AITC-Canada and its provincial partners plan to host three engAGe events this fall and winter in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
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High energy sessions puts shine on agricultural careers

Motivating teenagers and getting them interested in anything other than their phones is not easy. But one model that seems to work is We Day — an inspirational event that encourages youth to shift their thinking from “me” to “we.” That’s why Farm Credit Canada and Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) Canada are launching a […] Read more

Premier Brian Pallister and the PC party won easily, thanks to overwhelming support in rural Manitoba. They took every constituency in the agricultural regions in the province and the areas around the city of Winnipeg, winning some seats with 70 percent of the vote. | File photo

Pallister re-elected in Manitoba

The pollsters were right. The Progressive Conservative party sailed to an election victory last night, un-officially winning 36 out of 57 possible seats in Manitoba’s legislature. Premier Brian Pallister and the PC party won easily, thanks to overwhelming support in rural Manitoba. They took every constituency in the agricultural regions in the province and the […] Read more

The battle over intellectual property rights has become a major sticking point in the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China. | File photo

BLOG: China dispute much bigger than canola sales

In 2015, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis released a report about intellectual property in China. Normally, reports on intellectually property rights are about as appealing as flavourless oatmeal, but the document contained at least one remarkable tidbit. “We estimate that as of 2010, more than half of all technology owned by Chinese firms was […] Read more


Manitobans pick a new government today and if polling is correct, the Progressive Conservatives should coast to a re-election victory. | Screencap via electionsmanitoba.ca

Manitoba voters go to the polls today

Manitobans pick a new government today and if polling is correct, the Progressive Conservatives should coast to a re-election victory. Premier Brian Pallister and the Tories had a massive advantage going into the campaign, as they won 40 out of a possible 57 seats in the 2016 election. The Manitoba Poll Tracker, compiled by Eric […] Read more

Canola production looked set to reach 18.5 million tonnes, down nine percent year over year, and below the average trade estimate of 18.9 million tonnes. | File photo

Statistics confirm 9% drop in canola tonnes

Statistics Canada has confirmed what most farmers already know – Canada will produce significantly less canola in 2019. Prairie growers are expected to produce 18.5 million tonnes of canola this year, down 9.3 percent from 20.3 million tonnes in 2018, StatCan said in a production report released in late August. What is new, is that […] Read more


Cyanobacteria flourishes in water that is loaded with nutrients. Livestock defecating or urinating in a dugout can feed the growth of blue-green algae. | File photo

Cattle deaths in Manitoba linked to algae

Blue-green algae thrives in hot and dry weather, and dugout levels are well below normal in the province this year

Several cattle in Manitoba’s Interlake died in late August after drinking water from a contaminated dugout. The most likely cause of death was blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, said Keri Hudson-Reykdal, a veterinarian in Ashern, Man. “This seems to be a big issue this year — lots of dogs affected in Canada and the U.S. in […] Read more

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has promised to increase the renewable content in diesel fuel to five percent if the Progressive Conservatives are re-elected Sept. 10. | File photo

Increase in biodiesel mandate becomes Man. election promise

Manitoba trucks may soon be burning more biodiesel. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has promised to increase the renewable content in diesel fuel to five percent if the Progressive Conservatives are re-elected Sept. 10. Right now, diesel fuel in Manitoba must contain two percent biodiesel. Canola industry associations praised Pallister for the biodiesel commitment, saying canola […] Read more

What's really needed in the southwestern part of the province is a week of warm, dry weather so that crops like corn, soybeans and canola can reach maturity and be harvested, said Lionel Kaskiw, Manitoba Agriculture's crop production adviser in Souris, Man. | File photo

Man. harvest needs warm, dry weather

After months of dry weather, it’s now too wet and cool in parts of Manitoba. For instance, more than 85 millimetres of rain fell on Minnedosa between Aug. 23 and Sept. 2, hindering harvest in southwestern Manitoba. What’s really needed in the southwestern part of the province is a week of warm, dry weather so […] Read more


General Mills is hoping to cut pesticide use in its supply chain for a number of reasons but the number one reason is its customers.
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General Mills uses contracts to avoid glyphosate

Company hasn’t taken hard line on pre-harvest herbicide use but is experimenting with ways to avoid the practice

General Mills, like all companies, needs happy and satisfied customers. That’s why it’s asking suppliers, farmers who produce oats, wheat, sugar, soybeans and other commodities, to reduce pesticide use. “We can see the trends. Consumers want less pesticide in their food,” said John Wiebold, General Mills vice president, North American direct material sourcing. “They want […] Read more

Wheat growers group decries dairy package

After a week to 10 days of silence, grain grower associations are finally talking about the federal government’s $1.75 billion trade deal compensation package for Canadian dairy farmers. Stephen Vandervalk, an Alberta farmer and vice-president of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, said the silence was absurd because it’s grain growers — and not dairy […] Read more