2021 Manitoba Beef Producers E-Newsletter

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E-Newsletter dsfsfa Final update of 2021 from MBP December 23, 2021

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Manitoba Beef Producers 43rd Annual General Meeting is now available for early registration

All members, their families, and industry stakeholders are invited to register for the 43rd Annual General Meeting of Manitoba Beef Producers. The AGM will be delivered in-person at the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre in Brandon and virtually using the Zoom platform on February 10, 2022. Please note: In accordance with Manitoba Public Health guidelines, all in-person attendees must show proof of double vaccination in order to gain entry into the facility and meeting room. As well, the wearing of masks is required while inside the facility. Virtual attendees may watch and/or listen to the entire meeting using a desktop or laptop computer, tablet (i.e., iPad), or smartphone (iPhone).

Manitoba Beef Producers’ board of directors is accepting in writing suggested late resolutions for potential debate at its 43rd Annual General Meeting set for February 10, 2022. If the resolution is deemed to be in order by MBP’s Resolutions Committee it will be considered for debate at the resolutions session. In consultation with the resolution’s author, proposed resolutions may be subject to editing by MBP for clarity and to ensure consistency of formatting across all resolutions. Please send the proposed resolution (along with your contact information) to info@mbbeef.ca to the attention of General Manager Carson Callum and Policy Analyst Maureen Cousins. Alternatively, you may fax it to 1-204774-3264 or mail it to 220-530 Century Street, Winnipeg MB R3H 0Y4. For resolutions to be reviewed by MBP’s board of directors and posted on MBP’s website prior to the 43rd AGM for others to see, they need to be received by MBP no later than 9:00 a.m., Thursday, February 3, 2022. Information regarding the full agenda, financial statements, resolutions, speakers and virtual meeting links will be available at a later date via the MBP website (www.mbbeef.ca).


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COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

To have the fullest protection possible against COVID-19 going into the holiday season, Manitobans are encouraged to get their second and third doses as quickly as possible. While COVID-19 vaccine appointments continue to be available at regional or provincial vaccine clinics, for many people the fastest way to be immunized is at a nearby medical clinic, pharmacy or urban Indigenous clinic. Check the online vaccine finder or a medical clinic or pharmacy near you that provides the COVID-19 vaccine to find the next available opportunity to be immunized. The timeline between second and third doses and eligibility criteria information can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibili ty-criteria.html.

Many Manitoba vaccine sites as well as pharmacies and clinics are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccination for COVID and seasonal flu. Eligible individuals can book their appointments online, by calling (toll free) 1-844626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC) or by contacting their local pharmacy or medical clinic directly. Visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.ht ml for some of the available options. More Resources •

Vaccine campaign in Manitoba: www.manitoba.ca/vaccine a nd https://protectmb.ca.

Possible exposure locations by region: www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updat es/flights.html#event.

Data related to COVID-19, variants of concern, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data: https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/.

Up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba: www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.


Clarifications to Manitoba’s Public Health Orders

(December 21, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) The province is clarifying public health orders announced on Friday, Dec. 17. The orders go into effect on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 12:01 a.m. and expire on Jan. 11, 2022. The full text of the final public health orders is now available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/prs/orders/index.html#c urrent.

The updated orders keep the Pandemic Response System at Restricted (Orange) with schools at Caution (Yellow). They include: •

private indoor gatherings are limited to 10 additional people plus the household if all are fully vaccinated (youth ages 12 and under are exempt from needing to be fully vaccinated); private indoor gatherings are limited to five additional people plus the household if any of the individuals ages 12 year and older are unvaccinated (youth ages 12 and under are exempt from needing to be fully vaccinated); outdoor gatherings at a private residence are limited to 20 additional people plus the household if all are fully vaccinated (youth ages 12 and under are exempt from needing to be fully vaccinated); outdoor gatherings held on public property are limited to 50 per cent of the usual capacity if all in attendance are fully vaccinated (youth ages 12 and under are exempt from needing to be fully vaccinated), and 50 persons total if anyone present is unvaccinated (youth ages 12 and under are exempt from needing to be fully vaccinated);

indoor and outdoor sporting and recreation capacity is reduced to 50 per cent for spectators, games and practices can continue but no tournaments will be permitted;

outdoor ticketed performing arts events, indoor recreational businesses, seasonal facilities and events, group instructional classes and bingos, casinos and VLTs are limited to 50 per cent capacity and must continue to restrict admission to those who are fully vaccinated (youth ages 12 and under are exempt);

day camps are limited to no more than 25 campers and camper groups must be cohorted, overnight camps are prohibited under these orders;

gyms, movie theatres, museums and libraries are limited to 50 per cent capacity with proof of immunization required everywhere except libraries;

restaurants and licensed premises are limited to 50 per cent capacity with a maximum of 10 people per table and proof of immunization required, and members of the public are required to be seated except when travelling to get food or beverages or engaging in sporting activities; and

faith-based gatherings are limited to 50 per cent capacity with proof of vaccination or 25 per cent capacity or a total of 25 people, whichever is lower, when proof of vaccination is not required and cohorts may be implemented where groups can be physically divided up to a maximum of 10 cohorts or 250 people.

All other public health orders remain unchanged. For more information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19.


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CHANGES TO PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS The following changes continue or come into effect on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 12:01 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Sector

Restrictions (as of Nov. 13)

New Restrictions (as of Dec. 21)

Indoor gatherings in public spaces

Permitting group sizes to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity, whichever is lower, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated.

No change.

Outdoor gatherings in public spaces Indoor gatherings on private property

Fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may gather without capacity limits. Permitting groups of up to 50 people in uncontrolled outdoor public spaces. Limiting households to guests from one other household, when any unvaccinated person (who is eligible to be vaccinated) is present on the property (even if the unvaccinated person lives at that location. Fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may gather without capacity limits.

No change.

Private indoor gatherings are limited to 10 additional people plus the household if all are fully vaccinated (youth ages 12 and under are exempt). Private indoor gatherings are limited to five additional people plus the household if any of the individuals are eligible but unvaccinated (youth ages 12 and under are exempt).


Outdoor gatherings on private property

Limiting households to 10 guests outdoors when any unvaccinated person (who is eligible to be vaccinated) is present on the property (even if the unvaccinated person lives at that location).

Outdoor gatherings on a private residence are limited to 20 additional people plus the household if all are fully vaccinated (youth ages 12 and under are exempt).

Fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may gather without capacity limits. Outdoor gatherings on public property

Outdoor gatherings held a public property are limited to 50 per cent of the usual capacity plus all attending are fully vaccinated (youth ages 12 and under are exempt). Outdoor gatherings that include any unvaccinated people are limited to 50 people total.

Restaurants, licensed premises and food courts

Gyms and fitness centres

Proof of vaccination is required for those 12 years of age and older. Individuals are required to wear masks but are not required to provide proof of vaccination to enter for the sole purpose of picking up takeout or delivery orders. All other restrictions have been removed. No capacity limits. Proof of vaccination required. Masks remain required when not actively engages in physical activity.

Restaurants, licensed premises and food courts are limited to 50 per cent capacity and are limited to seated service only with a maximum of 10 people per table.

Limited to 50 per cent capacity with proof of immunization required everywhere.


Casinos, bingo halls and VLTs

Proof of vaccination is required. Physical distancing is no longer required between VLTs

Museums and galleries

Museums operate under the requirement to show proof of vaccination (indoors only) when open to the public as a museum. If the museum is used as a private venue for another purpose (e.g. wedding), then the appropriate orders apply.

Fairs and festivals

Libraries

Limited to 50 unless protocols and higher attendance is approved by public health officials. Open without capacity limits.

Professional sports or performing arts events

Open with no capacity limits for patrons with proof of vaccination.

Horse and auto racing

Open with no capacity limits for patrons with proof of vaccination and a plan approved by public health officials. Proof of vaccination will be required. No other restrictions.

Movies theatres and concert halls

Weddings and funerals

Permitting indoor public gathering group sizes to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity, whichever is lower, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated.

Limited to 50 per cent capacity with proof of immunization required everywhere. Limited to 50 per cent capacity with proof of immunization required everywhere.

No change.

Limited to 50 per cent capacity. Limited to 50 per cent capacity with proof of immunization required everywhere No change.

Limited to 50 per cent capacity with proof of immunization required everywhere. No change.


Indoor community, cultural and religious gatherings

Indoor community, cultural and religious gatherings are limited to 25 persons unless the facility can physically divide the space into separate areas, in which case several cohorts of 25 can attend the same service. However, the total number of attendees at a service with cohorts may not exceed 25 per cent of facility capacity, to a maximum of 250 people. This applies to the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region only.

Faith-based gatherings are limited to 50 per cent capacity with proof of vaccination or 25 per cent capacity or a total of 25 people, whichever is lower, when proof of vaccination is not required and cohorts may be implemented where groups can be physically divided up to a maximum of 10 cohorts or 250 people. This applies provincewide.

Cohorts must not mingle, masks must be worn and physical distancing rules apply. Services restricted to fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may occur without capacity limits.

Outdoor community, cultural and religious gatherings

The municipalities of Cartier, Headingley, Macdonald, Ritchot (Niverville-Ritchot), St. Francois Xavier and Tache that are geographically located in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region, are exempt and considered to be part of the Winnipeg Capital Region. Permitting groups of up to 50 No change. people in uncontrolled outdoor public spaces.


Personal services Indoor sports and recreation, including dance, theatre and music school.

Drive-in services continue unrestricted. Open without capacity restrictions. Provincewide, proof of at least one dose of vaccination or a recent (within 48 hours) negative test result will be required for 12-17 year olds for indoor and recreational sports. Negative tests need to come from a participating pharmacy as provincial testing sites should only be accessed by symptomatic individuals or those who are required to take a PCR test by public health.

Outdoor sports and recreation

Overnight camps

No change. Indoor and outdoor sporting and recreation capacity is reduced to 50 per cent for spectators. While games and practices can continue, no tournaments will be permitted. No group activities outside of practice time or games, come ready to play and limit group time indoors (e.g. in dressing rooms).

Games, practices and tournaments permitted, capacity limit of 50 per cent for spectators.

Negative tests need to come from a participating pharmacy as provincial testing sites should only be accessed by symptomatic individuals or those who are required to take a PCR test by public health. While practices can continue, no tournaments will be permitted.

Open with limit of up to 15 staff and campers in a group, no

No group activities outside of practice time or games, come ready to play and limit group time indoors (e.g. in dressing rooms). Day camps are limited to no more than 25 campers and


Retail, markets, garden centres and malls

interaction between groups and a plan approved by public health officials.

camper groups must be cohorted.

Permitting retail capacity at 50 per cent in the Southern Health – Santé Sud health region.

No change.

Overnight camps are prohibited under these orders.

Permitting retail capacity at 100 per cent in the Interlake-Eastern, Northern, Prairie Mountain Health and Winnipeg capital region, including the municipalities of Cartier, Headingly, Macdonald, Ritchot (Niverville/Ritchot), St Francois Xavier and Tache. Physical distancing measures are required. Masks required indoors. Workplaces Indoor self-help gatherings

Open without restrictions Indoor gathering limits and mask use rules apply.

No change. No change.


Manitoba to Delay Return to School to January 10, 2022 reducing contacts, the minister noted rapid tests are another tool that can be used to help screen for cases and provide peace of mind to parents and caregivers. (December 22, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) Manitoba will delay the return to

school for students following the winter break to Jan. 10, 2022, to give public health officials additional time to assess the risk of the omicron variant in Manitoba and what changes might be needed on the return to school in early January, Education Minister Cliff Cullen announced today. “As we begin the holiday break across Manitoba schools, the Manitoba government would like to thank students, teachers, school staff, school leaders, school divisions, parents and caregivers for ensuring schools have been safe and open for in-class learning since September,” said Cullen. “But right now, things are changing rapidly and public health has recommended a slight delay to the return to school. This will give them more time to better assess the risk and look at options for the new year.” Most students were scheduled to return to school on Jan. 6. The change means school staff will return on Jan. 6 for professional learning and to prepare for the continuation of learning, and students will return on Jan. 10. Many childcare centres will remain open for children under the age of 12 to ensure families can continue to access needed childcare services. The minister noted the delayed return to school would also provide more time for the distribution of rapid tests to schools provincewide. In addition to vaccination, staying home when one is sick, using masks and

“We appreciate your understanding and will share any additional information about the return to school as we learn more about the variant and what this means for schools,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer. “We have recommended this delay to a return to school in addition to the restrictions under the public health orders and I want to remind Manitobans of the importance of keeping gathering sizes small to allow a safer return to school in the new year.” Roussin noted those eligible to receive a booster vaccine for COVID-19 are encouraged to make appointments or visit a walk-in clinic during the break to better protect themselves and others. “Again, we extend our thanks to everyone for their efforts over the last several months,” said Cullen. “I encourage everyone to do their part to keep schools safe as students head back to class in January by getting vaccinated, minimizing contacts over the holiday break, monitoring for symptoms and, of course, getting tested and staying home when sick.” Manitobans showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 should use the online COVID-19 screening tool at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screeningtool/ and visit a provincial testing site. For a list of provincial testing locations, visit: www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html #map.


Federal Government Temporarily Expands Access to Lockdown Program and Worker Lockdown Benefit

(December 22, 2021 Department of Finance Canada News Release) The Government of Canada is

committed to supporting Canadian workers and businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, announced the federal government’s intention to temporarily expand eligibility for key support programs to ensure Canadians are protected and workers and businesses get the help they need to sustain them through new and necessary public health restrictions. Using regulatory authority provided in Bill C-2, the government intends to introduce new regulations that would: •

Expand the Local Lockdown Program to include employers subject to capacitylimiting restrictions of 50 per cent or more; and reduce the current-month revenue decline threshold requirement to 25 per cent. Eligible employers will receive wage and rent subsidies from 25 per cent up to a maximum of 75 per cent, depending on their degree of revenue loss. The 12-month revenue decline test continues to not be required in order to access this support. Expand the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit to include workers in regions

where provincial or territorial governments have introduced capacitylimiting restrictions of 50 per cent or more. As announced previously, this benefit will provide $300 a week in income support to eligible workers who are directly affected by a COVID-19related public health lockdown, and who have lost 50 per cent or more of their income as a result. These updated regulations will apply from December 19, 2021, to February 12, 2022, during which time it is expected that public health authorities will continue to implement “circuit-breaker” restrictions that limit the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 across Canada. More details on the expansion of these support measures are available in the backgrounder associated with today’s announcement. Quotes “The Omicron variant is a real and serious threat to the health and safety of Canadians and the capacity of our health care system. In light of the public health situation and new restrictions in a number of provinces, we are temporarily expanding eligibility for key support measures offered for workers and businesses. The federal government will continue to help Canadians through the pandemic and ensure Canada’s economic recovery leaves no one behind.” The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance “Through the measures announced today, the Government is making sure Canadian workers have the support they need if their job is continued on page 13


Federal Government Temporarily Expands Access to Lockdown Program and Worker Lockdown Benefit impacted by regional health measures and lockdowns. The evolving public health crisis has demonstrated the importance of adapting quickly and today’s announcement, together with the existing caregiving and sickness recovery benefits, demonstrates that the Government is ready and committed to supporting Canadians during these challenging times.”

The Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit was introduced in October 2021 and became law on December 17, 2021. The proposed regulatory changes announced today would temporarily expand the definition of a public health lockdown order to also include provincial orders involving capacity restrictions of 50% or more. The benefit provides income support of $300 per week to workers whose employment is interrupted as a result of a specific government-imposed public health lockdown and who are unable to work due to such restrictions. The benefit is available from October 24, 2021, to May 7, 2022.

The government has recently implemented other new measures to ensure workers and businesses have the urgent help they need. This includes:

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

Quick facts •

Today’s expansion of support programs is expected to cost about $4 billion and will be fully covered by the $4.5 billion Omicron provision announced in the recent Economic and Fiscal Update 2021. This is in addition to the initial cost estimate of $7.4 billion when the programs were announced in October 2021. The Local Lockdown Program was introduced in October and became law on December 17, 2021. The proposed regulatory changes announced today would temporarily expand the initial eligibility requirement that organizations be subject to a lockdown. The program provides businesses that face new local lockdowns with up to the maximum amount of support available through the wage and rent subsidy programs. The Local Lockdown Program is available from October 24, 2021, to May 7, 2022.

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Extending the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit until May 7, 2022, and increasing the maximum duration of benefits by 2 weeks. This extends the caregiving benefit from 42 to 44 weeks and the sickness benefit from 4 to 6 weeks. People can now apply retroactively to periods between November 21, 2021 and December 11, 2021.

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Launching the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program, providing support continued on page 14


Federal Government Temporarily Expands Access to Lockdown Program and Worker Lockdown Benefit through wage and rent subsidies to, for example, hotels, tour operators, travel agencies, and restaurants, with a subsidy rate of up to 75 per cent. The eligible types of businesses are detailed in the legislation and a related backgrounder. o

Launching the Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program, providing support through wage and rent subsidies to other businesses that have faced deep losses, with a subsidy rate of up to 50 per cent.

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Extending the Canada Recovery Hiring Program until May 7, 2022, for eligible employers with current revenue losses above 10 per cent and increasing the subsidy rate to 50 per cent. This extension will help businesses continue to hire back workers, increase hours, and create the additional jobs Canada needs for a robust recovery.

Related products •

Backgrounder: Temporarily Expanding Access to the Lockdown Program and Worker Lockdown Benefit


Reminder: Applications Being Accepted for Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program The intake for the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program is open. Funded by the federal and provincial governments it will provide targeted financial assistance to Agricultural Crown Land forage leaseholders to adopt best management practices to sustainably increase the productivity on their Agricultural Crown Land forage leases. Eligible recipients must have an active Agricultural Crown Land lease that is in good standing and must complete an Environmental Farm Plan. Improvements must be completed within the one-year pilot project. Farmers can submit applications until 11:59 pm on December 31, 2021. Eligible projects must be related to forage management techniques that improve productivity and sustainability, including: 1. Planning: Input from a knowledgeable professional to create a grazing management plan that takes into account forage rest and recovery, stocking rates, paddock rotation and placement of water infrastucture. 2. Infrastructure: Targeted placement of key infrastructure components such as

cross-fencing and watering systems can enable enhanced livestock management strategies. 3. Rejuventation: Timely renovation of forage stands and management of encroaching brush can improve forage productivity and animal performance. Refer to the Ag Action Manitoba Program - Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Guidebook for more detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other requirements. There is a cost share ratio of 75 per cent government, 25 per cent applicant. The total maximum amount payable to one farm operation under Assurance: ACLFP is $30,000. This does not impact the existing program cap for Assurance: Beneficial Management Practices. For more information on this pilot program, and other Ag Action Manitoba- Assurance Beneficial Management Practices programming, see https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/canadi an-agricultural-partnership/ag-action-manitobaprogram/aclfp.html


Frequently Asked Questions Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program

Q1. What is the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program?

A: The ACLFP is a pilot program that provides Agricultural Crown Land (ACL) lessees with 75% cost-shared programming of up to $30,000 per farm operation to develop a grazing management plan, add infrastructure (cross-fencing, wells, dugouts) and rejuvenate forage lands (perennial forage seed, seeding and brush management) in order to improve pasture productivity. Project must occur between April and December of 2022. Program details can be accessed here: http://webpublishing.mbgov.ca/en/agriculture/canadian-agriculturalpartnership/Documents/guidebook/ag-action-mb-program-guide-for-aclfp.pdf

Q2. Who is eligible to apply? A: ACL lease holders in good standing can apply. A farm business or operation with multiple shareholders or partners, operation names or units, will count as one eligible applicant. Each farm operation can submit one application that includes all applicable activities (planning, infrastructure and/or rejuvenation). However, Municipal lands under ACL lease are not eligible for this program.

Q3. When is the deadline to apply?

A: Applications must be received no later than December 31, 2021. They will be assessed by technical reviewers based on the environmental benefit assessment index, program priorities and project planning.

Q4. Do I need support from ACL to submit an application for a project? A: Yes. You will need a Letter of Support for the proposed project from your local Farm Production Extension Specialist (FPES) – Crown Lands (see contact info in Q14, below) and the Letter of Support must be submitted along with your application. While your FPES-Crown Lands must ensure that your proposed project is suitable for your ACL lease, they are not responsible for ACLFP funding approval.

Q5. What do I need to include with my application?

A: Be sure to answer all questions in the application form itself: explain the proposed project in detail, current practices, and the benefit of the new practice; answer all BMP Specific Questions (as listed in the guidebook), and complete the budget table in full. Along with your application, you will need to include: - a written Letter of Support from your local FPES – Crown Lands for your proposed project (see Q3 above). - an aerial map of the forage land with the location of the existing and proposed water sources identified as well as any fencing (existing and new), and land to be rejuvenated. - an official quote for contracted items (if applicable).


Q6. When can I start my project?

A: Projects must occur between April 1, 2022 and December 30, 2022 in order to be eligible for ACLFP funding. Project deadlines will be specified in the approval letter, should your application be approved. If work is started on a project before formal written approval of program funding is received, the applicant does so at their own risk.

Q7. When do I need to complete my project?

A: The project must be completed and claims submitted by the date indicated in your decision letter (all claims must be submitted no later than December 30, 2022).

Q8. Do I need any permits?

A: Applicants must meet all regulatory requirements. This may include: • approvals from the Crown: ACL Work Permit – see Q9 below. • a Water Rights License is required for all livestock operations extracting more than 25,000 litres (25 m3 or 5,499 Imperial gallons) per day. If developing a new water source, a permit must be obtained in advance of work beginning. • any other standards or approvals as required by law.

Q9. How do I get a Work Permit from ACL to implement a project on my ACL lease? A: An ACL Work Permit is required prior to conducting work on ACL leases. - If your ACLFP project application is approved, an ACL Work Permit will be issued to you from your FPESCrown Land along with the approval letter. - If you plan to initiate your project in advance of receiving ACLFP approval, you will need to secure an ACL Work Permit from an FPES – Crown Lands prior to beginning work.

Q10. Do I need a valid Environmental Farm Plan Statement of Completion?

A: You can submit an application without a valid Statement of Completion, however, if your project is approved, you will be required to provide proof of a valid EFP when you submit your project claim for reimbursement. Environmental Farm Plan workshop dates and locations will be listed online.

Q11. Does my dugout or well need to have a specific capacity?

A: The ACLFP pilot program does not have guidelines for dugout capacity, but you should discuss your plans with your FPES – Crown Lands.

Q12. Can I pump / pipe / haul water from an existing water source into a dugout that has gone dry?

A: Piping or hauling water from any water source (well, dugout or wetland) into a dugout that has run dry is not eligible.

Q13. How deep does a pipeline need to be?

A: Summer pasture pipelines permanently installed underground, and which can be properly winterized before freezing are eligible (ex: installed with a pasture pipeline plow). Above-ground pipelines are ineligible. Projects must be for permanent solutions only.


Q14. If I have more questions, who can I contact?

A: If the question is about project implementation on an ACL lease, please contact: FPES – Crown Lands Greg Logan Luanne Berjian Neil Overby Tyson Gillis

Location Beausejour Minnedosa Dauphin Dauphin

Districts 20, 50, 52 30, 31 42,51 43, 44

E-mail Greg.Logan@gov.mb.ca Luanne.Berjian@gov.mb.ca Neil.Overby@gov.mb.ca Tyson.Gillis@gov.mb.ca

A: If the question is about specific eligibility criteria or the application process, please contact: • Andrea Bertholet (Andrea.Bertholet@gov.mb.ca) or • Colleen Wilson (Colleen.Wilson2@gov.mb.ca).


Reminder: Producers Can Apply For Drought Assistance Via Three Programs Through AgriRecovery Manitoba beef producers affected by the drought conditions are reminded that they may be able to receive assistance via two programs under the AgriRecovery framework aimed at helping with the extraordinary costs incurred for feed and transportation. Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance program will help producers purchase and test feed for livestock to maintain their breeding herds including transporting purchased feed from distant locations. The Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program will offer assistance to help offset freight expenses associated with moving livestock to alternative feed supply areas. Eligible animals under the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance program are breeding animals of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for pregnant mare urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Producers must be supporting a minimum of 10 animals to qualify for assistance and the program covers feed and feed transportation expenses between June 1, 2021, and March 15, 2022. Feed must have been delivered from a supplier at least 40 kilometres away and assistance is available for hauling feed for up to a maximum oneway distance of 600 km. Eligible feed purchases are those made between June 1, 2021, and March 15, 2022. The Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program offers help for producers with extraordinary costs to transport breeding animals of beef cattle, sheep and goats to alternate locations to feed, up to 1,000 km. This program does not cover moving animals to market or sale. Applications are available at https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/livestock/agrire covery-feed-purchase-transport-assistance.html and

must include receipts for feed purchases and transportation. A video with more information about these initiatives is available at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD7OiKfhYv B8p4bxsvxcT_hxQpCL1Ykea The Herd Management Drought Assistance program will assist livestock producers in offsetting the cost of replacing breeding animals when culling is above normal due to shortages of winter feed. Producers may be eligible to apply for assistance to: •

purchase replacement breeding females

retain replacement females from their existing herd or flock

The replacement is to assist in returning the applicant’s inventory of breeding females to predrought levels. Animals culled under the Herd Management Drought Assistance program are not eligible for assistance under the other two AgriRecovery programs launched on Aug. 31, 2021. The application package will be available on Jan. 10, 2022: access it online at the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development website (www.manitoba.ca/agriculture), in-person at ARD and MASC Service Centres, or by calling 1-844-7696224 to receive a copy in the mail. Further Resources: •

Herd Management Drought Assistance - Frequently Asked Questions

Video - Herd Management Drought Assistance - Determining Payments

Video - Herd Management Drought Assistance - Two-Step Application Process

Factsheet - Herd Management Drought Assistance


Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? The program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing low moisture levels. The program will assist livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 to purchase feed in order to maintain their breeding herds. Producers may be eligible to apply for two types of assistance: 1. Feed assistance - buy and test feed for eligible breeding animals 2. Feed transportation assistance - transport purchased feed from distant locations for eligible breeding animals Who is eligible for the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? Primary producers who owned or leased the eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Breeding animals are mature females exposed to breeding (male or artificial insemination) and males used previously for breeding. The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. How do I apply? Applicants can download the Application Form, Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals, and associated program documents on the website at manitoba.ca/agriculture. Application packages can also be picked up at any of the ARD/MASC Service Centres, or mailed to you by calling us at 1-844-769-6224. The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500. Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance – Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements. When is the deadline to apply to the program? April 15, 2022 is the final day to apply. Can multiple applications be submitted? Yes, you can submit more than one application until program maximums are reached.


1. Feed Assistance What feed assistance can I apply for? The eligible feeds that can be purchased for eligible animals from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 to maintain them over the winter include:  grazed corn and greenfeed  mechanically harvested hay, silage, greenfeed, stover, straw, including those purchased as standing crops or grazed in a swath  grain and concentrates (pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator) When can eligible feeds be purchased? Are claims retro-active to a certain date? Eligible feed purchases can occur from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. Is there assistance for feed testing the eligible feedstuffs? Yes, the program will pay for feed testing to determine the nutritional value of eligible feeds. Can feed be purchased for feeders or non-breeding animals? No, feed for feeders, growing animals or non-breeding aged animals is not eligible under this program. How will livestock feed assistance payments be calculated? The administrator will make payments to the applicant for purchases and testing of Eligible Feed made between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, as follows:  On a per breeding head basis, a producer share will be applied $50 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $10 per head for sheep and goats.  Payments will be equal to 75 per cent of the purchased cost of feed and feed testing that exceeds the producer share to a maximum per head payment. The maximum payment is $250 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $50 per head for sheep and goats. How are the breeding head determined in calculating payments?  Breeding head are based on the number declared on the Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals at the time of first application. The declaration is the number of head being maintained and fed over winter, and does not include animals that have or will be sold prior to March 15, 2022. If applicants reduce their breeding animals below the number declared with their first application, they should contact the Program Administrator and submit a new declaration.

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2. Feed Transportation Assistance What feeds qualify for feed transportation assistance? Feed transportation assistance is provided for the movement of eligible feed types (hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, silage, grain and concentrates) to eligible breeding animals. The eligible concentrates are pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator. What are the eligible dates and distances for feed transportation? Transportation costs for eligible feed purchased and transported between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 kilometres. What are the payments for the feed transportation assistance? Payments will be calculated on the tonnes hauled on a per loaded kilometre basis up to 600 kilometres. For hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, and silage the payment rates are:  $0.16 per tonne kilometre for the first 100 kilometres of a haul  $0.10 per tonne kilometre for the remainder of a haul for up to an additional 500 kilometres. For grains and concentrate, the payment rate is $0.05 per tonne kilometre up to 600 kilometres. Payments for each receipt or invoice provided by the applicant will be the payment rate multiplied by the distance transported multiplied by the number of tonnes transported, or the amount of the receipt, whichever is less. Feed can be hauled further than 600 kilometres; however, the extra distance is not eligible for payment. Can feed be sourced from outside of Manitoba qualify for assistance? Feed can be sourced from outside Manitoba and the shipping will still be eligible based on the program’s rates and distances. Does the feed transportation assistance come out of the feed assistance funding? Feed transportation assistance is in addition to funding available to a producer for feed purchases. It is not subtracted from the $250 per head cap for beef, bison and PMU horses or $50 cap for sheep and goats. Is feed transportation assistance available for animals moved to an alternate feeding location? Feed transportation assistance is not available for animals for which producers have received assistance to move eligible animals to an alternate feeding location under the Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program. Alternate feeding locations should have adequate feed locally available for the animals moved. What feed is not eligible for feed transportation assistance?  Feed for market animals or ineligible animals.  Feed produced on your own operation.  Feed for breeding animals that are sold/culled prior to March 15, 2022.  Feed that is sold or replaces similar feed that is sold.  Feed transported less than 40 kilometres.  Feed transported to an alternate feeding location used to house eligible animals for which the applicant received payments under Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance.

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Herd Management Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Herd Management Drought Assistance program? This program assists livestock producers in offsetting the cost of replacing breeding animals, when culling is above normal because of winter feed shortages. If you are a producer, you may be eligible to apply for assistance to:  purchase replacement breeding females  retain replacement females from their existing herd or flock The replacement animals will help you return your inventory of breeding females to pre-drought levels. Who can apply for the Herd Management Drought Assistance program? You are eligible if you are a primary producer, who owned eligible animals that were located in Manitoba, and you were responsible for their feeding expenses as of Mar. 16, 2021. If you are an elk producer, you must have a Game Farm Production Licence, and only elk that were farmed under that licence are eligible. You must own a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. What animals are eligible? The program provides assistance to replace breeding female beef cattle, bison, sheep, goats and elk that the applicant owned and had located in Manitoba as of Mar. 16, 2021. Breeding females are mature females (cows, ewes, does, bred heifers, bred ewe lambs and bred does) that have previously calved, lambed or been exposed to breeding. Is feed assistance provided for breeding animals that were culled? Feed assistance is not available under this program for breeding animals that were culled. Assistance to purchase feed for breeding animals kept over the winter is available from the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance program. You can receive both herd management and feed assistance for your herds or flocks. However, you cannot be paid twice (herd management and feed assistance) for the same animals. Does it matter when breeding females were culled? The program provides assistance to replace breeding females culled from Mar. 16, 2021 to Mar. 15, 2022. The decline in a producer’s inventory of breeding females over this period is one of the criteria being used to determine the program payments. Which herd inventories need to be declared? The program uses the following dates to assess the impact of drought and recovery on an applicant’s inventory of breeding females:  Mar. 16, 2021  Mar. 16, 2022  Jan. 31, 2023


The difference between the Mar. 16, 2022 (drought impacted) inventory and the Jan. 31, 2023 (recovery) inventory indicates the effect that purchasing and retaining replacement females has on drought recovery. Jan. 31, 2023 inventory

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What are the payment rates for this program? Payments per head for each animal type are listed in the table below. Payments are made for breeding females that are purchased or retained. Animal Type(s) Payment ($) per head Beef Cattle, Bison and Elk $250 Sheep and Goats $50 Payments are based on the increase in the breeding female inventory between Mar. 16, 2022 and Jan. 31, 2023. The payments are calculated as follows: Per Head Payment Rate

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Beef Cattle/Bison/Elk - $250

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Sheep/Goats $50

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Jan. 31, 2023 Inventory Subtract March 16, 2022 Inventory

Is there a payment cap? Payments are capped once inventory is restored to pre-drought levels. No payment will be made for increases in inventory beyond the pre-drought level. Why are payments made after breeding females are replaced? The program is designed to assist producers in restoring their herds after the drought. The program does not pay producers to downsize their herd. Breeding animals that have been culled must be replaced to be eligible. What animals are not included in the breeding female inventory declared for this program? The following animals should not be included in the declared inventories of breeding females:  animals sold before being exposed to breeding for the first time  market livestock intended for slaughter or purposes other than breeding  animals sold after Mar. 15, 2022  animals leased by the applicant  animals not located in Manitoba as of Mar. 16, 2021 (pre-drought) or Jan. 31, 2023 (when recovery complete)


When is an adjustment required for the Mar. 16, 2022 inventory of breeding females? Breeding females that gave birth between Jan. 1, 2022 and Mar. 15, 2022 and were sold in the same time period must be included in the Mar. 16, 2022 inventory declaration for the number of head. These females most likely have not been culled because of drought and are not eligible for assistance. Does the program provide assistance for culling immature replacement females? If immature females intended to breed are culled, a payment will be triggered if it causes the Mar. 16, 2022 inventory of mature and bred females to decline. However, the decision to cull mature females can impact this payment.  For example, if heifers intended to breed in the summer of 2021 are culled, the March 2022 inventory of breeding females may decrease because the herd has fewer bred heifers than normal. However, if the number of cows normally culled is reduced, the lower number of bred heifers may be partially or totally offset. How do I apply for the Herd Management Program? The application package will be available as of Jan. 10, 2022  on the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development website (www.manitoba.ca/agriculture)  in-person at Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development and Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation Service Centres  by calling 1-844-769-6224 to receive a copy in the mail If you are applying, you will need to fully complete and submit your application, as part of a two-step process. This process includes filling out: 1) application form to declare: a. Mar. 16, 2021 inventory of eligible breeding females owned b. Mar. 16, 2022 inventory of eligible breeding females owned 2) claim form to declare : a. Jan. 31, 2023 inventory of eligible breeding females Do we need to send in receipts, invoices or other records with our applications or claims? No, you do not have to submit invoices, receipts or proof of payment with your application or claim forms. However, you are expected to keep these documents for all breeding animals you have sold or purchased. You may be asked to submit them as part of a review or audit of your application or claim. In a limited number of cases, an on-farm visit or pregnancy check may also be requested to verify declarations. What is the earliest date the application and claim form can be submitted? Applications can be submitted starting in Jan. 2022 when they are available, if you know the number of breeding females you will own as of Mar. 16, 2022. Similarly, you can submit claim forms starting in December 2022, if you know the number of breeding females you will own as of Jan. 31, 2023


What are the program timelines and deadlines? 

Jan. 10, 2022 - Applications will be available.

April 15, 2022, 11:59 p.m. – This is the deadline for applications declaring Mar. 16, 2021 and Mar. 16, 2022 inventories.

December 1, 2022 – Claim forms will be available.

Feb. 17, 2023, 11:59 p.m. – This is the deadline for claim forms declaring the Jan. 31, 2023 inventory.

For more information, contact: Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development AgriRecovery Drought Assistance 903-401 York Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3C 0P8 Toll-free: 1-844-769-6224 Email: ARD@gov.mb.ca


Manitoba Beef Producers 2021 DroughtRelated Industry Survey reservoirs, restoring existing water sources, or hauling water. Producers are also asked to indicate their intentions with respect to herd sizes going forward, such as projected culling rates. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation is sincerely appreciated.

In support of Manitoba Beef Producers’ drought-related advocacy efforts with the federal and provincial governments, MBP is conducting a confidential producer survey to gather further data on the impact the drought is having on the province’s beef sector. For example, producers are being asked to identify their estimated percentage of feed/forage production compared to last year. Producers are asked to indicate if they are incurring additional fencing costs in order to access alternate sources of feed for grazing. There are questions related to the drought’s impact on water resources. This includes investments producers are having to make in this area, such as digging new wells or

Note: All data and comments collected will be aggregated before being used for MBP’s advocacy activities. No operation-specific identifying information will be shared with governments. Thank you in advance for your consideration in completing the survey which can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ YX52PFG MBP is continuing to engage with government officials about the severity of the drought, its effects on producers and the need for a timely, multi-pronged approach to help the beef industry deal with the immediate and longerterm implications of the drought.


CALLING ALL BEEF PRODUCERS! Contribute to the update of the National Beef Sustainability Assessment The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is in the process of updating the National Beef Sustainability Assessment (NBSA), expected for release in 2023. The NBSA provides farm to fork national sustainability performance metrics for the Canadian beef sector, from environmental, social and economic perspectives. The metrics from our first Assessment, released in 2016, are widely used to demonstrate Canada’s global sustainability leadership, and have been critically important to the beef industry’s communication efforts with respect to sustainable beef production over the past five years. The accompanying Sustainability Strategy highlighted key areas for continuous improvement, which has also helped inform the industry’s 2030 goals. The CRSB is looking for a minimum of 500 beef producers to participate in an online survey. This survey provides critical inputs to inform many of the NBSA performance metrics. • •

The first 200 producers that complete the survey will receive a $20 gift card. ALL completed surveys will be entered for a grand prize (Tag reader, valued at $1100), as well as seven regional prize packs (e.g., gift sets, experiences, gift cards, swag, etc.), which will be awarded through a random draw following the close of the survey period in January 2022.

We would like to thank the following CRSB members who have generously contributed these grand prizes.

Please complete a 30-45 minute survey by January 7th 2022. ENGLISH: http://survey.groupeageco.ca/s3/NBSA-ENG FRENCH: http://survey.groupeageco.ca/s3/NBSA-FR We appreciate all who participate in this process and contribute to the success of the NBSA update! If you have any questions, please contact us at projects@crsb.ca/.


E-Newsletter dsfsfa An update from MBP December 17, 2021

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Additional Funding Announced For Hay West 2021 Initiative

Through Hay West 2021, the CFA is connecting Eastern farmers with Western and northern Ontario farmers in need of feed. The Government of Canada and corporate sponsors are helping to offset the freight costs to transport hay between those farmers. In September, the government approved $1 million, which has helped transport approximately 150 shipments (5.6 million pounds) of hay to feed 16,750 cattle. Over the coming months, up to $3 million in additional funding will continue to support the movement of hay across the country.

Mary Robinson, President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, along with Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announce support to help farmers that have been devastated by the drought. (PC: CFA)

(December 15, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and AgriFood Canada News Release) This year, Canada’s farmers

have been hit hard by extreme weather, including the drought across western Canada and in northern Ontario, and the flooding and landslides that struck British Columbia. Despite these challenges, many stepped up in solidarity to help their fellow farmers and ranchers from across the country. During an event with President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) Mary Robinson, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced an investment of up to $4 million towards the CFA’s Hay West 2021 initiative.

Hay West is a beacon of solidarity during a year that has been marked by extreme weather events affecting the lives of Canadian farmers, who are on the front lines of climate change. In response to this year’s historic drought – the worst in more than 60 years – the Government of Canada and the governments of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario came together to make available up to $825 million in cost-shared AgriRecovery disaster relief funding. This funding has already helped thousands of livestock producers, particularly cattle producers, cover the extraordinary costs they faced this year, including to obtain livestock feed, transportation and water. The federal and provincial governments also made changes to adjust the farmer income supports under the AgriStability program and, in the Prairies, to adjust the AgriInsurance program so that drought-damaged crops could be used for feed. continued on page 5


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COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

To have the fullest protection possible against COVID-19 going into the holiday season, Manitobans are encouraged to get their second and third dose as quickly as possible. While COVID-19 vaccine appointments continue to be available at regional or provincial vaccine clinics, for many people the fastest way to be immunized is at a nearby medical clinic, pharmacy or urban Indigenous clinic. Please check the online vaccine finder or with a medical clinic or pharmacy near you that provides the COVID-19 vaccine to find the next available opportunity to be immunized. The timeline between second and third dose is being shortened for some individuals. Anyone aged 60 or older or those aged 18 or older who live in a First Nations community who received their second dose on or before July 10 are now strongly encouraged to receive their third dose. A six month timeframe between second and third doses continues to be recommended for most other eligible Manitobans. More information is available at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibili ty-criteria.html#third. Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to include anyone

aged five or older. Second dose appointments can be made for children ages five to 11. The interval between first and second doses must be a minimum of eight weeks, or a minimum of 21 days for children living in First Nations communities. Many Manitoba vaccine sites, as well as pharmacies and clinics, are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccination for COVID and seasonal flu. Eligible individuals can book their appointments online, by calling (toll-free) 1844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC), or by contacting their local pharmacy or medical clinic directly. Visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/fi nder/html for some of the available options. More resources about •

Vaccine campaign in Manitoba: www.manitoba.ca/vaccine a nd https://protectmb.ca.

Possible exposure locations by region: www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updat es/flights.html#event

Data related to COVID-19, variants of concern, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data: https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/.

Up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba: www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.


Province Issues 2021 Fall Conditions Report Hydrologic Conditions of Manitoba Basins at Time of Freeze-up: Schuler below normal levels for this time of the year but within their operating ranges. Lake Manitoba is below its operating range and near record-low levels for this time of year.

(December 16, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic

Forecast Centre has released the 2021 Fall Conditions Report that indicates soil moisture levels at the time of freeze-up are below normal in most Manitoba basins, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced. “The fall conditions report informs us of the hydrologic conditions of Manitoba basins at the time of freeze-up,” said Schuler. “Hydrologic and weather conditions in the winter and spring are the main influences that affect the risk and extent of low or high water events.” Most river basins in the province received belownormal precipitation between May and October and above-normal temperatures in the summer and fall months with some improvement in precipitation in November. Because of this, soil moisture at the time of freeze-up for most Manitoba basins is generally near normal to below normal. Most major lakes in Manitoba with the exception of Lake Manitoba are at below normal to well-

The long-term weather outlooks from Environment and Climate Change Canada and the U.S. National Weather Service Climate Prediction Centre indicate the development of La Nina weather conditions globally. La Nina weather conditions generally favour normal to below-normal precipitation for most Manitoba basins with a slight chance of above-normal precipitation in northern Manitoba. The Hydrologic Forecast Centre will continue monitoring Manitoba basin conditions throughout the winter and spring, and share and exchange relevant information with nearby jurisdictions so that Manitoba is well prepared for the spring runoff season in 2022. Spring run-off is still strongly dependent on future weather conditions, including the amount of winter and spring precipitation, as well as snowmelt conditions. Manitobans can be assured watershed conditions will be monitored closely along with basin condition updates and spring flood outlooks through the winter, noted Schuler. To read the 2021 Fall Conditions Report, visit www.gov.mb.ca/mit/floodinfo/pdf/2021/2021 _fall_conditions_report.pdf.


Hay West – continued from page 1 The solidarity of Canadian agriculture can also be seen in British Columbia, where 30 farms are still under evacuation orders and thousands more have been devastated by the effects of flooding and landslides, which have submerged crops and affected the welfare of livestock. Farmers and their communities, with the help of emergency forces, have succeeded in saving thousands of animals and helping many farmers with their urgent needs. Both the federal and provincial governments are currently fast tracking a joint assessment through the AgriRecovery framework to provide support to producers through a disaster relief package. The Government of Canada is committed to the long-term sustainability of the agriculture sector, and building its resilience to extreme weather events. In the past year it has announced over $550 million in new programming, including the Agricultural Climate Solutions and Agricultural Clean Technology programs, to help farmers and agri-food businesses implement sustainable practices and technologies that help to mitigate climate change. Quotes “The past year for our producers has been marked by numerous challenges related to climate change. They have demonstrated great strength of character, the willingness to rebuild, extraordinary resilience and also exceptional solidarity. They were able to rely on each other, and on our government, no matter where they were in the country, making it easier for everyone to bounce back. By investing in Hay West, our government is bolstering the solidarity that unites our agricultural producers.” - The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“CFA is appreciative of AAFC's contribution of up to $4 million to Hay West 2021. This funding will help offset transportation costs to move hay from eastern Canadian farms to western Canadian farms, helping a portion of western farmers and ranchers who have experienced a catastrophic drought. Without hay, a vital part of a cow’s diet, these ranchers and farmers face the difficult decision to prematurely cull herds. The impact of the 2021 drought has been devastating and the need for hay and funding for this program will continue until pastures are available in mid 2022. CFA will continue to seek additional funding from both the government and corporate donors to help move as much hay as possible, and to save as many animals as possible over the coming months.” - Mary Robinson, President, Canadian Federation of Agriculture Quick facts •

The funding is provided through the Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program (CASPP), a $50.3 million, five-year investment to help the agricultural sector adapt and remain competitive.

Hay West 2021 revitalizes similar initiatives undertaken in 2002 (Hay West) and 2012 (Hay East).

The Hay West 2021 initiative uses an electronic virtual exchange service to facilitate buying and selling transactions and minimize these time consuming activities for producers. It is operating on a break-even basis, with hay being purchased from Eastern Canadian farmers and resold at cost to Western Canadian recipients.

CFA established the program as a relief measure for Western Canadian producers. It will also help protect the future herd in Western Canada by providing as much hay as possible to breeding stock impacted by persistent drought in the region. This investment is helping provide relief to livestock producers in affected provinces.


CFA Pleased to Announce $3 million of Funding for Hay West from Canadian Government, But More Funding is Needed for Coming Months

(December 15, 2021 Canadian Federation of Agriculture News Release) Today, the Canadian

Federation of Agriculture (CFA) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) held a press conference to announce $3 million of funding for the Hay West 2021 initiative. This brings the government's total contribution to the program to $4 million. The Hay West initiative helps farmers in the West who are currently suffering from a hay shortage due to the devastating 2021 drought. Farmers from the Maritimes, as well as Ontario and Quebec, have graciously committed and/or donated hay to be sent out west to help feed livestock. All proceeds from donations go directly to paying the transportation costs for moving hay across Canada and the logistical support needed to do so. CFA has sent over 5.5 million pounds of hay out West, but the demand is great and more funding is needed to send as much hay as possible over the coming months. “The Hay West program has been a heartwarming response to a devastating situation. We have seen farmers come together to help their colleagues across the country, and this funding from AAFC will facilitate the delivery of hay to farmers and ranchers who otherwise would have no feed to maintain valuable breeding stock. Breeding stock takes decades to build up and the more animals we can help maintain the more we minimize the long-term damage to our beef sector,” said CFA President Mary Robinson.

“We appreciate today's announcement, this funding is a clear signal from the government that it supports this important initiative. Hay West 2021 will not fill the need for hay in its entirety, but the hay we are able to send will help mitigate the fallout and long-term damage. So far, we have helped feed approximately 17,000 cattle. These funds will help avert disaster for a few months, but the need for more hay will continue into late Spring in order to keep western herds viable and to avoid further culling of valuable breeding stock,” “We know valuable breeding stock are now being culled due to both a lack of hay in the immediate, as well as ‘supply uncertainty’ through to Spring. We also know that those eastern farmers who baled and stockpiled extra hay to ship to western Canadian farms will have to consider selling it elsewhere, potentially to the US, because we cannot give them a firm commitment that we will be able to move it for them. Today's announcement will certainly help alleviate much of the immediate uncertainty and some of the stress that these farmers are facing,” “With these funds, we can feed more, but we will be seeking ongoing funding from the government and corporate donors to continue this program over the coming months to help as many animals and producers as possible. Every shipment is saving animals and saving farm families' livelihoods. The more certainty and predictability we can give farmers on both ends of these shipments, the better they will be able to prepare and help minimize the long-term impacts of this feed shortage on our Canadian Beef Sector. The more funding we secure, the continued on page 7


CFA Pleased to Announce $3 million of Funding for Hay West from Canadian Government, But More Funding is Needed for Coming Months more breeding stock we can help maintain and the faster recovery will be.” As of this announcement, the government has provided $4 million to the Hay West program. CFA has also received other donations from Farm Credit Canada ($50,000), the Ontario Federation of Agriculture ($50,000), the government of Prince Edward Island and CN Rail ($125,000 with an offer to match other donations up to an additional $125,000, for a total commitment of $250,000). CFA would like to note the matching donation from CN Rail above, meaning that any new donations to the program will effectively double their impact. If you are a corporate or private donor looking to make a contribution to Hay West 2021, please contact Laurie Karson at Laurie@canadian-farmers.ca

Watch the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Hay West video by clicking on the graphic above.


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NEWS RELEASE Loblaw Expands Commitment to Sustainable Beef Sourcing Company tripling initial purchase to three million pounds by 2023

December 16, 2021 – The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) is pleased to announce that Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L; “Loblaw”) is expanding its commitment to beef sustainability in Canada with a purchase of three million additional pounds of beef sourced from CRSB Certified Sustainable farms and ranches by 2023, tripling its initial purchase of one million pounds in 2020. With this latest commitment, Loblaw is reaffirming not only the importance of sustainably-raised food options for its customers, but also its unwavering support of the Canadian farmers and ranchers dedicated to sustainable practices on the ground. The beef will be purchased from CRSB Certified farms in partnership with the Ontario Corn Fed beef program, according to standards set by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. “Today’s announcement reaffirms our long-term commitment to help advance sustainability in the beef supply chain in Canada,” said Simon Romano, Vice President of Fresh Procurement, Meat, Seafood and Deli for Loblaw Companies Ltd. “As both a retailer and a founding member of CRSB, our hope is that more beef producers will embrace certification of their on-farm practices that meet CRSB standards for sustainability.” Loblaw is working with its supply chain partners toward a system where at least 30% of the beef it sources will be CRSB Certified and will be incorporated into Loblaw’s overall beef purchases for its Ontario Corn Fed Beef brand, sold in Ontario stores. Sourcing even a portion of beef from farmers and ranchers that have had their sustainable practices independently audited against standards provides consumer assurances about how their food is raised, supports ongoing improvements, and signals the importance of Canada’s agricultural system for climate change mitigation and its role in a sustainable food system. “CRSB appreciates the ongoing support from a large grocery retailer like Loblaw, committed to working collaboratively with the beef industry in support of our sustainable practices, and sharing that story with Canadian consumers,” says Anne Wasko, Chair of the CRSB and rancher from Eastend SK. “This robust commitment will show our community of beef producers that Loblaw values their dedication, and is serious about working with them to make real progress.” Canada is a global leader in sustainable beef production, but there are always improvements that can be made. The Canadian beef industry has committed to a suite of robust 2030 improvement goals, including a 33% reduction in greenhouse gases, a 50% reduction in post-harvest food loss and waste, and preserving the 35 million acres of grasslands remaining in Canada, to name just a few. These goals will be achieved if we all work together. Learn more at beefstrategy.com. Learn more about CRSB sustainability certification and meet some of their certified ranchers at crsbcertified.ca. For more information about Loblaw’s sustainability efforts visit loblaw.ca/responsibility. - 30 1


ABOUT THE CRSB The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) advances Canadian beef industry sustainability through multi-stakeholder engagement, collaboration, communication and science. The CRSB drives recognition and continuous progress in Canadian beef through sustainability performance measurement, a voluntary 3rd party sustainability certification program, and projects and initiatives aligned with strategic goals. The CRSB’s Certified Sustainable Beef Framework, known as CRSB Certified, recognizes sustainable practices in beef production and processing, enables sustainable sourcing, and delivers 3rd party certified science-based assurances about sustainable beef production in Canada. Learn more at crsb.ca. ABOUT LOBLAW COMPANIES LIMITED Loblaw Companies Limited is the nation's largest retailer, providing Canadians with grocery, pharmacy, health and beauty, apparel, general merchandise, financial services, and wireless mobile products and services. Loblaw's purpose – Live Life Well® – promotes the needs and wellbeing of Canadians, who make one billion transactions annually in the company's stores. With more than 2,400 corporate, franchised and associate-owned locations, Loblaw, its franchisees, and associate-owners employ almost 200,000 full- and part-time employees, making it one of Canada's largest private sector employers. For more information, contact: Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) info@crsb.ca Loblaw Public Relations pr@loblaw.ca

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Reminder: Applications Being Accepted for Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program The intake for the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program is open. Funded by the federal and provincial governments it will provide targeted financial assistance to Agricultural Crown Land forage leaseholders to adopt best management practices to sustainably increase the productivity on their Agricultural Crown Land forage leases. Eligible recipients must have an active Agricultural Crown Land lease that is in good standing and must complete an Environmental Farm Plan. Improvements must be completed within the one-year pilot project. Farmers can submit applications until 11:59 pm on December 31, 2021. Eligible projects must be related to forage management techniques that improve productivity and sustainability, including: 1. Planning: Input from a knowledgeable professional to create a grazing management plan that takes into account forage rest and recovery, stocking rates, paddock rotation and placement of water infrastucture. 2. Infrastructure: Targeted placement of key infrastructure components such as

cross-fencing and watering systems can enable enhanced livestock management strategies. 3. Rejuventation: Timely renovation of forage stands and management of encroaching brush can improve forage productivity and animal performance. Refer to the Ag Action Manitoba Program - Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Guidebook for more detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other requirements. There is a cost share ratio of 75 per cent government, 25 per cent applicant. The total maximum amount payable to one farm operation under Assurance: ACLFP is $30,000. This does not impact the existing program cap for Assurance: Beneficial Management Practices. For more information on this pilot program, and other Ag Action Manitoba- Assurance Beneficial Management Practices programming, see https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/canadi an-agricultural-partnership/ag-action-manitobaprogram/aclfp.html


Frequently Asked Questions Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program

Q1. What is the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program?

A: The ACLFP is a pilot program that provides Agricultural Crown Land (ACL) lessees with 75% cost-shared programming of up to $30,000 per farm operation to develop a grazing management plan, add infrastructure (cross-fencing, wells, dugouts) and rejuvenate forage lands (perennial forage seed, seeding and brush management) in order to improve pasture productivity. Project must occur between April and December of 2022. Program details can be accessed here: http://webpublishing.mbgov.ca/en/agriculture/canadian-agriculturalpartnership/Documents/guidebook/ag-action-mb-program-guide-for-aclfp.pdf

Q2. Who is eligible to apply? A: ACL lease holders in good standing can apply. A farm business or operation with multiple shareholders or partners, operation names or units, will count as one eligible applicant. Each farm operation can submit one application that includes all applicable activities (planning, infrastructure and/or rejuvenation). However, Municipal lands under ACL lease are not eligible for this program.

Q3. When is the deadline to apply?

A: Applications must be received no later than December 31, 2021. They will be assessed by technical reviewers based on the environmental benefit assessment index, program priorities and project planning.

Q4. Do I need support from ACL to submit an application for a project? A: Yes. You will need a Letter of Support for the proposed project from your local Farm Production Extension Specialist (FPES) – Crown Lands (see contact info in Q14, below) and the Letter of Support must be submitted along with your application. While your FPES-Crown Lands must ensure that your proposed project is suitable for your ACL lease, they are not responsible for ACLFP funding approval.

Q5. What do I need to include with my application?

A: Be sure to answer all questions in the application form itself: explain the proposed project in detail, current practices, and the benefit of the new practice; answer all BMP Specific Questions (as listed in the guidebook), and complete the budget table in full. Along with your application, you will need to include: - a written Letter of Support from your local FPES – Crown Lands for your proposed project (see Q3 above). - an aerial map of the forage land with the location of the existing and proposed water sources identified as well as any fencing (existing and new), and land to be rejuvenated. - an official quote for contracted items (if applicable).


Q6. When can I start my project?

A: Projects must occur between April 1, 2022 and December 30, 2022 in order to be eligible for ACLFP funding. Project deadlines will be specified in the approval letter, should your application be approved. If work is started on a project before formal written approval of program funding is received, the applicant does so at their own risk.

Q7. When do I need to complete my project?

A: The project must be completed and claims submitted by the date indicated in your decision letter (all claims must be submitted no later than December 30, 2022).

Q8. Do I need any permits?

A: Applicants must meet all regulatory requirements. This may include: • approvals from the Crown: ACL Work Permit – see Q9 below. • a Water Rights License is required for all livestock operations extracting more than 25,000 litres (25 m3 or 5,499 Imperial gallons) per day. If developing a new water source, a permit must be obtained in advance of work beginning. • any other standards or approvals as required by law.

Q9. How do I get a Work Permit from ACL to implement a project on my ACL lease? A: An ACL Work Permit is required prior to conducting work on ACL leases. - If your ACLFP project application is approved, an ACL Work Permit will be issued to you from your FPESCrown Land along with the approval letter. - If you plan to initiate your project in advance of receiving ACLFP approval, you will need to secure an ACL Work Permit from an FPES – Crown Lands prior to beginning work.

Q10. Do I need a valid Environmental Farm Plan Statement of Completion?

A: You can submit an application without a valid Statement of Completion, however, if your project is approved, you will be required to provide proof of a valid EFP when you submit your project claim for reimbursement. Environmental Farm Plan workshop dates and locations will be listed online.

Q11. Does my dugout or well need to have a specific capacity?

A: The ACLFP pilot program does not have guidelines for dugout capacity, but you should discuss your plans with your FPES – Crown Lands.

Q12. Can I pump / pipe / haul water from an existing water source into a dugout that has gone dry?

A: Piping or hauling water from any water source (well, dugout or wetland) into a dugout that has run dry is not eligible.

Q13. How deep does a pipeline need to be?

A: Summer pasture pipelines permanently installed underground, and which can be properly winterized before freezing are eligible (ex: installed with a pasture pipeline plow). Above-ground pipelines are ineligible. Projects must be for permanent solutions only.


Q14. If I have more questions, who can I contact?

A: If the question is about project implementation on an ACL lease, please contact: FPES – Crown Lands Greg Logan Luanne Berjian Neil Overby Tyson Gillis

Location Beausejour Minnedosa Dauphin Dauphin

Districts 20, 50, 52 30, 31 42,51 43, 44

E-mail Greg.Logan@gov.mb.ca Luanne.Berjian@gov.mb.ca Neil.Overby@gov.mb.ca Tyson.Gillis@gov.mb.ca

A: If the question is about specific eligibility criteria or the application process, please contact: • Andrea Bertholet (Andrea.Bertholet@gov.mb.ca) or • Colleen Wilson (Colleen.Wilson2@gov.mb.ca).


Reminder: Producers Can Apply For Drought Assistance Via Three Programs Through AgriRecovery Manitoba beef producers affected by the drought conditions are reminded that they may be able to receive assistance via two programs under the AgriRecovery framework aimed at helping with the extraordinary costs incurred for feed and transportation. Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance program will help producers purchase and test feed for livestock to maintain their breeding herds including transporting purchased feed from distant locations. The Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program will offer assistance to help offset freight expenses associated with moving livestock to alternative feed supply areas. Eligible animals under the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance program are breeding animals of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for pregnant mare urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Producers must be supporting a minimum of 10 animals to qualify for assistance and the program covers feed and feed transportation expenses between June 1, 2021, and March 15, 2022. Feed must have been delivered from a supplier at least 40 kilometres away and assistance is available for hauling feed for up to a maximum oneway distance of 600 km. Eligible feed purchases are those made between June 1, 2021, and March 15, 2022. The Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program offers help for producers with extraordinary costs to transport breeding animals of beef cattle, sheep and goats to alternate locations to feed, up to 1,000 km. This program does not cover moving animals to market or sale. Applications are available at https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/livestock/agrire covery-feed-purchase-transport-assistance.html and

must include receipts for feed purchases and transportation. A video with more information about these initiatives is available at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD7OiKfhYv B8p4bxsvxcT_hxQpCL1Ykea The Herd Management Drought Assistance program will assist livestock producers in offsetting the cost of replacing breeding animals when culling is above normal due to shortages of winter feed. Producers may be eligible to apply for assistance to: •

purchase replacement breeding females

retain replacement females from their existing herd or flock

The replacement is to assist in returning the applicant’s inventory of breeding females to predrought levels. Animals culled under the Herd Management Drought Assistance program are not eligible for assistance under the other two AgriRecovery programs launched on Aug. 31, 2021. The application package will be available on Jan. 10, 2022: access it online at the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development website (www.manitoba.ca/agriculture), in-person at ARD and MASC Service Centres, or by calling 1-844-7696224 to receive a copy in the mail. Further Resources: •

Herd Management Drought Assistance - Frequently Asked Questions

Video - Herd Management Drought Assistance - Determining Payments

Video - Herd Management Drought Assistance - Two-Step Application Process

Factsheet - Herd Management Drought Assistance


Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? The program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing low moisture levels. The program will assist livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 to purchase feed in order to maintain their breeding herds. Producers may be eligible to apply for two types of assistance: 1. Feed assistance - buy and test feed for eligible breeding animals 2. Feed transportation assistance - transport purchased feed from distant locations for eligible breeding animals Who is eligible for the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? Primary producers who owned or leased the eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Breeding animals are mature females exposed to breeding (male or artificial insemination) and males used previously for breeding. The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. How do I apply? Applicants can download the Application Form, Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals, and associated program documents on the website at manitoba.ca/agriculture. Application packages can also be picked up at any of the ARD/MASC Service Centres, or mailed to you by calling us at 1-844-769-6224. The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500. Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance – Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements. When is the deadline to apply to the program? April 15, 2022 is the final day to apply. Can multiple applications be submitted? Yes, you can submit more than one application until program maximums are reached.


1. Feed Assistance What feed assistance can I apply for? The eligible feeds that can be purchased for eligible animals from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 to maintain them over the winter include:  grazed corn and greenfeed  mechanically harvested hay, silage, greenfeed, stover, straw, including those purchased as standing crops or grazed in a swath  grain and concentrates (pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator) When can eligible feeds be purchased? Are claims retro-active to a certain date? Eligible feed purchases can occur from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. Is there assistance for feed testing the eligible feedstuffs? Yes, the program will pay for feed testing to determine the nutritional value of eligible feeds. Can feed be purchased for feeders or non-breeding animals? No, feed for feeders, growing animals or non-breeding aged animals is not eligible under this program. How will livestock feed assistance payments be calculated? The administrator will make payments to the applicant for purchases and testing of Eligible Feed made between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, as follows:  On a per breeding head basis, a producer share will be applied $50 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $10 per head for sheep and goats.  Payments will be equal to 75 per cent of the purchased cost of feed and feed testing that exceeds the producer share to a maximum per head payment. The maximum payment is $250 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $50 per head for sheep and goats. How are the breeding head determined in calculating payments?  Breeding head are based on the number declared on the Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals at the time of first application. The declaration is the number of head being maintained and fed over winter, and does not include animals that have or will be sold prior to March 15, 2022. If applicants reduce their breeding animals below the number declared with their first application, they should contact the Program Administrator and submit a new declaration.

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2. Feed Transportation Assistance What feeds qualify for feed transportation assistance? Feed transportation assistance is provided for the movement of eligible feed types (hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, silage, grain and concentrates) to eligible breeding animals. The eligible concentrates are pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator. What are the eligible dates and distances for feed transportation? Transportation costs for eligible feed purchased and transported between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 kilometres. What are the payments for the feed transportation assistance? Payments will be calculated on the tonnes hauled on a per loaded kilometre basis up to 600 kilometres. For hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, and silage the payment rates are:  $0.16 per tonne kilometre for the first 100 kilometres of a haul  $0.10 per tonne kilometre for the remainder of a haul for up to an additional 500 kilometres. For grains and concentrate, the payment rate is $0.05 per tonne kilometre up to 600 kilometres. Payments for each receipt or invoice provided by the applicant will be the payment rate multiplied by the distance transported multiplied by the number of tonnes transported, or the amount of the receipt, whichever is less. Feed can be hauled further than 600 kilometres; however, the extra distance is not eligible for payment. Can feed be sourced from outside of Manitoba qualify for assistance? Feed can be sourced from outside Manitoba and the shipping will still be eligible based on the program’s rates and distances. Does the feed transportation assistance come out of the feed assistance funding? Feed transportation assistance is in addition to funding available to a producer for feed purchases. It is not subtracted from the $250 per head cap for beef, bison and PMU horses or $50 cap for sheep and goats. Is feed transportation assistance available for animals moved to an alternate feeding location? Feed transportation assistance is not available for animals for which producers have received assistance to move eligible animals to an alternate feeding location under the Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program. Alternate feeding locations should have adequate feed locally available for the animals moved. What feed is not eligible for feed transportation assistance?  Feed for market animals or ineligible animals.  Feed produced on your own operation.  Feed for breeding animals that are sold/culled prior to March 15, 2022.  Feed that is sold or replaces similar feed that is sold.  Feed transported less than 40 kilometres.  Feed transported to an alternate feeding location used to house eligible animals for which the applicant received payments under Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance.

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Herd Management Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Herd Management Drought Assistance program? This program assists livestock producers in offsetting the cost of replacing breeding animals, when culling is above normal because of winter feed shortages. If you are a producer, you may be eligible to apply for assistance to:  purchase replacement breeding females  retain replacement females from their existing herd or flock The replacement animals will help you return your inventory of breeding females to pre-drought levels. Who can apply for the Herd Management Drought Assistance program? You are eligible if you are a primary producer, who owned eligible animals that were located in Manitoba, and you were responsible for their feeding expenses as of Mar. 16, 2021. If you are an elk producer, you must have a Game Farm Production Licence, and only elk that were farmed under that licence are eligible. You must own a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. What animals are eligible? The program provides assistance to replace breeding female beef cattle, bison, sheep, goats and elk that the applicant owned and had located in Manitoba as of Mar. 16, 2021. Breeding females are mature females (cows, ewes, does, bred heifers, bred ewe lambs and bred does) that have previously calved, lambed or been exposed to breeding. Is feed assistance provided for breeding animals that were culled? Feed assistance is not available under this program for breeding animals that were culled. Assistance to purchase feed for breeding animals kept over the winter is available from the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance program. You can receive both herd management and feed assistance for your herds or flocks. However, you cannot be paid twice (herd management and feed assistance) for the same animals. Does it matter when breeding females were culled? The program provides assistance to replace breeding females culled from Mar. 16, 2021 to Mar. 15, 2022. The decline in a producer’s inventory of breeding females over this period is one of the criteria being used to determine the program payments. Which herd inventories need to be declared? The program uses the following dates to assess the impact of drought and recovery on an applicant’s inventory of breeding females:  Mar. 16, 2021  Mar. 16, 2022  Jan. 31, 2023


The difference between the Mar. 16, 2022 (drought impacted) inventory and the Jan. 31, 2023 (recovery) inventory indicates the effect that purchasing and retaining replacement females has on drought recovery. Jan. 31, 2023 inventory

March 16, 2022 inventory

Increase in inventory due to purchasing

(recovery inventory)

(drought impacted)

and retaining replacements

What are the payment rates for this program? Payments per head for each animal type are listed in the table below. Payments are made for breeding females that are purchased or retained. Animal Type(s) Payment ($) per head Beef Cattle, Bison and Elk $250 Sheep and Goats $50 Payments are based on the increase in the breeding female inventory between Mar. 16, 2022 and Jan. 31, 2023. The payments are calculated as follows: Per Head Payment Rate

Increase in inventory due to

Beef Cattle/Bison/Elk - $250

purchasing and retaining

Sheep/Goats $50

replacements

Herd Management Program Payment

Jan. 31, 2023 Inventory Subtract March 16, 2022 Inventory

Is there a payment cap? Payments are capped once inventory is restored to pre-drought levels. No payment will be made for increases in inventory beyond the pre-drought level. Why are payments made after breeding females are replaced? The program is designed to assist producers in restoring their herds after the drought. The program does not pay producers to downsize their herd. Breeding animals that have been culled must be replaced to be eligible. What animals are not included in the breeding female inventory declared for this program? The following animals should not be included in the declared inventories of breeding females:  animals sold before being exposed to breeding for the first time  market livestock intended for slaughter or purposes other than breeding  animals sold after Mar. 15, 2022  animals leased by the applicant  animals not located in Manitoba as of Mar. 16, 2021 (pre-drought) or Jan. 31, 2023 (when recovery complete)


When is an adjustment required for the Mar. 16, 2022 inventory of breeding females? Breeding females that gave birth between Jan. 1, 2022 and Mar. 15, 2022 and were sold in the same time period must be included in the Mar. 16, 2022 inventory declaration for the number of head. These females most likely have not been culled because of drought and are not eligible for assistance. Does the program provide assistance for culling immature replacement females? If immature females intended to breed are culled, a payment will be triggered if it causes the Mar. 16, 2022 inventory of mature and bred females to decline. However, the decision to cull mature females can impact this payment.  For example, if heifers intended to breed in the summer of 2021 are culled, the March 2022 inventory of breeding females may decrease because the herd has fewer bred heifers than normal. However, if the number of cows normally culled is reduced, the lower number of bred heifers may be partially or totally offset. How do I apply for the Herd Management Program? The application package will be available as of Jan. 10, 2022  on the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development website (www.manitoba.ca/agriculture)  in-person at Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development and Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation Service Centres  by calling 1-844-769-6224 to receive a copy in the mail If you are applying, you will need to fully complete and submit your application, as part of a two-step process. This process includes filling out: 1) application form to declare: a. Mar. 16, 2021 inventory of eligible breeding females owned b. Mar. 16, 2022 inventory of eligible breeding females owned 2) claim form to declare : a. Jan. 31, 2023 inventory of eligible breeding females Do we need to send in receipts, invoices or other records with our applications or claims? No, you do not have to submit invoices, receipts or proof of payment with your application or claim forms. However, you are expected to keep these documents for all breeding animals you have sold or purchased. You may be asked to submit them as part of a review or audit of your application or claim. In a limited number of cases, an on-farm visit or pregnancy check may also be requested to verify declarations. What is the earliest date the application and claim form can be submitted? Applications can be submitted starting in Jan. 2022 when they are available, if you know the number of breeding females you will own as of Mar. 16, 2022. Similarly, you can submit claim forms starting in December 2022, if you know the number of breeding females you will own as of Jan. 31, 2023


What are the program timelines and deadlines? 

Jan. 10, 2022 - Applications will be available.

April 15, 2022, 11:59 p.m. – This is the deadline for applications declaring Mar. 16, 2021 and Mar. 16, 2022 inventories.

December 1, 2022 – Claim forms will be available.

Feb. 17, 2023, 11:59 p.m. – This is the deadline for claim forms declaring the Jan. 31, 2023 inventory.

For more information, contact: Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development AgriRecovery Drought Assistance 903-401 York Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3C 0P8 Toll-free: 1-844-769-6224 Email: ARD@gov.mb.ca


Manitoba Beef Producers 2021 DroughtRelated Industry Survey reservoirs, restoring existing water sources, or hauling water. Producers are also asked to indicate their intentions with respect to herd sizes going forward, such as projected culling rates. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation is sincerely appreciated.

In support of Manitoba Beef Producers’ drought-related advocacy efforts with the federal and provincial governments, MBP is conducting a confidential producer survey to gather further data on the impact the drought is having on the province’s beef sector. For example, producers are being asked to identify their estimated percentage of feed/forage production compared to last year. Producers are asked to indicate if they are incurring additional fencing costs in order to access alternate sources of feed for grazing. There are questions related to the drought’s impact on water resources. This includes investments producers are having to make in this area, such as digging new wells or

Note: All data and comments collected will be aggregated before being used for MBP’s advocacy activities. No operation-specific identifying information will be shared with governments. Thank you in advance for your consideration in completing the survey which can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ YX52PFG MBP is continuing to engage with government officials about the severity of the drought, its effects on producers and the need for a timely, multi-pronged approach to help the beef industry deal with the immediate and longerterm implications of the drought.


CALLING ALL BEEF PRODUCERS! Contribute to the update of the National Beef Sustainability Assessment The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is in the process of updating the National Beef Sustainability Assessment (NBSA), expected for release in 2023. The NBSA provides farm to fork national sustainability performance metrics for the Canadian beef sector, from environmental, social and economic perspectives. The metrics from our first Assessment, released in 2016, are widely used to demonstrate Canada’s global sustainability leadership, and have been critically important to the beef industry’s communication efforts with respect to sustainable beef production over the past five years. The accompanying Sustainability Strategy highlighted key areas for continuous improvement, which has also helped inform the industry’s 2030 goals. The CRSB is looking for a minimum of 500 beef producers to participate in an online survey. This survey provides critical inputs to inform many of the NBSA performance metrics. • •

The first 200 producers that complete the survey will receive a $20 gift card. ALL completed surveys will be entered for a grand prize (Tag reader, valued at $1100), as well as seven regional prize packs (e.g., gift sets, experiences, gift cards, swag, etc.), which will be awarded through a random draw following the close of the survey period in January 2022.

We would like to thank the following CRSB members who have generously contributed these grand prizes.

Please complete a 30-45 minute survey by January 7th 2022. ENGLISH: http://survey.groupeageco.ca/s3/NBSA-ENG FRENCH: http://survey.groupeageco.ca/s3/NBSA-FR We appreciate all who participate in this process and contribute to the success of the NBSA update! If you have any questions, please contact us at projects@crsb.ca/.


E-Newsletter dsfsfa An update from MBP December 10, 2021

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Helping Canada’s beef industry meet consumers’ demands for a sustainable product beef. As shoppers in Canada and around the world increasingly look in grocery store aisles for sustainable and humane food options that ensure animal well-being, it is more important than ever to raise awareness of the beef industry’s commitment to animal care, biosecurity and environmental stewardship practices.

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, along with Bob Lowe, President of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (PC: AAFC)

(December 8, 2021 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada News Release) During the recent Canadian Cattlemen’s

Association (CCA) directors meeting in Ottawa, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced nearly $200,000 in support of their Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) program and remote auditing. The VBP+ program is a voluntary certification program administered by the CCA to certify beef cattle operations meet high standards for food safety, animal care and environmental stewardship. The funding will go towards a web portal and an app for remote audits, which will make it easier for cattle producers to access the VBP+ program. The funding announced yesterday brings the total Government of Canada investment into VBP+ and its environmental component, the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework, to $1.9 million. With over 1.6 million cattle already under the management of certified VBP+ operations in Canada, this announcement will help more cattle producers meet market demands for sustainably raised beef. Canada’s livestock producers and processors have built a strong reputation for delivering high-quality, safe and delicious

Quotes “Canadian cattle producers care for their animals and our environment. Canada’s beef industry, through the leadership of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and it’s Verified Beef Production Plus program, is stepping up to meet the demands of consumers for food made to the highest standards for safety, animal care and environmental stewardship. This investment will help give more cattle producers access to this indispensable program and strengthen their relationship with consumers.” - The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food “VBP+ is one of the tools beef producers can use to ensure consumer trust and help our industry meet ambitious national strategy goals, which will help us meet beef demand well into the future. Increasing efficiency in certification infrastructure and delivery enables VBP+ to keep producer costs reasonable while on market opportunities.” - Bob Lowe, President, Canadian Cattlemen's Association “VBP+ is encouraged with the announced investment by the federal government that enables our organization to meet the needs of consumers and stakeholders by building and maintaining a robust and rigorous certification and training system, efficient and accessible for all Canadian beef producers. This investment allows VBP+ to create and validate the auditing and training tools needed to move our beef industry forward.” - Cecilie Fleming, VBP+ Management Committee Chair continued on page 3


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Support for VBP+ - continued from page 1 Quick facts •

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is a five-year, $3-billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector.

The funding announced yesterday is through the federally-delivered AgriAssurance Program: National Industry Association component under the CAP. This Program helps industry develop and adopt systems, standards and tools to support quality, health and safety claims about Canadian agricultural and agri-food products.

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, established in 1932, is a not-for-profit national association incorporated under the Canada Corporations Act representing the interests of Canada’s 60,000 beef farms. This association provides leadership for the Canadian beef cattle industry, including assisting in its development, as well as adaptation to new ideas and technologies. The Canadian beef industry has half the greenhouse gas footprint per kilogram of production compared to the global average. Along with Canada, the U.S. and the EU, the CCA has taken the Global Methane Pledge, to reduce methane emissions by at least 30 percent below 2020 levels by 2030.

Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) is a voluntary, market-oriented, producer managed forward-looking program enabling Canada's beef industry to anticipate and meet emerging and growing demands for beef production systems throughout the Canadian beef value chain.

The Certified Sustainable Beef Framework, provides a tool to certify farms, ranches and processing facilities against sustainability standards, supports retail and foodservice companies to meet sustainable sourcing commitments, and provides sustainability messaging for consumers through marketing labels and claims enabling purchasing of beef from Certified Operations.

Beef production contributes approximately $21.8 billion to Canada’s GDP (2018-2020 Statistics Canada/Canfax averages).

In 2020, Canada exported 425 million kilograms of beef to international markets, valued at $3.26 billion.

