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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


Mid-Plains Implements commits funds to Prairie Innovation Centre

Assiniboine College’s campaign to expand its agriculture training capacity got an influx of cash in late February. “Manitoba’s economy is based in agriculture, and our company deals directly with the needs of agricultural producers,” said Fokko Buurma, owner and sales manager at Mid-Plains Implements. “The Prairie Innovation Centre will ultimately give back to the economy

Families are invited to bake savoury pizza swirl buns with Emily Richards, a cookbook author and home economist.

Canola Eat Well to host free virtual ‘bake-along’

Home economist Emily Richards will demo savoury pizza swirl bun recipe

Canola Eat Well is offering a free, virtual ‘bake along’ cooking course on Sunday, March 21. Emily Richards, a professional home economist, Canada food guide contributor and cookbook author will demonstrate how to bake savoury pizza swirl or asiago garlic buns. The class will celebrate Nutrition Month and Canadian canola. Baking with canola oil gives

Greig and Misko reprise board roles at Manitoba Crop Alliance

East Selkirk’s Doug Martin joins the ranks as board secretary

Two key board officers are returning for another term at the Manitoba Crop Alliance. Fred Greig of Reston was re-elected as chair and Robert Misko of Roblin was re-elected as co-chair. Doug Martin of East Selkirk was elected as board secretary. “I’m honoured to be re-elected as chair and look forward to another year working alongside the MCA board


BASF renews partnership with 4-H Canada

The company pledged $600,000 to boost the club’s community engagement and communications programming

BASF will continue to fund 4-H Canada’s community engagement and communications programming into 2023, the organization announced February 17. “Throughout the first year of our partnership with 4-H Canada, we were constantly inspired by Canada’s youth – their drive to take action and inspire change within their local communities is admirable,” said Jonathan Sweat, vice-president of BASF

CCGA accepting 2021 advance applications

CCGA accepting 2021 advance applications

Online applicants may see new, streamlined features, CCGA says

The inbox is open for farmers to apply for the Advance Payments Program, the Canadian Canola Growers Association announced February 18. “In more than 35 years of operations, this is the earliest that CCGA has started accepting applications for the Advance Payments Program,” said Dave Gallant, director of finance and operations at CCGA, in a

“Other Canadian sectors are being well supported to reduce emissions and re-skill the labour force, but farmers are being left behind.

Farmer coalition calls for $300 million to cut ag emissions

The group recommends six programs it says will boost climate-friendly farming practices

A coalition of farmers, scientists, economists and policy experts are calling for the federal government to put $300 million of its 2021 budget toward cutting agriculture greenhouse gas emissions. “Most Canadians, and almost all supply chains, are asking for more sustainable food and farming,” said Ian McCreary in a news release. “But as a farmer,


Prairie Innovation Centre gets $10,000 boost

Donation will support sustainable agriculture

Assiniboine College’s Prairie Innovation Centre for Sustainable Agriculture fund is $10,000 richer after a donation by Guild/HMS Insurance Group. The campaign to build this facility, Assiniboine’s response to labour market demands in agriculture, was announced in October 2020. “Agriculture is an important part of the communities (and we are) proud to operate across Westman,” said Brett McGregor, president at Guild/HMS. “Farmers feed

According to the Impact Canada website, over half of all food in Canada is wasted every year.

Large turnout for Food Waste Reduction Challenge applications

The federal government has received 343 applications under its Food Waste Reduction Challenge. An initiative under the Food Policy for Canada, the $20-million initiative was launched in November 2020 to accelerate and advance “diverse and high-impact solutions” to food waste in Canada. Up to $10.8 million will be awarded under Streams A and B to