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Oat prices to stay put over next 24 months

Manitoba and oats go together like beta glucan and heart health

Manitoba farmers could be poised to capitalize on a growing global demand for oats — if Canada gains access to the Chinese market. Speaking to producers at CropConnect in Winnipeg last week, market analyst Randy Strychar said that changing consumption patterns at home and abroad are presenting new opportunities for Prairie oat growers, particularly those […] Read more

Non-partisan approach needed to trade

Canada and the U.S. need freer trade, not protectionism, 
according to the architect of NAFTA

The North American Free Trade Agreement might be bigger than Donald Trump, but that’s no guarantee it will survive his presidency intact. Speaking to producers at CropConnect in Winnipeg last week, noted conservative thinker David Frum gave his thoughts on the fate of the trade deal, which most consider to be essential to agriculture. A […] Read more

U.S. won’t recapture TPP opportunity in coming years

Canada’s beef and pork producers are poised to benefit from the resurrected Trans-Pacific Partnership

Canada’s entry into a resurrected Trans-Pacific Partnership bodes well for the province and for the country, say those in the know. Speaking at Keystone Agricultural Producers annual general meeting in Winnipeg last week, Manitoba’s Minister of Agriculture Ralph Eichler, said the pork industry will be the biggest winner under the new deal, which was rechristened […] Read more

Who you gonna call?

EMS closures and inconsistent signage have some producers worried

Manitoba farmers are concerned medical assistance won’t be there when they need it most. Last summer, the province’s Progressive Conservative government announced it would close 23 emergency medical service (or EMS) stations. Now, producers are calling on the government to provide more information about how emergency services will be provided once those stations are shuttered. […] Read more

Farmers mull commodity group merger’s risks and benefits

Vote on proposed merger to take place in early 2019

Five Manitoba commodity groups were at St. Jean Farm Days last week, seeking input on a proposed amalgamation plan. At the event Myron Krahn told producers that “we’re here because we want farmers’ feedback, we want ideas from farmers… we’re looking for as much feedback as we can get, positive or negative, it doesn’t matter.” […] Read more

Model stomach arrives at U of M

Stomach simulation to assist scientists with digestion evaluation

Can you stomach it? Researchers with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada sure hope so, but just to be sure, they’re going to put it to the test. An artificial stomach has been installed at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals at the University of Manitoba. “It’s a system that’s based on the physiology of […] Read more

Fungi and tillage don’t mix well

Short-term gain will lead to long-term pain when it comes to tillage

Tillage might result in some sort-term gains, but soil scientist Jay Fuhrer warns that the practice causes long-term damage to healthy soil’s best friend — fungi. “One of the big components in there is the fungi, the fungi and its hyphae,” said Fuhrer, a conservationist with the United States Department of Agriculture. “What breaks up […] Read more

Cover crops ‘essential’ to in-field grazing

Confined livestock do little to help build soil health

Got cows? On your cropland? Jay Fuhrer certainly hopes so. The soil health specialist believes cropland and large ruminants are a natural fit. He advocates turning animals out of the barn and onto the land whenever possible. “Soils, plants and animals evolved together,” he told producers gathered in Winnipeg for the annual Dairy Farmers of […] Read more

Pilot program seeking dairy farmers

Barriers to employment can be as straightforward as lacking access to transportation or childcare

A new partnership hopes to make it easier for Manitoba milk producers to hire locally. Keystone Agricultural Producers is working with Workplace Education Manitoba and Industry Training and Employment Services to create a pilot program that would see interested participants trained to work on dairy farms in southeastern parts of the province. Read more: New dairy […] Read more

Organization in Canada, China, sign memorandum

Canola Council of Canada touts benefits of canola oil and meal during trade mission to China

The Canola Council of Canada is celebrating a new memorandum of understanding after wrapping up a trade mission to China. Speaking from Beijing, canola council president Jim Everson emphasized the importance of the Chinese market for Canadian canola producers and processors. “We are just at the end of what we think is a very successful […] Read more