Jasmeen Kaur, middle, and Kirandeep Bhullar, left, are two of the 38 students in the food processing and meat cutting course at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon. The students, mostly from India and China, are training in a new facility at college, which hosted a grand opening Jan. 22 | Robert Arnason photo

Students cut and prepare for new careers in Canada

Jasmeen Kaur has only been in Canada for seven months, but she has big plans. The student, from India, plans to get a job at a pork processing plant, then earn a job in quality control at a food processor and finally, get a position with the federal government. “The long-term goal is to work […] Read more

Lloyd Carey, an instructor at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, donated combine parts worth more than $95,000 to the college. Students in the heavy duty equipment and ag equipment technician program will use the parts for practice and training.  |  Assiniboine Community College photo

Ag parts donated to Manitoba school

Mechanics can’t do their job without parts. Students learning to become mechanics also need parts — for practice repairs and to learn how pumps, motors and other components work. Students at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon now have plenty of parts to train with, thanks to the generosity of one of the institution’s instructors. Lloyd […] Read more

Overall, the carbon tax increased the drying cost by $1.7 million, just for drying corn. | File photo

Carbon tax cost on Man. corn drying pegged at $2 million

Manitoba farmers possibly spent an additional $2 million on grain drying because of the federal carbon tax. Based on survey data from the Keystone Agricultural Producers, the carbon tax added $3.69 per acre to the cost of drying corn following the harvest last fall. For the average producer, with 500 acres of corn, the cost […] Read more


People in the pork industry are concerned that one of these outdoor farms could be infected with African swine sever, which would threaten Canada’s pork industry and exports. | File photo

Outdoor herds ring disease alarm for hog industry

There are 1,200 to 1,300 outdoor pig producers in British Columbia. That’s a huge number considering that B.C. has only 15 commercial hog farms. Some of the outdoor producers keep their pigs in pens, while others raise them in pasture or in woodlands. Regardless of the production method, people in the pork industry are concerned […] Read more

The science of glyphosate

There are dozens of conspiracy theories about glyphosate. One of those theories goes something like this: glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is an antibiotic and it kills all of the beneficial bacteria and fungi in soils. “It makes the soil sterile in some cases leading to less nutrient rich soil and in turn (produces […] Read more


The Winter Wheat Survival Model allows producers to gauge the likelihood of their fall-seeded crop’s ability to tolerate the conditions that the winter season has thrown at it.  |  Western Ag/UofS image

Computer model helps winter wheat survival

The Winter Wheat Survival Model makes it possible to project a crop’s possibilities and allow for manageable factors

SASKATOON — Growing winter wheat and playing blackjack are two activities with almost nothing in common. Except one thing: if you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s easy to lose money playing blackjack or growing winter wheat. “The example I like to use is: let’s figure out blackjack by going to Vegas (but) never playing […] Read more

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Beyond Meat eyes Prairies for pea protein

Beyond Meat wants more peas from the Prairies. The California company, best known for its veggie burgers, has signed a long-term deal with Roquette, a French company and major supplier of pea-based protein. “This latest contract with Roquette reflects Beyond Meat’s commitment to further scaling the plant protein supply chain as global demand for our […] Read more

After producing hemp mostly for grain, for two decades, Canadian farmers leapt into the hemp CBD business. However, there are signs that grower fascination with CBD may be fading.
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Hemp CBD bubble may have burst

In North America’s hemp industry, 2019 may be remembered as the year that the CBD craze hit its peak. The obsession with growing hemp for CBD, or cannabidiol, was impossible to miss at farm conferences and hemp trade shows across North America last year. Jeff Kostuik remembers the enthusiasm for CBD at those meetings, particularly […] Read more


Manitoba’s new water management strategy is described as part carrot and part stick.  |  File photo

New watershed districts to manage Man. water

Manitoba is taking a new approach to water management. As of Jan. 1, the province has 14 watershed districts, which will replace 18 conversation districts. The new boundaries are based on watersheds, creating districts with similar drainage patterns. “Our government recognizes the importance of local decision-making around water and we want to build on the […] Read more

In the first 10 months of 2019, Canada exported more pork and beef to the EU than in 2018. But the Europeans are also selling more red meat to Canada.  |  File photo

EU access for Canadian red meat remains elusive

Canada is on pace to run a $150-million trade deficit in red meat with the European Union in 2019. In the first 10 months of 2019, Canada exported more pork and beef to the EU than in 2018. But the Europeans are also selling more red meat to Canada. Using Agriculture Canada statistics from January […] Read more