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Ag waste recycling program to become permanent

Surveyed producers pro-recycling but leery about environmental fees

Agricultural waste recycler Cleanfarms is on its way to becoming a permanent, industry-funded program in Manitoba. This will likely mean more opportunities for producers to recycle grain bags, baler twine and other plastics. It will also mean paying for it. On November 30, Cleanfarms released a draft of its Manitoba Agriculture Plastics Plan (MAPP) and


Biofuels mandate increased in Manitoba

GHG reductions come hand in hand with additional grain markets

Manitoba is boosting its blend — ethanol blend in gasoline, that is. Effective Jan. 1, 2021, the amount of ethanol required in gasoline will increase to 9.25 per cent from 8.5 per cent. It will further grow to 10 per cent on Jan. 1, 2022. The biodiesel requirement will increase to 3.5 per cent from

An agronomist examines cotton plants in Batesville, Mississippi in 2018.

Aiming for green profits

North American farmers benefit as consumers pressure food businesses to go green

Reuters – Beer made from rice grown with less water, rye planted in the off-season and the sale of carbon credits to tech firms are just a few of the changes North American farmers are making as the food industry strives to go green. The changes are enabling some farmers to earn extra money from industry giants like Cargill,

“Sharing the stories of TESA winners at both the provincial and national level helps to build public trust and confidence in the beef industry.” – Manitoba Beef Producers.

Call out for TESA hopefuls

The beef sector’s annual environmental stewardship award is open for nominations until Dec. 4

The Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is once again looking for the cream of the crop when it comes to sustainable beef production. Nominations are open for TESA (The Environmental Stewardship Award). Producers have until Dec. 4 to complete their 2021 nominations. The award — presented first at the provincial, and then at the national level


Agricultural waste materials such as grain bags and plastic containers are being remade into things like drainage tiles and plastic bags.

Canada’s agricultural industry growing the future of recycling

Proper stewardship is key to maintaining access to the plastics needed on farms

Farmers earn their living from the land, and they work hard making sure their fields and farms remain healthy, well managed and free from litter and waste. This is an investment that benefits all of Canada, given the importance of our agricultural industry to feed our country and the world. While necessary to Canada’s agricultural

Karen Klassen farms near Manitou with dad George.

N2O study a call to action, say advocates

Farmers for Climate Solutions is calling on the federal government to incentivize reducing N2O emissions

Farmers and the federal government must work together to reduce emissions of greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O), says one advocacy group following the publication of a new study showing global increase in the gas. N2O can ‘gas off’ nitrogen fertilizer applied to fields. “There are many promising ways to reduce nitrogen fertilizer use that are

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


Bjorn Orvar, co-founder and chief scientific officer at ORF Genetics, poses for a photo outside the company’s greenhouse in southwest Iceland.

Will COVID-19 be a game changer in humanity’s relationship with meat?

Double-digit growth in plant-based foods expected this year, but lab-grown meat is the next frontier

Thomson Reuters Foundation – In a vast, illuminated greenhouse set among Iceland’s otherworldly lava fields, the genetically modified shoots of an ancient cereal crop may hold the key to the food of the future. Using abundant geothermal waters for heating and volcanic ash instead of soil, biotech company ORF Genetics is growing barley here to

Cleanfarms is piloting a program to recycle twine and grain bags, pictured here at a collection site in the RM of Grey.

Province pledges cash to ag plastic recycling

Last year Cleanfarms collected 51 tons of twine, grain bags, containers and totes in Manitoba

A pilot program to collect and recycle baling twine and grain bags will keep rolling in part thanks to a fresh influx of cash from the province. “I think farmers, they’re always looking for ways to improve the sustainability of their farm,” said Kim Timmer, manager of stakeholder relations with Cleanfarms. “Our challenge is we