Associated links •

AgriAssurance Program

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

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Chronic Wasting Disease Bulletin #4: Second Infected Animal Found in Manitoba, Update on Management Activities Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development advises that a second deer infected with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been detected in Manitoba and additional steps are being taken as part of the provincial emergency response to the initial discovery of CWD. The second CWD case was found in a mule deer as part of routine surveillance from an animal observed to be emaciated and acting erratically in an area just north of the U.S. border and near the Saskatchewan border. Following the initial discovery of CWD in Manitoba, the province moved swiftly and decisively with a number of measures aimed at containing and reducing the spread of this fatal and highly contagious disease amongst members of the deer family (deer, elk, moose and caribou). In the area of the initial discovery, the province initiated a temporary hunting ban, followed by a special local community deer hunting opportunity in the temporary CWD containment zone and now the next phase of containment is set to begin. The province has reached out to communities, stakeholders, Indigenous groups and local residents to ensure they are aware of the risks of CWD and are kept up to date with the provincial response. Starting Dec. 13, a carefully coordinated effort to significantly reduce the deer population in the CWD containment zone will begin. Based on science and consultation with other jurisdictions, it has been determined that the best chance to reduce the further spread of CWD is to reduce the deer population in the area it was first discovered. With a very short window of opportunity to reach potentially infected deer before CWD spreads further into Manitoba, local landowners have been contacted for permission to access their land. Where the province has permission, it will undertake a targeted effort to reduce the deer population in the CWD containment zone. As part of this measure, efforts will be made to salvage as much meat as possible from animals found to be

free of CWD. That meat will be made available on a priority basis to Indigenous communities, beginning with communities affected by hunting closures in the region and also to local landowners upon request. This will result in a reduced deer population in this area, but is designed to ensure the rest of the province’s deer population remains healthy. If CWD spreads from this area, it will have a significantly larger, longer-lasting impact on the deer population in Manitoba that will be felt for generations. A successful population reduction now will help support the gradual return of a healthy deer population to this area in the future. Regular communication and updated information is important for CWD awareness, education and public action. More information, including fact sheets and answers to frequently asked questions is available online and will be updated regularly. This includes details on where and how to submit a sample for CWD testing, submission information, hunter CWD sample test results and the most recent updates. The site will evolve and provide Manitobans with easily accessible, up-todate information. CWD is a fatal disease that affects members of the deer family, including white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose and caribou. Animals infected with CWD may appear healthy until the later stages of the disease and while CWD is not known as a human health risk, meat from a CWD infected animal is not recommended for consumption. Hunters active in areas where CWD has been detected should have their harvested animal tested and practice safe carcass handling protocols, and will be notified immediately if their animal has tested positive for CWD. For more information, visit https://gov.mb.ca/fishwildlife/wildlife/cwd.html Hunters with concerns or questions about an animal that has been harvested can contact the province by email at CWD@gov.mb.ca or by phone at 1-800-214-6197.


Chronic Wasting Disease in Manitoba Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a disease that impacts members of the deer (cervid) family. The province has a proactive program for management and surveillance of CWD and has been monitoring wild cervids for the disease since 1997. Manitoba announced its first positive confirmation of CWD in the province on November 1, 2021. This fact sheet provides some helpful information about CWD in Manitoba, management efforts by the province, and how individuals can assist.

What is CWD? • C WD is an incurable, highly contagious and always fatal disease of the central nervous system that impacts big game members of the deer family, which includes deer, elk, moose and caribou. • T he disease is caused by one or more strains of self-propagating proteins, called prions. Once an animal is infected with CWD, prions begin to replicate, first in the immune system (lymph nodes and tonsils) and later, in the brain, spinal cord and other organs. • CWD can only be seen under a microscope, and diagnosis is done by testing the central nervous system and lymph node tissues. • CWD belongs to a group of diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). TSEs tend to be species-specific and scientists believe that most are not naturally transmissible between different species.

How is CWD spread? • Infected animals shed prions in saliva, feces, urine, blood and possibly, even after death, through their remains. • C WD spreads from animal to animal, particularly in herds, but can also be spread through the movement of material from dead animals (including, for example, disposal piles for guts). • A nimals can also become infected through the uptake of prions deposited in the environment (eg. shared food sources, contaminated soil) where they can persist for extended periods of time (eg. possibly 5 years or more). • The probability of transmission goes up in densely used areas and areas where animals concentrate.

What are the impacts to CWD infected animals? • In early stages, infected animals typically appear normal, while also spreading the disease. • As the disease progresses, animals tend to be less alert, and less fearful, with a general unhealthy look and obvious weight loss. • With time, infected animals become very thin and uncoordinated, with drooping ears and heads, are unaware of their surroundings and often have excessive drooling. At this point, death is near. • There is no cure for CWD. It is always fatal, with animals dying typically within two to three years and sometimes, as long as five years or more from the time of infection.

What are the impacts of CWD to deer, elk, moose and caribou populations? • When CWD becomes established in an area, population declines have been seen in deer and elk. • This population level impact can be significant as mature, prime breeding animals are progressively removed from the landscape. • If the disease were to infect relatively uncommon species like boreal woodland caribou, there is concern these effects may be even greater. • It is most important to take early, aggressive action to contain an outbreak of the disease.

What are the health risks for people, livestock and other animals? • Currently, there is no direct evidence that CWD can be spread to humans or other animals, though the science is still developing in this area. • The World Health Organization, Health Canada, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and numerous other public health agencies recommend against eating meat from CWD-positive animals. Available data suggest that risk of transmission to humans is low, but it is not zero. • These public health agencies also recommend against feeding meat or other parts of CWD-infected cervids to other animals.


How is Manitoba reducing the risk of CWD in the province? • Manitoba has had proactive programming in place for prevention and surveillance of CWD in wild cervids since 1997. The program has included mandatory submission of samples from hunters harvesting animals in the Mandatory Surveillance Zone (an area along the western border of the province; details are available in Manitoba’s annual Hunting Guide). • Manitoba also prohibits the import of native/exotic cervids, the import of unprocessed carcasses, the possession of substances containing bodily fluids, the feeding of cervids in the Mandatory Surveillance Zone and baiting by licensed hunters province-wide. • Samples from cervids harvested outside the Mandatory Surveillance Zone can also be submitted for CWD testing and results of all hunter submitted samples are made available online at www.manitoba.ca/cwd. • Manitoba has also produced a fact sheet to provide CWD-related information on Protocols for Harvesting and Testing Cervids in Manitoba. It is available online at www.manitoba.ca/cwd.

Where has CWD been found in Manitoba? • On November 1, 2021, Manitoba announced the first CWD positive animal found in the province, located on the west side of the province near Lake of the Prairies. A mule deer in this area was observed to be unhealthy; it was euthanized, tested and confirmed to be infected with CWD. • Manitoba is continuing its CWD surveillance program and will inform the public of any future detections, online at www.manitoba.ca/cwd.

Where else is CWD present in North America? • CWD has been found in wild deer, elk and moose populations in Saskatchewan and Alberta and in many US states. There have also been CWD outbreaks on deer and elk farms in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Quebec and in many US states.

What can I do to reduce the risks associated with CWD? • Avoid contact with any wild animal that appears to be sick and if you observe any of the following situations, report it to a conservation officer as soon as possible: o o o o

Any signs of illness or disease in deer, elk, moose and caribou Sightings of elk, moose, and white-tailed deer with ear tags Locations where elk, moose, and white-tailed deer are congregating near hay bales or feedlots Report illegal feeding sites, and do not intentional feed any cervids

• Continue to hunt big game in Manitoba. This benefits wildlife by managing over-abundance, and by dispersing big game, which reduces close contact between individuals. • Contribute samples from your harvested animals for CWD testing. There is no CWD test available for living animals, thus the province relies on testing samples from harvested animals. While it is mandatory to submit samples from animals harvested in the Mandatory Surveillance Zone, hunters are encouraged to submit samples from the Voluntary Surveillance Zone along the U.S.A. border, or elsewhere in the province. • When harvesting animals, leave organs or hides in the place of origin to compost in a responsible manner (eg. away from open view, water bodies, and buildings), or otherwise dispose of responsibly. • Read Manitoba’s fact sheet about CWD-related information on Protocols for Harvesting and Testing Cervids in Manitoba. It provides information about protecting human health; collecting and submitting biological samples for CWD testing; and recommendations for disposal and clean-up. For more information about CWD in Manitoba visit www.manitoba.ca/cwd. Questions about CWD can be emailed to cwd@manitoba.ca. To report signs of illness in wildlife, sightings of cervids with ear tags, illegal feeding sites, and locations where cervids are congregating near hay bales or feedlots, contact a conservation officer in the local district office or call the TIP line at 1-800-782-0076.


Expanded financing products to unleash young farmers and agribusiness entrepreneurs allow these businesses to take advantage of new opportunities, grow the economy and create more middle-class jobs. Features include no processing fees, preferential interest rates and up to 18 months to make a purchase.

(December 7, 2021 FCC News Release) Today the

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced enhanced and expanded financing opportunities through Farm Credit Canada (FCC) for young farmers and young food business owners in an effort to unleash the ideas, passion and energy of Canadian youth in our world-leading agriculture and food industry. The expansion of three FCC loans will help young farmers and those who are getting started or growing their business in the agriculture and food industry. FCC has increased the lifetime maximum amount it will approve for the Young Farmer and Young Entrepreneur loans from $1 million to $1.5 million. The Young Farmer Loan Program offers qualified producers, who are under 40, loans of up to $1.5 million to purchase or improve farmland and buildings. The loan includes features to support their long-term success, including lower lending rates. The Young Entrepreneur Loan offers financing of up to $1.5 million per qualified applicant, under age 40. It can be used to start or expand a business and to purchase shares in an agriculture-related business, including those in the agri-food sector. This access to capital will

Additionally, the eligibility and the lifetime maximum approval of the Starter Loan have been expanded and increased. The Starter Loan is designed to support new entrants into the industry, helping them build a solid credit rating and improve their financial literacy. The Government of Canada has made it a priority to support the entrance and inclusion of young Canadians into the agriculture and agrifood sector. These enhanced loan products build upon other Government of Canada programs such as the Youth Employment and Skills Program, which has helped fund about 2,000 jobs for youth in the agriculture sector in 2021. “One of the biggest challenges young farmers and entrepreneurs tell me they face is access to capital. These specialized loans mean the next generation will be better able to become established and contribute to Canada achieving its full potential as a leading food supplier worldwide and help maintain Canada’s position as a world leader in sustainable agriculture,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “We have a strong and diverse industry and getting a good start will allow more bright and ambitious people to pursue their dreams.” “By expanding and enhancing the Young Farmer, Young Entrepreneur and Starter loans, FCC is reducing the barriers for young people to enter or become more established in Canada’s continued on page 8


Expanded financing products to unleash young farmers and agribusiness entrepreneurs agriculture and food industry,” said Michael Hoffort, FCC president and CEO. “Beyond offering greater access to capital, FCC provides knowledge and learning opportunities that support the growth of the next generation.” Since April 2019, FCC has approved over 6,700 loans specifically tailored for young producers and entrepreneurs worth almost $2.1 billion. FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture and food lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more

than $41 billion. Our employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and food. We provide flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and food industry. As a selfsustaining Crown corporation, we provide an appropriate return to our shareholder, and reinvest our profits back into the industry and communities we serve. For more information, visit fcc.ca.

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine includes anyone ages five or older. A third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all adults a minimum of six months after their last dose with limited exceptions. More information is available at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibil ity-criteria.html#third. Many Manitoba vaccine sites are offering walkin and appointment-based vaccinations for COVID and seasonal flu. Eligible individuals can book their appointments online or by calling (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). For hours and days of operation, visit: www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.html.

More resources about: •

Vaccine campaign in Manitoba www.manitoba.ca/vaccine and https://protectmb.ca.

Possible exposure locations by region www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/update s/flights.html#event

Data related to COVID-19, variants of concern, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/.

Up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.


Herd Management Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Herd Management Drought Assistance program? This program assists livestock producers in offsetting the cost of replacing breeding animals, when culling is above normal because of winter feed shortages. If you are a producer, you may be eligible to apply for assistance to:  purchase replacement breeding females  retain replacement females from their existing herd or flock The replacement animals will help you return your inventory of breeding females to pre-drought levels. Who can apply for the Herd Management Drought Assistance program? You are eligible if you are a primary producer, who owned eligible animals that were located in Manitoba, and you were responsible for their feeding expenses as of Mar. 16, 2021. If you are an elk producer, you must have a Game Farm Production Licence, and only elk that were farmed under that licence are eligible. You must own a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. What animals are eligible? The program provides assistance to replace breeding female beef cattle, bison, sheep, goats and elk that the applicant owned and had located in Manitoba as of Mar. 16, 2021. Breeding females are mature females (cows, ewes, does, bred heifers, bred ewe lambs and bred does) that have previously calved, lambed or been exposed to breeding. Is feed assistance provided for breeding animals that were culled? Feed assistance is not available under this program for breeding animals that were culled. Assistance to purchase feed for breeding animals kept over the winter is available from the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance program. You can receive both herd management and feed assistance for your herds or flocks. However, you cannot be paid twice (herd management and feed assistance) for the same animals. Does it matter when breeding females were culled? The program provides assistance to replace breeding females culled from Mar. 16, 2021 to Mar. 15, 2022. The decline in a producer’s inventory of breeding females over this period is one of the criteria being used to determine the program payments. Which herd inventories need to be declared? The program uses the following dates to assess the impact of drought and recovery on an applicant’s inventory of breeding females:  Mar. 16, 2021  Mar. 16, 2022  Jan. 31, 2023


The difference between the Mar. 16, 2022 (drought impacted) inventory and the Jan. 31, 2023 (recovery) inventory indicates the effect that purchasing and retaining replacement females has on drought recovery. Jan. 31, 2023 inventory

March 16, 2022 inventory

Increase in inventory due to purchasing

(recovery inventory)

(drought impacted)

and retaining replacements

What are the payment rates for this program? Payments per head for each animal type are listed in the table below. Payments are made for breeding females that are purchased or retained. Animal Type(s) Payment ($) per head Beef Cattle, Bison and Elk $250 Sheep and Goats $50 Payments are based on the increase in the breeding female inventory between Mar. 16, 2022 and Jan. 31, 2023. The payments are calculated as follows: Per Head Payment Rate

Increase in inventory due to

Beef Cattle/Bison/Elk - $250

purchasing and retaining

Sheep/Goats $50

replacements

Herd Management Program Payment

Jan. 31, 2023 Inventory Subtract March 16, 2022 Inventory

Is there a payment cap? Payments are capped once inventory is restored to pre-drought levels. No payment will be made for increases in inventory beyond the pre-drought level. Why are payments made after breeding females are replaced? The program is designed to assist producers in restoring their herds after the drought. The program does not pay producers to downsize their herd. Breeding animals that have been culled must be replaced to be eligible. What animals are not included in the breeding female inventory declared for this program? The following animals should not be included in the declared inventories of breeding females:  animals sold before being exposed to breeding for the first time  market livestock intended for slaughter or purposes other than breeding  animals sold after Mar. 15, 2022  animals leased by the applicant  animals not located in Manitoba as of Mar. 16, 2021 (pre-drought) or Jan. 31, 2023 (when recovery complete)


When is an adjustment required for the Mar. 16, 2022 inventory of breeding females? Breeding females that gave birth between Jan. 1, 2022 and Mar. 15, 2022 and were sold in the same time period must be included in the Mar. 16, 2022 inventory declaration for the number of head. These females most likely have not been culled because of drought and are not eligible for assistance. Does the program provide assistance for culling immature replacement females? If immature females intended to breed are culled, a payment will be triggered if it causes the Mar. 16, 2022 inventory of mature and bred females to decline. However, the decision to cull mature females can impact this payment.  For example, if heifers intended to breed in the summer of 2021 are culled, the March 2022 inventory of breeding females may decrease because the herd has fewer bred heifers than normal. However, if the number of cows normally culled is reduced, the lower number of bred heifers may be partially or totally offset. How do I apply for the Herd Management Program? The application package will be available as of Jan. 10, 2022  on the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development website (www.manitoba.ca/agriculture)  in-person at Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development and Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation Service Centres  by calling 1-844-769-6224 to receive a copy in the mail If you are applying, you will need to fully complete and submit your application, as part of a two-step process. This process includes filling out: 1) application form to declare: a. Mar. 16, 2021 inventory of eligible breeding females owned b. Mar. 16, 2022 inventory of eligible breeding females owned 2) claim form to declare : a. Jan. 31, 2023 inventory of eligible breeding females Do we need to send in receipts, invoices or other records with our applications or claims? No, you do not have to submit invoices, receipts or proof of payment with your application or claim forms. However, you are expected to keep these documents for all breeding animals you have sold or purchased. You may be asked to submit them as part of a review or audit of your application or claim. In a limited number of cases, an on-farm visit or pregnancy check may also be requested to verify declarations. What is the earliest date the application and claim form can be submitted? Applications can be submitted starting in Jan. 2022 when they are available, if you know the number of breeding females you will own as of Mar. 16, 2022. Similarly, you can submit claim forms starting in December 2022, if you know the number of breeding females you will own as of Jan. 31, 2023


What are the program timelines and deadlines? 

Jan. 10, 2022 - Applications will be available.

April 15, 2022, 11:59 p.m. – This is the deadline for applications declaring Mar. 16, 2021 and Mar. 16, 2022 inventories.

December 1, 2022 – Claim forms will be available.

Feb. 17, 2023, 11:59 p.m. – This is the deadline for claim forms declaring the Jan. 31, 2023 inventory.

For more information, contact: Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development AgriRecovery Drought Assistance 903-401 York Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3C 0P8 Toll-free: 1-844-769-6224 Email: ARD@gov.mb.ca


REMINDER

Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities is Now Open

Producers are advised that the intake period for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice activities begins on Monday, November 8th and closes on December 10, 2021 for projects that will occur in 2022/23. More details on available on the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development site: https://www.manitoba.ca/agriculture/environ ment/environmental-farm-plan/assurancebmp.html

• Permanent fencing to restrict livestock access to surface water and dugouts — construction materials — associated components and installation costs

• Permanent pipeline development — pipe, plumbing materials, trenching, earthworks, etc. — professional and contractor fees

This intake period includes applications for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas. For this BMP there is a cost share ratio of 50:50 and a funding cap of $10,000 per application. Applicants may submit more than one application. Under BMP 503 the following costs are eligible: • Water source development – Wells — drilling new or deepening existing wells, test hole drilling, screening, casing, well caps etc. — water pumps and required plumbing components — professional and contractor fees

• Water source development – Dugouts — constructing new or rehabilitating existing dugouts, test hole drilling, etc. — professional and contractor fees

• Alternative watering system equipment — solar, wind or grid powered systems — associated components and installation costs

• Watering system components* — watering bowls, troughs or storage tanks * Eligible as a part of a water source development project; items are not eligible as a stand-alone.

• personal labour ($25 per hour) and personal equipment use (at set program rates outlined in the Farm Machinery Custom and Rental Rate Guide) Ineligible costs include: maintenance and operation expenses; perimeter fencing for upland grazing management; expenses related to removing or replacing existing fences or water infrastructure, such as storage tanks or water troughs; portable livestock corral panels; portable gas/diesel powered water pumps, generators, water meters; materials and construction costs for pump houses; aeration systems for dugouts, etc.; above ground pipelines; hauling or pumping of water to fill empty dugouts; and, temporary set up of watering systems. continued on page 14


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities is Now Open Examples of other BMPs eligible for cost-shared funding to farmers include: Resource Management Planning, Establishment of a Cover Crop, Increasing Frequency of Perennials in Annual Rotations, Perennial Cover for Sensitive Lands, Improved Pasture and Forage Quality, Intercropping, Farmyard Runoff Control, Relocation of Confined Livestock Areas, and others. An Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Statement of Competition is not required at time of application, however it is required at time of claim, if approved. EFP Workshops are ongoing through the fall and winter. Dates and locations are posted at www.ManitobaEFP.ca.

Government support cannot exceed 25 or 50 per cent of eligible expenses, depending on project type, with varying funding caps from $10,000 to $100,000. The total maximum amount payable to one farm operation is $60,000 (not including BMP: Barn Odour Reduction and BMP: Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas) over the term of the Ag Action Manitoba program. Farmers may apply and receive funding for more than one BMP over the term of Ag Action Manitoba. Only one application per BMP on the same parcel of land and/or for a single project where there may be common components across multiple applications, will be eligible for funding.


Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? The program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing low moisture levels. The program will assist livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 to purchase feed in order to maintain their breeding herds. Producers may be eligible to apply for two types of assistance: 1. Feed assistance - buy and test feed for eligible breeding animals 2. Feed transportation assistance - transport purchased feed from distant locations for eligible breeding animals Who is eligible for the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? Primary producers who owned or leased the eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Breeding animals are mature females exposed to breeding (male or artificial insemination) and males used previously for breeding. The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. How do I apply? Applicants can download the Application Form, Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals, and associated program documents on the website at manitoba.ca/agriculture. Application packages can also be picked up at any of the ARD/MASC Service Centres, or mailed to you by calling us at 1-844-769-6224. The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500. Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance – Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements. When is the deadline to apply to the program? April 15, 2022 is the final day to apply. Can multiple applications be submitted? Yes, you can submit more than one application until program maximums are reached.


1. Feed Assistance What feed assistance can I apply for? The eligible feeds that can be purchased for eligible animals from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 to maintain them over the winter include:  grazed corn and greenfeed  mechanically harvested hay, silage, greenfeed, stover, straw, including those purchased as standing crops or grazed in a swath  grain and concentrates (pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator) When can eligible feeds be purchased? Are claims retro-active to a certain date? Eligible feed purchases can occur from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. Is there assistance for feed testing the eligible feedstuffs? Yes, the program will pay for feed testing to determine the nutritional value of eligible feeds. Can feed be purchased for feeders or non-breeding animals? No, feed for feeders, growing animals or non-breeding aged animals is not eligible under this program. How will livestock feed assistance payments be calculated? The administrator will make payments to the applicant for purchases and testing of Eligible Feed made between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, as follows:  On a per breeding head basis, a producer share will be applied $50 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $10 per head for sheep and goats.  Payments will be equal to 75 per cent of the purchased cost of feed and feed testing that exceeds the producer share to a maximum per head payment. The maximum payment is $250 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $50 per head for sheep and goats. How are the breeding head determined in calculating payments?  Breeding head are based on the number declared on the Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals at the time of first application. The declaration is the number of head being maintained and fed over winter, and does not include animals that have or will be sold prior to March 15, 2022. If applicants reduce their breeding animals below the number declared with their first application, they should contact the Program Administrator and submit a new declaration.

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2. Feed Transportation Assistance What feeds qualify for feed transportation assistance? Feed transportation assistance is provided for the movement of eligible feed types (hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, silage, grain and concentrates) to eligible breeding animals. The eligible concentrates are pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator. What are the eligible dates and distances for feed transportation? Transportation costs for eligible feed purchased and transported between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 kilometres. What are the payments for the feed transportation assistance? Payments will be calculated on the tonnes hauled on a per loaded kilometre basis up to 600 kilometres. For hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, and silage the payment rates are:  $0.16 per tonne kilometre for the first 100 kilometres of a haul  $0.10 per tonne kilometre for the remainder of a haul for up to an additional 500 kilometres. For grains and concentrate, the payment rate is $0.05 per tonne kilometre up to 600 kilometres. Payments for each receipt or invoice provided by the applicant will be the payment rate multiplied by the distance transported multiplied by the number of tonnes transported, or the amount of the receipt, whichever is less. Feed can be hauled further than 600 kilometres; however, the extra distance is not eligible for payment. Can feed be sourced from outside of Manitoba qualify for assistance? Feed can be sourced from outside Manitoba and the shipping will still be eligible based on the program’s rates and distances. Does the feed transportation assistance come out of the feed assistance funding? Feed transportation assistance is in addition to funding available to a producer for feed purchases. It is not subtracted from the $250 per head cap for beef, bison and PMU horses or $50 cap for sheep and goats. Is feed transportation assistance available for animals moved to an alternate feeding location? Feed transportation assistance is not available for animals for which producers have received assistance to move eligible animals to an alternate feeding location under the Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program. Alternate feeding locations should have adequate feed locally available for the animals moved. What feed is not eligible for feed transportation assistance?  Feed for market animals or ineligible animals.  Feed produced on your own operation.  Feed for breeding animals that are sold/culled prior to March 15, 2022.  Feed that is sold or replaces similar feed that is sold.  Feed transported less than 40 kilometres.  Feed transported to an alternate feeding location used to house eligible animals for which the applicant received payments under Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance.

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REMINDER

Reminder: Applications being accepted for Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program The intake for the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program is open. Funded by the federal and provincial governments it will provide targeted financial assistance to Agricultural Crown Land forage leaseholders to adopt best management practices to sustainably increase the productivity on their Agricultural Crown Land forage leases. Eligible recipients must have an active Agricultural Crown Land lease that is in good standing and must complete an Environmental Farm Plan. Eligible items under the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program include grazing management plans, water

source development and watering systems, cross-fencing for pasture management, and forage rejuvenation such as forage establishment and brush management. Improvements must be completed within the one-year pilot project. Farmers could begin submitting applications on November 8, 2021. For more information on the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program, and other Ag Action Manitoba- Assurance Beneficial Management Practices programming in Manitoba, please visit: www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/canadianagricultural-partnership/ag-action-manitobaprogram/for-farmers.html.

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Frequently Asked Questions Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program

Q1. What is the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program?

A: The ACLFP is a pilot program that provides Agricultural Crown Land (ACL) lessees with 75% cost-shared programming of up to $30,000 per farm operation to develop a grazing management plan, add infrastructure (cross-fencing, wells, dugouts) and rejuvenate forage lands (perennial forage seed, seeding and brush management) in order to improve pasture productivity. Project must occur between April and December of 2022. Program details can be accessed here: http://webpublishing.mbgov.ca/en/agriculture/canadian-agriculturalpartnership/Documents/guidebook/ag-action-mb-program-guide-for-aclfp.pdf

Q2. Who is eligible to apply? A: ACL lease holders in good standing can apply. A farm business or operation with multiple shareholders or partners, operation names or units, will count as one eligible applicant. Each farm operation can submit one application that includes all applicable activities (planning, infrastructure and/or rejuvenation). However, Municipal lands under ACL lease are not eligible for this program.

Q3. When is the deadline to apply?

A: Applications must be received no later than December 31, 2021. They will be assessed by technical reviewers based on the environmental benefit assessment index, program priorities and project planning.

Q4. Do I need support from ACL to submit an application for a project? A: Yes. You will need a Letter of Support for the proposed project from your local Farm Production Extension Specialist (FPES) – Crown Lands (see contact info in Q14, below) and the Letter of Support must be submitted along with your application. While your FPES-Crown Lands must ensure that your proposed project is suitable for your ACL lease, they are not responsible for ACLFP funding approval.

Q5. What do I need to include with my application?

A: Be sure to answer all questions in the application form itself: explain the proposed project in detail, current practices, and the benefit of the new practice; answer all BMP Specific Questions (as listed in the guidebook), and complete the budget table in full. Along with your application, you will need to include: - a written Letter of Support from your local FPES – Crown Lands for your proposed project (see Q3 above). - an aerial map of the forage land with the location of the existing and proposed water sources identified as well as any fencing (existing and new), and land to be rejuvenated. - an official quote for contracted items (if applicable).


Q6. When can I start my project?

A: Projects must occur between April 1, 2022 and December 30, 2022 in order to be eligible for ACLFP funding. Project deadlines will be specified in the approval letter, should your application be approved. If work is started on a project before formal written approval of program funding is received, the applicant does so at their own risk.

Q7. When do I need to complete my project?

A: The project must be completed and claims submitted by the date indicated in your decision letter (all claims must be submitted no later than December 30, 2022).

Q8. Do I need any permits?

A: Applicants must meet all regulatory requirements. This may include: • approvals from the Crown: ACL Work Permit – see Q9 below. • a Water Rights License is required for all livestock operations extracting more than 25,000 litres (25 m3 or 5,499 Imperial gallons) per day. If developing a new water source, a permit must be obtained in advance of work beginning. • any other standards or approvals as required by law.

Q9. How do I get a Work Permit from ACL to implement a project on my ACL lease? A: An ACL Work Permit is required prior to conducting work on ACL leases. - If your ACLFP project application is approved, an ACL Work Permit will be issued to you from your FPESCrown Land along with the approval letter. - If you plan to initiate your project in advance of receiving ACLFP approval, you will need to secure an ACL Work Permit from an FPES – Crown Lands prior to beginning work.

Q10. Do I need a valid Environmental Farm Plan Statement of Completion?

A: You can submit an application without a valid Statement of Completion, however, if your project is approved, you will be required to provide proof of a valid EFP when you submit your project claim for reimbursement. Environmental Farm Plan workshop dates and locations will be listed online.

Q11. Does my dugout or well need to have a specific capacity?

A: The ACLFP pilot program does not have guidelines for dugout capacity, but you should discuss your plans with your FPES – Crown Lands.

Q12. Can I pump / pipe / haul water from an existing water source into a dugout that has gone dry?

A: Piping or hauling water from any water source (well, dugout or wetland) into a dugout that has run dry is not eligible.

Q13. How deep does a pipeline need to be?

A: Summer pasture pipelines permanently installed underground, and which can be properly winterized before freezing are eligible (ex: installed with a pasture pipeline plow). Above-ground pipelines are ineligible. Projects must be for permanent solutions only.


Q14. If I have more questions, who can I contact?

A: If the question is about project implementation on an ACL lease, please contact: FPES – Crown Lands Greg Logan Luanne Berjian Neil Overby Tyson Gillis

Location Beausejour Minnedosa Dauphin Dauphin

Districts 20, 50, 52 30, 31 42,51 43, 44

E-mail Greg.Logan@gov.mb.ca Luanne.Berjian@gov.mb.ca Neil.Overby@gov.mb.ca Tyson.Gillis@gov.mb.ca

A: If the question is about specific eligibility criteria or the application process, please contact: • Andrea Bertholet (Andrea.Bertholet@gov.mb.ca) or • Colleen Wilson (Colleen.Wilson2@gov.mb.ca).


Manitoba Beef Producers 2021 DroughtRelated Industry Survey reservoirs, restoring existing water sources, or hauling water. Producers are also asked to indicate their intentions with respect to herd sizes going forward, such as projected culling rates. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation is sincerely appreciated.

In support of Manitoba Beef Producers’ drought-related advocacy efforts with the federal and provincial governments, MBP is conducting a confidential producer survey to gather further data on the impact the drought is having on the province’s beef sector. For example, producers are being asked to identify their estimated percentage of feed/forage production compared to last year. Producers are asked to indicate if they are incurring additional fencing costs in order to access alternate sources of feed for grazing. There are questions related to the drought’s impact on water resources. This includes investments producers are having to make in this area, such as digging new wells or

Note: All data and comments collected will be aggregated before being used for MBP’s advocacy activities. No operation-specific identifying information will be shared with governments. Thank you in advance for your consideration in completing the survey which can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ YX52PFG MBP is continuing to engage with government officials about the severity of the drought, its effects on producers and the need for a timely, multi-pronged approach to help the beef industry deal with the immediate and longerterm implications of the drought.


CALLING ALL BEEF PRODUCERS! Contribute to the update of the National Beef Sustainability Assessment The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is in the process of updating the National Beef Sustainability Assessment (NBSA), expected for release in 2023. The NBSA provides farm to fork national sustainability performance metrics for the Canadian beef sector, from environmental, social and economic perspectives. The metrics from our first Assessment, released in 2016, are widely used to demonstrate Canada’s global sustainability leadership, and have been critically important to the beef industry’s communication efforts with respect to sustainable beef production over the past five years. The accompanying Sustainability Strategy highlighted key areas for continuous improvement, which has also helped inform the industry’s 2030 goals. The CRSB is looking for a minimum of 500 beef producers to participate in an online survey. This survey provides critical inputs to inform many of the NBSA performance metrics. • •

The first 200 producers that complete the survey will receive a $20 gift card. ALL completed surveys will be entered for a grand prize (Tag reader, valued at $1100), as well as seven regional prize packs (e.g., gift sets, experiences, gift cards, swag, etc.), which will be awarded through a random draw following the close of the survey period in January 2022.

We would like to thank the following CRSB members who have generously contributed these grand prizes.

Please complete a 30-45 minute survey by January 7th 2022. ENGLISH: http://survey.groupeageco.ca/s3/NBSA-ENG FRENCH: http://survey.groupeageco.ca/s3/NBSA-FR We appreciate all who participate in this process and contribute to the success of the NBSA update! If you have any questions, please contact us at projects@crsb.ca/.


E-Newsletter dsfsfa An update from MBP December 3, 2021

mbbeef.ca

Governments Announce New Herd Management Program Under AgriRecovery Framework (November 30, 2021 Federal-Provincial News Release) The

Canada and Manitoba governments continue to support producers impacted by drought by announcing a Herd Management Drought Assistance program under the AgriRecovery framework. The program will help livestock producers offset the costs associated with replacing breeding animals culled due to shortages of winter feed, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Ralph Eichler announced. “My heart goes out to Manitoba ranchers, some of whom I visited this past summer, who were forced to send their breeding herds to market, selling genetics developed over generations at a fraction of their worth,” said Bibeau “Farmers needed their governments to act fast and we did. Through this program and other initiatives, we are helping farmers bounce back from the drought and build the resiliency needed to be sustainable in the face of climate change.” “These extraordinary times have brought extraordinary challenges to our province’s livestock producers and having programs to help producers address feed issues and manage their herd size is paramount,” said Eichler. “We all know this has been a tough year, so we remain determined to take the strides necessary to support our producers in any way possible.”

Eligible animals under the Herd Management Drought Assistance program include breeding females of beef cattle, bison, sheep, goats and elk. Producers must be supporting a minimum of 10 animals to qualify for assistance. “Unfortunately the drought forced many producers to reduce their breeding inventory due to feed and water challenges, so the herd management program under AgriRecovery will be an important component toward helping to rebuild Manitoba’s beef breeding herd,” said Tyler Fulton, president, Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP). “MBP thanks the provincial and federal governments for making this assistance available, as extraordinary costs such as purchasing replacement breeding stock are not directly addressed in existing business risk management programs and this program recognizes the challenge created for producers because of it.” “Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) thanks the provincial and federal governments for today’s announcement of a Herd Management Drought Assistance program," said Bill Campbell, president, KAP. “The program will help livestock producers rebuild their herds as they continue to face extraordinary challenges this winter.” continued on page 4


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COVID-19 Vaccine Updates (Source: Government of Manitoba News Releases) As of December 3, 2021 no cases of the B.1.1.529 (omicron) variant have been detected in Manitoba at this time and the province can confirm that all positive travel-related specimens are being sequenced. The province continues to monitor the situation and work with federal officials in the fight against COVID19 and its variants. Federal travel restrictions can be found at https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid. Anyone returning from a country identified by the Government of Canada as requiring quarantine must self-identify their past 14-day travel history when seeking care at any health-care facility or if calling 911. Visitors who have travelled to any of these countries in the past 14 days will not be permitted access to health-care facilities. The province urges Manitobans to follow the public health orders, focus on the fundamentals and get vaccinated. Vaccination still provides one of the best defences against COVID-19. Manitobans can find a vaccine location at https://protectmb.ca/makingyour-appointment-is-easy/. Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine includes anyone aged five or older. A third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all adults a minimum of six months after their last dose,

with limited exceptions. More information is available at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibilitycriteria.html#third. Many Manitoba vaccine sites are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccinations for COVID and seasonal flu. Eligible individuals can book their appointments online, or by calling (toll-free) 1-844626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). For hours and days of operation, visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.htm l. More resources about: •

Vaccine campaign in Manitoba www.manitoba.ca/vaccine and https://protectmb.ca.

Possible exposure locations by region www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/fli ghts.html#event

Data related to COVID-19, variants of concern, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/.

Up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

Request for Your Participation in an On-Line Producer Survey on Disease Risks and Vaccinations in western Canadian beef herds The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) has an extension initiative in beef cow-calf herds in western Canada. Your opinion is important to determine the deliverables in this project. These deliverables will include tools to help you and your veterinarian reduce disease risks in your herd. The link below is to a producer survey which will ask you a series of questions to gather your thoughts on beef cattle vaccinations based on your experience in your own herd. Participation in the survey is voluntary and your responses will be kept confidential. Individual producer feedback will be summarized in a report of

all cow/calf producer responses, and this summary report will be shared with you and the industry. We are expecting the survey to take approximately 15-20 minutes of your time. For your participation in this survey, your name will be entered into a lottery to win $500 plus a MBP cap. We thank you in advance for your participation. This survey will remain open until December 31, 2021. Link to producer survey: https://survey.sogosurvey.com/r/YDBYyK


Herd management – cont. from page 1 This program will assist producers who must replace breeding females culled due to drought, helping to return the inventory of breeding females to pre-drought levels. The replacement animals can be purchased or retained from the producer’s existing herds or flocks. Payments are determined by the increase in the inventory of breeding females, with payments capped once inventories are restored to pre-drought levels. Application is a two-step process which starts with producers submitting their pre-drought and drought-affected inventories of breeding females. Forms for submitting these breeding animal numbers will be available in January 2022. Starting on Dec. 1, 2022, producers will be able to submit information on their breeding animal inventories post-drought. Payments will be issued after the post-drought inventory is submitted. The announcement is part of the CanadaManitoba AgriRecovery Drought Assistance, announced in August 2021 to support livestock producers affected by this year’s drought conditions. Under this program, the Government of Canada is investing up to $93 million and the Manitoba government is investing $62 million to cover eligible extraordinary costs, for a total program of up to $155 million. Herd Management Drought Assistance is the third program developed as part of this

investment. AgriRecovery is part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership agreement, with funding shared on a 60-40 federalprovincial basis. For more detailed program information, producers can contact their Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Service Centre, call the department toll-free at 1-84GROW-MB-AG (1-844-769-6224) or go to www.manitoba.ca/agriculture/livestock/agrir ecovery-herd-management-assistance.html. Specific tools and resources for managing in dry conditions are available at www.manitoba.ca/agriculture/dry.html. Note: Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development has created a number of resources to help walk producers through the processes related to the Herd Management Drought Assistance program. See: •

Herd Management Drought Assistance - Frequently Asked Questions

Video - Herd Management Drought Assistance - Determining Payments

Video - Herd Management Drought Assistance - Two-Step Application Process

FAQ available on pages 5-8


Herd Management Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Herd Management Drought Assistance program? This program assists livestock producers in offsetting the cost of replacing breeding animals, when culling is above normal because of winter feed shortages. If you are a producer, you may be eligible to apply for assistance to:  purchase replacement breeding females  retain replacement females from their existing herd or flock The replacement animals will help you return your inventory of breeding females to pre-drought levels. Who can apply for the Herd Management Drought Assistance program? You are eligible if you are a primary producer, who owned eligible animals that were located in Manitoba, and you were responsible for their feeding expenses as of Mar. 16, 2021. If you are an elk producer, you must have a Game Farm Production Licence, and only elk that were farmed under that licence are eligible. You must own a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. What animals are eligible? The program provides assistance to replace breeding female beef cattle, bison, sheep, goats and elk that the applicant owned and had located in Manitoba as of Mar. 16, 2021. Breeding females are mature females (cows, ewes, does, bred heifers, bred ewe lambs and bred does) that have previously calved, lambed or been exposed to breeding. Is feed assistance provided for breeding animals that were culled? Feed assistance is not available under this program for breeding animals that were culled. Assistance to purchase feed for breeding animals kept over the winter is available from the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance program. You can receive both herd management and feed assistance for your herds or flocks. However, you cannot be paid twice (herd management and feed assistance) for the same animals. Does it matter when breeding females were culled? The program provides assistance to replace breeding females culled from Mar. 16, 2021 to Mar. 15, 2022. The decline in a producer’s inventory of breeding females over this period is one of the criteria being used to determine the program payments. Which herd inventories need to be declared? The program uses the following dates to assess the impact of drought and recovery on an applicant’s inventory of breeding females:  Mar. 16, 2021  Mar. 16, 2022  Jan. 31, 2023


The difference between the Mar. 16, 2022 (drought impacted) inventory and the Jan. 31, 2023 (recovery) inventory indicates the effect that purchasing and retaining replacement females has on drought recovery. Jan. 31, 2023 inventory

March 16, 2022 inventory

Increase in inventory due to purchasing

(recovery inventory)

(drought impacted)

and retaining replacements

What are the payment rates for this program? Payments per head for each animal type are listed in the table below. Payments are made for breeding females that are purchased or retained. Animal Type(s) Payment ($) per head Beef Cattle, Bison and Elk $250 Sheep and Goats $50 Payments are based on the increase in the breeding female inventory between Mar. 16, 2022 and Jan. 31, 2023. The payments are calculated as follows: Per Head Payment Rate

Increase in inventory due to

Beef Cattle/Bison/Elk - $250

purchasing and retaining

Sheep/Goats $50

replacements

Herd Management Program Payment

Jan. 31, 2023 Inventory Subtract March 16, 2022 Inventory

Is there a payment cap? Payments are capped once inventory is restored to pre-drought levels. No payment will be made for increases in inventory beyond the pre-drought level. Why are payments made after breeding females are replaced? The program is designed to assist producers in restoring their herds after the drought. The program does not pay producers to downsize their herd. Breeding animals that have been culled must be replaced to be eligible. What animals are not included in the breeding female inventory declared for this program? The following animals should not be included in the declared inventories of breeding females:  animals sold before being exposed to breeding for the first time  market livestock intended for slaughter or purposes other than breeding  animals sold after Mar. 15, 2022  animals leased by the applicant  animals not located in Manitoba as of Mar. 16, 2021 (pre-drought) or Jan. 31, 2023 (when recovery complete)


When is an adjustment required for the Mar. 16, 2022 inventory of breeding females? Breeding females that gave birth between Jan. 1, 2022 and Mar. 15, 2022 and were sold in the same time period must be included in the Mar. 16, 2022 inventory declaration for the number of head. These females most likely have not been culled because of drought and are not eligible for assistance. Does the program provide assistance for culling immature replacement females? If immature females intended to breed are culled, a payment will be triggered if it causes the Mar. 16, 2022 inventory of mature and bred females to decline. However, the decision to cull mature females can impact this payment.  For example, if heifers intended to breed in the summer of 2021 are culled, the March 2022 inventory of breeding females may decrease because the herd has fewer bred heifers than normal. However, if the number of cows normally culled is reduced, the lower number of bred heifers may be partially or totally offset. How do I apply for the Herd Management Program? The application package will be available as of Jan. 10, 2022  on the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development website (www.manitoba.ca/agriculture)  in-person at Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development and Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation Service Centres  by calling 1-844-769-6224 to receive a copy in the mail If you are applying, you will need to fully complete and submit your application, as part of a two-step process. This process includes filling out: 1) application form to declare: a. Mar. 16, 2021 inventory of eligible breeding females owned b. Mar. 16, 2022 inventory of eligible breeding females owned 2) claim form to declare : a. Jan. 31, 2023 inventory of eligible breeding females Do we need to send in receipts, invoices or other records with our applications or claims? No, you do not have to submit invoices, receipts or proof of payment with your application or claim forms. However, you are expected to keep these documents for all breeding animals you have sold or purchased. You may be asked to submit them as part of a review or audit of your application or claim. In a limited number of cases, an on-farm visit or pregnancy check may also be requested to verify declarations. What is the earliest date the application and claim form can be submitted? Applications can be submitted starting in Jan. 2022 when they are available, if you know the number of breeding females you will own as of Mar. 16, 2022. Similarly, you can submit claim forms starting in December 2022, if you know the number of breeding females you will own as of Jan. 31, 2023


What are the program timelines and deadlines? 

Jan. 10, 2022 - Applications will be available.

April 15, 2022, 11:59 p.m. – This is the deadline for applications declaring Mar. 16, 2021 and Mar. 16, 2022 inventories.

December 1, 2022 – Claim forms will be available.

Feb. 17, 2023, 11:59 p.m. – This is the deadline for claim forms declaring the Jan. 31, 2023 inventory.

For more information, contact: Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development AgriRecovery Drought Assistance 903-401 York Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3C 0P8 Toll-free: 1-844-769-6224 Email: ARD@gov.mb.ca


Province Signs Contribution Agreement with Xplornet Communications Inc. To Start Network Build (November 30, 2021) The Manitoba government

has signed a contribution agreement with Xplornet Communications Inc. to provide broadband services to nearly 30 First Nations and approximately 350 rural and northern communities, Central Services Minister Reg Helwer announced. “Our government recognizes the economic and social benefits of keeping Manitobans connected,” said Helwer. “That is why our government has committed to ensuring that Manitobans have access to information and services no matter where they work or reside in the province.” In May, a memorandum of understanding was established with Xplornet Communications Inc. to connect approximately 125,000 unserved or underserved Manitobans living in 350 communities through broadband services. The Manitoba government and Xplornet Communications Inc. have now finalized the

contribution agreement and associated documents to begin the network-building process. As part of the construction of the network connections, Xplornet will be engaging with businesses, local governments and First Nation communities, the minister noted. “Xplornet is delighted to have concluded the agreements for the Rural Broadband Expansion program providing us with access to the province’s backbone fibre infrastructure and enabling us to begin the work to deliver next generation high speed Internet services to approximately 125,000 homes and business throughout rural Manitoba over the next two years”, said Allison Lenehan, president and CEO, Xplornet Communication Inc. Collaboration with our partners and making use of existing resources to advance connectivity across the province will ensure that Manitobans have access to timely information and improved services in rural communities, noted Helwer.

StockTalk Webinar Series The StockTalk webinar series starts on December 9.

Future dates include January 13, February 17, March 10 & April 14.

The sessions run from 1-2 pm and cover current forage and livestock topics.

Register:

The webinar on December 9 will cover nitrates and beef cattle nutrition, alternative feeds and the 2021 Agri-Recovery Drought Assistance programs.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/regi.../5178 910191774198797 Information: manitoba.ca/agriculture/onlineresources/stock-talk.html


Empty Grain Bags and Used Baler Twine Can Still be Recycled in Manitoba Environmental Handling Fee Implemented on December 1, 2021

(December 1, 2021 Cleanfarms News Release) – If

Manitoba farmers have empty grain bags or used baler twine around the farm, there is still time to tidy up and recycle them before the full onset of winter, Cleanfarms says. “It doesn’t matter if the grain bags were purchased this year, or if they were left over from previous years,” says Cleanfarms Executive Director Barry Friesen. “As long as farmers take steps to make sure they are free of grain and debris and rolled, we’ll take them at our collection sites for recycling.” Directions for preparing grain bags and twine for recycling are included on cleanfarms.ca Cleanfarms, a non-profit industry stewardship organization that has developed similar recycling programs for used ag plastics across Canada, has operated a multi-location pilot recycling collection program for used empty grain bags in Manitoba since 2013. It also developed and operates the successful small and large pesticide and fertilizer container recycling programs. In 2020, Manitoba Conservation and Climate asked Cleanfarms to transition the grain bag and twine pilot to a province-wide permanent recycling program that will give Manitoba farmers broader access to recycling for these used ag plastics year-over-year. Under the regulation, responsibility for the permanent program now rests with the companies that supply grain bags and baler twine into the province. Beginning on December 1, the regulated program includes a non-refundable

environmental handling fee (EHF) that helps cover the cost of recycling. It is applied to grain bag and baler twine sales at the time of purchase which usually begins in early summer. For grain bags the EHF will be 25 cents per kilogram; for baler twine of all sizes it will be 33 cents per kilogram. A similar program that includes an EHF has been in place for the past three years on the sale of grain bags under the provincially-regulated program in Saskatchewan. During this time, Saskatchewan farmers there have consistently surpassed year-over-year recycling rates. The Manitoba-regulated program will help to harmonize the recycling programs across the two Prairie provinces. Cleanfarms has set up 35 recycling collection sites across Manitoba. Details about the location and hours of operation of each recycling collection site, along with instructions on how to prepare the materials for recycling can be found at cleanfarms.ca/what to recycle & where. Recycling collection centers are located in the following municipalities: •

RM of Armstrong – Chatfield Transfer Station

RM of Armstrong – Inwood Transfer Station

RM of Armstrong – Meleb Waste Disposal Grounds

RM of Brenda-Waskada

RM of Cartwright-Roblin Waste Transfer Station

RM of Coldwell Eriksdale – Waste Disposal Grounds

RM of Dauphin, Sammy’s Farm Supply continued on page 11


Empty Grain Bags and Used Baler Twine Can Still be Recycled in Manitoba Environmental Handling Fee Implemented on December 1, 2021 •

RM of Dauphin, Sifton Landfill

RM of Two Borders, Pierson Landfill

RM of Ethelbert – Mink Creek Waste Transfer Station

RM of Victoria – Holland Waste Disposal Grounds

Grandview Municipality Waste Transfer Station

RM of Westinterlake – Ashern

RM of Westinterlake – Oakview Waste Transfer Station

RM of Westlake-Gladstone – Gladstone Location

RM of Westlake-Gladstone – Langruth Location

RM of Westlake-Gladstone – Plumas Location

RM of Westlake-Gladstone – Westbourne Location

RM of Grey – R-Way AG Ltd.

RM of Grey Landfill

RM of Lakeshore, Makinak Landfill

RM of Lakeshore, Ochre River Landfill

RM of Lakeshore, Rorketon Landfill

Neepawa Area, Evergreen Technologies Regional Landfill

RM of Norfolk-Treherne, Rathwell Transfer Station

Recycled grain bags are used to make new products such as plastic construction sheet products and industrial garbage bags. Recycled baler twine is made into car parts, composite decking, flowerpots, dimensional lumber and similar items.

RM of Norfolk-Treherne, Treherne Transfer Station

RM of Pipestone – Reston Landfill & Recycling Depot

RM of Portage la Prairie, The Portage la Prairie Landfill

RM of Riding Mountain West – Inglis Waste Disposal

RM of Rosedale – Kelwood Landfill

RM of Russell/Binscarth

RM of Stanley SWAMP Landfill

Cleanfarms is a non-profit, agricultural industry stewardship organization that contributes to a healthier environment and a sustainable future for present and future farm families by recovering and recycling agricultural and related industry plastics, packaging and products. It is funded by its members in the crop protection, fertilizer, seed, animal health medication and grain bag industries. It has staff located in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Lethbridge, Alberta; Etobicoke, Ontario; and St-Bruno, Quebec.

City of Steinbach, City of Steinbach Landfill Facility

View Manitoba’s Stewardship Program Plan for Designated Ag Plastics here.

RM of Stuartburn

RM of Thompson

Information about this program, go to recyclegrainbagsandtwine.ca


RCMP reminder for snowmobile safety •

Ride sober. Don't drink or consume drugs before or while snowmobiling.

Additionally, when operating a snowmobile or off-road vehicle on public land (ditches, Crown Land, roads, groomed snowmobile trails, etc.) please remember that the following laws apply:

(November 26, 2021 RCMP News Release) Every

winter, RCMP officers are called to scenes where snowmobilers have been badly injured or have lost their lives. This past month alone, two lives have already been lost on snowmobiles in Manitoba. In 2020, eight Manitobans died in snowmobile collisions.

It must be registered;

Must be at least 14 years of age to operate without supervision;

12-13 year olds must only operate under the direct supervision (within direct sight) of a parent;

Must be at least 16 years of age and possess a valid driver's licence in order to operate across a roadway or shoulder;

Must not operate with more passengers than it is designed to carry;

Everyone riding must wear an approved helmet, unless:

The RCMP wants everyone to ride safe while enjoying the outdoors so they make it home safely to their families: •

Know your abilities and ride within your limits. This will allow you to always be in control of your snowmobile. Always check the weather conditions before you leave.

Always ride in groups and let people know where you're going, the route you will be taking, and when you expect to return.

Always wear protective clothing, including a helmet, gloves, and eye protection. Wear layers of clothing to keep warm and dry.

When possible, avoid crossing bodies of water. If you are crossing bodies of water, be cautious of ice thickness, never ride in single file, and wear a life jacket over your outer clothing.

1. The ORV is equipped with occupant roll-over protection and seat belts, and the seat belts are being used, or 2. The ORV is being used for farming, commercial fishing, hunting or trapping operations; •

Must not operate on roadway or shoulder (see Section 34 of the Off-Road Vehicle Act for exceptions for agricultural purposes)

May only cross a roadway or shoulder at an intersection or continued on page 13


RCMP reminder for snowmobile safety designated crossing such as a snowmobile trail crossing, and must hold a valid driver's licence (see Section 35 of the Off-Road Vehicle Act); •

Must not carry open liquor or cannabis;

Must operate in a safe and prudent manner;

Must have headlights and tail lights on from 30 minutes prior to sunset until 30 minutes after sunrise.

When operating on private land (yards, farm land, pasture land, etc.): •

Ensure you have permission of the land owner;

While some provincial laws such as the Off-Road Vehicle Act do not apply to private property, the Criminal Code of Canada does. Therefore, operating an ORV while impaired or with a blood alcohol concentration or blood drug concentration over the legal limit is a criminal offence, as is operating an ORV in a dangerous manner.

"In the past five years, Manitoba RCMP have responded to 23 fatal snowmobile collisions where 65% involved alcohol and/or drugs," said Staff Sergeant Kyle McFadyen of Selkirk RCMP. "In 15 of the 23 fatal collisions, the operator was found to be driving too fast and either lost control or struck an object. Of those killed in collisions, eight were not wearing a helmet. All of these deaths could have been prevented."


REMINDER

Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities is Now Open

Producers are advised that the intake period for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice activities begins on Monday, November 8th and closes on December 10, 2021 for projects that will occur in 2022/23. More details on available on the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development site: https://www.manitoba.ca/agriculture/environ ment/environmental-farm-plan/assurancebmp.html

• Permanent fencing to restrict livestock access to surface water and dugouts — construction materials — associated components and installation costs

• Permanent pipeline development — pipe, plumbing materials, trenching, earthworks, etc. — professional and contractor fees

This intake period includes applications for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas. For this BMP there is a cost share ratio of 50:50 and a funding cap of $10,000 per application. Applicants may submit more than one application. Under BMP 503 the following costs are eligible: • Water source development – Wells — drilling new or deepening existing wells, test hole drilling, screening, casing, well caps etc. — water pumps and required plumbing components — professional and contractor fees

• Water source development – Dugouts — constructing new or rehabilitating existing dugouts, test hole drilling, etc. — professional and contractor fees

• Alternative watering system equipment — solar, wind or grid powered systems — associated components and installation costs

• Watering system components* — watering bowls, troughs or storage tanks * Eligible as a part of a water source development project; items are not eligible as a stand-alone.

• personal labour ($25 per hour) and personal equipment use (at set program rates outlined in the Farm Machinery Custom and Rental Rate Guide) Ineligible costs include: maintenance and operation expenses; perimeter fencing for upland grazing management; expenses related to removing or replacing existing fences or water infrastructure, such as storage tanks or water troughs; portable livestock corral panels; portable gas/diesel powered water pumps, generators, water meters; materials and construction costs for pump houses; aeration systems for dugouts, etc.; above ground pipelines; hauling or pumping of water to fill empty dugouts; and, temporary set up of watering systems. continued on page


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities is Now Open Examples of other BMPs eligible for cost-shared funding to farmers include: Resource Management Planning, Establishment of a Cover Crop, Increasing Frequency of Perennials in Annual Rotations, Perennial Cover for Sensitive Lands, Improved Pasture and Forage Quality, Intercropping, Farmyard Runoff Control, Relocation of Confined Livestock Areas, and others. An Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Statement of Competition is not required at time of application, however it is required at time of claim, if approved. EFP Workshops are ongoing through the fall and winter. Dates and locations are posted at www.ManitobaEFP.ca.

Government support cannot exceed 25 or 50 per cent of eligible expenses, depending on project type, with varying funding caps from $10,000 to $100,000. The total maximum amount payable to one farm operation is $60,000 (not including BMP: Barn Odour Reduction and BMP: Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas) over the term of the Ag Action Manitoba program. Farmers may apply and receive funding for more than one BMP over the term of Ag Action Manitoba. Only one application per BMP on the same parcel of land and/or for a single project where there may be common components across multiple applications, will be eligible for funding.


Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? The program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing low moisture levels. The program will assist livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 to purchase feed in order to maintain their breeding herds. Producers may be eligible to apply for two types of assistance: 1. Feed assistance - buy and test feed for eligible breeding animals 2. Feed transportation assistance - transport purchased feed from distant locations for eligible breeding animals Who is eligible for the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? Primary producers who owned or leased the eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Breeding animals are mature females exposed to breeding (male or artificial insemination) and males used previously for breeding. The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. How do I apply? Applicants can download the Application Form, Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals, and associated program documents on the website at manitoba.ca/agriculture. Application packages can also be picked up at any of the ARD/MASC Service Centres, or mailed to you by calling us at 1-844-769-6224. The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500. Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance – Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements. When is the deadline to apply to the program? April 15, 2022 is the final day to apply. Can multiple applications be submitted? Yes, you can submit more than one application until program maximums are reached.


1. Feed Assistance What feed assistance can I apply for? The eligible feeds that can be purchased for eligible animals from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 to maintain them over the winter include:  grazed corn and greenfeed  mechanically harvested hay, silage, greenfeed, stover, straw, including those purchased as standing crops or grazed in a swath  grain and concentrates (pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator) When can eligible feeds be purchased? Are claims retro-active to a certain date? Eligible feed purchases can occur from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. Is there assistance for feed testing the eligible feedstuffs? Yes, the program will pay for feed testing to determine the nutritional value of eligible feeds. Can feed be purchased for feeders or non-breeding animals? No, feed for feeders, growing animals or non-breeding aged animals is not eligible under this program. How will livestock feed assistance payments be calculated? The administrator will make payments to the applicant for purchases and testing of Eligible Feed made between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, as follows:  On a per breeding head basis, a producer share will be applied $50 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $10 per head for sheep and goats.  Payments will be equal to 75 per cent of the purchased cost of feed and feed testing that exceeds the producer share to a maximum per head payment. The maximum payment is $250 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $50 per head for sheep and goats. How are the breeding head determined in calculating payments?  Breeding head are based on the number declared on the Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals at the time of first application. The declaration is the number of head being maintained and fed over winter, and does not include animals that have or will be sold prior to March 15, 2022. If applicants reduce their breeding animals below the number declared with their first application, they should contact the Program Administrator and submit a new declaration.

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2. Feed Transportation Assistance What feeds qualify for feed transportation assistance? Feed transportation assistance is provided for the movement of eligible feed types (hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, silage, grain and concentrates) to eligible breeding animals. The eligible concentrates are pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator. What are the eligible dates and distances for feed transportation? Transportation costs for eligible feed purchased and transported between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 kilometres. What are the payments for the feed transportation assistance? Payments will be calculated on the tonnes hauled on a per loaded kilometre basis up to 600 kilometres. For hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, and silage the payment rates are:  $0.16 per tonne kilometre for the first 100 kilometres of a haul  $0.10 per tonne kilometre for the remainder of a haul for up to an additional 500 kilometres. For grains and concentrate, the payment rate is $0.05 per tonne kilometre up to 600 kilometres. Payments for each receipt or invoice provided by the applicant will be the payment rate multiplied by the distance transported multiplied by the number of tonnes transported, or the amount of the receipt, whichever is less. Feed can be hauled further than 600 kilometres; however, the extra distance is not eligible for payment. Can feed be sourced from outside of Manitoba qualify for assistance? Feed can be sourced from outside Manitoba and the shipping will still be eligible based on the program’s rates and distances. Does the feed transportation assistance come out of the feed assistance funding? Feed transportation assistance is in addition to funding available to a producer for feed purchases. It is not subtracted from the $250 per head cap for beef, bison and PMU horses or $50 cap for sheep and goats. Is feed transportation assistance available for animals moved to an alternate feeding location? Feed transportation assistance is not available for animals for which producers have received assistance to move eligible animals to an alternate feeding location under the Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program. Alternate feeding locations should have adequate feed locally available for the animals moved. What feed is not eligible for feed transportation assistance?  Feed for market animals or ineligible animals.  Feed produced on your own operation.  Feed for breeding animals that are sold/culled prior to March 15, 2022.  Feed that is sold or replaces similar feed that is sold.  Feed transported less than 40 kilometres.  Feed transported to an alternate feeding location used to house eligible animals for which the applicant received payments under Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance.

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REMINDER

Reminder: Applications being accepted for Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program The intake for the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program is open. Funded by the federal and provincial governments it will provide targeted financial assistance to Agricultural Crown Land forage leaseholders to adopt best management practices to sustainably increase the productivity on their Agricultural Crown Land forage leases. Eligible recipients must have an active Agricultural Crown Land lease that is in good standing and must complete an Environmental Farm Plan. Eligible items under the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program include grazing management plans, water

source development and watering systems, cross-fencing for pasture management, and forage rejuvenation such as forage establishment and brush management. Improvements must be completed within the one-year pilot project. Farmers could begin submitting applications on November 8, 2021. For more information on the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program, and other Ag Action Manitoba- Assurance Beneficial Management Practices programming in Manitoba, please visit: www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/canadianagricultural-partnership/ag-action-manitobaprogram/for-farmers.html.

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Frequently Asked Questions Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program

Q1. What is the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program?

A: The ACLFP is a pilot program that provides Agricultural Crown Land (ACL) lessees with 75% cost-shared programming of up to $30,000 per farm operation to develop a grazing management plan, add infrastructure (cross-fencing, wells, dugouts) and rejuvenate forage lands (perennial forage seed, seeding and brush management) in order to improve pasture productivity. Project must occur between April and December of 2022. Program details can be accessed here: http://webpublishing.mbgov.ca/en/agriculture/canadian-agriculturalpartnership/Documents/guidebook/ag-action-mb-program-guide-for-aclfp.pdf

Q2. Who is eligible to apply? A: ACL lease holders in good standing can apply. A farm business or operation with multiple shareholders or partners, operation names or units, will count as one eligible applicant. Each farm operation can submit one application that includes all applicable activities (planning, infrastructure and/or rejuvenation). However, Municipal lands under ACL lease are not eligible for this program.

Q3. When is the deadline to apply?

A: Applications must be received no later than December 31, 2021. They will be assessed by technical reviewers based on the environmental benefit assessment index, program priorities and project planning.

Q4. Do I need support from ACL to submit an application for a project? A: Yes. You will need a Letter of Support for the proposed project from your local Farm Production Extension Specialist (FPES) – Crown Lands (see contact info in Q14, below) and the Letter of Support must be submitted along with your application. While your FPES-Crown Lands must ensure that your proposed project is suitable for your ACL lease, they are not responsible for ACLFP funding approval.

Q5. What do I need to include with my application?

A: Be sure to answer all questions in the application form itself: explain the proposed project in detail, current practices, and the benefit of the new practice; answer all BMP Specific Questions (as listed in the guidebook), and complete the budget table in full. Along with your application, you will need to include: - a written Letter of Support from your local FPES – Crown Lands for your proposed project (see Q3 above). - an aerial map of the forage land with the location of the existing and proposed water sources identified as well as any fencing (existing and new), and land to be rejuvenated. - an official quote for contracted items (if applicable).


Q6. When can I start my project?

A: Projects must occur between April 1, 2022 and December 30, 2022 in order to be eligible for ACLFP funding. Project deadlines will be specified in the approval letter, should your application be approved. If work is started on a project before formal written approval of program funding is received, the applicant does so at their own risk.

Q7. When do I need to complete my project?

A: The project must be completed and claims submitted by the date indicated in your decision letter (all claims must be submitted no later than December 30, 2022).

Q8. Do I need any permits?

A: Applicants must meet all regulatory requirements. This may include: • approvals from the Crown: ACL Work Permit – see Q9 below. • a Water Rights License is required for all livestock operations extracting more than 25,000 litres (25 m3 or 5,499 Imperial gallons) per day. If developing a new water source, a permit must be obtained in advance of work beginning. • any other standards or approvals as required by law.

Q9. How do I get a Work Permit from ACL to implement a project on my ACL lease? A: An ACL Work Permit is required prior to conducting work on ACL leases. - If your ACLFP project application is approved, an ACL Work Permit will be issued to you from your FPESCrown Land along with the approval letter. - If you plan to initiate your project in advance of receiving ACLFP approval, you will need to secure an ACL Work Permit from an FPES – Crown Lands prior to beginning work.

Q10. Do I need a valid Environmental Farm Plan Statement of Completion?

A: You can submit an application without a valid Statement of Completion, however, if your project is approved, you will be required to provide proof of a valid EFP when you submit your project claim for reimbursement. Environmental Farm Plan workshop dates and locations will be listed online.

Q11. Does my dugout or well need to have a specific capacity?

A: The ACLFP pilot program does not have guidelines for dugout capacity, but you should discuss your plans with your FPES – Crown Lands.

Q12. Can I pump / pipe / haul water from an existing water source into a dugout that has gone dry?

A: Piping or hauling water from any water source (well, dugout or wetland) into a dugout that has run dry is not eligible.

Q13. How deep does a pipeline need to be?

A: Summer pasture pipelines permanently installed underground, and which can be properly winterized before freezing are eligible (ex: installed with a pasture pipeline plow). Above-ground pipelines are ineligible. Projects must be for permanent solutions only.


Q14. If I have more questions, who can I contact?

A: If the question is about project implementation on an ACL lease, please contact: FPES – Crown Lands Greg Logan Luanne Berjian Neil Overby Tyson Gillis

Location Beausejour Minnedosa Dauphin Dauphin

Districts 20, 50, 52 30, 31 42,51 43, 44

E-mail Greg.Logan@gov.mb.ca Luanne.Berjian@gov.mb.ca Neil.Overby@gov.mb.ca Tyson.Gillis@gov.mb.ca

A: If the question is about specific eligibility criteria or the application process, please contact: • Andrea Bertholet (Andrea.Bertholet@gov.mb.ca) or • Colleen Wilson (Colleen.Wilson2@gov.mb.ca).


Manitoba Beef Producers 2021 DroughtRelated Industry Survey reservoirs, restoring existing water sources, or hauling water. Producers are also asked to indicate their intentions with respect to herd sizes going forward, such as projected culling rates. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation is sincerely appreciated.

In support of Manitoba Beef Producers’ drought-related advocacy efforts with the federal and provincial governments, MBP is conducting a confidential producer survey to gather further data on the impact the drought is having on the province’s beef sector. For example, producers are being asked to identify their estimated percentage of feed/forage production compared to last year. Producers are asked to indicate if they are incurring additional fencing costs in order to access alternate sources of feed for grazing. There are questions related to the drought’s impact on water resources. This includes investments producers are having to make in this area, such as digging new wells or

Note: All data and comments collected will be aggregated before being used for MBP’s advocacy activities. No operation-specific identifying information will be shared with governments. Thank you in advance for your consideration in completing the survey which can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ YX52PFG MBP is continuing to engage with government officials about the severity of the drought, its effects on producers and the need for a timely, multi-pronged approach to help the beef industry deal with the immediate and longerterm implications of the drought.


E-Newsletter An update from MBP November 26, 2021

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MBP supports new exhibit at FortWhyte Alive

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The exhibit will showcase the importance of enhancing Manitoba’s soil health via nature-based regenerative and best management agriculture practices (such as cover crops, crop rotations and livestock integration) as a tool to combat climate change. It is expected that the lab will bring climate change challenges and solutions in a unique prairie context to largely urban visitors. About FortWhyte Alive

Pictured at the cheque presentation on November 26, 2021 (from left to right): Carson Callum, General Manager, Manitoba Beef Producers; Nancy Howatt, District 2 Director, Manitoba Beef Producers; Liz Wilson, President & CEO, FortWhyte Alive; Lawrence Knockaert, Incoming Chair, Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association; and Duncan Morrison, Executive Director, Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association.

Manitoba Beef Producers is proudly supporting the enhancement of the FortWhyte Alive (FWA) Prairie Soil exhibit and the development of associated programming in the newly renovated Richardson Interpretive Centre and Climate Action Lab. The exhibit is a collection of three dioramas with narrative panels telling the story of prairie soil health as it has evolved over time from prior to settler contact through to today. Spanning the years with visual storytelling, the diorama is a key exhibit component of FortWhyte Alive’s Interpretive Centre. FWA has worked closely with Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) on the soil health, livestock production synergies and regenerative agriculture details of the Climate Action Lab.

FortWhyte Alive, located at 1961 McReary Rd. in Winnipeg, provides a place for humans to enjoy and learn about natural ecosystems and become inspired to preserve and protect them. Reaching over 110,000 visitors and 35,000 school children in a typical year on our 660-acre landscape of 5 lakes, forest, marsh, meadow and urban farm; FortWhyte Alive is host to a wide variety of wildlife species in a diverse ecosystem. There is no other facility or series of programs in Manitoba that offers what FortWhyte Alive does in terms of reach and scope. As one of Canada's premier charitable, environmental education facilities, FortWhyte welcomes thousands of people a year to benefit from its many programs in environmental education, outdoor recreation, and social enterprise. Open 364 days a year, FortWhyte presents programming during all four seasons and inspires citizens to develop an appreciation for the natural world. Approximately 350 active volunteers are involved in every aspect of the organization's work, from policy development at the Board level to the delivery of over 45 school and public programs. Over its more than 50-year history of innovative and dynamic programming, FortWhyte Alive has evolved from a modest 'nature center' into one of Canada's preeminent sustainable living education facilities. FortWhyte's unprecedented bounty of built, natural and intellectual assets, supports a unique offering of leading-edge environmental, social enterprise, and recreational programs.


MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS Scholarship Application Deadline Extension ***Due to ongoing disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic (and the related impacts on high schools and post-secondary institutions) MBP has pushed the application deadline for its 2021 scholarship competition into December instead of the usual June intake deadline. This application intake process is for students who will be undertaking post-secondary studies in the 2021-22 academic year. Manitoba Beef Producers is pleased to make available six $500 scholarships annually for MBP members or their children attending a university, college, other post-secondary institution or pursuing trades training. Preference will be given to those students pursuing a field of study related to agriculture or to those acquiring a skilled trade or pursuing a career that would be beneficial to the rural economy. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY HAS BEEN EXTENDED: Completed applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Friday, December 3 2021. A selection committee will review the submissions. Winners will be notified by January 5, 2022. The scholarship criteria is as follows: Eligibility: • Must be at least 17 years of age as of January 1, 2021. • Must be an active Manitoba beef producer or the child of an active Manitoba beef producer. Note: This can include beef producers returning to school after a period of time in the workforce. • Post-secondary program or trades training must be a minimum of one year in duration. Items You Are Required to Submit: • Completed application form; • A typed 600-word (maximum) essay discussing “What the beef industry means to my family, my community and Manitoba.” Also include the reasons you enjoy being involved in agriculture.*; • A copy of your transcript (either high school, or a recognized college, university or trade school); • Proof of enrolment in a recognized institution (current transcript, or your acceptance letter, or a letter of intent indicating your intended institution and field of study). • A list of community involvement (e.g. 4-H, community clubs, volunteer work, etc.); and, • The names of two references, including their addresses and telephone numbers. Submissions and ALL documentation must be sent no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021 to: Manitoba Beef Producers Scholarship Committee 220 – 530 Century Street Winnipeg MB R3H 0Y4 E-mail: info@mbbeef.ca Fax: (204) 774-3264 For more information, please contact Manitoba Beef Producers at 1-800-772-0458 or email info@mbbeef.ca. *Scholarship winners’ essays will be published in MBP’s newspaper Cattle Country.


MBP 2021-22 Academic Year SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PLEASE PRINT Name: _______________________________________________________________________________ Mailing address: _______________________________________________________________________ Telephone: _____________________________ Email: __________________________________________ Date of birth: _____________________________ Parents’ names if you are under 18: _______________________________________________________ Are you a beef producer? _____________________________ Are you the child of a beef producer? ________ If yes, what is their name(s)? __________________________ Institute of current enrolment: ________________________________________________________________ Current or intended program of post-secondary study or skilled trades training: __________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Duration of post-secondary program or skilled trades training: _________ year (s)

Essay: Please submit a typed 600-word (maximum) essay* on the topic “What the beef industry means to my family, my community, and Manitoba.” Also include the reasons you enjoy being involved in agriculture. *Note: Scholarship winners’ essays will be published in Manitoba Beef Producers’ newspaper Cattle Country. Please return the completed application form, transcript, and proof of enrolment in a post-secondary institution or an apprenticeship program or a letter of intent to pursue further studies, a list of your community involvement, the typed essay and, your references no later than 4:30 p.m., Friday, December 3, 2021 to: Manitoba Beef Producers Scholarship Committee 220 – 530 Century Street Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 Email: info@mbbeef.ca Fax (204) 774-3264


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COVID-19 Vaccine Updates participating medical clinics and pharmacies between Nov. 25 and 29. Effective November 24, walk-in appointments are no longer available at the RBC Convention Centre supersite in Winnipeg. Individuals who wish to be immunized at this location can make an appointment online or through the vaccine call centre at (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844MAN-VACC). Eligibility Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine includes anyone aged five or older. As of this morning, more than 22,000 appointments have been booked for children aged 5 to 11. To be eligible, children must be five at the time the appointment is booked and appointments are only currently available at supersites. Vaccine will be delivered to

A third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all adults a minimum of six months after their last dose, with limited exceptions. More information is available at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibilitycriteria.html#third. Many Manitoba vaccine sites are offering walkin and appointment-based vaccinations for COVID and seasonal flu. Eligible individuals can book their appointments online, or by calling (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). For hours and days of operation, visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder .html. More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccine and https://protectmb.ca.


Chronic Wasting Disease Bulletin #3: Additional Activities Being Taken Hunters are required to submit samples from animals harvested within this zone and drop-off depot locations can be found all over the province. (November 26, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) Manitoba Agriculture and Resource

Development advises that additional steps are being taken as part of the provincial emergency response to the discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Manitoba. Following the discovery of CWD in Manitoba the province moved swiftly and decisively with a number of measures aimed at containing and stopping the spread of this fatal and highly contagious disease amongst members of the deer family (deer, elk, moose and caribou). Following a temporary hunting ban, the province’s plan is now moving to the next phase of control, which will include a special, local community deer hunting opportunity in the temporary CWD containment zone. Starting Nov. 26 and ending Dec. 12, 2021 a controlled, local landowner and local Indigenous hunting opportunity for mule deer and white tailed deer will occur. Hunters and harvesters will need a special permit, which can be obtained from the Roblin District office. Hunters, harvesters and local landowners continue to have an important role to play in the containment of this deadly disease. Manitoba currently has a mandatory submission zone for all licenced hunter-harvested cervids (see page 60 of the hunting guide www.gov.mb.ca/fishwildlife/pubs/fish_wildlife/huntingguide.pdf).

Regular communication and updated information is important for CWD awareness, education and public action. More information, including fact sheets and answers to frequently asked questions is available online, and will be updated regularly. This includes details on where and how to submit a sample for CWD testing, submission information, hunter CWD sample test results and the most recent updates. The site will evolve and provide Manitobans with easily accessible, up to date information. The site can be found at www.manitoba.ca/cwd. CWD is a fatal disease that affects members of the deer family, including white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose and caribou. Animals infected with CWD may appear healthy until the later stages of the disease, and while CWD is not known as a human health risk, meat from a CWD infected animal is not recommended for consumption. Hunters active in areas where CWD has been detected should have their harvested animal tested, practice safe carcass handling protocols and will be notified immediately if their animal has tested positive for CWD. For more information, visit www.manitoba.ca/cwd. Hunters with concerns or questions about an animal that has been harvested can contact the province by email CWD@gov.mb.ca or by calling 1-800-214-6197.


Manitoba Government Announces Public Engagement for Budget 2022 •Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., Dome Building, Brandon; and •Friday, Dec. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Blarney Stone Pub and Restaurant, Killarney. (November 22, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) The provincial government is inviting

Manitobans to participate in in-person and telephone town hall engagement sessions to help inform Budget 2022, Finance Minister Scott Fielding announced. “As we prepare our upcoming budget, our government remains committed to protecting and supporting all Manitobans during the COVID-19 pandemic, while also maintaining our province’s forward momentum toward a full economic recovery,” said Fielding. “We’re listening to Manitobans and want to hear what matters most to you and your families. To accommodate as many citizens as possible, we’re inviting all Manitobans to participate in their choice of telephone, virtual or in-person engagement sessions.” Sessions will start in late November and December with more sessions to be announced in January in Winnipeg and other locations. Additional in-person sessions in January will include Churchill, Thompson, Russell and Dauphin, noted the minister, with dates and locations to come. There will also be additional virtual and telephone town hall sessions in the new year for both Winnipeg and rural Manitoba. Community meetings: •Monday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m., RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg (English-French bilingual session); •Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., Pinawa Community Centre, Pinawa;

Telephone town halls: •Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m. for northern Manitobans. Due to COVID-19 public health restrictions, Manitoba Finance asks participants to preregister and reserve a spot for an in-person meeting or sign up to receive a phone call for the telephone town hall at https://engagemb.ca/budget-2022. Participants at in-person sessions will be expected to practise physical distancing. Mask use and proof of vaccination is required. The Manitoba government also invites Manitobans to participate in an online survey that will launch soon on EngageMB. Manitobans can also email comments and ideas to budget2022@gov.mb.ca or mail written submissions to: Minister of Finance c/o budget engagement 103 - 450 Broadway Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0V8 “Budget 2022 will focus on providing quality health care and education, advancing truth and reconciliation, investing in infrastructure and growing the economy as we continue to move forward from the impact of the pandemic,” said Fielding. “We invite Manitobans to help prioritize our investments in these key areas.” The province will release its full public engagement schedule along with the online survey at https://engagemb.ca/budget-2022.


