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Seed sector ponders forming a unified voice, but some worry farmers won’t be heard

A meeting set for this summer in Winnipeg could be the scene of a historic vote to reorganize the Canadian seed industry. Seed Synergy, a plan to unite Canada’s five main seed-related organizations, could be put to a vote in July at the Canadian Seed Growers Association’s (CSGA) 116th annual meeting. It would see five

“We’re very diverse in Manitoba. The specialty crop sector is growing so I think our acres (of pedigreed seed) are going to be pretty solid.” – Andrew Ayre, MSGA

Manitoba loses pedigreed seed acres crown

Edged out by Alberta, Manitoba should rebound in 2020 if soybean plantings come roaring back

Manitoba’s long-held title as Canada’s top pedigreed seed producer ended in 2019. After seven consecutive years in top spot Alberta edged Manitoba out by just 8,468 acres, figures in the Manitoba Seed Growers’ Association’s (MSGA) 2019 annual report show. Alberta seeded 349,411 acres of pedigreed seed last year versus Manitoba’s 340,942 acres, putting it in

McCain recognizes top Manitoba growers

A&M Farm Ventures and S.B. Vegetable Growers took top honours at McCain Foods’ annual appreciation banquet last month. Tom, Lisa, John and Shawna Adriaansen of A&M Farm Ventures, near Carberry, accepted the 2018 Champion Grower award for Manitoba, the first time they’ve won the recognition. S.B. Vegetable Growers, from Portage la Prairie won Top Innovator

Denys Volkov.

Volkov takes the reins at AMM

The Association of Manitoba Municipalities has a new executive director as the new year begins, the organization said in a news release January 2. Denys Volkov replaces retiring director Joe Masi. Volkov, who joined AMM in 2011, has “extensive knowledge of municipal Manitoba,” the news release said, citing 14 years of professional experience in the

Snoman will be posting signs like this along trails as volunteer capacity and weather allow.

Signage to protect unharvested crops from snowmobiles

Snoman to post signs along routes where crops are still in fields

Snowmobilers are being encouraged to stay on trails and off fields to protect unharvested crops. “It was a difficult harvest for many producers in Manitoba,” said Yvonne Rideout, executive director of Snowmobilers of Manitoba (Snoman). “We want to make sure that riders are staying on designated trails, respecting private property and crops that have yet

ILTA Grain’s insolvency has resulted in a record payout to farmers and a new precedent to how they’re treated when they’re owed money.

Canadian Grain Commission pays ILTA farmers $11.1 million

It’s a record payout through the Canadian Grain Commission’s farmer-security program

After six months of intense work the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) has wrapped up its biggest claim for a compensation case in history. Two hundred and twenty-two ‘eligible’ farmers will get all they were owed — $11.1 million — following ILTA Grain going into creditor protection last summer. Cheques were issued Jan. 6. That’s the

Ongoing flooding issues, such as this during the spring of 2011, have made an outlet channel a necessity.

Land deals proceeding despite Lake St. Martin outlet channel pause

The Lake St. Martin outlet channels have hit delays, but the province says it will be business as usual for expropriation deals

The Lake St. Martin outlet channel project may have hit hurdles, but the province says expropriation proceedings north of Lake Manitoba are going ahead as normal. The project, which promises two channels between Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin, and then on from Lake St. Martin to Lake Winnipeg, has been a longtime promise of

Bill Grueul, CEO of Protein Industries Canada, addresses reporters January 10 as Jim Carr, Prime Minister Trudeau’s special representative for the prairies, and Merit Functional Foods co-CEO Ryan Bracken look on.

Supercluster pumps $9.5 million into Winnipeg plant

Merit Functional Foods to open world’s first canola protein-processing facility late this year

A Merit Functional Foods canola and pea protein-processing facility near Winnipeg is slated to be up and running by the end of the year with the help of financial investment from Protein Industries Canada, the company announced at a news conference January 10. “Our plan is to build processing closer to production, adding value to

SeedMaster’s Norbert Beaujot sees DOT technology as one solution to a shortage of skilled operators.

Connecting with DOT at Manitoba Ag Days

The attention-grabbing DOT autonomous platform will be a feature attraction this year

One high-profile (and high-tech) equipment platform is making its Manitoba Ag Days debute this year. But Brad Crammond, the show’s co-chair says it took a bit of hard work to convince the team at SeedMaster that the DOT autonomous platform should come to Manitoba. “It took several conference calls and emails but all of the communication was worth it, because

From top left: Rex Murphy, Drew Lerner, Craig Klemmer and Kristjan Hebert.

Speakers will cover gamut at Manitoba Ag Days

Agronomy topics are a perennial 
favourite with showgoers

Agronomy and innovation are the order of the day when it comes to the Manitoba Ag Days 2020 speaker lineup. “This year we have taken a real focus on agronomy and bringing experts in to speak on our top agronomy challenges,” Kristen Phillips, general manager, said. Looking at the overall speakers’ program, it’s a blend

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