Learn to do by doing, not just a motto

By Cora Baker

Neepawa & Area 4-H Beef Club

The Neepawa & Area 4-H Beef Club’s second meeting was held on Monday, Nov. 3 at the The Neepawa & Area 4-H Beef Club’s second meeting was held on Monday, Nov. 3 at the NACI. Our club will be very active in the community, during the month of November and December, showing that the 4-H motto is something that everyone should continue to show throughout their lives no matter their age. 

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Weed Notes - Dec 5

By Sid Lewis

      Supervisor

At the end of November Terry and I had the privilege being asked to come to the last RM of Woodworth staff Christmas supper. It was a superb meal and the best company a person could ever ask to be part of; the gesture made a memory we will have forever. 

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Next year has to be designated 'Year of the Soil'

By Elmer Kaskiw

Farm Production Advisor, MARFD

Soils matter. They matter so much that 2015 has been designated as the “International Year of Soils” or IYS 2015 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations with this Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 being World Soil Day. So why is this designation by the FAO so important?

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Bred cow investment pricing

By Elmer Kaskiw

Farm Production Advisor, MARFD

think I am spending too much time watching home reno shows! Along with the hours spent dreaming about knocking out this wall and replacing all the windows comes the chorus – “If I had a million dollars”!  In an attempt to counteract this trend, I have begun minor projects on my own. Ones that do not involve a million dollars. 

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Flood insurance, soil-borne disease concern KAP members

By Val Ominski

      Communications Co-ordinator 

Many Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) members are still reeling from the effects of last summer’s flood and they are now concerned over the inability of Excess Moisture Insurance (EMI) to adequately cover their losses. EMI is offered through the federal-provincial AgriInsurance program.

KAP members attending their fall general council meeting on Oct. 30 expressed frustration over a five per cent deductible on EMI that is cumulative on claims made by those experiencing successive years of flooding. They indicated this dramatically reduces their coverage and the effectiveness of the program, explaining the deductible can be as much as 30 per cent for a farmer who has experienced multiple years of flooding.

“The deductible, combined with reduced funding for other farm risk management programs, means farmers are not receiving the same recovery assistance this year as they did after the 2011 flood – and some may not make it,” said KAP vice-president Dan Mazier.

He said KAP is still waiting to hear about its request to provincial and federal governments for implementation of a program under the AgriRecovery framework. AgriRecovery is designed to address unpredictable situations such as flooding, and several programs were implemented in 2011 to assist farmers who lost their incomes.

KAP members also passed a resolution that will see the organization lobby both levels of government to require oil and gas workers, and their companies, to be trained in biosecurity practices when they enter farmland. This follows the arrival in the province of clubroot, a devastating canola disease. Without proper biosecurity protocols the disease, as well as insects and weeds, can be easily spread from field to field. The resolution is a result of frustration with the right of entry granted by legislation to oil and gas companies, allowing them to enter farmland without permission. Farmers are not able to refuse entry, even if they are concerned about biosecurity.

Anastasia Kubinec, a provincial expert on biosecurity and clubroot, told KAP members there are already 13 identified cases of clubroot in the province. She said everyone entering farmland must practise biosecurity measures to prevent its spread.