Short Form Pre-Approval Notice - 2011 Lake Manitoba Flood Class Action Notice Of Settlement Approval Hearing WINNIPEG, MB, Nov. 19, 2021 CNW/NEWS PROVIDED BY DD West LLP To: Any person that owned real or personal property off reserve that was damaged by the flooding of Lake Manitoba in 2011: A Class Action Lawsuit May Affect Your Legal Rights BACKGROUND On March 15, 2013, a lawsuit was commenced in the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench alleging that the Government of Manitoba caused damage to areas surrounding Lake Manitoba by way of causing flooding through the operation of provincial water control works in 2011. The Court certified the lawsuit as a class proceeding, rather than having each class member bring a separate lawsuit. Following trial and judgment, but prior to any appeal, the parties entered into negotiations and have reached a settlement of the lawsuit. SETTLEMENT APPROVAL The settlement must be approved by the Court before any settlement benefits can be paid to Class Members. If the settlement is approved by the Court, another notice will be published with details on how to make a claim for settlement benefits. The Settlement Approval Hearing is scheduled to occur in the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. via video hearing. Class members interested in attending the Settlement Approval Hearing may do so subject to the COVID-19 restrictions and protocols set out in the Pre-Approval Notice (Long Form),

which can be accessed at the website of Class Counsel, DD West LLP at https://www.ddwestllp.com/. SETTLEMENT SUMMARY Without admitting any wrongdoing, the Government of Manitoba has agreed to pay $85.5 million to settle the lawsuit. This amount includes a contribution towards lawyer ("Class Counsel") fees and expenses as well as toward the costs of administering the settlement. All members of the Class are eligible to make claims for settlement benefits. Details of the type of claims that are eligible and the manner in which those claims will be assessed can be accessed at the website of Class Counsel, DD West LLP at https://www.ddwestllp.com/ and at the website of the Claims Administrator at: www.exg.ca/LakeManitobaSettlement2021. Because payments under the settlement will be based on the total amount of the claims submitted and approved, it is not possible to estimate the amounts that eligible Class Members may receive. Any amounts that Class Members have received under any provincial financial assistance programs will be deducted from any eligible claim. Information on the timing and the process for making a claim and receiving payment under the settlement will be made available in another notice if the settlement is approved by the Court. WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: Do Nothing. By doing nothing, you will be entitled to participate in the settlement, if it is continued on page 9


Short Form Pre-Approval Notice - 2011 Lake Manitoba Flood Class Action Notice Of Settlement Approval Hearing approved by the Court and if you are an eligible Class Member. You have the right to submit comments in writing on the proposed settlement, including the amount of proposed legal fees and disbursements payable to Class Counsel, for consideration by the Court at the Settlement Approval Hearing. If you wish to make a written comment, you must submit it to Class Counsel (DD West LLP) no later than December 31, 2021, either by email to one of the addresses listed below, or by mail to the address below with a postmarked date no later than December 31, 2021. LEARNING MORE The Court office will not be able to answer any questions about the matters in this Notice. If you have any questions regarding the settlement or the Settlement Approval Hearing, you may contact Class Counsel (DD West LLP) at:

DD West LLP Website: https://www.ddwestllp.com/ Email: flood@ddwestllp.com 300 - 305 Broadway Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3J7 Fax: 204-421-8566 This Notice is approved by Order of the Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba. For further information: Brian Meronek, Q.C.: Email: bmeronek@ddwestllp.com, Phone: 204480-6687; William S. Klym: Email: wklym@ddwestllp.com, Phone: 204-4806687; Mark Intertas:, Email: mintertas@ddwestllp.com, Phone: 204480-6687; DD West LLP (General Line), Phone: 204-421-8655 Organization Profile: DD West LLP


Manitoba and Saskatchewan Renew Memorandum of Understanding on Water Management

(November 24, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) The governments of Manitoba and

Saskatchewan have renewed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) respecting water management between the two provinces, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Ralph Eichler and Saskatchewan Minister Responsible for Water Security Agency Fred Bradshaw announced today. “We recognize the tremendous progress made in the last five years with Saskatchewan to improve water management across our shared watersheds,” said Eichler. “Renewing our partnership will help both jurisdictions continue to focus on today’s issues like flooding, drought and drainage, while providing a strong framework to meet new challenges.” Manitoba and Saskatchewan share a number of transboundary watersheds including the

Assiniboine and Saskatchewan rivers’ watersheds. Activities and developments such as drainage across these watersheds have the potential to impact downstream water quantity and quality. “Saskatchewan looks forward to continue working with Manitoba as part of this important partnership,” said Bradshaw. “We feel this approach will identify and tackle issues that are important to landowners, communities and our respective governments.” Both governments entered into an MOU in 2015 that set out broad principles to facilitate a co-operative and co-ordinated approach in their efforts to mitigate flooding, drought, to protect and improve water quality and aquatic ecosystem health, to achieve a healthy, prosperous and sustainable-shared watersheds for present and future generations. The renewed MOU will be in effect for five years, expiring in 2026. For more information on the MOU, visit www.manitoba.ca/water/watershed/trans boundary/index.html.

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Manitoba Public Insurance announces new COVID-19 pandemic policy: effective Jan. 3, 2022

(November 23, 2021 MPI News Release) In

alignment with Manitoba Public Insurance’s duty to provide and maintain a safe and healthy workplace, the Corporation has developed a pandemic policy focusing on protecting employees, customers and our community, which will be effective Jan. 3, 2022. “As the pandemic continues to evolve, our health and safety protocols must evolve with it, especially as COVID-19 variants pose increasingly significant risks. This policy establishes the requirements and expectations to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus during the ongoing pandemic,” said MPI President and CEO Eric Herbelin.

as brokers, direct repair shops, and rehabilitation partners, in their own business locations. Individuals from these groups will be treated as visiting public upon entering an MPI location. “MPI is committed to taking reasonable precautions it considers necessary to ensure the health and safety of our employees, customers, and the general public against the transmission and to reduce the severity of the illnesses associated with COVID-19. As such, this policy will be effective for the duration of the pandemic and will be reviewed regularly,” said Herbelin. Policy Highlights: •

The policy applies to customers taking a road test or an in-office cognitive assessment, as plexi-glass barriers or physical distancing are not possible in providing these services. When accessing these services, these customers must provide either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result prior to entering an MPI location. While customers accessing other MPI services will not be required to adhere to this policy, they still must follow all health and safety protocols in place, including self-screening and wearing a mask at all times.

All in-car road tests, including Class 1-5, and in-office cognitive assessments must share proof of full vaccination; or 2) Provide proof of a negative result after taking a rapid test, at their own expense. Customers with existing appointments scheduled for Jan. 3, 2022 and later will be contacted.

The policy also applies to all third-party individuals, including consultants, volunteers, board members and contractors, including students and instructors in the Driver Z program.

Contractors/consultants: When entering an MPI location for the purpose of completing work, where there may be interactions with MPI employees, individuals will be required to provide proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative test result 48 hours prior to arriving on-site.

Driver Z instructors: Individual instructors will be required to provide proof of vaccination, or proof that they have obtained a negative test result in the 48 hours prior to the scheduled

This policy will not apply to service providers, business partners and authorized agents, such

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Manitoba Public Insurance announces new COVID-19 pandemic policy: effective Jan. 3, 2022 time of any planned interactions with either MPI employees or the public. •

All individuals (students and instructors) participating in the Driver Z program have the right to request proof of immunization prior to the appointment. Service will be denied to individuals if proof is not provided.

“We’re working diligently to maintain our business per usual,” said Herbelin. “However, with safety in mind, MPI will deny service or access to premises to individuals who do not provide proof of vaccination or negative test result, unless accommodation is required as recognized by the Manitoba Human Rights Code.”

Anyone on MPI premises, regardless of their vaccination or testing status, is still expected to follow all health and safety protocols, whether enforced by public health or MPI. This includes wearing face masks, maintaining physical distancing during any interactions and following the exposure protocols outlined by the Province of Manitoba. The policy also aligns with requirements for MPI employees, which were recently announced. Effective January 3, 2022, all MPI employees must consent to share proof of full vaccination or consent to complete regular COVID-19 testing every 48 hours prior to attending an MPI work location.


Province Unveils New `Path to Progressing Together' Agenda in Speech from the Throne •

removing barriers that delay Manitobans from getting the medical care they urgently need;

addressing the nursing shortage with increased and targeted training opportunities;

implementing a renewed seniors strategy so aging Manitobans are able to stay safe in their own homes, close to family and their personal support systems, for as long as they choose;

improving access and co-ordination of mental health and addictions services;

working with community partners to meet the needs of single parents, Indigenous youth and people with disabilities;

expanding supports for those experiencing family violence;

accelerating the implementation of the federal-provincial agreement on early learning and child care;

improving the kindergarten to Grade 12 education system to better prepare students for their future;

promoting collaboration between advanced education and training institutions and employers to provide Manitobans with the right skills to succeed that meet the evolving needs of the labour market;

advancing the Skills, Talent and Knowledge Strategy to accelerate postpandemic economic recovery;

(November 23, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) The Manitoba government unveiled its

new agenda, ‘Path to Progressing Together’, which focuses on working together with all Manitobans to build a stronger, healthier and more inclusive province, Premier Heather Stefanson announced. Delivered by the Lt.-Gov. Janice C. Filmon at the opening of the fourth session of the 42nd legislature, the speech from the throne sets out the new premier’s vision for a strong economic and social recovery, with a focus on the health and well-being of all Manitobans. “Our government is embarking on a path in a new direction; we are committed to working side by side with all Manitobans in the spirit of collaboration, co-operation and reconciliation,” said Stefanson. ”As we continue to address the challenges posed by COVID-19, we are also focused on creating a stronger, more sustainable health-care system, providing greater supports for families, seniors and vulnerable Manitobans, improving education and training opportunities, and laying the ground work to foster investment, job creation and economic growth.” Key initiatives of the Path to Progressing Together agenda include: •

working with Indigenous leaders, elders, knowledge keepers, families and community members to advance shared goals and seek reconciliation, healing and a path forward together;

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ensuring Indigenous and new Canadian students are given opportunities to participate in post-secondary education and training;

partnering with the federal government to boost immigration and provincial nominee programs;

implementing a venture capital framework to attract international investment and help businesses grow at all stages of their development;

committing to a renewed partnership with the Government of Canada to advance shared priorities and opportunities including transportation and strategic infrastructure, agriculture and food production;

creating a greener Manitoba with an energy policy framework to explore innovative technologies that will reduce emissions and stimulate the economy;

modernizing and expanding the City of Winnipeg’s waste-water treatment system; and

preserving nature and heritage spaces, and promoting tourism and the arts and culture sector throughout Manitoba.

Note: With respect to agriculture, the provincial Throne Speech specifically stated, “Water strategies and investments not only combat droughts but ensure safe water for

communities and enable more investments. Our Manitoba Protein Advantage Strategy will not continue to attract investment unless we guarantee water for our producers and processors.” To read the provincial speech from the throne, visit www.manitoba.ca/thronespeech. The federal government’s throne speech was also unveiled this week. Of note, it stated,”Increasing the price on pollution while putting more money back in Canadians’ pockets will deliver a cleaner environment and a stronger economy. Protecting our land and oceans will address biodiversity loss… Creating the Canada Water Agency will safeguard that vital resource and support our farmers. And to address the realities communities across the country already face, the Government will also strengthen action to prevent and prepare for floods, wildfires, droughts, coastline erosion, and other extreme weather worsened by climate change. The Government will be there to build back in communities devastated by these events. This will include the development of Canada’s first-ever National Adaptation Strategy… Canada’s prosperity – and middle class jobs – depend on preserving and expanding open, rules-based trade and ensuring our supply chains are strong and resilient.” To read the federal throne speech go to: https://www.canada.ca/en/privycouncil/campaigns/speechthrone/2021/building-resilient-economy.html


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities is Now Open Producers are advised that the intake period for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice activities begins on Monday, November 8th and closes on December 10, 2021 for projects that will occur in 2022/23. More details on available on the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development site: https://www.manitoba.ca/agriculture/environ ment/environmental-farm-plan/assurancebmp.html

• Permanent fencing to restrict livestock access to surface water and dugouts — construction materials — associated components and installation costs

• Permanent pipeline development — pipe, plumbing materials, trenching, earthworks, etc. — professional and contractor fees

This intake period includes applications for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas. For this BMP there is a cost share ratio of 50:50 and a funding cap of $10,000 per application. Applicants may submit more than one application. Under BMP 503 the following costs are eligible: • Water source development – Wells — drilling new or deepening existing wells, test hole drilling, screening, casing, well caps etc. — water pumps and required plumbing components — professional and contractor fees

• Water source development – Dugouts — constructing new or rehabilitating existing dugouts, test hole drilling, etc. — professional and contractor fees

• Alternative watering system equipment — solar, wind or grid powered systems — associated components and installation costs

• Watering system components* — watering bowls, troughs or storage tanks * Eligible as a part of a water source development project; items are not eligible as a stand-alone.

• personal labour ($25 per hour) and personal equipment use (at set program rates outlined in the Farm Machinery Custom and Rental Rate Guide) Ineligible costs include: maintenance and operation expenses; perimeter fencing for upland grazing management; expenses related to removing or replacing existing fences or water infrastructure, such as storage tanks or water troughs; portable livestock corral panels; portable gas/diesel powered water pumps, generators, water meters; materials and construction costs for pump houses; aeration systems for dugouts, etc.; above ground pipelines; hauling or pumping of water to fill empty dugouts; and, temporary set up of watering systems. continued on page 16


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities is Now Open Examples of other BMPs eligible for cost-shared funding to farmers include: Resource Management Planning, Establishment of a Cover Crop, Increasing Frequency of Perennials in Annual Rotations, Perennial Cover for Sensitive Lands, Improved Pasture and Forage Quality, Intercropping, Farmyard Runoff Control, Relocation of Confined Livestock Areas, and others. An Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Statement of Competition is not required at time of application, however it is required at time of claim, if approved. EFP Workshops are ongoing through the fall and winter. Dates and locations are posted at www.ManitobaEFP.ca.

Application deadline: December 3, 2021

Government support cannot exceed 25 or 50 per cent of eligible expenses, depending on project type, with varying funding caps from $10,000 to $100,000. The total maximum amount payable to one farm operation is $60,000 (not including BMP: Barn Odour Reduction and BMP: Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas) over the term of the Ag Action Manitoba program. Farmers may apply and receive funding for more than one BMP over the term of Ag Action Manitoba. Only one application per BMP on the same parcel of land and/or for a single project where there may be common components across multiple applications, will be eligible for funding.


Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? The program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing low moisture levels. The program will assist livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 to purchase feed in order to maintain their breeding herds. Producers may be eligible to apply for two types of assistance: 1. Feed assistance - buy and test feed for eligible breeding animals 2. Feed transportation assistance - transport purchased feed from distant locations for eligible breeding animals Who is eligible for the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? Primary producers who owned or leased the eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Breeding animals are mature females exposed to breeding (male or artificial insemination) and males used previously for breeding. The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. How do I apply? Applicants can download the Application Form, Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals, and associated program documents on the website at manitoba.ca/agriculture. Application packages can also be picked up at any of the ARD/MASC Service Centres, or mailed to you by calling us at 1-844-769-6224. The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500. Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance – Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements. When is the deadline to apply to the program? April 15, 2022 is the final day to apply. Can multiple applications be submitted? Yes, you can submit more than one application until program maximums are reached.


1. Feed Assistance What feed assistance can I apply for? The eligible feeds that can be purchased for eligible animals from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 to maintain them over the winter include:  grazed corn and greenfeed  mechanically harvested hay, silage, greenfeed, stover, straw, including those purchased as standing crops or grazed in a swath  grain and concentrates (pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator) When can eligible feeds be purchased? Are claims retro-active to a certain date? Eligible feed purchases can occur from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. Is there assistance for feed testing the eligible feedstuffs? Yes, the program will pay for feed testing to determine the nutritional value of eligible feeds. Can feed be purchased for feeders or non-breeding animals? No, feed for feeders, growing animals or non-breeding aged animals is not eligible under this program. How will livestock feed assistance payments be calculated? The administrator will make payments to the applicant for purchases and testing of Eligible Feed made between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, as follows:  On a per breeding head basis, a producer share will be applied $50 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $10 per head for sheep and goats.  Payments will be equal to 75 per cent of the purchased cost of feed and feed testing that exceeds the producer share to a maximum per head payment. The maximum payment is $250 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $50 per head for sheep and goats. How are the breeding head determined in calculating payments?  Breeding head are based on the number declared on the Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals at the time of first application. The declaration is the number of head being maintained and fed over winter, and does not include animals that have or will be sold prior to March 15, 2022. If applicants reduce their breeding animals below the number declared with their first application, they should contact the Program Administrator and submit a new declaration.

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2. Feed Transportation Assistance What feeds qualify for feed transportation assistance? Feed transportation assistance is provided for the movement of eligible feed types (hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, silage, grain and concentrates) to eligible breeding animals. The eligible concentrates are pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator. What are the eligible dates and distances for feed transportation? Transportation costs for eligible feed purchased and transported between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 kilometres. What are the payments for the feed transportation assistance? Payments will be calculated on the tonnes hauled on a per loaded kilometre basis up to 600 kilometres. For hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, and silage the payment rates are:  $0.16 per tonne kilometre for the first 100 kilometres of a haul  $0.10 per tonne kilometre for the remainder of a haul for up to an additional 500 kilometres. For grains and concentrate, the payment rate is $0.05 per tonne kilometre up to 600 kilometres. Payments for each receipt or invoice provided by the applicant will be the payment rate multiplied by the distance transported multiplied by the number of tonnes transported, or the amount of the receipt, whichever is less. Feed can be hauled further than 600 kilometres; however, the extra distance is not eligible for payment. Can feed be sourced from outside of Manitoba qualify for assistance? Feed can be sourced from outside Manitoba and the shipping will still be eligible based on the program’s rates and distances. Does the feed transportation assistance come out of the feed assistance funding? Feed transportation assistance is in addition to funding available to a producer for feed purchases. It is not subtracted from the $250 per head cap for beef, bison and PMU horses or $50 cap for sheep and goats. Is feed transportation assistance available for animals moved to an alternate feeding location? Feed transportation assistance is not available for animals for which producers have received assistance to move eligible animals to an alternate feeding location under the Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program. Alternate feeding locations should have adequate feed locally available for the animals moved. What feed is not eligible for feed transportation assistance?  Feed for market animals or ineligible animals.  Feed produced on your own operation.  Feed for breeding animals that are sold/culled prior to March 15, 2022.  Feed that is sold or replaces similar feed that is sold.  Feed transported less than 40 kilometres.  Feed transported to an alternate feeding location used to house eligible animals for which the applicant received payments under Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance.

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Reminder: Applications being accepted for Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program The intake for the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program is open. Funded by the federal and provincial governments it will provide targeted financial assistance to Agricultural Crown Land forage leaseholders to adopt best management practices to sustainably increase the productivity on their Agricultural Crown Land forage leases. Eligible recipients must have an active Agricultural Crown Land lease that is in good standing and must complete an Environmental Farm Plan. Eligible items under the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program include grazing management plans, water

source development and watering systems, cross-fencing for pasture management, and forage rejuvenation such as forage establishment and brush management. Improvements must be completed within the one-year pilot project. Farmers could begin submitting applications on November 8, 2021. For more information on the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program, and other Ag Action Manitoba- Assurance Beneficial Management Practices programming in Manitoba, please visit: www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/canadianagricultural-partnership/ag-action-manitobaprogram/for-farmers.html.

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Reminder from Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) November 30 is MASC’s deadline to complete your Harvested Production Report, file postharvest claims, and select your 2022 Excess Moisture Insurance coverage. HPRs and claims can be completed online through myMASC or with one of our team members at an ARD and

MASC Service Centre. It’s important to file your HPR as soon as possible.


Frequently Asked Questions Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program

Q1. What is the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program?

A: The ACLFP is a pilot program that provides Agricultural Crown Land (ACL) lessees with 75% cost-shared programming of up to $30,000 per farm operation to develop a grazing management plan, add infrastructure (cross-fencing, wells, dugouts) and rejuvenate forage lands (perennial forage seed, seeding and brush management) in order to improve pasture productivity. Project must occur between April and December of 2022. Program details can be accessed here: http://webpublishing.mbgov.ca/en/agriculture/canadian-agriculturalpartnership/Documents/guidebook/ag-action-mb-program-guide-for-aclfp.pdf

Q2. Who is eligible to apply? A: ACL lease holders in good standing can apply. A farm business or operation with multiple shareholders or partners, operation names or units, will count as one eligible applicant. Each farm operation can submit one application that includes all applicable activities (planning, infrastructure and/or rejuvenation). However, Municipal lands under ACL lease are not eligible for this program.

Q3. When is the deadline to apply?

A: Applications must be received no later than December 31, 2021. They will be assessed by technical reviewers based on the environmental benefit assessment index, program priorities and project planning.

Q4. Do I need support from ACL to submit an application for a project? A: Yes. You will need a Letter of Support for the proposed project from your local Farm Production Extension Specialist (FPES) – Crown Lands (see contact info in Q14, below) and the Letter of Support must be submitted along with your application. While your FPES-Crown Lands must ensure that your proposed project is suitable for your ACL lease, they are not responsible for ACLFP funding approval.

Q5. What do I need to include with my application?

A: Be sure to answer all questions in the application form itself: explain the proposed project in detail, current practices, and the benefit of the new practice; answer all BMP Specific Questions (as listed in the guidebook), and complete the budget table in full. Along with your application, you will need to include: - a written Letter of Support from your local FPES – Crown Lands for your proposed project (see Q3 above). - an aerial map of the forage land with the location of the existing and proposed water sources identified as well as any fencing (existing and new), and land to be rejuvenated. - an official quote for contracted items (if applicable).


Q6. When can I start my project?

A: Projects must occur between April 1, 2022 and December 30, 2022 in order to be eligible for ACLFP funding. Project deadlines will be specified in the approval letter, should your application be approved. If work is started on a project before formal written approval of program funding is received, the applicant does so at their own risk.

Q7. When do I need to complete my project?

A: The project must be completed and claims submitted by the date indicated in your decision letter (all claims must be submitted no later than December 30, 2022).

Q8. Do I need any permits?

A: Applicants must meet all regulatory requirements. This may include: • approvals from the Crown: ACL Work Permit – see Q9 below. • a Water Rights License is required for all livestock operations extracting more than 25,000 litres (25 m3 or 5,499 Imperial gallons) per day. If developing a new water source, a permit must be obtained in advance of work beginning. • any other standards or approvals as required by law.

Q9. How do I get a Work Permit from ACL to implement a project on my ACL lease? A: An ACL Work Permit is required prior to conducting work on ACL leases. - If your ACLFP project application is approved, an ACL Work Permit will be issued to you from your FPESCrown Land along with the approval letter. - If you plan to initiate your project in advance of receiving ACLFP approval, you will need to secure an ACL Work Permit from an FPES – Crown Lands prior to beginning work.

Q10. Do I need a valid Environmental Farm Plan Statement of Completion?

A: You can submit an application without a valid Statement of Completion, however, if your project is approved, you will be required to provide proof of a valid EFP when you submit your project claim for reimbursement. Environmental Farm Plan workshop dates and locations will be listed online.

Q11. Does my dugout or well need to have a specific capacity?

A: The ACLFP pilot program does not have guidelines for dugout capacity, but you should discuss your plans with your FPES – Crown Lands.

Q12. Can I pump / pipe / haul water from an existing water source into a dugout that has gone dry?

A: Piping or hauling water from any water source (well, dugout or wetland) into a dugout that has run dry is not eligible.

Q13. How deep does a pipeline need to be?

A: Summer pasture pipelines permanently installed underground, and which can be properly winterized before freezing are eligible (ex: installed with a pasture pipeline plow). Above-ground pipelines are ineligible. Projects must be for permanent solutions only.


Q14. If I have more questions, who can I contact?

A: If the question is about project implementation on an ACL lease, please contact: FPES – Crown Lands Greg Logan Luanne Berjian Neil Overby Tyson Gillis

Location Beausejour Minnedosa Dauphin Dauphin

Districts 20, 50, 52 30, 31 42,51 43, 44

E-mail Greg.Logan@gov.mb.ca Luanne.Berjian@gov.mb.ca Neil.Overby@gov.mb.ca Tyson.Gillis@gov.mb.ca

A: If the question is about specific eligibility criteria or the application process, please contact: • Andrea Bertholet (Andrea.Bertholet@gov.mb.ca) or • Colleen Wilson (Colleen.Wilson2@gov.mb.ca).


Manitoba Beef Producers 2021 DroughtRelated Industry Survey reservoirs, restoring existing water sources, or hauling water. Producers are also asked to indicate their intentions with respect to herd sizes going forward, such as projected culling rates. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation is sincerely appreciated.

In support of Manitoba Beef Producers’ drought-related advocacy efforts with the federal and provincial governments, MBP is conducting a confidential producer survey to gather further data on the impact the drought is having on the province’s beef sector. For example, producers are being asked to identify their estimated percentage of feed/forage production compared to last year. Producers are asked to indicate if they are incurring additional fencing costs in order to access alternate sources of feed for grazing. There are questions related to the drought’s impact on water resources. This includes investments producers are having to make in this area, such as digging new wells or

Note: All data and comments collected will be aggregated before being used for MBP’s advocacy activities. No operation-specific identifying information will be shared with governments. Thank you in advance for your consideration in completing the survey which can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ YX52PFG MBP is continuing to engage with government officials about the severity of the drought, its effects on producers and the need for a timely, multi-pronged approach to help the beef industry deal with the immediate and longerterm implications of the drought.


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Committment to the land, water, air, and wildlife is a prerequisite to raising healthy cattle. Sustainability is not a buzzword... it's a way of life.

raise the bar on raising beef TESA NOMINATION & APPLICATION PACKAGE


Tesa background Since 1996, The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) has been awarded annually at the provincial and national level to recognize cattle producers’ leadership in conservation. Nominees and applicants are selected based on their stewardship practices, accomplishments and goals.

ELIGIBILITY

All beef cattle operations in Canada are eligible to apply. Producers can either be nominated by an individual or organization or apply themselves through their provincial or regional cattle organization(s). All methods are equally encouraged.

THE BRITISH COLUMBIA CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION

#4 - 10145 Dallas Dr. • Kamloops, BC • V2C 6T4 PHONE 250.573.3611 FAX 250.573.5155 EMAIL info@cattlemen.bc.ca

Where provinces or regions have annual stewardship awards, nominees and applicants compete for awards based on their province or region of residence. Where provincial or regional organization(s) do not present an annual award, they can select a nominee who has engaged in significant environmental stewardship activities on their farm or ranch.

ALBERTA BEEF PRODUCERS

Past nominees are encouraged to resubmit their application. Previous recipients may not reapply.

SASKATCHEWAN STOCK GROWERS ASSOCIATION

PROVINCIAL AWARD

Provincial recipients are announced at their respective provincial cattle association’s annual general meeting. All provincial award recipients then move forward to compete at the national level.

165, 6815-8th Street N.E. • Calgary, AB • T2E 7H7 PHONE 403.451-1176 FAX 403.274.0007 EMAIL katelynl@albertabeef.org

Box 4752 • Regina, SK • S4P 3Y4 PHONE 306.757.8523 FAX 306.569.8799 EMAIL ssga@sasktel.net

MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

220-530 Century St. • Winnipeg, MB • R3H 0Y4

NATIONAL AWARD

The national TESA recipient is announced during the Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC). All provincial recipients are awarded an all-expense paid trip for two to attend CBIC and the CCA Semi-Annual Meeting that is held in different locations across Canada in August of each year. The national TESA recipient is also awarded a belt buckle and certificate.

APPLICATIONS DUE

July 1st of each year. Manitoba applications are due December 3, 2021.

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TOLL-FREE 1.800.772.0458 or 204.772.4542 FAX 204.774.3264 EMAIL info@mbbeef.ca

BEEF FARMERS OF ONTARIO

130 Malcolm Rd. • Guelph, ON • N1K 1B1 PHONE 519.824.0334 FAX 519.824.9101 EMAIL info@ontariobeef.com

LES PRODUCTEURS DE BOVINS DU QUEBEC/ QUEBEC CATTLE PRODUCERS

555, Boulevard Roland-Therrien, Bureau 305 • Longueuil, PQ • J4H 4G2 PHONE 450.679.0540 FAX 450.442.9348 EMAIL mediaspbq@upa.qc.ca

MARITIME BEEF COUNCIL

7 Atlantic Central Dr. • East Mountain, NS • B6L 2Z2 PHONE 506.349.5395 FAX 902.893.7063 EMAIL maritimebeefcouncil@gmail.com


Tesa application

Name(s):

Phone:

Farm Name:

Email:

Address:

PLEASE ATTACH A WORD DOCUMENT WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: 1. Provide a description of your farm including the environment it operates in. 2. What have you done/what are you doing to improve environmental management on your farm? 3. What are your challenges and successes? Please include high-resolution images and data which help show measurable results. 4. What factors have enabled you to make management changes? (e.g. Working with conservation organizations, programs such as the Environmental Farm Plan, funding support, education, etc.) 5. What are your environmental goals for the future and how do you plan to carry them out? 6. Include two letters of reference that speak to your leadership in conservation. Please limit your application to 10 pages (not including letters of reference and photos). Electronic applications are preferred and a single, complete PDF document is requested. A sample application from previous years can be found online at https://www.cattle.ca/sustainability/theenvironmental-stewardship-award/how-to-nominate/

WHAT TO INCLUDE IN THE APPLICATION: A selection of no less than ten high-resolution images suitable for reproduction on social media, print etc. Video presentation link if available, media stories/ broadcasts showcasing your stewardship efforts.

TESA SPONSORS

TESA sponsorship program is available to appropriate organizations that wish to affiliate themselves with the CCA’s TESA program. In addition to showing support for environmental stewardship and Canada’s beef cattle producers, the program also provides the opportunity to join industry leaders, government representatives and nearly 60,000 Canadian beef farms in the national discussion on environmental issues affecting the industry. For more information, visit www.cattle.ca/what-is-tesa

TESA PLATINUM SPONSOR

For more than 65 years, MNP has been helping beef producers get the most from their operations. Whether you are looking to pass the farm on to the next generation, improve your profitability, be more competitive or expand MNP’s beef industry specialists will help you get the results you’re looking for. To find out what MNP can do for you, contact Marvin Slingerland, Partner, MNP Lethbridge, at Director of Livestock Services at 1.800.661.8097 or Marvin.Slingerland@mnp.ca

Contact your provincial organization listed on the previous page to determine when your association requires you to submit your application for the provincial award. HE L P ING YO U GE T E VE N M O RE O UT O F YO UR L IVE ST O C K O P E RATIO N.


E-Newsletter An update from MBP November 19, 2021

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Reminder: Producers can apply for drought assistance via AgriRecovery

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must have been delivered from a supplier at least 40 kilometres away and assistance is available for hauling feed for up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 km. Eligible feed purchases are those made between June 1, 2021, and March 15, 2022. The Livestock Transportation program offers help for producers with extraordinary costs to transport breeding animals of beef cattle, sheep and goats to alternate locations to feed, up to 1,000 km. This program does not cover moving animals to market or sale.

Manitoba beef producers affected by the drought conditions are reminded that they may be able to receive assistance via two programs under the AgriRecovery framework aimed at helping with the extraordinary costs incurred for feed and transportation. Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance program will help producers purchase and test feed for livestock to maintain their breeding herds including transporting purchased feed from distant locations. The Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program will offer assistance to help offset freight expenses associated with moving livestock to alternative feed supply areas. Eligible animals under the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance program are breeding animals of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for pregnant mare urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Producers must be supporting a minimum of 10 animals to qualify for assistance and the program covers feed and feed transportation expenses between June 1, 2021, and March 15, 2022. Feed

Manitoba is also in the process of designing a cowherdrebuilding program under the Canada-Manitoba AgriRecovery Drought Assistance framework to help livestock producers forced to sell breeding stock due to limited feedstock in 2021 with the goal to rebuild their herds starting in 2022. At the time Cattle Country was going to print the details of this program were being developed. For more detailed program information, producers can contact their Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Service Centre, call the department toll-free at 1-84-GROW-MB-AG (1-844-769-6224) or go to www.manitoba.ca/agriculture. Applications are available at https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/livestock/agrirecoveryfeed-purchase-transport-assistance.html and must include receipts for feed purchases and transportation. A video with more information about these initiatives is available at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD7OiKfhYvB8p4bxs vxcT_hxQpCL1Ykea


MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS Scholarship Application Deadline Extension ***Due to ongoing disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic (and the related impacts on high schools and post-secondary institutions) MBP has pushed the application deadline for its 2021 scholarship competition into December instead of the usual June intake deadline. This application intake process is for students who will be undertaking post-secondary studies in the 2021-22 academic year. Manitoba Beef Producers is pleased to make available six $500 scholarships annually for MBP members or their children attending a university, college, other post-secondary institution or pursuing trades training. Preference will be given to those students pursuing a field of study related to agriculture or to those acquiring a skilled trade or pursuing a career that would be beneficial to the rural economy. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY HAS BEEN EXTENDED: Completed applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Friday, December 3 2021. A selection committee will review the submissions. Winners will be notified by January 5, 2022. The scholarship criteria is as follows: Eligibility: • Must be at least 17 years of age as of January 1, 2021. • Must be an active Manitoba beef producer or the child of an active Manitoba beef producer. Note: This can include beef producers returning to school after a period of time in the workforce. • Post-secondary program or trades training must be a minimum of one year in duration. Items You Are Required to Submit: • Completed application form; • A typed 600-word (maximum) essay discussing “What the beef industry means to my family, my community and Manitoba.” Also include the reasons you enjoy being involved in agriculture.*; • A copy of your transcript (either high school, or a recognized college, university or trade school); • Proof of enrolment in a recognized institution (current transcript, or your acceptance letter, or a letter of intent indicating your intended institution and field of study). • A list of community involvement (e.g. 4-H, community clubs, volunteer work, etc.); and, • The names of two references, including their addresses and telephone numbers. Submissions and ALL documentation must be sent no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021 to: Manitoba Beef Producers Scholarship Committee 220 – 530 Century Street Winnipeg MB R3H 0Y4 E-mail: info@mbbeef.ca Fax: (204) 774-3264 For more information, please contact Manitoba Beef Producers at 1-800-772-0458 or email info@mbbeef.ca. *Scholarship winners’ essays will be published in MBP’s newspaper Cattle Country.


MBP 2021-22 Academic Year SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PLEASE PRINT Name: _______________________________________________________________________________ Mailing address: _______________________________________________________________________ Telephone: _____________________________ Email: __________________________________________ Date of birth: _____________________________ Parents’ names if you are under 18: _______________________________________________________ Are you a beef producer? _____________________________ Are you the child of a beef producer? ________ If yes, what is their name(s)? __________________________ Institute of current enrolment: ________________________________________________________________ Current or intended program of post-secondary study or skilled trades training: __________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Duration of post-secondary program or skilled trades training: _________ year (s)

Essay: Please submit a typed 600-word (maximum) essay* on the topic “What the beef industry means to my family, my community, and Manitoba.” Also include the reasons you enjoy being involved in agriculture. *Note: Scholarship winners’ essays will be published in Manitoba Beef Producers’ newspaper Cattle Country. Please return the completed application form, transcript, and proof of enrolment in a post-secondary institution or an apprenticeship program or a letter of intent to pursue further studies, a list of your community involvement, the typed essay and, your references no later than 4:30 p.m., Friday, December 3, 2021 to: Manitoba Beef Producers Scholarship Committee 220 – 530 Century Street Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 Email: info@mbbeef.ca Fax (204) 774-3264


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Government of Canada announces adjustments to Canada’s border measures (November 19, 2021 Public Health Agency of Canada News Release) COVID-19 testing and

vaccine requirements, as well as other border measures, are an important part of Canada's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and serve to protect the health and safety of all Canadians. With vaccination rates increasing around the world, and an evolving epidemiological situation, it is important that Canada's border measures reflect the current global context. Today, the Government of Canada is announcing upcoming adjustments to Canada's border measures. Effective November 30, 2021, fully vaccinated individuals with right of entry to Canada who depart and re-enter the country within 72 hours of leaving Canada will not have to present a pre-entry molecular test. This exemption is only for trips originating in Canada taken by fully vaccinated Canadian citizens, permanent residents or individuals registered under the Indian Act, who depart and re-enter by land or by air and can demonstrate that they have been away from Canada for less than 72 hours. This exemption extends to accompanying children under 12, and individuals with medical contraindications to vaccination. Also effective November 30, 2021, Canada will expand the list of COVID-19 vaccines that travellers can receive to be considered fully vaccinated for the purpose of travel to Canada. The list will include Sinopharm, Sinovac and COVAXIN, matching the World Health Organization Emergency Use Listing. The Government of Canada is also announcing that as of January 15, 2022, certain groups of travellers, who are currently exempt from entry requirements, will only be allowed to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated with one of

the vaccines approved for entry into Canada. These groups include: •

individuals travelling to reunite with family (unvaccinated children under 18 years of age will retain exemption if travelling to reunite with an immediate or extended family member who is a Canadian, permanent resident, or person registered under the Indian Act);

international students who are 18 years old and older;

professional and amateur athletes;

individuals with a valid work permit, including temporary foreign workers (outside of those in agriculture and food processing); and

essential service providers, including truck drivers.

After January 15, 2022, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated foreign nationals will only be allowed to enter Canada if they meet the criteria for limited exceptions, which apply to certain groups such as agricultural and food processing workers, marine crew members, those entering on compassionate grounds, new permanent residents, resettling refugees and some children under the age of 18. Exempt unvaccinated travellers will continue to be subject to testing, quarantine, and other entry requirements. Non-exempt unvaccinated or partially vaccinated foreign nationals will be prohibited entry into Canada. Starting November 30, vaccination will be required for travel within and out of Canada. A valid COVID-19 molecular test will no longer be accepted as an alternative to vaccination unless travellers are eligible for one of the limited exemptions, such as a medical inability to be continued on page 6


Government of Canada announces adjustments to Canada’s border measures vaccinated. Travellers should contact their airline or railway company to obtain the necessary form and submit it in accordance with their carrier's approval process as of November 30. The Government of Canada's response to the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to prioritize the health and safety of Canadians. As vaccination levels, case counts and hospitalization rates evolve, the Government of Canada will continue to consider further targeted measures at the borders—and when to lift or adjust them—to keep Canadians safe.

To continue improving the processing of travellers, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has launched a new feature in ArriveCAN called Advance CBSA Declaration. This feature will allow travellers arriving at certain airports to electronically submit their customs and immigration declaration in advance of their arrival in Canada. This feature is currently available for travellers arriving at Vancouver International Airport through the ArriveCAN website only. It will soon be launched at other airports across Canada.

Travellers can use a proof of vaccination credential issued by their province or territory, the local health facility where their vaccinations have been recorded, or from their country of vaccination, as long as it is a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Government of Canada for the purpose of travel. Where available, Canadians are strongly encouraged to use the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination.

Transport Canada continues to work with the cruise ship industry, and other domestic and international partners, to permit the safe re-opening of Canada to cruise ship travel in spring 2022, including the specific vaccination requirements for cruise ship passengers, and other health protocols. Additional information will be available in the coming weeks.

The Government of Canada is looking into next steps in reopening additional Canadian airports to receive international passenger flights. Transport Canada is working closely with CBSA, PHAC, and airport partners to determine when and which airports can be reopened.

Quick facts •

Travellers should check if they are eligible to enter Canada and meet all entry requirements before heading to the border. In addition, some provinces and territories may have their own entry restrictions in place. Check and follow both the federal and any provincial or territorial restrictions and requirements before travelling.

All travellers, regardless of how long they were away from Canada, continue to be required to submit their mandatory information via ArriveCAN (free mobile app or website), including proof of vaccination in English or French and a quarantine plan prior to arriving in Canada.

For trips out of the country longer than 72 hours, all travellers eligible to enter Canada must complete the mandatory pre-entry molecular COVID-19 test. Antigen tests are not accepted.

The Government of Canada will continue to make appropriate adjustments to border measures, and will consider further changes to the pre-entry test requirement for vaccinated Americans and others in subsequent phases.

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Health Canada authorizes use of Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine) in children aged 5 to 11 to 11 years of age and no serious side effects were identified.

(November 19, 2021 Health Canada Statement)

Health Canada has authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine in children 5 to 11 years of age. This is the first COVID-19 vaccine authorized in Canada for use in this age group and marks a major milestone in Canada’s fight against COVID-19. Health Canada received an application from Pfizer-BioNTech to expand the indication of Comirnaty on October 18, 2021. The vaccine was initially authorized for use in people 16 years of age and older on December 9, 2020, and subsequently authorized for children 12 to 15 years of age on May 5, 2021. After a thorough and independent scientific review of the evidence, the Department has determined that the benefits of this vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years of age outweigh the risks. Health Canada has authorized a two-dose regimen of 10 micrograms to be administered three weeks apart, which is a lower dose than the 30 micrograms two-dose regimen authorized for people 12 years of age and older. The clinical trial showed that the immune response in children 5 to 11 years of age was comparable to the immune response in people 16 to 25 years of age. The vaccine was 90.7% effective at preventing COVID-19 in children 5

Health Canada has placed terms and conditions requiring Pfizer-BioNTech to continue providing information to Health Canada on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine in this younger age group. This will provide the Department with more data from ongoing studies and real-world use to ensure that the benefits of the vaccine continue to outweigh any risks, as well as to detect any potential new safety signals in any age group. In keeping with the Department’s commitment to openness and transparency, Health Canada is publishing multiple documents related to this decision, including a high-level summary of the evidence it reviewed. Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada will continue to closely monitor the safety of this vaccine, and will take action if any safety concerns are identified. Related Links: •

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine product page

Vaccines for children: COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccines and treatments portal


COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin – Manitoba Information For Vaccinating Children Ages Five to 11 made before the call centre opens on Monday morning are not valid and those individuals will be turned away from the clinic.

Earlier today, Health Canada approved the pediatric Pfizer vaccine for use in children ages five to 11 and clinical guidance was provided by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). Manitoba is expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include children in this age group. Parents and caregivers will be able to book appointments for children ages five to 11 no sooner than Monday, Nov. 22 at 6 a.m., either online or through the vaccine call centre at (tollfree) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). Times for appointments specific to COVID-19 vaccines for children ages five to 11 are still being finalized and will depend on the delivery of the pediatric vaccine in the province. However, the first appointments are expected to be available as early as the end of next week. The province is aware that some individuals have tried to pre-book appointments next week in anticipation of the vaccine being available. There will be a separate booking option for children aged 5 to 11 and any appointments

Parents and caregivers who need to book two or more appointments for their children can use either option, but the phone line is recommended as the best way to access multiple appointments at the same time and as close together as possible. NACI recommends children receive their COVID19 vaccine two weeks before or after any other vaccines they may receive to better monitor for any side effects. Manitoba recommendations are consistent with NACI on this, but children who have received a different vaccine within the last 14 days will not be turned away. To be eligible, children must be five at the time the appointment is booked. There are approximately 125,000 children in Manitoba in this age group. The vaccine will be offered through regional vaccine clinics, physicians’ offices, pharmacies, urban Indigenous clinics and pop-up community clinics. For more information, visit https://protectmb.ca.

Other Manitoba COVID-19 Vaccination Updates The following information is compiled from Government of Manitoba news releases issued the week of November 15, 2021.

Janssen Availability The COVID-19 viral-vector vaccine Janssen will be available to those ages 18 and older by the continued on page 9


end of this week. The vaccine will be available at some pharmacies and medical clinics. Those wishing to receive Janssen can check the updated map at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.html. I ndividuals are considered fully immunized 14 days after receiving their single dose. However, due to the relatively lower effectiveness of Janssen, the province recommends a second dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) be given at least six months after first dose. Currently, individuals with a single dose of Janssen are eligible to apply for a Manitoba immunization card through the regular process. However, a second COVID-19 vaccine dose may be required to ensure it remains valid. Other Vaccine Eligibility Information A third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all adults with a minimum of six months after their last dose, with limited

exceptions. More information is available at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibil ity-criteria.html#third. Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to include anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 2009. Manitoba vaccine sites are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccinations for COVID-19 and seasonal flu. Eligible individuals can book their appointments online or by calling (tollfree) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). For hours and days of operation, visit: www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.html. Additional Information For more information about COVID-19 immunization records and cards, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immuniza tionrecord/index.html.


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities is Now Open Producers are advised that the intake period for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice activities begins on Monday, November 8th and closes on December 10, 2021 for projects that will occur in 2022/23. More details on available on the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development site: https://www.manitoba.ca/agriculture/environ ment/environmental-farm-plan/assurancebmp.html

• Permanent fencing to restrict livestock access to surface water and dugouts — construction materials — associated components and installation costs

• Permanent pipeline development — pipe, plumbing materials, trenching, earthworks, etc. — professional and contractor fees

This intake period includes applications for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas. For this BMP there is a cost share ratio of 50:50 and a funding cap of $10,000 per application. Applicants may submit more than one application. Under BMP 503 the following costs are eligible: • Water source development – Wells — drilling new or deepening existing wells, test hole drilling, screening, casing, well caps etc. — water pumps and required plumbing components — professional and contractor fees

• Water source development – Dugouts — constructing new or rehabilitating existing dugouts, test hole drilling, etc. — professional and contractor fees

• Alternative watering system equipment — solar, wind or grid powered systems — associated components and installation costs

• Watering system components* — watering bowls, troughs or storage tanks * Eligible as a part of a water source development project; items are not eligible as a stand-alone.

• personal labour ($25 per hour) and personal equipment use (at set program rates outlined in the Farm Machinery Custom and Rental Rate Guide) Ineligible costs include: maintenance and operation expenses; perimeter fencing for upland grazing management; expenses related to removing or replacing existing fences or water infrastructure, such as storage tanks or water troughs; portable livestock corral panels; portable gas/diesel powered water pumps, generators, water meters; materials and construction costs for pump houses; aeration systems for dugouts, etc.; above ground pipelines; hauling or pumping of water to fill empty dugouts; and, temporary set up of watering systems. continued on page 11


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities is Now Open Examples of other BMPs eligible for cost-shared funding to farmers include: Resource Management Planning, Establishment of a Cover Crop, Increasing Frequency of Perennials in Annual Rotations, Perennial Cover for Sensitive Lands, Improved Pasture and Forage Quality, Intercropping, Farmyard Runoff Control, Relocation of Confined Livestock Areas, and others. An Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Statement of Competition is not required at time of application, however it is required at time of claim, if approved. EFP Workshops are ongoing through the fall and winter. Dates and locations are posted at www.ManitobaEFP.ca.

Application deadline: December 3, 2021

Government support cannot exceed 25 or 50 per cent of eligible expenses, depending on project type, with varying funding caps from $10,000 to $100,000. The total maximum amount payable to one farm operation is $60,000 (not including BMP: Barn Odour Reduction and BMP: Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas) over the term of the Ag Action Manitoba program. Farmers may apply and receive funding for more than one BMP over the term of Ag Action Manitoba. Only one application per BMP on the same parcel of land and/or for a single project where there may be common components across multiple applications, will be eligible for funding.


New Hay West Website Now Operational Fully Bilingual

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) notes that the Hay West website has been revamped in order to be more user-friendly as well as bilingual. Please note that the URL for the website remains the same, www.haywest2021.net .

The Hay West program will ship hay from farmers in Eastern and Central Canada to drought-stricken farmers in the West. CFA is operating on a break-even basis under this initiative, with hay being purchased from Eastern and Central Canadian farmers and resold at cost to recipients. The price to farmers receiving hay will be $0.10 per pound for all hay supplied. Selected applicants will be contacted for distribution dates and payments. Visit this website if you are seeking hay or looking to supply hay to farmers affected by drought.


News Release CCA pleased to see progression with ASEAN FTA discussions November 17, 2021 Calgary, AB – As a supporter of free trade, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to see the Government of Canada’s announcement to proceed with free trade negotiations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). “Free trade is an important part of the Canadian beef sector’s economic success,” said Bob Lowe, CCA President. “We’re pleased to see progression with ASEAN and look forward to opening new markets for Canadian beef exports.” Within the ASEAN block, a number of countries are already covered by the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). An example of trade success within the region can be shown by Vietnam which, since the implementation of CPTPP, has now grown to be a meaningful market for Canadian beef. However, Canadian beef producers are interested in future growth markets and look forward to the ability to increase trade into countries not part of CPTPP, including the Philippines and Thailand. As ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (FTA) discussions get underway, CCA looks forward to consulting with governments and stakeholders and ensuring a meaningful trade agreement for Canadian beef producers. CCA has also supported trade progression with Indonesia through the Canada-Indonesia FTA and continues to support this potential market growth. Quick facts: •

Canadian beef producers export approximately fifty per cent of beef produced in Canada and this trade adds a value of $775 CDN per animal in comparison to if producers were only able to sell into the Canadian market.

Canadian beef exports to the Philippines were 1,253 tonnes valued at $5.2 million in 2020, but are up significantly from Jan-Sept 2021 at 4,145 tonnes valued at $11.2 million.

Growth in these markets would be supported by an agreement that would eliminate the Philippines’ 10 per cent tariff on muscle cuts, 5 per cent on livers and 7 per cent on other offals.

Thailand is not currently a market for Canadian beef, however, with the removal of the current 50 per cent tariff on beef, Thailand could become a future growth market.

The CCA is the national voice for Canada’s beef cattle industry representing 55,000 beef farms and feedlots. Visit www.cattle.ca


Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? The program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing low moisture levels. The program will assist livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 to purchase feed in order to maintain their breeding herds. Producers may be eligible to apply for two types of assistance: 1. Feed assistance - buy and test feed for eligible breeding animals 2. Feed transportation assistance - transport purchased feed from distant locations for eligible breeding animals Who is eligible for the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? Primary producers who owned or leased the eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Breeding animals are mature females exposed to breeding (male or artificial insemination) and males used previously for breeding. The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. How do I apply? Applicants can download the Application Form, Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals, and associated program documents on the website at manitoba.ca/agriculture. Application packages can also be picked up at any of the ARD/MASC Service Centres, or mailed to you by calling us at 1-844-769-6224. The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500. Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance – Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements. When is the deadline to apply to the program? April 15, 2022 is the final day to apply. Can multiple applications be submitted? Yes, you can submit more than one application until program maximums are reached.


1. Feed Assistance What feed assistance can I apply for? The eligible feeds that can be purchased for eligible animals from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 to maintain them over the winter include:  grazed corn and greenfeed  mechanically harvested hay, silage, greenfeed, stover, straw, including those purchased as standing crops or grazed in a swath  grain and concentrates (pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator) When can eligible feeds be purchased? Are claims retro-active to a certain date? Eligible feed purchases can occur from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. Is there assistance for feed testing the eligible feedstuffs? Yes, the program will pay for feed testing to determine the nutritional value of eligible feeds. Can feed be purchased for feeders or non-breeding animals? No, feed for feeders, growing animals or non-breeding aged animals is not eligible under this program. How will livestock feed assistance payments be calculated? The administrator will make payments to the applicant for purchases and testing of Eligible Feed made between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, as follows:  On a per breeding head basis, a producer share will be applied $50 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $10 per head for sheep and goats.  Payments will be equal to 75 per cent of the purchased cost of feed and feed testing that exceeds the producer share to a maximum per head payment. The maximum payment is $250 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $50 per head for sheep and goats. How are the breeding head determined in calculating payments?  Breeding head are based on the number declared on the Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals at the time of first application. The declaration is the number of head being maintained and fed over winter, and does not include animals that have or will be sold prior to March 15, 2022. If applicants reduce their breeding animals below the number declared with their first application, they should contact the Program Administrator and submit a new declaration.

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2. Feed Transportation Assistance What feeds qualify for feed transportation assistance? Feed transportation assistance is provided for the movement of eligible feed types (hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, silage, grain and concentrates) to eligible breeding animals. The eligible concentrates are pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator. What are the eligible dates and distances for feed transportation? Transportation costs for eligible feed purchased and transported between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 kilometres. What are the payments for the feed transportation assistance? Payments will be calculated on the tonnes hauled on a per loaded kilometre basis up to 600 kilometres. For hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, and silage the payment rates are:  $0.16 per tonne kilometre for the first 100 kilometres of a haul  $0.10 per tonne kilometre for the remainder of a haul for up to an additional 500 kilometres. For grains and concentrate, the payment rate is $0.05 per tonne kilometre up to 600 kilometres. Payments for each receipt or invoice provided by the applicant will be the payment rate multiplied by the distance transported multiplied by the number of tonnes transported, or the amount of the receipt, whichever is less. Feed can be hauled further than 600 kilometres; however, the extra distance is not eligible for payment. Can feed be sourced from outside of Manitoba qualify for assistance? Feed can be sourced from outside Manitoba and the shipping will still be eligible based on the program’s rates and distances. Does the feed transportation assistance come out of the feed assistance funding? Feed transportation assistance is in addition to funding available to a producer for feed purchases. It is not subtracted from the $250 per head cap for beef, bison and PMU horses or $50 cap for sheep and goats. Is feed transportation assistance available for animals moved to an alternate feeding location? Feed transportation assistance is not available for animals for which producers have received assistance to move eligible animals to an alternate feeding location under the Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program. Alternate feeding locations should have adequate feed locally available for the animals moved. What feed is not eligible for feed transportation assistance?  Feed for market animals or ineligible animals.  Feed produced on your own operation.  Feed for breeding animals that are sold/culled prior to March 15, 2022.  Feed that is sold or replaces similar feed that is sold.  Feed transported less than 40 kilometres.  Feed transported to an alternate feeding location used to house eligible animals for which the applicant received payments under Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance.

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Reminder: Applications being accepted for Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program The intake for the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program is open. Funded by the federal and provincial governments it will provide targeted financial assistance to Agricultural Crown Land forage leaseholders to adopt best management practices to sustainably increase the productivity on their Agricultural Crown Land forage leases. Eligible recipients must have an active Agricultural Crown Land lease that is in good standing and must complete an Environmental Farm Plan. Eligible items under the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program include grazing management plans, water

source development and watering systems, cross-fencing for pasture management, and forage rejuvenation such as forage establishment and brush management. Improvements must be completed within the one-year pilot project. Farmers could begin submitting applications on November 8, 2021. For more information on the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program, and other Ag Action Manitoba- Assurance Beneficial Management Practices programming in Manitoba, please visit: www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/canadianagricultural-partnership/ag-action-manitobaprogram/for-farmers.html.

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Reminder from Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) November 30 is MASC’s deadline to complete your Harvested Production Report, file postharvest claims, and select your 2022 Excess Moisture Insurance coverage. HPRs and claims can be completed online through myMASC or with one of our team members at an ARD and

MASC Service Centre. It’s important to file your HPR as soon as possible.


Frequently Asked Questions Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program

Q1. What is the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program?

A: The ACLFP is a pilot program that provides Agricultural Crown Land (ACL) lessees with 75% cost-shared programming of up to $30,000 per farm operation to develop a grazing management plan, add infrastructure (cross-fencing, wells, dugouts) and rejuvenate forage lands (perennial forage seed, seeding and brush management) in order to improve pasture productivity. Project must occur between April and December of 2022. Program details can be accessed here: http://webpublishing.mbgov.ca/en/agriculture/canadian-agriculturalpartnership/Documents/guidebook/ag-action-mb-program-guide-for-aclfp.pdf

Q2. Who is eligible to apply? A: ACL lease holders in good standing can apply. A farm business or operation with multiple shareholders or partners, operation names or units, will count as one eligible applicant. Each farm operation can submit one application that includes all applicable activities (planning, infrastructure and/or rejuvenation). However, Municipal lands under ACL lease are not eligible for this program.

Q3. When is the deadline to apply?

A: Applications must be received no later than December 31, 2021. They will be assessed by technical reviewers based on the environmental benefit assessment index, program priorities and project planning.

Q4. Do I need support from ACL to submit an application for a project? A: Yes. You will need a Letter of Support for the proposed project from your local Farm Production Extension Specialist (FPES) – Crown Lands (see contact info in Q14, below) and the Letter of Support must be submitted along with your application. While your FPES-Crown Lands must ensure that your proposed project is suitable for your ACL lease, they are not responsible for ACLFP funding approval.

Q5. What do I need to include with my application?

A: Be sure to answer all questions in the application form itself: explain the proposed project in detail, current practices, and the benefit of the new practice; answer all BMP Specific Questions (as listed in the guidebook), and complete the budget table in full. Along with your application, you will need to include: - a written Letter of Support from your local FPES – Crown Lands for your proposed project (see Q3 above). - an aerial map of the forage land with the location of the existing and proposed water sources identified as well as any fencing (existing and new), and land to be rejuvenated. - an official quote for contracted items (if applicable).


Q6. When can I start my project?

A: Projects must occur between April 1, 2022 and December 30, 2022 in order to be eligible for ACLFP funding. Project deadlines will be specified in the approval letter, should your application be approved. If work is started on a project before formal written approval of program funding is received, the applicant does so at their own risk.

Q7. When do I need to complete my project?

A: The project must be completed and claims submitted by the date indicated in your decision letter (all claims must be submitted no later than December 30, 2022).

Q8. Do I need any permits?

A: Applicants must meet all regulatory requirements. This may include: • approvals from the Crown: ACL Work Permit – see Q9 below. • a Water Rights License is required for all livestock operations extracting more than 25,000 litres (25 m3 or 5,499 Imperial gallons) per day. If developing a new water source, a permit must be obtained in advance of work beginning. • any other standards or approvals as required by law.

Q9. How do I get a Work Permit from ACL to implement a project on my ACL lease? A: An ACL Work Permit is required prior to conducting work on ACL leases. - If your ACLFP project application is approved, an ACL Work Permit will be issued to you from your FPESCrown Land along with the approval letter. - If you plan to initiate your project in advance of receiving ACLFP approval, you will need to secure an ACL Work Permit from an FPES – Crown Lands prior to beginning work.

Q10. Do I need a valid Environmental Farm Plan Statement of Completion?

A: You can submit an application without a valid Statement of Completion, however, if your project is approved, you will be required to provide proof of a valid EFP when you submit your project claim for reimbursement. Environmental Farm Plan workshop dates and locations will be listed online.

Q11. Does my dugout or well need to have a specific capacity?

A: The ACLFP pilot program does not have guidelines for dugout capacity, but you should discuss your plans with your FPES – Crown Lands.

Q12. Can I pump / pipe / haul water from an existing water source into a dugout that has gone dry?

A: Piping or hauling water from any water source (well, dugout or wetland) into a dugout that has run dry is not eligible.

Q13. How deep does a pipeline need to be?

A: Summer pasture pipelines permanently installed underground, and which can be properly winterized before freezing are eligible (ex: installed with a pasture pipeline plow). Above-ground pipelines are ineligible. Projects must be for permanent solutions only.


Q14. If I have more questions, who can I contact?

A: If the question is about project implementation on an ACL lease, please contact: FPES – Crown Lands Greg Logan Luanne Berjian Neil Overby Tyson Gillis

Location Beausejour Minnedosa Dauphin Dauphin

Districts 20, 50, 52 30, 31 42,51 43, 44

E-mail Greg.Logan@gov.mb.ca Luanne.Berjian@gov.mb.ca Neil.Overby@gov.mb.ca Tyson.Gillis@gov.mb.ca

A: If the question is about specific eligibility criteria or the application process, please contact: • Andrea Bertholet (Andrea.Bertholet@gov.mb.ca) or • Colleen Wilson (Colleen.Wilson2@gov.mb.ca).


Manitoba Beef Producers 2021 DroughtRelated Industry Survey reservoirs, restoring existing water sources, or hauling water. Producers are also asked to indicate their intentions with respect to herd sizes going forward, such as projected culling rates. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation is sincerely appreciated.

In support of Manitoba Beef Producers’ drought-related advocacy efforts with the federal and provincial governments, MBP is conducting a confidential producer survey to gather further data on the impact the drought is having on the province’s beef sector. For example, producers are being asked to identify their estimated percentage of feed/forage production compared to last year. Producers are asked to indicate if they are incurring additional fencing costs in order to access alternate sources of feed for grazing. There are questions related to the drought’s impact on water resources. This includes investments producers are having to make in this area, such as digging new wells or

Note: All data and comments collected will be aggregated before being used for MBP’s advocacy activities. No operation-specific identifying information will be shared with governments. Thank you in advance for your consideration in completing the survey which can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ YX52PFG MBP is continuing to engage with government officials about the severity of the drought, its effects on producers and the need for a timely, multi-pronged approach to help the beef industry deal with the immediate and longerterm implications of the drought.


Environmental Farm Plan Workshops Availability Due to COVID-19, all EFP workshops will be taking place virtually via Online Meetings until further notice. To register for an EFP workshop, click on the link “Register now!” in the link below for your preferred workshop date. Once registered, you will then receive an email with a link to access the meeting. Workbooks are mailed and you should receive yours approximately 1 week prior to the workshop. You can also visit this link to register: Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) are an essential part of every farm operation. These workshops will guide producers through the EFP workbook to help assess and identify the environmental assets and risks on their farm operations, and develop an action plan to address the identified risks. Workbooks and support material will be provided to those who attend. There is no preparation required for this workshop. EFPs must be renewed every five years to remain valid. If you are unsure if your EFP is valid, please contact KAP to inquire at (204) 697-1140.

https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/environme nt/events-and-deadlines/index.html Note: Workshops are currently available through December 2021.


E-Newsletter dsfsfa An update from MBP November 12, 2021

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Canada’s Ministers of Agriculture set direction for next agricultural framework Ministers agreed on the following five priority areas for the next framework: (1) climate change and the environment; (2) science, research and innovation; (3) market development and trade; (4) building sector capacity and growth; and (5) resiliency and public trust. The vision agreed upon by Ministers for the next agricultural policy framework charts an ambitious path for the sector. It states that “Canada is recognized as a world The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and AgriFood (front row, right) along with several of her provincial counterparts, including Manitoba's Ralph Eichler, Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development (back row, second from right). PC: Office of Marie-Claude Bibeau

(November 10, 2021 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada News Release) Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial (FPT)

Ministers of Agriculture wrapped up their annual conference by issuing the “Guelph Statement”. Their shared vision for the next agricultural policy framework will position our agri-food producers, processors and others in the sector for continued success as world leaders in sustainable agriculture, and will enable a globally competitive sector. Ministers also acknowledged and recognized the hard work of everyone involved in maintaining the strong food supply chain for Canadians during COVID-19. Ministers agreed on the sustainable agriculture approach needed to help shape the next policy framework, which includes environmental, social and economic considerations in all priority areas.

leader in sustainable agriculture and agri-food production and drives forward to 2028 from a solid foundation of regional strengths and diversity, as well as the strong leadership of the Provinces and Territories, in order to rise to the climate change challenge, to expand new markets and trade while meeting the expectations of consumers, and to feed Canadians and a growing global population.” Ministers also agreed to continue to improve the suite of business risk management (BRM) programs to make them timely, equitable, and easy to understand, while supporting the competitiveness and sustainability of the sector. During the conference, Ministers made progress on other key action areas that will help position the sector for economic recovery and sustainable growth, including labour, African swine fever, Animal Health Canada, trade and market access, regulatory priorities (including interprovincial trade and the Canadian Plant Health Council), retail fees, and mental health. continued on pages 4-6


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Next agricultural framework – cont. Quotes “Today, my provincial and territorial colleagues and I agreed on an ambitious vision that will guide the development of the policy framework to follow the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. We all want to ensure that our agriculture is sustainable and that our farmers and agri-food entrepreneurs succeed. They must be incredibly resilient and innovative in the face of many challenges, including climate change, fluctuations in international trade, and labour shortages. Together, we will invest wisely to grow the sector while protecting our environment, reducing our emissions and safeguarding the well-being of those who ensure our food security.” The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“It’s been an honour to host my FPT colleagues in Guelph, Ontario’s hub for agriculture and food. The discussions over the last few days focused on the need to continue our efforts to build a competitive, sustainable agriculture sector that is well positioned for growth and includes the use of research, technology and innovation to help us meet the challenges of the future, and the Guelph Statement reflects this. Our discussions on strengthening collaboration, improving agri-food labour capacity, supporting innovation, increasing trade and investment, enhancing mental health supports for farmers and their families, and protecting our hog sector from African Swine Fever were extremely productive. I know these discussions will help us continue to build strong relationships across Canada as we build on our shared vision of encouraging and promoting agriculture.” The Honourable Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for Ontario

Quick facts •

Canadian farmers have always been good stewards of the land and have a solid track record of sustainable agriculture, with sound management practices, innovation, and new technologies. Over the past two decades, farmers have doubled the value of production while stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions. In that time, the amount of agricultural emissions per dollar of GDP generated by the sector has dropped by half.

The Guelph Statement reflects the large amount of input received so far through stakeholder consultations over the past year. Consultations are continuing, to gather input from a wide range of stakeholders.

The next agricultural policy framework will follow the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3 billion commitment by Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors. The Partnership includes both federal programs, as well as those that are cost-shared between the federal (60%) and provincial/territorial (40%) governments.

Despite many challenges over the past year, including the COVID-19 pandemic and extreme weather events, the Canadian agrifood sector remains resilient and poised for continued growth. Exports of agriculture and agri-food products continue to grow, worth nearly $74 billion in 2020, compared to $67 billion in 2019.

The agriculture and agri-food value chain continues to be an economic engine driving Canada’s economy, contributing nearly $140 billion, or 7.4% of national GDP, and responsible for more than 2 million jobs in Canada.

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The Guelph Statement

A Vision to 2028 Canada is recognized as a world leader in sustainable agriculture and agri-food production and drives forward to 2028 from a solid foundation of regional strengths and diversity, as well as the strong leadership of the Provinces and Territories, in order to rise to the climate change challenge, to expand new markets and trade while meeting the expectations of consumers, and to feed Canadians and a growing global population.

The Priorities

Guiding Principles

◆ Tackling climate change and environmental protection to support GHG emission reductions and the long-term vitality of the sector while positioning producers and processors to seize economic opportunities from evolving consumer demands

◆ Supporting sustainable agriculture and economic growth by creating the conditions for Canadian businesses to meet evolving challenges of the interconnected domestic and global marketplace

◆ Continued and targeted investments in science, research and innovation to address key challenges and opportunities

◆ Building sector capacity and growth through realizing the potential of value added agri-food and agri-products

◆ Enhancing resiliency to anticipate, mitigate and respond to risks, including a robust suite of Business Risk Management programs

◆ Lead on ensuring a sustainable agriculture and agri-food sector, by addressing climate risks and creating conditions for industry to succeed and compete globally

◆ Programs respond to the realities of producers and participants, and seek to reduce red tape

◆ Shared jurisdiction of agriculture and international trade obligations are respected

◆ In order to maximize shared investments and contribute to collective outcomes, governments will deliver measurable results, while maintaining flexibility in the design, delivery and management of programs across provinces and territories

◆ Collaboration among stakeholders to leverage innovation, regional strengths and diversity

◆ Work to address barriers to participation and consider the needs of underrepresented groups such as youth and women, and strengthen relationships with Indigenous Peoples to better support sector participation


Priorities and Focus Areas for the Next Policy Framework

Advancing Sustainable Agriculture and Agri-Food The next policy framework will reflect the principles of sustainable development allowing the agriculture and agri-food sector to meet the needs of today, and grow for tomorrow, without compromising the needs of future generations.

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Support new or emerging primary, valueadded and processing opportunities Improve productivity through the development and adoption of technology, digitization and artificial intelligence Enhance labour attraction and retention, training, and automation Foster the next generation of farmers, considering economic, training and other barriers to entry Pursue economic opportunities through efficiency improvements, reducing and recovering food and other wastes, and growing the bioeconomy

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Prepare for and respond to a changing climate by supporting Beneficial Management Practices and accelerating technological adoption Reduce GHG emissions, and improve carbon sequestration Protect and regenerate soil, water and air quality Improve biodiversity and protect sensitive habitats

Collaborate to pursue and defend Canadian trade interests and advance science-based trade rules Support market diversification and efforts to remove barriers to interprovincial trade Support export readiness and identify and pursue market development opportunities abroad and domestically such as buy local Meet domestic and international demand for sustainable primary production and processing practices

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Address challenges such as climate change and pursue opportunities such as new markets Support research in primary agriculture, agronomy, and value-added Accelerate the development and adoption of new technologies and finding energy efficiencies Supporting pre-commercialization and start-ups in such areas as innovative labour solutions and bioproducts Enhance data collection, extension activities, performance measures, knowledge exchange and transfer

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Build the resiliency of the entire food chain Provide BRM programs that are timely, equitable, and easy to understand Encourage and support proactive risk management, including climate risk Protect and enhance plant and animal health and animal welfare, through a “One Health” perspective Support the sector to develop, adopt, and enhance assurance systems Fostering awareness of sector commitment to the sustainable production of safe, high-quality food and building public trust while increasing sector awareness of the expectations of consumers Support and empower producers and agri-food workers to take care of their mental health Support worker health and safety

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CN Rail commits up to $250,000 to CFA's Hay West 2021 shortage due to devastating drought. Farmers from the East Coast, as well as Ontario and Quebec, have graciously committed and/or donated hay to be sent out west to help feed livestock.

(November 9, 2021 Canadian Federation of Agriculture News Release) – The Canadian

Federation of Agriculture is happy to announce that CN Rail has committed up to $250,000 to CFA's Hay West campaign to help cover the shipping costs of sending hay to droughtstricken farmers in the Prairie provinces. CN’s donation comes in twofold, an immediate $125,000 donation, and in an effort to spur monetary donations from other organizations, CN will also provide matching funding for donations from other sources, up to an additional $125,000, for a total commitment of $250,000. CFA hopes that this generous contribution will help to spur further support, as this arrangement will double the effectiveness of any donations from other institutions. We are also happy to announce that CN’s initial cash donation will apply to the “matching donation” previously supplied by Farm Credit Canada, wherein they agreed to match up to $25,000 from any other organization, bringing the total donation from Farm Credit Canada to $50,000! The Hay West initiative helps farmers in the West who are currently suffering from a hay

All proceeds from donations go directly to paying the shipping costs for moving hay across Canada and the logistical support needed to do so. CFA currently has tens of thousands of bales of hay to be sent to the Prairie provinces, but the demand for hay is still extremely high and more is needed. “CFA would like to extend its extreme appreciation for this donation from CN, as well as all of the other organizations who have donated to Hay West. We cannot stress how important this initiative is, as these funds go directly to helping farmers who have been struggling to feed their animals. Through these donations we are helping to save many farmers and their animals from devastation. It is truly incredible to see the amount of support and collaboration that has come together through these unfortunate circumstances, and we are grateful for everyone who has been involved,” said Mary Robinson, CFA President. CFA is still looking for contributions to cover shipping costs, as well as farmers looking to buy or supply hay. Visit www.haywest2021.net if you are looking to supply or purchase hay. If you are interested in donating to the Hay West 2021 initiative, please contact Laurie Karson, Director of Communications & Stakeholder Relations of the CFA at laurie@canadian-farmers.ca.


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities is Now Open Producers are advised that the intake period for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice activities begins on Monday, November 8th and closes on December 10, 2021 for projects that will occur in 2022/23. More details on available on the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development site: https://www.manitoba.ca/agriculture/environ ment/environmental-farm-plan/assurancebmp.html

• Permanent fencing to restrict livestock access to surface water and dugouts — construction materials — associated components and installation costs

• Permanent pipeline development — pipe, plumbing materials, trenching, earthworks, etc. — professional and contractor fees

This intake period includes applications for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas. For this BMP there is a cost share ratio of 50:50 and a funding cap of $10,000 per application. Applicants may submit more than one application. Under BMP 503 the following costs are eligible: • Water source development – Wells — drilling new or deepening existing wells, test hole drilling, screening, casing, well caps etc. — water pumps and required plumbing components — professional and contractor fees

• Water source development – Dugouts — constructing new or rehabilitating existing dugouts, test hole drilling, etc. — professional and contractor fees

• Alternative watering system equipment — solar, wind or grid powered systems — associated components and installation costs

• Watering system components* — watering bowls, troughs or storage tanks * Eligible as a part of a water source development project; items are not eligible as a stand-alone.

• personal labour ($25 per hour) and personal equipment use (at set program rates outlined in the Farm Machinery Custom and Rental Rate Guide) Ineligible costs include: maintenance and operation expenses; perimeter fencing for upland grazing management; expenses related to removing or replacing existing fences or water infrastructure, such as storage tanks or water troughs; portable livestock corral panels; portable gas/diesel powered water pumps, generators, water meters; materials and construction costs for pump houses; aeration systems for dugouts, etc.; above ground pipelines; hauling or pumping of water to fill empty dugouts; and, temporary set up of watering systems.


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities is Now Open Examples of other BMPs eligible for cost-shared funding to farmers include: Resource Management Planning, Establishment of a Cover Crop, Increasing Frequency of Perennials in Annual Rotations, Perennial Cover for Sensitive Lands, Improved Pasture and Forage Quality, Intercropping, Farmyard Runoff Control, Relocation of Confined Livestock Areas, and others. An Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Statement of Competition is not required at time of application, however it is required at time of claim, if approved. EFP Workshops are ongoing through the fall and winter. Dates and locations are posted at www.ManitobaEFP.ca.

Government support cannot exceed 25 or 50 per cent of eligible expenses, depending on project type, with varying funding caps from $10,000 to $100,000. The total maximum amount payable to one farm operation is $60,000 (not including BMP: Barn Odour Reduction and BMP: Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas) over the term of the Ag Action Manitoba program. Farmers may apply and receive funding for more than one BMP over the term of Ag Action Manitoba. Only one application per BMP on the same parcel of land and/or for a single project where there may be common components across multiple applications, will be eligible for funding.


Frequently Asked Questions Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program

Q1. What is the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program?

A: The ACLFP is a pilot program that provides Agricultural Crown Land (ACL) lessees with 75% cost-shared programming of up to $30,000 per farm operation to develop a grazing management plan, add infrastructure (cross-fencing, wells, dugouts) and rejuvenate forage lands (perennial forage seed, seeding and brush management) in order to improve pasture productivity. Project must occur between April and December of 2022. Program details can be accessed here: http://webpublishing.mbgov.ca/en/agriculture/canadian-agriculturalpartnership/Documents/guidebook/ag-action-mb-program-guide-for-aclfp.pdf

Q2. Who is eligible to apply? A: ACL lease holders in good standing can apply. A farm business or operation with multiple shareholders or partners, operation names or units, will count as one eligible applicant. Each farm operation can submit one application that includes all applicable activities (planning, infrastructure and/or rejuvenation). However, Municipal lands under ACL lease are not eligible for this program.

Q3. When is the deadline to apply?

A: Applications must be received no later than December 31, 2021. They will be assessed by technical reviewers based on the environmental benefit assessment index, program priorities and project planning.

Q4. Do I need support from ACL to submit an application for a project? A: Yes. You will need a Letter of Support for the proposed project from your local Farm Production Extension Specialist (FPES) – Crown Lands (see contact info in Q14, below) and the Letter of Support must be submitted along with your application. While your FPES-Crown Lands must ensure that your proposed project is suitable for your ACL lease, they are not responsible for ACLFP funding approval.

Q5. What do I need to include with my application?

A: Be sure to answer all questions in the application form itself: explain the proposed project in detail, current practices, and the benefit of the new practice; answer all BMP Specific Questions (as listed in the guidebook), and complete the budget table in full. Along with your application, you will need to include: - a written Letter of Support from your local FPES – Crown Lands for your proposed project (see Q3 above). - an aerial map of the forage land with the location of the existing and proposed water sources identified as well as any fencing (existing and new), and land to be rejuvenated. - an official quote for contracted items (if applicable).


Q6. When can I start my project?

A: Projects must occur between April 1, 2022 and December 30, 2022 in order to be eligible for ACLFP funding. Project deadlines will be specified in the approval letter, should your application be approved. If work is started on a project before formal written approval of program funding is received, the applicant does so at their own risk.

Q7. When do I need to complete my project?

A: The project must be completed and claims submitted by the date indicated in your decision letter (all claims must be submitted no later than December 30, 2022).

Q8. Do I need any permits?

A: Applicants must meet all regulatory requirements. This may include: • approvals from the Crown: ACL Work Permit – see Q9 below. • a Water Rights License is required for all livestock operations extracting more than 25,000 litres (25 m3 or 5,499 Imperial gallons) per day. If developing a new water source, a permit must be obtained in advance of work beginning. • any other standards or approvals as required by law.

Q9. How do I get a Work Permit from ACL to implement a project on my ACL lease? A: An ACL Work Permit is required prior to conducting work on ACL leases. - If your ACLFP project application is approved, an ACL Work Permit will be issued to you from your FPESCrown Land along with the approval letter. - If you plan to initiate your project in advance of receiving ACLFP approval, you will need to secure an ACL Work Permit from an FPES – Crown Lands prior to beginning work.

Q10. Do I need a valid Environmental Farm Plan Statement of Completion?

A: You can submit an application without a valid Statement of Completion, however, if your project is approved, you will be required to provide proof of a valid EFP when you submit your project claim for reimbursement. Environmental Farm Plan workshop dates and locations will be listed online.

Q11. Does my dugout or well need to have a specific capacity?

A: The ACLFP pilot program does not have guidelines for dugout capacity, but you should discuss your plans with your FPES – Crown Lands.

Q12. Can I pump / pipe / haul water from an existing water source into a dugout that has gone dry?

A: Piping or hauling water from any water source (well, dugout or wetland) into a dugout that has run dry is not eligible.

Q13. How deep does a pipeline need to be?

A: Summer pasture pipelines permanently installed underground, and which can be properly winterized before freezing are eligible (ex: installed with a pasture pipeline plow). Above-ground pipelines are ineligible. Projects must be for permanent solutions only.


Q14. If I have more questions, who can I contact?

