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John Penner and his daughter Lorissa at Penner Pumpkins near Steinbach.

Helping city people reconnect with the farm

Agritourism operators like John Penner are a growing link between rural and urban

Ask John Penner what he considers his mission in life and he’ll say he’s a middleman between farmers and city folk. What he wants to do is help urbanites disconnected from the farm understand where their food comes from. “I want them to know that an egg comes from a chicken, not Safeway, that pumpkins

Co-Operator Editor Receives International Writing Award

Co-operatoreditor Laura Rance has placed third in an internat ional writing competition focused on sustainable agriculture, contest organizers announced Sept. 17. The newly launched IFAJYara Award for Reporting on Sustainable Agriculture honoured the top three entries at the recent International Federation of Agr icultural Journalists (IFAJ) congress held here last week. The competition, which drew


Farm Business Management Council Launches Mentorship Program

Anational mentorship program linking Canadian farm families with young entrants is expanding to add the Canadian 4-H Council and three other partners. As well, prospective participants will no longer be required to be enrolled in an agricultural course, a previous criteria for participation. They can now be anyone new to farming, or someone wanting to

Co-Operator Writers Earn National Kudos

Th eManitoba Co-operator’swriters received national honours for their work this weekend from the Canadian Farm Writers Federation. At the CFWF’s annual conference banquet, held Friday in Moose Jaw, Sask.,Co-operator reporter Ron Friesen earned two gold awards, while Co-operatoreditor Laura Rance won two bronze awards and reporter Allan Dawson also scored bronze. Friesen earned the gold

More Farmers Eye Value Chain Approach

“Definitely there’s interest in various sectors.” – EUGENE WARWARUK, VALUE CHAIN INITIATIVE MANITOBA CO-ORDINATOR Alberta barley growers produce barley for Japanese Sapporo beer and Shochu liquor. The Warburtons Technical Centre in Brandon contracts with farmers to produce identity-preserved (IP) wheat. Each are examples of farmers capturing higher prices and delivering a higher-value product through participation


What’s Up – for Aug. 27, 2009

Please forward your agricultural events to [email protected] call 204-944-5762 Aug. 26-28 – International Farm Succession Conference, Fairmont le Chateau Frontenac, 1 Rue des Carrieres, Quebec City. Presented by the Canadian Farm Business Management Council. For more info visit www.farmcentre.com. Sept. 10-13 – WaterEdWest: Western Canada Water Education Conference, Banff Centre, Banff, Alta. For more info

What’s Up – for Aug. 20, 2009

Please forward your agricultural events to [email protected] call 204-944-5762 Aug. 20 – Cattle age-verification workshops, Russell. Producers can register for morning (9:30 to 11:30 a. m.) or afternoon (1 to 3 p. m.) workshop. Pre-registration is required; call Russell’s MAFRI office at 204-773-5130. Aug. 22 – Manitoba Farm Mentorship, a program of the Organic Food

What’s Up – for Aug. 6, 2009

Please forward your agricultural events to [email protected] call 204-944-5762 Aug. 6 – Prairie Fruit Growers Association summer field tour, Connery Berry Farm and CMCDC Portage Station, Portage la Prairie. For more info call MAFRI at 204-745-5675. Aug. 10-14 – Canadian Cattlemen’s Association national meeting and semi-annual convention, Travelodge, 4177 Albert St. S., Regina. Registration $189


What’s Up – for Jul. 30, 2009

Please forward your agricultural events to [email protected] call 204-944-5762 August 12 – Glenlea Organic Field Tour, 1 p. m., Glenlea Long-Term Rotation site, 20 km south ofWinnipeg on Highway 75. For more info, contact Joanne at j_thiessen_mar [email protected] 204-474-6236 (toll free in Manitoba 1-800-432-1960 ext. 6236). Aug. 17 – Cattle age-verification workshops, Neepawa. Producers can

What’s Up – for Jul. 23, 2009

Please forward your agricultural events to [email protected] call 204-944-5762 July 22-25 – National Charolais Youth Conference and Show, R. A. Morrow Building, Morrow Memorial Park, Peterborough, Ont. For more info visit http://youth.charolais.comor e-mail [email protected] July 28-30 – Canadian Federation of Agriculture semiannual meeting, Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre, 1310 Water St., Kelowna, B.