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University of Manitoba seeks nominations for agricultural award

The University of Manitoba wants to hear from you about outstanding graduates of its agriculture diploma and degree programs. It’s seeking nominees for its annual certificate of merit, typically granted annually to a graduate of each program. The honour is in recognition of leadership with agricultural organizations and outstanding service to the community at large. Nominations […] Read more


How to go broke farming

Our History: November 1927

The Delco-Light generator advertised in the November 1927 issue of The Scoop Shovel would provide “brilliant, safe evening light which makes reading a pleasure — enables the children to study better.” The unnamed writer of “The Pool Woman” column reflected on media reports that a national church assembly in Spain had met to discuss the […] Read more



Water out of wine

New University of Saskatchewan chemistry research could 
pave the way for cheaper gas and booze

A University of Saskatch­ewan PhD chemistry student has devised a new and more energy-efficient way to separate water from ethanol. Leila Dehabadi is using starch-based materials such as corn, and can extract the water without using additional energy to isolate the ethanol, which could reduce the cost of biofuels. “Compared to distillation, this new approach […] Read more


Mail-order catalogue shopping

Our History: November 1953

There was no online ordering from Amazon in November 1953, but you could start doing your Christmas shopping by mailing an order for items in the Eaton’s catalogue. One news item that month was that Canada’s population was approaching the 15-million mark — less than half the 35.2 million reported in the 2016 census. But […] Read more



Harvest goes hands free

British researchers have put automation to test in the farm field

A U.K. research project has planted, tended and harvested the first crop — of spring barley — that’s never seen direct human labour. Hands Free Hectare was aiming to test the concept in the field and consciously chose smaller machinery, said Jonathan Gill, a researcher at Harper University. “There’s been a focus in recent years […] Read more


Aid refusal fuels flames of western alienation

Our History: November 1999

Farm income, or the lack of it, dominated our pages in the fall of 1999. The November 4 issue reported on angry comments from a group of western farmers who had visited Ottawa to ask for $1.3 billion in aid. They met with Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, Agriculture Minister Lyle Vanclief and other ministers, and […] Read more



PHOTOS: Brandon hosts Ag Ex and affiliated events

The annual gathering has a strong livestock focus and attracts participants from across the West

It was an action-packed few days at the Keystone Centre in Brandon with Ag Ex and affiliated events attracting participants from across Western Canada. The activities included agriculture education events, the Charolais national breed show, an all-breed cattle show, horse shows and the Manitoba Finals Rodeo, just to mention the highlights. Freelance photographer Sandy Black […] Read more


Manitoba Beef Producers awards 2017 bursaries

One of the goals of the annual awards is to encourage students to study agriculture-related fields or trades

The Manitoba Beef Producers has announced the recipients of its annual $500 educational bursaries to members of the organization or their children. The awards are made to individuals attending university, college or other post-secondary training, including students pursuing a trade. Preference is given to those students pursuing a field of study related to agriculture, or those acquiring a […] Read more



Early intervention

Humans appear to have influenced crop plants far earlier 
than previously understood

It turns out the roots for farming run deeper than previously thought — about 10,000 years deeper to be precise. New research from the U.K.’s University of Warwick has shown ancient hunter-gatherers began to systemically affect the evolution of crops as far back as 30,000 years ago. Professor Robin Allaby has discovered that human crop […] Read more


Ag Days charitable giving deadline nears

Application deadline is Nov. 15

Ag Days is reminding eligible organizations and individuals the application deadline for its annual giving program is drawing near. Non-profit groups and Assiniboine Community College agribusiness students have until Nov. 15 to apply for the 2018 Manitoba Ag Days Gives Back community giving program and an annual scholarship program. Up to $27,000 is awarded each […] Read more