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Practising good hygiene will help slow the spread of disease.

Best practices for on-farm sanitation

COVID-19: Farm safety program has issued guidelines for farmers

The Keystone Agricultural Producers and the Manitoba Farm Safety Program have issued a list of ‘best practices’ for Manitoba farmers to stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19-affected spring season. The recommendations include familiarizing yourself with the current recommendations from the province regarding safe social distancing and limiting your and your family’s social interaction with

High soil moisture in southern and central Manitoba may prove to be a concern when snow starts to melt in earnest.

Flood risk high along the Red, lower elsewhere

No word yet on how the coronavirus pandemic might affect flood fighting

Cooler temperatures toward the end of March slowed spring melt, but risk of major flooding remains high along the Red River, according to a report from the United States National Weather Service. A March 19 report said cool temperatures over the following week would continue the gradual thaw, allowing snowmelt to slowly reach streams and

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau and Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Navdeep Bains at a March 23 news conference as efforts continue to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

Bibeau defends COVID-19 response for agriculture

Canada’s agriculture and agri-food minister says FCC boost and advance repayment deferrals will help with cash flow for farmers

The government’s boost to Farm Credit Canada’s lending capacity and delaying repayment of cash advances is aimed at addressing immediate agriculture sector cash flow concerns — but there’s more to come. That was the word this week from federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. FCC is getting a $5-billion boost to its lending

Cash advance interest rates expected to go lower yet

Cash advance interest rates could soon fall again. March 27 the Bank of Canada cut its lending rate, which affects what commercial lenders charge, by 0.05 per cent to 0.25. At press time lenders had not lowered their rates, but were expected to. If CIBC cuts its prime rate to 2.45 per cent from the

Coronavirus pain muted for ag

Farmers hurting more from past problems than COVID-19 so far

COVID-19 may hurt Canadian farmers in the future, but for most commodities, other than cattle, there hasn’t been a huge impact, says Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. “Actually the food sector might be one of those that will be the least impacted because we will keep eating during the crisis so I don’t see



USGS personnel measure flood overflow at a bridge on the Red River near Thompson, North Dakota on April 6 during the flood of 2006.

Province says flood outlook remains weather dependent

FLOOD: Forecasters expect high water levels similar to last spring, barring major weather events

With rivers near Fargo and Grand Forks at flood stage, a significant inflow of water is expected in Manitoba soon, the province announced March 31. “Our outlook remains similar to the first outlook we released in late February and our focus continues to be on the Red River this spring,” said minister of infrastructure Ron

Bergmann (centre, in black shirt) with Foodgrains Bank staff on a tour in India.

Local farmer witnesses effects of agriculture training on food security

‘Mind-blowing’ learning trip to agriculture projects in India got Will Bergmann thinking about how to help closer to home

Will Bergmann is a foodie, so when his hosts in a remote Indian village began cooking, it just made sense to join in. Bergmann, a farmer and restaurateur from Glenlea, watched a group of men lift a metal bowl, about three feet across, onto an outdoor clay oven. As one man fed the fire with


Argentine port town suspending operations amid coronavirus spread

A key port town in northern Rosario, Argentina’s main grains export hub, said March 19 it would suspend port activities as part of efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, drawing criticism from grain-exporting firms and processors in the farm-rich country. An order posted on the Timbues government website said “all commercial, industrial and

COVID-19 concerns are impacting everything from school closures to travel, but the year’s bull sale guides are still appearing in the mail.

Breeders expect online uptick as COVID-19 hits bull sale season

’Tis the season for bull sales, but producers should plan for more of their customers to bid online, given social distancing measures

Doug McLaren of JAS Red Angus near Neepawa is full tilt into the last few weeks before his farm’s annual bull sale April 7 — but he’s still not entirely sure what that sale will look like. The McLaren family typically hosts their sale on the local show grounds of the Neepawa Ag Complex, also

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