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New solutions are needed to address the labour shortages plaguing the agricultural sector across Canada.

KAP exploring apprenticeship program for farm staff

The farm group has begun early discussions with Apprenticeship Manitoba about the need for training those employed on farms and how training could be offered

With spring seeding around the corner, do you have the people you need on the payroll? Many farmers don’t and know chances of finding someone are next to nil. With the farm labour shortage intensifying, Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) this spring is sitting down with Apprenticeship Manitoba to look further afield for workers. They’re in

Ag Days charitable giving deadline nears

Application deadline is Nov. 15

Ag Days is reminding eligible organizations and individuals the application deadline for its annual giving program is drawing near. Non-profit groups and Assiniboine Community College agribusiness students have until Nov. 15 to apply for the 2018 Manitoba Ag Days Gives Back community giving program and an annual scholarship program. Up to $27,000 is awarded each


Grant Carlson, industrial development leader with Manitoba Agriculture, speaks on the role of economic development organizations in drawing business to communities June 1.

EDAM makes its mark on Melita with forum

The Town of Melita hosted the 2017 Economic Development Association of Manitoba (EDAM) 
spring forum from May 31 to June 2

The Town of Melita is looking for some constructive feedback following an economic development meeting held there. About 40 economic development officers from across Manitoba descended on the town May 31 to June 2 for the 2017 Economic Development Association of Manitoba (EDAM) spring forum. A community assessment was part of the three-day event. Participants

Matthew Johnson, founder of M3 Aerial Productions, poses with his fixed-wing drone, one of several his company uses to provide drone services to farmers since the agricultural branch of his company launched last year.

Tighter drone regs affect agricultural use

Restrictions to within nine kilometres of an ‘aerodrome’ affect much of agricultural Manitoba

Assiniboine Community College’s agribusiness program has grounded most drone flights while professors sort through new regulations around their operation. The new Transport Canada rules released March 16 limit recreational drones between 250 grams and 35 kilograms to within 90 metres of the ground, at least 75 metres away from structures, people or vehicles, to daylight

Beneficial and nuisance insects were on display during a presentation by Manitoba Agriculture entomologist, John Gavloski, March 16.

CanoLAB workshop makes Dauphin debut

There was a broad cross-section of canola issues and topics at a recent CanoLAB workshop

The annual CanoLAB canola management workshop series continues to extend its Manitoba footprint with a first-time event in Dauphin March 15 and 16. Topics ranged from combine settings and herbicide management to crop damage and beneficial insects. It is the fifth year the event has been held in Manitoba, after initially being introduced in Alberta


Faculty member Danielle Tichit leads a class on oilseed handling and marketing 
at Assiniboine Community College, part of the ACC agribusiness program.

The other ag college: ACC’s growing agribusiness program

ACC’s agribusiness program is so successful that 26 years later there’s a waiting list to get in

Amanda Boland’s parents don’t farm, but that didn’t stop agriculture from being a part of her childhood. The daughter of two ag retailers in Melfort, Sask., Boland was exposed early to the industry, eventually joining the workforce at Paragon Ag Services, the same company that employs her parents. She loaded and unloaded fertilizer trucks and

Manitobans participate in first-ever national agriculture day

February 16 marks the countrywide launch of Canada’s Agriculture Day, 
which aims to be an annual national celebration

Dauphin Co-op planned to share drawings and photos about farmers created by local school students this week. Some of those students would be meeting real farmers and learning about how they produce food too. The youngsters are taking part in a special event organized by staff at Dauphin Co-op to mark Canada’s Agriculture Day February

[L to R] Haley, summer horticulture technician; Tammy Johannsen, president of ACC Foundation; Danielle Tichit, ACC Agribusiness instructor; Greg Esplin, board member of MZTRA; Rick Grey, chair of ACC Agriculture and Environment; and Natasha, ACC Agribusiness student cut the ribbon for the opening of the MZTRA-ACC Weed Identification Garden.

A new resource to hone weed-identification skills

Funds remaining from former zero-till research farm will support a spot to see 
more than 80 of the province’s weed species

It’s been said a weed is but an unloved flower, but now weeds have a garden of their own in WestMan. That’s important because sometimes it can be hard to tell some weed species apart, and control methods can be vexingly target-specific. That makes it important to know just what you’re dealing with, and is


Laura Sytnyk (l to r), Charlee McLaughlin-Ventnor and Donovan Hickson earned first place in this year’s agribusiness plan challenge at Assiniboine Community College.

ACC students propose new learning program

In an annual competition, business students propose a certificate program for essential hands-on farm training

A plan to provide more agricultural training in western Manitoba has won first prize in a competition among second-year agribusiness students at Assiniboine Community College. Charlee McLaughlin-Ventnor of Shoal Lake along with Donovan Hickson from Forrest and Laura Sytnyk of Rivers developed a fictional company called the Agricultural Training Farm of Manitoba — an extended

Assiniboine Community College (ACC) will be establishing a weed identification garden after a donation  from the Manitoba Zero Tillage Research Association (MZTRA) — MZTRA board chair, Brad Lewis (l),  ACC agribusiness instructor, Danielle Tichit.

College to build weed identification garden

Assiniboine Community College looks to establish a weed identification garden to 
house more than 80 of Manitoba’s most common annual and perennial weeds

Southwestern Manitoba will soon be crawling with more weeds but these weeds are for a good cause. Assiniboine Community College is creating a weed identification garden with financial assistance from the defunct Manitoba Zero Tillage Research Association (MZTRA). “The garden will provide students in multiple programs with tangible and real learning opportunities and has the