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Thomas and Felicity Hagan and family pose on their cow-calf and grass-fed beef operation near Oak Lake.

Grazing on display as Hagans take 2020 TESA award

Faces of Ag: Thomas and Felicity Hagan of Oak Lake have been named to this year’s provincial TESA award, given every year by the Manitoba Beef Producers to an operation that spotlights environmental farm practices

Thomas and Felicity Hagan of Oak Lake are the latest beef producers in the spotlight for their focus on the environment. The Hagans have been named to The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) for Manitoba this year. The award, offered locally through the Manitoba Beef Producers, recognizes a beef operation that goes, “above and beyond standard

Soaring Eagle co-founder Tim Penner.

Innovative ideas took flight at an early age

Faces of Ag: Soaring Eagle co-founder Tim Penner’s eye for design started early

Tim Penner likes a challenge. As a teen, he used wire and plastic to build intricate models of farm equipment — a heavy harrow, a seeder. In his 20s, along with business partner Henry Elias, he built Soaring Eagle Grain Equipment and its Ultimate Swinging Drive Over conveyor from prototype to business. Two years in,


Foster Perkin, 15, takes machinery from fresh off the road to show ready in the days before Ag Days.

Shining up for Ag Days

Faces of Ag: Foster Perkin is only 15, but the young entrepreneur is already taking his business sense to Ag Days with a pre-show equipment cleaning service

One of the mainstays of Ag Days is the rows and rows of gleaming tractors, combines and other equipment. To the show visitor they’re just part of the expected view. But getting them there in such pristine shape takes a lot of hard work. One of those hard workers is an entrepreneurial 15-year-old from Elgin.

(Left to right) Michelle, Randy and Solange pose in the wintering yard.

Seine River Shepherds finds resilience in adding value

Faces of Ag: Tough weather, bad prices, made it clear why Randy Eros and Solange Dusablon turn their sheep into multiple revenue streams

A cold wind gusts over the frozen ruts of the wintering yard as Randy Eros guides his ewes into a holding pen with the aid of his sheep dog. “Pitou, couche (down). Couche!” Pitou, still a pup, needs plenty of guidance, which Randy calls to him in French. With the ewes safely penned, the black

Anthony Wilcox, along with his dad and grandpa, raise purebred Simmental and Speckle Park cattle near Treherne.

Their ‘Speckles’ are showing

Faces of Ag: For Anthony Wilcox, cattle shows have always been a family affair

Anthony Wilcox bought his first Speckle Park cow for a simple reason: his wife liked them. “I thought that they were really good looking,” said Ariel Wilcox. Speckle Park, a breed developed in Saskatchewan, is known for its black and white, dotted pattern. The smaller-framed animals are generally hardy, good mothers and produce quality carcasses,


Terri Decock and Devon Woodward attempt to pose with sow Dacotah, who is more interested in the camera.

From city slicker to pig whisperer

Faces of Ag: After the roly-poly porkers captured Terri Decock’s heart, she went from hobby farmer to Canada’s second-largest KuneKune breeder

“Babies!” Terri Decock calls. “Come see!” The blanket door to the red barn lifts. Fifteen ginger and spotted pigs dash into the snowy yard to mill around Terri’s feet and nudge a giggling reporter with their upturned snouts. They are KuneKune weanlings. The medium-size, roly-poly breed was originally raised by the Maori people in New

Brooks and Jen White farm about 
7,500 acres near Pierson, Manitoba. 

Regenerative agriculture by accident

Faces of Ag: Brooks and Jen White stumbled into regenerative agriculture before they knew what it was — now it’s the foundation of their farm

Brooks and Jen White want a smaller farm. It may seem like a strange ambition, but that is an actual part of their five-year plan — to be smaller in acreage than they are now. “For me, what regenerative ag means is becoming more profitable on a smaller scale — on fewer acres,” Brooks said.

Taylor (left) and Harleigh (right) with 
their show heifers on their family farm 
near Elm Creek.

4-H family rolls out mobile ag-education display

Faces of Ag: Teenagers Taylor and Harleigh Carlson developed a mobile educational 
livestock display as a school project

When Taylor and Harleigh Carlson were little, they’d sit in the barn and read books to their cows. That was their job. The cattle got used to having kids around, which made them easier to halter-break and train for cattle shows. Taylor and Harleigh were practically born into 4-H and cattle showing. Their dad Trevor


Plant breeder and researcher Doug Cattani was recently recognized by the province 
for innovation in sustainability.

Kernza plant breeder recognized

Faces of Ag: Doug Cattani has spent his career working on perennial grasses

And to think, he could have been an accountant. Plant breeder and researcher Doug Cattani received provincial recognition in October for his work in developing perennial grains. Since 2010, Cattani has worked with Kernza, the trade name for organically produced intermediate wheatgrass, which is being developed for grain production. As a perennial grain, Kernza causes

Together, Will and Jen grow loads of harvested beets from his and wife Jen’s organic vegetable CSA garden.

Online food fight grows into ag advocacy for local producer

Faces of Ag: Will Bergmann uses social media, his restaurant and relationship building to tell the story of agriculture to those who most need to hear

It started with fighting people on Facebook. Will Bergmann was figuring out where life would go. He’d gone to school for education, but he wanted to return to the land his family had farmed for generations. In the miasma of fights over GMOs and the evils of Monsanto, Will saw the potential in the platform