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
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
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 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, 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 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
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
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.
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
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