The first major cabinet shuffle under Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson’s watch was unveiled on Tuesday, and it includes a new face in the role of agriculture minister. Derek Johnson, MLA for the rural riding of Interlake-Gimli, was sworn in as the new minister of agriculture, replacing Ralph Eichler. Johnson is a former councillor for the… Read More

The federal and provincial governments have launched an AgriRecovery herd rebuilding program for Manitoba livestock producers who were forced to sell breeding stock due to the feed shortage caused by this year’s drought. The breeding herd buy-back program was promised back in August when the federal and Manitoba governments rolled out AgriRecovery disaster relief funding… Read More

It’s been approximately two months since drought relief programs were announced for Prairie livestock producers struggling to find feed supplies to maintain their herds. RealAgriculture spoke with representatives from the three Prairie provinces to get an update on the number of applications they’ve received and the amounts that have been paid out. Alberta Alberta has… Read More

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are providing $1.5 million for Manitoba Egg Farmers (MEF) to establish the Egg Layer Research and Public Engagement Facility at the University of Manitoba’s (UM) Glenlea Research Station. Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Ralph Eichler made the announcement on October 8, in honour of World Egg Day. “I… Read More

Maple Leaf Foods says it has completed a $182 million expansion at its prepared meats plant in Winnipeg, Man., creating a “Bacon Centre of Excellence.” The 73,000 square-foot addition to the facility on Lagimodiere Boulevard will significantly increase the company’s capacity for making pre-cooked, microwaveable bacon. “We are very excited to see this project come… Read More

The Manitoba government has opened up the process for applications and unveiled details on how livestock producers can receive funding through a pair of AgriRecovery drought programs designed to help producers move feed to their animals, or animals to feed. Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Ralph Eichler shared the news alongside leaders from Manitoba Beef… Read More

The Manitoba government says it will commit $62 million in provincial funding to AgriRecovery programs to help livestock producers affected by this year’s drought. While details were not included in the August 10 announcement, Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler says the programs will be designed to “ensure producers have options to retain and care for their… Read More

Following a tour of the drought-stricken Interlake region in Manitoba on Thursday (July 22), the federal agriculture minister announced several measures designed to provide support to producers across the country affected by drought. Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau was accompanied by other government officials, including Conservative MP James Bezan, and representatives from Manitoba Beef Producers, the Canadian… Read More

A familiar face is returning as Manitoba’s agriculture minister. Ralph Eichler, who served as the province’s ag minister from 2016 to 2019, has been sworn in as minister of agriculture and resource development as part of a small cabinet shuffle announced by Premier Brian Pallister on Thursday (July 15). Eichler replaces his successor and long-time… Read More

Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler is reminding livestock producers there is water access and management support through Ag Action Manitoba. “We recognize that many producers are feeling the effects of our dry summer and that they may require additional assistance to secure a safe and reliable water supply for their livestock,” says Eichler. “Properly functioning… Read More

In an effort to keep its producers at the top of the global stage, the Manitoba government unveiled a first-of-its kind provincial protein strategy. The strategy has several prongs and will help both animal and plant protein development in the face of global demand, according to Manitoba Agriculture minister Ralph Eichler. “With world demand continuing… Read More

 

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