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Nicolea Dow is joining the MCGA board.

Dow joins Manitoba Canola Growers board

Appointment will fill board vacancy left after fall election

Manitoba Canola Growers Association has filled a vacant board seat by appointment. The vacancy was left following a fall election, and is the result of an open application process to fill the seat, which attracted a field of nine interested farmers from across the province. From this field Nicolea Dow was chosen to join the

Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association says drafts of bylaws and the amalgamation agreement are available online.

Manitoba commodity groups issue merger info

The five commodity groups proposing a merger say the draft agreement and bylaws are available online

The five Manitoba commodity groups proposing to merge have more information for members to consider before they vote on it in person February 12 and 13 during the Crop Connect conference in Winnipeg. A draft amalgamation agreement and draft bylaws for the new organization are available online (see at bottom), Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers


M&C Commodities president and CEO Carlos Melo.

Manitoba company licenses canola protein technology

M&C Commodities will join the plant protein biz and use canola meal from their cold-pressed oils to make canola protein products

A Manitoba-based company will soon join the plant-based protein craze with canola protein products. Beausejour area crushing facility M&C Commodities has licensed a canola protein extraction technology developed in part with the Manitoba Canola Growers Association, MCGA announced Sept. 5. “We’re proud to offer farmers another stream for canola in the marketplace,” said Carlos Melo,

Use clubroot soil test as early-warning system

Manitoba Canola Growers Association members get one free test a year

Soil testing fields for clubroot spores, even if canola crops are not showing symptoms, is a good way to keep ahead of the disease, says Manitoba Agriculture’s oilseed specialist Dane Froese. “It’s a great way to get tested ahead of time and know if you are near high risk,” he said. If spores are detected,

Canola “milk” has a mild flavour and silky texture, according to Delaney Ross Burtnack.

The canola protein wave starts here in Manitoba

The announced Burcon NutraScience processing plant will be the first to bring canola protein to the commercial food market

A new processing facility may signal the kick-start of canola as the plant protein of the future. In May, Burcon NutraScience Corporation announced it would build a $65 million pea and canola protein processing plant in Manitoba. This is the first commercial-scale canola protein facility in the world, the company said in a news release.


Roberta Galbraith.

Galbraith leaving, Lepp joining, Manitoba Canola Growers Association

The long-time MCGA employee says more time on the farm is in her future

A key member of the Manitoba Canola Growers Association is ‘retiring’ to pay more attention to the family farm. Roberta Galbraith has been the organization’s grower engagement and extension manager for the past eight years. “In that time she has been a leader in developing and creating learning opportunities and actives for Canola farmers in

Vivian Bruce at her Winnipeg home.

Pioneer canola researcher to get province’s top honour

Vivian Bruce and co-researcher Bruce McDonald helped establish canola oil as safe and nutritious for human consumption

Canola research pioneer Vivian Bruce will receive the province’s highest honour for her work establishing the health benefits of the oilseed. Bruce, a retired nutrition and food science professor, and 11 others will receive the Order of Manitoba, Lt.-Gov. Janice C. Filmon announced on May 12. “I was pretty honoured about it, but I’m not

The halt on canola shipments to China is hitting farmers first and hardest, according to KAP.

KAP wants government action on canola spat

While Chinese and Canadian officials are talking, so far China hasn’t agreed to a face-to-face meeting

Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) is frustrated the federal government hasn’t done more to restore Canadian canola exports to China a month after the current trade dispute began. At press time Monday the Chinese had not replied to Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau’s request to send a Canadian delegation to China led by the Canadian Food Inspection


One farmer at the KAP meeting questioned if government aid is warranted since farmers have tools to protect against canola price fluctuations.

KAP grapples with China canola trade dispute

Can science trump politics and what sort of government aid, if any, is needed?

What, if any, support the federal government should provide canola farmers following the loss of their biggest canola customer China, was discussed at the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) advisory council meeting here April 2. Members also talked about how to get the Chinese government to engage with Canada to try and fix the impasse. China

Farmers sticking with canola-seeding plans

If you’re thinking of changing, contact your seed retailer ASAP

So far it looks like western farmers are sticking to their rotations and not jumping out of canola this spring, despite losing their top market, China. “Farmers are locked and loaded and sticking to it,” Canadian Canola Growers Association CEO Rick White said in an interview April 4. “Yes, some have been pushing their rotations.