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The St. Norbert Farmers’ Market is open year round – and now all weekend.

St. Norbert market expands weekend shopping

Vendors to be split between two days to aid physical distancing

Shoppers in search of local produce and hand-made goods will be able to shop Saturday and Sunday at St. Norbert Farmers’ Market starting October 17. “It’s our job to provide space for as many local producers as possible,” the organization wrote on its Facebook page. “By opening all weekend, we can support more of the


Research critical to successful protein strategy

Up to $100,000 in federal, provincial funds promised to develop a provincial research strategy

A well-aligned research community is crucial to meet goals set in the Manitoba Protein Advantage strategy, says the person who will helm a provincial research effort. This will begin by taking stock of what’s already available in the province. “What we want to try to do is to make sure that we’ve got that framework

Ukraine grain exports down so far in 2020/21 season

Ukraine’s grain exports fell 11.2 per cent in the first three months of the 2020/21 July-June season to 11.78 million tonnes, the economy ministry said Sept. 30. The volume included 4.258 million tonnes of grain exported in September, the ministry’s data showed. The data showed that the overall export volume included 8.2 million tonnes of

Syngenta buys biologics group Valagro

Syngenta expects the market for biologicals to double by 2025

Syngenta, the Swiss agrichemicals giant owned by ChemChina, has acquired Italian biologicals group Valagro, a company with US$175 million in 2019 sales that uses natural solutions to fight pests and diseases and to improve crops. Syngenta said in a statement Oct. 6 the acquisition positioned its crop protection business as a key player in the



Two publicly developed high-yielding wheat varieties have been removed from a trial of variety use agreements after producer groups protested. At the same time, those groups have agreed to fund new research.

Two new AAFC wheats pulled from VUA trial

The inclusion of the publicly funded varieties was undermining stakeholder relations

Two new high-yielding milling wheats coming to market this fall won’t be subject to variety use agreements (VUA). AAC Wheatland VB and AAC Starbuck VB are much anticipated because they’re seen as the next big thing, making their inclusion in the VUA trial a brewing controversy. Dropping the varieties is accompanied by a new agreement

AAC Wheatland, AAC Starbuck outyield AAC Brandon

Seed growers who have tried these two varieties already have reported excellent results

Two new high-protein milling wheats from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), AAC Wheatland VB and AAC Starbuck VB, outyield Western Canada’s most popular wheat by six to eight per cent, according to variety-registration trials. Both are in the premium Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) class. Certified seed will be available to western Canadian farmers through


Jessica Nicksy visits her plots at Libau, Manitoba.

Urban waste shows promise as fertilizer

A University of Manitoba study looked at how to incorporate phosphorus from the city as plant nutrition in the field

Three products made from urban wastes show promise as organic fertilizers — and as ways to cycle nutrients from the city back to the farm, a University of Manitoba study shows. “It’s really important that we start the conversation about having a circular food system rather than a linear food system,” said Jessica Nicksy, a

The Manitoba government announced it will extend a ban on moose hunting by another year.

Law banning night hunting proclaimed

Moose hunting bans extended, decried by First Nation and Metis groups

A law increasing restrictions on night hunting is now in force, the province announced today. Bill 29, which amends the Wildlife Management Act, passed in the legislature in 2018 but was not proclaimed into law until today. The law establishes a general prohibition on night hunting, minimum fines for people convicted of dangerous hunting, and

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