A: If the question is about project implementation on an ACL lease, please contact: FPES – Crown Lands Greg Logan Luanne Berjian Neil Overby Tyson Gillis

Location Beausejour Minnedosa Dauphin Dauphin

Districts 20, 50, 52 30, 31 42,51 43, 44

E-mail Greg.Logan@gov.mb.ca Luanne.Berjian@gov.mb.ca Neil.Overby@gov.mb.ca Tyson.Gillis@gov.mb.ca

A: If the question is about specific eligibility criteria or the application process, please contact: • Andrea Bertholet (Andrea.Bertholet@gov.mb.ca) or • Colleen Wilson (Colleen.Wilson2@gov.mb.ca).


Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? The program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing low moisture levels. The program will assist livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 to purchase feed in order to maintain their breeding herds. Producers may be eligible to apply for two types of assistance: 1. Feed assistance - buy and test feed for eligible breeding animals 2. Feed transportation assistance - transport purchased feed from distant locations for eligible breeding animals Who is eligible for the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? Primary producers who owned or leased the eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Breeding animals are mature females exposed to breeding (male or artificial insemination) and males used previously for breeding. The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. How do I apply? Applicants can download the Application Form, Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals, and associated program documents on the website at manitoba.ca/agriculture. Application packages can also be picked up at any of the ARD/MASC Service Centres, or mailed to you by calling us at 1-844-769-6224. The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500. Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance – Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements. When is the deadline to apply to the program? April 15, 2022 is the final day to apply. Can multiple applications be submitted? Yes, you can submit more than one application until program maximums are reached.


1. Feed Assistance What feed assistance can I apply for? The eligible feeds that can be purchased for eligible animals from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 to maintain them over the winter include:  grazed corn and greenfeed  mechanically harvested hay, silage, greenfeed, stover, straw, including those purchased as standing crops or grazed in a swath  grain and concentrates (pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator) When can eligible feeds be purchased? Are claims retro-active to a certain date? Eligible feed purchases can occur from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. Is there assistance for feed testing the eligible feedstuffs? Yes, the program will pay for feed testing to determine the nutritional value of eligible feeds. Can feed be purchased for feeders or non-breeding animals? No, feed for feeders, growing animals or non-breeding aged animals is not eligible under this program. How will livestock feed assistance payments be calculated? The administrator will make payments to the applicant for purchases and testing of Eligible Feed made between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, as follows:  On a per breeding head basis, a producer share will be applied $50 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $10 per head for sheep and goats.  Payments will be equal to 75 per cent of the purchased cost of feed and feed testing that exceeds the producer share to a maximum per head payment. The maximum payment is $250 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $50 per head for sheep and goats. How are the breeding head determined in calculating payments?  Breeding head are based on the number declared on the Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals at the time of first application. The declaration is the number of head being maintained and fed over winter, and does not include animals that have or will be sold prior to March 15, 2022. If applicants reduce their breeding animals below the number declared with their first application, they should contact the Program Administrator and submit a new declaration.

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2. Feed Transportation Assistance What feeds qualify for feed transportation assistance? Feed transportation assistance is provided for the movement of eligible feed types (hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, silage, grain and concentrates) to eligible breeding animals. The eligible concentrates are pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator. What are the eligible dates and distances for feed transportation? Transportation costs for eligible feed purchased and transported between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 kilometres. What are the payments for the feed transportation assistance? Payments will be calculated on the tonnes hauled on a per loaded kilometre basis up to 600 kilometres. For hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, and silage the payment rates are:  $0.16 per tonne kilometre for the first 100 kilometres of a haul  $0.10 per tonne kilometre for the remainder of a haul for up to an additional 500 kilometres. For grains and concentrate, the payment rate is $0.05 per tonne kilometre up to 600 kilometres. Payments for each receipt or invoice provided by the applicant will be the payment rate multiplied by the distance transported multiplied by the number of tonnes transported, or the amount of the receipt, whichever is less. Feed can be hauled further than 600 kilometres; however, the extra distance is not eligible for payment. Can feed be sourced from outside of Manitoba qualify for assistance? Feed can be sourced from outside Manitoba and the shipping will still be eligible based on the program’s rates and distances. Does the feed transportation assistance come out of the feed assistance funding? Feed transportation assistance is in addition to funding available to a producer for feed purchases. It is not subtracted from the $250 per head cap for beef, bison and PMU horses or $50 cap for sheep and goats. Is feed transportation assistance available for animals moved to an alternate feeding location? Feed transportation assistance is not available for animals for which producers have received assistance to move eligible animals to an alternate feeding location under the Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program. Alternate feeding locations should have adequate feed locally available for the animals moved. What feed is not eligible for feed transportation assistance?  Feed for market animals or ineligible animals.  Feed produced on your own operation.  Feed for breeding animals that are sold/culled prior to March 15, 2022.  Feed that is sold or replaces similar feed that is sold.  Feed transported less than 40 kilometres.  Feed transported to an alternate feeding location used to house eligible animals for which the applicant received payments under Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance.

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Rising Covid-19 Case Numbers Bring Added Restrictions

(November 12, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) Due to rising COVID-19 cases, increased

community transmission and a growing strain on the health-care system, Manitoba is taking additional steps to help curb the spread of the virus in the fourth wave of the pandemic, Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon and Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, announced today. “Once again, we must ask Manitobans to do more to reduce the current COVID-19 case numbers and community transmission which, in turn, will help reduce the strain on the health-care system,” said Gordon. “We need everyone to work together by following the public health orders, focusing on the fundamentals and getting vaccinated. We know vaccination works, and I encourage all Manitobans to do your part and get immunized against COVID19.” The additional restrictions include: · Religious gatherings are limited to 25 people unless the facility can physically divide the space into separate areas, in which case several cohorts of up to 25 can attend the same service. However, the total number of attendees at a service may not exceed 25 per cent of facility capacity, to a maximum of 250 people. Cohorts must not mingle, masks must be worn and physical distancing rules apply. this applies to the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region only; this new restriction goes into effect Saturday, Nov. 13 at 12:01 a.m.; services restricted to fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may occur without capacity limits; and the municipalities of Cartier, Headingley, Macdonald, Ritchot (Niverville-Ritchot), St. François Xavier and Taché that are geographically located in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, are

exempt and considered to be part of the Winnipeg Capital Region. · Provincewide, proof of at least one dose of vaccination, or a recent (within 72 hours) negative test result will be required for 12 to 17 year olds for indoor recreational sports: there will be a grace period until Dec. 5 to allow individuals who are not yet fully immunized to comply, with the order to be in effect at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 6; and negative tests need to come from a participating pharmacy as provincial testing sites should only be accessed by symptomatic individuals, or those who are required to take a PCR test by public health. The orders continue to allow fully vaccinated Manitobans to enjoy as much freedom and as few restrictions as possible, while unvaccinated individuals continue to be restricted in their activities in order to reduce transmission and the most serious outcomes. “We take several pieces of information into consideration when we are making recommendations for public health orders,” said Roussin. “Current COVID-19 case numbers, test positivity rate, community spread, vaccination rates and modelling are all factors. We are seeing concerning numbers now and the projections indicate more is coming if we do not take steps to curb the situation.” “Thank you to all of those Manitobans who are following the public health orders, focusing on the fundamentals and have been vaccinated. It is frustrating to be here again but by working together, we can help bring an end to this pandemic,” said Roussin. The updated orders keep the Pandemic Response System at Restricted (Orange) with schools at Caution (Yellow). All other public health orders remain unchanged. For more information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19.


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BACKGROUNDER CHANGES TO PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS The following changes continue or come into effect on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 12:01 a.m., unless otherwise noted. Sector

Restrictions (as of Oct. 26)

New Restrictions (as of Nov. 13)

Indoor gatherings in public spaces

Permitting group sizes to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity, whichever is lower, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated. Fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may gather without capacity limits. Permitting groups of up to 50 people in uncontrolled outdoor public spaces. Limiting households to guests from one other household, when any unvaccinated person (who is eligible to be vaccinated) is present on the property (even if the unvaccinated person lives at that location. Fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may gather without capacity limits.

No change.

Outdoor gatherings in public spaces Indoor gatherings on private property

No change.

No change.


Outdoor gatherings on private property

Restaurants, licensed premises and food courts

Gyms and fitness centres

Casinos, bingo halls and VLTs Museums and galleries

Limiting households to No change. 10 guests outdoors when any unvaccinated person (who is eligible to be vaccinated) is present on the property (even if the unvaccinated person lives at that location). Fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may gather without capacity limits. Proof of vaccination is No change. required for those 12 years of age and older. Individuals are required to wear masks but are not required to provide proof of vaccination to enter for the sole purpose of picking up takeout or delivery orders. All other restrictions have been removed. No capacity limits. Proof No change. of vaccination required. Masks remain required when not actively engaged in physical activity. Proof of vaccination is required. Physical distancing is no longer required between VLTs Museums operate under the requirement to show proof of vaccination (indoors only) when open to the public as a museum. If the museum is used as a private venue for another purpose (e.g. wedding), then the appropriate orders apply.

No change.

No change.


Fairs and festivals

Libraries Professional sports or performing arts events Horse and auto racing

Movies theatres and concert halls Weddings and funerals

Religious gatherings and Indigenous cultural events

Limited to 50 unless protocols and higher attendance is approved by public health officials. Open without capacity limits. Open with no capacity limits for patrons with proof of vaccination Open with no capacity limits for patrons with proof of vaccination, and a plan approved by public health officials. Proof of vaccination will be required. No other restrictions. Permitting indoor public gathering group sizes to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity, whichever is lower, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated.

No change.

Permitting group sizes to 25 people or 33 per cent capacity, whichever is greater, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated.

Religious gatherings and Indigenous cultural events are limited to 25 people unless the facility can physically divide the space into separate areas, in which case several cohorts of up to 25 can attend the same service.

Fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may gather without capacity limits.

No change. No change. No change.

No change. No change.

However, the total number of attendees at a service may not exceed 25 per cent of facility capacity, to a maximum of 250 people. This applies to the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region only. Cohorts must not mingle, masks must be worn and physical distancing rules apply. (continued)


This new restriction goes into effect Saturday, Nov. 13 at 12:01 a.m. Services restricted to fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may occur without capacity limits. The municipalities of Cartier, Headingley, Macdonald, Ritchot (Niverville-Ritchot), St. François Xavier and Taché that are geographically located in the Southern HealthSanté Sud health region, are exempt and considered to be part of the Winnipeg Capital Region. Outdoor community, cultural and religious gatherings

Personal services Theatre and music schools

Permitting groups of up to 50 people in uncontrolled outdoor public spaces. Drive-in services continue unrestricted. Open without capacity restrictions. Proof of vaccination will be required. Parents and coaches will require proof of vaccination.

No change.

No change. No change.


Indoor sports and recreation including martial arts studios and dance schools

Proof of vaccination will be required, excluding youth recreational sport. Parents and coaches will require proof of vaccination.

Provincewide, proof of at least one dose of vaccination, or a recent (within 72 hours) negative test result will be required for 12 to 17 year olds for indoor and recreational sports. There will be a grace period until Dec. 5 to allow individuals who are not yet fully immunized to comply, with the order in effect at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 6.

Outdoor sports and recreation Overnight camps

Games, practices and tournaments permitted, capacity limit of 50 per cent for spectators. Open with limit of up to 15 staff and campers in a group, no interaction between groups and a plan approved by public health officials.

Negative tests need to come from a participating pharmacy as provincial testing sites should only be accessed by symptomatic individuals, or those who are required to take a PCR test by public health. No change.

Province wide, proof of at least one dose of vaccination, or a recent (within 72 hours of the start of the camp) negative test result will be required for 12 to 17 year olds to attend. There will be a grace period until Dec. 5 to allow individuals who are not yet fully immunized to comply, with the order in effect at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 6. (continued)


Retail, markets, garden centres and malls

Permitting retail capacity at 50 per cent in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region.

Negative tests need to come from a participating pharmacy as provincial testing sites should only be accessed by symptomatic individuals, or those who are required to take a PCR test by public health. No change.

Permitting retail capacity at 100 per cent in the Interlake-Eastern, Northern, Prairie Mountain Health and Winnipeg capital region, including the municipalities of Cartier, Headingly, Macdonald, Ritchot (Niverville/Ritchot), St. François Xavier and Taché.

Workplaces Indoor self-help gatherings

Physical distancing measures are required. Masks required indoors. Open without restrictions Indoor gathering limits and mask use rules apply.

No change. No change.


COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Eligibility for Third Doses Expanded to All Adults 18 or Older can check their immunization record at: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immuniza tionrecord/residents.html#immunizationrecords. (November 10, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) Manitoba is expanding access to a third

dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to all adults aged 18 or older. A minimum of six months is required between second and third doses, except in very limited circumstances. The province is recommending the third dose to individuals who are at an increased risk of serious illness from COVID-19, their caregivers and close contacts. Third doses can be provided at any location that offers the COVID-19 vaccine. Janssen Vaccine In the coming weeks, an initial shipment of 2,250 doses of the one-dose Janssen vaccine will be available at some pharmacies and medical clinics. The vaccine is approved for individuals aged 18 and older, and the online vaccine finder map will be updated once this vaccine is available. Individuals are considered fully immunized 14 days after receiving their single dose. However, it is recommended that a second dose of an mRNA vaccine be given to provide the best protection possible. Eligibility More information about third dose recommendations, including dose intervals and where to get the vaccine, is available at: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibil ity-criteria.html#third. Individuals who are unsure of when their second dose was received

Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to include anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 2009. Vaccine Administration, Supply and Distribution Manitoba vaccine sites are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccinations for COVID and seasonal flu. Eligible individuals can book their appointments online or by calling (toll-free) 1844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). For hours and days of operation, visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder .html. Pan-Canadian Proof of Vaccination Credential The Manitoba immunization app has been updated to include the pan-Canadian proof of vaccination credential (PVC). For more information about the PVC, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immuniza tionrecord/residents.html#pvc. Additional Information    More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccine and https://protectmb.ca.  For more information about COVID-19 immunization records and cards, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/imm unizationrecord/index.html.


Manitoba Beef Producers 2021 DroughtRelated Industry Survey reservoirs, restoring existing water sources, or hauling water. Producers are also asked to indicate their intentions with respect to herd sizes going forward, such as projected culling rates. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation is sincerely appreciated.

In support of Manitoba Beef Producers’ drought-related advocacy efforts with the federal and provincial governments, MBP is conducting a confidential producer survey to gather further data on the impact the drought is having on the province’s beef sector. For example, producers are being asked to identify their estimated percentage of feed/forage production compared to last year. Producers are asked to indicate if they are incurring additional fencing costs in order to access alternate sources of feed for grazing. There are questions related to the drought’s impact on water resources. This includes investments producers are having to make in this area, such as digging new wells or

Note: All data and comments collected will be aggregated before being used for MBP’s advocacy activities. No operation-specific identifying information will be shared with governments. Thank you in advance for your consideration in completing the survey which can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ YX52PFG MBP is continuing to engage with government officials about the severity of the drought, its effects on producers and the need for a timely, multi-pronged approach to help the beef industry deal with the immediate and longerterm implications of the drought.


Environmental Farm Plan Workshops Availability Due to COVID-19, all EFP workshops will be taking place virtually via Online Meetings until further notice. To register for an EFP workshop, click on the link “Register now!” in the link below for your preferred workshop date. Once registered, you will then receive an email with a link to access the meeting. Workbooks are mailed and you should receive yours approximately 1 week prior to the workshop. You can also visit this link to register: Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) are an essential part of every farm operation. These workshops will guide producers through the EFP workbook to help assess and identify the environmental assets and risks on their farm operations, and develop an action plan to address the identified risks. Workbooks and support material will be provided to those who attend. There is no preparation required for this workshop. EFPs must be renewed every five years to remain valid. If you are unsure if your EFP is valid, please contact KAP to inquire at (204) 697-1140.

https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/environme nt/events-and-deadlines/index.html Note: Workshops are currently available through December 2021.


E-Newsletter dsfsfa An update from MBP November 5, 2021

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Reminder: final week of district meetings The final week of district meetings is around the corner and we're extending an invitation to attend the District 6 meeting on November 8 at 1pm in Oak Lake or the oddnumbered districts virtual meeting on November 9 at 7pm. Any folks who missed or were unable to attend their meeting are welcome to join the virtual meeting. The district meetings are a welcome opportunity for producers to chat and hear what Manitoba Beef Producers has been up to. The meetings also set the future path of the organization by proposing resolutions for the Annual General Meeting in February. Elections are being held in all the even-numbered districts if you’d like to try your hand at representing the folks in your region. If you aren’t sure what district you belong to, don’t hesitate to give MBP a call at 1-800-772-0458 or email: info@mbbeef.ca. You may register for either meeting by clicking on the graphics.


MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS Scholarship Application Deadline Extension ***Due to ongoing disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic (and the related impacts on high schools and post-secondary institutions) MBP has pushed the application deadline for its 2021 scholarship competition into December instead of the usual June intake deadline. This application intake process is for students who will be undertaking post-secondary studies in the 2021-22 academic year. Manitoba Beef Producers is pleased to make available six $500 scholarships annually for MBP members or their children attending a university, college, other post-secondary institution or pursuing trades training. Preference will be given to those students pursuing a field of study related to agriculture or to those acquiring a skilled trade or pursuing a career that would be beneficial to the rural economy. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY HAS BEEN EXTENDED: Completed applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Friday, December 3 2021. A selection committee will review the submissions. Winners will be notified by January 5, 2022. The scholarship criteria is as follows: Eligibility: • Must be at least 17 years of age as of January 1, 2021. • Must be an active Manitoba beef producer or the child of an active Manitoba beef producer. Note: This can include beef producers returning to school after a period of time in the workforce. • Post-secondary program or trades training must be a minimum of one year in duration. Items You Are Required to Submit: • Completed application form; • A typed 600-word (maximum) essay discussing “What the beef industry means to my family, my community and Manitoba.” Also include the reasons you enjoy being involved in agriculture.*; • A copy of your transcript (either high school, or a recognized college, university or trade school); • Proof of enrolment in a recognized institution (current transcript, or your acceptance letter, or a letter of intent indicating your intended institution and field of study). • A list of community involvement (e.g. 4-H, community clubs, volunteer work, etc.); and, • The names of two references, including their addresses and telephone numbers. Submissions and ALL documentation must be sent no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021 to: Manitoba Beef Producers Scholarship Committee 220 – 530 Century Street Winnipeg MB R3H 0Y4 E-mail: info@mbbeef.ca Fax: (204) 774-3264 For more information, please contact Manitoba Beef Producers at 1-800-772-0458 or email info@mbbeef.ca. *Scholarship winners’ essays will be published in MBP’s newspaper Cattle Country.


MBP 2021-22 Academic Year SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PLEASE PRINT Name: _______________________________________________________________________________ Mailing address: _______________________________________________________________________ Telephone: _____________________________ Email: __________________________________________ Date of birth: _____________________________ Parents’ names if you are under 18: _______________________________________________________ Are you a beef producer? _____________________________ Are you the child of a beef producer? ________ If yes, what is their name(s)? __________________________ Institute of current enrolment: ________________________________________________________________ Current or intended program of post-secondary study or skilled trades training: __________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Duration of post-secondary program or skilled trades training: _________ year (s)

Essay: Please submit a typed 600-word (maximum) essay* on the topic “What the beef industry means to my family, my community, and Manitoba.” Also include the reasons you enjoy being involved in agriculture. *Note: Scholarship winners’ essays will be published in Manitoba Beef Producers’ newspaper Cattle Country. Please return the completed application form, transcript, and proof of enrolment in a post-secondary institution or an apprenticeship program or a letter of intent to pursue further studies, a list of your community involvement, the typed essay and, your references no later than 4:30 p.m., Friday, December 3, 2021 to: Manitoba Beef Producers Scholarship Committee 220 – 530 Century Street Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 Email: info@mbbeef.ca Fax (204) 774-3264


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News Release Canadian beef industry encourages investment in agriculture research to drive further methane reduction goals   November 3, 2021

Calgary, AB – On October 11, 2021, the Government of Canada confirmed its support for the Global Methane Pledge. Canada joined the United States and the European Union, who on September 17, 2021, had launched the global pledge to reduce methane emissions by at least 30 per cent below 2020 levels by 2030 and implementation of related domestic actions. The Canadian beef industry continues to be a global leader in sustainable beef production. Beef farmers and ranchers manage lands that store an impressive 1.5 billion tonnes of carbon, and the Canadian beef industry has half the greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint per kilogram of production when compared to the global average. However, the industry is driving forward with further reductions as outlined in a multi-stakeholder strategy that includes goals and action plans to; • Reduce primary production GHG emission intensity by 33 per cent by 2030 • Sequester an additional 3.4 million tonnes of carbon every year • Safeguard the existing 1.5 billion tonnes of carbon stored on lands managed with beef cattle • Reduce food loss and waste (from secondary processing to consumer) by 50 per cent by 2030 Key to achieving these goals is investment in research and extension for the application of the research on farm. “We were pleased to see the Government’s commitment to supporting Canadian farmers, ranchers and industry partners as we drive towards the implementation of climate change solutions,” said Bob Lowe, President of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. “We need to increase our investments in research and the adoption of research to achieve our shared goals.” The industry plans to reduce methane emissions through improvements in genetics, forage and feed production and management, and animal health amongst others. Researchers are particularly interested in feed additives, which have shown great potential for methane reductions from cattle in the range of 20 per cent to 70 per cent reductions. As the Government moves forward with its goals, environmental partners, such as the Canadian beef industry, should be included in the policy and investment development.

The CCA is the national voice for Canada’s beef cattle industry representing 60,000 beef farms and feedlots. Visit www.cattle.ca


The Canadian beef industry is also globally engaged through initiatives such as the Global Agenda Towards Sustainable Livestock and the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Global increases in agriculture research and extension will have rippling positive implications for methane reductions as well as the health and livelihoods of agriculture producers and rural communities worldwide. Beef Cattle Research Council Factoids: •

In Canada, producing 1kg of beef now creates 15 per cent less greenhouse gases than in 1981, due to improved production practices.

Feed efficiency in the 1950s was ten to one. Today it is six to one.

Learn more at www.beefresearch.ca

For further information, contact:  Communications Manager Canadian Cattlemen’s Association communications@cattle.ca

The CCA is the national voice for Canada’s beef cattle industry representing 60,000 beef farms and feedlots. Visit www.cattle.ca


Chronic Wasting Disease Discovered In Manitoba; Management Actions Implemented

(November 1, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) On Oct. 14, as part of the province’s

wildlife health surveillance program, a male mule deer was observed to be unhealthy and was euthanized in western Manitoba, near Lake of the Prairies. Subsequent testing found the animal to have chronic wasting disease (CWD). This is the first time this disease has been found in Manitoba. Other animals in the area may also have CWD, so to ensure the disease is not spread through the transport of a diseased carcass, Manitoba will be immediately implementing a ban on hunting deer, moose, caribou and elk in the area. The boundaries of this area are currently being determined, but will initially include at least a portion of Game Hunting Area (GHA) 22. CWD is an incurable fatal disease that affects members of the deer family, including whitetailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose and caribou. Animals infected with CWD may appear healthy until the later stages of the disease, and while CWD is not known as a human health risk, meat from a CWD infected animal is not recommended for consumption. In order to protect their health, hunters’ active in areas

where CWD has been detected should have their harvested animal tested, practice safe carcass handling protocols and avoid consumption of any animal that has tested positive for CWD. CWD has been known to infect animals in Saskatchewan, Alberta and 24 states. Manitoba has had very rigorous reporting and testing requirements for CWD, including making it illegal to bring certain unprocessed meat into Manitoba. The province has immediately begun to plan for additional CWD surveillance actions in the area surrounding this finding and has reached out to multiple stakeholders, First Nations, Metis and other groups who need to be aware. At this time, there is no indication of any connection to farmed elk populations. The elk farming industry has ongoing CWD surveillance and there have been no reported cases in farmed animals in Manitoba. CWD does not infect cattle or other domesticated animals. The province will need the full co-operation of the public, including hunters, producers, and land-owners to ensure this disease is contained or even eradicated from the area. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available.


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities opens November 8th Includes intake for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas — professional and contractor fees • Alternative watering system equipment — solar, wind or grid powered systems Producers are advised that the intake period for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice activities begins on Monday, November 8th and closes on December 10, 2021 for projects that will occur in 2022/23. More details on available on the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development site: https://www.manitoba.ca/agriculture/environ ment/environmental-farm-plan/assurancebmp.html This intake period includes applications for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas. For this BMP there is a cost share ratio of 50:50 and a funding cap of $10,000 per application. Applicants may submit more than one application. Under BMP 503 the following costs are eligible: • Water source development – Wells — drilling new or deepening existing wells, test hole drilling, screening, casing, well caps etc. — water pumps and required plumbing components — professional and contractor fees • Water source development – Dugouts — constructing new or rehabilitating existing dugouts, test hole drilling, etc.

— associated components and installation costs • Permanent fencing to restrict livestock access to surface water and dugouts — construction materials — associated components and installation costs • Permanent pipeline development — pipe, plumbing materials, trenching, earthworks, etc. — professional and contractor fees • Watering system components* — watering bowls, troughs or storage tanks * Eligible as a part of a water source development project; items are not eligible as a stand-alone. • personal labour ($25 per hour) and personal equipment use (at set program rates outlined in the Farm Machinery Custom and Rental Rate Guide) Ineligible costs include: maintenance and operation expenses; perimeter fencing for upland grazing management; expenses related to removing or replacing existing fences or water infrastructure, such as storage tanks or water troughs; portable livestock corral panels; portable gas/diesel powered water pumps, generators, water meters; materials and continued on page 9


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities opens November 8th Includes intake for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas construction costs for pump houses; aeration systems for dugouts, etc.; above ground pipelines; hauling or pumping of water to fill empty dugouts; and, temporary set up of watering systems. Examples of other BMPs eligible for cost-shared funding to farmers include: Resource Management Planning, Establishment of a Cover Crop, Increasing Frequency of Perennials in Annual Rotations, Perennial Cover for Sensitive Lands, Improved Pasture and Forage Quality, Intercropping, Farmyard Runoff Control, Relocation of Confined Livestock Areas, and others. An Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Statement of Competition is not required at time of application, however it is required at time of claim, if approved.

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EFP Workshops are ongoing through the fall and winter. Dates and locations are posted at www.ManitobaEFP.ca. Government support cannot exceed 25 or 50 per cent of eligible expenses, depending on project type, with varying funding caps from $10,000 to $100,000. The total maximum amount payable to one farm operation is $60,000 (not including BMP: Barn Odour Reduction and BMP: Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas) over the term of the Ag Action Manitoba program. Farmers may apply and receive funding for more than one BMP over the term of Ag Action Manitoba. Only one application per BMP on the same parcel of land and/or for a single project where there may be common components across multiple applications, will be eligible for funding.


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Committment to the land, water, air, and wildlife is a prerequisite to raising healthy cattle. Sustainability is not a buzzword... it's a way of life.

raise the bar on raising beef TESA NOMINATION & APPLICATION PACKAGE


Tesa background Since 1996, The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) has been awarded annually at the provincial and national level to recognize cattle producers’ leadership in conservation. Nominees and applicants are selected based on their stewardship practices, accomplishments and goals.

ELIGIBILITY

All beef cattle operations in Canada are eligible to apply. Producers can either be nominated by an individual or organization or apply themselves through their provincial or regional cattle organization(s). All methods are equally encouraged.

THE BRITISH COLUMBIA CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION

#4 - 10145 Dallas Dr. • Kamloops, BC • V2C 6T4 PHONE 250.573.3611 FAX 250.573.5155 EMAIL info@cattlemen.bc.ca

Where provinces or regions have annual stewardship awards, nominees and applicants compete for awards based on their province or region of residence. Where provincial or regional organization(s) do not present an annual award, they can select a nominee who has engaged in significant environmental stewardship activities on their farm or ranch.

ALBERTA BEEF PRODUCERS

Past nominees are encouraged to resubmit their application. Previous recipients may not reapply.

SASKATCHEWAN STOCK GROWERS ASSOCIATION

PROVINCIAL AWARD

Provincial recipients are announced at their respective provincial cattle association’s annual general meeting. All provincial award recipients then move forward to compete at the national level.

165, 6815-8th Street N.E. • Calgary, AB • T2E 7H7 PHONE 403.451-1176 FAX 403.274.0007 EMAIL katelynl@albertabeef.org

Box 4752 • Regina, SK • S4P 3Y4 PHONE 306.757.8523 FAX 306.569.8799 EMAIL ssga@sasktel.net

MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

220-530 Century St. • Winnipeg, MB • R3H 0Y4

NATIONAL AWARD

The national TESA recipient is announced during the Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC). All provincial recipients are awarded an all-expense paid trip for two to attend CBIC and the CCA Semi-Annual Meeting that is held in different locations across Canada in August of each year. The national TESA recipient is also awarded a belt buckle and certificate.

APPLICATIONS DUE

July 1st of each year. Manitoba applications are due December 3, 2021.

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TOLL-FREE 1.800.772.0458 or 204.772.4542 FAX 204.774.3264 EMAIL info@mbbeef.ca

BEEF FARMERS OF ONTARIO

130 Malcolm Rd. • Guelph, ON • N1K 1B1 PHONE 519.824.0334 FAX 519.824.9101 EMAIL info@ontariobeef.com

LES PRODUCTEURS DE BOVINS DU QUEBEC/ QUEBEC CATTLE PRODUCERS

555, Boulevard Roland-Therrien, Bureau 305 • Longueuil, PQ • J4H 4G2 PHONE 450.679.0540 FAX 450.442.9348 EMAIL mediaspbq@upa.qc.ca

MARITIME BEEF COUNCIL

7 Atlantic Central Dr. • East Mountain, NS • B6L 2Z2 PHONE 506.349.5395 FAX 902.893.7063 EMAIL maritimebeefcouncil@gmail.com


Tesa application

Name(s):

Phone:

Farm Name:

Email:

Address:

PLEASE ATTACH A WORD DOCUMENT WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: 1. Provide a description of your farm including the environment it operates in. 2. What have you done/what are you doing to improve environmental management on your farm? 3. What are your challenges and successes? Please include high-resolution images and data which help show measurable results. 4. What factors have enabled you to make management changes? (e.g. Working with conservation organizations, programs such as the Environmental Farm Plan, funding support, education, etc.) 5. What are your environmental goals for the future and how do you plan to carry them out? 6. Include two letters of reference that speak to your leadership in conservation. Please limit your application to 10 pages (not including letters of reference and photos). Electronic applications are preferred and a single, complete PDF document is requested. A sample application from previous years can be found online at https://www.cattle.ca/sustainability/theenvironmental-stewardship-award/how-to-nominate/

WHAT TO INCLUDE IN THE APPLICATION: A selection of no less than ten high-resolution images suitable for reproduction on social media, print etc. Video presentation link if available, media stories/ broadcasts showcasing your stewardship efforts.

TESA SPONSORS

TESA sponsorship program is available to appropriate organizations that wish to affiliate themselves with the CCA’s TESA program. In addition to showing support for environmental stewardship and Canada’s beef cattle producers, the program also provides the opportunity to join industry leaders, government representatives and nearly 60,000 Canadian beef farms in the national discussion on environmental issues affecting the industry. For more information, visit www.cattle.ca/what-is-tesa

TESA PLATINUM SPONSOR

For more than 65 years, MNP has been helping beef producers get the most from their operations. Whether you are looking to pass the farm on to the next generation, improve your profitability, be more competitive or expand MNP’s beef industry specialists will help you get the results you’re looking for. To find out what MNP can do for you, contact Marvin Slingerland, Partner, MNP Lethbridge, at Director of Livestock Services at 1.800.661.8097 or Marvin.Slingerland@mnp.ca

Contact your provincial organization listed on the previous page to determine when your association requires you to submit your application for the provincial award. HE L P ING YO U GE T E VE N M O RE O UT O F YO UR L IVE ST O C K O P E RATIO N.


COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin #136 ‒ Expanded Eligibility for Third Dose Eligibility

(November 3, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) The province is expanding its

recommendations for a third dose to include: •

all First Nations, Inuit and Métis people aged 18 and over, and

people aged 70 and older.

The third dose should be given at least six months after the last dose received. Whenever possible, the third dose should be the same mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) as the previous dose, but either mRNA vaccine is safe to receive. Third doses are available at participating medical clinics, pharmacies, urban Indigenous sites and other vaccine clinics located throughout the province. Timeframe Between First and Second Doses Following guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, Manitoba is now recommending individuals receive their second dose of vaccine 56 days (eight weeks) after their first dose. Previously, the recommendation was 28 days (four weeks). The longer time period between doses has been shown to provide a stronger immune response over time. However, the minimum time frame between first and second doses will remain at 28 days so individuals will be able to choose the timing of vaccine schedule based on their own circumstances.

Recommendations for third doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including where they can be administered, are online at: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibil ity-criteria.html#third. Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to include anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 2009. Vaccine Administration, Supply and Distribution Manitoba vaccine sites are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccinations for COVID and the seasonal flu. Eligible individuals can book their appointments online or by calling (tollfree) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). For hours and days of operation, visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder .html. Pan-Canadian Proof of Vaccination Credential The Manitoba immunization app has been updated to include the pan-Canadian proof of vaccination credential (PVC). The province continues to strongly encourage people to use their Manitoba immunization card at venues and events in the province as it provides very limited personal health information. Some individuals may notice that the lot number of one or more vaccine doses may not be displayed on their PVC. If you plan to use the PVC for travel, it may be important for this information to be shown. Use the online form at https://forms.gov.mb.ca/covidimmunization-record-request/index.html or call 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222) to request to have your lot number updated. continued on page 14


COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin #136 ‒ Expanded Eligibility for Third Dose For more information about the PVC, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/im munizationrecord/residents.html#pvc. Additional Information    More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at

www.manitoba.ca/vaccine and https://protectmb.ca.  For more information about COVID-19 immunization records and cards, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immuniza tionrecord/index.html.


Frequently Asked Questions Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program

Q1. What is the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program?

A: The ACLFP is a pilot program that provides Agricultural Crown Land (ACL) lessees with 75% cost-shared programming of up to $30,000 per farm operation to develop a grazing management plan, add infrastructure (cross-fencing, wells, dugouts) and rejuvenate forage lands (perennial forage seed, seeding and brush management) in order to improve pasture productivity. Project must occur between April and December of 2022. Program details can be accessed here: http://webpublishing.mbgov.ca/en/agriculture/canadian-agriculturalpartnership/Documents/guidebook/ag-action-mb-program-guide-for-aclfp.pdf

Q2. Who is eligible to apply? A: ACL lease holders in good standing can apply. A farm business or operation with multiple shareholders or partners, operation names or units, will count as one eligible applicant. Each farm operation can submit one application that includes all applicable activities (planning, infrastructure and/or rejuvenation). However, Municipal lands under ACL lease are not eligible for this program.

Q3. When is the deadline to apply?

A: Applications must be received no later than December 31, 2021. They will be assessed by technical reviewers based on the environmental benefit assessment index, program priorities and project planning.

Q4. Do I need support from ACL to submit an application for a project? A: Yes. You will need a Letter of Support for the proposed project from your local Farm Production Extension Specialist (FPES) – Crown Lands (see contact info in Q14, below) and the Letter of Support must be submitted along with your application. While your FPES-Crown Lands must ensure that your proposed project is suitable for your ACL lease, they are not responsible for ACLFP funding approval.

Q5. What do I need to include with my application?

A: Be sure to answer all questions in the application form itself: explain the proposed project in detail, current practices, and the benefit of the new practice; answer all BMP Specific Questions (as listed in the guidebook), and complete the budget table in full. Along with your application, you will need to include: - a written Letter of Support from your local FPES – Crown Lands for your proposed project (see Q3 above). - an aerial map of the forage land with the location of the existing and proposed water sources identified as well as any fencing (existing and new), and land to be rejuvenated. - an official quote for contracted items (if applicable).


Q6. When can I start my project?

A: Projects must occur between April 1, 2022 and December 30, 2022 in order to be eligible for ACLFP funding. Project deadlines will be specified in the approval letter, should your application be approved. If work is started on a project before formal written approval of program funding is received, the applicant does so at their own risk.

Q7. When do I need to complete my project?

A: The project must be completed and claims submitted by the date indicated in your decision letter (all claims must be submitted no later than December 30, 2022).

Q8. Do I need any permits?

A: Applicants must meet all regulatory requirements. This may include: • approvals from the Crown: ACL Work Permit – see Q9 below. • a Water Rights License is required for all livestock operations extracting more than 25,000 litres (25 m3 or 5,499 Imperial gallons) per day. If developing a new water source, a permit must be obtained in advance of work beginning. • any other standards or approvals as required by law.

Q9. How do I get a Work Permit from ACL to implement a project on my ACL lease? A: An ACL Work Permit is required prior to conducting work on ACL leases. - If your ACLFP project application is approved, an ACL Work Permit will be issued to you from your FPESCrown Land along with the approval letter. - If you plan to initiate your project in advance of receiving ACLFP approval, you will need to secure an ACL Work Permit from an FPES – Crown Lands prior to beginning work.

Q10. Do I need a valid Environmental Farm Plan Statement of Completion?

A: You can submit an application without a valid Statement of Completion, however, if your project is approved, you will be required to provide proof of a valid EFP when you submit your project claim for reimbursement. Environmental Farm Plan workshop dates and locations will be listed online.

Q11. Does my dugout or well need to have a specific capacity?

A: The ACLFP pilot program does not have guidelines for dugout capacity, but you should discuss your plans with your FPES – Crown Lands.

Q12. Can I pump / pipe / haul water from an existing water source into a dugout that has gone dry?

A: Piping or hauling water from any water source (well, dugout or wetland) into a dugout that has run dry is not eligible.

Q13. How deep does a pipeline need to be?

A: Summer pasture pipelines permanently installed underground, and which can be properly winterized before freezing are eligible (ex: installed with a pasture pipeline plow). Above-ground pipelines are ineligible. Projects must be for permanent solutions only.


Q14. If I have more questions, who can I contact?

A: If the question is about project implementation on an ACL lease, please contact: FPES – Crown Lands Greg Logan Luanne Berjian Neil Overby Tyson Gillis

Location Beausejour Minnedosa Dauphin Dauphin

Districts 20, 50, 52 30, 31 42,51 43, 44

E-mail Greg.Logan@gov.mb.ca Luanne.Berjian@gov.mb.ca Neil.Overby@gov.mb.ca Tyson.Gillis@gov.mb.ca

A: If the question is about specific eligibility criteria or the application process, please contact: • Andrea Bertholet (Andrea.Bertholet@gov.mb.ca) or • Colleen Wilson (Colleen.Wilson2@gov.mb.ca).


Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? The program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing low moisture levels. The program will assist livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 to purchase feed in order to maintain their breeding herds. Producers may be eligible to apply for two types of assistance: 1. Feed assistance - buy and test feed for eligible breeding animals 2. Feed transportation assistance - transport purchased feed from distant locations for eligible breeding animals Who is eligible for the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? Primary producers who owned or leased the eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Breeding animals are mature females exposed to breeding (male or artificial insemination) and males used previously for breeding. The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. How do I apply? Applicants can download the Application Form, Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals, and associated program documents on the website at manitoba.ca/agriculture. Application packages can also be picked up at any of the ARD/MASC Service Centres, or mailed to you by calling us at 1-844-769-6224. The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500. Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance – Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements. When is the deadline to apply to the program? April 15, 2022 is the final day to apply. Can multiple applications be submitted? Yes, you can submit more than one application until program maximums are reached.


1. Feed Assistance What feed assistance can I apply for? The eligible feeds that can be purchased for eligible animals from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 to maintain them over the winter include:  grazed corn and greenfeed  mechanically harvested hay, silage, greenfeed, stover, straw, including those purchased as standing crops or grazed in a swath  grain and concentrates (pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator) When can eligible feeds be purchased? Are claims retro-active to a certain date? Eligible feed purchases can occur from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. Is there assistance for feed testing the eligible feedstuffs? Yes, the program will pay for feed testing to determine the nutritional value of eligible feeds. Can feed be purchased for feeders or non-breeding animals? No, feed for feeders, growing animals or non-breeding aged animals is not eligible under this program. How will livestock feed assistance payments be calculated? The administrator will make payments to the applicant for purchases and testing of Eligible Feed made between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, as follows:  On a per breeding head basis, a producer share will be applied $50 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $10 per head for sheep and goats.  Payments will be equal to 75 per cent of the purchased cost of feed and feed testing that exceeds the producer share to a maximum per head payment. The maximum payment is $250 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $50 per head for sheep and goats. How are the breeding head determined in calculating payments?  Breeding head are based on the number declared on the Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals at the time of first application. The declaration is the number of head being maintained and fed over winter, and does not include animals that have or will be sold prior to March 15, 2022. If applicants reduce their breeding animals below the number declared with their first application, they should contact the Program Administrator and submit a new declaration.

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2. Feed Transportation Assistance What feeds qualify for feed transportation assistance? Feed transportation assistance is provided for the movement of eligible feed types (hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, silage, grain and concentrates) to eligible breeding animals. The eligible concentrates are pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator. What are the eligible dates and distances for feed transportation? Transportation costs for eligible feed purchased and transported between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 kilometres. What are the payments for the feed transportation assistance? Payments will be calculated on the tonnes hauled on a per loaded kilometre basis up to 600 kilometres. For hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, and silage the payment rates are:  $0.16 per tonne kilometre for the first 100 kilometres of a haul  $0.10 per tonne kilometre for the remainder of a haul for up to an additional 500 kilometres. For grains and concentrate, the payment rate is $0.05 per tonne kilometre up to 600 kilometres. Payments for each receipt or invoice provided by the applicant will be the payment rate multiplied by the distance transported multiplied by the number of tonnes transported, or the amount of the receipt, whichever is less. Feed can be hauled further than 600 kilometres; however, the extra distance is not eligible for payment. Can feed be sourced from outside of Manitoba qualify for assistance? Feed can be sourced from outside Manitoba and the shipping will still be eligible based on the program’s rates and distances. Does the feed transportation assistance come out of the feed assistance funding? Feed transportation assistance is in addition to funding available to a producer for feed purchases. It is not subtracted from the $250 per head cap for beef, bison and PMU horses or $50 cap for sheep and goats. Is feed transportation assistance available for animals moved to an alternate feeding location? Feed transportation assistance is not available for animals for which producers have received assistance to move eligible animals to an alternate feeding location under the Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program. Alternate feeding locations should have adequate feed locally available for the animals moved. What feed is not eligible for feed transportation assistance?  Feed for market animals or ineligible animals.  Feed produced on your own operation.  Feed for breeding animals that are sold/culled prior to March 15, 2022.  Feed that is sold or replaces similar feed that is sold.  Feed transported less than 40 kilometres.  Feed transported to an alternate feeding location used to house eligible animals for which the applicant received payments under Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance.

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Manitoba Beef Producers 2021 DroughtRelated Industry Survey reservoirs, restoring existing water sources, or hauling water. Producers are also asked to indicate their intentions with respect to herd sizes going forward, such as projected culling rates. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation is sincerely appreciated.

In support of Manitoba Beef Producers’ drought-related advocacy efforts with the federal and provincial governments, MBP is conducting a confidential producer survey to gather further data on the impact the drought is having on the province’s beef sector. For example, producers are being asked to identify their estimated percentage of feed/forage production compared to last year. Producers are asked to indicate if they are incurring additional fencing costs in order to access alternate sources of feed for grazing. There are questions related to the drought’s impact on water resources. This includes investments producers are having to make in this area, such as digging new wells or

Note: All data and comments collected will be aggregated before being used for MBP’s advocacy activities. No operation-specific identifying information will be shared with governments. Thank you in advance for your consideration in completing the survey which can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ YX52PFG MBP is continuing to engage with government officials about the severity of the drought, its effects on producers and the need for a timely, multi-pronged approach to help the beef industry deal with the immediate and longerterm implications of the drought.


Environmental Farm Plan Workshops Availability Due to COVID-19, all EFP workshops will be taking place virtually via Online Meetings until further notice. To register for an EFP workshop, click on the link “Register now!” in the link below for your preferred workshop date. Once registered, you will then receive an email with a link to access the meeting. Workbooks are mailed and you should receive yours approximately 1 week prior to the workshop. You can also visit this link to register: Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) are an essential part of every farm operation. These workshops will guide producers through the EFP workbook to help assess and identify the environmental assets and risks on their farm operations, and develop an action plan to address the identified risks. Workbooks and support material will be provided to those who attend. There is no preparation required for this workshop. EFPs must be renewed every five years to remain valid. If you are unsure if your EFP is valid, please contact KAP to inquire at (204) 697-1140.

https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/environme nt/events-and-deadlines/index.html Note: Workshops are currently available through December 2021.


E-Newsletter dsfsfa A spooky update from MBP October 29, 2021

mbbeef.ca

New Pilot Project Launched To Enhance Forage Productivity Of Agricultural Crown Lands (October 29, 2021 Joint Federal/Provincial News Release) The

governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing up to $1 million in the new Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program aimed at improving productivity and sustainability of Agricultural Crown Land forage leases, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Ralph Eichler announced today. “Canada’s hardworking farmers and food processors have a solid track record of sound management practices,” said the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “This new pilot project will encourage Manitoba Agricultural Crown Land lease holders to adopt further beneficial management practices in their operations, helping them improve productivity while further protecting the environment.” The Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program will provide targeted financial assistance to Agricultural Crown Land forage leaseholders to adopt best management practices to sustainably increase the

productivity on their Agricultural Crown Land forage leases. “This pilot project aligns directly with our Manitoba Protein Advantage Strategy of increasing forage productivity on our Agricultural Crown Lands, and supports the mandate of the Agricultural Crown Lands program to optimize forage capacity,” said Eichler. “Costshared programs such as this can help offset costs for leaseholders and reduce barriers to making improvements on Agricultural Crown Lands.” Eligible recipients must have an active Agricultural Crown Land lease that is in good standing and must complete an Environmental Farm Plan. Eligible items under the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program include grazing management plans, water source development and watering systems, cross-fencing for pasture management, and forage rejuvenation such as forage establishment and brush management. Improvements must be completed within the one-year pilot project. Farmers can begin submitting applications on November 8, 2021. continued on page 4


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New pilot project – cont. “In managing tens of thousands of acres of Agricultural Crown land the lease holders provide considerable ecological goods and services that benefit all Manitobans, including carbon sequestration and providing habitat for a variety of plant and animal species,” said Tyler Fulton, president, Manitoba Beef Producers. “Implementing beneficial management practices helps contribute to improved soil and pasture and forage health on these lands, and we believe the pilot program should prove to be valuable in this regard.” “This is a good first step in the right direction to help producers improve forage and pasture quality in the pilot project area,” said Larry Wegner, chair, Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association. “As a pilot project, it also means the project has potential to help producers as required in those key program areas right away, with the potential for possible design and delivery in other key forage-producing areas across the province.” The Ag Action Manitoba Program Assurance: Environment Beneficial Management Practices (BMP) is also accepting applications starting November 8, 2021. The program provides targeted incentives to farmers to advance the adoption of beneficial management practices. These practices reduce identified environmental risks, improve agro-ecosystem resilience, build public trust and improve environmental sustainability of farm operations in Manitoba.

Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership programming, the governments of Canada and Manitoba help farmers implement and adopt beneficial management practices on their farms that are identified in their Environmental Farm Plans. The Partnership is a five-year, $3-billion commitment by the federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors. This includes a $2-billion commitment that is costshared 60 per cent federally and 40 per cent provincially/territorially for programs that are designed and delivered by provinces and territories. For more information, visit: https://agriculture.canada.ca/en/aboutour-department/key-departmentalinitiatives/canadian-agricultural-partnership. For more information on the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program, and other Ag Action Manitoba- Assurance Beneficial Management Practices programming in Manitoba, please visit: www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/canadianagricultural-partnership/ag-action-manitobaprogram/for-farmers.html. Note: Please see program frequently asked questions document in this edition of the enewsletter.


Frequently Asked Questions Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program

Q1. What is the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program?

A: The ACLFP is a pilot program that provides Agricultural Crown Land (ACL) lessees with 75% cost-shared programming of up to $30,000 per farm operation to develop a grazing management plan, add infrastructure (cross-fencing, wells, dugouts) and rejuvenate forage lands (perennial forage seed, seeding and brush management) in order to improve pasture productivity. Project must occur between April and December of 2022. Program details can be accessed here: http://webpublishing.mbgov.ca/en/agriculture/canadian-agriculturalpartnership/Documents/guidebook/ag-action-mb-program-guide-for-aclfp.pdf

Q2. Who is eligible to apply? A: ACL lease holders in good standing can apply. A farm business or operation with multiple shareholders or partners, operation names or units, will count as one eligible applicant. Each farm operation can submit one application that includes all applicable activities (planning, infrastructure and/or rejuvenation). However, Municipal lands under ACL lease are not eligible for this program.

Q3. When is the deadline to apply?

A: Applications must be received no later than December 31, 2021. They will be assessed by technical reviewers based on the environmental benefit assessment index, program priorities and project planning.

Q4. Do I need support from ACL to submit an application for a project? A: Yes. You will need a Letter of Support for the proposed project from your local Farm Production Extension Specialist (FPES) – Crown Lands (see contact info in Q14, below) and the Letter of Support must be submitted along with your application. While your FPES-Crown Lands must ensure that your proposed project is suitable for your ACL lease, they are not responsible for ACLFP funding approval.

Q5. What do I need to include with my application?

A: Be sure to answer all questions in the application form itself: explain the proposed project in detail, current practices, and the benefit of the new practice; answer all BMP Specific Questions (as listed in the guidebook), and complete the budget table in full. Along with your application, you will need to include: - a written Letter of Support from your local FPES – Crown Lands for your proposed project (see Q3 above). - an aerial map of the forage land with the location of the existing and proposed water sources identified as well as any fencing (existing and new), and land to be rejuvenated. - an official quote for contracted items (if applicable).


Q6. When can I start my project?

A: Projects must occur between April 1, 2022 and December 30, 2022 in order to be eligible for ACLFP funding. Project deadlines will be specified in the approval letter, should your application be approved. If work is started on a project before formal written approval of program funding is received, the applicant does so at their own risk.

Q7. When do I need to complete my project?

A: The project must be completed and claims submitted by the date indicated in your decision letter (all claims must be submitted no later than December 30, 2022).

Q8. Do I need any permits?

A: Applicants must meet all regulatory requirements. This may include: • approvals from the Crown: ACL Work Permit – see Q9 below. • a Water Rights License is required for all livestock operations extracting more than 25,000 litres (25 m3 or 5,499 Imperial gallons) per day. If developing a new water source, a permit must be obtained in advance of work beginning. • any other standards or approvals as required by law.

Q9. How do I get a Work Permit from ACL to implement a project on my ACL lease? A: An ACL Work Permit is required prior to conducting work on ACL leases. - If your ACLFP project application is approved, an ACL Work Permit will be issued to you from your FPESCrown Land along with the approval letter. - If you plan to initiate your project in advance of receiving ACLFP approval, you will need to secure an ACL Work Permit from an FPES – Crown Lands prior to beginning work.

Q10. Do I need a valid Environmental Farm Plan Statement of Completion?

A: You can submit an application without a valid Statement of Completion, however, if your project is approved, you will be required to provide proof of a valid EFP when you submit your project claim for reimbursement. Environmental Farm Plan workshop dates and locations will be listed online.

Q11. Does my dugout or well need to have a specific capacity?

A: The ACLFP pilot program does not have guidelines for dugout capacity, but you should discuss your plans with your FPES – Crown Lands.

Q12. Can I pump / pipe / haul water from an existing water source into a dugout that has gone dry?

A: Piping or hauling water from any water source (well, dugout or wetland) into a dugout that has run dry is not eligible.

Q13. How deep does a pipeline need to be?

A: Summer pasture pipelines permanently installed underground, and which can be properly winterized before freezing are eligible (ex: installed with a pasture pipeline plow). Above-ground pipelines are ineligible. Projects must be for permanent solutions only.


Q14. If I have more questions, who can I contact?

A: If the question is about project implementation on an ACL lease, please contact: FPES – Crown Lands Greg Logan Luanne Berjian Neil Overby Tyson Gillis

Location Beausejour Minnedosa Dauphin Dauphin

Districts 20, 50, 52 30, 31 42,51 43, 44

E-mail Greg.Logan@gov.mb.ca Luanne.Berjian@gov.mb.ca Neil.Overby@gov.mb.ca Tyson.Gillis@gov.mb.ca

A: If the question is about specific eligibility criteria or the application process, please contact: • Andrea Bertholet (Andrea.Bertholet@gov.mb.ca) or • Colleen Wilson (Colleen.Wilson2@gov.mb.ca).


Beef Advocacy Canada Program Revamped Public and Stakeholder Engagement (PSE) is excited to announce the new and improved Beef Advocacy Canada, an online learning program designed to empower, equip, and connect beef advocates. Through a series of five self-guided courses, participants will learn about the key concerns consumers have about beef and be equipped with the messages, tools and strategies needed to communicate in ways that resonate. The modern platform offers participants learning opportunities through video, short quizzes, and interactive components that can be completed at the users’ own pace. “Consumers have many questions about their food, especially beef,” said Lynsay Beavers, Stakeholder Engagement Specialist with Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. “The great news is consumer research has shown that when consumers are exposed to positive messages about Canadian beef production, increases in knowledge and awareness translate into more positive perceptions. Beef Advocacy Canada will help us equip more people with the tools to create these messages and increase their reach.” The Beef Advocacy Canada program consists of five courses with corresponding lessons. The courses include: • • • • •

The Canadian Beef Community Production Practices and Animal Welfare Beef and the Environment All About the Beef on Your Plate Beef Advocacy

To maintain engagement upon completion of the program, graduates will be offered continuing education webinars, a quarterly newsletter and access to a private Facebook group where they can share advocacy ideas, struggles and successes. Beef Advocacy Canada is free and available for anyone interested. Get started by registering at https://beefadvocacy.ca/

The Public and Stakeholder Engagement program works to fulfill the public trust objectives of the National Beef Strategy under the beef demand and connectivity pillars. These include improving industry synergies, forming strategic partnerships and connecting positively with consumers and the public by actively addressing industry issues. In addition, under the goal of increasing beef demand, key outcomes include increasing public confidence and building a strong social license to operate.


Time to Complete the October Session of the Agroclimate Impact Reporter Help Inform Government of Weather Conditions Affecting Your Farm/Ranch (Information From Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) Have you ever considered how charting

the weather conditions on your farm or ranch might have an impact on actions by governments? Data is a key tool used by governments to examine the effects of factors such as droughts and floods on agriculture, and also to decide whether assistance such as compensation will be offered. Producers can help provide information about such impacts to the federal government via the Agroclimate Impact Reporter (AIR). Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) relies on its network of AIR producer volunteers to provide information regarding agroclimate impacts across the country. The AIR network provides valuable and reliable data that are mapped and used in the assessment and development of policies and programs including AgriRecovery and the Livestock Tax Deferral Provision, which can provide assistance to the industry during extreme weather and climate conditions and events.

The AIR reporting session for October 2021 is open until November 2nd. If you’ve already submitted a report thank you! If you haven’t had time to yet, the links are below, and these reports really assist us with monitoring the impacts of climate and weather on agricultural production. This summer many producers in western Canada have dealt with unprecedented heat and extraordinary drought conditions. As we transition to winter many producers continue to experience very challenging conditions. We would appreciate if you use the comment section on the survey to detail the impacts of drought and describe any management changes you were forced to take to mitigate the impacts of this year's drought. The links for completing the survey can be found here: English French Maps of last month’s impact reporting can be found here.


MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS Scholarship Application Deadline Extension ***Due to ongoing disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic (and the related impacts on high schools and post-secondary institutions) MBP has pushed the application deadline for its 2021 scholarship competition into December instead of the usual June intake deadline. This application intake process is for students who will be undertaking post-secondary studies in the 2021-22 academic year. Manitoba Beef Producers is pleased to make available six $500 scholarships annually for MBP members or their children attending a university, college, other post-secondary institution or pursuing trades training. Preference will be given to those students pursuing a field of study related to agriculture or to those acquiring a skilled trade or pursuing a career that would be beneficial to the rural economy. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY HAS BEEN EXTENDED: Completed applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Friday, December 3 2021. A selection committee will review the submissions. Winners will be notified by January 5, 2022. The scholarship criteria is as follows: Eligibility: • Must be at least 17 years of age as of January 1, 2021. • Must be an active Manitoba beef producer or the child of an active Manitoba beef producer. Note: This can include beef producers returning to school after a period of time in the workforce. • Post-secondary program or trades training must be a minimum of one year in duration. Items You Are Required to Submit: • Completed application form; • A typed 600-word (maximum) essay discussing “What the beef industry means to my family, my community and Manitoba.” Also include the reasons you enjoy being involved in agriculture.*; • A copy of your transcript (either high school, or a recognized college, university or trade school); • Proof of enrolment in a recognized institution (current transcript, or your acceptance letter, or a letter of intent indicating your intended institution and field of study). • A list of community involvement (e.g. 4-H, community clubs, volunteer work, etc.); and, • The names of two references, including their addresses and telephone numbers. Submissions and ALL documentation must be sent no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021 to: Manitoba Beef Producers Scholarship Committee 220 – 530 Century Street Winnipeg MB R3H 0Y4 E-mail: info@mbbeef.ca Fax: (204) 774-3264 For more information, please contact Manitoba Beef Producers at 1-800-772-0458 or email info@mbbeef.ca. *Scholarship winners’ essays will be published in MBP’s newspaper Cattle Country.


MBP 2021-22 Academic Year SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PLEASE PRINT Name: _______________________________________________________________________________ Mailing address: _______________________________________________________________________ Telephone: _____________________________ Email: __________________________________________ Date of birth: _____________________________ Parents’ names if you are under 18: _______________________________________________________ Are you a beef producer? _____________________________ Are you the child of a beef producer? ________ If yes, what is their name(s)? __________________________ Institute of current enrolment: ________________________________________________________________ Current or intended program of post-secondary study or skilled trades training: __________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Duration of post-secondary program or skilled trades training: _________ year (s)

Essay: Please submit a typed 600-word (maximum) essay* on the topic “What the beef industry means to my family, my community, and Manitoba.” Also include the reasons you enjoy being involved in agriculture. *Note: Scholarship winners’ essays will be published in Manitoba Beef Producers’ newspaper Cattle Country. Please return the completed application form, transcript, and proof of enrolment in a post-secondary institution or an apprenticeship program or a letter of intent to pursue further studies, a list of your community involvement, the typed essay and, your references no later than 4:30 p.m., Friday, December 3, 2021 to: Manitoba Beef Producers Scholarship Committee 220 – 530 Century Street Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 Email: info@mbbeef.ca Fax (204) 774-3264


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities opens November 8th Includes intake for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas — professional and contractor fees • Alternative watering system equipment — solar, wind or grid powered systems Producers are advised that the intake period for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice activities begins on Monday, November 8th and closes on December 10, 2021 for projects that will occur in 2022/23. More details on available on the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development site: https://www.manitoba.ca/agriculture/environ ment/environmental-farm-plan/assurancebmp.html This intake period includes applications for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas. For this BMP there is a cost share ratio of 50:50 and a funding cap of $10,000 per application. Applicants may submit more than one application. Under BMP 503 the following costs are eligible: • Water source development – Wells — drilling new or deepening existing wells, test hole drilling, screening, casing, well caps etc. — water pumps and required plumbing components — professional and contractor fees • Water source development – Dugouts — constructing new or rehabilitating existing dugouts, test hole drilling, etc.

— associated components and installation costs • Permanent fencing to restrict livestock access to surface water and dugouts — construction materials — associated components and installation costs • Permanent pipeline development — pipe, plumbing materials, trenching, earthworks, etc. — professional and contractor fees • Watering system components* — watering bowls, troughs or storage tanks * Eligible as a part of a water source development project; items are not eligible as a stand-alone. • personal labour ($25 per hour) and personal equipment use (at set program rates outlined in the Farm Machinery Custom and Rental Rate Guide) Ineligible costs include: maintenance and operation expenses; perimeter fencing for upland grazing management; expenses related to removing or replacing existing fences or water infrastructure, such as storage tanks or water troughs; portable livestock corral panels; portable gas/diesel powered water pumps, generators, water meters; materials and continued on page 13


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities opens November 8th Includes intake for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas construction costs for pump houses; aeration systems for dugouts, etc.; above ground pipelines; hauling or pumping of water to fill empty dugouts; and, temporary set up of watering systems. Examples of other BMPs eligible for cost-shared funding to farmers include: Resource Management Planning, Establishment of a Cover Crop, Increasing Frequency of Perennials in Annual Rotations, Perennial Cover for Sensitive Lands, Improved Pasture and Forage Quality, Intercropping, Farmyard Runoff Control, Relocation of Confined Livestock Areas, and others. An Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Statement of Competition is not required at time of application, however it is required at time of claim, if approved.

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EFP Workshops are ongoing through the fall and winter. Dates and locations are posted at www.ManitobaEFP.ca. Government support cannot exceed 25 or 50 per cent of eligible expenses, depending on project type, with varying funding caps from $10,000 to $100,000. The total maximum amount payable to one farm operation is $60,000 (not including BMP: Barn Odour Reduction and BMP: Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas) over the term of the Ag Action Manitoba program. Farmers may apply and receive funding for more than one BMP over the term of Ag Action Manitoba. Only one application per BMP on the same parcel of land and/or for a single project where there may be common components across multiple applications, will be eligible for funding.


Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? The program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing low moisture levels. The program will assist livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 to purchase feed in order to maintain their breeding herds. Producers may be eligible to apply for two types of assistance: 1. Feed assistance - buy and test feed for eligible breeding animals 2. Feed transportation assistance - transport purchased feed from distant locations for eligible breeding animals Who is eligible for the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? Primary producers who owned or leased the eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Breeding animals are mature females exposed to breeding (male or artificial insemination) and males used previously for breeding. The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. How do I apply? Applicants can download the Application Form, Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals, and associated program documents on the website at manitoba.ca/agriculture. Application packages can also be picked up at any of the ARD/MASC Service Centres, or mailed to you by calling us at 1-844-769-6224. The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500. Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance – Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements. When is the deadline to apply to the program? April 15, 2022 is the final day to apply. Can multiple applications be submitted? Yes, you can submit more than one application until program maximums are reached.


1. Feed Assistance What feed assistance can I apply for? The eligible feeds that can be purchased for eligible animals from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 to maintain them over the winter include:  grazed corn and greenfeed  mechanically harvested hay, silage, greenfeed, stover, straw, including those purchased as standing crops or grazed in a swath  grain and concentrates (pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator) When can eligible feeds be purchased? Are claims retro-active to a certain date? Eligible feed purchases can occur from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. Is there assistance for feed testing the eligible feedstuffs? Yes, the program will pay for feed testing to determine the nutritional value of eligible feeds. Can feed be purchased for feeders or non-breeding animals? No, feed for feeders, growing animals or non-breeding aged animals is not eligible under this program. How will livestock feed assistance payments be calculated? The administrator will make payments to the applicant for purchases and testing of Eligible Feed made between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, as follows:  On a per breeding head basis, a producer share will be applied $50 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $10 per head for sheep and goats.  Payments will be equal to 75 per cent of the purchased cost of feed and feed testing that exceeds the producer share to a maximum per head payment. The maximum payment is $250 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $50 per head for sheep and goats. How are the breeding head determined in calculating payments?  Breeding head are based on the number declared on the Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals at the time of first application. The declaration is the number of head being maintained and fed over winter, and does not include animals that have or will be sold prior to March 15, 2022. If applicants reduce their breeding animals below the number declared with their first application, they should contact the Program Administrator and submit a new declaration.

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2. Feed Transportation Assistance What feeds qualify for feed transportation assistance? Feed transportation assistance is provided for the movement of eligible feed types (hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, silage, grain and concentrates) to eligible breeding animals. The eligible concentrates are pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator. What are the eligible dates and distances for feed transportation? Transportation costs for eligible feed purchased and transported between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 kilometres. What are the payments for the feed transportation assistance? Payments will be calculated on the tonnes hauled on a per loaded kilometre basis up to 600 kilometres. For hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, and silage the payment rates are:  $0.16 per tonne kilometre for the first 100 kilometres of a haul  $0.10 per tonne kilometre for the remainder of a haul for up to an additional 500 kilometres. For grains and concentrate, the payment rate is $0.05 per tonne kilometre up to 600 kilometres. Payments for each receipt or invoice provided by the applicant will be the payment rate multiplied by the distance transported multiplied by the number of tonnes transported, or the amount of the receipt, whichever is less. Feed can be hauled further than 600 kilometres; however, the extra distance is not eligible for payment. Can feed be sourced from outside of Manitoba qualify for assistance? Feed can be sourced from outside Manitoba and the shipping will still be eligible based on the program’s rates and distances. Does the feed transportation assistance come out of the feed assistance funding? Feed transportation assistance is in addition to funding available to a producer for feed purchases. It is not subtracted from the $250 per head cap for beef, bison and PMU horses or $50 cap for sheep and goats. Is feed transportation assistance available for animals moved to an alternate feeding location? Feed transportation assistance is not available for animals for which producers have received assistance to move eligible animals to an alternate feeding location under the Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program. Alternate feeding locations should have adequate feed locally available for the animals moved. What feed is not eligible for feed transportation assistance?  Feed for market animals or ineligible animals.  Feed produced on your own operation.  Feed for breeding animals that are sold/culled prior to March 15, 2022.  Feed that is sold or replaces similar feed that is sold.  Feed transported less than 40 kilometres.  Feed transported to an alternate feeding location used to house eligible animals for which the applicant received payments under Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance.

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COVID-19: Updated Vaccination Information Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to include anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 2009. (October 27, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) The province is expanding

Vaccine Administration, Supply and Distribution

recommendations for third doses of the COVID19 vaccine to include residents of congregate elderly persons housing. There are more than 500 sites across the province and regional health authorities will be working with them in the coming weeks to implement.

The super site in Gimli is now closed and a popup clinic has opened at the Gimli Multipurpose Building at 17B North Colonization Rd. Appointments are currently being taken for Friday, Oct. 29. Hours of operation are 12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Pan-Canadian Proof of Vaccination Credential

Manitoba vaccine sites are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccinations for COVID-19 and seasonal flu. Eligible individuals can book their appointments online or by calling (tollfree) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). For hours and days of operation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.ht ml.

Fully vaccinated people in Manitoba can now apply to receive the new pan-Canadian Proof of Vaccination Credential (PVC), which can be used when travelling domestically or internationally. For more information, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immuniza tionrecord/residents.html#pvc. Eligibility The current recommendations for third doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including locations where they can be administered, are online at: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibilitycriteria.html#third.

Additional Information    More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccine and https://protectmb.ca.   For more information about COVID-19 immunization records and cards, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immuniza tionrecord/index.html.


Eligible Manitobans Can Get Pan-Canadian Proof of Vaccination Credential for Use When Travelling immunization card contains no personal health information, which better protects privacy.

(October 25, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) People in Manitoba who are fully

vaccinated can now apply to receive a panCanadian proof of vaccination credential (PVC), which can be used when travelling domestically or internationally, Central Services Minister Reg Helwer and Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon announced. The pan-Canadian proof of vaccination credential uses a QR code that will be recognized across the country, Helwer noted. Individuals who currently have a Manitoba immunization card or are eligible for one can visit https://immunizationcard.Manitoba.ca to request their PVC. It will then be emailed as a PDF, which can be printed or available digitally. The ministers noted the provincial government strongly recommends people continue to use Manitoba’s immunization card while in the province. The PVC includes more information, such as date of birth, date of immunization and the brand of vaccine received. Manitoba’s

Manitoba’s immunization card app will be updated in November to include the PVC. At that time, people using the app will be able to toggle between them and choose which to present to a venue or business. The province’s verifier app will also be updated in November to read the QR codes on the national credential. This means businesses and other venues will not have to change the way they check immunization status as the federal card becomes more widely used. In the interim, Manitobans travelling in the first weeks of November can visit https://immunizationcard.Manitoba.ca to request a PDF version of the PVC, which will be sent by email. For more information or to apply in Manitoba, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immuniza tion-record.html. For more information about the PVC, including where it can be used, visit: www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugeescitizenship/services/canadian-covid-19-proofvaccination.html.


Public Health Orders Extended to Maintain Positive Progress on Fourth Wave •

limiting private outdoor gatherings for households to 10 guests when any unvaccinated person who is eligible to be vaccinated is present on the property (even if the unvaccinated person lives at that location);

reducing indoor public gathering group sizes to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity, whichever is lower, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated including weddings and funerals;

setting indoor group sizes for faithbased gatherings to 25 people or 33 per cent capacity, whichever is greater, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated.

limiting all outdoor public gathering sizes to 50 people; and

retail capacity remains at 50 per cent in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region with the exception of capital region communities to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in this region.

(October 25, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) Current public health orders have been

extended for an additional three weeks with the goal of maintaining Manitoba’s positive response to the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon and Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, announced. The municipalities of Cartier, Headingley, Macdonald, Ritchot (Niverville-Ritchot), St. Francois Xavier and Tache are geographically located in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region. Considering their vaccination rates are more consistent with that of the Winnipeg capital region, as well as their proximity to and regular commuting to Winnipeg, the new public health orders will see these select municipalities treated like Winnipeg and the rest of the province. All other public health orders remain unchanged. The orders continue to allow fully vaccinated Manitobans to enjoy as much freedom and as few restrictions as possible, while unvaccinated individuals continue to be restricted in their activities in order to reduce transmission and the most serious outcomes. This includes: •

limiting private indoor gatherings for households to guests from one other household when any unvaccinated person who is eligible to be vaccinated is present on the property (even if the unvaccinated person lives at that location);

The new orders will come into effect on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 12:01 a.m. and will be in place until Nov. 16. The orders will keep the Pandemic Response System at Restricted (Orange) with schools at Caution (Yellow). All other public health orders remain unchanged. For more information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19.


Manitoba Beef Producers 2021 DroughtRelated Industry Survey reservoirs, restoring existing water sources, or hauling water. Producers are also asked to indicate their intentions with respect to herd sizes going forward, such as projected culling rates. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation is sincerely appreciated.

In support of Manitoba Beef Producers’ drought-related advocacy efforts with the federal and provincial governments, MBP is conducting a confidential producer survey to gather further data on the impact the drought is having on the province’s beef sector. For example, producers are being asked to identify their estimated percentage of feed/forage production compared to last year. Producers are asked to indicate if they are incurring additional fencing costs in order to access alternate sources of feed for grazing. There are questions related to the drought’s impact on water resources. This includes investments producers are having to make in this area, such as digging new wells or

Note: All data and comments collected will be aggregated before being used for MBP’s advocacy activities. No operation-specific identifying information will be shared with governments. Thank you in advance for your consideration in completing the survey which can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ YX52PFG MBP is continuing to engage with government officials about the severity of the drought, its effects on producers and the need for a timely, multi-pronged approach to help the beef industry deal with the immediate and longerterm implications of the drought.


Environmental Farm Plan Workshops Availability Due to COVID-19, all EFP workshops will be taking place virtually via Online Meetings until further notice. To register for an EFP workshop, click on the link “Register now!” in the link below for your preferred workshop date. Once registered, you will then receive an email with a link to access the meeting. Workbooks are mailed and you should receive yours approximately 1 week prior to the workshop. You can also visit this link to register: Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) are an essential part of every farm operation. These workshops will guide producers through the EFP workbook to help assess and identify the environmental assets and risks on their farm operations, and develop an action plan to address the identified risks. Workbooks and support material will be provided to those who attend. There is no preparation required for this workshop. EFPs must be renewed every five years to remain valid. If you are unsure if your EFP is valid, please contact KAP to inquire at (204) 697-1140.

https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/environme nt/events-and-deadlines/index.html Note: Workshops are currently available through November 2021.

The next available workshop is November 3, running from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.


E-Newsletter dsfsfa An update from MBP October 22, 2021

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Manitoba’s State of Emergency to Expire (October 21, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) The

provincewide state of emergency under the Emergency Measures Act will expire today as the order is no longer required to help the province protect Manitobans from the impacts of COVID-19, Premier Kelvin Goertzen and Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler, minister responsible for the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization (EMO), announced. “Nineteen months ago we declared a state of emergency to help protect the physical and financial health and safety of all Manitobans and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our hospitals and in our communities,” said Goertzen. “As we continue to move toward a post-pandemic Manitoba, we want to remind everyone, although the state of emergency is expiring, COVID-19 is still here. With vaccination rates among the highest in the country with over 82 per cent of eligible Manitobans fully vaccinated, we can help control COVID, but it’s important that all Manitobans continue to follow the fundamentals that help us limit our risks.” The state of emergency was first declared on March 20, 2020, by the powers set out in section 10(1) and 10(2) of the Emergency Measures Act and will expire at 4 p.m. today, Oct. 21.

Public health orders can continue to be issued through the Public Health Act without a declared provincewide state of emergency. The province can declare a new state of emergency if required in the future. The state of emergency allowed for a number of emergency orders to be made that were beyond the scope of the Public Health Act. The Manitoba government used the powers in section 12.3 to make the order regarding personal care home staffing and work deployment to help protect residents of personal care homes from COVID-19 by restricting staff movement between personal care homes. This order is no longer required as amendments were made to the Public Health Act that enabled the issue to be addressed under that act. In addition, the province used the powers in section 12.6 to make a variety of temporary suspension orders around corporate meeting provisions to allow for virtual meetings, in-person commissioning and witnessing to be done remotely, and providing relief related to youth exiting care under the Child and Family Services Act. The temporary suspensions were made to assist Manitobans in responding to difficulties created by the pandemic and are no longer required. Lastly, orders were made under section 12.13 regarding varying reporting deadlines for government and government agencies.

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State of emergency - cont. This power was used to make orders to allow for extended provincial government reporting deadlines in 2020-21 as organizational resources were redeployed to address the impacts of the pandemic. “Our government will continue to remain cautious and vigilant in efforts to stop the spread of the virus,” said Schuler. “Manitoba’s Emergency Measures Organization provincial response team will continue to work with industry partners and experts in supporting programs and services to assist in Manitoba’s COVID-19 response strategy.”

of masks and vaccinations to lessen the impact of a fourth wave. For the full list of orders under the emergency act, visit: https://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/index_o rders.php?o=title&x=1. To view the state of emergency and public health orders, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/ord ers/index.html.

Public health orders are still in effect, and Manitobans are encouraged to continue to follow public health guidelines around the use

Province Advises Outflow From Shellmouth Reservoir Is Increasing (October 19, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) Manitoba Infrastructure is conducting a

bathymetric survey of the Assiniboine River between the Shellmouth Dam and St-Lazare. In order to get sufficient water levels to assist the bathymetric survey, Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre reports the outflow from the Shellmouth Reservoir will be increasing. Outflow from Shellmouth Dam will be increased to 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) from the

current 150 cfs starting Wednesday, Oct. 20. Outflow will be reduced back to the current outflow (150 cfs) after seven days of operation on Wednesday, Oct. 27. This increase in outflow is expected to bring a level rise of 1.5 to 2.5 feet between the Shellmouth Dam and St-Lazare. The level increase will diminish as the river moves downstream to Brandon and Winnipeg. Property owners are advised to take necessary precautions.


COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin: Update on COVID-19 and Flu Vaccine Availability The youth catch-up immunization program will return to schools in November, once in-school COVID-19 vaccine clinics end. Eligibility (October 18, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) Manitoba is expanding its recommendations for a third dose of the COVID19 vaccine to include First Nation people living on reserve. This includes an estimated 7,200 people. The third dose should be given at least six months after the last vaccine. The Integrated Vaccine Operations Centre, which is co-led by First Nations and the federal government, is being reactivated to oversee the third dose rollout and co-ordinate other supports that communities may need.

Seasonal Influenza Vaccines Beginning October 18th, individuals can make an appointment for their seasonal flu vaccine at provincial, regional or urban Indigenous sites using the provincial call centre or online booking system originally put in place for the COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals can receive their seasonal flu, COVID-19 or both vaccines at these sites at the same time, if they choose. The online vaccine finder at https://protectmb.ca shows locations where these vaccines are available including where walkins are available. Many medical clinics and pharmacies with seasonal flu and/or the COVID-19 vaccines will continue to be listed, with information about how to book at these locations. Youth Catch-up Immunizations All urban Indigenous sites are now offering school catch-up immunizations to help prevent serious illnesses such as HPV, hepatitis B and meningitis. Families can make their appointment by contacting these sites directly, or through the provincial call centre or online booking tool.

The current recommendations for third doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including where they can be administered, is online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibilitycriteria.html#third. Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID19 vaccine continues to include anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 2009. Vaccine Administration, Supply and Distribution The super site in Gimli is now closed. Additional clinics will be offered in the community at a new location. Manitoba vaccine sites are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccinations. Eligible individuals can book their appointments online or by calling (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MANVACC). For hours and days of operation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.html . COVID-19 immunizations are available to eligible young people at school-based clinics. For more information, visit https://protectmb.ca/schoolimmunizations/. Additional Information    More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccineand https://protect mb.ca. For more information about COVID-19 immunization records and cards, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immuni zationrecord/index.html.


