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Don Flaten toasts the graduating class in this photo, tweeted by the U of M Aggies account.

Diploma in Agriculture students celebrate with virtual convocation

Pandemic realities prevented the usual acknowledgement of this achievement for students

Sixty-four students received their diplomas in agriculture during the University of Manitoba online convocation ceremonies held June 29. Pete Giesbrecht from Winkler received the Governor General’s Bronze Medal, an award given to the graduate with the highest academic standing in the two-year Diploma Program in Agriculture. Noah de Rocquigny from St. Claude was the recipient

The Mini ROTT at its unveiling demonstration at Glenlea Research Farm July 16.

Rollover training tractor unveiled

The collaboration by three Manitoba groups is aimed at building a safer farm sector

A new agriculture safety tool to train operators to prevent tractor rollovers has been unveiled by a Manitoba collaboration. The University of Manitoba (UM), Red River College (RRC) and Keystone Agricultural Producers, demonstrated the Mini Roll Over Training Tractor (Mini ROTT) at the UM’s Glenlea Research Station on July 16. The teaching vehicle will help


The ROTT has rear and side outriggers to prevent it from tipping over entirely.

Tiny tractor to train farmers on rollover prevention

The remote-controlled vehicle is a collaboration between KAP, the University of Manitoba and Red River College

A remote-controlled mini-tractor will train ag students and farmers on rollover prevention without putting them in harms’ way. The Mini Rollover Training Tractor (or “tippy tractor” as one collaborator called it) is a to-scale, electric, remote-controlled tractor which ag students and farmers can use to experiment and problem-solve in situations that might lead to tractor

Beyond the human-health issues associated with the pandemic, there are several concerns that transcend Canadian food and agricultural markets.

Food and agricultural markets during a pandemic: Insights from economists

The global spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is an unprecedented event that will affect Canadians’ lives in many ways. The effects of the pandemic are difficult to predict, but there are serious concerns about the effects of the pandemic on Canada’s economy. This has included concerns about food production, distribution, and food security (for example

Clockwise from top left: Acey Brinkman, Colin Penner, Jill Martens, Garrett Sawatsky.

University of Manitoba growing next generation of ag experts

U of M’s agriculture diploma program preparing students for an evolving industry

Fast-moving change in the agriculture industry is requiring a whole new level of agility from Canada’s agriculture education institutions. At the University of Manitoba, that’s meant instructors are looking for ways to make students more agile and able to adopt new strategies and tools more quickly and effectively. “We’ve talked with industry that said it’s


Joey Fiola and Christel Lanthier and their three daughters, Olivia (6), Anne Rose (4) and Lila (1).

Resurrecting the family farm

Faces of Ag: Joey Fiola and Christel Lanthier are determined to give their girls the same farm life that shaped them

As 25 ewes and a gangly baby llama mill around Christel Lanthier, her six-year-old daughter chats to her in French, the language they speak at home. She’s wondering if you want to know anything about the cats, Christel translates for a reporter. Olivia explains the names of the three cats and shows off her stuffed

“With AgriStability you are protecting a margin and it’s more coverage than you think.”

The quest for a perfect farm safety net program

There’s a long list of plans that have come and gone

The perfect farm income stabilization program is as elusive as utopia itself. But a lot of farmers say they would be happy if AgriStability’s payout trigger went back to an 85 per cent, instead of the current 70. But that would cost governments potentially a few hundred millions of dollars more, estimates University of Saskatchewan

“We don’t even know what the potential is when we let people do what they’re good at and what they enjoy.” – Teresa Vallotton.

Ag tech needs farm kids

Our younger generation needs to know its skills are needed in more areas than just a combine cab. This is where Teresa Vallotton’s coding camps come in

In a room overlooking a bustling trade show, 20 kids huddle over laptops. They’re trying to catch a thief. Teresa Vallotton flashes pictures across the screen at the front of the room and asks them — is this the person who’s been stealing fuel from the tank on her yard? The kids run facial recognition


There’s a world of difference between liquid and solid manure and how both provide nutrients to crops.

Manure: The gift that keeps on giving

Not all manure is created equally when it comes to field applications

How long can manure provide value to farmers’ fields after application? The short answer is that it depends on what you mean by ‘manure,’ and how and when you’re applying it, according to a 10-year study from the University of Manitoba’s National Centre for Livestock & Environment (NCLE). NCLE has been evaluating the short- and

A cover crop cocktail?

Pre-made mixes promise an easy jumping-off point on cover crops, but some worry that they increase the amount at risk

Joe Gardiner of Clearwater has spent a lot of effort getting ahead of the curve on cover crops. His cover mixes can include up to 15 species in a season-long cover. He does relay cropping. He picks his seed to include a range of cool- and warm-season plants, legumes, forbs, broadleafs and grasses. He thinks