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“When you look at solar over its lifetime of 30 years, it produces some of the cheapest kilowatt hours you can get.” – Daniel Lacovetsky

Manitoba a difficult place to sell solar power

Since the end of a Manitoba Hydro rebate program, interest in solar energy has dwindled despite ample opportunity for growth, says a Winnipeg contractor

Solar energy remains a largely untapped resource in southwestern Manitoba, and few incentives exist to boost public interest, says one contractor. Manitoba has become a “very difficult place to sell and install solar,” Daniel Lacovetsky said during Manitoba Sustainable Energy Association’s (ManSEA) virtual conference on March 23. Lacovetsky and business partner Jacob Kettner own Powertec

“...if you own a dog, a companion animal, pets or livestock animals, all those species are protected on the Animal Care Act... ” Dr. Enoch Omololu.

Animal Care Act governs standards of care

Agriculture students learn of provincial oversight and investigations

When Dr. Enoch Omololu began to show case studies of animal abuse on Manitoba farms, he assured the University of Manitoba agriculture students he was showing them “middle of the road” cases. “These are not the very worst ones we’ve seen,” the provincial livestock animal welfare veterinarian said. Even so, the images in his presentation

FCC’s Marty Seymour reflects on the impacts of COVID-19 on the agricultural industry.

Agriculture learned its COVID lessons — and quickly

Now is the time to start positioning the sector for the coming recovery

The agriculture industry was hit hard by the pandemic. Early on, it became apparent that the sector needed to make changes in order to address the situation. But a year later, by many accounts, the Canadian agriculture sector has adapted effectively — spectacularly, even. This past winter at the Farm Forum conference, Marty Seymour from

Corn and soy could be in short supply, according to a recent USDA report.

U.S. farmers to plant less corn, soybeans than expected

USDA report sparks futures rise as market reacts to news

Estimates by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for corn and soybean plantings at the end of March missed analyst expectations, sending futures prices for both commodities up sharply. Smaller-than-expected acreage for the two main cash crops in the United States will likely increase concerns about global food and animal feed supplies after importers and domestic

Pork council to fight fee hike on deadstock pickup

Producer group says lack of alternatives has left hog operations at the whim of bioproduct recycling company Rothsay

The Manitoba Pork Council is pushing back against what it says is an explosive increase in the cost of on-farm deadstock pickup, and it is taking the fight to the Competition Bureau of Canada. The organization has lodged an official complaint after what it says is a tenfold jump in the cost of an on-farm


Manitoba pork producers donate to Harvest Manitoba

Manitoba pork producers donate to Harvest Manitoba

The sector has been a longtime contributor to food security groups

Manitoba Pork and [email protected] Marketing Services Co-op Inc. have made a donation of a combined $10,000 worth of product and financial support to Harvest Manitoba. The contributions will support communities across the province with high-quality protein and much-needed healthy pantry staples. “We are proud to support food banks across the province with this one-tonne donation

John Cross, who now ranches with daughter Tanis, began using regenerative ag practices when he took over A7 Ranche 35 years ago. But it’s an ongoing and evolving process, they say.

Regenerative agriculture is becoming the next big thing for consumers

As interest in how food is produced increases, regenerative ag is a trend to watch

Consumers have latched on to a new-to-them concept that puts soil health front and centre — regenerative agriculture. “For farmers, (regenerative agriculture) is nothing new, but now we’re starting to see consumers use the term,” said Jo-Ann McArthur, president of Nourish Food Marketing in Toronto. “When we look at it, we see it potentially becoming

Be sure to consider capital gains implications several years before selling a farm.

A tax plan can mean multiple capital gains exemptions

Capital gains exemptions can save hundreds of thousands of dollars

The lifetime capital gains exemption for qualified farm property allows for significant tax savings when selling assets and can be important for retirement planning and preparing for farm transition. Although the capital gains exemption rules are quite technical, they’re also very generous, particularly with farm real estate. With some smart planning, the capital gains exemption


Smoke clouds the horizon near Carberry April 1 thanks to one of the province’s list of recent grassfires.

Farmers trade caps for firefighter hats

With much of Manitoba tinder dry, farmers have both a role in helping their local fire departments, and avoiding a fire on their own operations

When the Carberry North Cypress-Langford Fire and Rescue got the call about a fast-moving grassfire the afternoon of April 1, they immediately got on the phone. They called in help. Fire departments from Shilo, Glenboro, Wawanesa and Elton came out to contain the blaze—whipped by wind gusts up to 57 kilometres an hour to claim

A home narrowly escapes a grassfire near Carberry April 1.

Farm checklist against fire

From making a fire plan to proper disposal of oily rags, KAP’s Manitoba Farm Safety Program has some tips on what producers can do to limit fire risk

The Manitoba Farm Safety Program is reminding farmers of their own on-farm fire risk management. Manitoba’s dry conditions have led to a rash of grassfires since the start of April, including one that menaced a housing sub-division near Carberry and several fires in the southeast and central Manitoba. Dry conditions have also led to widespread

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