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COVID-19 and the farm: Stories from the GFM network

COVID-19 has added an unprecedented level of uncertainty and disruption to the agricultural communities we serve. Throughout this crisis, Glacier FarmMedia is leveraging the strength of its farm news network to help you stay up to date on developments important to your family and farm. Look here for links to all the coverage provided by our


USGS personnel measure flood overflow at a bridge on the Red River near Thompson, North Dakota on April 6 during the flood of 2006.

Province says flood outlook remains weather dependent

FLOOD: Forecasters expect high water levels similar to last spring, barring major weather events

With rivers near Fargo and Grand Forks at flood stage, a significant inflow of water is expected in Manitoba soon, the province announced March 31. “Our outlook remains similar to the first outlook we released in late February and our focus continues to be on the Red River this spring,” said minister of infrastructure Ron

Co-operator reporter Dawson honoured by NAAJ

His work covering the trade landscape garnered recognition

Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson has been recognized for his work by the U.S. National Association of Agriculture Journalists (NAAJ). The group is in the midst of its 2020 writing competition and is releasing results from individual categories. He was awarded third place in the “Series” category for his work on the changing international trade landscape.

First rural Manitoba COVID-19 case reported

Rural testing centres set to open in the next week

Three more “presumptive” cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the province, including one in the Interlake. That brings the total number of Manitoba cases of the novel coronavirus that’s sweeping the globe to seven, the province announced Sunday. The Interlake case is the first one that’s been logged outside of Winnipeg. The province will


Flooding picture still weather dependent

What happens between now and spring here, and in the U.S. and Saskatchewan, will be the determining factors

The province continues to keep a watchful eye on spring flood conditions, but says the true picture won’t be clear until winter is over. The comments came from Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler February 4, in a release announcing a new Basin Conditions Report that provided an updated snapshot of river levels and soil moisture conditions. “The report will present Red River and Assiniboine River Basin conditions

Marie-Claude Bibeau.

VIDEO: Bibeau announces grain code of practices

The grain industry is thus far applauding the move to document production practices

Canadian grain farmers will soon have a “first-ever” grain production code of practices, following an announcement by the federal agriculture minister at Crop Connect 2020 in Winnipeg. Marie-Claude Bibeau said the federal government will be providing $800,000 in funding for the program, intended to document the practices for trading partners and consumers. It will demonstrate

Harrington Seed Destructors are widely used in Australia.

Destructor’s weed escapes still fail to germinate

Microscopic abrasions allow microbes to infect embryonic weeds

Many weed seeds that appear undamaged after passing through a Harrington Seed Destructor still fail to germinate, say researchers at the University of Illinois. Developed and widely used in Australia, the HSD is mounted on the back of a combine and crushes weed seeds to prevent them from germinating. A University of Illinois release says


A University of Oxford study says oat milk is a “guilt-free option.”

Oat ‘milk’ gets high marks

It’s now the fastest-growing dairy alternative in the U.S.

If you’re a dairy producer, you won’t think much of the alternative “milks” reviewed in a recent article in the U.K.’s The Guardian. But if you grow oats, you might be a bit less rankled. The article claims dairy milk is an environmental “disaster” and quotes a University of Oxford study which says it results

Blaine Pedersen, minister of agriculture and resource development, with ACC students at the grand opening of a new animal protein-processing training facility.

Meat-processing training centre opens in Brandon

Food Processing Centre for Animal Proteins has held its grand opening

Assiniboine Community College’s new Food Processing Centre for Animal Proteins is officially open for business. The facility held a grand opening last week, hosting donors who contributed to its construction. FPCAP will allow the college to provide training and experience to those interested in working in the meat-processing industry, which will help address a labour