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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

Stefanie (left) and Cassandra (right) Lepp embrace the seeming dichotomy between fashion and farming in this photo, posted to Instagram.

Two Lepps, one farm

Cassandra and Stefanie Lepp 
turned fashion sense into a platform to talk 
farming sense and to inspire women 
in agriculture

To some, fashion and farming may seem at the opposite ends of the spectrum. For one pair of farming sisters, the two work hand in hand. Cassandra and Stefanie Lepp farm together near Rivers, Manitoba. They use a mix of fashion photography and gritty farm shots to paint a picture of their life, and to speak out on Instagram about


The farm sector isn’t yet well positioned to fix its labour shortage problem — and it’s not entirely clear large parts of it can be.

Editor’s Take: Farm labour in short supply

Ordinarily, when there’s a shortage of something in the marketplace, classic economic theory tells us prices will rise along with demand, until producers create more of whatever is in short supply. It works for manufacturing, mining and even farming, where the old saying is that “nothing solves high prices like high prices,” alluding to the

Meeting the farm worker shortage in Manitoba is a big – and fast-growing challenge.

Working it out: Manitoba needs a farm labour plan

The province sees the highest cost for unfilled positions

The farm labour shortage is expected to hit Manitoba harder than any other province because of its diversity of agricultural products. That’s according to Portia MacDonald-Dewhirst, executive director of the Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council, who spoke last week at the Keystone Agricultural Producers annual meeting in Winnipeg. “Because of the product mix that you

Marie-Claude Bibeau.

VIDEO: Bibeau announces grain code of practices

The grain industry is thus far applauding the move to document production practices

Canadian grain farmers will soon have a “first-ever” grain production code of practices, following an announcement by the federal agriculture minister at Crop Connect 2020 in Winnipeg. Marie-Claude Bibeau said the federal government will be providing $800,000 in funding for the program, intended to document the practices for trading partners and consumers. It will demonstrate


Barry Janssens stands on a road near his farm. At one time, the road would have cut through fields. Now it’s more of a causeway through a swamp.

Flood waters leave farmers with nowhere to go

Flooding at Whitewater Lake paints a bleak picture of how poor conservation practices can leave the next generation holding the bag when the weather changes

A decade ago, Whitewater Lake began swallowing land. Barry Janssens watched the flood waters creep into his fields with every rainfall until nearly 500 acres had disappeared beneath water and cattails. The lake is frozen and snow covered now. He drives with a reporter along a gravel road a few miles from Deloraine — essentially

Our family farm is across that golden field of blooming canola, within the bluff of trees. My husband’s great-grandparents and their family came from Scotland and settled here more than 90 years ago.
June 2019 marked 30 years of it being my home. Thirty years of farm life, and learning and adapting to challenges and rewards. I fell in love with my farmer and this vast, beautiful prairie landscape. We raised our two children here, cultivating values that have enabled them to follow their dreams.
One day last summer on my way home I pulled over to take this photo. I’ve taken many in and around our yard, but never from this distance or perspective. This photo evokes many memories and emotions. Among them are gratitude and pride in being part of a family farm, caring for the land entrusted to us by our ancestors, growing food for Canadians and people around the world, all while making a living on the land we love.

PHOTOS: Celebrate Canada’s Agriculture Day with farm photos

A way to share the joys and challenges of farm life with other Canadians

February 11 is Canada’s Agriculture Day, intended to showcase all the amazing things happening in our industry. It’s a time to create a closer connection between consumers, our food and the people who produce it. Sharing what you love about Canadian agriculture can be as simple as posting a photo. For me, a social media

While a 600 per cent increase in the number of vegetarians sounds impressive, it only amounts to 3.4 per cent of Americans, according to a recent poll.

Editor’s Take: Beyond ‘Beyond Meat’

How do you separate a food trend from a food fad? It’s a valid, and pressing, question for the agriculture sector, because these fads can have a huge impact. Recall the gluten-free craze of a few years ago, when many fretted over the cumulative impact on wheat prices. Or the fad diets that are basically


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,

In the tight-margin business of raising cattle, a host of smaller factors is pulling down profitability – and herd numbers along with it.

Cattle sector facing silent crisis

The cattle sector isn’t facing one big crisis, but rather the cumulative effect of many challenges, a new study says

Canada’s cattle industry may not be facing another near-fatal blow like BSE, but it’s hemorrhaging all the same. And this time, it’s a death by a thousand cuts, says a new study from the heart of Canada’s cattle country. Government regulations. Global trade wars. Rising land prices and ever-higher costs. Drought. Feed shortages. Head taxes