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Giving back to various community organizations throughout agro-Manitoba is a 
long-standing show tradition.

Manitoba Ag Days gives back to community

The 50-50 draw will split funds between communities, ag organizations, and one lucky winner

Manitobans love a good 50-50 pot — especially for a good cause. The “Ag Days Gives Back” community giving program at Manitoba Ag Days is one such pot and one such good cause. “The goal of the fund is to be able to share some of the show’s success with the rural communities where our patrons and exhibitors

Tyson Foods is pinning its hopes on growth in the Chinese market after approval was granted to export product to that country.

Tyson Foods cleared to ship poultry to China from all U.S. plants

The company expects pork and poultry shipments to grow in the wake of swine fever

Reuters – Tyson Foods has received approval from U.S. and Chinese authorities to export American poultry to China from all 36 of its U.S. processing plants and expects to begin taking orders early next year, a chief supply chain officer for the company said. U.S. chicken companies are eager to resume sales in China after

Middle school students from across the province will learn about agriculture at Ag Days.

Full house expected at AITC-M’s Ag Days Adventure

The event attracts Grade 7 and 8 students from throughout the province

Once again Ag in the Classroom — Manitoba will seize the opportunity to open a few eyes to the interesting world of agriculture at Ag Days. Once again they’ll be hosting the Manitoba Ag Days Adventure for middle school students at the event in the Keystone Centre. This year’s theme, “Think Global — Act Local”

Ag Days will always remain true to its roots in production agriculture, organizers promise.

Manitoba Ag Days GM says show is all-in on agriculture

Kristen Phillips says heading the show is a labour of agriculture love for her, the board and volunteers

It’s quite clear very early on in the chat that there’s one topic Kristen Phillips prefers to really steer clear of — Kristen Phillips. But when you’re the general manager of the 2020 Manitoba Ag Days team that is staging the 43rd edition of Canada’s largest indoor farm show, people want to know what makes

Fresh meat for sale at a grocery market in the city of Zunyi, in China’s Guizhou province. The country's pig farming industry is undergoing a second crisis in a decade, this time caused by African swine fever.

Big pig: large farms in China link up with small ones

Reuters – China’s large pig farms are lining up with small, family-based farms in a state-initiated investment of nearly 50 billion yuan (US$7.14 billion) to boost hog production, hit hard by a deadly swine disease, the Agriculture Ministry said. Fifteen leading pig farms in Beijing signed 19 agreements Jan. 1 with local governments in 16


Representatives from Deerboine Colony display their trophy after taking first place in this year’s pork quality competition.

Pork quality on the rise in Manitoba

Judges were glad to note improvement in key quality areas during the pork quality competition at the Brandon Hog and Livestock Show

The pork at Hog Days 2019 earned a “much improved” status, and judge Bob McKay couldn’t be happier. McKay praised entrants to this year’s pork quality competition, having noted low scores in several categories during the previous show two years ago. “I’m happy to see the improvement, because if we had gone the reverse and

Bunge sells stake in U.S. ethanol plant

Bunge has ended its 13-year ownership interest in an Iowa ethanol plant, the company said on Jan. 2, following industry struggles with thin margins and overproduction. Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, or SIRE, repurchased Bunge’s stake in the facility on Dec. 31, according to a statement. U.S. ethanol producers say the industry has suffered from the

A cover crop cocktail?

Pre-made mixes promise an easy jumping-off point on cover crops, but some worry that they increase the amount at risk

Joe Gardiner of Clearwater has spent a lot of effort getting ahead of the curve on cover crops. His cover mixes can include up to 15 species in a season-long cover. He does relay cropping. He picks his seed to include a range of cool- and warm-season plants, legumes, forbs, broadleafs and grasses. He thinks


On-farm research can best answer producer questions

Good things happen when farmers take field research into commercial farms

For most people agriculture research starts and ends with the small-plot work of research scientists and plant breeders at places like the Brandon Research Centre. Passing by their fields along the Grand Valley Road during the growing season reveals a patchwork quilt of small plots looking at everything from disease resistance to trait expression. There are some good reasons for the

U.S. WASDE and Phase 1 deal to set tone for 2020

Expect North Dakota’s halted harvest to show up this week in USDA’s estimates

As the next supply-and-demand report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is scheduled to be released Jan. 10, traders in commodities markets will spend the next several days positioning themselves. The monthly world agriculture supply-and-demand estimates (WASDE) can set the tone in the markets for the next while, depending on its data. The belief