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Editorial: Surplus food purchases symbolic of broader discussion

On the surface, the $50-million Surplus Food Rescue Program recently launched by the federal government is simply a sensible response to highly unusual circumstances. The government is buying up surplus fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and seafood from farmers and fishers who would normally supply the foodservice sector and distributing it to Canadians suffering from food

Erwin Northoff (r), chief of media for FAO, presents the Star Prize to Laura Rance at the 2016 IFAJ Congress in Bonn, Germany. (IFAJ.org)

FBC editorial chief wins major international awards

Laura Rance, editorial director of Farm Business Communications and editor of the Manitoba Co-operator, has won two major international awards for her work on African agriculture. Rance won the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Star Prize for ‘Africa’s Hunger Games,’ published in the Winnipeg Free Press in April 2015. The same piece was awarded


Editorial: Stepping back

Editorial: Stepping back

I first heard the words Manitoba Co-operator in the mid-1960s, when my father Bill Morriss, a Free Press reporter at the time, came home wondering why the editor kept offering him a job. “What do I know about farming?” Not much, but then editor Q.H. Martinson was looking for a successor, and he wanted a good newspaperman,

Manitoba Co-operator staff recognized with awards

Manitoba Co-operator staff were recognized with writing awards at the recent North American Agricultural Journalists annual competition in Washington, D.C. Reporters Allan Dawson and Commodity News Service reporter Terryn Shiels received third place in the Spot News category for their article “Canola crop succumbs to final blow with May 30 frost,” which published last spring.

John Morriss

John Morriss receives lifetime achievement award

FBC writers score big in annual awards competition

John Morriss, associate publisher of Farm Business Communications, was hon­oured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Canadian Farm Writers Fed­eration meeting here Sept. 27. Morriss was recognized for his commitment to agricultural journalism over the past four decades, as publisher and editor of the Manitoba Co-operator, and Farmers’ Independent Weekly, and as editorial director


Laura Rance (l) and John Morriss.

Management changes at Farm Business Communications

Senior staff have been appointed to new roles within the division of Glacier FarmMedia

Laura Rance has been appointed editorial director of Farm Business Communications (FBC), a division of Glacier FarmMedia effective Sept. 1, Glacier FarmMedia president Bob Willcox has announced. Rance replaces John Morriss, who continues as associate publisher of Farm Business Communications and who will be working in a new capacity developing Glacier FarmMedia’s online grain and

Management changes at Farm Business Communications

Management changes at Farm Business Communications

Laura Rance has been appointed editorial director of Farm Business Communications (FBC), a division of Glacier FarmMedia, effective Sept. 1, Glacier FarmMedia president Bob Willcox has announced. Rance replaces John Morriss, who continues as associate publisher of Farm Business Communications and who will be working in a new capacity developing Glacier FarmMedia’s online grain and

VIDEO: More corn and soybeans coming to the Prairies

VIDEO: More corn and soybeans coming to the Prairies

In an interview with Manitoba Co-operator editor Laura Rance at Ag in Motion in Saskatoon, DuPont Pioneer vice-president Neal Gutterson discusses plans for breeding corn and soybean varieties that can be grown across Western Canada, as well as for hybrid wheat and use of biologicals for insect and disease control.


Bailey Gitzel sells her cookie sandwiches and French macaroons at the opening day of the Carman Farmers’ Market June 19. The 17-year-old Graysville entrepreneur also sells honey produced from her own beehives. She plans to study agriculture at university.

New specialists, more online resources for small-scale production

The government must act quickly to keep up with needs of a fast-emerging sector, says report chair

Manitoba is acting on the recommendations for improving the working environment of small-scale farmers and processors, says Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn. Last week he and other MAFRD officials were at the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market to introduce the two business development specialists being reassigned in the department to work with these

maize field in Malawi

Mulch, mice and ‘the man problem’ hold up CA adoption

Women are interested in producing food while men are more interested in growing cash crops using conventional methods

After three years of producing maize using conservation agriculture, Nkasauka Nthala is a convert. The yields from her tiny .16-hectare plot of maize grown using direct seeding instead of hoeing were 166 per cent above the yields of maize grown under conventional practices. Yet only a small portion of the farm she shares with her