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Brandt to buy Deere dealership chain Cervus

Regina firm to pay $302 million in all-cash deal

The world’s biggest privately-owned chain of Deere construction and forestry equipment dealerships is set to expand its reach into Deere farm equipment in a major way. Brandt Tractor, the equipment sales arm of the Regina-based Brandt Group, on Monday announced an agreement to buy all of publicly-traded Cervus Equipment Corp. for $19.50 a share, valuing


Brandt buys GeoShack’s Ontario business

Deal makes equipment firm the exclusive Topcon dealer for Canada

Farm, forestry and construction equipment maker Brandt is about to buy itself a lock on the market for Topcon GPS equipment in Canada. The Regina-based Brandt Group announced Wednesday it has reached a deal to buy the assets of GeoShack Canada Co. and the Canadian assets of Inteq Distributors, both owned by Dallas-based Ultara Holdings.

Edward Simpson, lead supervisor with parks in Dauphin and Dauphin city councillor, Patti Eilers sign up their community for signage about containing the spread of emerald ash borer. They were among about 65 municipal officials attending a meeting in Portage la Prairie in March to discuss ways to contain the invasive insect and pursue other community-based tree-care strategies.

Tall timber: Rural communities rally around threatened trees

The spectre of tree-destroying insects like emerald ash borer spreading in rural Manitoba underscores the urgency to begin to see trees as ‘green infrastructure’ and key community assets, say workshop speakers

Allan Derhak doesn’t want to think what his hometown would look like stripped of trees. Neepawa is renowned for its beauty and in large part because its residential streets are lined with mature elm, cottonwood and green ash trees. But Derhak, a public works employee in Neepawa, knows many of those trees’ days may be

Oneil Carlier, shown here in an NDP video posted May 5 on YouTube, is Alberta’s new minister for agriculture, forestry and rural development. (

Alberta NDP taps ex-AAFC staffer as ag minister

A former technician with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has been named as the Alberta New Democrats’ first minister of agriculture, forestry and rural development. Premier Rachel Notley on Sunday named Whitecourt-Ste. Anne MLA Oneil Carlier to the now-expanded portfolio, which takes over responsibility for forestry from the department of environment and sustainable resource development. Including Notley

Alan McIsaac, shown here last month visiting Charlottetown’s St. Jean Elementary School in his role as minister of education and early childhood development, now leads a reorganized ministry of agriculture and fisheries. (Brian Simpson photo courtesy Government of P.E.I.)

P.E.I. farms and fisheries ministries merge

A reorganization of Prince Edward Island’s government departments will see agriculture split from forestry and instead paired with fisheries. Having returned to office in the May 4 election, Premier Wade MacLauchlan on Wednesday announced his new cabinet, appointing former education and transportation minister Alan McIsaac as minister of agriculture and fisheries. As the agriculture and

The value of trees

On bitterly cold and blustery winter days on the farm, there wasn’t much by way of trees to block our view of those fiery red sunsets framed by sundogs over the drifting snow. It’s a view I am glad I experienced. But as beautiful as it was, it’s not a view I miss. We grew

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Shelterbelt nursery’s future in doubt, says Indian Head reeve

Millions of tree seedlings at the AAFC Indian Head Agroforestry Centre are likely to remain in the ground this fall after all proposals to ensure continuity of operations at the shelterbelt nursery were rejected by the federal government. Norm Hall, president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, who also serves as the spokesman for

Province bulldozes Agro Woodlot Program

Manitoba Woodlot Association “disappointed” that the one-of-a-kind 
program assisting small-scale forestry has been cancelled

Manitoba’s Agro Woodlot Program has fallen to the provincial budget axe. Short-term contracts for four forestry technicians based in communities in the southern part of the province were allowed to expire in March, and grants for logging based on beneficial management practices will no longer be offered. A provincial spokesperson confirmed the Manitoba Agro Woodlot

Shiver me timbers… again

J Neufeld didn’t intend to start an environmentally sustainable business when he and Grant Dyck launched Wood Anchor in 2005 — he just loved the look and texture of reclaimed wood. He’s now a passionate advocate of both sustainability and repurposed timber, and has made unique furniture and architectural products out of everything from downed

BioBaler makes its western Canadian debut

Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. That really is a round baler being pulled behind a tractor through a juvenile hardwood stand and creating round bales. Canadian Wood Fibre Centre (CWFC) researchers recently demonstrated the “BioBaler,” a patented juvenile-hardwood baling system developed originally by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in collaboration with the CWFC and