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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

It’s not just a pretty sight, a natural landscape also benefits everyone.

What’s the value of our natural landscapes?

Taking care of the environment isn’t free and should be compensated

If you have looked around your local countryside, you may have noticed that we are losing our trees. This is considered progress as we are developing more arable land to grow more food which makes our farms more profitable. But on the other side of the coin, we need the benefits that natural landscapes provide

Piglet at a pig farm in Guizhou Province, China in May 2020.

Contaminated feed a risk that can’t be ignored, says expert

It’s clear that viruses, including African swine fever, can be transmitted via feed ingredients

New research is showing that animal feed can carry viruses, including the one that causes African swine fever. It’s a threat that must be thwarted, Scott Dee, veterinarian and director of applied research for Minnesota-based Pipestone Veterinary Services, told attendees at the virtual 2021 Banff Pork Seminar in January. “We’ve got to work together,” said

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

The Roland 4-H museum is a nod to the town’s status as the founding community for the clubs in Canada.

Roland 4-H museum puts out call for help

The pandemic shut down fundraising and kept many guests away from the museum

The 4-H museum in Roland says $5,000 is all it needs to get back into the black after the pandemic cancelled most of its fundraising in 2020 and kept many guests away. The sum represents about half of the museum’s budget. The museum launched a pledge campaign via posters and social media to try to

Farm Credit Canada’s chief economist says the agriculture sector is well positioned for the future.

Agriculture after the pandemic

It’s a whole alphabet of recovery options, FCC’s chief economist says

With COVID-19 vaccines rolling out for worldwide distribution and immunization on the horizon, now hopes turn to putting the virus in the rear-view mirror and rebuilding a battered global economy. That’s almost certainly going to mean enduring a sharp recession, says J.P. Gervais, chief economist for Farm Credit Canada. Speaking at the virtual Manitoba Agronomist

Farmers Edge plans IPO

Winnipeg-based company has made the initial steps in its plan to go public

Manitoba’s homegrown digital ag multinational has plans to go public. Farmers Edge this week announced it has filed a preliminary prospectus with provincial and territorial securities regulation authorities throughout Canada. National Bank Financial and CIBC Capital Markets will spearhead the offering, along with Scotia Capital, Cannacord Genuity and Raymond James. The expected number of common

Roquette initially thought the bulk of its peas for its processing facility would come from Saskatchewan, but so far Manitoba producers have risen to the challenge.

Manitoba ‘the Silicon Valley of plant-based protein’

Regulatory burdens are holding back the sector's true potential, one industry leader says

The person tasked with opening the world’s largest pea protein facility says Manitoba “can be the Silicon Valley of plant-based proteins” – but regulatory changes are needed. Dominic Baumann, CEO of Roquette Canada, made the bold declaration during a virtual event put on by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) focusing on investment and sustainability

China finds illegal work on genetically modified crops

The nation has signalled it will accept the technology, but has not yet officially done so

China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has found eight companies and research institutes that illegally produced or carried out research on genetically modified (GM) seeds. The companies included two seed marketing companies in northeast Liaoning province and two corn breeders in northwest Xinjiang province that were producing GM corn seed. The ministry said seeds