New Measures will Allow Manitoba Travellers to Access Covid-19 Rapid Tests at Pharmacies

(October 18, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) The Manitoba government has taken

steps to enable pharmacists to perform COVID19 rapid tests for people travelling outside of the province, Manitoba Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon announced. “These measures enable pharmacists to expand services for all Manitobans by performing, interpreting and providing results of these tests to people who require a negative test to travel,” said Gordon. “This is an important change that builds capacity and provides more options for travellers.” The minister noted this change enables rapid antigen tests and rapid molecular (non-PCR) tests to be performed at pharmacies. Pharmacies will be responsible for acquiring rapid testing supplies, training staff and advertising the service at their site.

To request a rapid test, individuals are required to present the pharmacist with documentation related to their travel plans, which may include plane or train ticket or hotel booking. Rapid test requirements can vary by country, so individuals should confirm which type of test is required when making their travel plans and before taking a rapid test. Manitoba travellers will be required to pay a fee for these tests, as travel health-related services are not an insured health benefit under the Canada Health Act. This is consistent with travellers paying for international travel vaccinations required by other countries. Fees for COVID-19 testing will be set by each pharmacy providing the service. The necessary changes are being made through orders under the Emergency Measures Act and the Regulated Health Professions Act. These came into effect today, Oct. 18. For more information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html.

Farmland School Tax Rebate

Applications for the 2021 Farmland School Tax Rebate are now available. Farm property owners who have submitted an application in

the past are encouraged to apply for their rebate online at myMASC. Note: Even if you received an Education Property Tax Rebate cheque, you are still eligible to apply for the Farmland School Tax Rebate. For further information or assistance, call or email your nearest ARD and MASC Service Centre.


Using Canada’s COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination for Travel (October 21, 2021 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Backgrounder) The Canadian

COVID-19 proof of vaccination provides Canadian residents with a reliable way to demonstrate that they are vaccinated against COVID-19 when travelling within and outside Canada. Canadians can get their proof of vaccination from their province or territory (for more information, visit Canada.ca/vaccineproof). Each country decides what type of vaccination proof is required, the types of vaccines they accept, the number of doses required, and any exemptions to public health measures. Even with a Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination, a traveller may not be considered fully vaccinated in another country. Canadians should always check the entry and public health requirements of their destination country, as well as the Government of Canada’s travel advice and advisories, before booking a trip. It’s also important they understand their obligations and the entry requirements for returning to Canada. Designed to protect privacy and share COVID19 vaccination information safely The information on the proof of vaccination is limited to •

the holder’s full name and date of birth

a neutral, factual account of the holder’s COVID-19 vaccination history, including o

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a QR code that includes the vaccination history and may include additional information on the COVID-19 vaccines received

The only medical information shown is a person’s COVID-19 vaccination history. The proof, including the QR code, does not contain any additional medical or identity information. A common look across Canada based on the SMART Health Card standard The Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination was designed with a common look that features the Canada wordmark. It will allow other countries and transportation providers, such as airlines and cruise ship operators, to recognize the proof as a trusted Canadian document regardless of the province or territory that issued it. The proof also complies with the SMART Health Card standard, which is used and recognized by many top travel destinations for Canadian travellers. The Government of Canada is actively engaging international partners to seek recognition and acceptance of the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination abroad. The SMART Health Card •

is a secure and verifiable health record that is digitally signed by a trusted authority (for example, the issuing province or territory)

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Using Canada’s COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination for Travel •

prevents forgeries and tampering by detecting any changes to the document after it has been issued

is important that they are able to travel with the associated benefits of vaccination.

allows users to hold a digital copy on a portable device, such as a mobile phone or tablet, or to print a copy directly or via a request to their provincial or territorial government, where available

As of November 8, 2021, Canadians vaccinated with any combination of 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by U.S. regulators or the World Health Organization will be considered fully vaccinated and able to enter the United States. The Government of Canada is actively engaging other countries and international partners to encourage them to recognize those who have received mixed vaccine schedules or extended dose intervals as being fully vaccinated. This includes sharing Canada’s evidence and experience with mixed schedules of Health Canada-authorized vaccines for both AstraZeneca/mRNA and mixed mRNA doses. Initial outreach has focused on the ongoing exchange of technical and scientific information to advance this time-sensitive work.

ArriveCAN updates for travellers entering Canada All travellers must submit mandatory information in ArriveCAN (mobile app or online at Canada.ca/ArriveCAN) within 72 hours before arrival in Canada. To qualify for public health exemptions, travellers must meet the definition of a fully vaccinated traveller and upload their proof of vaccination. Final determination on whether they benefit from the modified provisions for fully vaccinated travellers is made at the border. Travellers must bring a digital or paper copy of their proof of vaccination with them. ArriveCAN has been updated to digitally verify the authenticity of the new Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination, allowing Canadian officials to easily review it at the border. ArriveCAN users should update their app to ensure the latest functionality. If travellers do not have this new proof, they can continue to upload other proofs of vaccination in ArriveCAN. Acceptance of mixed vaccine doses internationally Canadians vaccinated with mixed vaccine doses followed recommendations made by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization to protect themselves and their communities. It

The first priority for engagement has focused on national health and scientific decision-making authorities with significant impact and influence and with whom Canada has close, trusted relationships, including the U.S. and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United Kingdom, the European Union and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. The Government of Canada is also engaging with the World Health Organization given its global influence, and has successfully secured supportive commitments to recognize mixed vaccine schedules in numerous G7 and G20 Health Declarations issued in the last several weeks. continued on page 8


Using Canada’s COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination for Travel Using the proof of vaccination for travel in Canada The Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination offers multiple benefits and uses, which includes meeting Canada’s new traveller vaccine requirements. Effective October 30, 2021, all travellers 12 years of age and older departing from Canadian airports, and travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, will be required to be fully vaccinated in order to travel. To allow travellers

time to become fully vaccinated, there will be a short transition period where they will be able to travel if they show a valid COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of travel as an alternative to providing proof of full vaccination. If travellers have not already started the vaccination process, or do not start soon, they risk not qualifying for travel as of November 30, 2021. Visit Boarding flights to and within Canada for more information.


A SPECIAL FACULTY SEMINAR CO-PRESENTED BY THE NATIONAL CENTRE FOR LIVESTOCK AND THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL SCIENCE

NUTRITIONAL IMPORTANCE OF ANIMAL PROTEIN IN THE DIET PRESENTED BY DR. TERESA A. DAVIS PROFESSOR OF PEDRIATICS, USDA/ARS CHILDREN’S NUTRITION RESEARCH CENTER AT BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Streamed via YouTube Q&A via Sli.do using access code #AnimalProtein Animal-sourced protein foods, such as meats, poultry, eggs, milk, and fish are abundant in energy and micronutrients that are challenging or impossible to obtain solely through plant-based protein consumption. Many studies suggest that animal-sourced protein foods provide crucial nutrients that alleviate several chronic diseases, such as those associated with aging, obesity, and poor growth. Deficiencies in the nutrients provided by animal-sourced protein foods can result in anemia, sarcopenia, and impaired cognitive function, among other outcomes. The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published by the United States Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services, supports the role of animalsourced protein foods in the diet at every life stage, beginning at birth. Animal-sourced protein foods are consumed worldwide and contribute to food security of the population. Teresa Ann Davis, Ph.D. is a Professor of Pediatrics at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, Texas. She received her doctorate from the University of Tennessee (UT) and her postdoctoral training from Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Davis is internationally recognized for her National Institutes of Health and U.S. Department of Agriculture supported studies on the nutritional regulation of protein metabolism and growth. Dr. Davis received the Animal Growth and Development Award and the Morrison Award from the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), the Stockstad Award from the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), the Centennial Leader Award from UT, and the Research Mentor Award from BCM. She was a member of the USDA/HHS 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and is an ASN and ASAS Fellow. Dr. Davis has served as ASAS Director-at-Large and President of ASN and is the current Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Nutrition and President-Elect of ASAS.


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities opens November 8th Includes intake for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas — professional and contractor fees • Alternative watering system equipment — solar, wind or grid powered systems Producers are advised that the intake period for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice activities begins on Monday, November 8th and closes on December 10, 2021 for projects that will occur in 2022/23. More details on available on the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development site: https://www.manitoba.ca/agriculture/environ ment/environmental-farm-plan/assurancebmp.html This intake period includes applications for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas. For this BMP there is a cost share ratio of 50:50 and a funding cap of $10,000 per application. Applicants may submit more than one application. Under BMP 503 the following costs are eligible: • Water source development – Wells — drilling new or deepening existing wells, test hole drilling, screening, casing, well caps etc. — water pumps and required plumbing components — professional and contractor fees • Water source development – Dugouts — constructing new or rehabilitating existing dugouts, test hole drilling, etc.

— associated components and installation costs • Permanent fencing to restrict livestock access to surface water and dugouts — construction materials — associated components and installation costs • Permanent pipeline development — pipe, plumbing materials, trenching, earthworks, etc. — professional and contractor fees • Watering system components* — watering bowls, troughs or storage tanks * Eligible as a part of a water source development project; items are not eligible as a stand-alone. • personal labour ($25 per hour) and personal equipment use (at set program rates outlined in the Farm Machinery Custom and Rental Rate Guide) Ineligible costs include: maintenance and operation expenses; perimeter fencing for upland grazing management; expenses related to removing or replacing existing fences or water infrastructure, such as storage tanks or water troughs; portable livestock corral panels; portable gas/diesel powered water pumps, generators, water meters; materials and continued on page 11


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities opens November 8th Includes intake for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas construction costs for pump houses; aeration systems for dugouts, etc.; above ground pipelines; hauling or pumping of water to fill empty dugouts; and, temporary set up of watering systems. Examples of other BMPs eligible for cost-shared funding to farmers include: Resource Management Planning, Establishment of a Cover Crop, Increasing Frequency of Perennials in Annual Rotations, Perennial Cover for Sensitive Lands, Improved Pasture and Forage Quality, Intercropping, Farmyard Runoff Control, Relocation of Confined Livestock Areas, and others. An Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Statement of Competition is not required at time of application, however it is required at time of claim, if approved.

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EFP Workshops are ongoing through the fall and winter. Dates and locations are posted at www.ManitobaEFP.ca. Government support cannot exceed 25 or 50 per cent of eligible expenses, depending on project type, with varying funding caps from $10,000 to $100,000. The total maximum amount payable to one farm operation is $60,000 (not including BMP: Barn Odour Reduction and BMP: Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas) over the term of the Ag Action Manitoba program. Farmers may apply and receive funding for more than one BMP over the term of Ag Action Manitoba. Only one application per BMP on the same parcel of land and/or for a single project where there may be common components across multiple applications, will be eligible for funding.


Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? The program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing low moisture levels. The program will assist livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 to purchase feed in order to maintain their breeding herds. Producers may be eligible to apply for two types of assistance: 1. Feed assistance - buy and test feed for eligible breeding animals 2. Feed transportation assistance - transport purchased feed from distant locations for eligible breeding animals Who is eligible for the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? Primary producers who owned or leased the eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Breeding animals are mature females exposed to breeding (male or artificial insemination) and males used previously for breeding. The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. How do I apply? Applicants can download the Application Form, Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals, and associated program documents on the website at manitoba.ca/agriculture. Application packages can also be picked up at any of the ARD/MASC Service Centres, or mailed to you by calling us at 1-844-769-6224. The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500. Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance – Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements. When is the deadline to apply to the program? April 15, 2022 is the final day to apply. Can multiple applications be submitted? Yes, you can submit more than one application until program maximums are reached.


1. Feed Assistance What feed assistance can I apply for? The eligible feeds that can be purchased for eligible animals from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 to maintain them over the winter include:  grazed corn and greenfeed  mechanically harvested hay, silage, greenfeed, stover, straw, including those purchased as standing crops or grazed in a swath  grain and concentrates (pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator) When can eligible feeds be purchased? Are claims retro-active to a certain date? Eligible feed purchases can occur from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. Is there assistance for feed testing the eligible feedstuffs? Yes, the program will pay for feed testing to determine the nutritional value of eligible feeds. Can feed be purchased for feeders or non-breeding animals? No, feed for feeders, growing animals or non-breeding aged animals is not eligible under this program. How will livestock feed assistance payments be calculated? The administrator will make payments to the applicant for purchases and testing of Eligible Feed made between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, as follows:  On a per breeding head basis, a producer share will be applied $50 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $10 per head for sheep and goats.  Payments will be equal to 75 per cent of the purchased cost of feed and feed testing that exceeds the producer share to a maximum per head payment. The maximum payment is $250 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $50 per head for sheep and goats. How are the breeding head determined in calculating payments?  Breeding head are based on the number declared on the Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals at the time of first application. The declaration is the number of head being maintained and fed over winter, and does not include animals that have or will be sold prior to March 15, 2022. If applicants reduce their breeding animals below the number declared with their first application, they should contact the Program Administrator and submit a new declaration.

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2. Feed Transportation Assistance What feeds qualify for feed transportation assistance? Feed transportation assistance is provided for the movement of eligible feed types (hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, silage, grain and concentrates) to eligible breeding animals. The eligible concentrates are pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator. What are the eligible dates and distances for feed transportation? Transportation costs for eligible feed purchased and transported between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 kilometres. What are the payments for the feed transportation assistance? Payments will be calculated on the tonnes hauled on a per loaded kilometre basis up to 600 kilometres. For hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, and silage the payment rates are:  $0.16 per tonne kilometre for the first 100 kilometres of a haul  $0.10 per tonne kilometre for the remainder of a haul for up to an additional 500 kilometres. For grains and concentrate, the payment rate is $0.05 per tonne kilometre up to 600 kilometres. Payments for each receipt or invoice provided by the applicant will be the payment rate multiplied by the distance transported multiplied by the number of tonnes transported, or the amount of the receipt, whichever is less. Feed can be hauled further than 600 kilometres; however, the extra distance is not eligible for payment. Can feed be sourced from outside of Manitoba qualify for assistance? Feed can be sourced from outside Manitoba and the shipping will still be eligible based on the program’s rates and distances. Does the feed transportation assistance come out of the feed assistance funding? Feed transportation assistance is in addition to funding available to a producer for feed purchases. It is not subtracted from the $250 per head cap for beef, bison and PMU horses or $50 cap for sheep and goats. Is feed transportation assistance available for animals moved to an alternate feeding location? Feed transportation assistance is not available for animals for which producers have received assistance to move eligible animals to an alternate feeding location under the Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program. Alternate feeding locations should have adequate feed locally available for the animals moved. What feed is not eligible for feed transportation assistance?  Feed for market animals or ineligible animals.  Feed produced on your own operation.  Feed for breeding animals that are sold/culled prior to March 15, 2022.  Feed that is sold or replaces similar feed that is sold.  Feed transported less than 40 kilometres.  Feed transported to an alternate feeding location used to house eligible animals for which the applicant received payments under Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance.

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The Economic Multiplier Effect of

Canada’s beef cattle industry A sustainable driver of the national economy

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Canada’s economic and environmental sustainability is dependent on the health of its beef cattle sector — from cow-calf producers and feedlots to processors. The beef industry’s significant contribution to the economy is not always apparent by looking at farm cash receipts alone. A study of the indirect and induced impacts of the beef sector reflects a bigger picture of how the industry drives Canada’s economy.

beef ranches & feedlots generate

347,352 jobs across Canada

with every job in the sector yielding another 3.9 jobs elsewhere in the economy. The red meat processing sector is the largest segment of the Canadian food manufacturing sector, with $16.3 billion in annual revenue, providing direct employment for 58,000+ people. The Canadian beef sector represents 15% of total farm cash receipts, making it the second largest farm income source, averaging $9.1 billion annually. For income received by workers and farm owners, every

$1 = $6.22

created elsewhere.

The “Economic Impacts of Livestock Production in Canada -- A Regional Multiplier Analysis” was completed in April 2021 by Dr. Suren Kulshreshtha at the University of Saskatchewan and Cecil Nagy, with assistance from Jillian Brown and Allan Florizone. The publication was made possible with funding from the Beef Cattle Research Council and the Canadian Beef Cattle CheckOff. A summary is available at: https://www.beefresearch.ca.

The beef cattle industry contributes

$21.8 billion to Canada’s GDP

at market prices (2018-20)

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Manitoba Beef Producers 2021 DroughtRelated Industry Survey reservoirs, restoring existing water sources, or hauling water. Producers are also asked to indicate their intentions with respect to herd sizes going forward, such as projected culling rates. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation is sincerely appreciated.

In support of Manitoba Beef Producers’ drought-related advocacy efforts with the federal and provincial governments, MBP is conducting a confidential producer survey to gather further data on the impact the drought is having on the province’s beef sector. For example, producers are being asked to identify their estimated percentage of feed/forage production compared to last year. Producers are asked to indicate if they are incurring additional fencing costs in order to access alternate sources of feed for grazing. There are questions related to the drought’s impact on water resources. This includes investments producers are having to make in this area, such as digging new wells or

Note: All data and comments collected will be aggregated before being used for MBP’s advocacy activities. No operation-specific identifying information will be shared with governments. Thank you in advance for your consideration in completing the survey which can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ YX52PFG MBP is continuing to engage with government officials about the severity of the drought, its effects on producers and the need for a timely, multi-pronged approach to help the beef industry deal with the immediate and longerterm implications of the drought.


Environmental Farm Plan Workshops Availability Due to COVID-19, all EFP workshops will be taking place virtually via Online Meetings until further notice. To register for an EFP workshop, click on the link “Register now!” in the link below for your preferred workshop date. Once registered, you will then receive an email with a link to access the meeting. Workbooks are mailed and you should receive yours approximately 1 week prior to the workshop. You can also visit this link to register: Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) are an essential part of every farm operation. These workshops will guide producers through the EFP workbook to help assess and identify the environmental assets and risks on their farm operations, and develop an action plan to address the identified risks. Workbooks and support material will be provided to those who attend. There is no preparation required for this workshop. EFPs must be renewed every five years to remain valid. If you are unsure if your EFP is valid, please contact KAP to inquire at (204) 697-1140.

https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/environme nt/events-and-deadlines/index.html Note: Workshops are currently available through November 2021.

The next available workshop is November 3, running from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.


RDAR makes Major Investment in CBIN Genetics Data Platform to Improve Efficiency and Profitability of Cattle Producers October 19, 2021 (Edmonton, Alberta) - Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR) has invested $640,000 in a collaborative research project with the Canadian Beef Improvement Network (CBIN) to springboard the development of a unified, standardized, and producer-accessible beef cattle genetics data platform. Through this platform, CBIN will provide commercial cattle producers and the entire beef production chain with access to critical data that will help better inform genetic decisions and improve environmental and economic sustainability. “Genetic data is essential to ensuring Alberta beef continues to be known worldwide for being the best. This project is a prime example of the innovation Alberta is known for, with industry groups working together to find new opportunities and new markets for their producers. I’m interested in seeing how this project benefits our ranchers and the province as a whole.” Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry To date, eight Canadian beef cattle breed associations have committed to participate in the development of CBIN under the leadership of the Canadian Beef Breeds Council. This datadriven platform will benefit Canadian cattle producers directly. CBIN will give producers access to on-farm, on-demand genetic information to improve herd quality and inform marketing and genetic selection decisions. Genetic data has value as a change agent. Today, genetic information is available to help producers make essential breeding decisions on fertility, growth, feed efficiency, disposition, calving ease, and carcass measures, to name a few. However, the beef industry underutilizes genetic data, and significant opportunities for producers to optimize their herd genetics are missed. By utilizing the CBIN platform to inform genetics decisions, producers will realize substantial benefits by capturing environmental efficiencies, improving animal and herd health and management, and validating product quality. The collaborative framework of CBIN’s genetic advancements and technological innovations will be vitally important for the whole Canadian beef industry. “Data-driven genetic decisions and adoption of innovative genetic technologies will benefit all segments of the Canadian beef production chain from conception right through to consumption. Genetics has the potential to create benefits across the board, in the areas including, but not limited to, production efficiencies, environmental sustainability, animal health and welfare, food security and food product outcomes.” David Sibbald, President, Canadian Beef Breeds Council & Chair, Canadian Beef Improvement Network


This project is unique as it seeks to bring an innovative solution to an existing gap in data capture, standardization, and digitalization in beef production. By adopting new genetic technologies and increasing genetic data literacy, Canadian beef producers will be better able to interpret the genetic data of their herds. By using data to inform breeding decisions, producers will improve economic efficiencies and reduce their environmental footprint. “Alberta produces some of the best beef in the world. To help our industry expand markets and compete globally, there needs to be an improvement in producers’ genetic literacy and the use of genomics within our beef industry. By understanding and sharing the linkages of beef genetic data, along with other production metrics, we will see increased profitability and competitiveness in our industry.” Clinton Dobson, RDAR Director of Research RDAR is proud to support this research project. The work will drive the integration and adoption of genetic innovations, standardizing genetic data capture and simplifying data access, assisting Canadian beef producers in making better decisions. RDAR’s funding contributions – of which $576,000.00 comes from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) – are valued at $640,000 over 18 months. To learn more about RDAR research projects, please visit rdar.ca/research

About the Canadian Agricultural Partnership The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial governments to strengthen and grow Canada’s agri-food and agriproducts sectors. This commitment includes $2 billion for programs cost-shared by the federal and provincial/territorial governments, with the programs designed and delivered by provinces and territories. About RDAR RDAR is a not-for-profit organization that will continually consult with Alberta’s crop and livestock producers to set research priorities and distribute funds. Its mandate is: to support results driven agriculture research priorities and programs that will increase the competitiveness and profitability of Alberta’s agriculture industry. Arm’s length from the provincial government, RDAR is funded by two sources: The Government of Alberta, the Government of Canada, and Alberta’s Government through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program. rdar.ca About CBIN The Canadian Beef Improvement Network is a collaborative network established to increase genetic data utilization, validate genetic influence, and drive market signals to create value within the Canadian beef industry. Members and advisors include: Canadian Beef Breeds Council; Canadian Cattlemen’s Association; 8 Canadian Breed Associations; National Cattle Feeder’s Association; Cargill; McDonald’s; Beef Cattle Research Council; Lactanet Canada; and AgSights RDAR Media Inquiries: Janada Hawthorne Communications Lead Results Driven Agriculture Research 780-903-2734 or janada.hawthorne@rdar.a Page 2 of 3


News Release Canadian beef producers encouraged with expanding interest in CPTPP

October 18, 2021    Calgary, AB – Canadian beef producers are encouraged with the latest interest in trade expansion through the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Since CPTPP came into effect on December 30, 2018, Canadian beef exports have increased 37 per cent in volume and 35 per cent in value (2020 vs. 2018). From January to August 2021, exports continue to rise to CPTPP countries and are up 60 per cent in volume and 66 per cent in value. There is growing interest from various markets to join the CPTPP, with official applications by the United Kingdom, Taiwan and China, and further interest by South Korea. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has been a consistent advocate for the further expansion of the CPTPP subject to review of specific country barriers and potential for beef trade. “We expect the Asian region to hold the largest potential for growth in beef demand over the next 25 years and securing further access to key Asian markets is a priority for us,” said Bob Lowe, President of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. “We are encouraged to see other countries’ interest in joining CPTPP, as long as they meet the ambitious nature of the trade agreement, which should open and expand exports for Canadian beef farmers and ranchers.” Canadian beef producers export approximately fifty per cent of beef produced in Canada and this trade adds a value of $775 CDN per animal in comparison to if producers were only able to sell into the Canadian market. For further information, contact:  Communications Manager Canadian Cattlemen’s Association  communications@cattle.ca

The CCA is the national voice for Canada’s beef cattle industry representing 60,000 beef farms and feedlots. Visit www.cattle.ca


MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS Scholarship Application Deadline Extension ***Due to ongoing disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic (and the related impacts on high schools and post-secondary institutions) MBP has pushed the application deadline for its 2021 scholarship competition into December instead of the usual June intake deadline. This application intake process is for students who will be undertaking post-secondary studies in the 2021-22 academic year. Manitoba Beef Producers is pleased to make available six $500 scholarships annually for MBP members or their children attending a university, college, other post-secondary institution or pursuing trades training. Preference will be given to those students pursuing a field of study related to agriculture or to those acquiring a skilled trade or pursuing a career that would be beneficial to the rural economy. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY HAS BEEN EXTENDED: Completed applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Friday, December 3 2021. A selection committee will review the submissions. Winners will be notified by January 5, 2022. The scholarship criteria is as follows: Eligibility: • Must be at least 17 years of age as of January 1, 2021. • Must be an active Manitoba beef producer or the child of an active Manitoba beef producer. Note: This can include beef producers returning to school after a period of time in the workforce. • Post-secondary program or trades training must be a minimum of one year in duration. Items You Are Required to Submit: • Completed application form; • A typed 600-word (maximum) essay discussing “What the beef industry means to my family, my community and Manitoba.” Also include the reasons you enjoy being involved in agriculture.*; • A copy of your transcript (either high school, or a recognized college, university or trade school); • Proof of enrolment in a recognized institution (current transcript, or your acceptance letter, or a letter of intent indicating your intended institution and field of study). • A list of community involvement (e.g. 4-H, community clubs, volunteer work, etc.); and, • The names of two references, including their addresses and telephone numbers. Submissions and ALL documentation must be sent no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021 to: Manitoba Beef Producers Scholarship Committee 220 – 530 Century Street Winnipeg MB R3H 0Y4 E-mail: info@mbbeef.ca Fax: (204) 774-3264 For more information, please contact Manitoba Beef Producers at 1-800-772-0458 or email info@mbbeef.ca. *Scholarship winners’ essays will be published in MBP’s newspaper Cattle Country.


MBP 2021-22 Academic Year SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PLEASE PRINT Name: _______________________________________________________________________________ Mailing address: _______________________________________________________________________ Telephone: _____________________________ Email: __________________________________________ Date of birth: _____________________________ Parents’ names if you are under 18: _______________________________________________________ Are you a beef producer? _____________________________ Are you the child of a beef producer? ________ If yes, what is their name(s)? __________________________ Institute of current enrolment: ________________________________________________________________ Current or intended program of post-secondary study or skilled trades training: __________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Duration of post-secondary program or skilled trades training: _________ year (s)

Essay: Please submit a typed 600-word (maximum) essay* on the topic “What the beef industry means to my family, my community, and Manitoba.” Also include the reasons you enjoy being involved in agriculture. *Note: Scholarship winners’ essays will be published in Manitoba Beef Producers’ newspaper Cattle Country. Please return the completed application form, transcript, and proof of enrolment in a post-secondary institution or an apprenticeship program or a letter of intent to pursue further studies, a list of your community involvement, the typed essay and, your references no later than 4:30 p.m., Friday, December 3, 2021 to: Manitoba Beef Producers Scholarship Committee 220 – 530 Century Street Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 Email: info@mbbeef.ca Fax (204) 774-3264



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***Due to ongoing disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic (and the related impacts on high schools and post-secondary institutions) MBP has pushed the application deadline for its 2021 scholarship competition into November instead of the usual June intake deadline. This application intake process is for students who will be undertaking post-secondary studies in the 2021-22 academic year. Manitoba Beef Producers is pleased to make available six $500 scholarships annually for MBP members or their children attending a university, college, other post-secondary institution or pursuing trades training. Preference will be given to those students pursuing a field of study related to agriculture or to those acquiring a skilled trade or pursuing a career that would be beneficial to the rural economy. Completed applications and supporting documents must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Friday, November 5, 2021. A selection committee will review the submissions. Winners will be notified by December 14, 2021. The scholarship criteria is as follows: Eligibility:  Must be at least 17 years of age as of January 1, 2021.  Must be an active Manitoba beef producer or the child of an active Manitoba beef producer. Note: This can include beef producers returning to school after a period of time in the workforce.  Post-secondary program or trades training must be a minimum of one year in duration. Items You Are Required to Submit:  Completed application form;  A typed 600-word (maximum) essay discussing “What the beef industry means to my family, my community and Manitoba.” Also include the reasons you enjoy being involved in agriculture.*;  A copy of your transcript (either high school, or a recognized college, university or trade school);  Proof of enrolment in a recognized institution (current transcript, or your acceptance letter, or a letter of intent indicating your intended institution and field of study).  A list of community involvement (e.g. 4-H, community clubs, volunteer work, etc.); and,  The names of two references, including their addresses and telephone numbers. Submissions and ALL documentation must be sent no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 5, 2021 to: Manitoba Beef Producers Scholarship Committee 220 – 530 Century Street Winnipeg MB R3H 0Y4 E-mail: info@mbbeef.ca Fax: (204) 774-3264 For more information, please contact Manitoba Beef Producers at 1-800-772-0458 or email info@mbbeef.ca. *Scholarship winners’ essays will be published in MBP’s newspaper Cattle Country.


MBP 2021 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PLEASE PRINT Name: _______________________________________________________________________________ Mailing address: _______________________________________________________________________ Telephone: _____________________________ Email: __________________________________________ Date of birth: _____________________________ Parents’ names if you are under 18: _______________________________________________________ Are you a beef producer? _____________________________ Are you the child of a beef producer? ________ If yes, what is their name(s)? __________________________ Institute of current enrolment: ________________________________________________________________ Current or intended program of post-secondary study or skilled trades training: __________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Duration of post-secondary program or skilled trades training: _________ year (s)

Essay: Please submit a typed 600-word (maximum) essay* on the topic “What the beef industry means to my family, my community, and Manitoba.” Also include the reasons you enjoy being involved in agriculture. *Note: Scholarship winners’ essays will be published in Manitoba Beef Producers’ newspaper Cattle Country. Please return the completed application form, transcript, and proof of enrolment in a post-secondary institution or an apprenticeship program or a letter of intent to pursue further studies, a list of your community involvement, the typed essay and, your references no later than 4:30 p.m., Friday, November 5, 2021 to: Manitoba Beef Producers Scholarship Committee 220 – 530 Century Street Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 Email: info@mbbeef.ca Fax (204) 774-3264


New Legislation Protects Landowners From Trespassers Legislation Responds to Concerns Raised About Rural Public Safety and Crime: Eichler and Friesen

(October 15, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) New legislation amending the Petty

Manitoba livestock farmers are concerned about on farm safety for their families and their livelihood. Anyone who enters a biosecurity zone without permission can compromise the biosecurity of the livestock and therefore the safety of food produced at the premises, Eichler noted.

Trespasses Act, the Occupiers’ Liability Act and the Animal Diseases Act create new restrictions and offences related to trespassing on private property, Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Ralph Eichler and Justice Minister Cameron Friesen announced today.

“KAP welcomes the announcement that the bills 62 and 63 have received proclamation and are in effect. Improvements to trespassing and biosecurity laws are important steps in ensuring Manitoba farm families feel safe and biosecurity protocols are maintained,” said Bill Campbell, president, Keystone Agricultural Producers.

“Trespassing is an important issue in rural Manitoba, because every landowner has the right to have their property respected,” said Eichler. “Farms and rural property need to be protected as a business, but also as people’s homes. Trespassing can expose farms and food production facilities to biosecurity risks that could spread disease and may cause injury and stress to farm animals.”

These amendments establish proactive measures that recognize the importance of biosecurity practices, guided by national standards, and ensure that biosecurity zones are protected. These changes are based on recommendations by Manitoba’s auditor general to strengthen legislation to support the province’s ability to proactively address an animal disease emergency, Eichler said.

Bill 62, the Animal Diseases Amendment Act, strengthens legislation to protect biosecurity zones in place on agricultural operations, and help to protect livestock from biosecurity breaches during transport and at foodprocessing facilities. Bill 63, the Petty Trespasses Amendment and Occupiers’ Liability Amendment Act, removes the need to confront trespassers where possible, by making entry onto certain specified premises without permission an offence, unless the person has a lawful excuse for doing so.

“The Manitoba government is committed to protecting the property rights of Manitobans,” said Friesen. “We have listened to Manitobans and their concerns about rural crime, and we are proud to be providing landowners with greater protection from civil liability for the actions of trespassers.” The bills are in response to concerns raised about rural public safety and crime, and puts Manitoba in with other jurisdictions, added Friesen. After a significant public consultation process that included thousands of Manitobans continued on page 6


New Legislation Protects Landowners From Trespassers Legislation Responds to Concerns Raised About Rural Public Safety and Crime: Eichler and Friesen and stakeholders, the bills were passed in the legislature on May 20. Amendments to the Occupiers’ Liability Act ensure a landowner’s legal responsibility for injury is fair and reasonable when someone is on their property without permission. Previously, owners, occupiers or tenants of premises had the same level of legal responsibility for injury or harm to criminal and non-criminal trespassers.

Amendments to the Preset Fines and Offences Descriptions Regulation under the Provincial Offences Act will permit enforcement officers to issue tickets with set fines for offences with respect to animals in transport and at food processing facilities. The Animal Diseases Act has taken effect on Oct. 8, and the Petty Trespasses Act and the Occupiers’ Liability Act takes effect today, Oct. 15.


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities opens November 8th Includes intake for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas — professional and contractor fees • Alternative watering system equipment — solar, wind or grid powered systems Producers are advised that the intake period for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice activities begins on Monday, November 8th and closes on December 10, 2021 for projects that will occur in 2022/23. More details on available on the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development site: https://www.manitoba.ca/agriculture/environ ment/environmental-farm-plan/assurancebmp.html This intake period includes applications for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas. For this BMP there is a cost share ratio of 50:50 and a funding cap of $10,000 per application. Applicants may submit more than one application. Under BMP 503 the following costs are eligible: • Water source development – Wells — drilling new or deepening existing wells, test hole drilling, screening, casing, well caps etc. — water pumps and required plumbing components — professional and contractor fees • Water source development – Dugouts — constructing new or rehabilitating existing dugouts, test hole drilling, etc.

— associated components and installation costs • Permanent fencing to restrict livestock access to surface water and dugouts — construction materials — associated components and installation costs • Permanent pipeline development — pipe, plumbing materials, trenching, earthworks, etc. — professional and contractor fees • Watering system components* — watering bowls, troughs or storage tanks * Eligible as a part of a water source development project; items are not eligible as a stand-alone. • personal labour ($25 per hour) and personal equipment use (at set program rates outlined in the Farm Machinery Custom and Rental Rate Guide) Ineligible costs include: maintenance and operation expenses; perimeter fencing for upland grazing management; expenses related to removing or replacing existing fences or water infrastructure, such as storage tanks or water troughs; portable livestock corral panels; portable gas/diesel powered water pumps, generators, water meters; materials and continued on page 8


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities opens November 8th Includes intake for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas construction costs for pump houses; aeration systems for dugouts, etc.; above ground pipelines; hauling or pumping of water to fill empty dugouts; and, temporary set up of watering systems. Examples of other BMPs eligible for cost-shared funding to farmers include: Resource Management Planning, Establishment of a Cover Crop, Increasing Frequency of Perennials in Annual Rotations, Perennial Cover for Sensitive Lands, Improved Pasture and Forage Quality, Intercropping, Farmyard Runoff Control, Relocation of Confined Livestock Areas, and others. An Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Statement of Competition is not required at time of application, however it is required at time of claim, if approved.

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EFP Workshops are ongoing through the fall and winter. Dates and locations are posted at www.ManitobaEFP.ca. Government support cannot exceed 25 or 50 per cent of eligible expenses, depending on project type, with varying funding caps from $10,000 to $100,000. The total maximum amount payable to one farm operation is $60,000 (not including BMP: Barn Odour Reduction and BMP: Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas) over the term of the Ag Action Manitoba program. Farmers may apply and receive funding for more than one BMP over the term of Ag Action Manitoba. Only one application per BMP on the same parcel of land and/or for a single project where there may be common components across multiple applications, will be eligible for funding.


Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? The program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing low moisture levels. The program will assist livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 to purchase feed in order to maintain their breeding herds. Producers may be eligible to apply for two types of assistance: 1. Feed assistance - buy and test feed for eligible breeding animals 2. Feed transportation assistance - transport purchased feed from distant locations for eligible breeding animals Who is eligible for the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? Primary producers who owned or leased the eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Breeding animals are mature females exposed to breeding (male or artificial insemination) and males used previously for breeding. The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. How do I apply? Applicants can download the Application Form, Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals, and associated program documents on the website at manitoba.ca/agriculture. Application packages can also be picked up at any of the ARD/MASC Service Centres, or mailed to you by calling us at 1-844-769-6224. The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500. Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance – Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements. When is the deadline to apply to the program? April 15, 2022 is the final day to apply. Can multiple applications be submitted? Yes, you can submit more than one application until program maximums are reached.


1. Feed Assistance What feed assistance can I apply for? The eligible feeds that can be purchased for eligible animals from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 to maintain them over the winter include:  grazed corn and greenfeed  mechanically harvested hay, silage, greenfeed, stover, straw, including those purchased as standing crops or grazed in a swath  grain and concentrates (pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator) When can eligible feeds be purchased? Are claims retro-active to a certain date? Eligible feed purchases can occur from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. Is there assistance for feed testing the eligible feedstuffs? Yes, the program will pay for feed testing to determine the nutritional value of eligible feeds. Can feed be purchased for feeders or non-breeding animals? No, feed for feeders, growing animals or non-breeding aged animals is not eligible under this program. How will livestock feed assistance payments be calculated? The administrator will make payments to the applicant for purchases and testing of Eligible Feed made between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, as follows:  On a per breeding head basis, a producer share will be applied $50 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $10 per head for sheep and goats.  Payments will be equal to 75 per cent of the purchased cost of feed and feed testing that exceeds the producer share to a maximum per head payment. The maximum payment is $250 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $50 per head for sheep and goats. How are the breeding head determined in calculating payments?  Breeding head are based on the number declared on the Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals at the time of first application. The declaration is the number of head being maintained and fed over winter, and does not include animals that have or will be sold prior to March 15, 2022. If applicants reduce their breeding animals below the number declared with their first application, they should contact the Program Administrator and submit a new declaration.

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2. Feed Transportation Assistance What feeds qualify for feed transportation assistance? Feed transportation assistance is provided for the movement of eligible feed types (hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, silage, grain and concentrates) to eligible breeding animals. The eligible concentrates are pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator. What are the eligible dates and distances for feed transportation? Transportation costs for eligible feed purchased and transported between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 kilometres. What are the payments for the feed transportation assistance? Payments will be calculated on the tonnes hauled on a per loaded kilometre basis up to 600 kilometres. For hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, and silage the payment rates are:  $0.16 per tonne kilometre for the first 100 kilometres of a haul  $0.10 per tonne kilometre for the remainder of a haul for up to an additional 500 kilometres. For grains and concentrate, the payment rate is $0.05 per tonne kilometre up to 600 kilometres. Payments for each receipt or invoice provided by the applicant will be the payment rate multiplied by the distance transported multiplied by the number of tonnes transported, or the amount of the receipt, whichever is less. Feed can be hauled further than 600 kilometres; however, the extra distance is not eligible for payment. Can feed be sourced from outside of Manitoba qualify for assistance? Feed can be sourced from outside Manitoba and the shipping will still be eligible based on the program’s rates and distances. Does the feed transportation assistance come out of the feed assistance funding? Feed transportation assistance is in addition to funding available to a producer for feed purchases. It is not subtracted from the $250 per head cap for beef, bison and PMU horses or $50 cap for sheep and goats. Is feed transportation assistance available for animals moved to an alternate feeding location? Feed transportation assistance is not available for animals for which producers have received assistance to move eligible animals to an alternate feeding location under the Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program. Alternate feeding locations should have adequate feed locally available for the animals moved. What feed is not eligible for feed transportation assistance?  Feed for market animals or ineligible animals.  Feed produced on your own operation.  Feed for breeding animals that are sold/culled prior to March 15, 2022.  Feed that is sold or replaces similar feed that is sold.  Feed transported less than 40 kilometres.  Feed transported to an alternate feeding location used to house eligible animals for which the applicant received payments under Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance.

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CFA happy to announce donations from Farm Credit Canada and Ontario Federation of Agriculture to Hay West 2021 so. CFA currently has tens of thousands of bales of hay to be sent to the Prairie provinces, but the demand for hay is still extremely high and more is needed. (October 12, 2021 CFA News Release) The

Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) is happy to announce Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) have both made substantial contributions to the Hay West 2021 initiative to help cover the shipping costs to send hay to drought-stricken farmers in the Prairie provinces. The Hay West initiative helps farmers in the West who are currently suffering from a hay shortage due to devastating drought. Farmers from the East Coast, as well as Ontario and Quebec, have graciously committed and/or donated hay to be sent out west to help feed livestock. The OFA has contributed $50,000 to the initiative, while FCC has contributed $25,000. FCC has also agreed to provide an additional $25,000 if CFA is able to secure an additional $25,000 contribution from another source. CFA hopes these gestures of financial support will spur further contributions, as the drought in Western Canada has been extremely lengthy and resulted in a dire need for hay. All proceeds from donations go directly to paying the shipping costs for moving hay across Canada and the logistical support needed to do

“CFA would like to thank both FCC and OFA for their generous contributions. FCC has supported farmers for a long time through their services, and we greatly appreciate the help they are offering today. The donation from OFA continues a long history of farmers helping out their colleagues from all across Canada whenever they are hit by devastating and uncontrollable circumstances,” said CFA President, Mary Robinson. “There have been two initiatives like Hay West in Canada's history, with the most recent being when farmers from the West sent hay out East for farmers struggling with drought. OFA is happy to be able to make a contribution to help farmers when they are struggling, no matter where they are. We hope these donations can spur other organizations to do so as well,” said Peggy Brekveld, OFA President. CFA is still looking for contributions to cover shipping costs, as well as farmers looking to buy or supply hay. Visit www.haywest2021.net if you are looking to supply or purchase hay. Please contact Laurie Karson at Laurie@canadian-farmers.ca if you would like to donate funds.


IJC Invites Public Comment on Managing Water Supply and Flood Control in Souris River Basin The International Joint Commission (IJC) is inviting public comment on recommendations made by its International Souris River Study Board in a report, “Managing Water Supply and Flood Control in the Souris River Basin,” which recommends potential reservoir operation options to improve flood control and water supply. Comments will be accepted from October 12 through November 15, and at a Nov. 3 virtual public hearing. You may comment online, via email to Commission@IJC.org or by mail; find more details at ijc.org/en/srsb-flood-drought. The Nov. 3 public hearing will be held via webinar from noon-1:30 p.m. CT (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MT, 1-2:30 p.m. ET). Registration and more information can be found online at ijc.org/en/srsb-flood-drought, including links to a highlights report and the board’s full report. The International Souris River Study Board was established by the IJC in 2017 to assist in responding to a reference by Canadian and US governments. The reference was precipitated by an unprecedented 2011 flood in the Souris

River basin, which stretches across Saskatchewan and Manitoba in Canada and extends into North Dakota in the United States. The governments asked the IJC to coordinate the full completion of a 2013 IJC Plan of Study. As part of this, the IJC was asked to evaluate and make recommendations regarding the Operating Plan contained in Annex A to a 1989 Agreement for water supply and flood control in the Souris River basin. Among other items, the agreement coordinates the operation of certain dams and reservoirs. The public hearing and comment period concern potential recommendations the IJC may make to the Canadian and US governments. The study board's findings include that the 1989 Agreement is functioning well and is effective at achieving its intended objectives of flood protection and water supply benefits, and they identify marginal or incremental benefits in five alternative measures recommended for further investigation.

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COVID-19 Vaccine: Updates re: Eligibility for Third Doses, Medical Exemptions, etc.

Source: October 6, 2021 Province of Manitoba news release.

Third Doses Manitoba is expanding its recommendations on third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine today to include: •

individuals who have only received a viral vector vaccine, such as two doses of AstraZeneca or a single dose of the Janssen vaccine; and health-care personnel who have direct contact with patients, residents or clients.

There are about 6,800 people who have received only viral vector vaccines. These individuals can be immunized without a prescription at any vaccine clinic or participating medical clinic or pharmacy with an mRNA vaccine. This dose must be given at least six months after their last vaccine. The third dose is recommended for health-care personnel, including volunteers, who have direct contact with patients, residents and clients. This recommendation also includes all First Nation health-care workers, such as traditional healers and knowledge keepers. There are approximately 50,000 health-care workers in Manitoba. Health-care personnel can receive their third dose at any clinic or site where the COVID vaccine is offered including available occupational health clinics. It is recommended

the third dose be given at least six months after their second dose, unless they meet other thirddose criteria, and a prescription is not required. Receiving a third dose is voluntary and healthcare personnel who do not receive a third dose are still considered to be fully immunized. Individuals can check their dates of immunization at : www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/immunization record/residents.html#immunization-records. Medical Exemptions The province has finalized the process for individuals to request a medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination. Eligible medical conditions and situations are available at: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibilitycriteria.html#exemptions. Individuals who believe they meet the criteria for a medical exemption should first meet with their regular health-care provider or specialist. If the health-care provider determines the individual meets the criteria, they will be referred to a specialist for further assessment of their condition. Exemptions can only be submitted to Manitoba Health and Seniors Care by a licensed specialist. The exemption will be entered into the provincial immunization database, including whether the exemption is permanent or temporary. Exempt people will be able to request their digital or physical Manitoba immunization card approximately seven to 14 business days after their exemption is submitted. The card and the display shown after scanning the QR code will be identical to those currently used by fully immunized people. This will help protect the private health information of exempt continued on page 16


COVID-19 Vaccine: Updates re: Eligibility for Third Doses, Medical Exemptions, etc. individuals, while also keeping a simple, consistent process for venues and events that must validate immunization status. Eligibility In addition to the expansions noted above, recommendations for a third dose includes: •

all residents and staff of First Nation personal care homes;

all residents of personal care homes in Manitoba;

people who are immunocompromised;

people who require a third dose to meet travel requirements at their destination; or

individuals who previously received doses of vaccines that are not approved by Health Canada.

Information about where third doses can be administered is online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibili ty-criteria.html#third. Generally speaking, third doses can be given anywhere first or second doses are provided. Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to include anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 2009. Vaccine Administration, Supply and Distribution

Manitoba is now allowing the COVID-19 vaccine to be given at the same time as other vaccines. This change is consistent with updated guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization and is reflected in revised guidance to Manitoba’s health-care providers. See: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/healt hcare-professionals.html.A total of 2,003,159 doses of vaccine have been administered in Manitoba.  Manitoba super sites are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccinations. Eligible individuals can book their appointments at these sites online, or by calling (toll-free) 1-844626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC).  For hours and days of operation for super sites, pop-up clinics and other vaccine clinics, visitwww.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.ht ml. Over the next several weeks, COVID-19 immunizations are available to eligible young people at school-based clinics. For more information, visit https://protectmb.ca/schoolimmunizations/. Additional Information More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccineand https://protec tmb.ca.  For more information about COVID-19 immunization records and cards, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/imm unizationrecord/index.html.


Travel Advisory: REMINDER – Border measures remain in place for travellers entering or returning to Canada (October 14, 2021 Canada Border Services Agency News Release) On October 12, 2021, the United

States announced that in November, they will begin allowing fully vaccinated travellers from Canada to enter the United States at land and ferry points of entry for discretionary (nonessential reasons), such as tourism. The Canada Border Services Agency would like to remind travellers that border measures remain in place for travellers entering or returning to Canada and that they should get informed and understand their obligations as they make their travel plans. Travellers should check if they are eligible to enter Canada and meet all entry requirements before heading to the border. Fully vaccinated travellers coming to Canada must complete the mandatory pre-arrival molecular COVID-19 test and submit their mandatory information including their digital proof of vaccination in English or French using the free ArriveCAN (App or website) within 72 hours before arriving in Canada. Antigen tests, often called “rapid tests”,

are not accepted. Fully vaccinated travellers who are eligible to enter Canada continue to be subject to mandatory random testing on arrival. For short trips, that are less than 72 hours, Canadian citizens, people registered under the Indian Act, permanent residents and protected persons travelling to the United States are allowed to take their pre-arrival molecular test before they leave Canada. If the test is more than 72 hours old when they reenter Canada, they will be required to get a new pre-arrival molecular test in the United States. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers who are eligible to enter Canada must continue to follow pre-arrival, arrival and Day-8 molecular COVID-19 testing requirements, and quarantine for 14 days. Full details on the current measures in place for travellers entering or returning to Canada are available online: COVID-19: Travel, testing, quarantine and borders. All questions about U.S. entry and health requirements, should be directed to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federally regulated transportation employees and travellers (Excerpts from October 6, 2021 Transport Canada News Release) Vaccinations are our best line of

defense against COVID-19 and its variants. On August 13, 2021, the Government of Canada announced its intent to require COVID-19 vaccination for employees in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine transportation sectors and its travellers. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that, as of October 30, the Government of Canada will require employers in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine transportation sectors to establish vaccination policies for their employees. Also effective October 30, travellers departing from Canadian airports, and travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, will be required to be fully vaccinated in order to travel. For travellers who are in the process of being vaccinated, there will be a short transition period where they will be able to travel if they can show a valid COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of travel, but that transition period will end on November 30. The Government of Canada strongly advises any Canadians planning to travel by plane or train this holiday season to get vaccinated as soon as possible or they will be unable to travel. Travellers will be responsible for declaring their vaccination status and providing documentation prior to boarding.

The Government of Canada is committed to keeping the transportation sector, including employees and travellers, safe and secure. Mandatory vaccination for the federally regulated air, rail, and marine sectors helps limit the risk of spreading COVID-19 and helps prevent against future outbreaks. Vaccine requirements for travellers Effective October 30, air passengers departing from Canadian airports, travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, and travellers on non-essential passenger vessels on voyages of 24 hours or more, such as cruise ships, will need to be vaccinated. Effective October 30, travellers will need to be fully vaccinated in order to board. Specifically, the vaccination requirement will apply to all travellers 12 years of age and older who are: •

Air passengers flying on domestic, transborder or international flights departing from airports in Canada

Rail passengers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains

Marine passengers on non-essential passenger vessels, such as cruise ships, on voyages of 24 hours or more

For travellers who are in the process of being vaccinated, there will be a short transition period where they will be able to travel if they can show a valid COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of travel. By November 30, all travellers must be fully vaccinated, with very limited exceptions to address specific situations such as emergency travel, and those medically unable to be vaccinated.


Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federally regulated transportation employees and travellers In addition, this vaccination mandate will include specific accommodation to recognize the unique needs of travellers from small, remote communities (some of which are not accessible by road) to ensure they will be able to travel to obtain essential services in support of their medical, health, or social well-being, and return safely to their homes. This accommodation will be informed by engagement with Indigenous organizations and provinces and territories in the coming days. Enforcement Transport Canada will oversee compliance by means of inspections and enforcement tools— including Administrative Monetary Penalties— using oversight systems in place for each mode. For those who falsify information or otherwise fail to comply, there will be serious consequences. For example: •

Railway companies could be subjected to compliance actions up to $250,000 per violation, per day, under the Railway Safety Act

In the air sector, individuals—either travellers or employees—could be fined up to $5,000 per violation under the Aeronautics Act, and operators could be fined up to $25,000 per violation

In the marine sector, employees and travellers could be fined for being noncompliant with the obligation to provide proof of vaccination up to $250,000 per violation, per day, and operators could be fined up to $250,000 per violation, per day, for noncompliance to the Interim Order made pursuant to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001

Pan-Canadian Proof of Vaccination A pan-Canadian, secure, and standardized proof of vaccination for international travel was announced on August 11, 2021, and is being developed in partnership with provinces and territories. This document, which will be available to travellers in digital formats, will be easily recognized and trusted. This credential will make it easy and quick for travellers to provide transportation operators and border officials in other countries with their validated COVID-19 vaccination history needed to facilitate travel. Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to fight COVID-19 and the Government of Canada will continue to take action to get as many Canadians vaccinated as possible.


Manitoba Beef Producers 2021 DroughtRelated Industry Survey reservoirs, restoring existing water sources, or hauling water. Producers are also asked to indicate their intentions with respect to herd sizes going forward, such as projected culling rates. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation is sincerely appreciated.

In support of Manitoba Beef Producers’ drought-related advocacy efforts with the federal and provincial governments, MBP is conducting a confidential producer survey to gather further data on the impact the drought is having on the province’s beef sector. For example, producers are being asked to identify their estimated percentage of feed/forage production compared to last year. Producers are asked to indicate if they are incurring additional fencing costs in order to access alternate sources of feed for grazing. There are questions related to the drought’s impact on water resources. This includes investments producers are having to make in this area, such as digging new wells or

Note: All data and comments collected will be aggregated before being used for MBP’s advocacy activities. No operation-specific identifying information will be shared with governments. Thank you in advance for your consideration in completing the survey which can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ YX52PFG MBP is continuing to engage with government officials about the severity of the drought, its effects on producers and the need for a timely, multi-pronged approach to help the beef industry deal with the immediate and longerterm implications of the drought.


Environmental Farm Plan Workshops Availability Due to COVID-19, all EFP workshops will be taking place virtually via Online Meetings until further notice. To register for an EFP workshop, click on the link “Register now!” in the link below for your preferred workshop date. Once registered, you will then receive an email with a link to access the meeting. Workbooks are mailed and you should receive yours approximately 1 week prior to the workshop. You can also visit this link to register: Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) are an essential part of every farm operation. These workshops will guide producers through the EFP workbook to help assess and identify the environmental assets and risks on their farm operations, and develop an action plan to address the identified risks. Workbooks and support material will be provided to those who attend. There is no preparation required for this workshop. EFPs must be renewed every five years to remain valid. If you are unsure if your EFP is valid, please contact KAP to inquire at (204) 697-1140.

https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/environme nt/events-and-deadlines/index.html Note: Workshops are currently available through November 2021.

The next available workshops are October 20 and November 3, both running from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.


E-Newsletter An update from MBP October 8, 2021

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agriculture, but it also represents huge amounts of products being diverted from the landfill. From the Hall and White study in 2017, it was determined that cattle utilize 43 billion kgs of food waste per year in the US. The Public and Stakeholder Engagement (PSE) team set out to determine how Canadians felt about the role of cattle in diverting food waste.

Food waste is a key focus of both national and international climate change discussions with the Government of Canada announcing its Food Waste Reduction Challenge in 2020. Over half of the food produced in Canada never makes it to our plates, with the largest percentage of waste coming at the consumption level. Reducing food waste is also the most common food goal with consumers, identified by 90% of Canadians as something they are actively doing or trying to do. It is common practice in the beef industry to upcycle food loss and waste into high quality feed for cattle. This includes crops damaged by weather or pests (which was demonstrated through drought, smoke, and grasshoppers in 2021) all the way to non-retail quality food items from grocery stores and the by-products of brewing. Not only is this demonstrating the circular economy present in

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A large online focus group was conducted in July 2021. A representative sample of Canadians was chosen and then oversampled for women under 45, which prior research shows is the demographic most concerned about the environmental impact of eating beef. Participants were first asked questions about their perceptions of the beef industry and farmers and ranchers. These were consistent with previous research conducted by PSE. Canadians do not know much about how beef cattle are raised but many have heard about potential environmental impacts. However, most Canadians feel that farmers and ranchers themselves are doing a good job taking care of the land and animals in their care. This demonstrates how trust for communications coming from ‘industry’ vs individuals raising beef cattle and highlights how important it is to have producers front and centre in public facing campaigns. continued on page 4

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Food waste research – cont. Participants were then shown social media and video content highlighting how cattle can utilize both waste products from brewing as well as grocery shrink. Ads instantly appealed as something surprising and new, especially among urban participants who lack awareness and knowledge about raising beef cattle and many wondered why they had not seen this information before.

“That cattle are fed good food (contrary to what may otherwise be shown in some popular documentaries) and that this process helps reduce food waste in Canada.

Finally, participants were asked to choose which key message resonated with them more, specifically about cattle in feedlots. The first was on how feedlots reduce the amount of resources required and the second was how feedlots play an integral role in reducing food waste. 76% of participants identified the food waste key message as more personally relevant to them. Reasons for this included reducing food waste is a universal concept, something Canadians are doing in their own homes, and connects humans to cattle. Overall, no major concerns were identified with connecting cattle to food waste seen as positive by consumers and improves their impressions about the industry and its efforts to reduce impacts.

“That all the food doesn't go to waste and is fed to cattle. I think the ad is very believable and makes you look differently at the cattle industry.

Amie Peck, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, presented the findings of this research in September. A recording of this presentation can be found here.

When asked what the main message of the ads were, participants said:


Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? The program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing low moisture levels. The program will assist livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 to purchase feed in order to maintain their breeding herds. Producers may be eligible to apply for two types of assistance: 1. Feed assistance - buy and test feed for eligible breeding animals 2. Feed transportation assistance - transport purchased feed from distant locations for eligible breeding animals Who is eligible for the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? Primary producers who owned or leased the eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Breeding animals are mature females exposed to breeding (male or artificial insemination) and males used previously for breeding. The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. How do I apply? Applicants can download the Application Form, Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals, and associated program documents on the website at manitoba.ca/agriculture. Application packages can also be picked up at any of the ARD/MASC Service Centres, or mailed to you by calling us at 1-844-769-6224. The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500. Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance – Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements. When is the deadline to apply to the program? April 15, 2022 is the final day to apply. Can multiple applications be submitted? Yes, you can submit more than one application until program maximums are reached.


1. Feed Assistance What feed assistance can I apply for? The eligible feeds that can be purchased for eligible animals from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 to maintain them over the winter include:  grazed corn and greenfeed  mechanically harvested hay, silage, greenfeed, stover, straw, including those purchased as standing crops or grazed in a swath  grain and concentrates (pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator) When can eligible feeds be purchased? Are claims retro-active to a certain date? Eligible feed purchases can occur from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. Is there assistance for feed testing the eligible feedstuffs? Yes, the program will pay for feed testing to determine the nutritional value of eligible feeds. Can feed be purchased for feeders or non-breeding animals? No, feed for feeders, growing animals or non-breeding aged animals is not eligible under this program. How will livestock feed assistance payments be calculated? The administrator will make payments to the applicant for purchases and testing of Eligible Feed made between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, as follows:  On a per breeding head basis, a producer share will be applied $50 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $10 per head for sheep and goats.  Payments will be equal to 75 per cent of the purchased cost of feed and feed testing that exceeds the producer share to a maximum per head payment. The maximum payment is $250 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $50 per head for sheep and goats. How are the breeding head determined in calculating payments?  Breeding head are based on the number declared on the Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals at the time of first application. The declaration is the number of head being maintained and fed over winter, and does not include animals that have or will be sold prior to March 15, 2022. If applicants reduce their breeding animals below the number declared with their first application, they should contact the Program Administrator and submit a new declaration.

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2. Feed Transportation Assistance What feeds qualify for feed transportation assistance? Feed transportation assistance is provided for the movement of eligible feed types (hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, silage, grain and concentrates) to eligible breeding animals. The eligible concentrates are pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator. What are the eligible dates and distances for feed transportation? Transportation costs for eligible feed purchased and transported between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 kilometres. What are the payments for the feed transportation assistance? Payments will be calculated on the tonnes hauled on a per loaded kilometre basis up to 600 kilometres. For hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, and silage the payment rates are:  $0.16 per tonne kilometre for the first 100 kilometres of a haul  $0.10 per tonne kilometre for the remainder of a haul for up to an additional 500 kilometres. For grains and concentrate, the payment rate is $0.05 per tonne kilometre up to 600 kilometres. Payments for each receipt or invoice provided by the applicant will be the payment rate multiplied by the distance transported multiplied by the number of tonnes transported, or the amount of the receipt, whichever is less. Feed can be hauled further than 600 kilometres; however, the extra distance is not eligible for payment. Can feed be sourced from outside of Manitoba qualify for assistance? Feed can be sourced from outside Manitoba and the shipping will still be eligible based on the program’s rates and distances. Does the feed transportation assistance come out of the feed assistance funding? Feed transportation assistance is in addition to funding available to a producer for feed purchases. It is not subtracted from the $250 per head cap for beef, bison and PMU horses or $50 cap for sheep and goats. Is feed transportation assistance available for animals moved to an alternate feeding location? Feed transportation assistance is not available for animals for which producers have received assistance to move eligible animals to an alternate feeding location under the Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program. Alternate feeding locations should have adequate feed locally available for the animals moved. What feed is not eligible for feed transportation assistance?  Feed for market animals or ineligible animals.  Feed produced on your own operation.  Feed for breeding animals that are sold/culled prior to March 15, 2022.  Feed that is sold or replaces similar feed that is sold.  Feed transported less than 40 kilometres.  Feed transported to an alternate feeding location used to house eligible animals for which the applicant received payments under Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance.

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Walmart Canada Makes Largest Retail Commitment to Purchase Beef Sourced from Certified Sustainable Farms and Ranches In Canada

(October 7, 2021 Walmart Canada Corp. News Release) - Walmart Canada will purchase the

largest known quantity of beef from certified sustainable Canadian farms and ranches ever sourced by a single retailer. Beef purchased through this commitment will support the environmental, social and economic sustainability of Canadian farmers and ranchers whose operations are certified through a thirdparty audited system, in accordance with sustainability standards set by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB). This is the largest public commitment made by a single retailer to date: 1.5 million pounds of beef sourced from CRSB Certified sustainable farms and ranches will be purchased by Walmart Canada over the next calendar year. A milestone moment, this commitment contributes to advancing beef sustainability in Canada – and it's only the start. The amount of beef Walmart Canada sources from CRSB Certified sustainable farms and ranches will continue to increase each year. "Leadership from organizations like Walmart inspires change and supports the Canadian beef sector's continuous improvement goals," explains Anne Wasko, Chair of the CRSB and rancher from Eastend, SK. "The CRSB is honoured to partner with Walmart Canada on this ambitious commitment on its journey towards a more sustainable future."

Committing to sustainable sourcing at this unprecedented level sets a new threshold in the industry for what is possible and reaffirms the company's partnership with the CRSB. As a valued partner, Walmart Canada continues to help expand the CRSB's program in Canada, advocating for continuous improvement in industry standards and engaging in open dialogue with industry and supply chain partners. "We're immensely proud of what this commitment signifies to the industry and the impact it will have for our farmers and ranchers, customers, suppliers and partners," said Horacio Barbeito, President and CEO, Walmart Canada. "We're making massive strides towards advancing sustainability within the Canadian beef industry, propelled by our commitment to being a regenerative company and made possible by strong partnerships with the CRSB and our suppliers." Walmart Canada sources 100% of its fresh beef in Canada, supporting Canadian ranchers and farmers. These hardworking Canadians are integral in the shared journey towards sustainability and contribute to managing and preserving 35 million acres of native grassland in Canada. In the coming months, customer-facing messaging will be developed to share this milestone commitment to sustainable beef sourcing. About The CRSB Established in 2014, the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) is a collaborative, multi-stakeholder organization focused on continued on page 9


Walmart Canada Makes Largest Retail Commitment to Purchase Beef Sourced from Certified Sustainable Farms and Ranches In Canada advancing environmental, social and economic sustainability in the Canadian beef industry. The CRSB drives recognition and continuous progress in beef sustainability through benchmarking and setting strategic goals, and communicating on-the-ground continuous improvement. The CRSB's Certified Sustainable Beef Framework, known as CRSB Certified, was developed to recognize sustainable practices through third-party certification, support sustainable commitments for retail and foodservice companies, and build consumer trust through credible, science-based claims about sustainable beef production in Canada. Learn more at crsb.ca. Learn more about the positive contribution of Canadian beef production, and how farmers and ranchers conserve healthy ecosystems and support critical wildlife habitat at beeffortheplanet.ca. Follow our beef sustainability journey on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

About Walmart Canada Walmart Canada operates a chain of more than 400 stores nationwide serving 1.5 million customers each day. Walmart Canada's flagship online store, Walmart.ca is visited by more than 900,000 customers daily. With more than 100,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada's largest employers and is ranked one of the country's top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada was recently recognized as a LinkedIn Top Company of 2021 and was also named one of Canada's most popular brands (based on Google searches). Walmart Canada's extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart Canada has raised and donated more than $500 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.ca and on Walmart Canada's social media pages Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


COVID-19 Vaccine: Updates re: Eligibility for Third Doses, Medical Exemptions, etc.

Source: October 6, 2021 Province of Manitoba news release.

Third Doses Manitoba is expanding its recommendations on third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine today to include: •

individuals who have only received a viral vector vaccine, such as two doses of AstraZeneca or a single dose of the Janssen vaccine; and health-care personnel who have direct contact with patients, residents or clients.

There are about 6,800 people who have received only viral vector vaccines. These individuals can be immunized without a prescription at any vaccine clinic or participating medical clinic or pharmacy with an mRNA vaccine. This dose must be given at least six months after their last vaccine. The third dose is recommended for health-care personnel, including volunteers, who have direct contact with patients, residents and clients. This recommendation also includes all First Nation health-care workers, such as traditional healers and knowledge keepers. There are approximately 50,000 health-care workers in Manitoba. Health-care personnel can receive their third dose at any clinic or site where the COVID vaccine is offered including available occupational health clinics. It is recommended

the third dose be given at least six months after their second dose, unless they meet other thirddose criteria, and a prescription is not required. Receiving a third dose is voluntary and healthcare personnel who do not receive a third dose are still considered to be fully immunized. Individuals can check their dates of immunization at : www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/immunization record/residents.html#immunization-records. Medical Exemptions The province has finalized the process for individuals to request a medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination. Eligible medical conditions and situations are available at: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibilitycriteria.html#exemptions. Individuals who believe they meet the criteria for a medical exemption should first meet with their regular health-care provider or specialist. If the health-care provider determines the individual meets the criteria, they will be referred to a specialist for further assessment of their condition. Exemptions can only be submitted to Manitoba Health and Seniors Care by a licensed specialist. The exemption will be entered into the provincial immunization database, including whether the exemption is permanent or temporary. Exempt people will be able to request their digital or physical Manitoba immunization card approximately seven to 14 business days after their exemption is submitted. The card and the display shown after scanning the QR code will be identical to those currently used by fully immunized people. This will help protect the private health information of exempt


COVID-19 Vaccine: Updates re: Eligibility for Third Doses, Medical Exemptions, etc. individuals, while also keeping a simple, consistent process for venues and events that must validate immunization status. Eligibility In addition to the expansions noted above, recommendations for a third dose includes: •

all residents and staff of First Nation personal care homes;

all residents of personal care homes in Manitoba;

people who are immunocompromised;

people who require a third dose to meet travel requirements at their destination; or

individuals who previously received doses of vaccines that are not approved by Health Canada.

Information about where third doses can be administered is online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibili ty-criteria.html#third. Generally speaking, third doses can be given anywhere first or second doses are provided. Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to include anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 2009. Vaccine Administration, Supply and Distribution

Manitoba is now allowing the COVID-19 vaccine to be given at the same time as other vaccines. This change is consistent with updated guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization and is reflected in revised guidance to Manitoba’s health-care providers. See: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/healt hcare-professionals.html.A total of 2,003,159 doses of vaccine have been administered in Manitoba.  Manitoba super sites are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccinations. Eligible individuals can book their appointments at these sites online, or by calling (toll-free) 1-844626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC).  For hours and days of operation for super sites, pop-up clinics and other vaccine clinics, visitwww.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.ht ml. Over the next several weeks, COVID-19 immunizations are available to eligible young people at school-based clinics. For more information, visit https://protectmb.ca/schoolimmunizations/. Additional Information More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccineand https://protec tmb.ca.  For more information about COVID-19 immunization records and cards, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/imm unizationrecord/index.html.


Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federally regulated transportation employees and travellers (Excerpts from October 6, 2021 Transport Canada News Release) Vaccinations are our best line of

defense against COVID-19 and its variants. On August 13, 2021, the Government of Canada announced its intent to require COVID-19 vaccination for employees in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine transportation sectors and its travellers. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that, as of October 30, the Government of Canada will require employers in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine transportation sectors to establish vaccination policies for their employees. Also effective October 30, travellers departing from Canadian airports, and travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, will be required to be fully vaccinated in order to travel. For travellers who are in the process of being vaccinated, there will be a short transition period where they will be able to travel if they can show a valid COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of travel, but that transition period will end on November 30. The Government of Canada strongly advises any Canadians planning to travel by plane or train this holiday season to get vaccinated as soon as possible or they will be unable to travel. Travellers will be responsible for declaring their vaccination status and providing documentation prior to boarding.

The Government of Canada is committed to keeping the transportation sector, including employees and travellers, safe and secure. Mandatory vaccination for the federally regulated air, rail, and marine sectors helps limit the risk of spreading COVID-19 and helps prevent against future outbreaks. Vaccine requirements for travellers Effective October 30, air passengers departing from Canadian airports, travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, and travellers on non-essential passenger vessels on voyages of 24 hours or more, such as cruise ships, will need to be vaccinated. Effective October 30, travellers will need to be fully vaccinated in order to board. Specifically, the vaccination requirement will apply to all travellers 12 years of age and older who are: •

Air passengers flying on domestic, transborder or international flights departing from airports in Canada

Rail passengers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains

Marine passengers on non-essential passenger vessels, such as cruise ships, on voyages of 24 hours or more

For travellers who are in the process of being vaccinated, there will be a short transition period where they will be able to travel if they can show a valid COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of travel. By November 30, all travellers must be fully vaccinated, with very limited exceptions to address specific situations such as emergency travel, and those medically unable to be vaccinated.


Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federally regulated transportation employees and travellers In addition, this vaccination mandate will include specific accommodation to recognize the unique needs of travellers from small, remote communities (some of which are not accessible by road) to ensure they will be able to travel to obtain essential services in support of their medical, health, or social well-being, and return safely to their homes. This accommodation will be informed by engagement with Indigenous organizations and provinces and territories in the coming days. Enforcement Transport Canada will oversee compliance by means of inspections and enforcement tools— including Administrative Monetary Penalties— using oversight systems in place for each mode. For those who falsify information or otherwise fail to comply, there will be serious consequences. For example: •

Railway companies could be subjected to compliance actions up to $250,000 per violation, per day, under the Railway Safety Act

In the air sector, individuals—either travellers or employees—could be fined up to $5,000 per violation under the Aeronautics Act, and operators could be fined up to $25,000 per violation

In the marine sector, employees and travellers could be fined for being noncompliant with the obligation to provide proof of vaccination up to $250,000 per violation, per day, and operators could be fined up to $250,000 per violation, per day, for noncompliance to the Interim Order made pursuant to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001

Pan-Canadian Proof of Vaccination A pan-Canadian, secure, and standardized proof of vaccination for international travel was announced on August 11, 2021, and is being developed in partnership with provinces and territories. This document, which will be available to travellers in digital formats, will be easily recognized and trusted. This credential will make it easy and quick for travellers to provide transportation operators and border officials in other countries with their validated COVID-19 vaccination history needed to facilitate travel. Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to fight COVID-19 and the Government of Canada will continue to take action to get as many Canadians vaccinated as possible.


Manitoba Beef Producers 2021 DroughtRelated Industry Survey reservoirs, restoring existing water sources, or hauling water. Producers are also asked to indicate their intentions with respect to herd sizes going forward, such as projected culling rates. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation is sincerely appreciated.

In support of Manitoba Beef Producers’ drought-related advocacy efforts with the federal and provincial governments, MBP is conducting a confidential producer survey to gather further data on the impact the drought is having on the province’s beef sector. For example, producers are being asked to identify their estimated percentage of feed/forage production compared to last year. Producers are asked to indicate if they are incurring additional fencing costs in order to access alternate sources of feed for grazing. There are questions related to the drought’s impact on water resources. This includes investments producers are having to make in this area, such as digging new wells or

Note: All data and comments collected will be aggregated before being used for MBP’s advocacy activities. No operation-specific identifying information will be shared with governments. Thank you in advance for your consideration in completing the survey which can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ YX52PFG MBP is continuing to engage with government officials about the severity of the drought, its effects on producers and the need for a timely, multi-pronged approach to help the beef industry deal with the immediate and longerterm implications of the drought.


Environmental Farm Plan Workshops Availability Due to COVID-19, all EFP workshops will be taking place virtually via Online Meetings until further notice. To register for an EFP workshop, click on the link “Register now!” in the link below for your preferred workshop date. Once registered, you will then receive an email with a link to access the meeting. Workbooks are mailed and you should receive yours approximately 1 week prior to the workshop. You can also visit this link to register: Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) are an essential part of every farm operation. These workshops will guide producers through the EFP workbook to help assess and identify the environmental assets and risks on their farm operations, and develop an action plan to address the identified risks. Workbooks and support material will be provided to those who attend. There is no preparation required for this workshop. EFPs must be renewed every five years to remain valid. If you are unsure if your EFP is valid, please contact KAP to inquire at (204) 697-1140.

https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/environme nt/events-and-deadlines/index.html Note: Workshops are currently available through November 2021.

The next available workshops are October 20 and November 3, both running from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.


E-Newsletter District meeting registration now available dsfsfa An update from MBP October 1, 2021

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Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13

District 8

October 19 at 7pm (virtual)

November 3 at 1pm (Neepawa Legion)

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Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13

District 10

November 9 at 7pm (virtual) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/district-1-3-5-7-9-1113meeting-manitoba-beef-producers-tickets-180357623507

District 2 October 26 at 1pm (Baldur Memorial Hall)

October 25 at 1pm (Arborg-Bifrost Community Centre) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/district-10-meetingmanitoba-beef-producers-tickets-180372367607

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District 12

District 4 October 20 at 1pm (Grunthal Auction Mart)

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District 14

November 2 at 1pm (Ste. Rose du Lac Community Hall)

November 1 at 1pm (Minitonas and District Arena)

District 6 November 8 at 1pm (Oak Lake Community Hall) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/district-6-meetingmanitoba-beef-producers-tickets-180367673567

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Agroclimate Impact Reporter Program September Producer Survey Open The Agroclimate Impact Reporter (AIR) survey for September is currently open until October 4th. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) will be collecting reports of how impacts such as the weather have been affecting agricultural production in your area. If you haven’t yet, please take the time to fill out the AAFC form at the link below. AIR helps to connect AAFC with people in Canada's agricultural community. AAFC relies on its network of AIR volunteers to provide information regarding agroclimate impacts across the country, such as the effects of dry conditions/droughts on production. Beef producer input to this network is important. The AIR network provides valuable and reliable data that are mapped and used in the

assessment and development of policies and programs including AgriRecovery and the Livestock Tax Deferral Provision, which can provide assistance to the industry during extreme weather and climate conditions and events. The September surveys can be found here: English French Survey results are made into maps and published on the Drought Watch website the first week of every month during the growing season. Previous maps can be found here.


Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? The program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing low moisture levels. The program will assist livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 to purchase feed in order to maintain their breeding herds. Producers may be eligible to apply for two types of assistance: 1. Feed assistance - buy and test feed for eligible breeding animals 2. Feed transportation assistance - transport purchased feed from distant locations for eligible breeding animals Who is eligible for the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? Primary producers who owned or leased the eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Breeding animals are mature females exposed to breeding (male or artificial insemination) and males used previously for breeding. The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. How do I apply? Applicants can download the Application Form, Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals, and associated program documents on the website at manitoba.ca/agriculture. Application packages can also be picked up at any of the ARD/MASC Service Centres, or mailed to you by calling us at 1-844-769-6224. The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500. Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance – Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements. When is the deadline to apply to the program? April 15, 2022 is the final day to apply. Can multiple applications be submitted? Yes, you can submit more than one application until program maximums are reached.


1. Feed Assistance What feed assistance can I apply for? The eligible feeds that can be purchased for eligible animals from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 to maintain them over the winter include:  grazed corn and greenfeed  mechanically harvested hay, silage, greenfeed, stover, straw, including those purchased as standing crops or grazed in a swath  grain and concentrates (pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator) When can eligible feeds be purchased? Are claims retro-active to a certain date? Eligible feed purchases can occur from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. Is there assistance for feed testing the eligible feedstuffs? Yes, the program will pay for feed testing to determine the nutritional value of eligible feeds. Can feed be purchased for feeders or non-breeding animals? No, feed for feeders, growing animals or non-breeding aged animals is not eligible under this program. How will livestock feed assistance payments be calculated? The administrator will make payments to the applicant for purchases and testing of Eligible Feed made between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, as follows:  On a per breeding head basis, a producer share will be applied $50 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $10 per head for sheep and goats.  Payments will be equal to 75 per cent of the purchased cost of feed and feed testing that exceeds the producer share to a maximum per head payment. The maximum payment is $250 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $50 per head for sheep and goats. How are the breeding head determined in calculating payments?  Breeding head are based on the number declared on the Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals at the time of first application. The declaration is the number of head being maintained and fed over winter, and does not include animals that have or will be sold prior to March 15, 2022. If applicants reduce their breeding animals below the number declared with their first application, they should contact the Program Administrator and submit a new declaration.

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2. Feed Transportation Assistance What feeds qualify for feed transportation assistance? Feed transportation assistance is provided for the movement of eligible feed types (hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, silage, grain and concentrates) to eligible breeding animals. The eligible concentrates are pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator. What are the eligible dates and distances for feed transportation? Transportation costs for eligible feed purchased and transported between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 kilometres. What are the payments for the feed transportation assistance? Payments will be calculated on the tonnes hauled on a per loaded kilometre basis up to 600 kilometres. For hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, and silage the payment rates are:  $0.16 per tonne kilometre for the first 100 kilometres of a haul  $0.10 per tonne kilometre for the remainder of a haul for up to an additional 500 kilometres. For grains and concentrate, the payment rate is $0.05 per tonne kilometre up to 600 kilometres. Payments for each receipt or invoice provided by the applicant will be the payment rate multiplied by the distance transported multiplied by the number of tonnes transported, or the amount of the receipt, whichever is less. Feed can be hauled further than 600 kilometres; however, the extra distance is not eligible for payment. Can feed be sourced from outside of Manitoba qualify for assistance? Feed can be sourced from outside Manitoba and the shipping will still be eligible based on the program’s rates and distances. Does the feed transportation assistance come out of the feed assistance funding? Feed transportation assistance is in addition to funding available to a producer for feed purchases. It is not subtracted from the $250 per head cap for beef, bison and PMU horses or $50 cap for sheep and goats. Is feed transportation assistance available for animals moved to an alternate feeding location? Feed transportation assistance is not available for animals for which producers have received assistance to move eligible animals to an alternate feeding location under the Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program. Alternate feeding locations should have adequate feed locally available for the animals moved. What feed is not eligible for feed transportation assistance?  Feed for market animals or ineligible animals.  Feed produced on your own operation.  Feed for breeding animals that are sold/culled prior to March 15, 2022.  Feed that is sold or replaces similar feed that is sold.  Feed transported less than 40 kilometres.  Feed transported to an alternate feeding location used to house eligible animals for which the applicant received payments under Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance.

