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One tool for a complex problem

History is full of examples of heated, ideological and rhetorical public debates that somehow miss the point. The controversy over genetically modified crops is such a case. The debate has generally fallen into two camps — the “Frankenfood” phenomenon, the question of whether we should be meddling with nature’s processes for genetic evolution and “feeding

Weekly livestock auction report

Westward movement of cattle from Manitoba was slow during the week ended June 28, as demand from the West was impacted by recent floods in southern Alberta. Cargill’s packing plant near High River, Alta., had to close down for a few days during the week, Rick Wright of Heartland Buying Order Co. noted. “The plant

LIVESTOCK-U.S. live cattle futures slump in fund selloff

* Wholesale beef price setback weighs * CME hogs up on cash, Smithfield news By Theopolis Waters CHICAGO, May 30 (Reuters) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle slumped on Thursday as futures fell below technical support triggering fund liquidation, traders and analysts said. CME live cattle June dropped beneath the respective 40-day and 20-day moving

AAFC Brandon beef research cuts condemned

The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Research Centre at Brandon is losing eight full-time employees, 850 head of cattle and $300,000 a year in revenue because the federal government is shutting down its beef research program. Whether the herd is sold or moved, it will be the first time in the centre’s 127-year history without

The axe is falling again at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Union officials predict 400 job losses following Workforce Adjustment notices issued to almost 700 staff May 9. Beef research at the Brandon Research Centre is one of the casualties.  

Hundreds of jobs cut at Agriculture Canada

Farmers question the 
federal government’s 
commitment to publicly funded agricultural research

by Allan Dawson Almost 700 Agriculture and Agri-Food (AAFC) employees across Canada, including 55 in Manitoba, have been notified their jobs are on the line. Their unions say the notifications are part of a plan to eliminate an estimated 400 jobs as the federal government tries to cut spending. The Brandon Research Station’s beef research

Merger saved money, sped up decision-making, says mayor

The voluntary merger that created the Municipality of Shoal Lake 
saves taxpayers $60,000 annually and improved local government efficiency

Don Yanick is getting a lot of calls from municipal officials across the province these days about the hot-button issue of amalgamation. And when asked if it was worth it, the mayor of the Municipality of Shoal Lake points to $60,000 in annual savings and a much more efficient local government. “Right off the top,

Group says GM alfalfa a nightmare scenario

Genetically modified alfalfa threatens Canada’s entire organic grain sector, says Manitoba Organic Alliance. Organic farmers won’t be able to shield their farms from pollen because insects can spread it as far as three miles, says the group. Contamination will then create a trade barrier for any Canadian crop exported to GM-free countries, said Ken Sabatier

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.