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Pump Septic Tank Before Winter Hits

Now is a good time to have septic tanks cleaned and pumped, according to a North Dakota State University Extension Service agricultural engineer. Septic tanks with too much accumulated sludge and other material can cause problems in the winter. Fixing a failed septic system in cold weather is diffi- cult and expensive. “Cleaning the accumulated

CCIA Adds Online User Support Feature – for Sep. 23, 2010

Anew online “Resource Centre” including a user guide, templates and tools for information upload, frequently asked questions (FAQs), software resources and feedback channels is the latest feature of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency website. The Resource Centre is much like a roadmap to the CCIA’s Canadian Livestock Tracking System, or CLTS, CCIA chairman Darcy Eddleston


CCIA Adds Online User Support Feature – for Sep. 16, 2010

Anew online “Resource Centre” including a user guide, templates and tools for information upload, frequently asked questions (FAQs), software resources and feedback channels is the latest feature of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency website. The Resource Centre is much like a roadmap to the CCIA’s Canadian Livestock Tracking System, or CLTS, CCIA chairman Darcy Eddleston

Livestock ID System Now Dial-Up Friendly

The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) has launched a new, quick-loading version of the Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS) named CLTS Lite. This application is designed to provide the same functionality and information to CLTS users as the original system, but without the extras that usually delay access for rural users with dial-up connections. The

Don’t Reject The Ejector

Regarding the sewage ejector ban, I don’t know what got into their heads. The province is phasing out sewage ejectors across the province and we will have to replace it with a septic field. No farmer can afford to replace it at a cost of $10,000 to $20,000. There is no scientific evidence to back


Options Abound For Improving Phosphorus Management

“The underlying problem leading to food waste stems in part from consumer behaviours supported by an economic system built to produce more than we need.” Anew report by the International Institute for Sustainable Development outlines several avenues that could be explored to improve phosphorus management: Another case for local food networks: “Cycling phosphorus exported in

Your Sewer System Could Cost You Big Dollars

Many rural Manitoba residents are in for a big surprise, a costly surprise if they have a sewage injector system and plan to sell or transfer their farm in the future. In case you haven’t heard, our present elected government has, in their wisdom, passed legislation condemning above-ground sewage ejectors as ground and water polluters.

Manure-Processing Projects Approved For Funding

A hog manure lagoon and a combined hog/ chicken manure lagoon will be used in the project. Test projects to separate useful fertilizer out of liquid manure and to compost solids will get underway this spring with public and producer funding. Hog producer Hytek plans to assess a manure treatment system that separates out crop


KAP Slams Sewage Ejector Ban

“We view this as a very rural-unfriendly piece of legislation.” – IAN WISHART Manitoba farmers want Winnipeg to stop growing until it has fully upgraded its sewage-handling system. A resolution passed at the Keystone Agr icul tural Producers annual meeting said the province should “encourage the City of Winnipeg to suspend all urban expansion” until

A Stinky Business

Growing up on a farm situated on Osborne Clay in the Red River Valley, we learned early in life that rural waste management can indeed be a stinky business. A septic tank and field had been dutifully established using existing standards when the farm home was placed on a new foundation and indoor plumbing installed