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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

“Maybe as we start rolling into these times of more climactic events, more weather-related events, maybe there’s an onus on MFGA and some of the other producer groups to start showing more leadership so that producers don’t get caught up unawares.” – Duncan Morrison.

Manitoba rural municipalities put province on notice

They say future changes to forage insurance are meaningless while farmers struggle to survive today

Manitoba’s new agriculture minister found himself in the hot seat at the recent annual meeting of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities in Brandon. Representatives of the 16 rural municipalities who have declared themselves in a state of agriculture emergency chided the province and Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development Blaine Pedersen, for lack of response.


Currently most of agro-Manitoba’s MLAs are PC and most of them are in safe seats, says University of Manitoba political scientist Christopher Adams.

Expectations were that PC government would fix education taxation

The current government has many rural MLAs and cabinet ministers

There was an expectation when the current Progressive Conservative (PC) government was elected three years ago changes in how education funds are raised would follow. The PCs took most of the rural seats and rural MLA’s made up two-thirds of cabinet. The government lived up to its promise to review Manitoba’s education system, which is

KAP president Dan Mazier says the farm organization got much of what it wanted from the “Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan,” including a carbon tax exemption on “marked” farm fuel.

Mazier defends KAP’s approach on ‘made-in-Manitoba’ carbon tax

He says the position was developed democratically and KAP got much of what it wanted to reduce the negative impact on farmers

A year after the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) opted to participate as the provincial government developed “A Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan,” some KAP members are asking why the farm organization doesn’t oppose a carbon tax. “I find this entire carbon tax thing to be a complete fiasco and I view our prime minister (Justin

Agriculture major player in ‘Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan’

Increasing the biodiesel mandate could cut up to 431,000 tonnes of carbon by 2022, second only to reductions expected from the $25-a-tonne carbon tax

Agriculture’s role in reducing carbon emissions and protecting the environment looms large in the provincial government’s, Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan. The word “agriculture” appears 34 times in the 60-page document. “Manitoba’s farmers are at the front lines of climate change and need to be at the forefront of solutions,” the plan says. “The Manitoba


Drew Caldwell, minister of municipal government and Brandon East MLA, announced the provincial government will provide $1 million in support funds for amalgamated municipalities.

Province to assist with amalgamation costs of municipalities

Nearly a year after forcing amalgamation on 100 municipalities, the provincial government announces a $1-million support fund to help with expenses

A year after forcing amalgamation on 100 municipalities, the provincial government is stepping up to help communities deal with the expense. “In the long term, amalgamations have a huge positive effect on finances. In the short term, there were some front-end costs that need to be addressed,” said minister of municipal government and Brandon East

Severe hail strikes The Pas, 10,000 acres affected

Our History: July 1987

This ad in our July 2, 1987 issue was for Grassroots, an online agricultural information system based on the Canadian Communications Research Centre Telidon system. While it featured a great deal of information, it was difficult to access due to slow download speeds over phone lines, and the system was expensive. This ad offered the

Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership a good deal for Canada?

The economic logic behind free trade is that ‘a rising tide lifts all boats’

Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership a bulwark of freedom as proponents claim, or is Canada about to be shoehorned into another free trade deal that will continue the hollowing out of our economy? It depends on your perspective. The TPP, championed by U.S. President Barack Obama as an important addition to the world’s free trade zone


Canola trade seen remaining choppy until seeding done

U.S. corn, soy and wheat will keep trading on the weather

The ICE Futures Canada canola market started off the week ending May 8 with a bang, seeing gains of nearly C$10 per tonne on Monday (May 4). But that’s where the excitement ended. The following days were all pretty uneventful, with quiet activity that led to prices chopping around within a fairly narrow range. Some

A worker collecting cucumbers inside a greenhouse in La Mojonera, southeastern Spain, June 2, 2011. An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant E. coli contaminated vegetables in Europe that year, killing 17 and sickening more than 1,500 in 10 European countries. Antibiotic-resistant bugs are linked to overuse of antibiotics in human medicine and agriculture.   Photo: Francisco Bonilla, Reuters

Producers slowly becoming aware of antimicrobial resistance

Their misuse has the power to render the most powerful tools in modern medicine impotent, yet in Manitoba there is more regulation around the sale of pesticides than antimicrobials used in livestock production. Mounting evidence points to an increase in antimicrobial-resistant diseases worldwide, and a research paper published recently in The Lancet calls for greater