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VIDEO: Food Matters Manitoba tweaks organization at AGM

To better reflect the organization’s focus, Food Matters Manitoba has updated its bylaws and broadened its scope. “We’ve made the shift to be more broad when we talk about accessibility to food …. just that focus on providing education about food isn’t enough,” said out-going chair, Angela Chotka at the organization’s recent annual general meeting in downtown […] Read more


Food Matters holds AGM

Food Matters Manitoba changes bylaw to better emphasize importance of access to food

Why tell people what your organization is up to when they can taste success for themselves? That was the approach taken by Food Matters Manitoba at its recent annual general meeting in Winnipeg, where youth from one of the organization’s outreach programs served up their new skills by preparing creative dishes for attendees. VIDEO: Food […] Read more



Hog production faces opposing ideologies

Hog Watch holds events opposing legislative changes, Manitoba Pork responds

Manitoba’s pork industry found itself treading on hostile ground at the University of Winnipeg on Sept. 21. Manitoba Pork Council chairman George Matheson stood up at a Hog Watch Manitoba event last week to refute some of the claims made by the activist group, including assertions that hog production is inhumane and poorly regulated. “Gestation […] Read more


VIDEO: Food Matters Manitoba cooks up delicious AGM

Youth from the Seven Oaks School Division’s Wayfinders program helped Food Matters Manitoba showcase its food programming at the organization’s recent annual general meeting at the Kitchen Sync in downtown Winnipeg. “They did a vegetarian gyoza and a duck gyoza, they did a pork and elk meatball, as well as a lentil meatball, they did a baguette with a […] Read more



Keep ditches mowed to keep birds moving

Blackbird flocks will reach maximum size near mid-September

If you want to save your sunflowers, you need to make sure the blackbirds don’t make them dinner. Lower acres this year have served to concentrate the blackbird flocks into smaller areas where they can do more damage, according to Daryl Rex, an agronomist with the National Sunflower Association of Canada. “I think it is […] Read more


Succession planning at risk

Frustration over Ottawa’s proposed changes to small-business taxation continues to mount

Farmers are being urged to join the chorus of opposition facing the federal government’s proposed tax changes. Manitoba’s minister of agriculture has already added his voice to the growing calls for Ottawa to reconsider the massive overhaul and Keystone Agricultural Producers is asking its members to participate in government consultations before the October 2 deadline. […] Read more



Regulations force hemp producers to destroy valuable nutraceuticals

Health Canada will consult with hemp industry in lead-up to cannabis legalization

Rod Fisher is an old hand at what is still a relatively new Canadian crop — hemp. When production was legalized in 1998, Fisher and his two brothers obtained a Health Canada licence and dipped their toes into the water with a few dozen acres. Today, they plant between 1,500 and 1,600 acres each year. […] Read more


Rooftop hives educating college

Red River College continues to grow its urban apiaries with sweet results

It’s all about the honey — sort of. Red River College has expanded its urban beekeeping project in partnership with Beeproject Apiaries, adding three new rooftop beehives on the school’s Notre Dame Campus. But Beeproject founder Chris Kirouac said the expansion is about far more than honey production. “The honey is really a secondary bonus […] Read more



Province may cap drainage funding in Pasquia

Province could pull 
plug on pumping in 
The Pas, pushing costs on to producers and municipal government

Rod Berezowecki points to a canola field as though he’s spotted a unicorn. “That’s one of only a couple,” explains the reeve and farmer, who represents the Rural Municipality of Kelsey. “Almost nothing was seeded.” While it’s not unusual to have wet springs in the region, Berezowecki said the impact of excess moisture this year […] Read more


Mechanization focus of new dairy research

Dairy research facilities to get update at 
Glenlea Research Station

Dairy research in Manitoba has got a $1.4-million boost. Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler made the announcement at the University of Manitoba last week, indicating the cash will be used to retrofit an existing hog barn for dairy research at the Glenlea Research Station, just south of Winnipeg. “It’s […] Read more