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Glenn Babee poses with the plaque which marks the 160 acres of prairie and marsh named for him.

Ducks Unlimited names 160 acres for Manitoba conservationist

Glenn Babee’s fingerprints are on conservation projects across Manitoba, including Delta Marsh and the land that now bears his name

Ducks Unlimited has named 160 acres of marsh and prairie grasses in honour of conservationist Glenn Babee, who helped restore the land in the 1990s. “When you’re in the field every day, you see how much habitat is being lost. That always pushed me to work even harder to save the natural landscape,” said Babee,

Val and Gordon Turner with their grandchildren.

Turner family recognized for conservation efforts

Though not active farmers, Val and Gordon Turner are keen stewards of their land

The Redboine Watershed District (RBWD) is recognizing Gordon and Val Turner for their impact on the landscape through water and soil conservation programs. “They are a very community-minded couple that has always been interested in conservation and nature,” said RBWD board member Reg Marginet. “They have been such a benefit to our district. We are pleased to


Manitoba students win Leaders of Tomorrow scholarships

The awards come from an endowment fund the province established last year

Four Manitoba students who are current or former 4-H members have received a total of $42,500 in scholarships through the club’s Leaders of Tomorrow plan. “4-H members of today are tomorrow’s future leaders,” said Candace Tolton, president of 4-H Manitoba, in a news release. “We are proud to support our members to enable them to

Geralyn Wichers (left) and Allan Dawson (right).

Co-operator reporters honoured

Wichers and Dawson acknowledged by national organization

The Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation has granted two Co-operator reporters a total of three awards. Geralyn Wichers earned a gold award in the current affairs feature category for her article “Quarry battle raises fears over municipal autonomy” from the July 23, 2020 issue. In the same category Allan Dawson earned a bronze award for his article “The great grain

A still taken from a promotional video for AITC-M’s Follow the Farmer program.

Follow the farmers virtually

Ag in the Classroom’s new virtual farm tour program launched

Agriculture in the Classroom — Manitoba is launching a new program of virtual farm tours for kids in Grades 3 to 6. “This new program will help bring farming and agriculture to classrooms across the province in a time when getting out to a farm is just not possible,” said Sue Clayton, the group’s executive


Mazergroup latest ACC contributor

Prairie Innovation Centre receives half-million-dollar gift from industry partner

Assiniboine Community College’s Prairie Innovation Centre is the recipient of a $500,000 gift from a locally based equipment chain. Mazergroup, the largest New Holland dealership group in Canada, has 15 dealerships across Manitoba and southern Saskatchewan. “Mazergroup continues to have a long history of co-operation with the college for training our people, so this funding commitment

The five-year agreement will ensure the continuation of the fusarium head blight nursery program.

Wheat breeding at U of M gets $3.5-million boost

Core funding agreement comes from a number of Prairie producer groups

A consortium of producer groups have made a $3.5-million funding commitment to a ‘core’ wheat-breeding program at the University of Manitoba. The groups include the Canadian Wheat Research Coalition (CWRC), the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) and the Saskatchewan Winter Cereals Development Commission (SWCDC). The five-year agreement will ensure the continuation of the fusarium head

A national survey on fertilizer management practices is being expanded from corn in Ontario and canola in Western Canada to include Prairie wheat.

Wheat producers join canola and corn growers in fertilizer survey

The Fertilizer Use Survey aims to show that farmers are practising good stewardship by employing the ‘4Rs’

A survey that tracks the fertilizer practices of farmers is being expanded to more crops — part of an effort to show that producers are employing management practices that are environmentally sound. “The survey shows us how agri-retailers and farmers across Canada are implementing 4R Nutrient Stewardship, which is an approach that has been demonstrated


Webinars to tackle small-scale pig production

Producers wanting to get into small-scale hog production will want to mark their calendars. On Aug. 12, Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) announced the launch of a series of webinars, geared towards raising small numbers of pigs. The series, which is a joint project between Alberta Pork, Prairie Swine Health Services and AFAC, will cover

Additional details will be shared with Manitoba producers as programs are developed and become available.

Province pledges $62 million to AgriRecovery

Drought situation has been ‘extremely stressful and challenging’ for cattle producers, says MBP president

The Manitoba government will invest $62 million in programs for drought-stricken farmers under the AgriRecovery framework ag minister Ralph Eichler announced Aug. 10. “Without additional investment, producers are in the very difficult position of having to consider reducing their herds or leaving the industry altogether,” said Eichler in a news release. “Our government is making