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Adaptive multi-paddock grazing is among the practices supported by the program.

New ALUS funding to take root in the Prairies

Grazing Forward, a partnership between ALUS, Cargill and A&W Canada, will support beef producers looking to lean into regenerative agriculture

ALUS grazing projects in Manitoba will have some new, big corporate names behind them, and a new well of funds to draw on. ALUS — an organization that has supported farmer-based grazing and agricultural stewardship projects in Manitoba in the late ‘00s, and again starting in 2014 — will now be backed by A&W Canada and

Conservation Trust funds totalling $2.8 million awarded

Conservation Trust funds totalling $2.8 million awarded

A total of 23 ventures by 20 conservation groups are getting needed cash

A total of $2.8 million in new funding for conservation projects has been announced by the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation. The funds are coming from the province’s Conservation Trust, one of the endowments of $204 million made by the province and financially managed by the Winnipeg Foundation. MHHC selects the projects to be funded, and


Wayne and Maria McDonald are the 2021 
Conservation Award winners.

McDonald Farms honoured with conservation award

The Cartwright-area operation has been longtime advocate of grass-based production

McDonald Farms is the winner of the 2021 Conservation Award. The honour is presented every year by a Manitoba watershed district — in this case the Pembina Valley Watershed District (PVWD) — to recognize an individual, organization, family or business who actively promotes wise farm management and conservation practices. Wayne and Maria McDonald own and

Seymour named watersheds builder

Annual award from Manitoba Association of Watersheds recognizes outstanding contributions

Murray Seymour has been awarded the 2020 Watershed District Builder Award. The annual award “… recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals directly associated with the growth and success of watershed districts in Manitoba.” Seymour was named this year’s recipient during the Manitoba Association of Watershed Districts virtual conference, held Dec. 8. “My greatest reward was being chair of

The Whitewater Lake area has been a focus of Ducks Unlimited activity — and land ownership.

Conservation groups defend owning farmland in Manitoba

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC) want to be good neighbours and support the rural communities they work in, officials from both organizations say. “I believe KAP and us share a desire to have rural areas that have a strong agriculture and a healthy environment and economically prosperous residents,” Cary Hamel, NCC’s director of conservation for


(Former) Editor’s Take: Our most important customer

It will take a couple of weeks until the final figures are out, but now that the 2019-20 crop year is over, it’s interesting to note how well grains and oilseeds have been moving, and to where. As of Week 50 with two weeks left to go, producer deliveries were a whopping 60.7 million tonnes,

From left, landowner Stephani McLean, Doyle Piwniuk, MLA for Turtle Mountain, landowner Don McLean, Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development Blaine Pedersen, Tim Sopuck, CEO Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation CEO, Premier Brian Pallister and Pembina Valley Watershed District chair Bill Howatt.

No such thing as “marginal” land

What’s important is putting it to its best use

There’s no such thing as “marginal” land, according to Tim Sopuck. “Some land might be marginal for annual crop production, but it doesn’t mean it’s marginal for cattle production or some other alternate use,” the chief executive officer of the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation (MHHC) said in an interview July 27. When it comes to

Premier Brian Pallister and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Minister Blaine Pedersen visited several GROW (Growing Outcomes in Watersheds) projects July 22, including this one near Souris. The pothole in the background usually floods, drowning the crop and wasting the farmer’s investment in inputs. Now the farmer is getting an annual payment not to seed those temporary wetlands and he will seed them to water-tolerant forages and harvest the hay. Yasmin Keeler (l), co-manager, Souris River Watershed District (SRWD), Doyle Piwniuk, MLA for Turtle Mountain, Premier Brian Pallister, Lloyd Atcheson, chair SRWD, Dean Brooker, co-manager SRWD, and Blaine Pedersen, Manitoba agriculture and resources minister.

Manitoba government-funded trust leverages millions for watershed projects

The Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation has announced $5.6 million in funding for new conservation projects under the Growing Outcomes in Watersheds (GROW) Trust and the Conservation Trust. The trusts, set up by the Manitoba government, will help fund watershed programs to improve the environment and assist farmers in perpetuity. And as hoped, when the trust


Construction of a dam and water retention project at Swan Lake First Nation.

Living Labs projects wrap up first year

Going into the second year of the project, impacts already being felt

Despite a slow start, the teams behind the Living Labs — Eastern Prairies are diving into field research, says a newsletter from Manitoba Watersheds. “There have been some recent challenges with the weather and COVID-19, which have slowed us from getting into the field,” wrote researcher John Fitzmaurice in Manitoba Watersheds’ spring newsletter. “I can assure you that we

Brian (left) and Andy Sterling say the native prairie restoration along the Jackson Creek was a longtime family dream.

Native prairie restoration becomes a family dream brought to life

Tilston-area farmers partner with watershed district to boost habitat and productivity

Elgar Sterling always wondered what a portion of his farm, along the Jackson Creek, must have looked like before it met the plow. The late Tilston-area farmer often wondered aloud about that prospect, son Brian Sterling recollects. “My dad would often say, “I wonder what this land looked like when it was raw prairie?” said