VIDEO: Cattle producers look at ways to spread the good word

MACGREGOR, Man. — The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has produced a video explaining the environmental impact of Canada’s beef industry. The video, available on YouTube and a longer version on the Beef Cattle Research Council website, features images of cattle on green pastures and ranchers on horseback with mountains in the background. Producers and scientists appear […] Read more

Man. wetlands bill gets farmer approval

Ducks Unlimited and other groups are pleased by new legislation to protect wetlands in Manitoba. The bill, called the Sustainable Watersheds Act, will increase penalties for illegal drainage and provide financial incentives to farmers who adopt practices that restore wetlands, retain water and better manage riparian areas. Scott Stephens, Ducks Unlimited Canada director of operations […] Read more

P.E.I. spud shortfall sparks imports

An eight percent decline in potato production and growing demand forced processing plants to buy potatoes from Alberta

There are many obscure and strange feats in the Guinness World Records, such as the largest collection of garden gnomes (2,010). However, it’s unlikely that hauling potatoes, for distance, is mentioned anywhere in the book. If it was, a record is probably being set in Canada right now because french fry plants on Prince Edward […] Read more

Soy Canada’s goals entice executive director

When Allan Preston stepped up to the microphone to introduce the next speaker at a mid-November meeting in Brandon, he hesitated a moment, looked down at his notes and then said something off the cuff. Preston, who was Manitoba’s chief veterinary officer and the province’s assistant deputy minister of agriculture and is now a rancher […] Read more

Man. looks to change wetlands management rules

Manitoba introduced legislation November 30 that could fundamentally change how water and wetlands are managed in the province. The Bill, known as the Sustainable Watersheds Act, will increase penalties for illegal drainage, establish nutrient run-off targets to keep track of water quality and provide financial incentives to farmers who adopt practices that restore wetlands, retain […] Read more

Allowing hemp flower, leaf sales welcome change

Hemp growers in Canada may soon be able to sell the whole plant. Health Canada currently prohibits growers from selling the leaves and flowers of hemp plants. Those parts of the plant can be used to make cannabinoids (CBD), compounds that provide pain relief and have anti-inflammatory properties. On Nov. 21, Health Canada announced that […] Read more

NAFTA talks have U.S. farmers on pins and needles

Producers worry U.S. President Donald Trump may eventually pull out of the deal if he’s not satisfied with negotiations

Maria Zieba knows when U.S. President Donald Trump has tweeted about the North American Free Trade Agreement. For hours after the tweet, Zieba’s cellphone doesn’t stop beeping. “Every time there is a tweet or some sort of article on NAFTA, my (email) inbox gets inundated,” said Zieba, director of international affairs with the National Pork […] Read more

Push is on for soybean plant

Investors are being sought to build a processing facility to provide western Canadian hog producers with meal

Farmers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan grew more than three million acres of soybeans this year. Almost all of those beans are exported to places like China, where they are processed into soybean meal and fed to livestock. Meanwhile, every year hog farmers in Western Canada import hundreds of thousands of tonnes of soybean meal from […] Read more

Manitoba vet to star in TV series

A Manitoba vet will soon become a television celebrity. Keri Hudson Reykdal, who practices in Ashern, Man., is the star of Dr. Keri — Prairie Vet, a new show on the Animal Planet channel in Canada. The first program will air Dec. 10 and the series is scheduled to run for 10 episodes. A news […] Read more

Low soybean yields may discourage growers

Soybean acres in Western Canada jumped a phenomenal amount this year, rising to to 3.1 million in 2017 from 1.8 million in 2016. But acres will likely shrink in 2018 because soybean yields were below average in Manitoba and awful in Saskatchewan. Dennis Lange, Manitoba Agriculture soybean and pulse expert, holds that opinion, He projects […] Read more