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Paying farmers to store carbon in their soils is, at least in theory, a win-win scenario.

Editorial: The carbon credit reality

Canadian farmers, industry and governments should pay close heed to the recent announcement that one of Canada’s largest food processors has inked a deal to buy carbon credits from American farmers. Maple Leaf Foods will pay $20 per tonne to U.S.-based Indigo Ag for carbon stored on American farms applying soil-building practices. It represents a

Editor’s Take: Child care a necessity

It was the spring of 1965, and my parents had just returned to the farm after spending their first four years of marriage on a grand adventure of sorts, living, working and studying in other parts of Canada. First, they travelled to Newfoundland, where my father worked with 4-H Canada, organizing clubs in the new,


But rural Manitoba continues to badly lag urban Manitoba when it comes to accessing the much-touted information superhighway.

Editor’s Take: The digital divide

It was a pleasant, if bitterly cold, winter evening. The Winnipeg Jets were battling the Edmonton Oilers on one laptop screen, while my spouse’s family were catching up on a Zoom call on the other. As we closed the gap COVID has imposed amongst us, I couldn’t help but reflect how nice it would be

Editorial: Maintaining independent agricultural extension is key

The Manitoba government’s announcement that it will close agricultural offices and consolidate services this spring is a significant shift, but one that reflects a modern reality. As of April 1, public-facing services will be delivered out of 10 regional service centres instead of 21 and they will be staffed by provincial Agriculture Department representatives, crop

Editor’s Take: The winter of our discontent

Ordinarily at this time of year my colleagues and I would be headed west to Brandon, for the annual Manitoba Ag Days at the Keystone Centre. The first time I ever attended — being a transplanted Saskatchewanian — was more than 20 years ago, as a young reporter under the tutelage of my editors and


The year captured in verse — without one single curse

Despite all the woes of the year just past, our resident ‘poet’ finds much to be thankful for

We usually review the past year fondly, but in this one’s instance Some of 2020 we’d just as soon view far back in the distance While for many farmers the year was one of the best For others harvesting and preparing our food, it was a year full of stress Even if they could go


Editorial: Labels and legalities

It’s often said that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. But does the same apply to honey cut with high-fructose corn syrup? If would seem so, according to the front-page story of our Farmit Manitoba section, where Alexis Stockford digs into the sticky issue of honey adulteration. The problem for regulators


Editor’s Take: Agricultural support funding a political football

When one ponders the recent round of AgriStability negotiations, it’s hard not to think of a group of college friends out to dinner for the first time at a fancy restaurant. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau can fill the role of trust-fund baby, mindlessly ordering seafood appetizers, with the intention of splitting the bill at

Editor’s Take: Riding the tide

Will the farm of tomorrow be larger than the farm of today? Most farmers and people familiar with the industry would likely answer that question with a resounding ‘yes.’ After all, it’s been the pattern we’ve all observed for decades. Since the end of the Second World War, we’ve seen farm size grow, farm numbers