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Three more COVID-19 cases confirmed at Brandon pork plant

Maple Leaf Foods has confirmed that cases at the plant are up to four

There have been three more cases of COVID-19 at Brandon’s Maple Leaf Foods pork plant, according to the union representing the plant’s workers. United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 832 said this morning that three more cases had been confirmed at the plant, after a single COVID-19 case was reported over the long weekend.

Eight participants in the Manitoba Soil Science Society's drop-in tour Aug. 12 will be able to extract their own soil monolith for a $50 fee. Everyone must register to attend the tour and monolith extraction spots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Soil society modifies its Aug. 12 summer tour

Bus tour replaced with self-guided tour that requires registration

The Manitoba Soil Science Society (MSSS) has replaced its annual summer bus tour with an event Aug. 12 at three sites in rural Manitoba participants get to themselves, MSSS president Megan Westphal said in a recent email. The sites are near Elm Creek (Red River Clay), Haywood (Almasippi) and Bruxelles (Dezwood). Participation is free, however,

Rosser resident Dave Kaplen speaks on the second day of the hearing, July 28.

Lesson of precedent-setting hearing: ‘Avoid at all costs’

A contentious appeal over a quashed quarry application shows early consultation is key, says Grant Melnychuk of Manitoba Pork

The Manitoba Pork Council is closely watching what is likely a precedent-setting decision from the Municipal Board. On July 27, hearings began in Winnipeg for the appeal of an application of Lilyfield Quarry Inc., which the RM of Rosser denied in late 2018. This followed several application attempts under more than one owner in a

From left, landowner Stephani McLean, Doyle Piwniuk, MLA for Turtle Mountain, landowner Don McLean, Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development Blaine Pedersen, Tim Sopuck, CEO Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation CEO, Premier Brian Pallister and Pembina Valley Watershed District chair Bill Howatt.

No such thing as “marginal” land

What’s important is putting it to its best use

There’s no such thing as “marginal” land, according to Tim Sopuck. “Some land might be marginal for annual crop production, but it doesn’t mean it’s marginal for cattle production or some other alternate use,” the chief executive officer of the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation (MHHC) said in an interview July 27. When it comes to

COVID-19 confirmed at Maple Leaf Brandon plant

The company received word of the positive result over the long weekend

A worker at Brandon’s Maple Leaf Foods pork plant has tested positive for COVID-19, the company has confirmed. “We were very sorry to learn this weekend that a team member at our Brandon plant has tested positive for COVID-19,” a representative from the company said in an emailed statement. The company says the worker was


Opinion: Canada’s work to reform WTO is a good sign

As nations turn inward the global order is being upended

Canada’s efforts to reform the World Trade Organization are commendable. It is apparent more countries are deciding to turn inwards rather than focusing on multilateral trade relationships. The United States, India, Italy and others have all taken actions domestically that have negatively impacted Canadian farmers. Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) executive director Claire Citeau was

Adding heat, such as from a portable direct flame heater like this one, can turn “poor drying days into good drying days.”

Now is the time to start thinking about conditioning canola

Having the right setup and the manpower capacity for turning bins are keys to avoiding spoilage

Two late and wet harvests in a row have greatly increased canola spoilage — and upped the need to have a conditioning plan in place early on. “It’s really important to consider this topic now when there is time rather than being in the heat of harvest and having to make decisions,” said Lorne Grieger,

Warm, sunny weather sees rapid development of Manitoba crops

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for August 4

Southwest Region Another good growing week without major weather events. Most late seeded crops are catching up rapidly with favourable weather. Growing degree-days are normal to above normal across most of the region. Soil moisture conditions are generally adequate, but soybeans, corn, and sunflowers could use a decent rain in coming days as fields are


KAP asks ag-minister Bibeau to reconsider carbon tax on grain drying, barns

KAP is still arguing for an exemption on carbon tax for grain drying and barn heating and they're sending their data to Ottawa

The Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) want federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau to reconsider exempting grain drying and barn heating from the carbon tax. Manitoba’s general farm organization made the pitch, backed by additional data, in a July 31 letter. “Carbon tax costs for farmers are significant,” KAP president Bill Campbell said in the letter. “A

Dairy producers say they’re still waiting for clarity on trade compensation — and their future.

Trade deals darken future, Manitoba dairy farmers say

The feds are in a bad habit of using dairy as a bargaining chip and slow to pay for damages

Market share lost to foreign imports may make dairy farming less viable for the next generation, says David Wiens, chair of Dairy Farmers of Manitoba (DFM). “It makes it more difficult to bring in the youngest generation when the industry has been starved in the way of growth,” Wiens told the Co-operator. The latest loss