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MCA recently unveiled a new shield logo to represent the organization.

Manitoba Crop Alliance checkoffs get approved, start Aug. 1

Pam de Rocquigny and Darcelle Graham will serve as CEO and COO

The newly created Manitoba Crop Alliance (MCA) has received provincial government approval to start collecting checkoffs from all sales of wheat (spring and winter), barley, sunflowers, corn, and flax in Manitoba starting Aug. 1, the MCA announced in a recent news release. The checkoff amounts are unchanged to what was in place with the five amalgamating organizations, and remains refundable. The

Today’s precipitation

Data from weather stations across the Prairies are available to Glacier FarmMedia members at the WeatherFarm website, where you can also sign up for a daily forecast email for your area. On the go? Get the WeatherFarm mobile app, available for iPhone and Android devices. To learn more about the CoCoRaHS system that generates these precipitation maps



Water flows across what, a few days ago, was Dan Lepp’s pasture along the Little Saskatchewan River. PHOTO: DAN LEPP

Dozens evacuated as floodwaters test Rivers dam

WEATHER: Residents downstream of Rivers, Man., are holding their breath as they wait to see if the dam, which holds back Lake Wahtopanah, will hold

Dan Lepp had gotten little rest by the time he drove away from his family’s mixed farm near Rivers the morning of July 2. Lepp, who farms downstream of the Rivers dam on the Little Saskatchewan River, was among dozens of residents in the Municipalities of Riverdale and Whitehead told to evacuate late last night

MPSG executive director Francois Labelle.

Labelle retiring from Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers

NAMED: Daryl Domitruk will be the new executive director effective July 15

Francois Labelle, executive director of Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG) since 2014, is retiring July 15, the organization announced Tuesday. Daryl Domitruk, the organization’s director of research and production, will be the new executive director and keep his current position also, MPSG said in a release. “Francois’s contribution to Manitoba’s pulse and soybean industry


Canadian Renewable Energy Association set to form

Move promises new national voice for the wind, solar and energy storage industries

Two of Canada’s leading green energy organizations are merging to form a single association. The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) are set to become Canadian Renewable Energy Association, effective July 1. The new group will be headed by Robert Hornung, the long-standing president of CanWEA. As the founding president and

A new photo cell could generate electricity for greenhouse operators without harming crop production.

New solar panels grab light from above and below

Potential solution towards balance between crop growth and electricity generation capabilities

Electricity is a major expense for Canadian greenhouse growers. At the same time, large greenhouse facilities offer potential to produce renewable solar energy — but the challenge to date has been how to do that without impacting the growth and productivity of the crop inside. A potential solution from Ontario solar panel manufacturer Heliene is

Alberta opts for education over regulation of fusarium head blight

The move better reflects the reality facing farmers on the ground

The Alberta government will stop trying to regulate fusarium head blight (FHB) in favour of managing the fungal disease that can reduce yield and quality in infected wheat and barley. Alberta Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen announced June 3 that Fusarium graminearum (Fg) is being removed from the province’s Pest Nuisance Control Regulation of the Agricultural Pests Act — a move


Ag in Motion Discovery Plus announces events for digital farm show

Organizers say they won’t let pandemic prevent farmers from seeing technology and knowledge showcase

As Ag in Motion moves to an online, interactive platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic, western Canadian farmers can expect to continue to access exciting new technology, demonstrations, crop tours and high-profile keynote speakers. “Ag in Motion has always been the trusted place for farmers to see new equipment, technical advancements, livestock and field cropping demos,” Rob O’Connor, Ag in Motion show director, said in a media release. “COVID-19 may

Correlation between risk management and mental health: Study

Study supports education around risk mitigation planning to support good mental health

Farm business management activities have a positive correlation to mental health, according to a new study from Farm Management Canada. “Farm business management practices offer a significant opportunity for managing the stresses of farming in a way that contributes to positive mental health,” said Heather Watson, executive director of Farm Management Canada in a news