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Province Steps Up Preparedness For Covid-19 Fourth Wave, Moves To Restricted (Orange) Level On Pandemic Response System Expansion of Proof of Vaccination, New Public Health Orders and Health System Protocols Will Help Protect Hospitals: Gordon

(October 1, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) Manitoba is taking additional steps to

protect Manitobans and maintain health services, including non-COVID-19 care, during a fourth wave of the pandemic, Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon and Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, announced today. “Rising case counts and COVID-19 transmission in the province means we need to introduce new measures now to reduce the impact of a fourth wave of COVID-19 on our hospitals,” said Gordon. “Case counts and hospitalizations are rising everywhere in Canada, and Manitoba is not immune. That is why we must be proactive now.” The minister noted Manitoba’s progress on vaccination remains one of the best in the country with 80.4 per cent of eligible Manitobans fully vaccinated and 84.9 per cent who have received at least one dose as of Wednesday. But case numbers and hospitalizations are now increasing, noted Gordon, especially among the nearly 400,000 unvaccinated Manitobans, which will place the province’s medical care system at risk if the rise continues unabated. As of Wednesday, people who are not fully vaccinated accounted for 75 per cent of new COVID-19 cases, 79 per cent of those admitted to hospital and 100 per cent of intensive care unit (ICU) admissions.

Data also shows that hospital admissions related to COVID-19 have increased by 26 per cent in the past week with COVID-19 related admissions to ICU increasing by 17 per cent during that same period. Should this continue, Roussin cautioned access to other medical care in hospitals will have to be reduced or halted to ensure sufficient ICU capacity for COVID-19 care is available. To increase COVID-19 preparedness and address the fourth wave, the province is taking three new steps to help reduce COVID-19 transmission: • moving to the restricted (orange) level on the Pandemic Response System; • introducing additional public health orders that expand requirements for proof of immunization and reduce gathering sizes when unvaccinated individuals are present; and • implementing new patient protocols to ensure additional health system capacity when needed. The COVID-19 response level on the province’s Pandemic Response System is being raised to restricted (orange) from caution (yellow) to reflect the increased severity of risk. Roussin noted the move to the restricted (orange) level will not affect schools. Schools will remain at the caution (yellow) level at this time to ensure youth can remain in school as much as possible. At this time, public health officials continue to recommend a school-specific approach when risk is identified. New public health orders will allow fully vaccinated Manitobans to continue to enjoy as

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Province Steps Up Preparedness For Covid-19 Fourth Wave, Moves To Restricted (Orange) Level On Pandemic Response System Expansion of Proof of Vaccination, New Public Health Orders and Health System Protocols Will Help Protect Hospitals: Gordon much freedom and as few restrictions as possible. Unvaccinated individuals who are eligible to be vaccinated will now be more restricted in their activities. This includes: • limiting private indoor gatherings for households to guests from one other household when any unvaccinated person who is eligible to be vaccinated is present on the property (even if the unvaccinated person lives at that location); • limiting private outdoor gatherings for households to 10 guests when any unvaccinated person who is eligible to be vaccinated is present on the property (even if the unvaccinated person lives at that location); • reducing indoor public gathering group sizes to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity, whichever is lower, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated, including weddings and funerals; and • setting indoor group sizes for faithbased gatherings to 25 people or 33 per cent capacity, whichever is greater, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated. Fully immunized Manitobans and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may gather without capacity limits in each of these areas. Household gatherings, weddings, funerals and faith-based gatherings can occur for fully vaccinated individuals and those under 12 without any restrictions.

For example, faith-based gatherings may take place with a choice of services at their discretion for fully immunized worshippers (no restrictions) or unvaccinated worshippers (restricted capacity as set out above). In addition, gated or controlled events and gatherings where proof of vaccination is required will continue to be permitted. The public health orders will also: • reduce all outdoor public gathering sizes to 50 people; and • move retail capacity to 50 per cent in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in this region. The new orders will come into effect on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 12:01 a.m., with an additional one-week grace period for weddings and funerals already scheduled to minimize disruption. Roussin noted that fully vaccinated Manitobans and Manitobans who are not eligible for vaccination will be largely unaffected by these new orders. “Our data shows that vaccination works, as the vast majority of hospitalizations and ICU admissions are in people who are unvaccinated,” said Roussin. “But nearly 400,000 Manitobans are either unable or unwilling to get vaccinated and our health-care system remains at risk from the delta variant of COVID-19 with case numbers and hospitalizations rising. Today’s announcements are the consequences of that reality.”


Province Steps Up Preparedness For Covid-19 Fourth Wave, Moves To Restricted (Orange) Level On Pandemic Response System Expansion of Proof of Vaccination, New Public Health Orders and Health System Protocols Will Help Protect Hospitals: Gordon Future changes may include requiring all those eligible to be vaccinated to provide proof of vaccination to participate in indoor recreational activities and allowing partially vaccinated youth aged 12 to 17 (with one vaccine dose) to participate. Conversations will continue with sports organizations and other stakeholders to seek feedback. “More than 80 per cent of eligible Manitobans have gotten vaccinated to protect their own health and those around them, and we thank you for that,” said Gordon. “But right now, there are nearly 400,000 people who are not immunized in Manitoba and they are at a high risk of infection. If you want to keep children in schools and ensure medical procedures people need are not postponed, please get vaccinated now.” Gordon noted the province’s critical care capacity must remain protected for patients. New protocols will be put in place to protect capacity at sites that support patients in intensive care units, as well as those in need of surgery. Patients admitted to a hospital or health-care facility for care will be assessed for their individual care requirements and may be transferred to the most appropriate facility in Manitoba with the capacity to meet their needs in order to maintain vital ICU capacity. This may mean patients are medically transferred at no cost to another Manitoba facility located

outside their home community. This includes patients who live in Winnipeg. Staffing complements for ICUs have been intensified. The minister noted additional nurses trained to support patients in need of critical care have been made ready in recent months. This includes more than 137 nurses who completed a two-week general ICU orientation course offered between April and July 2021, as well as 67 nurses who have completed or are currently enrolled in a 12week critical care orientation program. Further opportunities for nurses to complete this specialized training will be rolled out. “Vaccines have been shown to reduce the serious effects of COVID-19 and lessen the need for hospital care. With unvaccinated people requiring care in our hospitals and ICUs, these steps are necessary to maintain critical care capacity for all other patients in our hospitals,” said Gordon. “COVID-19 has created a heartbreaking backlog of surgeries and other medical procedures right across the country. Every new COVID-19 patient that requires hospital or ICU care can delay needed care for someone else.” For more information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19. Backgrounder-Changes to Public Health Orders Backgrounder-Changes to Public Health Orders


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CHANGES TO PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS AND NEW HEALTH SYSTEM PROTOCOLS The following changes come into effect on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 12:01 a.m., unless otherwise noted. SECTOR Indoor gatherings in public spaces

EXISTING RESTRICTIONS (AS OF SEPT. 3) Up to 50 people, or 50 per cent capacity, whichever is greater is permitted.

NEW RESTRICTIONS (AS OF OCT. 1) Permitting group sizes to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity, whichever is lower, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated. Fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may gather without capacity limits.

Outdoor gatherings in public spaces

Up to 500 people permitted outdoors in public spaces.

Indoor gatherings on private property

No restrictions.

Permitting groups of up to 50 people in uncontrolled outdoor public spaces. Limiting households to guests from one other household, when any unvaccinated person (who is eligible to be vaccinated) is present on the property (even if the unvaccinated person lives at that location. Fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may gather without capacity limits.


Outdoor gatherings on private property

Limiting households to 10 guests outdoors when any unvaccinated person (who is eligible to be vaccinated) is present on the property (even if the unvaccinated person lives at that location). Fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may gather without capacity limits.

Restaurants, licensed premises and food courts

Proof of vaccination is required for those 12 years of age and older.

No change.

Individuals are required to wear masks but are not required to provide proof of vaccination to enter for the sole purpose of picking up takeout or delivery orders.

Gyms and fitness centres

Casinos, bingo halls and VLTs

All other restrictions have been removed. No capacity limits. Proof of vaccination required. Masks remain required when not actively engaged in physical activity. Proof of vaccination is required. Physical distancing is no longer required between VLTs.

No change.

No change.


Museums and galleries

Fairs and festivals

Libraries Professional sports or performing arts events Horse and auto racing

Movies theatres and concert halls Weddings and funerals

Museums operate under the requirement to show proof of vaccination (indoors only) when open to the public as a museum. If the museum is used as a private venue for another purpose (e.g. wedding), then the appropriate orders apply. Limited to 500 unless protocols and higher attendance is approved by public health officials. Open without capacity limits.

No change.

Open with no capacity limits for patrons with proof of vaccination. Open with no capacity limits for patrons with proof of vaccination, and a plan approved by public health officials. Proof of vaccination will be required. No other restrictions. Proof of vaccination will be required for events held in licensed facilities.

No change.

Limited to 50 unless protocols and higher attendance is approved by public health officials. No change.

No change.

No change.

Permitting indoor public gathering group sizes to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity, whichever is Outdoor capacity limit of 500. lower, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated. Effective Oct. 12.


Indoor community, cultural and religious gatherings

Outdoor community, cultural and religious gatherings

Personal services Indoor sports and recreation, including dance, theatre and music school.

Outdoor sports and recreation

Overnight camps

Open to 50 per cent capacity or 150 persons, whichever is greater, masks must be worn at all times.

Open to 1,500 persons or 50 per cent capacity, whichever is greater. Drive-in services continue unrestricted.

Open without capacity restrictions. Proof of vaccination will be required, excluding youth recreational sport.

Permitting indoor public gathering group sizes to 25 people or 33 per cent capacity, whichever is greater, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated. Fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may gather without capacity limits. Permitting groups of up to 50 people in uncontrolled outdoor public spaces. Drive-in services continue unrestricted. No change. No change.

Parents and coaches will require proof of vaccination. Games, practices and No change. tournaments permitted, capacity limit of 50 per cent for spectators. Open with limit of up to 15 No change. staff and campers in a group, no interaction between groups and a plan approved by public health officials.


Retail, markets, garden centres and malls

Physical distancing measures are required. Masks required indoors.

Permitting retail capacity at 50 per cent in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region. Permitting retail capacity at 100 per cent in the Interlake-Eastern, Northern, Prairie Mountain Health and Winnipeg Health region.

Workplaces Indoor self-help gatherings

Open without restrictions. Indoor gathering limits and mask use rules apply.

Physical distancing measures are required. Masks required indoors. No change. No change.

PATIENT TRANSFER PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES These protocols apply to in-Manitoba facilities only. Patients will receive information upon admission that a transfer to another location in the province is a potential possibility so they can prepare. Care teams will confirm the receiving site is able to meet their needs, may occur at the direction of their care team and does not require their consent. Patients and their families will be advised of the decision to transfer when it is made and will be provided with information related to the supports available to them at their receiving location. When the decision is made to discharge the patient, the care team will co-ordinate with the local resources in the patient’s home community as appropriate to facilitate a safe transition home. All efforts will continue to be made to avoid hospitalization for patients who can be cared for at home, in the community or elsewhere with appropriate supports including virtual care and athome monitoring options. This will help maintain needed ICU capacity for COVID-19 patients.


CRSB launches update to National Beef Sustainability Assessment Be part of the update! (September 29, 2021 CRSB News) Calling on beef

producers to contribute to sustainability benchmarking data collection. What is the National Beef Sustainability Assessment? When the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) was established, the definition and guiding principles of beef sustainability in Canada were adopted from the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, as similar organization working to advance sustainability on a global scale. Sustainable beef is an environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable product that prioritizes the Planet, People, Animals and Progress. The following five guiding principles provide the basis for defining beef sustainability, all of which are underpinned by the importance of economic viability: natural resources, people and the community, animal health and welfare, food, and efficiency and innovation. To achieve continuous improvement in the sustainability of the Canadian beef industry, three core pillars for the CRSB’s work were identified, one of which is Sustainability Benchmarking. It was recognized that to determine how to make progress, we needed to know where we were starting from. Therefore, one of the first initiatives that the CRSB undertook in 2014 was to commission a National Beef Sustainability Assessment. The Assessment and accompanying sustainability strategy, released in 2016, provided a comprehensive farm-to-fork baseline of the environmental, social and economic sustainability performance of the

Canadian beef industry, and identified areas for improvement. Following international guidelines and standards, the Assessment is based on data collected through surveys with producers and packers, as well as consultations with numerous subject matter experts. Secondary data sources were used to complement the primary industry data collected, including extensive literature reviews and statistical data. The assessment study was guided by a CRSB steering committee and reviewed by an external third-party panel of experts. Why is it important? The metrics from our first Assessment, released in 2016, have been widely used to demonstrate Canada’s global sustainability leadership, and have been critically important to the beef industry’s communication efforts with respect to sustainable beef production over the past five years. The NBSA provides concrete, sciencebased numbers to demonstrate how sustainable the Canadian beef production system is, especially with respect to our environmental footprint. Some of the most impactful numbers we consistently use help to dispel misconceptions about beef production in Canada. Just a few examples include: •

our greenhouse gas footprint (11.4 kg CO2 eq.), which represents only 2.4% of Canada’s total emissions, and in the global context, is less than half the global average;

our contribution to biodiversity (68% of the wildlife habitat capacity on only 33% of Canadian agricultural land that is used for beef production). continued on page 17


CRSB launches update to National Beef Sustainability Assessment Be part of the update! The Sustainability Strategy that accompanied the 2016 Assessment has highlighted key performance indicators and specific action items to target for continuous improvement, which has also helped inform the industry’s 2030 goals completed earlier this year. The primary data collected from farmers and ranchers across Canada through surveys is a critical piece to the credibility and success of the environmental, land use and social Life Cycle Assessments. This data is complemented by consultations with subject matter experts and scientific data, which is used to derive the modelling assumptions for the assessment results. How do I participate? Fill out an NBSA producer survey: •

ENGLISH SURVEY

FRENCH SURVEY

The survey will be open October 1, 2021 closing January 7, 2022.

Be one of the first 200 producers to complete your survey, and you will receive a $20 gift card as a token of our appreciation for taking the time to contribute. All completed survey responses will be entered into a random draw for a grand prize of a tag reader ($1100 value), generously donated by the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency. A series of other amazing prize packs, valued at a total of over $3000, curated from contributions from CRSB members across the beef value chain and beyond, will be awarded via a random draw (by province or region) from all eligible survey respondents. Thank you to our amazing network of CRSB members who understand the value of this work, and have contributed to these prizes as a recognition of your time and effort. For more information about the National Beef Sustainability Assessment and strategy visit crsb.ca. Contact us at projects@crsb.ca if you have any questions.


COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Youth Catch-Up Immunizations and Third Dose Eligibility https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibilitycriteria.html#third. Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to include anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 2009.

(September 27, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) Young people in grades 6 to 12 may

have missed routine childhood immunizations in recent years due to the pandemic. These immunizations are important to keep them protected against HPV, hepatitis B, whooping cough, polio and other serious, preventable illnesses. Catch-up immunizations are available at many provincial super sites or through your family’s health-care provider. For more information, visit https://protectmb.ca/schoolimmunizations/. Vax to Win Lottery Second-round winners of the Vax to Win lottery will be announced in early October. To be eligible, people must have received their second vaccination on or before Sept. 6. For more information, visit https://protectmb.ca/lottery/. Eligibility Third-dose eligibility includes: • all residents and staff of First Nation personal care homes, • people who are immunocompromised, • people who require a third dose for travel, or • individuals who previously received doses of vaccines that are not approved by Health Canada. In October, third doses of vaccine will also be offered to personal care home residents throughout the province. For more information about third doses, visit

Over the coming weeks, COVID-19 immunizations are available to eligible young people at school-based clinics. For more information, visit https://protectmb.ca/schoolimmunizations/. Manitoba super sites are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccinations. For hours and days of operation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.html. Eligible individuals can book their appointments at these sites online or by calling (toll-free) 1844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). Additional Information    More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccine and https://protectmb.ca/. For more information about COVID-19 immunization records and cards, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immuniz ationrecord/index.html.


Manitoba Beef Producers 2021 DroughtRelated Industry Survey reservoirs, restoring existing water sources, or hauling water. Producers are also asked to indicate their intentions with respect to herd sizes going forward, such as projected culling rates. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation is sincerely appreciated.

In support of Manitoba Beef Producers’ drought-related advocacy efforts with the federal and provincial governments, MBP is conducting a confidential producer survey to gather further data on the impact the drought is having on the province’s beef sector. For example, producers are being asked to identify their estimated percentage of feed/forage production compared to last year. Producers are asked to indicate if they are incurring additional fencing costs in order to access alternate sources of feed for grazing. There are questions related to the drought’s impact on water resources. This includes investments producers are having to make in this area, such as digging new wells or

Note: All data and comments collected will be aggregated before being used for MBP’s advocacy activities. No operation-specific identifying information will be shared with governments. Thank you in advance for your consideration in completing the survey which can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ YX52PFG MBP is continuing to engage with government officials about the severity of the drought, its effects on producers and the need for a timely, multi-pronged approach to help the beef industry deal with the immediate and longerterm implications of the drought.


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Environmental Farm Plan Workshops Availability Due to COVID-19, all EFP workshops will be taking place virtually via Online Meetings until further notice. To register for an EFP workshop, click on the link “Register now!” in the link below for your preferred workshop date. Once registered, you will then receive an email with a link to access the meeting. Workbooks are mailed and you should receive yours approximately 1 week prior to the workshop. You can also visit this link to register: Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) are an essential part of every farm operation. These workshops will guide producers through the EFP workbook to help assess and identify the environmental assets and risks on their farm operations, and develop an action plan to address the identified risks. Workbooks and support material will be provided to those who attend. There is no preparation required for this workshop.

https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/environme nt/events-and-deadlines/index.html Note: Workshops are currently available through November 2021.

EFPs must be renewed every five years to remain valid. If you are unsure if your EFP is valid, please contact KAP to inquire at (204) 697-1140.

The next available workshops are October 20 and November 3, both running from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.


E-Newsletter An update from MBP November 19, 2021

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Reminder: Producers can apply for drought assistance via AgriRecovery

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must have been delivered from a supplier at least 40 kilometres away and assistance is available for hauling feed for up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 km. Eligible feed purchases are those made between June 1, 2021, and March 15, 2022. The Livestock Transportation program offers help for producers with extraordinary costs to transport breeding animals of beef cattle, sheep and goats to alternate locations to feed, up to 1,000 km. This program does not cover moving animals to market or sale.

Manitoba beef producers affected by the drought conditions are reminded that they may be able to receive assistance via two programs under the AgriRecovery framework aimed at helping with the extraordinary costs incurred for feed and transportation. Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance program will help producers purchase and test feed for livestock to maintain their breeding herds including transporting purchased feed from distant locations. The Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program will offer assistance to help offset freight expenses associated with moving livestock to alternative feed supply areas. Eligible animals under the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance program are breeding animals of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for pregnant mare urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Producers must be supporting a minimum of 10 animals to qualify for assistance and the program covers feed and feed transportation expenses between June 1, 2021, and March 15, 2022. Feed

Manitoba is also in the process of designing a cowherdrebuilding program under the Canada-Manitoba AgriRecovery Drought Assistance framework to help livestock producers forced to sell breeding stock due to limited feedstock in 2021 with the goal to rebuild their herds starting in 2022. At the time Cattle Country was going to print the details of this program were being developed. For more detailed program information, producers can contact their Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Service Centre, call the department toll-free at 1-84-GROW-MB-AG (1-844-769-6224) or go to www.manitoba.ca/agriculture. Applications are available at https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/livestock/agrirecoveryfeed-purchase-transport-assistance.html and must include receipts for feed purchases and transportation. A video with more information about these initiatives is available at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD7OiKfhYvB8p4bxs vxcT_hxQpCL1Ykea


MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS Scholarship Application Deadline Extension ***Due to ongoing disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic (and the related impacts on high schools and post-secondary institutions) MBP has pushed the application deadline for its 2021 scholarship competition into December instead of the usual June intake deadline. This application intake process is for students who will be undertaking post-secondary studies in the 2021-22 academic year. Manitoba Beef Producers is pleased to make available six $500 scholarships annually for MBP members or their children attending a university, college, other post-secondary institution or pursuing trades training. Preference will be given to those students pursuing a field of study related to agriculture or to those acquiring a skilled trade or pursuing a career that would be beneficial to the rural economy. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY HAS BEEN EXTENDED: Completed applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Friday, December 3 2021. A selection committee will review the submissions. Winners will be notified by January 5, 2022. The scholarship criteria is as follows: Eligibility: • Must be at least 17 years of age as of January 1, 2021. • Must be an active Manitoba beef producer or the child of an active Manitoba beef producer. Note: This can include beef producers returning to school after a period of time in the workforce. • Post-secondary program or trades training must be a minimum of one year in duration. Items You Are Required to Submit: • Completed application form; • A typed 600-word (maximum) essay discussing “What the beef industry means to my family, my community and Manitoba.” Also include the reasons you enjoy being involved in agriculture.*; • A copy of your transcript (either high school, or a recognized college, university or trade school); • Proof of enrolment in a recognized institution (current transcript, or your acceptance letter, or a letter of intent indicating your intended institution and field of study). • A list of community involvement (e.g. 4-H, community clubs, volunteer work, etc.); and, • The names of two references, including their addresses and telephone numbers. Submissions and ALL documentation must be sent no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021 to: Manitoba Beef Producers Scholarship Committee 220 – 530 Century Street Winnipeg MB R3H 0Y4 E-mail: info@mbbeef.ca Fax: (204) 774-3264 For more information, please contact Manitoba Beef Producers at 1-800-772-0458 or email info@mbbeef.ca. *Scholarship winners’ essays will be published in MBP’s newspaper Cattle Country.


MBP 2021-22 Academic Year SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PLEASE PRINT Name: _______________________________________________________________________________ Mailing address: _______________________________________________________________________ Telephone: _____________________________ Email: __________________________________________ Date of birth: _____________________________ Parents’ names if you are under 18: _______________________________________________________ Are you a beef producer? _____________________________ Are you the child of a beef producer? ________ If yes, what is their name(s)? __________________________ Institute of current enrolment: ________________________________________________________________ Current or intended program of post-secondary study or skilled trades training: __________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Duration of post-secondary program or skilled trades training: _________ year (s)

Essay: Please submit a typed 600-word (maximum) essay* on the topic “What the beef industry means to my family, my community, and Manitoba.” Also include the reasons you enjoy being involved in agriculture. *Note: Scholarship winners’ essays will be published in Manitoba Beef Producers’ newspaper Cattle Country. Please return the completed application form, transcript, and proof of enrolment in a post-secondary institution or an apprenticeship program or a letter of intent to pursue further studies, a list of your community involvement, the typed essay and, your references no later than 4:30 p.m., Friday, December 3, 2021 to: Manitoba Beef Producers Scholarship Committee 220 – 530 Century Street Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 Email: info@mbbeef.ca Fax (204) 774-3264


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Government of Canada announces adjustments to Canada’s border measures (November 19, 2021 Public Health Agency of Canada News Release) COVID-19 testing and

vaccine requirements, as well as other border measures, are an important part of Canada's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and serve to protect the health and safety of all Canadians. With vaccination rates increasing around the world, and an evolving epidemiological situation, it is important that Canada's border measures reflect the current global context. Today, the Government of Canada is announcing upcoming adjustments to Canada's border measures. Effective November 30, 2021, fully vaccinated individuals with right of entry to Canada who depart and re-enter the country within 72 hours of leaving Canada will not have to present a pre-entry molecular test. This exemption is only for trips originating in Canada taken by fully vaccinated Canadian citizens, permanent residents or individuals registered under the Indian Act, who depart and re-enter by land or by air and can demonstrate that they have been away from Canada for less than 72 hours. This exemption extends to accompanying children under 12, and individuals with medical contraindications to vaccination. Also effective November 30, 2021, Canada will expand the list of COVID-19 vaccines that travellers can receive to be considered fully vaccinated for the purpose of travel to Canada. The list will include Sinopharm, Sinovac and COVAXIN, matching the World Health Organization Emergency Use Listing. The Government of Canada is also announcing that as of January 15, 2022, certain groups of travellers, who are currently exempt from entry requirements, will only be allowed to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated with one of

the vaccines approved for entry into Canada. These groups include: •

individuals travelling to reunite with family (unvaccinated children under 18 years of age will retain exemption if travelling to reunite with an immediate or extended family member who is a Canadian, permanent resident, or person registered under the Indian Act);

international students who are 18 years old and older;

professional and amateur athletes;

individuals with a valid work permit, including temporary foreign workers (outside of those in agriculture and food processing); and

essential service providers, including truck drivers.

After January 15, 2022, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated foreign nationals will only be allowed to enter Canada if they meet the criteria for limited exceptions, which apply to certain groups such as agricultural and food processing workers, marine crew members, those entering on compassionate grounds, new permanent residents, resettling refugees and some children under the age of 18. Exempt unvaccinated travellers will continue to be subject to testing, quarantine, and other entry requirements. Non-exempt unvaccinated or partially vaccinated foreign nationals will be prohibited entry into Canada. Starting November 30, vaccination will be required for travel within and out of Canada. A valid COVID-19 molecular test will no longer be accepted as an alternative to vaccination unless travellers are eligible for one of the limited exemptions, such as a medical inability to be continued on page 6


Government of Canada announces adjustments to Canada’s border measures vaccinated. Travellers should contact their airline or railway company to obtain the necessary form and submit it in accordance with their carrier's approval process as of November 30. The Government of Canada's response to the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to prioritize the health and safety of Canadians. As vaccination levels, case counts and hospitalization rates evolve, the Government of Canada will continue to consider further targeted measures at the borders—and when to lift or adjust them—to keep Canadians safe.

To continue improving the processing of travellers, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has launched a new feature in ArriveCAN called Advance CBSA Declaration. This feature will allow travellers arriving at certain airports to electronically submit their customs and immigration declaration in advance of their arrival in Canada. This feature is currently available for travellers arriving at Vancouver International Airport through the ArriveCAN website only. It will soon be launched at other airports across Canada.

Travellers can use a proof of vaccination credential issued by their province or territory, the local health facility where their vaccinations have been recorded, or from their country of vaccination, as long as it is a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Government of Canada for the purpose of travel. Where available, Canadians are strongly encouraged to use the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination.

Transport Canada continues to work with the cruise ship industry, and other domestic and international partners, to permit the safe re-opening of Canada to cruise ship travel in spring 2022, including the specific vaccination requirements for cruise ship passengers, and other health protocols. Additional information will be available in the coming weeks.

The Government of Canada is looking into next steps in reopening additional Canadian airports to receive international passenger flights. Transport Canada is working closely with CBSA, PHAC, and airport partners to determine when and which airports can be reopened.

Quick facts •

Travellers should check if they are eligible to enter Canada and meet all entry requirements before heading to the border. In addition, some provinces and territories may have their own entry restrictions in place. Check and follow both the federal and any provincial or territorial restrictions and requirements before travelling.

All travellers, regardless of how long they were away from Canada, continue to be required to submit their mandatory information via ArriveCAN (free mobile app or website), including proof of vaccination in English or French and a quarantine plan prior to arriving in Canada.

For trips out of the country longer than 72 hours, all travellers eligible to enter Canada must complete the mandatory pre-entry molecular COVID-19 test. Antigen tests are not accepted.

The Government of Canada will continue to make appropriate adjustments to border measures, and will consider further changes to the pre-entry test requirement for vaccinated Americans and others in subsequent phases.

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Health Canada authorizes use of Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine) in children aged 5 to 11 to 11 years of age and no serious side effects were identified.

(November 19, 2021 Health Canada Statement)

Health Canada has authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine in children 5 to 11 years of age. This is the first COVID-19 vaccine authorized in Canada for use in this age group and marks a major milestone in Canada’s fight against COVID-19. Health Canada received an application from Pfizer-BioNTech to expand the indication of Comirnaty on October 18, 2021. The vaccine was initially authorized for use in people 16 years of age and older on December 9, 2020, and subsequently authorized for children 12 to 15 years of age on May 5, 2021. After a thorough and independent scientific review of the evidence, the Department has determined that the benefits of this vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years of age outweigh the risks. Health Canada has authorized a two-dose regimen of 10 micrograms to be administered three weeks apart, which is a lower dose than the 30 micrograms two-dose regimen authorized for people 12 years of age and older. The clinical trial showed that the immune response in children 5 to 11 years of age was comparable to the immune response in people 16 to 25 years of age. The vaccine was 90.7% effective at preventing COVID-19 in children 5

Health Canada has placed terms and conditions requiring Pfizer-BioNTech to continue providing information to Health Canada on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine in this younger age group. This will provide the Department with more data from ongoing studies and real-world use to ensure that the benefits of the vaccine continue to outweigh any risks, as well as to detect any potential new safety signals in any age group. In keeping with the Department’s commitment to openness and transparency, Health Canada is publishing multiple documents related to this decision, including a high-level summary of the evidence it reviewed. Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada will continue to closely monitor the safety of this vaccine, and will take action if any safety concerns are identified. Related Links: •

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine product page

Vaccines for children: COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccines and treatments portal


COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin – Manitoba Information For Vaccinating Children Ages Five to 11 made before the call centre opens on Monday morning are not valid and those individuals will be turned away from the clinic.

Earlier today, Health Canada approved the pediatric Pfizer vaccine for use in children ages five to 11 and clinical guidance was provided by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). Manitoba is expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include children in this age group. Parents and caregivers will be able to book appointments for children ages five to 11 no sooner than Monday, Nov. 22 at 6 a.m., either online or through the vaccine call centre at (tollfree) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). Times for appointments specific to COVID-19 vaccines for children ages five to 11 are still being finalized and will depend on the delivery of the pediatric vaccine in the province. However, the first appointments are expected to be available as early as the end of next week. The province is aware that some individuals have tried to pre-book appointments next week in anticipation of the vaccine being available. There will be a separate booking option for children aged 5 to 11 and any appointments

Parents and caregivers who need to book two or more appointments for their children can use either option, but the phone line is recommended as the best way to access multiple appointments at the same time and as close together as possible. NACI recommends children receive their COVID19 vaccine two weeks before or after any other vaccines they may receive to better monitor for any side effects. Manitoba recommendations are consistent with NACI on this, but children who have received a different vaccine within the last 14 days will not be turned away. To be eligible, children must be five at the time the appointment is booked. There are approximately 125,000 children in Manitoba in this age group. The vaccine will be offered through regional vaccine clinics, physicians’ offices, pharmacies, urban Indigenous clinics and pop-up community clinics. For more information, visit https://protectmb.ca.

Other Manitoba COVID-19 Vaccination Updates The following information is compiled from Government of Manitoba news releases issued the week of November 15, 2021.

Janssen Availability The COVID-19 viral-vector vaccine Janssen will be available to those ages 18 and older by the continued on page 9


end of this week. The vaccine will be available at some pharmacies and medical clinics. Those wishing to receive Janssen can check the updated map at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.html. I ndividuals are considered fully immunized 14 days after receiving their single dose. However, due to the relatively lower effectiveness of Janssen, the province recommends a second dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) be given at least six months after first dose. Currently, individuals with a single dose of Janssen are eligible to apply for a Manitoba immunization card through the regular process. However, a second COVID-19 vaccine dose may be required to ensure it remains valid. Other Vaccine Eligibility Information A third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all adults with a minimum of six months after their last dose, with limited

exceptions. More information is available at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibil ity-criteria.html#third. Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to include anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 2009. Manitoba vaccine sites are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccinations for COVID-19 and seasonal flu. Eligible individuals can book their appointments online or by calling (tollfree) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). For hours and days of operation, visit: www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.html. Additional Information For more information about COVID-19 immunization records and cards, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immuniza tionrecord/index.html.


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities is Now Open Producers are advised that the intake period for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice activities begins on Monday, November 8th and closes on December 10, 2021 for projects that will occur in 2022/23. More details on available on the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development site: https://www.manitoba.ca/agriculture/environ ment/environmental-farm-plan/assurancebmp.html

• Permanent fencing to restrict livestock access to surface water and dugouts — construction materials — associated components and installation costs

• Permanent pipeline development — pipe, plumbing materials, trenching, earthworks, etc. — professional and contractor fees

This intake period includes applications for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas. For this BMP there is a cost share ratio of 50:50 and a funding cap of $10,000 per application. Applicants may submit more than one application. Under BMP 503 the following costs are eligible: • Water source development – Wells — drilling new or deepening existing wells, test hole drilling, screening, casing, well caps etc. — water pumps and required plumbing components — professional and contractor fees

• Water source development – Dugouts — constructing new or rehabilitating existing dugouts, test hole drilling, etc. — professional and contractor fees

• Alternative watering system equipment — solar, wind or grid powered systems — associated components and installation costs

• Watering system components* — watering bowls, troughs or storage tanks * Eligible as a part of a water source development project; items are not eligible as a stand-alone.

• personal labour ($25 per hour) and personal equipment use (at set program rates outlined in the Farm Machinery Custom and Rental Rate Guide) Ineligible costs include: maintenance and operation expenses; perimeter fencing for upland grazing management; expenses related to removing or replacing existing fences or water infrastructure, such as storage tanks or water troughs; portable livestock corral panels; portable gas/diesel powered water pumps, generators, water meters; materials and construction costs for pump houses; aeration systems for dugouts, etc.; above ground pipelines; hauling or pumping of water to fill empty dugouts; and, temporary set up of watering systems. continued on page 11


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities is Now Open Examples of other BMPs eligible for cost-shared funding to farmers include: Resource Management Planning, Establishment of a Cover Crop, Increasing Frequency of Perennials in Annual Rotations, Perennial Cover for Sensitive Lands, Improved Pasture and Forage Quality, Intercropping, Farmyard Runoff Control, Relocation of Confined Livestock Areas, and others. An Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Statement of Competition is not required at time of application, however it is required at time of claim, if approved. EFP Workshops are ongoing through the fall and winter. Dates and locations are posted at www.ManitobaEFP.ca.

Application deadline: December 3, 2021

Government support cannot exceed 25 or 50 per cent of eligible expenses, depending on project type, with varying funding caps from $10,000 to $100,000. The total maximum amount payable to one farm operation is $60,000 (not including BMP: Barn Odour Reduction and BMP: Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas) over the term of the Ag Action Manitoba program. Farmers may apply and receive funding for more than one BMP over the term of Ag Action Manitoba. Only one application per BMP on the same parcel of land and/or for a single project where there may be common components across multiple applications, will be eligible for funding.


New Hay West Website Now Operational Fully Bilingual

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) notes that the Hay West website has been revamped in order to be more user-friendly as well as bilingual. Please note that the URL for the website remains the same, www.haywest2021.net .

The Hay West program will ship hay from farmers in Eastern and Central Canada to drought-stricken farmers in the West. CFA is operating on a break-even basis under this initiative, with hay being purchased from Eastern and Central Canadian farmers and resold at cost to recipients. The price to farmers receiving hay will be $0.10 per pound for all hay supplied. Selected applicants will be contacted for distribution dates and payments. Visit this website if you are seeking hay or looking to supply hay to farmers affected by drought.


News Release CCA pleased to see progression with ASEAN FTA discussions November 17, 2021 Calgary, AB – As a supporter of free trade, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to see the Government of Canada’s announcement to proceed with free trade negotiations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). “Free trade is an important part of the Canadian beef sector’s economic success,” said Bob Lowe, CCA President. “We’re pleased to see progression with ASEAN and look forward to opening new markets for Canadian beef exports.” Within the ASEAN block, a number of countries are already covered by the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). An example of trade success within the region can be shown by Vietnam which, since the implementation of CPTPP, has now grown to be a meaningful market for Canadian beef. However, Canadian beef producers are interested in future growth markets and look forward to the ability to increase trade into countries not part of CPTPP, including the Philippines and Thailand. As ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (FTA) discussions get underway, CCA looks forward to consulting with governments and stakeholders and ensuring a meaningful trade agreement for Canadian beef producers. CCA has also supported trade progression with Indonesia through the Canada-Indonesia FTA and continues to support this potential market growth. Quick facts: •

Canadian beef producers export approximately fifty per cent of beef produced in Canada and this trade adds a value of $775 CDN per animal in comparison to if producers were only able to sell into the Canadian market.

Canadian beef exports to the Philippines were 1,253 tonnes valued at $5.2 million in 2020, but are up significantly from Jan-Sept 2021 at 4,145 tonnes valued at $11.2 million.

Growth in these markets would be supported by an agreement that would eliminate the Philippines’ 10 per cent tariff on muscle cuts, 5 per cent on livers and 7 per cent on other offals.

Thailand is not currently a market for Canadian beef, however, with the removal of the current 50 per cent tariff on beef, Thailand could become a future growth market.

The CCA is the national voice for Canada’s beef cattle industry representing 55,000 beef farms and feedlots. Visit www.cattle.ca


Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? The program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing low moisture levels. The program will assist livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 to purchase feed in order to maintain their breeding herds. Producers may be eligible to apply for two types of assistance: 1. Feed assistance - buy and test feed for eligible breeding animals 2. Feed transportation assistance - transport purchased feed from distant locations for eligible breeding animals Who is eligible for the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? Primary producers who owned or leased the eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Breeding animals are mature females exposed to breeding (male or artificial insemination) and males used previously for breeding. The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. How do I apply? Applicants can download the Application Form, Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals, and associated program documents on the website at manitoba.ca/agriculture. Application packages can also be picked up at any of the ARD/MASC Service Centres, or mailed to you by calling us at 1-844-769-6224. The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500. Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance – Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements. When is the deadline to apply to the program? April 15, 2022 is the final day to apply. Can multiple applications be submitted? Yes, you can submit more than one application until program maximums are reached.


1. Feed Assistance What feed assistance can I apply for? The eligible feeds that can be purchased for eligible animals from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 to maintain them over the winter include:  grazed corn and greenfeed  mechanically harvested hay, silage, greenfeed, stover, straw, including those purchased as standing crops or grazed in a swath  grain and concentrates (pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator) When can eligible feeds be purchased? Are claims retro-active to a certain date? Eligible feed purchases can occur from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. Is there assistance for feed testing the eligible feedstuffs? Yes, the program will pay for feed testing to determine the nutritional value of eligible feeds. Can feed be purchased for feeders or non-breeding animals? No, feed for feeders, growing animals or non-breeding aged animals is not eligible under this program. How will livestock feed assistance payments be calculated? The administrator will make payments to the applicant for purchases and testing of Eligible Feed made between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, as follows:  On a per breeding head basis, a producer share will be applied $50 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $10 per head for sheep and goats.  Payments will be equal to 75 per cent of the purchased cost of feed and feed testing that exceeds the producer share to a maximum per head payment. The maximum payment is $250 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $50 per head for sheep and goats. How are the breeding head determined in calculating payments?  Breeding head are based on the number declared on the Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals at the time of first application. The declaration is the number of head being maintained and fed over winter, and does not include animals that have or will be sold prior to March 15, 2022. If applicants reduce their breeding animals below the number declared with their first application, they should contact the Program Administrator and submit a new declaration.

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2. Feed Transportation Assistance What feeds qualify for feed transportation assistance? Feed transportation assistance is provided for the movement of eligible feed types (hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, silage, grain and concentrates) to eligible breeding animals. The eligible concentrates are pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator. What are the eligible dates and distances for feed transportation? Transportation costs for eligible feed purchased and transported between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 kilometres. What are the payments for the feed transportation assistance? Payments will be calculated on the tonnes hauled on a per loaded kilometre basis up to 600 kilometres. For hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, and silage the payment rates are:  $0.16 per tonne kilometre for the first 100 kilometres of a haul  $0.10 per tonne kilometre for the remainder of a haul for up to an additional 500 kilometres. For grains and concentrate, the payment rate is $0.05 per tonne kilometre up to 600 kilometres. Payments for each receipt or invoice provided by the applicant will be the payment rate multiplied by the distance transported multiplied by the number of tonnes transported, or the amount of the receipt, whichever is less. Feed can be hauled further than 600 kilometres; however, the extra distance is not eligible for payment. Can feed be sourced from outside of Manitoba qualify for assistance? Feed can be sourced from outside Manitoba and the shipping will still be eligible based on the program’s rates and distances. Does the feed transportation assistance come out of the feed assistance funding? Feed transportation assistance is in addition to funding available to a producer for feed purchases. It is not subtracted from the $250 per head cap for beef, bison and PMU horses or $50 cap for sheep and goats. Is feed transportation assistance available for animals moved to an alternate feeding location? Feed transportation assistance is not available for animals for which producers have received assistance to move eligible animals to an alternate feeding location under the Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program. Alternate feeding locations should have adequate feed locally available for the animals moved. What feed is not eligible for feed transportation assistance?  Feed for market animals or ineligible animals.  Feed produced on your own operation.  Feed for breeding animals that are sold/culled prior to March 15, 2022.  Feed that is sold or replaces similar feed that is sold.  Feed transported less than 40 kilometres.  Feed transported to an alternate feeding location used to house eligible animals for which the applicant received payments under Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance.

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Reminder: Applications being accepted for Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program The intake for the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program is open. Funded by the federal and provincial governments it will provide targeted financial assistance to Agricultural Crown Land forage leaseholders to adopt best management practices to sustainably increase the productivity on their Agricultural Crown Land forage leases. Eligible recipients must have an active Agricultural Crown Land lease that is in good standing and must complete an Environmental Farm Plan. Eligible items under the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program include grazing management plans, water

source development and watering systems, cross-fencing for pasture management, and forage rejuvenation such as forage establishment and brush management. Improvements must be completed within the one-year pilot project. Farmers could begin submitting applications on November 8, 2021. For more information on the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program, and other Ag Action Manitoba- Assurance Beneficial Management Practices programming in Manitoba, please visit: www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/canadianagricultural-partnership/ag-action-manitobaprogram/for-farmers.html.

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Reminder from Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) November 30 is MASC’s deadline to complete your Harvested Production Report, file postharvest claims, and select your 2022 Excess Moisture Insurance coverage. HPRs and claims can be completed online through myMASC or with one of our team members at an ARD and

MASC Service Centre. It’s important to file your HPR as soon as possible.


Frequently Asked Questions Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program

Q1. What is the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program?

A: The ACLFP is a pilot program that provides Agricultural Crown Land (ACL) lessees with 75% cost-shared programming of up to $30,000 per farm operation to develop a grazing management plan, add infrastructure (cross-fencing, wells, dugouts) and rejuvenate forage lands (perennial forage seed, seeding and brush management) in order to improve pasture productivity. Project must occur between April and December of 2022. Program details can be accessed here: http://webpublishing.mbgov.ca/en/agriculture/canadian-agriculturalpartnership/Documents/guidebook/ag-action-mb-program-guide-for-aclfp.pdf

Q2. Who is eligible to apply? A: ACL lease holders in good standing can apply. A farm business or operation with multiple shareholders or partners, operation names or units, will count as one eligible applicant. Each farm operation can submit one application that includes all applicable activities (planning, infrastructure and/or rejuvenation). However, Municipal lands under ACL lease are not eligible for this program.

Q3. When is the deadline to apply?

A: Applications must be received no later than December 31, 2021. They will be assessed by technical reviewers based on the environmental benefit assessment index, program priorities and project planning.

Q4. Do I need support from ACL to submit an application for a project? A: Yes. You will need a Letter of Support for the proposed project from your local Farm Production Extension Specialist (FPES) – Crown Lands (see contact info in Q14, below) and the Letter of Support must be submitted along with your application. While your FPES-Crown Lands must ensure that your proposed project is suitable for your ACL lease, they are not responsible for ACLFP funding approval.

Q5. What do I need to include with my application?

A: Be sure to answer all questions in the application form itself: explain the proposed project in detail, current practices, and the benefit of the new practice; answer all BMP Specific Questions (as listed in the guidebook), and complete the budget table in full. Along with your application, you will need to include: - a written Letter of Support from your local FPES – Crown Lands for your proposed project (see Q3 above). - an aerial map of the forage land with the location of the existing and proposed water sources identified as well as any fencing (existing and new), and land to be rejuvenated. - an official quote for contracted items (if applicable).


Q6. When can I start my project?

A: Projects must occur between April 1, 2022 and December 30, 2022 in order to be eligible for ACLFP funding. Project deadlines will be specified in the approval letter, should your application be approved. If work is started on a project before formal written approval of program funding is received, the applicant does so at their own risk.

Q7. When do I need to complete my project?

A: The project must be completed and claims submitted by the date indicated in your decision letter (all claims must be submitted no later than December 30, 2022).

Q8. Do I need any permits?

A: Applicants must meet all regulatory requirements. This may include: • approvals from the Crown: ACL Work Permit – see Q9 below. • a Water Rights License is required for all livestock operations extracting more than 25,000 litres (25 m3 or 5,499 Imperial gallons) per day. If developing a new water source, a permit must be obtained in advance of work beginning. • any other standards or approvals as required by law.

Q9. How do I get a Work Permit from ACL to implement a project on my ACL lease? A: An ACL Work Permit is required prior to conducting work on ACL leases. - If your ACLFP project application is approved, an ACL Work Permit will be issued to you from your FPESCrown Land along with the approval letter. - If you plan to initiate your project in advance of receiving ACLFP approval, you will need to secure an ACL Work Permit from an FPES – Crown Lands prior to beginning work.

Q10. Do I need a valid Environmental Farm Plan Statement of Completion?

A: You can submit an application without a valid Statement of Completion, however, if your project is approved, you will be required to provide proof of a valid EFP when you submit your project claim for reimbursement. Environmental Farm Plan workshop dates and locations will be listed online.

Q11. Does my dugout or well need to have a specific capacity?

A: The ACLFP pilot program does not have guidelines for dugout capacity, but you should discuss your plans with your FPES – Crown Lands.

Q12. Can I pump / pipe / haul water from an existing water source into a dugout that has gone dry?

A: Piping or hauling water from any water source (well, dugout or wetland) into a dugout that has run dry is not eligible.

Q13. How deep does a pipeline need to be?

A: Summer pasture pipelines permanently installed underground, and which can be properly winterized before freezing are eligible (ex: installed with a pasture pipeline plow). Above-ground pipelines are ineligible. Projects must be for permanent solutions only.


Q14. If I have more questions, who can I contact?

A: If the question is about project implementation on an ACL lease, please contact: FPES – Crown Lands Greg Logan Luanne Berjian Neil Overby Tyson Gillis

Location Beausejour Minnedosa Dauphin Dauphin

Districts 20, 50, 52 30, 31 42,51 43, 44

E-mail Greg.Logan@gov.mb.ca Luanne.Berjian@gov.mb.ca Neil.Overby@gov.mb.ca Tyson.Gillis@gov.mb.ca

A: If the question is about specific eligibility criteria or the application process, please contact: • Andrea Bertholet (Andrea.Bertholet@gov.mb.ca) or • Colleen Wilson (Colleen.Wilson2@gov.mb.ca).


Manitoba Beef Producers 2021 DroughtRelated Industry Survey reservoirs, restoring existing water sources, or hauling water. Producers are also asked to indicate their intentions with respect to herd sizes going forward, such as projected culling rates. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation is sincerely appreciated.

In support of Manitoba Beef Producers’ drought-related advocacy efforts with the federal and provincial governments, MBP is conducting a confidential producer survey to gather further data on the impact the drought is having on the province’s beef sector. For example, producers are being asked to identify their estimated percentage of feed/forage production compared to last year. Producers are asked to indicate if they are incurring additional fencing costs in order to access alternate sources of feed for grazing. There are questions related to the drought’s impact on water resources. This includes investments producers are having to make in this area, such as digging new wells or

Note: All data and comments collected will be aggregated before being used for MBP’s advocacy activities. No operation-specific identifying information will be shared with governments. Thank you in advance for your consideration in completing the survey which can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ YX52PFG MBP is continuing to engage with government officials about the severity of the drought, its effects on producers and the need for a timely, multi-pronged approach to help the beef industry deal with the immediate and longerterm implications of the drought.


Environmental Farm Plan Workshops Availability Due to COVID-19, all EFP workshops will be taking place virtually via Online Meetings until further notice. To register for an EFP workshop, click on the link “Register now!” in the link below for your preferred workshop date. Once registered, you will then receive an email with a link to access the meeting. Workbooks are mailed and you should receive yours approximately 1 week prior to the workshop. You can also visit this link to register: Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) are an essential part of every farm operation. These workshops will guide producers through the EFP workbook to help assess and identify the environmental assets and risks on their farm operations, and develop an action plan to address the identified risks. Workbooks and support material will be provided to those who attend. There is no preparation required for this workshop. EFPs must be renewed every five years to remain valid. If you are unsure if your EFP is valid, please contact KAP to inquire at (204) 697-1140.

https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/environme nt/events-and-deadlines/index.html Note: Workshops are currently available through December 2021.


E-Newsletter dsfsfa An update from MBP November 12, 2021

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Canada’s Ministers of Agriculture set direction for next agricultural framework Ministers agreed on the following five priority areas for the next framework: (1) climate change and the environment; (2) science, research and innovation; (3) market development and trade; (4) building sector capacity and growth; and (5) resiliency and public trust. The vision agreed upon by Ministers for the next agricultural policy framework charts an ambitious path for the sector. It states that “Canada is recognized as a world The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and AgriFood (front row, right) along with several of her provincial counterparts, including Manitoba's Ralph Eichler, Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development (back row, second from right). PC: Office of Marie-Claude Bibeau

(November 10, 2021 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada News Release) Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial (FPT)

Ministers of Agriculture wrapped up their annual conference by issuing the “Guelph Statement”. Their shared vision for the next agricultural policy framework will position our agri-food producers, processors and others in the sector for continued success as world leaders in sustainable agriculture, and will enable a globally competitive sector. Ministers also acknowledged and recognized the hard work of everyone involved in maintaining the strong food supply chain for Canadians during COVID-19. Ministers agreed on the sustainable agriculture approach needed to help shape the next policy framework, which includes environmental, social and economic considerations in all priority areas.

leader in sustainable agriculture and agri-food production and drives forward to 2028 from a solid foundation of regional strengths and diversity, as well as the strong leadership of the Provinces and Territories, in order to rise to the climate change challenge, to expand new markets and trade while meeting the expectations of consumers, and to feed Canadians and a growing global population.” Ministers also agreed to continue to improve the suite of business risk management (BRM) programs to make them timely, equitable, and easy to understand, while supporting the competitiveness and sustainability of the sector. During the conference, Ministers made progress on other key action areas that will help position the sector for economic recovery and sustainable growth, including labour, African swine fever, Animal Health Canada, trade and market access, regulatory priorities (including interprovincial trade and the Canadian Plant Health Council), retail fees, and mental health. continued on pages 4-6


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Next agricultural framework – cont. Quotes “Today, my provincial and territorial colleagues and I agreed on an ambitious vision that will guide the development of the policy framework to follow the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. We all want to ensure that our agriculture is sustainable and that our farmers and agri-food entrepreneurs succeed. They must be incredibly resilient and innovative in the face of many challenges, including climate change, fluctuations in international trade, and labour shortages. Together, we will invest wisely to grow the sector while protecting our environment, reducing our emissions and safeguarding the well-being of those who ensure our food security.” The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“It’s been an honour to host my FPT colleagues in Guelph, Ontario’s hub for agriculture and food. The discussions over the last few days focused on the need to continue our efforts to build a competitive, sustainable agriculture sector that is well positioned for growth and includes the use of research, technology and innovation to help us meet the challenges of the future, and the Guelph Statement reflects this. Our discussions on strengthening collaboration, improving agri-food labour capacity, supporting innovation, increasing trade and investment, enhancing mental health supports for farmers and their families, and protecting our hog sector from African Swine Fever were extremely productive. I know these discussions will help us continue to build strong relationships across Canada as we build on our shared vision of encouraging and promoting agriculture.” The Honourable Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for Ontario

Quick facts •

Canadian farmers have always been good stewards of the land and have a solid track record of sustainable agriculture, with sound management practices, innovation, and new technologies. Over the past two decades, farmers have doubled the value of production while stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions. In that time, the amount of agricultural emissions per dollar of GDP generated by the sector has dropped by half.

The Guelph Statement reflects the large amount of input received so far through stakeholder consultations over the past year. Consultations are continuing, to gather input from a wide range of stakeholders.

The next agricultural policy framework will follow the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3 billion commitment by Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors. The Partnership includes both federal programs, as well as those that are cost-shared between the federal (60%) and provincial/territorial (40%) governments.

Despite many challenges over the past year, including the COVID-19 pandemic and extreme weather events, the Canadian agrifood sector remains resilient and poised for continued growth. Exports of agriculture and agri-food products continue to grow, worth nearly $74 billion in 2020, compared to $67 billion in 2019.

The agriculture and agri-food value chain continues to be an economic engine driving Canada’s economy, contributing nearly $140 billion, or 7.4% of national GDP, and responsible for more than 2 million jobs in Canada.

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The Guelph Statement

A Vision to 2028 Canada is recognized as a world leader in sustainable agriculture and agri-food production and drives forward to 2028 from a solid foundation of regional strengths and diversity, as well as the strong leadership of the Provinces and Territories, in order to rise to the climate change challenge, to expand new markets and trade while meeting the expectations of consumers, and to feed Canadians and a growing global population.

The Priorities

Guiding Principles

◆ Tackling climate change and environmental protection to support GHG emission reductions and the long-term vitality of the sector while positioning producers and processors to seize economic opportunities from evolving consumer demands

◆ Supporting sustainable agriculture and economic growth by creating the conditions for Canadian businesses to meet evolving challenges of the interconnected domestic and global marketplace

◆ Continued and targeted investments in science, research and innovation to address key challenges and opportunities

◆ Building sector capacity and growth through realizing the potential of value added agri-food and agri-products

◆ Enhancing resiliency to anticipate, mitigate and respond to risks, including a robust suite of Business Risk Management programs

◆ Lead on ensuring a sustainable agriculture and agri-food sector, by addressing climate risks and creating conditions for industry to succeed and compete globally

◆ Programs respond to the realities of producers and participants, and seek to reduce red tape

◆ Shared jurisdiction of agriculture and international trade obligations are respected

◆ In order to maximize shared investments and contribute to collective outcomes, governments will deliver measurable results, while maintaining flexibility in the design, delivery and management of programs across provinces and territories

◆ Collaboration among stakeholders to leverage innovation, regional strengths and diversity

◆ Work to address barriers to participation and consider the needs of underrepresented groups such as youth and women, and strengthen relationships with Indigenous Peoples to better support sector participation


Priorities and Focus Areas for the Next Policy Framework

Advancing Sustainable Agriculture and Agri-Food The next policy framework will reflect the principles of sustainable development allowing the agriculture and agri-food sector to meet the needs of today, and grow for tomorrow, without compromising the needs of future generations.

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Support new or emerging primary, valueadded and processing opportunities Improve productivity through the development and adoption of technology, digitization and artificial intelligence Enhance labour attraction and retention, training, and automation Foster the next generation of farmers, considering economic, training and other barriers to entry Pursue economic opportunities through efficiency improvements, reducing and recovering food and other wastes, and growing the bioeconomy

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Prepare for and respond to a changing climate by supporting Beneficial Management Practices and accelerating technological adoption Reduce GHG emissions, and improve carbon sequestration Protect and regenerate soil, water and air quality Improve biodiversity and protect sensitive habitats

Collaborate to pursue and defend Canadian trade interests and advance science-based trade rules Support market diversification and efforts to remove barriers to interprovincial trade Support export readiness and identify and pursue market development opportunities abroad and domestically such as buy local Meet domestic and international demand for sustainable primary production and processing practices

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Address challenges such as climate change and pursue opportunities such as new markets Support research in primary agriculture, agronomy, and value-added Accelerate the development and adoption of new technologies and finding energy efficiencies Supporting pre-commercialization and start-ups in such areas as innovative labour solutions and bioproducts Enhance data collection, extension activities, performance measures, knowledge exchange and transfer

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Build the resiliency of the entire food chain Provide BRM programs that are timely, equitable, and easy to understand Encourage and support proactive risk management, including climate risk Protect and enhance plant and animal health and animal welfare, through a “One Health” perspective Support the sector to develop, adopt, and enhance assurance systems Fostering awareness of sector commitment to the sustainable production of safe, high-quality food and building public trust while increasing sector awareness of the expectations of consumers Support and empower producers and agri-food workers to take care of their mental health Support worker health and safety

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CN Rail commits up to $250,000 to CFA's Hay West 2021 shortage due to devastating drought. Farmers from the East Coast, as well as Ontario and Quebec, have graciously committed and/or donated hay to be sent out west to help feed livestock.

(November 9, 2021 Canadian Federation of Agriculture News Release) – The Canadian

Federation of Agriculture is happy to announce that CN Rail has committed up to $250,000 to CFA's Hay West campaign to help cover the shipping costs of sending hay to droughtstricken farmers in the Prairie provinces. CN’s donation comes in twofold, an immediate $125,000 donation, and in an effort to spur monetary donations from other organizations, CN will also provide matching funding for donations from other sources, up to an additional $125,000, for a total commitment of $250,000. CFA hopes that this generous contribution will help to spur further support, as this arrangement will double the effectiveness of any donations from other institutions. We are also happy to announce that CN’s initial cash donation will apply to the “matching donation” previously supplied by Farm Credit Canada, wherein they agreed to match up to $25,000 from any other organization, bringing the total donation from Farm Credit Canada to $50,000! The Hay West initiative helps farmers in the West who are currently suffering from a hay

All proceeds from donations go directly to paying the shipping costs for moving hay across Canada and the logistical support needed to do so. CFA currently has tens of thousands of bales of hay to be sent to the Prairie provinces, but the demand for hay is still extremely high and more is needed. “CFA would like to extend its extreme appreciation for this donation from CN, as well as all of the other organizations who have donated to Hay West. We cannot stress how important this initiative is, as these funds go directly to helping farmers who have been struggling to feed their animals. Through these donations we are helping to save many farmers and their animals from devastation. It is truly incredible to see the amount of support and collaboration that has come together through these unfortunate circumstances, and we are grateful for everyone who has been involved,” said Mary Robinson, CFA President. CFA is still looking for contributions to cover shipping costs, as well as farmers looking to buy or supply hay. Visit www.haywest2021.net if you are looking to supply or purchase hay. If you are interested in donating to the Hay West 2021 initiative, please contact Laurie Karson, Director of Communications & Stakeholder Relations of the CFA at laurie@canadian-farmers.ca.


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities is Now Open Producers are advised that the intake period for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice activities begins on Monday, November 8th and closes on December 10, 2021 for projects that will occur in 2022/23. More details on available on the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development site: https://www.manitoba.ca/agriculture/environ ment/environmental-farm-plan/assurancebmp.html

• Permanent fencing to restrict livestock access to surface water and dugouts — construction materials — associated components and installation costs

• Permanent pipeline development — pipe, plumbing materials, trenching, earthworks, etc. — professional and contractor fees

This intake period includes applications for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas. For this BMP there is a cost share ratio of 50:50 and a funding cap of $10,000 per application. Applicants may submit more than one application. Under BMP 503 the following costs are eligible: • Water source development – Wells — drilling new or deepening existing wells, test hole drilling, screening, casing, well caps etc. — water pumps and required plumbing components — professional and contractor fees

• Water source development – Dugouts — constructing new or rehabilitating existing dugouts, test hole drilling, etc. — professional and contractor fees

• Alternative watering system equipment — solar, wind or grid powered systems — associated components and installation costs

• Watering system components* — watering bowls, troughs or storage tanks * Eligible as a part of a water source development project; items are not eligible as a stand-alone.

• personal labour ($25 per hour) and personal equipment use (at set program rates outlined in the Farm Machinery Custom and Rental Rate Guide) Ineligible costs include: maintenance and operation expenses; perimeter fencing for upland grazing management; expenses related to removing or replacing existing fences or water infrastructure, such as storage tanks or water troughs; portable livestock corral panels; portable gas/diesel powered water pumps, generators, water meters; materials and construction costs for pump houses; aeration systems for dugouts, etc.; above ground pipelines; hauling or pumping of water to fill empty dugouts; and, temporary set up of watering systems.


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities is Now Open Examples of other BMPs eligible for cost-shared funding to farmers include: Resource Management Planning, Establishment of a Cover Crop, Increasing Frequency of Perennials in Annual Rotations, Perennial Cover for Sensitive Lands, Improved Pasture and Forage Quality, Intercropping, Farmyard Runoff Control, Relocation of Confined Livestock Areas, and others. An Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Statement of Competition is not required at time of application, however it is required at time of claim, if approved. EFP Workshops are ongoing through the fall and winter. Dates and locations are posted at www.ManitobaEFP.ca.

Government support cannot exceed 25 or 50 per cent of eligible expenses, depending on project type, with varying funding caps from $10,000 to $100,000. The total maximum amount payable to one farm operation is $60,000 (not including BMP: Barn Odour Reduction and BMP: Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas) over the term of the Ag Action Manitoba program. Farmers may apply and receive funding for more than one BMP over the term of Ag Action Manitoba. Only one application per BMP on the same parcel of land and/or for a single project where there may be common components across multiple applications, will be eligible for funding.


Frequently Asked Questions Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program

Q1. What is the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program?

A: The ACLFP is a pilot program that provides Agricultural Crown Land (ACL) lessees with 75% cost-shared programming of up to $30,000 per farm operation to develop a grazing management plan, add infrastructure (cross-fencing, wells, dugouts) and rejuvenate forage lands (perennial forage seed, seeding and brush management) in order to improve pasture productivity. Project must occur between April and December of 2022. Program details can be accessed here: http://webpublishing.mbgov.ca/en/agriculture/canadian-agriculturalpartnership/Documents/guidebook/ag-action-mb-program-guide-for-aclfp.pdf

Q2. Who is eligible to apply? A: ACL lease holders in good standing can apply. A farm business or operation with multiple shareholders or partners, operation names or units, will count as one eligible applicant. Each farm operation can submit one application that includes all applicable activities (planning, infrastructure and/or rejuvenation). However, Municipal lands under ACL lease are not eligible for this program.

Q3. When is the deadline to apply?

A: Applications must be received no later than December 31, 2021. They will be assessed by technical reviewers based on the environmental benefit assessment index, program priorities and project planning.

Q4. Do I need support from ACL to submit an application for a project? A: Yes. You will need a Letter of Support for the proposed project from your local Farm Production Extension Specialist (FPES) – Crown Lands (see contact info in Q14, below) and the Letter of Support must be submitted along with your application. While your FPES-Crown Lands must ensure that your proposed project is suitable for your ACL lease, they are not responsible for ACLFP funding approval.

Q5. What do I need to include with my application?

A: Be sure to answer all questions in the application form itself: explain the proposed project in detail, current practices, and the benefit of the new practice; answer all BMP Specific Questions (as listed in the guidebook), and complete the budget table in full. Along with your application, you will need to include: - a written Letter of Support from your local FPES – Crown Lands for your proposed project (see Q3 above). - an aerial map of the forage land with the location of the existing and proposed water sources identified as well as any fencing (existing and new), and land to be rejuvenated. - an official quote for contracted items (if applicable).


Q6. When can I start my project?

A: Projects must occur between April 1, 2022 and December 30, 2022 in order to be eligible for ACLFP funding. Project deadlines will be specified in the approval letter, should your application be approved. If work is started on a project before formal written approval of program funding is received, the applicant does so at their own risk.

Q7. When do I need to complete my project?

A: The project must be completed and claims submitted by the date indicated in your decision letter (all claims must be submitted no later than December 30, 2022).

Q8. Do I need any permits?

A: Applicants must meet all regulatory requirements. This may include: • approvals from the Crown: ACL Work Permit – see Q9 below. • a Water Rights License is required for all livestock operations extracting more than 25,000 litres (25 m3 or 5,499 Imperial gallons) per day. If developing a new water source, a permit must be obtained in advance of work beginning. • any other standards or approvals as required by law.

Q9. How do I get a Work Permit from ACL to implement a project on my ACL lease? A: An ACL Work Permit is required prior to conducting work on ACL leases. - If your ACLFP project application is approved, an ACL Work Permit will be issued to you from your FPESCrown Land along with the approval letter. - If you plan to initiate your project in advance of receiving ACLFP approval, you will need to secure an ACL Work Permit from an FPES – Crown Lands prior to beginning work.

Q10. Do I need a valid Environmental Farm Plan Statement of Completion?

A: You can submit an application without a valid Statement of Completion, however, if your project is approved, you will be required to provide proof of a valid EFP when you submit your project claim for reimbursement. Environmental Farm Plan workshop dates and locations will be listed online.

Q11. Does my dugout or well need to have a specific capacity?

A: The ACLFP pilot program does not have guidelines for dugout capacity, but you should discuss your plans with your FPES – Crown Lands.

Q12. Can I pump / pipe / haul water from an existing water source into a dugout that has gone dry?

A: Piping or hauling water from any water source (well, dugout or wetland) into a dugout that has run dry is not eligible.

Q13. How deep does a pipeline need to be?

A: Summer pasture pipelines permanently installed underground, and which can be properly winterized before freezing are eligible (ex: installed with a pasture pipeline plow). Above-ground pipelines are ineligible. Projects must be for permanent solutions only.


Q14. If I have more questions, who can I contact?

A: If the question is about project implementation on an ACL lease, please contact: FPES – Crown Lands Greg Logan Luanne Berjian Neil Overby Tyson Gillis

Location Beausejour Minnedosa Dauphin Dauphin

Districts 20, 50, 52 30, 31 42,51 43, 44

E-mail Greg.Logan@gov.mb.ca Luanne.Berjian@gov.mb.ca Neil.Overby@gov.mb.ca Tyson.Gillis@gov.mb.ca

A: If the question is about specific eligibility criteria or the application process, please contact: • Andrea Bertholet (Andrea.Bertholet@gov.mb.ca) or • Colleen Wilson (Colleen.Wilson2@gov.mb.ca).


Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? The program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing low moisture levels. The program will assist livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 to purchase feed in order to maintain their breeding herds. Producers may be eligible to apply for two types of assistance: 1. Feed assistance - buy and test feed for eligible breeding animals 2. Feed transportation assistance - transport purchased feed from distant locations for eligible breeding animals Who is eligible for the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? Primary producers who owned or leased the eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Breeding animals are mature females exposed to breeding (male or artificial insemination) and males used previously for breeding. The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. How do I apply? Applicants can download the Application Form, Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals, and associated program documents on the website at manitoba.ca/agriculture. Application packages can also be picked up at any of the ARD/MASC Service Centres, or mailed to you by calling us at 1-844-769-6224. The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500. Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance – Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements. When is the deadline to apply to the program? April 15, 2022 is the final day to apply. Can multiple applications be submitted? Yes, you can submit more than one application until program maximums are reached.


1. Feed Assistance What feed assistance can I apply for? The eligible feeds that can be purchased for eligible animals from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 to maintain them over the winter include:  grazed corn and greenfeed  mechanically harvested hay, silage, greenfeed, stover, straw, including those purchased as standing crops or grazed in a swath  grain and concentrates (pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator) When can eligible feeds be purchased? Are claims retro-active to a certain date? Eligible feed purchases can occur from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. Is there assistance for feed testing the eligible feedstuffs? Yes, the program will pay for feed testing to determine the nutritional value of eligible feeds. Can feed be purchased for feeders or non-breeding animals? No, feed for feeders, growing animals or non-breeding aged animals is not eligible under this program. How will livestock feed assistance payments be calculated? The administrator will make payments to the applicant for purchases and testing of Eligible Feed made between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, as follows:  On a per breeding head basis, a producer share will be applied $50 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $10 per head for sheep and goats.  Payments will be equal to 75 per cent of the purchased cost of feed and feed testing that exceeds the producer share to a maximum per head payment. The maximum payment is $250 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $50 per head for sheep and goats. How are the breeding head determined in calculating payments?  Breeding head are based on the number declared on the Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals at the time of first application. The declaration is the number of head being maintained and fed over winter, and does not include animals that have or will be sold prior to March 15, 2022. If applicants reduce their breeding animals below the number declared with their first application, they should contact the Program Administrator and submit a new declaration.

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2. Feed Transportation Assistance What feeds qualify for feed transportation assistance? Feed transportation assistance is provided for the movement of eligible feed types (hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, silage, grain and concentrates) to eligible breeding animals. The eligible concentrates are pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator. What are the eligible dates and distances for feed transportation? Transportation costs for eligible feed purchased and transported between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 kilometres. What are the payments for the feed transportation assistance? Payments will be calculated on the tonnes hauled on a per loaded kilometre basis up to 600 kilometres. For hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, and silage the payment rates are:  $0.16 per tonne kilometre for the first 100 kilometres of a haul  $0.10 per tonne kilometre for the remainder of a haul for up to an additional 500 kilometres. For grains and concentrate, the payment rate is $0.05 per tonne kilometre up to 600 kilometres. Payments for each receipt or invoice provided by the applicant will be the payment rate multiplied by the distance transported multiplied by the number of tonnes transported, or the amount of the receipt, whichever is less. Feed can be hauled further than 600 kilometres; however, the extra distance is not eligible for payment. Can feed be sourced from outside of Manitoba qualify for assistance? Feed can be sourced from outside Manitoba and the shipping will still be eligible based on the program’s rates and distances. Does the feed transportation assistance come out of the feed assistance funding? Feed transportation assistance is in addition to funding available to a producer for feed purchases. It is not subtracted from the $250 per head cap for beef, bison and PMU horses or $50 cap for sheep and goats. Is feed transportation assistance available for animals moved to an alternate feeding location? Feed transportation assistance is not available for animals for which producers have received assistance to move eligible animals to an alternate feeding location under the Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program. Alternate feeding locations should have adequate feed locally available for the animals moved. What feed is not eligible for feed transportation assistance?  Feed for market animals or ineligible animals.  Feed produced on your own operation.  Feed for breeding animals that are sold/culled prior to March 15, 2022.  Feed that is sold or replaces similar feed that is sold.  Feed transported less than 40 kilometres.  Feed transported to an alternate feeding location used to house eligible animals for which the applicant received payments under Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance.

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Rising Covid-19 Case Numbers Bring Added Restrictions

(November 12, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) Due to rising COVID-19 cases, increased

community transmission and a growing strain on the health-care system, Manitoba is taking additional steps to help curb the spread of the virus in the fourth wave of the pandemic, Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon and Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, announced today. “Once again, we must ask Manitobans to do more to reduce the current COVID-19 case numbers and community transmission which, in turn, will help reduce the strain on the health-care system,” said Gordon. “We need everyone to work together by following the public health orders, focusing on the fundamentals and getting vaccinated. We know vaccination works, and I encourage all Manitobans to do your part and get immunized against COVID19.” The additional restrictions include: · Religious gatherings are limited to 25 people unless the facility can physically divide the space into separate areas, in which case several cohorts of up to 25 can attend the same service. However, the total number of attendees at a service may not exceed 25 per cent of facility capacity, to a maximum of 250 people. Cohorts must not mingle, masks must be worn and physical distancing rules apply. this applies to the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region only; this new restriction goes into effect Saturday, Nov. 13 at 12:01 a.m.; services restricted to fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may occur without capacity limits; and the municipalities of Cartier, Headingley, Macdonald, Ritchot (Niverville-Ritchot), St. François Xavier and Taché that are geographically located in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, are

exempt and considered to be part of the Winnipeg Capital Region. · Provincewide, proof of at least one dose of vaccination, or a recent (within 72 hours) negative test result will be required for 12 to 17 year olds for indoor recreational sports: there will be a grace period until Dec. 5 to allow individuals who are not yet fully immunized to comply, with the order to be in effect at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 6; and negative tests need to come from a participating pharmacy as provincial testing sites should only be accessed by symptomatic individuals, or those who are required to take a PCR test by public health. The orders continue to allow fully vaccinated Manitobans to enjoy as much freedom and as few restrictions as possible, while unvaccinated individuals continue to be restricted in their activities in order to reduce transmission and the most serious outcomes. “We take several pieces of information into consideration when we are making recommendations for public health orders,” said Roussin. “Current COVID-19 case numbers, test positivity rate, community spread, vaccination rates and modelling are all factors. We are seeing concerning numbers now and the projections indicate more is coming if we do not take steps to curb the situation.” “Thank you to all of those Manitobans who are following the public health orders, focusing on the fundamentals and have been vaccinated. It is frustrating to be here again but by working together, we can help bring an end to this pandemic,” said Roussin. The updated orders keep the Pandemic Response System at Restricted (Orange) with schools at Caution (Yellow). All other public health orders remain unchanged. For more information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19.


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BACKGROUNDER CHANGES TO PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS The following changes continue or come into effect on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 12:01 a.m., unless otherwise noted. Sector

Restrictions (as of Oct. 26)

New Restrictions (as of Nov. 13)

Indoor gatherings in public spaces

Permitting group sizes to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity, whichever is lower, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated. Fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may gather without capacity limits. Permitting groups of up to 50 people in uncontrolled outdoor public spaces. Limiting households to guests from one other household, when any unvaccinated person (who is eligible to be vaccinated) is present on the property (even if the unvaccinated person lives at that location. Fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may gather without capacity limits.

No change.

Outdoor gatherings in public spaces Indoor gatherings on private property

No change.

No change.


Outdoor gatherings on private property

Restaurants, licensed premises and food courts

Gyms and fitness centres

Casinos, bingo halls and VLTs Museums and galleries

Limiting households to No change. 10 guests outdoors when any unvaccinated person (who is eligible to be vaccinated) is present on the property (even if the unvaccinated person lives at that location). Fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may gather without capacity limits. Proof of vaccination is No change. required for those 12 years of age and older. Individuals are required to wear masks but are not required to provide proof of vaccination to enter for the sole purpose of picking up takeout or delivery orders. All other restrictions have been removed. No capacity limits. Proof No change. of vaccination required. Masks remain required when not actively engaged in physical activity. Proof of vaccination is required. Physical distancing is no longer required between VLTs Museums operate under the requirement to show proof of vaccination (indoors only) when open to the public as a museum. If the museum is used as a private venue for another purpose (e.g. wedding), then the appropriate orders apply.

No change.

No change.


Fairs and festivals

Libraries Professional sports or performing arts events Horse and auto racing

Movies theatres and concert halls Weddings and funerals

Religious gatherings and Indigenous cultural events

Limited to 50 unless protocols and higher attendance is approved by public health officials. Open without capacity limits. Open with no capacity limits for patrons with proof of vaccination Open with no capacity limits for patrons with proof of vaccination, and a plan approved by public health officials. Proof of vaccination will be required. No other restrictions. Permitting indoor public gathering group sizes to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity, whichever is lower, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated.

No change.

Permitting group sizes to 25 people or 33 per cent capacity, whichever is greater, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated.

Religious gatherings and Indigenous cultural events are limited to 25 people unless the facility can physically divide the space into separate areas, in which case several cohorts of up to 25 can attend the same service.

Fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may gather without capacity limits.

No change. No change. No change.

No change. No change.

However, the total number of attendees at a service may not exceed 25 per cent of facility capacity, to a maximum of 250 people. This applies to the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region only. Cohorts must not mingle, masks must be worn and physical distancing rules apply. (continued)


This new restriction goes into effect Saturday, Nov. 13 at 12:01 a.m. Services restricted to fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may occur without capacity limits. The municipalities of Cartier, Headingley, Macdonald, Ritchot (Niverville-Ritchot), St. François Xavier and Taché that are geographically located in the Southern HealthSanté Sud health region, are exempt and considered to be part of the Winnipeg Capital Region. Outdoor community, cultural and religious gatherings

Personal services Theatre and music schools

Permitting groups of up to 50 people in uncontrolled outdoor public spaces. Drive-in services continue unrestricted. Open without capacity restrictions. Proof of vaccination will be required. Parents and coaches will require proof of vaccination.

No change.

No change. No change.


Indoor sports and recreation including martial arts studios and dance schools

Proof of vaccination will be required, excluding youth recreational sport. Parents and coaches will require proof of vaccination.

Provincewide, proof of at least one dose of vaccination, or a recent (within 72 hours) negative test result will be required for 12 to 17 year olds for indoor and recreational sports. There will be a grace period until Dec. 5 to allow individuals who are not yet fully immunized to comply, with the order in effect at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 6.

Outdoor sports and recreation Overnight camps

Games, practices and tournaments permitted, capacity limit of 50 per cent for spectators. Open with limit of up to 15 staff and campers in a group, no interaction between groups and a plan approved by public health officials.

Negative tests need to come from a participating pharmacy as provincial testing sites should only be accessed by symptomatic individuals, or those who are required to take a PCR test by public health. No change.

