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Does that dust mask fit? Are you sure?

Registrations are still open for two free Manitoba Farm Safety Program conferences on Nov. 26 and Nov. 28

If you’re not sure you’ve got the right size of dust mask on, it might be worth an expert opinion. Disposable respiratory masks are omnipresent on most farms, one of the most basic pieces of personal protective equipment and, along with earplugs, likely make up at least some of the clutter in the average machinery

Motivational speaker and North Dakota farmer Katie Dilse leads one of several sessions on life balance during the 
2017 Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference Nov. 19-21 in Brandon.

The changing face of the farm-her

Female farmers, agriculture industry workers and others gathered for Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference

The Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference wants female farmers to start thinking about the next century-and-a-half. The 31st incarnation of the event landed in Brandon Nov. 19-21, taking on the theme, “Advancing Farm Women for the Next 150 years.” Conference chair Donna Lee Brown said the theme is a play on Canada 150, marking changes in agriculture and


The eighth annual Take the Leap rural entrepreneurship conference was held in Dauphin on October 17.

The rural Manitoba advantage

Take the Leap provides valuable business development tools for rural entrepreneurs

Rural Manitobans have big entrepreneurial dreams. The sizable turnout at this year’s Take the Leap conference in Dauphin Oct. 17 is just the latest sign of this, according to event organizers. Take the Leap, hosted by the Dauphin and District Chamber of Commerce, aims to provide insight into the resources available to these budding business

Bailey Gitzel, 17, was a speaker at the ‘From the Ground Up’ themed Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference in Winkler last week. She lives on a farm near Graysville with her parents, Robyn and Glennis Gitzel, and her two younger brothers.

World conference an eye-opener for Graysville teen

Seeing the big picture has changed Bailey Gitzel’s path in life

You learn a lot growing up on a farm. Graysville farm girl Bailey Gitzel jokes she’s already starting to look back to when she was “a kid with too many chickens.” “I’ve had some life-changing experiences between then and now,” says the 17-year-old Grade 12 student in Carman Collegiate. Her foray into poultry just after

GrainWorld outlook conference dead unless a new organizer steps up

Wild Oats publisher John Duvenaud, who put on the meetings the last four years, doesn’t want to do them anymore

Wild Oats GrainWorld, one of Western Canada’s main annual grain outlook conferences, will no longer be held unless someone new wants to take on the job, says conference organizer John Duvenaud. “I’ve run four,” Duvenaud, who owns and publishes the Wild Oats grain-marketing newsletter, said in an interview Oct. 21. “They’ve all made money. It’s