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Mark and Yanara Peters were happy to restart what they’re hoping will be an annual tradition this past fall.

Manitoba potato growers keep on giving

Despite a challenging year this farm family keeps an important tradition alive

For Mark and Yanara Peters, 2019 had been a year full of challenges. Yet despite a less than average potato crop on Spruce Drive Farms, a dozen miles northwest of Portage la Prairie, the couple chose to keep a new tradition alive on their farm. Sine 2016 they’ve donated more than 120,000 pounds of potatoes

Pulse weekly outlook: Manitoba pea plant construction continues

MarketsFarm — Work continues on Roquette’s pea processing plant at Portage la Prairie, Man., where the French plant-protein firm says measures have been taken to meet health and safety regulations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. “Beginning in early March we proactively started collaborating with contractors on COVID-19 prevention measures, such as increased cleaning of communal spaces


Beyond Meat locks in Roquette pea protein supply

Plant-based protein firm Roquette has been booked to “significantly” increase the amount of pea protein it provides to expansion-hungry U.S. faux-meat processor Beyond Meat in the next three years. Los Angeles-based Beyond Meat on Tuesday announced a “multi-year pea protein supply agreement” with France’s Roquette, renewing a “longstanding partnership” between the two firms. No specifics

Manitoba ag minister upbeat about peas

MarketsFarm — Earlier this month Manitoba’s minister of agriculture, Ralph Eichler, took to Twitter to sing the praises of dry peas. “Peas will become the next successful crop in Manitoba. Thank you for believing in the future,” Eichler tweeted. Part of the minister’s optimism stems from global corporate giant Roquette constructing the world’s largest pea

Members of the RM of Rosser volunteer fire department help guide STAR-7 in for a landing.

New ‘heliport’ site begins operations at Portage la Prairie

This is the first site approved by Transport Canada outside Winnipeg. Ste. Anne’s Hospital is also awaiting approval of a newly constructed site

Every minute matters when a life is in danger, and with a new ‘heliport’ becoming operational this month at the Portage la Prairie District General Hospital, critical time will be saved during emergency response efforts. Why it matters: Cutting down transport times of critically ill or injured patients can save a life. The hospital’s newly


Construction resumes at Portage pea plant

CNS Canada – More than a year after the ground breaking ceremony was held for Roquette’s pea-processing plant at Portage la Prairie, Man., construction resumed on it at the end of October. According to a company spokesperson construction was halted last spring “to adjust and fine tune the project.” ”We took the opportunity to include

STARS pilot Ian Bonnell poses with members of the Verwey family.

Manitoba farm family issues challenge to support STARS

Portage la Prairie farm donating the profits from a 40-acre soybean crop 
to support the air ambulance service

A Manitoba farm family is donating proceeds from a crop to support the STARS air ambulance program and issuing a challenge to other farms to do the same. They’ve planted 40 acres of soybeans and will donate the net profits to STARS, said Jill Verwey of Verwey Farms in the Portage la Prairie area. STARS

Simplot to supersize Portage la Prairie fry plant

U.S. agrifood giant J.R. Simplot plans to bulk up its potato processing footprint in southern Manitoba with a $460 million plant expansion. The company and the provincial government on Wednesday announced construction will begin this spring on a 280,000-square foot expansion at its 180,000-square foot french fry processing plant at Portage la Prairie. The expansion,


Dakota Tipi First Nation took part in the Roquette groundbreaking near Portage la Prairie Sept. 28. Chief David Pashe (r) passes the pipe to Premier Brian Pallister.

Roquette breaks ground on Portage pea-processing plant

A ceremony held last week marked the formal start of the construction phase

Manitoba farmers don’t grow many field peas anymore, but that could change when the world’s biggest pea-processing plant, being built here by French-based Roquette, starts operating in April 2019. Pascal Leroy, Roquette’s vice-president for pea and new protein business line, and Premier Brian Pallister, broke ground Sept. 28 for the $400-million facility, in what had

The group (nine of the ten women) was drawn together to make the quilts.

Project brings communities together

The group planned to make a quilt for each of two refugee families now in Portage la Prairie

Arabic music played in the background as a group of 10 leaned over sewing machines and cutting-and-piecing tables in the upper room of the MacGregor United Church. Outside it was a lovely spring day, but inside seven women and three teenaged girls were hard at work on a quilting project that had brought together several