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Crow era ends on the Prairies

Our History: November 1983

Our Nov. 24, 1983 issue reported the end of a long and contentious era in Prairie grain history when royal assent was given to a bill ending the Crowsnest freight rate. While the end of the below-cost rate may not have been welcomed by farmers, it was by CP Rail, which immediately announced it was […] Read more


A dietary mismatch

Agriculture produces plenty of food, but not necessarily the right types

If everyone on the planet wanted to eat a healthy diet, there wouldn’t be enough fruit and vegetables to go around. A team of researchers at the University of Guelph compared global agricultural production with nutritionists’ consumption recommendations and found a drastic mismatch. “We simply can’t all adopt a healthy diet under the current global […] Read more



Most Canadian farmers praise quick passage of CPTPP law

New opportunities and a levelled playing field with other agriculture exporters are lauded

Canada’s grain farmers and other export-oriented producers have issued statements praising the Canadian government for quickly passing legislation ratifying the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) paving the way for Canadian farmers to see increased export volumes that could result in higher farm revenues as early as next spring. Alberta Wheat and Barley […] Read more


PHOTOS: This Old Elevator: October 2018

The Manitoba Historical Society wants to gather information about all the grain elevators in Manitoba

In the 1950s, there were over 700 grain elevators in Manitoba. Today, there are fewer than 200. You can help to preserve the legacy of these disappearing “Prairie sentinels.” The Manitoba Historical Society (MHS) is gathering information about all elevators that ever stood in Manitoba, regardless of their present status. Collaborating with the Manitoba Co-operator it is supplying these […] Read more



Endless savings on diesel fuel

Our History: October 1981

Style and cab comfort were features promoted in this ad for the International Harvester S-Series Sundance truck in our Oct. 29, 1981 issue. If you were buying one on credit, the interest rate would have been more that 20 per cent, and our main front-page story that week was on a spat between federal Agriculture […] Read more


Space… the final farming frontier

Treatment with one plant hormone appears to make space farming possible

With scarce nutrients and weak gravity, growing potatoes on the moon or on other planets seems unimaginable. But the plant hormone strigolactone could make it possible, plant biologists from the University of Zurich have shown. The hormone supports the symbiosis between fungi and plant roots, thus encouraging plants’ growth — even under the challenging conditions […] Read more



Lands for sale on easy terms

Our History: October 1886

If you were looking to start farming in 1886, there was plenty of land to choose from in these advertisements in the Oct. issue of the Nor-West Farmer and Manitoba Miller. The Hudson’s Bay Company was offering seven million acres and the Manitoba and North-Western Railway 2.75 million acres. The unnamed author of an article […] Read more


Box it up

Researchers say ‘control boxes’ could limit nitrate run-off from tile drains

Tile drainage is a boon in a wet spring but it can also increase nitrate run-off into nearby waterways and eventually lakes and even the ocean. The answer, when the problem was first discovered in the 1980s, was to develop “edge of field” practices, keeping saturated strips of natural landscape near streams to remove nitrates, […] Read more



Dosman named to Canadian Medical Hall of Fame for agriculture efforts

The ‘father of agricultural medicine’ in Canada has spent decades on the health risks of farmers

A Saskatchewan researcher known as the ‘father of agricultural medicine in Canada’ has been named to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Dr. Jim Dosman, of the University of Saskatchewan, was among six awarded the honour this year. “A pioneer in his field, Jim has been devoted throughout his career to improving and protecting the […] Read more


Hemp coffee creamer developed at U of M

Hemp could soon be the (non-dairy) creamer in your coffee. A recent research project at the University of Manitoba’s Richardson Centre For Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals has reported the successful formulation of a hemp-based coffee creamer for Natures Hemp Corp. “Working with the University of Manitoba, Natures Hemp formulated an all-natural, hemp-based, non-dairy coffee creamer […] Read more