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Take steps to adapt to climate change: Vilsack

Excerpt from a speech by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to the National Press Club in Washington, June 5, 2013. I’m the secretary of agriculture, and I am not here today to give a scientific lecture on climate change. I’m here to tell you what we’re seeing on the ground. We’re seeing more severe storms.

Provincial office mergers to save $1.49 million annually

MAFRI offices in Treherne, Stonewall, Shoal Lake, Neepawa and Boissevain will be merged with the ones in nearby communities

The Manitoba government has announced a new wave of consolidations in rural areas and Winnipeg in a move it says will save $1.49 million annually. “In this time of economic uncertainty we are committed to finding responsible ways to reduce spending by improving and modernizing service delivery,” Finance Minister Stan Struthers said in a release.



U.S. processor to rebuild flax plant

A U.S. grain-processing firm plans to set itself up in the Prairie flax ingredients business over the wreck of a previous player’s Manitoba plant, and will bring back the plant’s founding family to help run it. Minnesota-based Grain Millers, Inc. on Thursday announced the launch of SafeFlax, a new line of flaxseed products, to be

Owners vow to rebuild destroyed Otterburne greenhouse

A Jan. 23 fire that destroyed a southern Manitoba commercial greenhouse producing the province’s largest indoor crop of cucumbers remained under investigation at the end of last week. The fire in the Otterburne-area greenhouse, co-owned by brothers Trevor and Scott Schriemer, started around 4:30 a.m. Twenty volunteer firefighters from St. Pierre-Jolys and St. Malo fought


High-octane cheese fire closes Norway tunnel

Reuters / A truckload of burning cheese closed a road tunnel in Arctic Norway for several days after an accident Jan. 17. Some 27 tonnes of flaming brown cheese (brunost), a Norwegian delicacy, blocked off a three-km tunnel near the northern coastal town of Narvik when it caught fire. The fire was finally put out

Record warmth the top story for 2012

Over the last few issues we’ve looked at the top weather stories from around the world in 2012. In this issue it’s time to zoom in on Canada and see what the top weather stories were this past year. Environment Canada creates a list of the top weather stories each year along with a list

Cranking out calves beats backgrounding

Production adviser says operations geared towards low-cost, high-volume calf 
production are better positioned for profits in 2013 than backgrounders

Record-high finishing costs and tight calf supplies mean 2013 will be the “year of the big decision” for ranchers, says production adviser Ray Bittner. “Are you a calf producer or are you a feedlot?” the Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives official asked attendees at the recent Beef and Forage days. Operations that have depended


Pallister calls for caution on cosmetic pesticide ban

Brian Pallister says Ontario’s ban has resulted in grass fields being replaced by artificial turf harbouring infectious bacteria

Banning pesticides from Manitoba lawns and sport fields could have unintended negative consequences, says Manitoba Progressive Conservative Party Leader Brian Pallister. Banning so-called “cosmetic pesticides” — those not used in agricultural production — in Ontario has resulted in “an explosion of artificial turf fields,” because grass fields have been overrun by weeds, Pallister said in

It was twice a work of wonder —but Sifton’s marvellous Russian Orthodox Church suffered a cruel fate

Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church was a source of great pride when 
it was constructed in the 1920s and renovated this century, but was tragically lost

When it was dedicated in August, 1928, an overflow crowd of more than 500 people packed Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church in the small village of Sifton to marvel at the architectural wonder. The church was designed by Bishop Vladyka Arseny in 1926, with assistance of priests and monks under his charge, and was constructed