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Humans have been farming rice far longer than originally thought.

New origins for farmed rice discovered

The new finding helps shed light on when and why humans first became farmers

Rice farming is a far older practice than we knew. In fact, the oldest evidence of domesticated rice has just been found in China, and it’s about 9,000 years old, about 4,000 years before the earliest previous estimates. The discovery, made by a team of archeologists that includes University of Toronto Professor Gary Crawford, sheds

A farmer plants seeds in a cornfield at a farm in Gaocheng, Hebei province, China, September 30, 2015.

Chinese imports headed higher, opportunity for Canadian farmers

Agricultural economist Colin Carter, who has studied China’s agriculture for 30 years, says there’s more going on than meets the eye

China has used increased agricultural productivity and trade to beat back the famines that claimed millions of lives in the world’s most populous country five decades ago, but it still faces daunting food challenges, an economist who has spent his career studying the country’s food policies says. “In fact in China today, obesity in children



Chris Siow, a research scientist at the Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine is studying the health benefits of lingonberries.

Wild or farmed? Lingonberries seek place in Manitoba agriculture

Tiny, tart and full of goodness, Manitoba’s wild lingonberries are even healthier than those grown in other areas

Today they belong to the category often labelled as “superfoods,” but Dave Buck has always known that lingonberries were good tasting and nutritious. “I grew up in the bush,” he said. “And I can remember when I was young, my parents would pick the berries, they’d juice them. We’d have juice at Christmas and then

cattle on dry pasture

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


grain cars at terminal

NFU misses mark on the cause of 2013-14 grain backlog

Wheat board co-ordination can’t overcome insufficient system capacity

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has a well-deserved reputation for doing sound analytical work. That’s why I was disappointed in its opinion piece published in the Manitoba Co-operator June 17. The NFU contends G3, the company taking over CWB — the remnants of the old wheat board — is planning to build a grain terminal


flooded farmer's field

Excess moisture might trigger more crop insurance claims than frost

Farmers and crop insurance adjusters expected to be in fields this week 
assessing crop damage caused by the Victoria long-weekend storm

Excessive moisture from the May 16-17 storm might result in more crop insurance claims than frost. “From our perspective the amount of rain and snow that came with this storm is probably as big a concern as the frost itself,” David Van Deynze, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation’s (MASC) manager of claim services said May 20.


maize field in Malawi

Mulch, mice and ‘the man problem’ hold up CA adoption

Women are interested in producing food while men are more interested in growing cash crops using conventional methods

After three years of producing maize using conservation agriculture, Nkasauka Nthala is a convert. The yields from her tiny .16-hectare plot of maize grown using direct seeding instead of hoeing were 166 per cent above the yields of maize grown under conventional practices. Yet only a small portion of the farm she shares with her

variety of wheat grains

Grain commission kicks off wheat class consultations

Proposes tighter specifications for CWRS and CPSR and creating a new class for weaker U.S. wheats such as Faller

Canada’s wheat class system could get a major overhaul, including the addition of a new class for lower-gluten-strength American varieties such as Faller The Canadian Grain Commission has issued a discussion paper and wants public comment by April 20 on its proposals, which include tightening the quality specifications for the CWRS, CPSR and Canada Western