Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew and Agriculture Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced nearly half a million in federal and provincial funding for the Manitoba Farmer Wellness Program (MFWP) while at Ag Days in Brandon this week. The grassroots non-profit organization, which started providing free counselling to farmers and farm families in 2022, will receive $450 thousand over… Read More

Manitoba’s NDP agriculture minister says he wants to maintain a focus on value-added protein production and processing in the province, continuing with one of the flagship initiatives of the previous Progressive Conservative government. After a seven-year hiatus while the PCs were in power, Ron Kostyshyn returned to the role of Manitoba’s agriculture minister following the… Read More

New Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew’s mandate letter for the province’s agriculture minister was made public on Monday. Ron Kostyshyn has returned as Manitoba’s ag minister for a second term, after representing the agriculture portfolio in cabinet from 2012 to 2016 in the province’s last NDP government. “Agriculture is the backbone of our provincial economy. As… Read More

A former minister of agriculture is returning to his old post in Premier Wab Kinew’s new NDP government in Manitoba. Kinew’s cabinet was unveiled and sworn in on Wednesday, with Ron Kostyshyn returning to the ag minister role that he held from 2012 to 2016. Having won the Dauphin riding on the west side of… Read More

Manitobans voted for change in their provincial election on Tuesday, electing a majority New Democrat government led by Premier-designate Wab Kinew after seven years of Progressive Conservative rule. As of early Wednesday, the NDP was elected or leading in 34 seats, with the PCs holding 22, and the Liberals down to only a single seat…. Read More

A remnant of the pro-Canadian Wheat Board movement is still alive, and still punching above its weight, even though it’s been three-and-a-half years since the federal government buried the CWB’s single desk monopoly. The latest example of the vocal minority receiving mainstream attention: “Prairie Farmers Calling for the Return of the Canadian Wheat Board” read the… Read More

Manitoba farmers will see their crop insurance coverage increase by an average of seven percent while average premiums per acre will decrease by four percent in 2016. Manitoba Ag Minister Ron Kostyshyn made his annual crop insurance program announcements at Manitoba Ag Days on Tuesday, the last day before the pre-election blackout on Manitoba government… Read More

Editor’s note: This article was updated on June 5th with additional information regarding milkweed’s status under the Noxious Weeds Act and proposed biosecurity measures. The Manitoba government has proposed changes to its Noxious Weeds Act intended to make the legislation more flexible and responsive. First proclaimed in 1871, the act requires landowners and occupants prevent the growth,… Read More

Agricultural legislators from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico met in Chicago last week for the Tri-National Accord — an annual meeting of provincial, state and national delegates to discuss agricultural trade issues. U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL), the impact of PED virus on North American hog production and challenges with grain logistics were three… Read More

 

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