Province wide, proof of at least one dose of vaccination, or a recent (within 72 hours of the start of the camp) negative test result will be required for 12 to 17 year olds to attend. There will be a grace period until Dec. 5 to allow individuals who are not yet fully immunized to comply, with the order in effect at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 6. (continued)


Retail, markets, garden centres and malls

Permitting retail capacity at 50 per cent in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region.

Negative tests need to come from a participating pharmacy as provincial testing sites should only be accessed by symptomatic individuals, or those who are required to take a PCR test by public health. No change.

Permitting retail capacity at 100 per cent in the Interlake-Eastern, Northern, Prairie Mountain Health and Winnipeg capital region, including the municipalities of Cartier, Headingly, Macdonald, Ritchot (Niverville/Ritchot), St. François Xavier and Taché.

Workplaces Indoor self-help gatherings

Physical distancing measures are required. Masks required indoors. Open without restrictions Indoor gathering limits and mask use rules apply.

No change. No change.


COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Eligibility for Third Doses Expanded to All Adults 18 or Older can check their immunization record at: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immuniza tionrecord/residents.html#immunizationrecords. (November 10, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) Manitoba is expanding access to a third

dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to all adults aged 18 or older. A minimum of six months is required between second and third doses, except in very limited circumstances. The province is recommending the third dose to individuals who are at an increased risk of serious illness from COVID-19, their caregivers and close contacts. Third doses can be provided at any location that offers the COVID-19 vaccine. Janssen Vaccine In the coming weeks, an initial shipment of 2,250 doses of the one-dose Janssen vaccine will be available at some pharmacies and medical clinics. The vaccine is approved for individuals aged 18 and older, and the online vaccine finder map will be updated once this vaccine is available. Individuals are considered fully immunized 14 days after receiving their single dose. However, it is recommended that a second dose of an mRNA vaccine be given to provide the best protection possible. Eligibility More information about third dose recommendations, including dose intervals and where to get the vaccine, is available at: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibil ity-criteria.html#third. Individuals who are unsure of when their second dose was received

Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to include anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 2009. Vaccine Administration, Supply and Distribution Manitoba vaccine sites are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccinations for COVID and seasonal flu. Eligible individuals can book their appointments online or by calling (toll-free) 1844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). For hours and days of operation, visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder .html. Pan-Canadian Proof of Vaccination Credential The Manitoba immunization app has been updated to include the pan-Canadian proof of vaccination credential (PVC). For more information about the PVC, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immuniza tionrecord/residents.html#pvc. Additional Information    More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccine and https://protectmb.ca.  For more information about COVID-19 immunization records and cards, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/imm unizationrecord/index.html.


Manitoba Beef Producers 2021 DroughtRelated Industry Survey reservoirs, restoring existing water sources, or hauling water. Producers are also asked to indicate their intentions with respect to herd sizes going forward, such as projected culling rates. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation is sincerely appreciated.

In support of Manitoba Beef Producers’ drought-related advocacy efforts with the federal and provincial governments, MBP is conducting a confidential producer survey to gather further data on the impact the drought is having on the province’s beef sector. For example, producers are being asked to identify their estimated percentage of feed/forage production compared to last year. Producers are asked to indicate if they are incurring additional fencing costs in order to access alternate sources of feed for grazing. There are questions related to the drought’s impact on water resources. This includes investments producers are having to make in this area, such as digging new wells or

Note: All data and comments collected will be aggregated before being used for MBP’s advocacy activities. No operation-specific identifying information will be shared with governments. Thank you in advance for your consideration in completing the survey which can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ YX52PFG MBP is continuing to engage with government officials about the severity of the drought, its effects on producers and the need for a timely, multi-pronged approach to help the beef industry deal with the immediate and longerterm implications of the drought.


Environmental Farm Plan Workshops Availability Due to COVID-19, all EFP workshops will be taking place virtually via Online Meetings until further notice. To register for an EFP workshop, click on the link “Register now!” in the link below for your preferred workshop date. Once registered, you will then receive an email with a link to access the meeting. Workbooks are mailed and you should receive yours approximately 1 week prior to the workshop. You can also visit this link to register: Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) are an essential part of every farm operation. These workshops will guide producers through the EFP workbook to help assess and identify the environmental assets and risks on their farm operations, and develop an action plan to address the identified risks. Workbooks and support material will be provided to those who attend. There is no preparation required for this workshop. EFPs must be renewed every five years to remain valid. If you are unsure if your EFP is valid, please contact KAP to inquire at (204) 697-1140.

https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/environme nt/events-and-deadlines/index.html Note: Workshops are currently available through December 2021.


E-Newsletter dsfsfa An update from MBP November 5, 2021

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Reminder: final week of district meetings The final week of district meetings is around the corner and we're extending an invitation to attend the District 6 meeting on November 8 at 1pm in Oak Lake or the oddnumbered districts virtual meeting on November 9 at 7pm. Any folks who missed or were unable to attend their meeting are welcome to join the virtual meeting. The district meetings are a welcome opportunity for producers to chat and hear what Manitoba Beef Producers has been up to. The meetings also set the future path of the organization by proposing resolutions for the Annual General Meeting in February. Elections are being held in all the even-numbered districts if you’d like to try your hand at representing the folks in your region. If you aren’t sure what district you belong to, don’t hesitate to give MBP a call at 1-800-772-0458 or email: info@mbbeef.ca. You may register for either meeting by clicking on the graphics.


MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS Scholarship Application Deadline Extension ***Due to ongoing disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic (and the related impacts on high schools and post-secondary institutions) MBP has pushed the application deadline for its 2021 scholarship competition into December instead of the usual June intake deadline. This application intake process is for students who will be undertaking post-secondary studies in the 2021-22 academic year. Manitoba Beef Producers is pleased to make available six $500 scholarships annually for MBP members or their children attending a university, college, other post-secondary institution or pursuing trades training. Preference will be given to those students pursuing a field of study related to agriculture or to those acquiring a skilled trade or pursuing a career that would be beneficial to the rural economy. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY HAS BEEN EXTENDED: Completed applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Friday, December 3 2021. A selection committee will review the submissions. Winners will be notified by January 5, 2022. The scholarship criteria is as follows: Eligibility: • Must be at least 17 years of age as of January 1, 2021. • Must be an active Manitoba beef producer or the child of an active Manitoba beef producer. Note: This can include beef producers returning to school after a period of time in the workforce. • Post-secondary program or trades training must be a minimum of one year in duration. Items You Are Required to Submit: • Completed application form; • A typed 600-word (maximum) essay discussing “What the beef industry means to my family, my community and Manitoba.” Also include the reasons you enjoy being involved in agriculture.*; • A copy of your transcript (either high school, or a recognized college, university or trade school); • Proof of enrolment in a recognized institution (current transcript, or your acceptance letter, or a letter of intent indicating your intended institution and field of study). • A list of community involvement (e.g. 4-H, community clubs, volunteer work, etc.); and, • The names of two references, including their addresses and telephone numbers. Submissions and ALL documentation must be sent no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021 to: Manitoba Beef Producers Scholarship Committee 220 – 530 Century Street Winnipeg MB R3H 0Y4 E-mail: info@mbbeef.ca Fax: (204) 774-3264 For more information, please contact Manitoba Beef Producers at 1-800-772-0458 or email info@mbbeef.ca. *Scholarship winners’ essays will be published in MBP’s newspaper Cattle Country.


MBP 2021-22 Academic Year SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PLEASE PRINT Name: _______________________________________________________________________________ Mailing address: _______________________________________________________________________ Telephone: _____________________________ Email: __________________________________________ Date of birth: _____________________________ Parents’ names if you are under 18: _______________________________________________________ Are you a beef producer? _____________________________ Are you the child of a beef producer? ________ If yes, what is their name(s)? __________________________ Institute of current enrolment: ________________________________________________________________ Current or intended program of post-secondary study or skilled trades training: __________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Duration of post-secondary program or skilled trades training: _________ year (s)

Essay: Please submit a typed 600-word (maximum) essay* on the topic “What the beef industry means to my family, my community, and Manitoba.” Also include the reasons you enjoy being involved in agriculture. *Note: Scholarship winners’ essays will be published in Manitoba Beef Producers’ newspaper Cattle Country. Please return the completed application form, transcript, and proof of enrolment in a post-secondary institution or an apprenticeship program or a letter of intent to pursue further studies, a list of your community involvement, the typed essay and, your references no later than 4:30 p.m., Friday, December 3, 2021 to: Manitoba Beef Producers Scholarship Committee 220 – 530 Century Street Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 Email: info@mbbeef.ca Fax (204) 774-3264


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News Release Canadian beef industry encourages investment in agriculture research to drive further methane reduction goals   November 3, 2021

Calgary, AB – On October 11, 2021, the Government of Canada confirmed its support for the Global Methane Pledge. Canada joined the United States and the European Union, who on September 17, 2021, had launched the global pledge to reduce methane emissions by at least 30 per cent below 2020 levels by 2030 and implementation of related domestic actions. The Canadian beef industry continues to be a global leader in sustainable beef production. Beef farmers and ranchers manage lands that store an impressive 1.5 billion tonnes of carbon, and the Canadian beef industry has half the greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint per kilogram of production when compared to the global average. However, the industry is driving forward with further reductions as outlined in a multi-stakeholder strategy that includes goals and action plans to; • Reduce primary production GHG emission intensity by 33 per cent by 2030 • Sequester an additional 3.4 million tonnes of carbon every year • Safeguard the existing 1.5 billion tonnes of carbon stored on lands managed with beef cattle • Reduce food loss and waste (from secondary processing to consumer) by 50 per cent by 2030 Key to achieving these goals is investment in research and extension for the application of the research on farm. “We were pleased to see the Government’s commitment to supporting Canadian farmers, ranchers and industry partners as we drive towards the implementation of climate change solutions,” said Bob Lowe, President of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. “We need to increase our investments in research and the adoption of research to achieve our shared goals.” The industry plans to reduce methane emissions through improvements in genetics, forage and feed production and management, and animal health amongst others. Researchers are particularly interested in feed additives, which have shown great potential for methane reductions from cattle in the range of 20 per cent to 70 per cent reductions. As the Government moves forward with its goals, environmental partners, such as the Canadian beef industry, should be included in the policy and investment development.

The CCA is the national voice for Canada’s beef cattle industry representing 60,000 beef farms and feedlots. Visit www.cattle.ca


The Canadian beef industry is also globally engaged through initiatives such as the Global Agenda Towards Sustainable Livestock and the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Global increases in agriculture research and extension will have rippling positive implications for methane reductions as well as the health and livelihoods of agriculture producers and rural communities worldwide. Beef Cattle Research Council Factoids: •

In Canada, producing 1kg of beef now creates 15 per cent less greenhouse gases than in 1981, due to improved production practices.

Feed efficiency in the 1950s was ten to one. Today it is six to one.

Learn more at www.beefresearch.ca

For further information, contact:  Communications Manager Canadian Cattlemen’s Association communications@cattle.ca

The CCA is the national voice for Canada’s beef cattle industry representing 60,000 beef farms and feedlots. Visit www.cattle.ca


Chronic Wasting Disease Discovered In Manitoba; Management Actions Implemented

(November 1, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) On Oct. 14, as part of the province’s

wildlife health surveillance program, a male mule deer was observed to be unhealthy and was euthanized in western Manitoba, near Lake of the Prairies. Subsequent testing found the animal to have chronic wasting disease (CWD). This is the first time this disease has been found in Manitoba. Other animals in the area may also have CWD, so to ensure the disease is not spread through the transport of a diseased carcass, Manitoba will be immediately implementing a ban on hunting deer, moose, caribou and elk in the area. The boundaries of this area are currently being determined, but will initially include at least a portion of Game Hunting Area (GHA) 22. CWD is an incurable fatal disease that affects members of the deer family, including whitetailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose and caribou. Animals infected with CWD may appear healthy until the later stages of the disease, and while CWD is not known as a human health risk, meat from a CWD infected animal is not recommended for consumption. In order to protect their health, hunters’ active in areas

where CWD has been detected should have their harvested animal tested, practice safe carcass handling protocols and avoid consumption of any animal that has tested positive for CWD. CWD has been known to infect animals in Saskatchewan, Alberta and 24 states. Manitoba has had very rigorous reporting and testing requirements for CWD, including making it illegal to bring certain unprocessed meat into Manitoba. The province has immediately begun to plan for additional CWD surveillance actions in the area surrounding this finding and has reached out to multiple stakeholders, First Nations, Metis and other groups who need to be aware. At this time, there is no indication of any connection to farmed elk populations. The elk farming industry has ongoing CWD surveillance and there have been no reported cases in farmed animals in Manitoba. CWD does not infect cattle or other domesticated animals. The province will need the full co-operation of the public, including hunters, producers, and land-owners to ensure this disease is contained or even eradicated from the area. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available.


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities opens November 8th Includes intake for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas — professional and contractor fees • Alternative watering system equipment — solar, wind or grid powered systems Producers are advised that the intake period for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice activities begins on Monday, November 8th and closes on December 10, 2021 for projects that will occur in 2022/23. More details on available on the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development site: https://www.manitoba.ca/agriculture/environ ment/environmental-farm-plan/assurancebmp.html This intake period includes applications for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas. For this BMP there is a cost share ratio of 50:50 and a funding cap of $10,000 per application. Applicants may submit more than one application. Under BMP 503 the following costs are eligible: • Water source development – Wells — drilling new or deepening existing wells, test hole drilling, screening, casing, well caps etc. — water pumps and required plumbing components — professional and contractor fees • Water source development – Dugouts — constructing new or rehabilitating existing dugouts, test hole drilling, etc.

— associated components and installation costs • Permanent fencing to restrict livestock access to surface water and dugouts — construction materials — associated components and installation costs • Permanent pipeline development — pipe, plumbing materials, trenching, earthworks, etc. — professional and contractor fees • Watering system components* — watering bowls, troughs or storage tanks * Eligible as a part of a water source development project; items are not eligible as a stand-alone. • personal labour ($25 per hour) and personal equipment use (at set program rates outlined in the Farm Machinery Custom and Rental Rate Guide) Ineligible costs include: maintenance and operation expenses; perimeter fencing for upland grazing management; expenses related to removing or replacing existing fences or water infrastructure, such as storage tanks or water troughs; portable livestock corral panels; portable gas/diesel powered water pumps, generators, water meters; materials and continued on page 9


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities opens November 8th Includes intake for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas construction costs for pump houses; aeration systems for dugouts, etc.; above ground pipelines; hauling or pumping of water to fill empty dugouts; and, temporary set up of watering systems. Examples of other BMPs eligible for cost-shared funding to farmers include: Resource Management Planning, Establishment of a Cover Crop, Increasing Frequency of Perennials in Annual Rotations, Perennial Cover for Sensitive Lands, Improved Pasture and Forage Quality, Intercropping, Farmyard Runoff Control, Relocation of Confined Livestock Areas, and others. An Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Statement of Competition is not required at time of application, however it is required at time of claim, if approved.

Click here for the application package

EFP Workshops are ongoing through the fall and winter. Dates and locations are posted at www.ManitobaEFP.ca. Government support cannot exceed 25 or 50 per cent of eligible expenses, depending on project type, with varying funding caps from $10,000 to $100,000. The total maximum amount payable to one farm operation is $60,000 (not including BMP: Barn Odour Reduction and BMP: Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas) over the term of the Ag Action Manitoba program. Farmers may apply and receive funding for more than one BMP over the term of Ag Action Manitoba. Only one application per BMP on the same parcel of land and/or for a single project where there may be common components across multiple applications, will be eligible for funding.


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Committment to the land, water, air, and wildlife is a prerequisite to raising healthy cattle. Sustainability is not a buzzword... it's a way of life.

raise the bar on raising beef TESA NOMINATION & APPLICATION PACKAGE


Tesa background Since 1996, The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) has been awarded annually at the provincial and national level to recognize cattle producers’ leadership in conservation. Nominees and applicants are selected based on their stewardship practices, accomplishments and goals.

ELIGIBILITY

All beef cattle operations in Canada are eligible to apply. Producers can either be nominated by an individual or organization or apply themselves through their provincial or regional cattle organization(s). All methods are equally encouraged.

THE BRITISH COLUMBIA CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION

#4 - 10145 Dallas Dr. • Kamloops, BC • V2C 6T4 PHONE 250.573.3611 FAX 250.573.5155 EMAIL info@cattlemen.bc.ca

Where provinces or regions have annual stewardship awards, nominees and applicants compete for awards based on their province or region of residence. Where provincial or regional organization(s) do not present an annual award, they can select a nominee who has engaged in significant environmental stewardship activities on their farm or ranch.

ALBERTA BEEF PRODUCERS

Past nominees are encouraged to resubmit their application. Previous recipients may not reapply.

SASKATCHEWAN STOCK GROWERS ASSOCIATION

PROVINCIAL AWARD

Provincial recipients are announced at their respective provincial cattle association’s annual general meeting. All provincial award recipients then move forward to compete at the national level.

165, 6815-8th Street N.E. • Calgary, AB • T2E 7H7 PHONE 403.451-1176 FAX 403.274.0007 EMAIL katelynl@albertabeef.org

Box 4752 • Regina, SK • S4P 3Y4 PHONE 306.757.8523 FAX 306.569.8799 EMAIL ssga@sasktel.net

MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

220-530 Century St. • Winnipeg, MB • R3H 0Y4

NATIONAL AWARD

The national TESA recipient is announced during the Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC). All provincial recipients are awarded an all-expense paid trip for two to attend CBIC and the CCA Semi-Annual Meeting that is held in different locations across Canada in August of each year. The national TESA recipient is also awarded a belt buckle and certificate.

APPLICATIONS DUE

July 1st of each year. Manitoba applications are due December 3, 2021.

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TOLL-FREE 1.800.772.0458 or 204.772.4542 FAX 204.774.3264 EMAIL info@mbbeef.ca

BEEF FARMERS OF ONTARIO

130 Malcolm Rd. • Guelph, ON • N1K 1B1 PHONE 519.824.0334 FAX 519.824.9101 EMAIL info@ontariobeef.com

LES PRODUCTEURS DE BOVINS DU QUEBEC/ QUEBEC CATTLE PRODUCERS

555, Boulevard Roland-Therrien, Bureau 305 • Longueuil, PQ • J4H 4G2 PHONE 450.679.0540 FAX 450.442.9348 EMAIL mediaspbq@upa.qc.ca

MARITIME BEEF COUNCIL

7 Atlantic Central Dr. • East Mountain, NS • B6L 2Z2 PHONE 506.349.5395 FAX 902.893.7063 EMAIL maritimebeefcouncil@gmail.com


Tesa application

Name(s):

Phone:

Farm Name:

Email:

Address:

PLEASE ATTACH A WORD DOCUMENT WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: 1. Provide a description of your farm including the environment it operates in. 2. What have you done/what are you doing to improve environmental management on your farm? 3. What are your challenges and successes? Please include high-resolution images and data which help show measurable results. 4. What factors have enabled you to make management changes? (e.g. Working with conservation organizations, programs such as the Environmental Farm Plan, funding support, education, etc.) 5. What are your environmental goals for the future and how do you plan to carry them out? 6. Include two letters of reference that speak to your leadership in conservation. Please limit your application to 10 pages (not including letters of reference and photos). Electronic applications are preferred and a single, complete PDF document is requested. A sample application from previous years can be found online at https://www.cattle.ca/sustainability/theenvironmental-stewardship-award/how-to-nominate/

WHAT TO INCLUDE IN THE APPLICATION: A selection of no less than ten high-resolution images suitable for reproduction on social media, print etc. Video presentation link if available, media stories/ broadcasts showcasing your stewardship efforts.

TESA SPONSORS

TESA sponsorship program is available to appropriate organizations that wish to affiliate themselves with the CCA’s TESA program. In addition to showing support for environmental stewardship and Canada’s beef cattle producers, the program also provides the opportunity to join industry leaders, government representatives and nearly 60,000 Canadian beef farms in the national discussion on environmental issues affecting the industry. For more information, visit www.cattle.ca/what-is-tesa

TESA PLATINUM SPONSOR

For more than 65 years, MNP has been helping beef producers get the most from their operations. Whether you are looking to pass the farm on to the next generation, improve your profitability, be more competitive or expand MNP’s beef industry specialists will help you get the results you’re looking for. To find out what MNP can do for you, contact Marvin Slingerland, Partner, MNP Lethbridge, at Director of Livestock Services at 1.800.661.8097 or Marvin.Slingerland@mnp.ca

Contact your provincial organization listed on the previous page to determine when your association requires you to submit your application for the provincial award. HE L P ING YO U GE T E VE N M O RE O UT O F YO UR L IVE ST O C K O P E RATIO N.


COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin #136 ‒ Expanded Eligibility for Third Dose Eligibility

(November 3, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) The province is expanding its

recommendations for a third dose to include: •

all First Nations, Inuit and Métis people aged 18 and over, and

people aged 70 and older.

The third dose should be given at least six months after the last dose received. Whenever possible, the third dose should be the same mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) as the previous dose, but either mRNA vaccine is safe to receive. Third doses are available at participating medical clinics, pharmacies, urban Indigenous sites and other vaccine clinics located throughout the province. Timeframe Between First and Second Doses Following guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, Manitoba is now recommending individuals receive their second dose of vaccine 56 days (eight weeks) after their first dose. Previously, the recommendation was 28 days (four weeks). The longer time period between doses has been shown to provide a stronger immune response over time. However, the minimum time frame between first and second doses will remain at 28 days so individuals will be able to choose the timing of vaccine schedule based on their own circumstances.

Recommendations for third doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including where they can be administered, are online at: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibil ity-criteria.html#third. Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to include anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 2009. Vaccine Administration, Supply and Distribution Manitoba vaccine sites are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccinations for COVID and the seasonal flu. Eligible individuals can book their appointments online or by calling (tollfree) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). For hours and days of operation, visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder .html. Pan-Canadian Proof of Vaccination Credential The Manitoba immunization app has been updated to include the pan-Canadian proof of vaccination credential (PVC). The province continues to strongly encourage people to use their Manitoba immunization card at venues and events in the province as it provides very limited personal health information. Some individuals may notice that the lot number of one or more vaccine doses may not be displayed on their PVC. If you plan to use the PVC for travel, it may be important for this information to be shown. Use the online form at https://forms.gov.mb.ca/covidimmunization-record-request/index.html or call 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222) to request to have your lot number updated. continued on page 14


COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin #136 ‒ Expanded Eligibility for Third Dose For more information about the PVC, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/im munizationrecord/residents.html#pvc. Additional Information    More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at

www.manitoba.ca/vaccine and https://protectmb.ca.  For more information about COVID-19 immunization records and cards, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immuniza tionrecord/index.html.


Frequently Asked Questions Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program

Q1. What is the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program?

A: The ACLFP is a pilot program that provides Agricultural Crown Land (ACL) lessees with 75% cost-shared programming of up to $30,000 per farm operation to develop a grazing management plan, add infrastructure (cross-fencing, wells, dugouts) and rejuvenate forage lands (perennial forage seed, seeding and brush management) in order to improve pasture productivity. Project must occur between April and December of 2022. Program details can be accessed here: http://webpublishing.mbgov.ca/en/agriculture/canadian-agriculturalpartnership/Documents/guidebook/ag-action-mb-program-guide-for-aclfp.pdf

Q2. Who is eligible to apply? A: ACL lease holders in good standing can apply. A farm business or operation with multiple shareholders or partners, operation names or units, will count as one eligible applicant. Each farm operation can submit one application that includes all applicable activities (planning, infrastructure and/or rejuvenation). However, Municipal lands under ACL lease are not eligible for this program.

Q3. When is the deadline to apply?

A: Applications must be received no later than December 31, 2021. They will be assessed by technical reviewers based on the environmental benefit assessment index, program priorities and project planning.

Q4. Do I need support from ACL to submit an application for a project? A: Yes. You will need a Letter of Support for the proposed project from your local Farm Production Extension Specialist (FPES) – Crown Lands (see contact info in Q14, below) and the Letter of Support must be submitted along with your application. While your FPES-Crown Lands must ensure that your proposed project is suitable for your ACL lease, they are not responsible for ACLFP funding approval.

Q5. What do I need to include with my application?

A: Be sure to answer all questions in the application form itself: explain the proposed project in detail, current practices, and the benefit of the new practice; answer all BMP Specific Questions (as listed in the guidebook), and complete the budget table in full. Along with your application, you will need to include: - a written Letter of Support from your local FPES – Crown Lands for your proposed project (see Q3 above). - an aerial map of the forage land with the location of the existing and proposed water sources identified as well as any fencing (existing and new), and land to be rejuvenated. - an official quote for contracted items (if applicable).


Q6. When can I start my project?

A: Projects must occur between April 1, 2022 and December 30, 2022 in order to be eligible for ACLFP funding. Project deadlines will be specified in the approval letter, should your application be approved. If work is started on a project before formal written approval of program funding is received, the applicant does so at their own risk.

Q7. When do I need to complete my project?

A: The project must be completed and claims submitted by the date indicated in your decision letter (all claims must be submitted no later than December 30, 2022).

Q8. Do I need any permits?

A: Applicants must meet all regulatory requirements. This may include: • approvals from the Crown: ACL Work Permit – see Q9 below. • a Water Rights License is required for all livestock operations extracting more than 25,000 litres (25 m3 or 5,499 Imperial gallons) per day. If developing a new water source, a permit must be obtained in advance of work beginning. • any other standards or approvals as required by law.

Q9. How do I get a Work Permit from ACL to implement a project on my ACL lease? A: An ACL Work Permit is required prior to conducting work on ACL leases. - If your ACLFP project application is approved, an ACL Work Permit will be issued to you from your FPESCrown Land along with the approval letter. - If you plan to initiate your project in advance of receiving ACLFP approval, you will need to secure an ACL Work Permit from an FPES – Crown Lands prior to beginning work.

Q10. Do I need a valid Environmental Farm Plan Statement of Completion?

A: You can submit an application without a valid Statement of Completion, however, if your project is approved, you will be required to provide proof of a valid EFP when you submit your project claim for reimbursement. Environmental Farm Plan workshop dates and locations will be listed online.

Q11. Does my dugout or well need to have a specific capacity?

A: The ACLFP pilot program does not have guidelines for dugout capacity, but you should discuss your plans with your FPES – Crown Lands.

Q12. Can I pump / pipe / haul water from an existing water source into a dugout that has gone dry?

A: Piping or hauling water from any water source (well, dugout or wetland) into a dugout that has run dry is not eligible.

Q13. How deep does a pipeline need to be?

A: Summer pasture pipelines permanently installed underground, and which can be properly winterized before freezing are eligible (ex: installed with a pasture pipeline plow). Above-ground pipelines are ineligible. Projects must be for permanent solutions only.


Q14. If I have more questions, who can I contact?

A: If the question is about project implementation on an ACL lease, please contact: FPES – Crown Lands Greg Logan Luanne Berjian Neil Overby Tyson Gillis

Location Beausejour Minnedosa Dauphin Dauphin

Districts 20, 50, 52 30, 31 42,51 43, 44

E-mail Greg.Logan@gov.mb.ca Luanne.Berjian@gov.mb.ca Neil.Overby@gov.mb.ca Tyson.Gillis@gov.mb.ca

A: If the question is about specific eligibility criteria or the application process, please contact: • Andrea Bertholet (Andrea.Bertholet@gov.mb.ca) or • Colleen Wilson (Colleen.Wilson2@gov.mb.ca).


Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? The program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing low moisture levels. The program will assist livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 to purchase feed in order to maintain their breeding herds. Producers may be eligible to apply for two types of assistance: 1. Feed assistance - buy and test feed for eligible breeding animals 2. Feed transportation assistance - transport purchased feed from distant locations for eligible breeding animals Who is eligible for the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? Primary producers who owned or leased the eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Breeding animals are mature females exposed to breeding (male or artificial insemination) and males used previously for breeding. The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. How do I apply? Applicants can download the Application Form, Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals, and associated program documents on the website at manitoba.ca/agriculture. Application packages can also be picked up at any of the ARD/MASC Service Centres, or mailed to you by calling us at 1-844-769-6224. The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500. Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance – Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements. When is the deadline to apply to the program? April 15, 2022 is the final day to apply. Can multiple applications be submitted? Yes, you can submit more than one application until program maximums are reached.


1. Feed Assistance What feed assistance can I apply for? The eligible feeds that can be purchased for eligible animals from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 to maintain them over the winter include:  grazed corn and greenfeed  mechanically harvested hay, silage, greenfeed, stover, straw, including those purchased as standing crops or grazed in a swath  grain and concentrates (pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator) When can eligible feeds be purchased? Are claims retro-active to a certain date? Eligible feed purchases can occur from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. Is there assistance for feed testing the eligible feedstuffs? Yes, the program will pay for feed testing to determine the nutritional value of eligible feeds. Can feed be purchased for feeders or non-breeding animals? No, feed for feeders, growing animals or non-breeding aged animals is not eligible under this program. How will livestock feed assistance payments be calculated? The administrator will make payments to the applicant for purchases and testing of Eligible Feed made between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, as follows:  On a per breeding head basis, a producer share will be applied $50 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $10 per head for sheep and goats.  Payments will be equal to 75 per cent of the purchased cost of feed and feed testing that exceeds the producer share to a maximum per head payment. The maximum payment is $250 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $50 per head for sheep and goats. How are the breeding head determined in calculating payments?  Breeding head are based on the number declared on the Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals at the time of first application. The declaration is the number of head being maintained and fed over winter, and does not include animals that have or will be sold prior to March 15, 2022. If applicants reduce their breeding animals below the number declared with their first application, they should contact the Program Administrator and submit a new declaration.

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2. Feed Transportation Assistance What feeds qualify for feed transportation assistance? Feed transportation assistance is provided for the movement of eligible feed types (hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, silage, grain and concentrates) to eligible breeding animals. The eligible concentrates are pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator. What are the eligible dates and distances for feed transportation? Transportation costs for eligible feed purchased and transported between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 kilometres. What are the payments for the feed transportation assistance? Payments will be calculated on the tonnes hauled on a per loaded kilometre basis up to 600 kilometres. For hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, and silage the payment rates are:  $0.16 per tonne kilometre for the first 100 kilometres of a haul  $0.10 per tonne kilometre for the remainder of a haul for up to an additional 500 kilometres. For grains and concentrate, the payment rate is $0.05 per tonne kilometre up to 600 kilometres. Payments for each receipt or invoice provided by the applicant will be the payment rate multiplied by the distance transported multiplied by the number of tonnes transported, or the amount of the receipt, whichever is less. Feed can be hauled further than 600 kilometres; however, the extra distance is not eligible for payment. Can feed be sourced from outside of Manitoba qualify for assistance? Feed can be sourced from outside Manitoba and the shipping will still be eligible based on the program’s rates and distances. Does the feed transportation assistance come out of the feed assistance funding? Feed transportation assistance is in addition to funding available to a producer for feed purchases. It is not subtracted from the $250 per head cap for beef, bison and PMU horses or $50 cap for sheep and goats. Is feed transportation assistance available for animals moved to an alternate feeding location? Feed transportation assistance is not available for animals for which producers have received assistance to move eligible animals to an alternate feeding location under the Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program. Alternate feeding locations should have adequate feed locally available for the animals moved. What feed is not eligible for feed transportation assistance?  Feed for market animals or ineligible animals.  Feed produced on your own operation.  Feed for breeding animals that are sold/culled prior to March 15, 2022.  Feed that is sold or replaces similar feed that is sold.  Feed transported less than 40 kilometres.  Feed transported to an alternate feeding location used to house eligible animals for which the applicant received payments under Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance.

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Manitoba Beef Producers 2021 DroughtRelated Industry Survey reservoirs, restoring existing water sources, or hauling water. Producers are also asked to indicate their intentions with respect to herd sizes going forward, such as projected culling rates. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation is sincerely appreciated.

In support of Manitoba Beef Producers’ drought-related advocacy efforts with the federal and provincial governments, MBP is conducting a confidential producer survey to gather further data on the impact the drought is having on the province’s beef sector. For example, producers are being asked to identify their estimated percentage of feed/forage production compared to last year. Producers are asked to indicate if they are incurring additional fencing costs in order to access alternate sources of feed for grazing. There are questions related to the drought’s impact on water resources. This includes investments producers are having to make in this area, such as digging new wells or

Note: All data and comments collected will be aggregated before being used for MBP’s advocacy activities. No operation-specific identifying information will be shared with governments. Thank you in advance for your consideration in completing the survey which can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ YX52PFG MBP is continuing to engage with government officials about the severity of the drought, its effects on producers and the need for a timely, multi-pronged approach to help the beef industry deal with the immediate and longerterm implications of the drought.


Environmental Farm Plan Workshops Availability Due to COVID-19, all EFP workshops will be taking place virtually via Online Meetings until further notice. To register for an EFP workshop, click on the link “Register now!” in the link below for your preferred workshop date. Once registered, you will then receive an email with a link to access the meeting. Workbooks are mailed and you should receive yours approximately 1 week prior to the workshop. You can also visit this link to register: Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) are an essential part of every farm operation. These workshops will guide producers through the EFP workbook to help assess and identify the environmental assets and risks on their farm operations, and develop an action plan to address the identified risks. Workbooks and support material will be provided to those who attend. There is no preparation required for this workshop. EFPs must be renewed every five years to remain valid. If you are unsure if your EFP is valid, please contact KAP to inquire at (204) 697-1140.

https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/environme nt/events-and-deadlines/index.html Note: Workshops are currently available through December 2021.


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New Pilot Project Launched To Enhance Forage Productivity Of Agricultural Crown Lands (October 29, 2021 Joint Federal/Provincial News Release) The

governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing up to $1 million in the new Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program aimed at improving productivity and sustainability of Agricultural Crown Land forage leases, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Ralph Eichler announced today. “Canada’s hardworking farmers and food processors have a solid track record of sound management practices,” said the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “This new pilot project will encourage Manitoba Agricultural Crown Land lease holders to adopt further beneficial management practices in their operations, helping them improve productivity while further protecting the environment.” The Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program will provide targeted financial assistance to Agricultural Crown Land forage leaseholders to adopt best management practices to sustainably increase the

productivity on their Agricultural Crown Land forage leases. “This pilot project aligns directly with our Manitoba Protein Advantage Strategy of increasing forage productivity on our Agricultural Crown Lands, and supports the mandate of the Agricultural Crown Lands program to optimize forage capacity,” said Eichler. “Costshared programs such as this can help offset costs for leaseholders and reduce barriers to making improvements on Agricultural Crown Lands.” Eligible recipients must have an active Agricultural Crown Land lease that is in good standing and must complete an Environmental Farm Plan. Eligible items under the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program include grazing management plans, water source development and watering systems, cross-fencing for pasture management, and forage rejuvenation such as forage establishment and brush management. Improvements must be completed within the one-year pilot project. Farmers can begin submitting applications on November 8, 2021. continued on page 4


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New pilot project – cont. “In managing tens of thousands of acres of Agricultural Crown land the lease holders provide considerable ecological goods and services that benefit all Manitobans, including carbon sequestration and providing habitat for a variety of plant and animal species,” said Tyler Fulton, president, Manitoba Beef Producers. “Implementing beneficial management practices helps contribute to improved soil and pasture and forage health on these lands, and we believe the pilot program should prove to be valuable in this regard.” “This is a good first step in the right direction to help producers improve forage and pasture quality in the pilot project area,” said Larry Wegner, chair, Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association. “As a pilot project, it also means the project has potential to help producers as required in those key program areas right away, with the potential for possible design and delivery in other key forage-producing areas across the province.” The Ag Action Manitoba Program Assurance: Environment Beneficial Management Practices (BMP) is also accepting applications starting November 8, 2021. The program provides targeted incentives to farmers to advance the adoption of beneficial management practices. These practices reduce identified environmental risks, improve agro-ecosystem resilience, build public trust and improve environmental sustainability of farm operations in Manitoba.

Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership programming, the governments of Canada and Manitoba help farmers implement and adopt beneficial management practices on their farms that are identified in their Environmental Farm Plans. The Partnership is a five-year, $3-billion commitment by the federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors. This includes a $2-billion commitment that is costshared 60 per cent federally and 40 per cent provincially/territorially for programs that are designed and delivered by provinces and territories. For more information, visit: https://agriculture.canada.ca/en/aboutour-department/key-departmentalinitiatives/canadian-agricultural-partnership. For more information on the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program, and other Ag Action Manitoba- Assurance Beneficial Management Practices programming in Manitoba, please visit: www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/canadianagricultural-partnership/ag-action-manitobaprogram/for-farmers.html. Note: Please see program frequently asked questions document in this edition of the enewsletter.


Frequently Asked Questions Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program

Q1. What is the Agricultural Crown Lands Forage Productivity Pilot Program?

A: The ACLFP is a pilot program that provides Agricultural Crown Land (ACL) lessees with 75% cost-shared programming of up to $30,000 per farm operation to develop a grazing management plan, add infrastructure (cross-fencing, wells, dugouts) and rejuvenate forage lands (perennial forage seed, seeding and brush management) in order to improve pasture productivity. Project must occur between April and December of 2022. Program details can be accessed here: http://webpublishing.mbgov.ca/en/agriculture/canadian-agriculturalpartnership/Documents/guidebook/ag-action-mb-program-guide-for-aclfp.pdf

Q2. Who is eligible to apply? A: ACL lease holders in good standing can apply. A farm business or operation with multiple shareholders or partners, operation names or units, will count as one eligible applicant. Each farm operation can submit one application that includes all applicable activities (planning, infrastructure and/or rejuvenation). However, Municipal lands under ACL lease are not eligible for this program.

Q3. When is the deadline to apply?

A: Applications must be received no later than December 31, 2021. They will be assessed by technical reviewers based on the environmental benefit assessment index, program priorities and project planning.

Q4. Do I need support from ACL to submit an application for a project? A: Yes. You will need a Letter of Support for the proposed project from your local Farm Production Extension Specialist (FPES) – Crown Lands (see contact info in Q14, below) and the Letter of Support must be submitted along with your application. While your FPES-Crown Lands must ensure that your proposed project is suitable for your ACL lease, they are not responsible for ACLFP funding approval.

Q5. What do I need to include with my application?

A: Be sure to answer all questions in the application form itself: explain the proposed project in detail, current practices, and the benefit of the new practice; answer all BMP Specific Questions (as listed in the guidebook), and complete the budget table in full. Along with your application, you will need to include: - a written Letter of Support from your local FPES – Crown Lands for your proposed project (see Q3 above). - an aerial map of the forage land with the location of the existing and proposed water sources identified as well as any fencing (existing and new), and land to be rejuvenated. - an official quote for contracted items (if applicable).


Q6. When can I start my project?

A: Projects must occur between April 1, 2022 and December 30, 2022 in order to be eligible for ACLFP funding. Project deadlines will be specified in the approval letter, should your application be approved. If work is started on a project before formal written approval of program funding is received, the applicant does so at their own risk.

Q7. When do I need to complete my project?

A: The project must be completed and claims submitted by the date indicated in your decision letter (all claims must be submitted no later than December 30, 2022).

Q8. Do I need any permits?

A: Applicants must meet all regulatory requirements. This may include: • approvals from the Crown: ACL Work Permit – see Q9 below. • a Water Rights License is required for all livestock operations extracting more than 25,000 litres (25 m3 or 5,499 Imperial gallons) per day. If developing a new water source, a permit must be obtained in advance of work beginning. • any other standards or approvals as required by law.

Q9. How do I get a Work Permit from ACL to implement a project on my ACL lease? A: An ACL Work Permit is required prior to conducting work on ACL leases. - If your ACLFP project application is approved, an ACL Work Permit will be issued to you from your FPESCrown Land along with the approval letter. - If you plan to initiate your project in advance of receiving ACLFP approval, you will need to secure an ACL Work Permit from an FPES – Crown Lands prior to beginning work.

Q10. Do I need a valid Environmental Farm Plan Statement of Completion?

A: You can submit an application without a valid Statement of Completion, however, if your project is approved, you will be required to provide proof of a valid EFP when you submit your project claim for reimbursement. Environmental Farm Plan workshop dates and locations will be listed online.

Q11. Does my dugout or well need to have a specific capacity?

A: The ACLFP pilot program does not have guidelines for dugout capacity, but you should discuss your plans with your FPES – Crown Lands.

Q12. Can I pump / pipe / haul water from an existing water source into a dugout that has gone dry?

A: Piping or hauling water from any water source (well, dugout or wetland) into a dugout that has run dry is not eligible.

Q13. How deep does a pipeline need to be?

A: Summer pasture pipelines permanently installed underground, and which can be properly winterized before freezing are eligible (ex: installed with a pasture pipeline plow). Above-ground pipelines are ineligible. Projects must be for permanent solutions only.


Q14. If I have more questions, who can I contact?

A: If the question is about project implementation on an ACL lease, please contact: FPES – Crown Lands Greg Logan Luanne Berjian Neil Overby Tyson Gillis

Location Beausejour Minnedosa Dauphin Dauphin

Districts 20, 50, 52 30, 31 42,51 43, 44

E-mail Greg.Logan@gov.mb.ca Luanne.Berjian@gov.mb.ca Neil.Overby@gov.mb.ca Tyson.Gillis@gov.mb.ca

A: If the question is about specific eligibility criteria or the application process, please contact: • Andrea Bertholet (Andrea.Bertholet@gov.mb.ca) or • Colleen Wilson (Colleen.Wilson2@gov.mb.ca).


Beef Advocacy Canada Program Revamped Public and Stakeholder Engagement (PSE) is excited to announce the new and improved Beef Advocacy Canada, an online learning program designed to empower, equip, and connect beef advocates. Through a series of five self-guided courses, participants will learn about the key concerns consumers have about beef and be equipped with the messages, tools and strategies needed to communicate in ways that resonate. The modern platform offers participants learning opportunities through video, short quizzes, and interactive components that can be completed at the users’ own pace. “Consumers have many questions about their food, especially beef,” said Lynsay Beavers, Stakeholder Engagement Specialist with Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. “The great news is consumer research has shown that when consumers are exposed to positive messages about Canadian beef production, increases in knowledge and awareness translate into more positive perceptions. Beef Advocacy Canada will help us equip more people with the tools to create these messages and increase their reach.” The Beef Advocacy Canada program consists of five courses with corresponding lessons. The courses include: • • • • •

The Canadian Beef Community Production Practices and Animal Welfare Beef and the Environment All About the Beef on Your Plate Beef Advocacy

To maintain engagement upon completion of the program, graduates will be offered continuing education webinars, a quarterly newsletter and access to a private Facebook group where they can share advocacy ideas, struggles and successes. Beef Advocacy Canada is free and available for anyone interested. Get started by registering at https://beefadvocacy.ca/

The Public and Stakeholder Engagement program works to fulfill the public trust objectives of the National Beef Strategy under the beef demand and connectivity pillars. These include improving industry synergies, forming strategic partnerships and connecting positively with consumers and the public by actively addressing industry issues. In addition, under the goal of increasing beef demand, key outcomes include increasing public confidence and building a strong social license to operate.


Time to Complete the October Session of the Agroclimate Impact Reporter Help Inform Government of Weather Conditions Affecting Your Farm/Ranch (Information From Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) Have you ever considered how charting

the weather conditions on your farm or ranch might have an impact on actions by governments? Data is a key tool used by governments to examine the effects of factors such as droughts and floods on agriculture, and also to decide whether assistance such as compensation will be offered. Producers can help provide information about such impacts to the federal government via the Agroclimate Impact Reporter (AIR). Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) relies on its network of AIR producer volunteers to provide information regarding agroclimate impacts across the country. The AIR network provides valuable and reliable data that are mapped and used in the assessment and development of policies and programs including AgriRecovery and the Livestock Tax Deferral Provision, which can provide assistance to the industry during extreme weather and climate conditions and events.

The AIR reporting session for October 2021 is open until November 2nd. If you’ve already submitted a report thank you! If you haven’t had time to yet, the links are below, and these reports really assist us with monitoring the impacts of climate and weather on agricultural production. This summer many producers in western Canada have dealt with unprecedented heat and extraordinary drought conditions. As we transition to winter many producers continue to experience very challenging conditions. We would appreciate if you use the comment section on the survey to detail the impacts of drought and describe any management changes you were forced to take to mitigate the impacts of this year's drought. The links for completing the survey can be found here: English French Maps of last month’s impact reporting can be found here.


MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS Scholarship Application Deadline Extension ***Due to ongoing disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic (and the related impacts on high schools and post-secondary institutions) MBP has pushed the application deadline for its 2021 scholarship competition into December instead of the usual June intake deadline. This application intake process is for students who will be undertaking post-secondary studies in the 2021-22 academic year. Manitoba Beef Producers is pleased to make available six $500 scholarships annually for MBP members or their children attending a university, college, other post-secondary institution or pursuing trades training. Preference will be given to those students pursuing a field of study related to agriculture or to those acquiring a skilled trade or pursuing a career that would be beneficial to the rural economy. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY HAS BEEN EXTENDED: Completed applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Friday, December 3 2021. A selection committee will review the submissions. Winners will be notified by January 5, 2022. The scholarship criteria is as follows: Eligibility: • Must be at least 17 years of age as of January 1, 2021. • Must be an active Manitoba beef producer or the child of an active Manitoba beef producer. Note: This can include beef producers returning to school after a period of time in the workforce. • Post-secondary program or trades training must be a minimum of one year in duration. Items You Are Required to Submit: • Completed application form; • A typed 600-word (maximum) essay discussing “What the beef industry means to my family, my community and Manitoba.” Also include the reasons you enjoy being involved in agriculture.*; • A copy of your transcript (either high school, or a recognized college, university or trade school); • Proof of enrolment in a recognized institution (current transcript, or your acceptance letter, or a letter of intent indicating your intended institution and field of study). • A list of community involvement (e.g. 4-H, community clubs, volunteer work, etc.); and, • The names of two references, including their addresses and telephone numbers. Submissions and ALL documentation must be sent no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021 to: Manitoba Beef Producers Scholarship Committee 220 – 530 Century Street Winnipeg MB R3H 0Y4 E-mail: info@mbbeef.ca Fax: (204) 774-3264 For more information, please contact Manitoba Beef Producers at 1-800-772-0458 or email info@mbbeef.ca. *Scholarship winners’ essays will be published in MBP’s newspaper Cattle Country.


MBP 2021-22 Academic Year SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PLEASE PRINT Name: _______________________________________________________________________________ Mailing address: _______________________________________________________________________ Telephone: _____________________________ Email: __________________________________________ Date of birth: _____________________________ Parents’ names if you are under 18: _______________________________________________________ Are you a beef producer? _____________________________ Are you the child of a beef producer? ________ If yes, what is their name(s)? __________________________ Institute of current enrolment: ________________________________________________________________ Current or intended program of post-secondary study or skilled trades training: __________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Duration of post-secondary program or skilled trades training: _________ year (s)

Essay: Please submit a typed 600-word (maximum) essay* on the topic “What the beef industry means to my family, my community, and Manitoba.” Also include the reasons you enjoy being involved in agriculture. *Note: Scholarship winners’ essays will be published in Manitoba Beef Producers’ newspaper Cattle Country. Please return the completed application form, transcript, and proof of enrolment in a post-secondary institution or an apprenticeship program or a letter of intent to pursue further studies, a list of your community involvement, the typed essay and, your references no later than 4:30 p.m., Friday, December 3, 2021 to: Manitoba Beef Producers Scholarship Committee 220 – 530 Century Street Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 Email: info@mbbeef.ca Fax (204) 774-3264


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities opens November 8th Includes intake for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas — professional and contractor fees • Alternative watering system equipment — solar, wind or grid powered systems Producers are advised that the intake period for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice activities begins on Monday, November 8th and closes on December 10, 2021 for projects that will occur in 2022/23. More details on available on the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development site: https://www.manitoba.ca/agriculture/environ ment/environmental-farm-plan/assurancebmp.html This intake period includes applications for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas. For this BMP there is a cost share ratio of 50:50 and a funding cap of $10,000 per application. Applicants may submit more than one application. Under BMP 503 the following costs are eligible: • Water source development – Wells — drilling new or deepening existing wells, test hole drilling, screening, casing, well caps etc. — water pumps and required plumbing components — professional and contractor fees • Water source development – Dugouts — constructing new or rehabilitating existing dugouts, test hole drilling, etc.

— associated components and installation costs • Permanent fencing to restrict livestock access to surface water and dugouts — construction materials — associated components and installation costs • Permanent pipeline development — pipe, plumbing materials, trenching, earthworks, etc. — professional and contractor fees • Watering system components* — watering bowls, troughs or storage tanks * Eligible as a part of a water source development project; items are not eligible as a stand-alone. • personal labour ($25 per hour) and personal equipment use (at set program rates outlined in the Farm Machinery Custom and Rental Rate Guide) Ineligible costs include: maintenance and operation expenses; perimeter fencing for upland grazing management; expenses related to removing or replacing existing fences or water infrastructure, such as storage tanks or water troughs; portable livestock corral panels; portable gas/diesel powered water pumps, generators, water meters; materials and continued on page 13


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities opens November 8th Includes intake for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas construction costs for pump houses; aeration systems for dugouts, etc.; above ground pipelines; hauling or pumping of water to fill empty dugouts; and, temporary set up of watering systems. Examples of other BMPs eligible for cost-shared funding to farmers include: Resource Management Planning, Establishment of a Cover Crop, Increasing Frequency of Perennials in Annual Rotations, Perennial Cover for Sensitive Lands, Improved Pasture and Forage Quality, Intercropping, Farmyard Runoff Control, Relocation of Confined Livestock Areas, and others. An Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Statement of Competition is not required at time of application, however it is required at time of claim, if approved.

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EFP Workshops are ongoing through the fall and winter. Dates and locations are posted at www.ManitobaEFP.ca. Government support cannot exceed 25 or 50 per cent of eligible expenses, depending on project type, with varying funding caps from $10,000 to $100,000. The total maximum amount payable to one farm operation is $60,000 (not including BMP: Barn Odour Reduction and BMP: Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas) over the term of the Ag Action Manitoba program. Farmers may apply and receive funding for more than one BMP over the term of Ag Action Manitoba. Only one application per BMP on the same parcel of land and/or for a single project where there may be common components across multiple applications, will be eligible for funding.


Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? The program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing low moisture levels. The program will assist livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 to purchase feed in order to maintain their breeding herds. Producers may be eligible to apply for two types of assistance: 1. Feed assistance - buy and test feed for eligible breeding animals 2. Feed transportation assistance - transport purchased feed from distant locations for eligible breeding animals Who is eligible for the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? Primary producers who owned or leased the eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Breeding animals are mature females exposed to breeding (male or artificial insemination) and males used previously for breeding. The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. How do I apply? Applicants can download the Application Form, Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals, and associated program documents on the website at manitoba.ca/agriculture. Application packages can also be picked up at any of the ARD/MASC Service Centres, or mailed to you by calling us at 1-844-769-6224. The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500. Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance – Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements. When is the deadline to apply to the program? April 15, 2022 is the final day to apply. Can multiple applications be submitted? Yes, you can submit more than one application until program maximums are reached.


1. Feed Assistance What feed assistance can I apply for? The eligible feeds that can be purchased for eligible animals from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 to maintain them over the winter include:  grazed corn and greenfeed  mechanically harvested hay, silage, greenfeed, stover, straw, including those purchased as standing crops or grazed in a swath  grain and concentrates (pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator) When can eligible feeds be purchased? Are claims retro-active to a certain date? Eligible feed purchases can occur from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. Is there assistance for feed testing the eligible feedstuffs? Yes, the program will pay for feed testing to determine the nutritional value of eligible feeds. Can feed be purchased for feeders or non-breeding animals? No, feed for feeders, growing animals or non-breeding aged animals is not eligible under this program. How will livestock feed assistance payments be calculated? The administrator will make payments to the applicant for purchases and testing of Eligible Feed made between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, as follows:  On a per breeding head basis, a producer share will be applied $50 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $10 per head for sheep and goats.  Payments will be equal to 75 per cent of the purchased cost of feed and feed testing that exceeds the producer share to a maximum per head payment. The maximum payment is $250 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $50 per head for sheep and goats. How are the breeding head determined in calculating payments?  Breeding head are based on the number declared on the Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals at the time of first application. The declaration is the number of head being maintained and fed over winter, and does not include animals that have or will be sold prior to March 15, 2022. If applicants reduce their breeding animals below the number declared with their first application, they should contact the Program Administrator and submit a new declaration.

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2. Feed Transportation Assistance What feeds qualify for feed transportation assistance? Feed transportation assistance is provided for the movement of eligible feed types (hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, silage, grain and concentrates) to eligible breeding animals. The eligible concentrates are pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator. What are the eligible dates and distances for feed transportation? Transportation costs for eligible feed purchased and transported between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 kilometres. What are the payments for the feed transportation assistance? Payments will be calculated on the tonnes hauled on a per loaded kilometre basis up to 600 kilometres. For hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, and silage the payment rates are:  $0.16 per tonne kilometre for the first 100 kilometres of a haul  $0.10 per tonne kilometre for the remainder of a haul for up to an additional 500 kilometres. For grains and concentrate, the payment rate is $0.05 per tonne kilometre up to 600 kilometres. Payments for each receipt or invoice provided by the applicant will be the payment rate multiplied by the distance transported multiplied by the number of tonnes transported, or the amount of the receipt, whichever is less. Feed can be hauled further than 600 kilometres; however, the extra distance is not eligible for payment. Can feed be sourced from outside of Manitoba qualify for assistance? Feed can be sourced from outside Manitoba and the shipping will still be eligible based on the program’s rates and distances. Does the feed transportation assistance come out of the feed assistance funding? Feed transportation assistance is in addition to funding available to a producer for feed purchases. It is not subtracted from the $250 per head cap for beef, bison and PMU horses or $50 cap for sheep and goats. Is feed transportation assistance available for animals moved to an alternate feeding location? Feed transportation assistance is not available for animals for which producers have received assistance to move eligible animals to an alternate feeding location under the Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program. Alternate feeding locations should have adequate feed locally available for the animals moved. What feed is not eligible for feed transportation assistance?  Feed for market animals or ineligible animals.  Feed produced on your own operation.  Feed for breeding animals that are sold/culled prior to March 15, 2022.  Feed that is sold or replaces similar feed that is sold.  Feed transported less than 40 kilometres.  Feed transported to an alternate feeding location used to house eligible animals for which the applicant received payments under Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance.

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COVID-19: Updated Vaccination Information Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to include anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 2009. (October 27, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) The province is expanding

Vaccine Administration, Supply and Distribution

recommendations for third doses of the COVID19 vaccine to include residents of congregate elderly persons housing. There are more than 500 sites across the province and regional health authorities will be working with them in the coming weeks to implement.

The super site in Gimli is now closed and a popup clinic has opened at the Gimli Multipurpose Building at 17B North Colonization Rd. Appointments are currently being taken for Friday, Oct. 29. Hours of operation are 12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Pan-Canadian Proof of Vaccination Credential

Manitoba vaccine sites are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccinations for COVID-19 and seasonal flu. Eligible individuals can book their appointments online or by calling (tollfree) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). For hours and days of operation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.ht ml.

Fully vaccinated people in Manitoba can now apply to receive the new pan-Canadian Proof of Vaccination Credential (PVC), which can be used when travelling domestically or internationally. For more information, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immuniza tionrecord/residents.html#pvc. Eligibility The current recommendations for third doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including locations where they can be administered, are online at: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibilitycriteria.html#third.

Additional Information    More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccine and https://protectmb.ca.   For more information about COVID-19 immunization records and cards, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immuniza tionrecord/index.html.


Eligible Manitobans Can Get Pan-Canadian Proof of Vaccination Credential for Use When Travelling immunization card contains no personal health information, which better protects privacy.

(October 25, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) People in Manitoba who are fully

vaccinated can now apply to receive a panCanadian proof of vaccination credential (PVC), which can be used when travelling domestically or internationally, Central Services Minister Reg Helwer and Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon announced. The pan-Canadian proof of vaccination credential uses a QR code that will be recognized across the country, Helwer noted. Individuals who currently have a Manitoba immunization card or are eligible for one can visit https://immunizationcard.Manitoba.ca to request their PVC. It will then be emailed as a PDF, which can be printed or available digitally. The ministers noted the provincial government strongly recommends people continue to use Manitoba’s immunization card while in the province. The PVC includes more information, such as date of birth, date of immunization and the brand of vaccine received. Manitoba’s

Manitoba’s immunization card app will be updated in November to include the PVC. At that time, people using the app will be able to toggle between them and choose which to present to a venue or business. The province’s verifier app will also be updated in November to read the QR codes on the national credential. This means businesses and other venues will not have to change the way they check immunization status as the federal card becomes more widely used. In the interim, Manitobans travelling in the first weeks of November can visit https://immunizationcard.Manitoba.ca to request a PDF version of the PVC, which will be sent by email. For more information or to apply in Manitoba, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immuniza tion-record.html. For more information about the PVC, including where it can be used, visit: www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugeescitizenship/services/canadian-covid-19-proofvaccination.html.


Public Health Orders Extended to Maintain Positive Progress on Fourth Wave •

limiting private outdoor gatherings for households to 10 guests when any unvaccinated person who is eligible to be vaccinated is present on the property (even if the unvaccinated person lives at that location);

reducing indoor public gathering group sizes to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity, whichever is lower, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated including weddings and funerals;

setting indoor group sizes for faithbased gatherings to 25 people or 33 per cent capacity, whichever is greater, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated.

limiting all outdoor public gathering sizes to 50 people; and

retail capacity remains at 50 per cent in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region with the exception of capital region communities to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in this region.

(October 25, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) Current public health orders have been

extended for an additional three weeks with the goal of maintaining Manitoba’s positive response to the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon and Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, announced. The municipalities of Cartier, Headingley, Macdonald, Ritchot (Niverville-Ritchot), St. Francois Xavier and Tache are geographically located in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region. Considering their vaccination rates are more consistent with that of the Winnipeg capital region, as well as their proximity to and regular commuting to Winnipeg, the new public health orders will see these select municipalities treated like Winnipeg and the rest of the province. All other public health orders remain unchanged. The orders continue to allow fully vaccinated Manitobans to enjoy as much freedom and as few restrictions as possible, while unvaccinated individuals continue to be restricted in their activities in order to reduce transmission and the most serious outcomes. This includes: •

limiting private indoor gatherings for households to guests from one other household when any unvaccinated person who is eligible to be vaccinated is present on the property (even if the unvaccinated person lives at that location);

The new orders will come into effect on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 12:01 a.m. and will be in place until Nov. 16. The orders will keep the Pandemic Response System at Restricted (Orange) with schools at Caution (Yellow). All other public health orders remain unchanged. For more information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19.


Manitoba Beef Producers 2021 DroughtRelated Industry Survey reservoirs, restoring existing water sources, or hauling water. Producers are also asked to indicate their intentions with respect to herd sizes going forward, such as projected culling rates. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation is sincerely appreciated.

In support of Manitoba Beef Producers’ drought-related advocacy efforts with the federal and provincial governments, MBP is conducting a confidential producer survey to gather further data on the impact the drought is having on the province’s beef sector. For example, producers are being asked to identify their estimated percentage of feed/forage production compared to last year. Producers are asked to indicate if they are incurring additional fencing costs in order to access alternate sources of feed for grazing. There are questions related to the drought’s impact on water resources. This includes investments producers are having to make in this area, such as digging new wells or

Note: All data and comments collected will be aggregated before being used for MBP’s advocacy activities. No operation-specific identifying information will be shared with governments. Thank you in advance for your consideration in completing the survey which can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ YX52PFG MBP is continuing to engage with government officials about the severity of the drought, its effects on producers and the need for a timely, multi-pronged approach to help the beef industry deal with the immediate and longerterm implications of the drought.


Environmental Farm Plan Workshops Availability Due to COVID-19, all EFP workshops will be taking place virtually via Online Meetings until further notice. To register for an EFP workshop, click on the link “Register now!” in the link below for your preferred workshop date. Once registered, you will then receive an email with a link to access the meeting. Workbooks are mailed and you should receive yours approximately 1 week prior to the workshop. You can also visit this link to register: Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) are an essential part of every farm operation. These workshops will guide producers through the EFP workbook to help assess and identify the environmental assets and risks on their farm operations, and develop an action plan to address the identified risks. Workbooks and support material will be provided to those who attend. There is no preparation required for this workshop. EFPs must be renewed every five years to remain valid. If you are unsure if your EFP is valid, please contact KAP to inquire at (204) 697-1140.

https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/environme nt/events-and-deadlines/index.html Note: Workshops are currently available through November 2021.

The next available workshop is November 3, running from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.


E-Newsletter dsfsfa An update from MBP October 22, 2021

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Manitoba’s State of Emergency to Expire (October 21, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) The

provincewide state of emergency under the Emergency Measures Act will expire today as the order is no longer required to help the province protect Manitobans from the impacts of COVID-19, Premier Kelvin Goertzen and Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler, minister responsible for the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization (EMO), announced. “Nineteen months ago we declared a state of emergency to help protect the physical and financial health and safety of all Manitobans and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our hospitals and in our communities,” said Goertzen. “As we continue to move toward a post-pandemic Manitoba, we want to remind everyone, although the state of emergency is expiring, COVID-19 is still here. With vaccination rates among the highest in the country with over 82 per cent of eligible Manitobans fully vaccinated, we can help control COVID, but it’s important that all Manitobans continue to follow the fundamentals that help us limit our risks.” The state of emergency was first declared on March 20, 2020, by the powers set out in section 10(1) and 10(2) of the Emergency Measures Act and will expire at 4 p.m. today, Oct. 21.

Public health orders can continue to be issued through the Public Health Act without a declared provincewide state of emergency. The province can declare a new state of emergency if required in the future. The state of emergency allowed for a number of emergency orders to be made that were beyond the scope of the Public Health Act. The Manitoba government used the powers in section 12.3 to make the order regarding personal care home staffing and work deployment to help protect residents of personal care homes from COVID-19 by restricting staff movement between personal care homes. This order is no longer required as amendments were made to the Public Health Act that enabled the issue to be addressed under that act. In addition, the province used the powers in section 12.6 to make a variety of temporary suspension orders around corporate meeting provisions to allow for virtual meetings, in-person commissioning and witnessing to be done remotely, and providing relief related to youth exiting care under the Child and Family Services Act. The temporary suspensions were made to assist Manitobans in responding to difficulties created by the pandemic and are no longer required. Lastly, orders were made under section 12.13 regarding varying reporting deadlines for government and government agencies.

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State of emergency - cont. This power was used to make orders to allow for extended provincial government reporting deadlines in 2020-21 as organizational resources were redeployed to address the impacts of the pandemic. “Our government will continue to remain cautious and vigilant in efforts to stop the spread of the virus,” said Schuler. “Manitoba’s Emergency Measures Organization provincial response team will continue to work with industry partners and experts in supporting programs and services to assist in Manitoba’s COVID-19 response strategy.”

of masks and vaccinations to lessen the impact of a fourth wave. For the full list of orders under the emergency act, visit: https://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/index_o rders.php?o=title&x=1. To view the state of emergency and public health orders, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/ord ers/index.html.

Public health orders are still in effect, and Manitobans are encouraged to continue to follow public health guidelines around the use

Province Advises Outflow From Shellmouth Reservoir Is Increasing (October 19, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) Manitoba Infrastructure is conducting a

bathymetric survey of the Assiniboine River between the Shellmouth Dam and St-Lazare. In order to get sufficient water levels to assist the bathymetric survey, Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre reports the outflow from the Shellmouth Reservoir will be increasing. Outflow from Shellmouth Dam will be increased to 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) from the

current 150 cfs starting Wednesday, Oct. 20. Outflow will be reduced back to the current outflow (150 cfs) after seven days of operation on Wednesday, Oct. 27. This increase in outflow is expected to bring a level rise of 1.5 to 2.5 feet between the Shellmouth Dam and St-Lazare. The level increase will diminish as the river moves downstream to Brandon and Winnipeg. Property owners are advised to take necessary precautions.


COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin: Update on COVID-19 and Flu Vaccine Availability The youth catch-up immunization program will return to schools in November, once in-school COVID-19 vaccine clinics end. Eligibility (October 18, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) Manitoba is expanding its recommendations for a third dose of the COVID19 vaccine to include First Nation people living on reserve. This includes an estimated 7,200 people. The third dose should be given at least six months after the last vaccine. The Integrated Vaccine Operations Centre, which is co-led by First Nations and the federal government, is being reactivated to oversee the third dose rollout and co-ordinate other supports that communities may need.

Seasonal Influenza Vaccines Beginning October 18th, individuals can make an appointment for their seasonal flu vaccine at provincial, regional or urban Indigenous sites using the provincial call centre or online booking system originally put in place for the COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals can receive their seasonal flu, COVID-19 or both vaccines at these sites at the same time, if they choose. The online vaccine finder at https://protectmb.ca shows locations where these vaccines are available including where walkins are available. Many medical clinics and pharmacies with seasonal flu and/or the COVID-19 vaccines will continue to be listed, with information about how to book at these locations. Youth Catch-up Immunizations All urban Indigenous sites are now offering school catch-up immunizations to help prevent serious illnesses such as HPV, hepatitis B and meningitis. Families can make their appointment by contacting these sites directly, or through the provincial call centre or online booking tool.

The current recommendations for third doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including where they can be administered, is online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibilitycriteria.html#third. Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID19 vaccine continues to include anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 2009. Vaccine Administration, Supply and Distribution The super site in Gimli is now closed. Additional clinics will be offered in the community at a new location. Manitoba vaccine sites are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccinations. Eligible individuals can book their appointments online or by calling (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MANVACC). For hours and days of operation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.html . COVID-19 immunizations are available to eligible young people at school-based clinics. For more information, visit https://protectmb.ca/schoolimmunizations/. Additional Information    More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccineand https://protect mb.ca. For more information about COVID-19 immunization records and cards, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immuni zationrecord/index.html.


New Measures will Allow Manitoba Travellers to Access Covid-19 Rapid Tests at Pharmacies

(October 18, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) The Manitoba government has taken

steps to enable pharmacists to perform COVID19 rapid tests for people travelling outside of the province, Manitoba Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon announced. “These measures enable pharmacists to expand services for all Manitobans by performing, interpreting and providing results of these tests to people who require a negative test to travel,” said Gordon. “This is an important change that builds capacity and provides more options for travellers.” The minister noted this change enables rapid antigen tests and rapid molecular (non-PCR) tests to be performed at pharmacies. Pharmacies will be responsible for acquiring rapid testing supplies, training staff and advertising the service at their site.

To request a rapid test, individuals are required to present the pharmacist with documentation related to their travel plans, which may include plane or train ticket or hotel booking. Rapid test requirements can vary by country, so individuals should confirm which type of test is required when making their travel plans and before taking a rapid test. Manitoba travellers will be required to pay a fee for these tests, as travel health-related services are not an insured health benefit under the Canada Health Act. This is consistent with travellers paying for international travel vaccinations required by other countries. Fees for COVID-19 testing will be set by each pharmacy providing the service. The necessary changes are being made through orders under the Emergency Measures Act and the Regulated Health Professions Act. These came into effect today, Oct. 18. For more information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html.

Farmland School Tax Rebate

Applications for the 2021 Farmland School Tax Rebate are now available. Farm property owners who have submitted an application in

the past are encouraged to apply for their rebate online at myMASC. Note: Even if you received an Education Property Tax Rebate cheque, you are still eligible to apply for the Farmland School Tax Rebate. For further information or assistance, call or email your nearest ARD and MASC Service Centre.


Using Canada’s COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination for Travel (October 21, 2021 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Backgrounder) The Canadian

COVID-19 proof of vaccination provides Canadian residents with a reliable way to demonstrate that they are vaccinated against COVID-19 when travelling within and outside Canada. Canadians can get their proof of vaccination from their province or territory (for more information, visit Canada.ca/vaccineproof). Each country decides what type of vaccination proof is required, the types of vaccines they accept, the number of doses required, and any exemptions to public health measures. Even with a Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination, a traveller may not be considered fully vaccinated in another country. Canadians should always check the entry and public health requirements of their destination country, as well as the Government of Canada’s travel advice and advisories, before booking a trip. It’s also important they understand their obligations and the entry requirements for returning to Canada. Designed to protect privacy and share COVID19 vaccination information safely The information on the proof of vaccination is limited to •

the holder’s full name and date of birth

a neutral, factual account of the holder’s COVID-19 vaccination history, including o

the number of doses

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the vaccine type(s), product name(s) and lot number(s)

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the dates they got their vaccinations

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a QR code that includes the vaccination history and may include additional information on the COVID-19 vaccines received

The only medical information shown is a person’s COVID-19 vaccination history. The proof, including the QR code, does not contain any additional medical or identity information. A common look across Canada based on the SMART Health Card standard The Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination was designed with a common look that features the Canada wordmark. It will allow other countries and transportation providers, such as airlines and cruise ship operators, to recognize the proof as a trusted Canadian document regardless of the province or territory that issued it. The proof also complies with the SMART Health Card standard, which is used and recognized by many top travel destinations for Canadian travellers. The Government of Canada is actively engaging international partners to seek recognition and acceptance of the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination abroad. The SMART Health Card •

is a secure and verifiable health record that is digitally signed by a trusted authority (for example, the issuing province or territory)

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Using Canada’s COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination for Travel •

prevents forgeries and tampering by detecting any changes to the document after it has been issued

is important that they are able to travel with the associated benefits of vaccination.

allows users to hold a digital copy on a portable device, such as a mobile phone or tablet, or to print a copy directly or via a request to their provincial or territorial government, where available

As of November 8, 2021, Canadians vaccinated with any combination of 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by U.S. regulators or the World Health Organization will be considered fully vaccinated and able to enter the United States. The Government of Canada is actively engaging other countries and international partners to encourage them to recognize those who have received mixed vaccine schedules or extended dose intervals as being fully vaccinated. This includes sharing Canada’s evidence and experience with mixed schedules of Health Canada-authorized vaccines for both AstraZeneca/mRNA and mixed mRNA doses. Initial outreach has focused on the ongoing exchange of technical and scientific information to advance this time-sensitive work.

ArriveCAN updates for travellers entering Canada All travellers must submit mandatory information in ArriveCAN (mobile app or online at Canada.ca/ArriveCAN) within 72 hours before arrival in Canada. To qualify for public health exemptions, travellers must meet the definition of a fully vaccinated traveller and upload their proof of vaccination. Final determination on whether they benefit from the modified provisions for fully vaccinated travellers is made at the border. Travellers must bring a digital or paper copy of their proof of vaccination with them. ArriveCAN has been updated to digitally verify the authenticity of the new Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination, allowing Canadian officials to easily review it at the border. ArriveCAN users should update their app to ensure the latest functionality. If travellers do not have this new proof, they can continue to upload other proofs of vaccination in ArriveCAN. Acceptance of mixed vaccine doses internationally Canadians vaccinated with mixed vaccine doses followed recommendations made by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization to protect themselves and their communities. It

The first priority for engagement has focused on national health and scientific decision-making authorities with significant impact and influence and with whom Canada has close, trusted relationships, including the U.S. and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United Kingdom, the European Union and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. The Government of Canada is also engaging with the World Health Organization given its global influence, and has successfully secured supportive commitments to recognize mixed vaccine schedules in numerous G7 and G20 Health Declarations issued in the last several weeks. continued on page 8


Using Canada’s COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination for Travel Using the proof of vaccination for travel in Canada The Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination offers multiple benefits and uses, which includes meeting Canada’s new traveller vaccine requirements. Effective October 30, 2021, all travellers 12 years of age and older departing from Canadian airports, and travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, will be required to be fully vaccinated in order to travel. To allow travellers

time to become fully vaccinated, there will be a short transition period where they will be able to travel if they show a valid COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of travel as an alternative to providing proof of full vaccination. If travellers have not already started the vaccination process, or do not start soon, they risk not qualifying for travel as of November 30, 2021. Visit Boarding flights to and within Canada for more information.


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Streamed via YouTube Q&A via Sli.do using access code #AnimalProtein Animal-sourced protein foods, such as meats, poultry, eggs, milk, and fish are abundant in energy and micronutrients that are challenging or impossible to obtain solely through plant-based protein consumption. Many studies suggest that animal-sourced protein foods provide crucial nutrients that alleviate several chronic diseases, such as those associated with aging, obesity, and poor growth. Deficiencies in the nutrients provided by animal-sourced protein foods can result in anemia, sarcopenia, and impaired cognitive function, among other outcomes. The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published by the United States Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services, supports the role of animalsourced protein foods in the diet at every life stage, beginning at birth. Animal-sourced protein foods are consumed worldwide and contribute to food security of the population. Teresa Ann Davis, Ph.D. is a Professor of Pediatrics at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, Texas. She received her doctorate from the University of Tennessee (UT) and her postdoctoral training from Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Davis is internationally recognized for her National Institutes of Health and U.S. Department of Agriculture supported studies on the nutritional regulation of protein metabolism and growth. Dr. Davis received the Animal Growth and Development Award and the Morrison Award from the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), the Stockstad Award from the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), the Centennial Leader Award from UT, and the Research Mentor Award from BCM. She was a member of the USDA/HHS 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and is an ASN and ASAS Fellow. Dr. Davis has served as ASAS Director-at-Large and President of ASN and is the current Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Nutrition and President-Elect of ASAS.


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities opens November 8th Includes intake for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas — professional and contractor fees • Alternative watering system equipment — solar, wind or grid powered systems Producers are advised that the intake period for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice activities begins on Monday, November 8th and closes on December 10, 2021 for projects that will occur in 2022/23. More details on available on the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development site: https://www.manitoba.ca/agriculture/environ ment/environmental-farm-plan/assurancebmp.html This intake period includes applications for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas. For this BMP there is a cost share ratio of 50:50 and a funding cap of $10,000 per application. Applicants may submit more than one application. Under BMP 503 the following costs are eligible: • Water source development – Wells — drilling new or deepening existing wells, test hole drilling, screening, casing, well caps etc. — water pumps and required plumbing components — professional and contractor fees • Water source development – Dugouts — constructing new or rehabilitating existing dugouts, test hole drilling, etc.

— associated components and installation costs • Permanent fencing to restrict livestock access to surface water and dugouts — construction materials — associated components and installation costs • Permanent pipeline development — pipe, plumbing materials, trenching, earthworks, etc. — professional and contractor fees • Watering system components* — watering bowls, troughs or storage tanks * Eligible as a part of a water source development project; items are not eligible as a stand-alone. • personal labour ($25 per hour) and personal equipment use (at set program rates outlined in the Farm Machinery Custom and Rental Rate Guide) Ineligible costs include: maintenance and operation expenses; perimeter fencing for upland grazing management; expenses related to removing or replacing existing fences or water infrastructure, such as storage tanks or water troughs; portable livestock corral panels; portable gas/diesel powered water pumps, generators, water meters; materials and continued on page 11


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities opens November 8th Includes intake for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas construction costs for pump houses; aeration systems for dugouts, etc.; above ground pipelines; hauling or pumping of water to fill empty dugouts; and, temporary set up of watering systems. Examples of other BMPs eligible for cost-shared funding to farmers include: Resource Management Planning, Establishment of a Cover Crop, Increasing Frequency of Perennials in Annual Rotations, Perennial Cover for Sensitive Lands, Improved Pasture and Forage Quality, Intercropping, Farmyard Runoff Control, Relocation of Confined Livestock Areas, and others. An Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Statement of Competition is not required at time of application, however it is required at time of claim, if approved.

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EFP Workshops are ongoing through the fall and winter. Dates and locations are posted at www.ManitobaEFP.ca. Government support cannot exceed 25 or 50 per cent of eligible expenses, depending on project type, with varying funding caps from $10,000 to $100,000. The total maximum amount payable to one farm operation is $60,000 (not including BMP: Barn Odour Reduction and BMP: Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas) over the term of the Ag Action Manitoba program. Farmers may apply and receive funding for more than one BMP over the term of Ag Action Manitoba. Only one application per BMP on the same parcel of land and/or for a single project where there may be common components across multiple applications, will be eligible for funding.


Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? The program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing low moisture levels. The program will assist livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 to purchase feed in order to maintain their breeding herds. Producers may be eligible to apply for two types of assistance: 1. Feed assistance - buy and test feed for eligible breeding animals 2. Feed transportation assistance - transport purchased feed from distant locations for eligible breeding animals Who is eligible for the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? Primary producers who owned or leased the eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Breeding animals are mature females exposed to breeding (male or artificial insemination) and males used previously for breeding. The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. How do I apply? Applicants can download the Application Form, Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals, and associated program documents on the website at manitoba.ca/agriculture. Application packages can also be picked up at any of the ARD/MASC Service Centres, or mailed to you by calling us at 1-844-769-6224. The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500. Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance – Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements. When is the deadline to apply to the program? April 15, 2022 is the final day to apply. Can multiple applications be submitted? Yes, you can submit more than one application until program maximums are reached.


