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Comment: Public investment needs to return public good

Change is coming and farmers need to get ahead of the curve

If the ill-tempered and deadly first half of 2020 had been a first-calf heifer on the dairy farm of my youth, my father would have ticketed it for the freezer a month ago. His yardstick of heifer potential was short: If she lived up to her breeding, she was a “keeper”; if she “put more

U.S. farm state senators in a beef over livestock bill

COVID price downturn has some saying the market isn’t transparent enough

Reuters – Two senior Republican U.S. senators from top farm states have locked horns over legislation intended to make North American cattle markets more transparent, after the COVID-19 pandemic tanked livestock prices. U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa and a bipartisan group of colleagues introduced a bill in May that would force meat packers like


American biofuel sector may have to rely on U.S. agriculture secretary for relief — senator

Reuters – The U.S. biofuel industry may have to depend on U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for aid assistance, Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa said August 4 after Senate Republicans unveiled a COVID-19 relief package that did not include more specific appropriations for the industry. A provision of the US$1-trillion HEALS Act, introduced by Senate Republicans in late

Ag Minister Blaine Pedersen speaks to producers in Neepawa during a tour of the province in this photo posted to Twitter.

Manitoba ag minister asks for producer engagement ahead of annual ministers’ conference

AgriStability among issues top of mind during Pedersen’s tour of province

The province is asking farmers to give their opinions on several topics ahead of October’s annual meeting of provincial ag ministers. “We are committed to bringing the voices of farmers forward,” said Blaine Pedersen, minister of agriculture and resource development in an Aug. 4 news release. Through an online forum, the province is inviting producers

The proposed quarry site, currently a sunflower field and abandoned farm site. A barn and a house on the site were demolished this spring.

Letters: The ugly side of Bill 19

Geralyn Wichers needs to be commended for her in-depth reporting on the Lilyfield Quarry controversy. After all that has transpired in the RM of Rosser, one has to wonder what part of “no” the quarry developer has trouble understanding. Now, under Bill 19, we face the prospect of the ruling Conservatives’ proxy, in the form


Letters: Quarry fight reveals Bill 19 undermines representation

The people in the RM of Rosser are experiencing first hand what those who opposed Bill 19 understood was the real purpose of the bill. To reduce people’s ability to protect themselves from certain developments contrary to their interests and for municipal councils to properly represent them. The message is clear. People and their quality

KAP asks ag-minister Bibeau to reconsider carbon tax on grain drying, barns

KAP is still arguing for an exemption on carbon tax for grain drying and barn heating and they're sending their data to Ottawa

The Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) want federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau to reconsider exempting grain drying and barn heating from the carbon tax. Manitoba’s general farm organization made the pitch, backed by additional data, in a July 31 letter. “Carbon tax costs for farmers are significant,” KAP president Bill Campbell said in the letter. “A

Dairy producers say they’re still waiting for clarity on trade compensation — and their future.

Trade deals darken future, Manitoba dairy farmers say

The feds are in a bad habit of using dairy as a bargaining chip and slow to pay for damages

Market share lost to foreign imports may make dairy farming less viable for the next generation, says David Wiens, chair of Dairy Farmers of Manitoba (DFM). “It makes it more difficult to bring in the youngest generation when the industry has been starved in the way of growth,” Wiens told the Co-operator. The latest loss


China’s U.S. soy bookings hit six-year highs

Average sales seen to other destinations

China has returned in full force to the U.S. soybean market following the trade dispute that began two years ago, giving American exporters hope that the upcoming shipping season will be their most successful in three years. The Phase 1 trade deal signed at the beginning of this year implied China must book record or

Wab Kinew at a recent press event.

NDP, province spar on data quality after grain dryer carbon tax exemption nixed

Should the province have gathered better data before fighting for a federal exemption on carbon tax for grain dryers?

Manitoba’s official Opposition says the province should have fought harder to get a carbon tax exemption for grain dryers, following last year’s “harvest from hell.” NDP Leader Wab Kinew has argued that the province failed to collect adequate data on carbon tax cost accrued by farmers, after saying it would do so in January. “The