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Manitoba Flavours: One-Pan Chicken Dijon

Plus, BBQ Chicken Bacon Bites

One Pan Chicken Dijon Ingredients 2 tbsp. canola or olive oil 8 medium chicken drumsticks (about 2 lbs.) 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper 1 small finely chopped onion 4 garlic cloves, minced 1-1/2 c. low-sodium chicken broth 1 tsp. ground coriander 1/2 tsp. dried basil 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard (or grainy Dijon

Beef producers say new transportation regulations may actually harm animal welfare. 

Beef industry blasts new transport regs, but pork and chicken say OK

New regulations have shortened trips between rest stops and expanded the definition of ‘unfit’ or ‘compromised’ animals among other changes, but not everyone in the livestock sector is impressed

Animals will have less time between stops under new federal transportation rules, but the cattle industry says the changes may actually miss the mark on animal welfare. Both the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and Manitoba Beef Producers have accused the federal government of ignoring its own research and argue that the overwhelming majority of cattle arrive


Chicken producers pleased with specialty quota ruling

Both sides of the issue say they feel fairly treated

The controversy over Manitoba Chicken Producers’ (MCP) new annual specialty quota program has been resolved with both sides satisfied they were treated fairly by a ruling from the Manitoba Farm Producers Marketing Council (MFPMC). In a ruling in early July the council told MPC to postpone charging administrative fees for 10 years among those participating

Poultry farmers win right to appeal MCP’s specialty quota program

Manitoba Farm Products Marketing Council agrees to hear concerns

The Manitoba Farm Products Marketing Council has agreed to hear an appeal by chicken producers who say they’ve been hurt financially by a new program affecting how specialty chicken is raised and processed. The appeal is being made by five producers who feel penalized by Manitoba Chicken Producers’ new annual specialty quota program. The chicken-marketing

Small scale chicken producers have been denied their appeal over new small-scale chicken regulations.

Small flock producers appeal denied

Existing operations will not be grandfathered into the new regulations say Manitoba Chicken Producers

The Manitoba Chicken Producers have rejected an appeal on behalf of small farmers, who say a new specialty quota program will impose arbitrary and punitive costs on their operations. “This is a poor decision for Manitobans who care about where their food comes from, we hope the public will support us as we take this


Which chicken, in what pot?

Supply management doesn’t fit well with speciality production and a proposed new quota program is a misstep

Over 50 farmers gathered at the St. Norbert Community Centre on November 1 to hear Wayne Hiltz, executive director of the Manitoba Chicken Producers, present the new Annual Specialty Quota Program announced in September. The new program is designed to serve niche markets in the province with fresh Manitoba-raised chicken year round. This is done

Rudy and Leslie Reimer, shown here with their rainbow trout operation in the background, say new regulations for small chicken producers are causing an upheaval for their operation.

Producers won’t be grandfathered into new chicken quota program

New specialty quota program penalizes existing specialty chicken producers 
for production over 30,000 kgs with 40-cent levy

Rudy Reimer is thinking about his chickens, but feeling more like a sacrificial lamb. His operation, which has been operating under a special permit since the late 1960s, will be penalized under a new specialty quota program being rolled out by Manitoba Chicken Producers because it no longer fits the new guidelines. Existing producers will

Manitoba small-flock chicken producers are worried a new quota system will hurt their business, but Manitoba Chicken Producers says the program won’t hamper them.

Small producers will hear more about new chicken quota program Nov. 1

A farm direct-marketing group questions if this is the right approach

A spokesman for Manitoba Chicken Producers hopes a meeting November 1 sets the record straight on how its new annual specialty quota program set to launch in 2017 will operate. MCP executive director Wayne Hiltz will speak in Winnipeg that day to a producer meeting organized by Direct Farm Manitoba. Hiltz said he can address


Editorial: Little chicken

A few years ago a potato war erupted in Manitoba. An independent market gardener had been growing table potatoes for years and selling through farmers’ markets and produce stands. With the local food market really coming into its own, he thought he’d spied a growth opportunity. Eventually he began cutting deals with larger and larger

Manitoba Chicken Producers says a new annual quota program will address a changing chicken market, but current small-scale producers say the changes aren’t likely to be helpful.

Small-scale chicken quota changes stir controversy

Manitoba Chicken Producers has launched a new annual specialty quota program in hopes 
of developing new markets for specialty poultry products in the province

Manitoba Chicken Producers is changing the guidelines for small-scale producers. It’s moving to an annual specialty quota program it says addresses the reality that the chicken market is becoming more specialized, and will give consumers access to Manitoba-grown birds. “At the end of the day what we want consumers in Manitoba to have access to