering careers

Dear Graduate, It’s finally here – high school graduation. A long-anticipated, exciting time, perhaps filled with a bit of trepidation of what the future holds. Do you have a clear vision and goal of what you want to do and where you want to go? If not, why not consider a career in agriculture? You […] Read more


Engaging youth in agriculture

Strategist says start building enthusiasm in the classrooms to avoid labour shortage in the industry

Becky Parker is a young woman with a vision and passion — to engage and educate youth about agriculture, the agri-food sector and its many career opportunities. She is a project and partnership strategist with Ontario Agri-Food and Education and a Nuffield scholar researching models of ag career education. Parker shared a startling fact recently […] Read more



plant seedling

A GMO by any other name would smell sweeter

The terminology used to describe modern plant breeding gives it a bad name

Google reveals a plethora of ideas for “How to choose a name.” It has suggestions for your baby, your dog, your business, your blog and more. Have you ever wondered what the discussion would be around food and agriculture if plant scientists sought similar advice when naming genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? They’re immersed in science, […] Read more


Worn down by the weather

A Manitoba farmer asks the sky ‘why?’

Dear Mother Nature, As Manitobans, we have developed a deep appreciation for the change of seasons and the wide variety of conditions you throw our way. We consider ourselves hardy, tough and adaptive. Normally, we embrace each season, grateful for the opportunities our environment provides for agriculture. But this year, sigh… you are wearing us […] Read more