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Brandon University researchers looking at men’s mental health

Participants sought to support the study on mental health concerns in the Prairie provinces

Researchers at Brandon University are looking for men in the Westman region of Manitoba who would be willing to participate in a project exploring the stress men can experience. The research team is looking for men willing to participate in small group discussions or share their story one on one, with an overall aim of

Mary-Jane Orr has been named MBFI’s first full-time, on-site general manager.

Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives names first general manager

Mary-Jane Orr will be overseeing all three of MBFI’s sites around Brandon and Brookdale

The Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives has its funding for the next five years. It has its new learning centre. Now, it has its first on-site general manager. Mary-Jane Orr stepped into her new position Sept. 4, taking over management at all three MBFI sites, two just in or outside the north edge of Brandon


Storyteller Ed Stozek is passionate about local history.

Area historian provides look at settlers of Olha region

‘Stalwart peasant’ is focus of Ed Stozek’s new documentary

Ed Stozek’s latest documentary, “The Time That Once Was,” delves into past generations residing in the Olha area. So it was fitting that the Dauphin man with local roots shared the story of the documentary at the Olha Hall in October. Those in attendance learned that the film was inspired by a quote from a


Will Jermey (r) displays his senior champion female with bull calf at the Canadian Junior Angus Association Showdown in Lloydminster, Sask. His herd is largely drawn from former 4-H projects.

4-H beef program aims at breeding over butchering

A small number of 4-H’ers in the Interlake are turning their heifer projects into purebred herds

It’s all about the ladies at Ashern’s Lakeside 4-H Beef Club. Unlike other clubs, and their focus on finishing cattle for market, this group is concentrating on breeding heifers, and senior members are aging out with a purebred herd already in hand as a result. Steers, ordinarily a 4-H staple, are in the minority, making


The rangeland and pasture health assessment tool aims to help land users and producers determine potential plant community composition, forage production, stocking rates and the impacts of management practices on ecological functions.

Creating a better process for assessing pasture

Stakeholders from across the industry are currently working together to develop 
a Manitoba-focused rangeland and pasture health assessment

Following in the footsteps of our Prairie neighbours, Manitoba is working towards developing a customized rangeland and pasture health assessment. “The project is born out of similar initiatives that started in the United States, Alberta and then Saskatchewan. They have developed these tools for assessing rangeland health, looking at various indicators like bare soil, litter

Volunteers across Manitoba have worked very hard in 2016 to organize sponsorships and bring families to live in their smaller towns and cities.

RDI study examines small-town capacity to settle newcomers

Language barriers and transportation are some of the common challenges for refugees 
settling in rural Manitoba, says five-region study by Rural Development Institute

While anti-outsider sentiment seems to have intensified around the world, small groups in rural Manitoba have been eagerly opening their doors to newcomers. Just under 100 Syrians now make their home in small towns and cities outside Winnipeg, thanks to work by volunteer groups and their offers of housing, furnishings, food, transportation, help finding jobs,

The former Manitoba Pool elevator in Homewood still shows the spot where the sign once hung.

Brandon University to save MPE archives

The treasure trove of historical documents are being ordered and catalogued


A huge collection documenting the entire history of Manitoba Pool Elevators is being put in order through a project at Brandon University’s (BU) S.J. McKee Archives. Work began this fall to organize textual records in the large volume of documents known by archivists as fonds, but there’s much more work to process a huge volume


The Rural Development Institute at Brandon University is conducting a survey on the challenges rural residents face in accessing business support services.

Rural Development Institute seeks input from businesses

Brandon University’s Rural Development Institute hopes to gather input from food processors in rural Manitoba to make more innovation possible

As a rural-based business, what challenges do you face in accessing resources? That’s the question Brandon’s Rural Development Institute (RDI) is seeking an answer for. “We are essentially looking at the problems that companies in rural Manitoba see, the barriers that they have faced and suggestions in ways they can overcome those,” said Gillian Richards,

Brandon University student Charlotte Smith works in the lab alongside Bryan Cassone, an assistant professor of biology, analyzing DNA to find and identify soybean diseases as part of a three-year study.

Brandon University undertakes soybean disease research

Through large-scale surveys and analytical work, Brandon University 
hopes to shed more light on soybean diseases

With more soybeans appearing in more places around the province, Brandon University (BU) has set out to learn more about the potential roadblocks for growers. This summer the university, in partnership with Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG) and Manitoba Agriculture, will begin a three-year study to gain more knowledge of soybean diseases, in particular