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Turkey producers still waiting on promised federal compensation

Trade deals ruffle the feathers of turkey producers who say government commitment falls short

Turkey producers are calling on the federal government to back up its stated support of supply management by putting money on the table. “It seems that with every trade deal our industry is undermined to a greater extent, regardless of the platitudes of support expressed by our government of the day,” said Bill Uruski, chairman […] Read more


New turkey market mechanisms needed

Surplus turkey stocks continue to cause problems for producers despite improvements

Manitoba turkey producers are looking to their national counterparts to help find a solution to the current overstock of storage turkeys in the country. While the stock of surplus birds was lower this January than last, several factors continue to hamper the flow of turkey through processors and into the market. Bill Uruski, chairman of […] Read more



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