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Conservation Trust funds totalling $2.8 million awarded

Conservation Trust funds totalling $2.8 million awarded

A total of 23 ventures by 20 conservation groups are getting needed cash

A total of $2.8 million in new funding for conservation projects has been announced by the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation. The funds are coming from the province’s Conservation Trust, one of the endowments of $204 million made by the province and financially managed by the Winnipeg Foundation. MHHC selects the projects to be funded, and

Manitoba identifies human case of H1N1v and H1N2v

In both cases the sufferers recovered relatively quickly with no lingering effects

Provincial officials say they’re investigating and monitoring two cases of variant flus in the southern part of the province. The chief public health officer and the chief veterinary officer announced a positive human case of both H1N1v and H1N2v. These cases are separate of one another and are not related. There is no evidence at


“This is a truly momentous achievement for us and one that has been a long time in the making.” – Johann F. Tergesen, Burcon NutraScience.

Merit Foods begins commercial production

The first-of-its-kind food-grade canola protein will be going to market this quarter

A Winnipeg-based company, Merit Foods, is touting a global first for canola. The division of Burcon NutraScience says Merit has “… achieved first commercial production…” of its line of canola proteins, making the facility the first and only commercial-scale facility in the world capable of producing food-grade protein from canola, the world’s second-largest oilseed crop.

The McRae family accepts the 2020 A.O. Henuset Ambassador Award. From (l to r): Brett, Chantel, Blair and Lois McRae, Bill Biglieni and Melissa McRae.

McRae family wins Simmental Association ambassador award

Blair and Lois McRae of Mar Mac Farms have been Simmental mainstays for decades

Blair and Lois McRae of Mar Mac Farms are the recipients of the Manitoba Simmental Association’s 2020 A.0. Henuset Ambassador Award. It’s meant to recognize those who “… have unselfishly given of their time to help establish the Simmental industry in Manitoba.” The McRae family has been in the Simmental business near Brandon for the

Chicken quota allocation up on demand optimism

Chicken quota allocation up on demand optimism

Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) is planning to raise quota allocations in July on optimism for dining demand as the economy starts a “transition towards normalcy” out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chicken Farmers of Ontario on March 24 reported an expected national allocation increase of 1.75 per cent above its adjusted base for period A-170


Manitoba pork producers donate to Harvest Manitoba

Manitoba pork producers donate to Harvest Manitoba

The sector has been a longtime contributor to food security groups

Manitoba Pork and [email protected] Marketing Services Co-op Inc. have made a donation of a combined $10,000 worth of product and financial support to Harvest Manitoba. The contributions will support communities across the province with high-quality protein and much-needed healthy pantry staples. “We are proud to support food banks across the province with this one-tonne donation

Feds invest in climate-smart agriculture

Feds invest in climate-smart agriculture

The goal will be farmer-led best practices to store carbon and fight climate change

The federal government is putting up $185 million over the next 10 years for a new Agricultural Climate Solutions (ACS) program. The ACS program “aims to establish a strong, Canada-wide network of regional collaborations led by farmers and including scientists and other sectoral stakeholders,” the government said in a media release. Those stakeholders will develop

A truck spreads manure onto a field in this file photo.

Province issues variance on nutrient application

Based on soil conditions and weather forecasts, Manitoba Conservation and Climate has issued a variance on winter application of nutrients. Producers could begin applying nutrients as of 12:01 a.m. March 23, 2021. Manitoba Conservation and Climate reminds producers to assess current weather conditions and periodically check weather forecasts when applying nutrients prior to April 11.


CP to employ Ballard fuel cells in Hydrogen Locomotive Program

Railway touts zero emissions goal

Canadian Pacific (CP) is adopting a new Canadian technology in a bid to reduce its locomotion emissions. It’s teaming up with Vancouver-based Ballard Power Systems to employ Ballard fuel cell modules in CP’s Hydrogen Locomotive Program. The modules will provide a total of 1.2 megawatts of electricity to power the locomotive. “With this purchase from Ballard, a leader in

Farm incomes — on average — soared in Canada last year

Farm incomes — on average — soared in Canada last year

Grain and oilseed farmers did very well indeed, but livestock producers saw a drop in cash income

Thanks to soaring crop prices, farm income hit a new record in 2020 and will set another one this year, according to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. “In spite of recent challenges, notably COVID-19’s impacts on the food supply chain, the growth in farm income shows that the sector is weathering these disruptions well and adjusting