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Enez Naso (l) and Koulan Fendi were among the group practising farm skills from their native Iraq.

Sharing more than a plot of land

A Manitoba project yields some food for recent immigrants, but also helps them connect with their roots and their new community

Canadian farmers have a reputation for being willing to lend a hand to those in need, whether it’s a neighbouring farmer or someone halfway around the world. One Manitoba farm family recently provided ample evidence of that willingness by allowing some recent immigrants to practise their potato-growing skills from their homeland. Brothers Ross and Roy

India, Middle East countries in talks on oil-for-food scheme

New Delhi | Reuters — India is in talks with some Gulf nations to buy oil to fill its strategic reserves and sell food in return, seeking to use its position as the world’s third-largest oil importer to both secure energy supplies and boost exports. Indian Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told reporters the idea was

Drought has the ability to seriously impact both crop and livestock production. According to Environment Canada, this spring on the western Prairies has been the driest since record-keeping began 68 years ago.

Editorial: Agri-resilience is farmers’ best defence for managing risk

No one understands risk preparedness and management better than an insurance company. The iconic insurance giant Lloyd’s laid out a stark scenario recently in a report about the potential for weather-related disasters to undermine the entire global food system. The 327-year-old insurance firm says it wouldn’t take much — just three catastrophic weather events hitting


Fighters target vital water facilities across Middle East

Geneva | Reuters –– Fighters are increasingly targetting water and sanitation facilities across the Middle East, exacerbating severe shortages for agriculture and households, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Wednesday. Consumption of water in the volatile region with rising populations was already at unsustainable levels in many areas hit by record-low

Fuel-efficiency and the tarsands last gasp

The Jacksons, from the Jan. 15, 2015 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

So I see you drove over here Andrew,” said Grant Toews as he leaned back in his chair and picked up his cup of coffee to take a drink. “Three blocks too long of a walk for you? Or did you just not want to put on your warm socks this morning?” Andrew Jackson looked

At this time of year when we count our blessings, it’s wonderful to reflect that the Manitoba Co-operator has been able to deliver 71 unbroken years of agricultural reporting to its readers.

Editorial: Spreading peace and prosperity

Selecting the “Our history” selection featured on this page each issue involves a visit to the library of old issues bound into volumes by crop year — August 1 to July 31. No matter the year, each issue is a reminder of two things — how much things have changed, and how much they have


Conservation not a hippie delusion

Small-scale farmers can implement conservation agriculture and improve soil health 
in developing areas, often by using a mix of science and local knowledge

The damaging effects of tillage on soils is well documented on Europe and North American soils. So why is that approach still being exported to developing nations, proponents of conservation agriculture asked the recent World Conference on Conservation Agriculture. “We’re taking that paradigm to developing countries, so one has to ask, what is actually going