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Cows could soon have a new meal choice in chickpeas

Identifying the best chickpea crops for cattle the goal of new research

Chickpeas could soon find a new fan base: hungry cows. As chickpea production increases around the world, those crops not suitable for human consumption are being recycled into cattle feed as a partial replacement for soybean meal and cereal grains, according to a University of Saskatchewan researcher. Peiqiang Yu and his colleagues at the Canadian Light Source (CLS), based at the

CN celebrates independence anniversary

Last month marked 25 years since the company was privatized in what was then the largest initial public offering in Canadian history

CN is celebrating a quarter-century of privatization. The company, which was at the time Canada’s largest and oldest Crown corporation, was the largest IPO in Canadian history. On Nov. 17, 1995, investors spent C$2.25 billion snapping up shares. The company is using the celebration to tout its transformation into “… a world-class transportation leader and


Fred Greig.

Greig to chair wheat research council

CWRC announces new executive and president; AWC obtains host duties

The Canadian Wheat Research Coalition (CWRC) — a collaboration between the Manitoba Crop Alliance (MCA), Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) and Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), has announced its newly appointed executive and president. The new executive is comprised of chair Fred Greig (MCA) who farms at Reston, vice-chair Jake Leguee (Sask Wheat), a farmer from

Cash advances on winter wheat, fall rye ready to flow

Manitoba Crop Alliance began administering the Advance Payments Program this August

Manitoba Crop Alliance has received approval to start issuing cash advances on winter wheat and fall rye planted this year through the Advance Payments Program, the organization announced October 26. Manitoba Crop Alliance has administered Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Advance Payments Program since the amalgamated group officially formed in August. The Advance Payments Program offers

Manitoba Crop Alliance joins coalitions in pledging funds to wheat, barley research

The Canadian Wheat Research Coalition and Canadian Barley Research Coalition replace the Western Grains Research Foundation

Coalitions of Prairie commodity groups have pledged $22.6 million in producer funding toward Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s wheat-breeding program and over $1.5 million to barley research. “Manitoba Crop Alliance is proud to be a part of this collaborative initiative with our sister organizations in Alberta and Saskatchewan,” said Fred Greig, chair of the Manitoba Crop


CN touts best grain month ever

Record comes as company prepares to receive new grain hopper cars sooner than planned

With two days left in October, CN was already celebrating a new monthly record for grain movement. It had already shipped more than 2.88 million tonnes, the previous record set in October of 2019, and at press time were anticipating exceeding the “previously unattainable” three-million-tonne mark. “This unprecedented performance follows seven record months of Canadian

Assiniboine Community College snags digital ag donation

Farm Credit Canada says need for digital support for farms is growing

Assiniboine Community College has received a $15,000 donation from Farm Credit Canada (FCC) to enhance its digital agriculture offerings. “As the agriculture industry evolves toward an increased focus on technology and precision agriculture, so comes an increased demand for digital agriculture knowledge and training,” Chris Budiwski, ACC’s chair of agriculture and environment said in a

Manitoba Crop Alliance committee nominees announced

Some have been acclaimed, others will face election

The Manitoba Crop Alliance is one step closer to filling its slate of committee members. Nominations opened Sept. 1 and closed Oct. 30. Corn committee: Five farmers were nominated for four positions, and an election will be held to determine who takes the seats. Nominees are Carl Bangert (Beausejour), David Boerchers (Laurier), Dean Toews (MacGregor),


Don Flaten.

Flaten recognized for outreach and community engagement

The soil science professor has been presented an award from the University of Manitoba

Don Flaten’s tireless efforts to engage and reach the province’s agricultural community have been recognized by his employer. The University of Manitoba has given him its Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Campbell Outreach Award “for meritorious service in outreach activities.” The honour is given to university staff members who “consistently invest countless hours of time and

Cattle producers get COVID set-aside program

The federal government is going it alone on funding the $2.5-million program in Manitoba

Manitoba cattle producers are getting a support program to help offset the impact of COVID on their sector. The 2020 Manitoba Finished Cattle Feed Assistance Program will provide “… up to $2.5 million…” in direct support, a news release from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada stated. For finished cattle payments of $1.20 per day per animal will “… help offset costs to