1. Feed Assistance What feed assistance can I apply for? The eligible feeds that can be purchased for eligible animals from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 to maintain them over the winter include:  grazed corn and greenfeed  mechanically harvested hay, silage, greenfeed, stover, straw, including those purchased as standing crops or grazed in a swath  grain and concentrates (pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator) When can eligible feeds be purchased? Are claims retro-active to a certain date? Eligible feed purchases can occur from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. Is there assistance for feed testing the eligible feedstuffs? Yes, the program will pay for feed testing to determine the nutritional value of eligible feeds. Can feed be purchased for feeders or non-breeding animals? No, feed for feeders, growing animals or non-breeding aged animals is not eligible under this program. How will livestock feed assistance payments be calculated? The administrator will make payments to the applicant for purchases and testing of Eligible Feed made between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, as follows:  On a per breeding head basis, a producer share will be applied $50 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $10 per head for sheep and goats.  Payments will be equal to 75 per cent of the purchased cost of feed and feed testing that exceeds the producer share to a maximum per head payment. The maximum payment is $250 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $50 per head for sheep and goats. How are the breeding head determined in calculating payments?  Breeding head are based on the number declared on the Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals at the time of first application. The declaration is the number of head being maintained and fed over winter, and does not include animals that have or will be sold prior to March 15, 2022. If applicants reduce their breeding animals below the number declared with their first application, they should contact the Program Administrator and submit a new declaration.

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2. Feed Transportation Assistance What feeds qualify for feed transportation assistance? Feed transportation assistance is provided for the movement of eligible feed types (hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, silage, grain and concentrates) to eligible breeding animals. The eligible concentrates are pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator. What are the eligible dates and distances for feed transportation? Transportation costs for eligible feed purchased and transported between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 kilometres. What are the payments for the feed transportation assistance? Payments will be calculated on the tonnes hauled on a per loaded kilometre basis up to 600 kilometres. For hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, and silage the payment rates are:  $0.16 per tonne kilometre for the first 100 kilometres of a haul  $0.10 per tonne kilometre for the remainder of a haul for up to an additional 500 kilometres. For grains and concentrate, the payment rate is $0.05 per tonne kilometre up to 600 kilometres. Payments for each receipt or invoice provided by the applicant will be the payment rate multiplied by the distance transported multiplied by the number of tonnes transported, or the amount of the receipt, whichever is less. Feed can be hauled further than 600 kilometres; however, the extra distance is not eligible for payment. Can feed be sourced from outside of Manitoba qualify for assistance? Feed can be sourced from outside Manitoba and the shipping will still be eligible based on the program’s rates and distances. Does the feed transportation assistance come out of the feed assistance funding? Feed transportation assistance is in addition to funding available to a producer for feed purchases. It is not subtracted from the $250 per head cap for beef, bison and PMU horses or $50 cap for sheep and goats. Is feed transportation assistance available for animals moved to an alternate feeding location? Feed transportation assistance is not available for animals for which producers have received assistance to move eligible animals to an alternate feeding location under the Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program. Alternate feeding locations should have adequate feed locally available for the animals moved. What feed is not eligible for feed transportation assistance?  Feed for market animals or ineligible animals.  Feed produced on your own operation.  Feed for breeding animals that are sold/culled prior to March 15, 2022.  Feed that is sold or replaces similar feed that is sold.  Feed transported less than 40 kilometres.  Feed transported to an alternate feeding location used to house eligible animals for which the applicant received payments under Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance.

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The Economic Multiplier Effect of

Canada’s beef cattle industry A sustainable driver of the national economy

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Canada’s economic and environmental sustainability is dependent on the health of its beef cattle sector — from cow-calf producers and feedlots to processors. The beef industry’s significant contribution to the economy is not always apparent by looking at farm cash receipts alone. A study of the indirect and induced impacts of the beef sector reflects a bigger picture of how the industry drives Canada’s economy.

beef ranches & feedlots generate

347,352 jobs across Canada

with every job in the sector yielding another 3.9 jobs elsewhere in the economy. The red meat processing sector is the largest segment of the Canadian food manufacturing sector, with $16.3 billion in annual revenue, providing direct employment for 58,000+ people. The Canadian beef sector represents 15% of total farm cash receipts, making it the second largest farm income source, averaging $9.1 billion annually. For income received by workers and farm owners, every

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The beef cattle industry contributes

$21.8 billion to Canada’s GDP

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Manitoba Beef Producers 2021 DroughtRelated Industry Survey reservoirs, restoring existing water sources, or hauling water. Producers are also asked to indicate their intentions with respect to herd sizes going forward, such as projected culling rates. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation is sincerely appreciated.

In support of Manitoba Beef Producers’ drought-related advocacy efforts with the federal and provincial governments, MBP is conducting a confidential producer survey to gather further data on the impact the drought is having on the province’s beef sector. For example, producers are being asked to identify their estimated percentage of feed/forage production compared to last year. Producers are asked to indicate if they are incurring additional fencing costs in order to access alternate sources of feed for grazing. There are questions related to the drought’s impact on water resources. This includes investments producers are having to make in this area, such as digging new wells or

Note: All data and comments collected will be aggregated before being used for MBP’s advocacy activities. No operation-specific identifying information will be shared with governments. Thank you in advance for your consideration in completing the survey which can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ YX52PFG MBP is continuing to engage with government officials about the severity of the drought, its effects on producers and the need for a timely, multi-pronged approach to help the beef industry deal with the immediate and longerterm implications of the drought.


Environmental Farm Plan Workshops Availability Due to COVID-19, all EFP workshops will be taking place virtually via Online Meetings until further notice. To register for an EFP workshop, click on the link “Register now!” in the link below for your preferred workshop date. Once registered, you will then receive an email with a link to access the meeting. Workbooks are mailed and you should receive yours approximately 1 week prior to the workshop. You can also visit this link to register: Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) are an essential part of every farm operation. These workshops will guide producers through the EFP workbook to help assess and identify the environmental assets and risks on their farm operations, and develop an action plan to address the identified risks. Workbooks and support material will be provided to those who attend. There is no preparation required for this workshop. EFPs must be renewed every five years to remain valid. If you are unsure if your EFP is valid, please contact KAP to inquire at (204) 697-1140.

https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/environme nt/events-and-deadlines/index.html Note: Workshops are currently available through November 2021.

The next available workshop is November 3, running from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.


RDAR makes Major Investment in CBIN Genetics Data Platform to Improve Efficiency and Profitability of Cattle Producers October 19, 2021 (Edmonton, Alberta) - Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR) has invested $640,000 in a collaborative research project with the Canadian Beef Improvement Network (CBIN) to springboard the development of a unified, standardized, and producer-accessible beef cattle genetics data platform. Through this platform, CBIN will provide commercial cattle producers and the entire beef production chain with access to critical data that will help better inform genetic decisions and improve environmental and economic sustainability. “Genetic data is essential to ensuring Alberta beef continues to be known worldwide for being the best. This project is a prime example of the innovation Alberta is known for, with industry groups working together to find new opportunities and new markets for their producers. I’m interested in seeing how this project benefits our ranchers and the province as a whole.” Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry To date, eight Canadian beef cattle breed associations have committed to participate in the development of CBIN under the leadership of the Canadian Beef Breeds Council. This datadriven platform will benefit Canadian cattle producers directly. CBIN will give producers access to on-farm, on-demand genetic information to improve herd quality and inform marketing and genetic selection decisions. Genetic data has value as a change agent. Today, genetic information is available to help producers make essential breeding decisions on fertility, growth, feed efficiency, disposition, calving ease, and carcass measures, to name a few. However, the beef industry underutilizes genetic data, and significant opportunities for producers to optimize their herd genetics are missed. By utilizing the CBIN platform to inform genetics decisions, producers will realize substantial benefits by capturing environmental efficiencies, improving animal and herd health and management, and validating product quality. The collaborative framework of CBIN’s genetic advancements and technological innovations will be vitally important for the whole Canadian beef industry. “Data-driven genetic decisions and adoption of innovative genetic technologies will benefit all segments of the Canadian beef production chain from conception right through to consumption. Genetics has the potential to create benefits across the board, in the areas including, but not limited to, production efficiencies, environmental sustainability, animal health and welfare, food security and food product outcomes.” David Sibbald, President, Canadian Beef Breeds Council & Chair, Canadian Beef Improvement Network


This project is unique as it seeks to bring an innovative solution to an existing gap in data capture, standardization, and digitalization in beef production. By adopting new genetic technologies and increasing genetic data literacy, Canadian beef producers will be better able to interpret the genetic data of their herds. By using data to inform breeding decisions, producers will improve economic efficiencies and reduce their environmental footprint. “Alberta produces some of the best beef in the world. To help our industry expand markets and compete globally, there needs to be an improvement in producers’ genetic literacy and the use of genomics within our beef industry. By understanding and sharing the linkages of beef genetic data, along with other production metrics, we will see increased profitability and competitiveness in our industry.” Clinton Dobson, RDAR Director of Research RDAR is proud to support this research project. The work will drive the integration and adoption of genetic innovations, standardizing genetic data capture and simplifying data access, assisting Canadian beef producers in making better decisions. RDAR’s funding contributions – of which $576,000.00 comes from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) – are valued at $640,000 over 18 months. To learn more about RDAR research projects, please visit rdar.ca/research

About the Canadian Agricultural Partnership The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial governments to strengthen and grow Canada’s agri-food and agriproducts sectors. This commitment includes $2 billion for programs cost-shared by the federal and provincial/territorial governments, with the programs designed and delivered by provinces and territories. About RDAR RDAR is a not-for-profit organization that will continually consult with Alberta’s crop and livestock producers to set research priorities and distribute funds. Its mandate is: to support results driven agriculture research priorities and programs that will increase the competitiveness and profitability of Alberta’s agriculture industry. Arm’s length from the provincial government, RDAR is funded by two sources: The Government of Alberta, the Government of Canada, and Alberta’s Government through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program. rdar.ca About CBIN The Canadian Beef Improvement Network is a collaborative network established to increase genetic data utilization, validate genetic influence, and drive market signals to create value within the Canadian beef industry. Members and advisors include: Canadian Beef Breeds Council; Canadian Cattlemen’s Association; 8 Canadian Breed Associations; National Cattle Feeder’s Association; Cargill; McDonald’s; Beef Cattle Research Council; Lactanet Canada; and AgSights RDAR Media Inquiries: Janada Hawthorne Communications Lead Results Driven Agriculture Research 780-903-2734 or janada.hawthorne@rdar.a Page 2 of 3


News Release Canadian beef producers encouraged with expanding interest in CPTPP

October 18, 2021    Calgary, AB – Canadian beef producers are encouraged with the latest interest in trade expansion through the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Since CPTPP came into effect on December 30, 2018, Canadian beef exports have increased 37 per cent in volume and 35 per cent in value (2020 vs. 2018). From January to August 2021, exports continue to rise to CPTPP countries and are up 60 per cent in volume and 66 per cent in value. There is growing interest from various markets to join the CPTPP, with official applications by the United Kingdom, Taiwan and China, and further interest by South Korea. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has been a consistent advocate for the further expansion of the CPTPP subject to review of specific country barriers and potential for beef trade. “We expect the Asian region to hold the largest potential for growth in beef demand over the next 25 years and securing further access to key Asian markets is a priority for us,” said Bob Lowe, President of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. “We are encouraged to see other countries’ interest in joining CPTPP, as long as they meet the ambitious nature of the trade agreement, which should open and expand exports for Canadian beef farmers and ranchers.” Canadian beef producers export approximately fifty per cent of beef produced in Canada and this trade adds a value of $775 CDN per animal in comparison to if producers were only able to sell into the Canadian market. For further information, contact:  Communications Manager Canadian Cattlemen’s Association  communications@cattle.ca

The CCA is the national voice for Canada’s beef cattle industry representing 60,000 beef farms and feedlots. Visit www.cattle.ca


MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS Scholarship Application Deadline Extension ***Due to ongoing disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic (and the related impacts on high schools and post-secondary institutions) MBP has pushed the application deadline for its 2021 scholarship competition into December instead of the usual June intake deadline. This application intake process is for students who will be undertaking post-secondary studies in the 2021-22 academic year. Manitoba Beef Producers is pleased to make available six $500 scholarships annually for MBP members or their children attending a university, college, other post-secondary institution or pursuing trades training. Preference will be given to those students pursuing a field of study related to agriculture or to those acquiring a skilled trade or pursuing a career that would be beneficial to the rural economy. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY HAS BEEN EXTENDED: Completed applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Friday, December 3 2021. A selection committee will review the submissions. Winners will be notified by January 5, 2022. The scholarship criteria is as follows: Eligibility: • Must be at least 17 years of age as of January 1, 2021. • Must be an active Manitoba beef producer or the child of an active Manitoba beef producer. Note: This can include beef producers returning to school after a period of time in the workforce. • Post-secondary program or trades training must be a minimum of one year in duration. Items You Are Required to Submit: • Completed application form; • A typed 600-word (maximum) essay discussing “What the beef industry means to my family, my community and Manitoba.” Also include the reasons you enjoy being involved in agriculture.*; • A copy of your transcript (either high school, or a recognized college, university or trade school); • Proof of enrolment in a recognized institution (current transcript, or your acceptance letter, or a letter of intent indicating your intended institution and field of study). • A list of community involvement (e.g. 4-H, community clubs, volunteer work, etc.); and, • The names of two references, including their addresses and telephone numbers. Submissions and ALL documentation must be sent no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021 to: Manitoba Beef Producers Scholarship Committee 220 – 530 Century Street Winnipeg MB R3H 0Y4 E-mail: info@mbbeef.ca Fax: (204) 774-3264 For more information, please contact Manitoba Beef Producers at 1-800-772-0458 or email info@mbbeef.ca. *Scholarship winners’ essays will be published in MBP’s newspaper Cattle Country.


MBP 2021-22 Academic Year SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PLEASE PRINT Name: _______________________________________________________________________________ Mailing address: _______________________________________________________________________ Telephone: _____________________________ Email: __________________________________________ Date of birth: _____________________________ Parents’ names if you are under 18: _______________________________________________________ Are you a beef producer? _____________________________ Are you the child of a beef producer? ________ If yes, what is their name(s)? __________________________ Institute of current enrolment: ________________________________________________________________ Current or intended program of post-secondary study or skilled trades training: __________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Duration of post-secondary program or skilled trades training: _________ year (s)

Essay: Please submit a typed 600-word (maximum) essay* on the topic “What the beef industry means to my family, my community, and Manitoba.” Also include the reasons you enjoy being involved in agriculture. *Note: Scholarship winners’ essays will be published in Manitoba Beef Producers’ newspaper Cattle Country. Please return the completed application form, transcript, and proof of enrolment in a post-secondary institution or an apprenticeship program or a letter of intent to pursue further studies, a list of your community involvement, the typed essay and, your references no later than 4:30 p.m., Friday, December 3, 2021 to: Manitoba Beef Producers Scholarship Committee 220 – 530 Century Street Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 Email: info@mbbeef.ca Fax (204) 774-3264



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***Due to ongoing disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic (and the related impacts on high schools and post-secondary institutions) MBP has pushed the application deadline for its 2021 scholarship competition into November instead of the usual June intake deadline. This application intake process is for students who will be undertaking post-secondary studies in the 2021-22 academic year. Manitoba Beef Producers is pleased to make available six $500 scholarships annually for MBP members or their children attending a university, college, other post-secondary institution or pursuing trades training. Preference will be given to those students pursuing a field of study related to agriculture or to those acquiring a skilled trade or pursuing a career that would be beneficial to the rural economy. Completed applications and supporting documents must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Friday, November 5, 2021. A selection committee will review the submissions. Winners will be notified by December 14, 2021. The scholarship criteria is as follows: Eligibility:  Must be at least 17 years of age as of January 1, 2021.  Must be an active Manitoba beef producer or the child of an active Manitoba beef producer. Note: This can include beef producers returning to school after a period of time in the workforce.  Post-secondary program or trades training must be a minimum of one year in duration. Items You Are Required to Submit:  Completed application form;  A typed 600-word (maximum) essay discussing “What the beef industry means to my family, my community and Manitoba.” Also include the reasons you enjoy being involved in agriculture.*;  A copy of your transcript (either high school, or a recognized college, university or trade school);  Proof of enrolment in a recognized institution (current transcript, or your acceptance letter, or a letter of intent indicating your intended institution and field of study).  A list of community involvement (e.g. 4-H, community clubs, volunteer work, etc.); and,  The names of two references, including their addresses and telephone numbers. Submissions and ALL documentation must be sent no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 5, 2021 to: Manitoba Beef Producers Scholarship Committee 220 – 530 Century Street Winnipeg MB R3H 0Y4 E-mail: info@mbbeef.ca Fax: (204) 774-3264 For more information, please contact Manitoba Beef Producers at 1-800-772-0458 or email info@mbbeef.ca. *Scholarship winners’ essays will be published in MBP’s newspaper Cattle Country.


MBP 2021 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PLEASE PRINT Name: _______________________________________________________________________________ Mailing address: _______________________________________________________________________ Telephone: _____________________________ Email: __________________________________________ Date of birth: _____________________________ Parents’ names if you are under 18: _______________________________________________________ Are you a beef producer? _____________________________ Are you the child of a beef producer? ________ If yes, what is their name(s)? __________________________ Institute of current enrolment: ________________________________________________________________ Current or intended program of post-secondary study or skilled trades training: __________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Duration of post-secondary program or skilled trades training: _________ year (s)

Essay: Please submit a typed 600-word (maximum) essay* on the topic “What the beef industry means to my family, my community, and Manitoba.” Also include the reasons you enjoy being involved in agriculture. *Note: Scholarship winners’ essays will be published in Manitoba Beef Producers’ newspaper Cattle Country. Please return the completed application form, transcript, and proof of enrolment in a post-secondary institution or an apprenticeship program or a letter of intent to pursue further studies, a list of your community involvement, the typed essay and, your references no later than 4:30 p.m., Friday, November 5, 2021 to: Manitoba Beef Producers Scholarship Committee 220 – 530 Century Street Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 Email: info@mbbeef.ca Fax (204) 774-3264


New Legislation Protects Landowners From Trespassers Legislation Responds to Concerns Raised About Rural Public Safety and Crime: Eichler and Friesen

(October 15, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) New legislation amending the Petty

Manitoba livestock farmers are concerned about on farm safety for their families and their livelihood. Anyone who enters a biosecurity zone without permission can compromise the biosecurity of the livestock and therefore the safety of food produced at the premises, Eichler noted.

Trespasses Act, the Occupiers’ Liability Act and the Animal Diseases Act create new restrictions and offences related to trespassing on private property, Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Ralph Eichler and Justice Minister Cameron Friesen announced today.

“KAP welcomes the announcement that the bills 62 and 63 have received proclamation and are in effect. Improvements to trespassing and biosecurity laws are important steps in ensuring Manitoba farm families feel safe and biosecurity protocols are maintained,” said Bill Campbell, president, Keystone Agricultural Producers.

“Trespassing is an important issue in rural Manitoba, because every landowner has the right to have their property respected,” said Eichler. “Farms and rural property need to be protected as a business, but also as people’s homes. Trespassing can expose farms and food production facilities to biosecurity risks that could spread disease and may cause injury and stress to farm animals.”

These amendments establish proactive measures that recognize the importance of biosecurity practices, guided by national standards, and ensure that biosecurity zones are protected. These changes are based on recommendations by Manitoba’s auditor general to strengthen legislation to support the province’s ability to proactively address an animal disease emergency, Eichler said.

Bill 62, the Animal Diseases Amendment Act, strengthens legislation to protect biosecurity zones in place on agricultural operations, and help to protect livestock from biosecurity breaches during transport and at foodprocessing facilities. Bill 63, the Petty Trespasses Amendment and Occupiers’ Liability Amendment Act, removes the need to confront trespassers where possible, by making entry onto certain specified premises without permission an offence, unless the person has a lawful excuse for doing so.

“The Manitoba government is committed to protecting the property rights of Manitobans,” said Friesen. “We have listened to Manitobans and their concerns about rural crime, and we are proud to be providing landowners with greater protection from civil liability for the actions of trespassers.” The bills are in response to concerns raised about rural public safety and crime, and puts Manitoba in with other jurisdictions, added Friesen. After a significant public consultation process that included thousands of Manitobans continued on page 6


New Legislation Protects Landowners From Trespassers Legislation Responds to Concerns Raised About Rural Public Safety and Crime: Eichler and Friesen and stakeholders, the bills were passed in the legislature on May 20. Amendments to the Occupiers’ Liability Act ensure a landowner’s legal responsibility for injury is fair and reasonable when someone is on their property without permission. Previously, owners, occupiers or tenants of premises had the same level of legal responsibility for injury or harm to criminal and non-criminal trespassers.

Amendments to the Preset Fines and Offences Descriptions Regulation under the Provincial Offences Act will permit enforcement officers to issue tickets with set fines for offences with respect to animals in transport and at food processing facilities. The Animal Diseases Act has taken effect on Oct. 8, and the Petty Trespasses Act and the Occupiers’ Liability Act takes effect today, Oct. 15.


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities opens November 8th Includes intake for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas — professional and contractor fees • Alternative watering system equipment — solar, wind or grid powered systems Producers are advised that the intake period for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice activities begins on Monday, November 8th and closes on December 10, 2021 for projects that will occur in 2022/23. More details on available on the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development site: https://www.manitoba.ca/agriculture/environ ment/environmental-farm-plan/assurancebmp.html This intake period includes applications for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas. For this BMP there is a cost share ratio of 50:50 and a funding cap of $10,000 per application. Applicants may submit more than one application. Under BMP 503 the following costs are eligible: • Water source development – Wells — drilling new or deepening existing wells, test hole drilling, screening, casing, well caps etc. — water pumps and required plumbing components — professional and contractor fees • Water source development – Dugouts — constructing new or rehabilitating existing dugouts, test hole drilling, etc.

— associated components and installation costs • Permanent fencing to restrict livestock access to surface water and dugouts — construction materials — associated components and installation costs • Permanent pipeline development — pipe, plumbing materials, trenching, earthworks, etc. — professional and contractor fees • Watering system components* — watering bowls, troughs or storage tanks * Eligible as a part of a water source development project; items are not eligible as a stand-alone. • personal labour ($25 per hour) and personal equipment use (at set program rates outlined in the Farm Machinery Custom and Rental Rate Guide) Ineligible costs include: maintenance and operation expenses; perimeter fencing for upland grazing management; expenses related to removing or replacing existing fences or water infrastructure, such as storage tanks or water troughs; portable livestock corral panels; portable gas/diesel powered water pumps, generators, water meters; materials and continued on page 8


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities opens November 8th Includes intake for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas construction costs for pump houses; aeration systems for dugouts, etc.; above ground pipelines; hauling or pumping of water to fill empty dugouts; and, temporary set up of watering systems. Examples of other BMPs eligible for cost-shared funding to farmers include: Resource Management Planning, Establishment of a Cover Crop, Increasing Frequency of Perennials in Annual Rotations, Perennial Cover for Sensitive Lands, Improved Pasture and Forage Quality, Intercropping, Farmyard Runoff Control, Relocation of Confined Livestock Areas, and others. An Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Statement of Competition is not required at time of application, however it is required at time of claim, if approved.

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EFP Workshops are ongoing through the fall and winter. Dates and locations are posted at www.ManitobaEFP.ca. Government support cannot exceed 25 or 50 per cent of eligible expenses, depending on project type, with varying funding caps from $10,000 to $100,000. The total maximum amount payable to one farm operation is $60,000 (not including BMP: Barn Odour Reduction and BMP: Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas) over the term of the Ag Action Manitoba program. Farmers may apply and receive funding for more than one BMP over the term of Ag Action Manitoba. Only one application per BMP on the same parcel of land and/or for a single project where there may be common components across multiple applications, will be eligible for funding.


Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? The program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing low moisture levels. The program will assist livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 to purchase feed in order to maintain their breeding herds. Producers may be eligible to apply for two types of assistance: 1. Feed assistance - buy and test feed for eligible breeding animals 2. Feed transportation assistance - transport purchased feed from distant locations for eligible breeding animals Who is eligible for the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? Primary producers who owned or leased the eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Breeding animals are mature females exposed to breeding (male or artificial insemination) and males used previously for breeding. The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. How do I apply? Applicants can download the Application Form, Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals, and associated program documents on the website at manitoba.ca/agriculture. Application packages can also be picked up at any of the ARD/MASC Service Centres, or mailed to you by calling us at 1-844-769-6224. The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500. Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance – Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements. When is the deadline to apply to the program? April 15, 2022 is the final day to apply. Can multiple applications be submitted? Yes, you can submit more than one application until program maximums are reached.


1. Feed Assistance What feed assistance can I apply for? The eligible feeds that can be purchased for eligible animals from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 to maintain them over the winter include:  grazed corn and greenfeed  mechanically harvested hay, silage, greenfeed, stover, straw, including those purchased as standing crops or grazed in a swath  grain and concentrates (pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator) When can eligible feeds be purchased? Are claims retro-active to a certain date? Eligible feed purchases can occur from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. Is there assistance for feed testing the eligible feedstuffs? Yes, the program will pay for feed testing to determine the nutritional value of eligible feeds. Can feed be purchased for feeders or non-breeding animals? No, feed for feeders, growing animals or non-breeding aged animals is not eligible under this program. How will livestock feed assistance payments be calculated? The administrator will make payments to the applicant for purchases and testing of Eligible Feed made between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, as follows:  On a per breeding head basis, a producer share will be applied $50 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $10 per head for sheep and goats.  Payments will be equal to 75 per cent of the purchased cost of feed and feed testing that exceeds the producer share to a maximum per head payment. The maximum payment is $250 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $50 per head for sheep and goats. How are the breeding head determined in calculating payments?  Breeding head are based on the number declared on the Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals at the time of first application. The declaration is the number of head being maintained and fed over winter, and does not include animals that have or will be sold prior to March 15, 2022. If applicants reduce their breeding animals below the number declared with their first application, they should contact the Program Administrator and submit a new declaration.

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2. Feed Transportation Assistance What feeds qualify for feed transportation assistance? Feed transportation assistance is provided for the movement of eligible feed types (hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, silage, grain and concentrates) to eligible breeding animals. The eligible concentrates are pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator. What are the eligible dates and distances for feed transportation? Transportation costs for eligible feed purchased and transported between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 kilometres. What are the payments for the feed transportation assistance? Payments will be calculated on the tonnes hauled on a per loaded kilometre basis up to 600 kilometres. For hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, and silage the payment rates are:  $0.16 per tonne kilometre for the first 100 kilometres of a haul  $0.10 per tonne kilometre for the remainder of a haul for up to an additional 500 kilometres. For grains and concentrate, the payment rate is $0.05 per tonne kilometre up to 600 kilometres. Payments for each receipt or invoice provided by the applicant will be the payment rate multiplied by the distance transported multiplied by the number of tonnes transported, or the amount of the receipt, whichever is less. Feed can be hauled further than 600 kilometres; however, the extra distance is not eligible for payment. Can feed be sourced from outside of Manitoba qualify for assistance? Feed can be sourced from outside Manitoba and the shipping will still be eligible based on the program’s rates and distances. Does the feed transportation assistance come out of the feed assistance funding? Feed transportation assistance is in addition to funding available to a producer for feed purchases. It is not subtracted from the $250 per head cap for beef, bison and PMU horses or $50 cap for sheep and goats. Is feed transportation assistance available for animals moved to an alternate feeding location? Feed transportation assistance is not available for animals for which producers have received assistance to move eligible animals to an alternate feeding location under the Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program. Alternate feeding locations should have adequate feed locally available for the animals moved. What feed is not eligible for feed transportation assistance?  Feed for market animals or ineligible animals.  Feed produced on your own operation.  Feed for breeding animals that are sold/culled prior to March 15, 2022.  Feed that is sold or replaces similar feed that is sold.  Feed transported less than 40 kilometres.  Feed transported to an alternate feeding location used to house eligible animals for which the applicant received payments under Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance.

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CFA happy to announce donations from Farm Credit Canada and Ontario Federation of Agriculture to Hay West 2021 so. CFA currently has tens of thousands of bales of hay to be sent to the Prairie provinces, but the demand for hay is still extremely high and more is needed. (October 12, 2021 CFA News Release) The

Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) is happy to announce Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) have both made substantial contributions to the Hay West 2021 initiative to help cover the shipping costs to send hay to drought-stricken farmers in the Prairie provinces. The Hay West initiative helps farmers in the West who are currently suffering from a hay shortage due to devastating drought. Farmers from the East Coast, as well as Ontario and Quebec, have graciously committed and/or donated hay to be sent out west to help feed livestock. The OFA has contributed $50,000 to the initiative, while FCC has contributed $25,000. FCC has also agreed to provide an additional $25,000 if CFA is able to secure an additional $25,000 contribution from another source. CFA hopes these gestures of financial support will spur further contributions, as the drought in Western Canada has been extremely lengthy and resulted in a dire need for hay. All proceeds from donations go directly to paying the shipping costs for moving hay across Canada and the logistical support needed to do

“CFA would like to thank both FCC and OFA for their generous contributions. FCC has supported farmers for a long time through their services, and we greatly appreciate the help they are offering today. The donation from OFA continues a long history of farmers helping out their colleagues from all across Canada whenever they are hit by devastating and uncontrollable circumstances,” said CFA President, Mary Robinson. “There have been two initiatives like Hay West in Canada's history, with the most recent being when farmers from the West sent hay out East for farmers struggling with drought. OFA is happy to be able to make a contribution to help farmers when they are struggling, no matter where they are. We hope these donations can spur other organizations to do so as well,” said Peggy Brekveld, OFA President. CFA is still looking for contributions to cover shipping costs, as well as farmers looking to buy or supply hay. Visit www.haywest2021.net if you are looking to supply or purchase hay. Please contact Laurie Karson at Laurie@canadian-farmers.ca if you would like to donate funds.


IJC Invites Public Comment on Managing Water Supply and Flood Control in Souris River Basin The International Joint Commission (IJC) is inviting public comment on recommendations made by its International Souris River Study Board in a report, “Managing Water Supply and Flood Control in the Souris River Basin,” which recommends potential reservoir operation options to improve flood control and water supply. Comments will be accepted from October 12 through November 15, and at a Nov. 3 virtual public hearing. You may comment online, via email to Commission@IJC.org or by mail; find more details at ijc.org/en/srsb-flood-drought. The Nov. 3 public hearing will be held via webinar from noon-1:30 p.m. CT (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MT, 1-2:30 p.m. ET). Registration and more information can be found online at ijc.org/en/srsb-flood-drought, including links to a highlights report and the board’s full report. The International Souris River Study Board was established by the IJC in 2017 to assist in responding to a reference by Canadian and US governments. The reference was precipitated by an unprecedented 2011 flood in the Souris

River basin, which stretches across Saskatchewan and Manitoba in Canada and extends into North Dakota in the United States. The governments asked the IJC to coordinate the full completion of a 2013 IJC Plan of Study. As part of this, the IJC was asked to evaluate and make recommendations regarding the Operating Plan contained in Annex A to a 1989 Agreement for water supply and flood control in the Souris River basin. Among other items, the agreement coordinates the operation of certain dams and reservoirs. The public hearing and comment period concern potential recommendations the IJC may make to the Canadian and US governments. The study board's findings include that the 1989 Agreement is functioning well and is effective at achieving its intended objectives of flood protection and water supply benefits, and they identify marginal or incremental benefits in five alternative measures recommended for further investigation.

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COVID-19 Vaccine: Updates re: Eligibility for Third Doses, Medical Exemptions, etc.

Source: October 6, 2021 Province of Manitoba news release.

Third Doses Manitoba is expanding its recommendations on third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine today to include: •

individuals who have only received a viral vector vaccine, such as two doses of AstraZeneca or a single dose of the Janssen vaccine; and health-care personnel who have direct contact with patients, residents or clients.

There are about 6,800 people who have received only viral vector vaccines. These individuals can be immunized without a prescription at any vaccine clinic or participating medical clinic or pharmacy with an mRNA vaccine. This dose must be given at least six months after their last vaccine. The third dose is recommended for health-care personnel, including volunteers, who have direct contact with patients, residents and clients. This recommendation also includes all First Nation health-care workers, such as traditional healers and knowledge keepers. There are approximately 50,000 health-care workers in Manitoba. Health-care personnel can receive their third dose at any clinic or site where the COVID vaccine is offered including available occupational health clinics. It is recommended

the third dose be given at least six months after their second dose, unless they meet other thirddose criteria, and a prescription is not required. Receiving a third dose is voluntary and healthcare personnel who do not receive a third dose are still considered to be fully immunized. Individuals can check their dates of immunization at : www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/immunization record/residents.html#immunization-records. Medical Exemptions The province has finalized the process for individuals to request a medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination. Eligible medical conditions and situations are available at: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibilitycriteria.html#exemptions. Individuals who believe they meet the criteria for a medical exemption should first meet with their regular health-care provider or specialist. If the health-care provider determines the individual meets the criteria, they will be referred to a specialist for further assessment of their condition. Exemptions can only be submitted to Manitoba Health and Seniors Care by a licensed specialist. The exemption will be entered into the provincial immunization database, including whether the exemption is permanent or temporary. Exempt people will be able to request their digital or physical Manitoba immunization card approximately seven to 14 business days after their exemption is submitted. The card and the display shown after scanning the QR code will be identical to those currently used by fully immunized people. This will help protect the private health information of exempt continued on page 16


COVID-19 Vaccine: Updates re: Eligibility for Third Doses, Medical Exemptions, etc. individuals, while also keeping a simple, consistent process for venues and events that must validate immunization status. Eligibility In addition to the expansions noted above, recommendations for a third dose includes: •

all residents and staff of First Nation personal care homes;

all residents of personal care homes in Manitoba;

people who are immunocompromised;

people who require a third dose to meet travel requirements at their destination; or

individuals who previously received doses of vaccines that are not approved by Health Canada.

Information about where third doses can be administered is online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibili ty-criteria.html#third. Generally speaking, third doses can be given anywhere first or second doses are provided. Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to include anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 2009. Vaccine Administration, Supply and Distribution

Manitoba is now allowing the COVID-19 vaccine to be given at the same time as other vaccines. This change is consistent with updated guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization and is reflected in revised guidance to Manitoba’s health-care providers. See: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/healt hcare-professionals.html.A total of 2,003,159 doses of vaccine have been administered in Manitoba.  Manitoba super sites are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccinations. Eligible individuals can book their appointments at these sites online, or by calling (toll-free) 1-844626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC).  For hours and days of operation for super sites, pop-up clinics and other vaccine clinics, visitwww.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.ht ml. Over the next several weeks, COVID-19 immunizations are available to eligible young people at school-based clinics. For more information, visit https://protectmb.ca/schoolimmunizations/. Additional Information More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccineand https://protec tmb.ca.  For more information about COVID-19 immunization records and cards, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/imm unizationrecord/index.html.


Travel Advisory: REMINDER – Border measures remain in place for travellers entering or returning to Canada (October 14, 2021 Canada Border Services Agency News Release) On October 12, 2021, the United

States announced that in November, they will begin allowing fully vaccinated travellers from Canada to enter the United States at land and ferry points of entry for discretionary (nonessential reasons), such as tourism. The Canada Border Services Agency would like to remind travellers that border measures remain in place for travellers entering or returning to Canada and that they should get informed and understand their obligations as they make their travel plans. Travellers should check if they are eligible to enter Canada and meet all entry requirements before heading to the border. Fully vaccinated travellers coming to Canada must complete the mandatory pre-arrival molecular COVID-19 test and submit their mandatory information including their digital proof of vaccination in English or French using the free ArriveCAN (App or website) within 72 hours before arriving in Canada. Antigen tests, often called “rapid tests”,

are not accepted. Fully vaccinated travellers who are eligible to enter Canada continue to be subject to mandatory random testing on arrival. For short trips, that are less than 72 hours, Canadian citizens, people registered under the Indian Act, permanent residents and protected persons travelling to the United States are allowed to take their pre-arrival molecular test before they leave Canada. If the test is more than 72 hours old when they reenter Canada, they will be required to get a new pre-arrival molecular test in the United States. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers who are eligible to enter Canada must continue to follow pre-arrival, arrival and Day-8 molecular COVID-19 testing requirements, and quarantine for 14 days. Full details on the current measures in place for travellers entering or returning to Canada are available online: COVID-19: Travel, testing, quarantine and borders. All questions about U.S. entry and health requirements, should be directed to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federally regulated transportation employees and travellers (Excerpts from October 6, 2021 Transport Canada News Release) Vaccinations are our best line of

defense against COVID-19 and its variants. On August 13, 2021, the Government of Canada announced its intent to require COVID-19 vaccination for employees in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine transportation sectors and its travellers. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that, as of October 30, the Government of Canada will require employers in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine transportation sectors to establish vaccination policies for their employees. Also effective October 30, travellers departing from Canadian airports, and travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, will be required to be fully vaccinated in order to travel. For travellers who are in the process of being vaccinated, there will be a short transition period where they will be able to travel if they can show a valid COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of travel, but that transition period will end on November 30. The Government of Canada strongly advises any Canadians planning to travel by plane or train this holiday season to get vaccinated as soon as possible or they will be unable to travel. Travellers will be responsible for declaring their vaccination status and providing documentation prior to boarding.

The Government of Canada is committed to keeping the transportation sector, including employees and travellers, safe and secure. Mandatory vaccination for the federally regulated air, rail, and marine sectors helps limit the risk of spreading COVID-19 and helps prevent against future outbreaks. Vaccine requirements for travellers Effective October 30, air passengers departing from Canadian airports, travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, and travellers on non-essential passenger vessels on voyages of 24 hours or more, such as cruise ships, will need to be vaccinated. Effective October 30, travellers will need to be fully vaccinated in order to board. Specifically, the vaccination requirement will apply to all travellers 12 years of age and older who are: •

Air passengers flying on domestic, transborder or international flights departing from airports in Canada

Rail passengers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains

Marine passengers on non-essential passenger vessels, such as cruise ships, on voyages of 24 hours or more

For travellers who are in the process of being vaccinated, there will be a short transition period where they will be able to travel if they can show a valid COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of travel. By November 30, all travellers must be fully vaccinated, with very limited exceptions to address specific situations such as emergency travel, and those medically unable to be vaccinated.


Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federally regulated transportation employees and travellers In addition, this vaccination mandate will include specific accommodation to recognize the unique needs of travellers from small, remote communities (some of which are not accessible by road) to ensure they will be able to travel to obtain essential services in support of their medical, health, or social well-being, and return safely to their homes. This accommodation will be informed by engagement with Indigenous organizations and provinces and territories in the coming days. Enforcement Transport Canada will oversee compliance by means of inspections and enforcement tools— including Administrative Monetary Penalties— using oversight systems in place for each mode. For those who falsify information or otherwise fail to comply, there will be serious consequences. For example: •

Railway companies could be subjected to compliance actions up to $250,000 per violation, per day, under the Railway Safety Act

In the air sector, individuals—either travellers or employees—could be fined up to $5,000 per violation under the Aeronautics Act, and operators could be fined up to $25,000 per violation

In the marine sector, employees and travellers could be fined for being noncompliant with the obligation to provide proof of vaccination up to $250,000 per violation, per day, and operators could be fined up to $250,000 per violation, per day, for noncompliance to the Interim Order made pursuant to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001

Pan-Canadian Proof of Vaccination A pan-Canadian, secure, and standardized proof of vaccination for international travel was announced on August 11, 2021, and is being developed in partnership with provinces and territories. This document, which will be available to travellers in digital formats, will be easily recognized and trusted. This credential will make it easy and quick for travellers to provide transportation operators and border officials in other countries with their validated COVID-19 vaccination history needed to facilitate travel. Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to fight COVID-19 and the Government of Canada will continue to take action to get as many Canadians vaccinated as possible.


Manitoba Beef Producers 2021 DroughtRelated Industry Survey reservoirs, restoring existing water sources, or hauling water. Producers are also asked to indicate their intentions with respect to herd sizes going forward, such as projected culling rates. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation is sincerely appreciated.

In support of Manitoba Beef Producers’ drought-related advocacy efforts with the federal and provincial governments, MBP is conducting a confidential producer survey to gather further data on the impact the drought is having on the province’s beef sector. For example, producers are being asked to identify their estimated percentage of feed/forage production compared to last year. Producers are asked to indicate if they are incurring additional fencing costs in order to access alternate sources of feed for grazing. There are questions related to the drought’s impact on water resources. This includes investments producers are having to make in this area, such as digging new wells or

Note: All data and comments collected will be aggregated before being used for MBP’s advocacy activities. No operation-specific identifying information will be shared with governments. Thank you in advance for your consideration in completing the survey which can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ YX52PFG MBP is continuing to engage with government officials about the severity of the drought, its effects on producers and the need for a timely, multi-pronged approach to help the beef industry deal with the immediate and longerterm implications of the drought.


Environmental Farm Plan Workshops Availability Due to COVID-19, all EFP workshops will be taking place virtually via Online Meetings until further notice. To register for an EFP workshop, click on the link “Register now!” in the link below for your preferred workshop date. Once registered, you will then receive an email with a link to access the meeting. Workbooks are mailed and you should receive yours approximately 1 week prior to the workshop. You can also visit this link to register: Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) are an essential part of every farm operation. These workshops will guide producers through the EFP workbook to help assess and identify the environmental assets and risks on their farm operations, and develop an action plan to address the identified risks. Workbooks and support material will be provided to those who attend. There is no preparation required for this workshop. EFPs must be renewed every five years to remain valid. If you are unsure if your EFP is valid, please contact KAP to inquire at (204) 697-1140.

https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/environme nt/events-and-deadlines/index.html Note: Workshops are currently available through November 2021.

The next available workshops are October 20 and November 3, both running from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.


E-Newsletter An update from MBP October 8, 2021

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agriculture, but it also represents huge amounts of products being diverted from the landfill. From the Hall and White study in 2017, it was determined that cattle utilize 43 billion kgs of food waste per year in the US. The Public and Stakeholder Engagement (PSE) team set out to determine how Canadians felt about the role of cattle in diverting food waste.

Food waste is a key focus of both national and international climate change discussions with the Government of Canada announcing its Food Waste Reduction Challenge in 2020. Over half of the food produced in Canada never makes it to our plates, with the largest percentage of waste coming at the consumption level. Reducing food waste is also the most common food goal with consumers, identified by 90% of Canadians as something they are actively doing or trying to do. It is common practice in the beef industry to upcycle food loss and waste into high quality feed for cattle. This includes crops damaged by weather or pests (which was demonstrated through drought, smoke, and grasshoppers in 2021) all the way to non-retail quality food items from grocery stores and the by-products of brewing. Not only is this demonstrating the circular economy present in

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A large online focus group was conducted in July 2021. A representative sample of Canadians was chosen and then oversampled for women under 45, which prior research shows is the demographic most concerned about the environmental impact of eating beef. Participants were first asked questions about their perceptions of the beef industry and farmers and ranchers. These were consistent with previous research conducted by PSE. Canadians do not know much about how beef cattle are raised but many have heard about potential environmental impacts. However, most Canadians feel that farmers and ranchers themselves are doing a good job taking care of the land and animals in their care. This demonstrates how trust for communications coming from ‘industry’ vs individuals raising beef cattle and highlights how important it is to have producers front and centre in public facing campaigns. continued on page 4

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Food waste research – cont. Participants were then shown social media and video content highlighting how cattle can utilize both waste products from brewing as well as grocery shrink. Ads instantly appealed as something surprising and new, especially among urban participants who lack awareness and knowledge about raising beef cattle and many wondered why they had not seen this information before.

“That cattle are fed good food (contrary to what may otherwise be shown in some popular documentaries) and that this process helps reduce food waste in Canada.

Finally, participants were asked to choose which key message resonated with them more, specifically about cattle in feedlots. The first was on how feedlots reduce the amount of resources required and the second was how feedlots play an integral role in reducing food waste. 76% of participants identified the food waste key message as more personally relevant to them. Reasons for this included reducing food waste is a universal concept, something Canadians are doing in their own homes, and connects humans to cattle. Overall, no major concerns were identified with connecting cattle to food waste seen as positive by consumers and improves their impressions about the industry and its efforts to reduce impacts.

“That all the food doesn't go to waste and is fed to cattle. I think the ad is very believable and makes you look differently at the cattle industry.

Amie Peck, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, presented the findings of this research in September. A recording of this presentation can be found here.

When asked what the main message of the ads were, participants said:


Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? The program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing low moisture levels. The program will assist livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 to purchase feed in order to maintain their breeding herds. Producers may be eligible to apply for two types of assistance: 1. Feed assistance - buy and test feed for eligible breeding animals 2. Feed transportation assistance - transport purchased feed from distant locations for eligible breeding animals Who is eligible for the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? Primary producers who owned or leased the eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Breeding animals are mature females exposed to breeding (male or artificial insemination) and males used previously for breeding. The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. How do I apply? Applicants can download the Application Form, Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals, and associated program documents on the website at manitoba.ca/agriculture. Application packages can also be picked up at any of the ARD/MASC Service Centres, or mailed to you by calling us at 1-844-769-6224. The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500. Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance – Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements. When is the deadline to apply to the program? April 15, 2022 is the final day to apply. Can multiple applications be submitted? Yes, you can submit more than one application until program maximums are reached.


1. Feed Assistance What feed assistance can I apply for? The eligible feeds that can be purchased for eligible animals from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 to maintain them over the winter include:  grazed corn and greenfeed  mechanically harvested hay, silage, greenfeed, stover, straw, including those purchased as standing crops or grazed in a swath  grain and concentrates (pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator) When can eligible feeds be purchased? Are claims retro-active to a certain date? Eligible feed purchases can occur from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. Is there assistance for feed testing the eligible feedstuffs? Yes, the program will pay for feed testing to determine the nutritional value of eligible feeds. Can feed be purchased for feeders or non-breeding animals? No, feed for feeders, growing animals or non-breeding aged animals is not eligible under this program. How will livestock feed assistance payments be calculated? The administrator will make payments to the applicant for purchases and testing of Eligible Feed made between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, as follows:  On a per breeding head basis, a producer share will be applied $50 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $10 per head for sheep and goats.  Payments will be equal to 75 per cent of the purchased cost of feed and feed testing that exceeds the producer share to a maximum per head payment. The maximum payment is $250 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $50 per head for sheep and goats. How are the breeding head determined in calculating payments?  Breeding head are based on the number declared on the Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals at the time of first application. The declaration is the number of head being maintained and fed over winter, and does not include animals that have or will be sold prior to March 15, 2022. If applicants reduce their breeding animals below the number declared with their first application, they should contact the Program Administrator and submit a new declaration.

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2. Feed Transportation Assistance What feeds qualify for feed transportation assistance? Feed transportation assistance is provided for the movement of eligible feed types (hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, silage, grain and concentrates) to eligible breeding animals. The eligible concentrates are pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator. What are the eligible dates and distances for feed transportation? Transportation costs for eligible feed purchased and transported between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 kilometres. What are the payments for the feed transportation assistance? Payments will be calculated on the tonnes hauled on a per loaded kilometre basis up to 600 kilometres. For hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, and silage the payment rates are:  $0.16 per tonne kilometre for the first 100 kilometres of a haul  $0.10 per tonne kilometre for the remainder of a haul for up to an additional 500 kilometres. For grains and concentrate, the payment rate is $0.05 per tonne kilometre up to 600 kilometres. Payments for each receipt or invoice provided by the applicant will be the payment rate multiplied by the distance transported multiplied by the number of tonnes transported, or the amount of the receipt, whichever is less. Feed can be hauled further than 600 kilometres; however, the extra distance is not eligible for payment. Can feed be sourced from outside of Manitoba qualify for assistance? Feed can be sourced from outside Manitoba and the shipping will still be eligible based on the program’s rates and distances. Does the feed transportation assistance come out of the feed assistance funding? Feed transportation assistance is in addition to funding available to a producer for feed purchases. It is not subtracted from the $250 per head cap for beef, bison and PMU horses or $50 cap for sheep and goats. Is feed transportation assistance available for animals moved to an alternate feeding location? Feed transportation assistance is not available for animals for which producers have received assistance to move eligible animals to an alternate feeding location under the Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program. Alternate feeding locations should have adequate feed locally available for the animals moved. What feed is not eligible for feed transportation assistance?  Feed for market animals or ineligible animals.  Feed produced on your own operation.  Feed for breeding animals that are sold/culled prior to March 15, 2022.  Feed that is sold or replaces similar feed that is sold.  Feed transported less than 40 kilometres.  Feed transported to an alternate feeding location used to house eligible animals for which the applicant received payments under Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance.

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Walmart Canada Makes Largest Retail Commitment to Purchase Beef Sourced from Certified Sustainable Farms and Ranches In Canada

(October 7, 2021 Walmart Canada Corp. News Release) - Walmart Canada will purchase the

largest known quantity of beef from certified sustainable Canadian farms and ranches ever sourced by a single retailer. Beef purchased through this commitment will support the environmental, social and economic sustainability of Canadian farmers and ranchers whose operations are certified through a thirdparty audited system, in accordance with sustainability standards set by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB). This is the largest public commitment made by a single retailer to date: 1.5 million pounds of beef sourced from CRSB Certified sustainable farms and ranches will be purchased by Walmart Canada over the next calendar year. A milestone moment, this commitment contributes to advancing beef sustainability in Canada – and it's only the start. The amount of beef Walmart Canada sources from CRSB Certified sustainable farms and ranches will continue to increase each year. "Leadership from organizations like Walmart inspires change and supports the Canadian beef sector's continuous improvement goals," explains Anne Wasko, Chair of the CRSB and rancher from Eastend, SK. "The CRSB is honoured to partner with Walmart Canada on this ambitious commitment on its journey towards a more sustainable future."

Committing to sustainable sourcing at this unprecedented level sets a new threshold in the industry for what is possible and reaffirms the company's partnership with the CRSB. As a valued partner, Walmart Canada continues to help expand the CRSB's program in Canada, advocating for continuous improvement in industry standards and engaging in open dialogue with industry and supply chain partners. "We're immensely proud of what this commitment signifies to the industry and the impact it will have for our farmers and ranchers, customers, suppliers and partners," said Horacio Barbeito, President and CEO, Walmart Canada. "We're making massive strides towards advancing sustainability within the Canadian beef industry, propelled by our commitment to being a regenerative company and made possible by strong partnerships with the CRSB and our suppliers." Walmart Canada sources 100% of its fresh beef in Canada, supporting Canadian ranchers and farmers. These hardworking Canadians are integral in the shared journey towards sustainability and contribute to managing and preserving 35 million acres of native grassland in Canada. In the coming months, customer-facing messaging will be developed to share this milestone commitment to sustainable beef sourcing. About The CRSB Established in 2014, the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) is a collaborative, multi-stakeholder organization focused on continued on page 9


Walmart Canada Makes Largest Retail Commitment to Purchase Beef Sourced from Certified Sustainable Farms and Ranches In Canada advancing environmental, social and economic sustainability in the Canadian beef industry. The CRSB drives recognition and continuous progress in beef sustainability through benchmarking and setting strategic goals, and communicating on-the-ground continuous improvement. The CRSB's Certified Sustainable Beef Framework, known as CRSB Certified, was developed to recognize sustainable practices through third-party certification, support sustainable commitments for retail and foodservice companies, and build consumer trust through credible, science-based claims about sustainable beef production in Canada. Learn more at crsb.ca. Learn more about the positive contribution of Canadian beef production, and how farmers and ranchers conserve healthy ecosystems and support critical wildlife habitat at beeffortheplanet.ca. Follow our beef sustainability journey on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

About Walmart Canada Walmart Canada operates a chain of more than 400 stores nationwide serving 1.5 million customers each day. Walmart Canada's flagship online store, Walmart.ca is visited by more than 900,000 customers daily. With more than 100,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada's largest employers and is ranked one of the country's top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada was recently recognized as a LinkedIn Top Company of 2021 and was also named one of Canada's most popular brands (based on Google searches). Walmart Canada's extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart Canada has raised and donated more than $500 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.ca and on Walmart Canada's social media pages Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


COVID-19 Vaccine: Updates re: Eligibility for Third Doses, Medical Exemptions, etc.

Source: October 6, 2021 Province of Manitoba news release.

Third Doses Manitoba is expanding its recommendations on third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine today to include: •

individuals who have only received a viral vector vaccine, such as two doses of AstraZeneca or a single dose of the Janssen vaccine; and health-care personnel who have direct contact with patients, residents or clients.

There are about 6,800 people who have received only viral vector vaccines. These individuals can be immunized without a prescription at any vaccine clinic or participating medical clinic or pharmacy with an mRNA vaccine. This dose must be given at least six months after their last vaccine. The third dose is recommended for health-care personnel, including volunteers, who have direct contact with patients, residents and clients. This recommendation also includes all First Nation health-care workers, such as traditional healers and knowledge keepers. There are approximately 50,000 health-care workers in Manitoba. Health-care personnel can receive their third dose at any clinic or site where the COVID vaccine is offered including available occupational health clinics. It is recommended

the third dose be given at least six months after their second dose, unless they meet other thirddose criteria, and a prescription is not required. Receiving a third dose is voluntary and healthcare personnel who do not receive a third dose are still considered to be fully immunized. Individuals can check their dates of immunization at : www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/immunization record/residents.html#immunization-records. Medical Exemptions The province has finalized the process for individuals to request a medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination. Eligible medical conditions and situations are available at: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibilitycriteria.html#exemptions. Individuals who believe they meet the criteria for a medical exemption should first meet with their regular health-care provider or specialist. If the health-care provider determines the individual meets the criteria, they will be referred to a specialist for further assessment of their condition. Exemptions can only be submitted to Manitoba Health and Seniors Care by a licensed specialist. The exemption will be entered into the provincial immunization database, including whether the exemption is permanent or temporary. Exempt people will be able to request their digital or physical Manitoba immunization card approximately seven to 14 business days after their exemption is submitted. The card and the display shown after scanning the QR code will be identical to those currently used by fully immunized people. This will help protect the private health information of exempt


COVID-19 Vaccine: Updates re: Eligibility for Third Doses, Medical Exemptions, etc. individuals, while also keeping a simple, consistent process for venues and events that must validate immunization status. Eligibility In addition to the expansions noted above, recommendations for a third dose includes: •

all residents and staff of First Nation personal care homes;

all residents of personal care homes in Manitoba;

people who are immunocompromised;

people who require a third dose to meet travel requirements at their destination; or

individuals who previously received doses of vaccines that are not approved by Health Canada.

Information about where third doses can be administered is online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibili ty-criteria.html#third. Generally speaking, third doses can be given anywhere first or second doses are provided. Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to include anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 2009. Vaccine Administration, Supply and Distribution

Manitoba is now allowing the COVID-19 vaccine to be given at the same time as other vaccines. This change is consistent with updated guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization and is reflected in revised guidance to Manitoba’s health-care providers. See: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/healt hcare-professionals.html.A total of 2,003,159 doses of vaccine have been administered in Manitoba.  Manitoba super sites are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccinations. Eligible individuals can book their appointments at these sites online, or by calling (toll-free) 1-844626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC).  For hours and days of operation for super sites, pop-up clinics and other vaccine clinics, visitwww.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.ht ml. Over the next several weeks, COVID-19 immunizations are available to eligible young people at school-based clinics. For more information, visit https://protectmb.ca/schoolimmunizations/. Additional Information More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccineand https://protec tmb.ca.  For more information about COVID-19 immunization records and cards, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/imm unizationrecord/index.html.


Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federally regulated transportation employees and travellers (Excerpts from October 6, 2021 Transport Canada News Release) Vaccinations are our best line of

defense against COVID-19 and its variants. On August 13, 2021, the Government of Canada announced its intent to require COVID-19 vaccination for employees in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine transportation sectors and its travellers. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that, as of October 30, the Government of Canada will require employers in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine transportation sectors to establish vaccination policies for their employees. Also effective October 30, travellers departing from Canadian airports, and travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, will be required to be fully vaccinated in order to travel. For travellers who are in the process of being vaccinated, there will be a short transition period where they will be able to travel if they can show a valid COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of travel, but that transition period will end on November 30. The Government of Canada strongly advises any Canadians planning to travel by plane or train this holiday season to get vaccinated as soon as possible or they will be unable to travel. Travellers will be responsible for declaring their vaccination status and providing documentation prior to boarding.

The Government of Canada is committed to keeping the transportation sector, including employees and travellers, safe and secure. Mandatory vaccination for the federally regulated air, rail, and marine sectors helps limit the risk of spreading COVID-19 and helps prevent against future outbreaks. Vaccine requirements for travellers Effective October 30, air passengers departing from Canadian airports, travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, and travellers on non-essential passenger vessels on voyages of 24 hours or more, such as cruise ships, will need to be vaccinated. Effective October 30, travellers will need to be fully vaccinated in order to board. Specifically, the vaccination requirement will apply to all travellers 12 years of age and older who are: •

Air passengers flying on domestic, transborder or international flights departing from airports in Canada

Rail passengers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains

Marine passengers on non-essential passenger vessels, such as cruise ships, on voyages of 24 hours or more

For travellers who are in the process of being vaccinated, there will be a short transition period where they will be able to travel if they can show a valid COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of travel. By November 30, all travellers must be fully vaccinated, with very limited exceptions to address specific situations such as emergency travel, and those medically unable to be vaccinated.


Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federally regulated transportation employees and travellers In addition, this vaccination mandate will include specific accommodation to recognize the unique needs of travellers from small, remote communities (some of which are not accessible by road) to ensure they will be able to travel to obtain essential services in support of their medical, health, or social well-being, and return safely to their homes. This accommodation will be informed by engagement with Indigenous organizations and provinces and territories in the coming days. Enforcement Transport Canada will oversee compliance by means of inspections and enforcement tools— including Administrative Monetary Penalties— using oversight systems in place for each mode. For those who falsify information or otherwise fail to comply, there will be serious consequences. For example: •

Railway companies could be subjected to compliance actions up to $250,000 per violation, per day, under the Railway Safety Act

In the air sector, individuals—either travellers or employees—could be fined up to $5,000 per violation under the Aeronautics Act, and operators could be fined up to $25,000 per violation

In the marine sector, employees and travellers could be fined for being noncompliant with the obligation to provide proof of vaccination up to $250,000 per violation, per day, and operators could be fined up to $250,000 per violation, per day, for noncompliance to the Interim Order made pursuant to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001

Pan-Canadian Proof of Vaccination A pan-Canadian, secure, and standardized proof of vaccination for international travel was announced on August 11, 2021, and is being developed in partnership with provinces and territories. This document, which will be available to travellers in digital formats, will be easily recognized and trusted. This credential will make it easy and quick for travellers to provide transportation operators and border officials in other countries with their validated COVID-19 vaccination history needed to facilitate travel. Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to fight COVID-19 and the Government of Canada will continue to take action to get as many Canadians vaccinated as possible.


Manitoba Beef Producers 2021 DroughtRelated Industry Survey reservoirs, restoring existing water sources, or hauling water. Producers are also asked to indicate their intentions with respect to herd sizes going forward, such as projected culling rates. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation is sincerely appreciated.

In support of Manitoba Beef Producers’ drought-related advocacy efforts with the federal and provincial governments, MBP is conducting a confidential producer survey to gather further data on the impact the drought is having on the province’s beef sector. For example, producers are being asked to identify their estimated percentage of feed/forage production compared to last year. Producers are asked to indicate if they are incurring additional fencing costs in order to access alternate sources of feed for grazing. There are questions related to the drought’s impact on water resources. This includes investments producers are having to make in this area, such as digging new wells or

Note: All data and comments collected will be aggregated before being used for MBP’s advocacy activities. No operation-specific identifying information will be shared with governments. Thank you in advance for your consideration in completing the survey which can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ YX52PFG MBP is continuing to engage with government officials about the severity of the drought, its effects on producers and the need for a timely, multi-pronged approach to help the beef industry deal with the immediate and longerterm implications of the drought.


Environmental Farm Plan Workshops Availability Due to COVID-19, all EFP workshops will be taking place virtually via Online Meetings until further notice. To register for an EFP workshop, click on the link “Register now!” in the link below for your preferred workshop date. Once registered, you will then receive an email with a link to access the meeting. Workbooks are mailed and you should receive yours approximately 1 week prior to the workshop. You can also visit this link to register: Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) are an essential part of every farm operation. These workshops will guide producers through the EFP workbook to help assess and identify the environmental assets and risks on their farm operations, and develop an action plan to address the identified risks. Workbooks and support material will be provided to those who attend. There is no preparation required for this workshop. EFPs must be renewed every five years to remain valid. If you are unsure if your EFP is valid, please contact KAP to inquire at (204) 697-1140.

https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/environme nt/events-and-deadlines/index.html Note: Workshops are currently available through November 2021.

The next available workshops are October 20 and November 3, both running from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.


E-Newsletter District meeting registration now available dsfsfa An update from MBP October 1, 2021

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Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13

District 8

October 19 at 7pm (virtual)

November 3 at 1pm (Neepawa Legion)

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November 9 at 7pm (virtual) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/district-1-3-5-7-9-1113meeting-manitoba-beef-producers-tickets-180357623507

District 2 October 26 at 1pm (Baldur Memorial Hall)

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District 4 October 20 at 1pm (Grunthal Auction Mart)

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District 14

November 2 at 1pm (Ste. Rose du Lac Community Hall)

November 1 at 1pm (Minitonas and District Arena)

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Agroclimate Impact Reporter Program September Producer Survey Open The Agroclimate Impact Reporter (AIR) survey for September is currently open until October 4th. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) will be collecting reports of how impacts such as the weather have been affecting agricultural production in your area. If you haven’t yet, please take the time to fill out the AAFC form at the link below. AIR helps to connect AAFC with people in Canada's agricultural community. AAFC relies on its network of AIR volunteers to provide information regarding agroclimate impacts across the country, such as the effects of dry conditions/droughts on production. Beef producer input to this network is important. The AIR network provides valuable and reliable data that are mapped and used in the

assessment and development of policies and programs including AgriRecovery and the Livestock Tax Deferral Provision, which can provide assistance to the industry during extreme weather and climate conditions and events. The September surveys can be found here: English French Survey results are made into maps and published on the Drought Watch website the first week of every month during the growing season. Previous maps can be found here.


Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? The program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing low moisture levels. The program will assist livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 to purchase feed in order to maintain their breeding herds. Producers may be eligible to apply for two types of assistance: 1. Feed assistance - buy and test feed for eligible breeding animals 2. Feed transportation assistance - transport purchased feed from distant locations for eligible breeding animals Who is eligible for the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? Primary producers who owned or leased the eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Breeding animals are mature females exposed to breeding (male or artificial insemination) and males used previously for breeding. The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. How do I apply? Applicants can download the Application Form, Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals, and associated program documents on the website at manitoba.ca/agriculture. Application packages can also be picked up at any of the ARD/MASC Service Centres, or mailed to you by calling us at 1-844-769-6224. The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500. Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance – Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements. When is the deadline to apply to the program? April 15, 2022 is the final day to apply. Can multiple applications be submitted? Yes, you can submit more than one application until program maximums are reached.


1. Feed Assistance What feed assistance can I apply for? The eligible feeds that can be purchased for eligible animals from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 to maintain them over the winter include:  grazed corn and greenfeed  mechanically harvested hay, silage, greenfeed, stover, straw, including those purchased as standing crops or grazed in a swath  grain and concentrates (pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator) When can eligible feeds be purchased? Are claims retro-active to a certain date? Eligible feed purchases can occur from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. Is there assistance for feed testing the eligible feedstuffs? Yes, the program will pay for feed testing to determine the nutritional value of eligible feeds. Can feed be purchased for feeders or non-breeding animals? No, feed for feeders, growing animals or non-breeding aged animals is not eligible under this program. How will livestock feed assistance payments be calculated? The administrator will make payments to the applicant for purchases and testing of Eligible Feed made between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, as follows:  On a per breeding head basis, a producer share will be applied $50 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $10 per head for sheep and goats.  Payments will be equal to 75 per cent of the purchased cost of feed and feed testing that exceeds the producer share to a maximum per head payment. The maximum payment is $250 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $50 per head for sheep and goats. How are the breeding head determined in calculating payments?  Breeding head are based on the number declared on the Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals at the time of first application. The declaration is the number of head being maintained and fed over winter, and does not include animals that have or will be sold prior to March 15, 2022. If applicants reduce their breeding animals below the number declared with their first application, they should contact the Program Administrator and submit a new declaration.

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2. Feed Transportation Assistance What feeds qualify for feed transportation assistance? Feed transportation assistance is provided for the movement of eligible feed types (hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, silage, grain and concentrates) to eligible breeding animals. The eligible concentrates are pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator. What are the eligible dates and distances for feed transportation? Transportation costs for eligible feed purchased and transported between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 kilometres. What are the payments for the feed transportation assistance? Payments will be calculated on the tonnes hauled on a per loaded kilometre basis up to 600 kilometres. For hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, and silage the payment rates are:  $0.16 per tonne kilometre for the first 100 kilometres of a haul  $0.10 per tonne kilometre for the remainder of a haul for up to an additional 500 kilometres. For grains and concentrate, the payment rate is $0.05 per tonne kilometre up to 600 kilometres. Payments for each receipt or invoice provided by the applicant will be the payment rate multiplied by the distance transported multiplied by the number of tonnes transported, or the amount of the receipt, whichever is less. Feed can be hauled further than 600 kilometres; however, the extra distance is not eligible for payment. Can feed be sourced from outside of Manitoba qualify for assistance? Feed can be sourced from outside Manitoba and the shipping will still be eligible based on the program’s rates and distances. Does the feed transportation assistance come out of the feed assistance funding? Feed transportation assistance is in addition to funding available to a producer for feed purchases. It is not subtracted from the $250 per head cap for beef, bison and PMU horses or $50 cap for sheep and goats. Is feed transportation assistance available for animals moved to an alternate feeding location? Feed transportation assistance is not available for animals for which producers have received assistance to move eligible animals to an alternate feeding location under the Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program. Alternate feeding locations should have adequate feed locally available for the animals moved. What feed is not eligible for feed transportation assistance?  Feed for market animals or ineligible animals.  Feed produced on your own operation.  Feed for breeding animals that are sold/culled prior to March 15, 2022.  Feed that is sold or replaces similar feed that is sold.  Feed transported less than 40 kilometres.  Feed transported to an alternate feeding location used to house eligible animals for which the applicant received payments under Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance.

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Province Steps Up Preparedness For Covid-19 Fourth Wave, Moves To Restricted (Orange) Level On Pandemic Response System Expansion of Proof of Vaccination, New Public Health Orders and Health System Protocols Will Help Protect Hospitals: Gordon

(October 1, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) Manitoba is taking additional steps to

protect Manitobans and maintain health services, including non-COVID-19 care, during a fourth wave of the pandemic, Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon and Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, announced today. “Rising case counts and COVID-19 transmission in the province means we need to introduce new measures now to reduce the impact of a fourth wave of COVID-19 on our hospitals,” said Gordon. “Case counts and hospitalizations are rising everywhere in Canada, and Manitoba is not immune. That is why we must be proactive now.” The minister noted Manitoba’s progress on vaccination remains one of the best in the country with 80.4 per cent of eligible Manitobans fully vaccinated and 84.9 per cent who have received at least one dose as of Wednesday. But case numbers and hospitalizations are now increasing, noted Gordon, especially among the nearly 400,000 unvaccinated Manitobans, which will place the province’s medical care system at risk if the rise continues unabated. As of Wednesday, people who are not fully vaccinated accounted for 75 per cent of new COVID-19 cases, 79 per cent of those admitted to hospital and 100 per cent of intensive care unit (ICU) admissions.

Data also shows that hospital admissions related to COVID-19 have increased by 26 per cent in the past week with COVID-19 related admissions to ICU increasing by 17 per cent during that same period. Should this continue, Roussin cautioned access to other medical care in hospitals will have to be reduced or halted to ensure sufficient ICU capacity for COVID-19 care is available. To increase COVID-19 preparedness and address the fourth wave, the province is taking three new steps to help reduce COVID-19 transmission: • moving to the restricted (orange) level on the Pandemic Response System; • introducing additional public health orders that expand requirements for proof of immunization and reduce gathering sizes when unvaccinated individuals are present; and • implementing new patient protocols to ensure additional health system capacity when needed. The COVID-19 response level on the province’s Pandemic Response System is being raised to restricted (orange) from caution (yellow) to reflect the increased severity of risk. Roussin noted the move to the restricted (orange) level will not affect schools. Schools will remain at the caution (yellow) level at this time to ensure youth can remain in school as much as possible. At this time, public health officials continue to recommend a school-specific approach when risk is identified. New public health orders will allow fully vaccinated Manitobans to continue to enjoy as

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Province Steps Up Preparedness For Covid-19 Fourth Wave, Moves To Restricted (Orange) Level On Pandemic Response System Expansion of Proof of Vaccination, New Public Health Orders and Health System Protocols Will Help Protect Hospitals: Gordon much freedom and as few restrictions as possible. Unvaccinated individuals who are eligible to be vaccinated will now be more restricted in their activities. This includes: • limiting private indoor gatherings for households to guests from one other household when any unvaccinated person who is eligible to be vaccinated is present on the property (even if the unvaccinated person lives at that location); • limiting private outdoor gatherings for households to 10 guests when any unvaccinated person who is eligible to be vaccinated is present on the property (even if the unvaccinated person lives at that location); • reducing indoor public gathering group sizes to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity, whichever is lower, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated, including weddings and funerals; and • setting indoor group sizes for faithbased gatherings to 25 people or 33 per cent capacity, whichever is greater, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated. Fully immunized Manitobans and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may gather without capacity limits in each of these areas. Household gatherings, weddings, funerals and faith-based gatherings can occur for fully vaccinated individuals and those under 12 without any restrictions.

For example, faith-based gatherings may take place with a choice of services at their discretion for fully immunized worshippers (no restrictions) or unvaccinated worshippers (restricted capacity as set out above). In addition, gated or controlled events and gatherings where proof of vaccination is required will continue to be permitted. The public health orders will also: • reduce all outdoor public gathering sizes to 50 people; and • move retail capacity to 50 per cent in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in this region. The new orders will come into effect on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 12:01 a.m., with an additional one-week grace period for weddings and funerals already scheduled to minimize disruption. Roussin noted that fully vaccinated Manitobans and Manitobans who are not eligible for vaccination will be largely unaffected by these new orders. “Our data shows that vaccination works, as the vast majority of hospitalizations and ICU admissions are in people who are unvaccinated,” said Roussin. “But nearly 400,000 Manitobans are either unable or unwilling to get vaccinated and our health-care system remains at risk from the delta variant of COVID-19 with case numbers and hospitalizations rising. Today’s announcements are the consequences of that reality.”


Province Steps Up Preparedness For Covid-19 Fourth Wave, Moves To Restricted (Orange) Level On Pandemic Response System Expansion of Proof of Vaccination, New Public Health Orders and Health System Protocols Will Help Protect Hospitals: Gordon Future changes may include requiring all those eligible to be vaccinated to provide proof of vaccination to participate in indoor recreational activities and allowing partially vaccinated youth aged 12 to 17 (with one vaccine dose) to participate. Conversations will continue with sports organizations and other stakeholders to seek feedback. “More than 80 per cent of eligible Manitobans have gotten vaccinated to protect their own health and those around them, and we thank you for that,” said Gordon. “But right now, there are nearly 400,000 people who are not immunized in Manitoba and they are at a high risk of infection. If you want to keep children in schools and ensure medical procedures people need are not postponed, please get vaccinated now.” Gordon noted the province’s critical care capacity must remain protected for patients. New protocols will be put in place to protect capacity at sites that support patients in intensive care units, as well as those in need of surgery. Patients admitted to a hospital or health-care facility for care will be assessed for their individual care requirements and may be transferred to the most appropriate facility in Manitoba with the capacity to meet their needs in order to maintain vital ICU capacity. This may mean patients are medically transferred at no cost to another Manitoba facility located

outside their home community. This includes patients who live in Winnipeg. Staffing complements for ICUs have been intensified. The minister noted additional nurses trained to support patients in need of critical care have been made ready in recent months. This includes more than 137 nurses who completed a two-week general ICU orientation course offered between April and July 2021, as well as 67 nurses who have completed or are currently enrolled in a 12week critical care orientation program. Further opportunities for nurses to complete this specialized training will be rolled out. “Vaccines have been shown to reduce the serious effects of COVID-19 and lessen the need for hospital care. With unvaccinated people requiring care in our hospitals and ICUs, these steps are necessary to maintain critical care capacity for all other patients in our hospitals,” said Gordon. “COVID-19 has created a heartbreaking backlog of surgeries and other medical procedures right across the country. Every new COVID-19 patient that requires hospital or ICU care can delay needed care for someone else.” For more information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19. Backgrounder-Changes to Public Health Orders Backgrounder-Changes to Public Health Orders


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CHANGES TO PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS AND NEW HEALTH SYSTEM PROTOCOLS The following changes come into effect on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 12:01 a.m., unless otherwise noted. SECTOR Indoor gatherings in public spaces

EXISTING RESTRICTIONS (AS OF SEPT. 3) Up to 50 people, or 50 per cent capacity, whichever is greater is permitted.

NEW RESTRICTIONS (AS OF OCT. 1) Permitting group sizes to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity, whichever is lower, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated. Fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may gather without capacity limits.

Outdoor gatherings in public spaces

Up to 500 people permitted outdoors in public spaces.

Indoor gatherings on private property

No restrictions.

Permitting groups of up to 50 people in uncontrolled outdoor public spaces. Limiting households to guests from one other household, when any unvaccinated person (who is eligible to be vaccinated) is present on the property (even if the unvaccinated person lives at that location. Fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may gather without capacity limits.


Outdoor gatherings on private property

Limiting households to 10 guests outdoors when any unvaccinated person (who is eligible to be vaccinated) is present on the property (even if the unvaccinated person lives at that location). Fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may gather without capacity limits.

Restaurants, licensed premises and food courts

Proof of vaccination is required for those 12 years of age and older.

No change.

Individuals are required to wear masks but are not required to provide proof of vaccination to enter for the sole purpose of picking up takeout or delivery orders.

Gyms and fitness centres

Casinos, bingo halls and VLTs

All other restrictions have been removed. No capacity limits. Proof of vaccination required. Masks remain required when not actively engaged in physical activity. Proof of vaccination is required. Physical distancing is no longer required between VLTs.

No change.

No change.


Museums and galleries

Fairs and festivals

Libraries Professional sports or performing arts events Horse and auto racing

Movies theatres and concert halls Weddings and funerals

Museums operate under the requirement to show proof of vaccination (indoors only) when open to the public as a museum. If the museum is used as a private venue for another purpose (e.g. wedding), then the appropriate orders apply. Limited to 500 unless protocols and higher attendance is approved by public health officials. Open without capacity limits.

No change.

Open with no capacity limits for patrons with proof of vaccination. Open with no capacity limits for patrons with proof of vaccination, and a plan approved by public health officials. Proof of vaccination will be required. No other restrictions. Proof of vaccination will be required for events held in licensed facilities.

No change.

Limited to 50 unless protocols and higher attendance is approved by public health officials. No change.

No change.

No change.

Permitting indoor public gathering group sizes to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity, whichever is Outdoor capacity limit of 500. lower, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated. Effective Oct. 12.


Indoor community, cultural and religious gatherings

Outdoor community, cultural and religious gatherings

Personal services Indoor sports and recreation, including dance, theatre and music school.

Outdoor sports and recreation

Overnight camps

Open to 50 per cent capacity or 150 persons, whichever is greater, masks must be worn at all times.

Open to 1,500 persons or 50 per cent capacity, whichever is greater. Drive-in services continue unrestricted.

Open without capacity restrictions. Proof of vaccination will be required, excluding youth recreational sport.

Permitting indoor public gathering group sizes to 25 people or 33 per cent capacity, whichever is greater, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated. Fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may gather without capacity limits. Permitting groups of up to 50 people in uncontrolled outdoor public spaces. Drive-in services continue unrestricted. No change. No change.

Parents and coaches will require proof of vaccination. Games, practices and No change. tournaments permitted, capacity limit of 50 per cent for spectators. Open with limit of up to 15 No change. staff and campers in a group, no interaction between groups and a plan approved by public health officials.


Retail, markets, garden centres and malls

Physical distancing measures are required. Masks required indoors.

Permitting retail capacity at 50 per cent in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region. Permitting retail capacity at 100 per cent in the Interlake-Eastern, Northern, Prairie Mountain Health and Winnipeg Health region.

Workplaces Indoor self-help gatherings

Open without restrictions. Indoor gathering limits and mask use rules apply.

Physical distancing measures are required. Masks required indoors. No change. No change.

PATIENT TRANSFER PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES These protocols apply to in-Manitoba facilities only. Patients will receive information upon admission that a transfer to another location in the province is a potential possibility so they can prepare. Care teams will confirm the receiving site is able to meet their needs, may occur at the direction of their care team and does not require their consent. Patients and their families will be advised of the decision to transfer when it is made and will be provided with information related to the supports available to them at their receiving location. When the decision is made to discharge the patient, the care team will co-ordinate with the local resources in the patient’s home community as appropriate to facilitate a safe transition home. All efforts will continue to be made to avoid hospitalization for patients who can be cared for at home, in the community or elsewhere with appropriate supports including virtual care and athome monitoring options. This will help maintain needed ICU capacity for COVID-19 patients.


CRSB launches update to National Beef Sustainability Assessment Be part of the update! (September 29, 2021 CRSB News) Calling on beef

producers to contribute to sustainability benchmarking data collection. What is the National Beef Sustainability Assessment? When the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) was established, the definition and guiding principles of beef sustainability in Canada were adopted from the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, as similar organization working to advance sustainability on a global scale. Sustainable beef is an environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable product that prioritizes the Planet, People, Animals and Progress. The following five guiding principles provide the basis for defining beef sustainability, all of which are underpinned by the importance of economic viability: natural resources, people and the community, animal health and welfare, food, and efficiency and innovation. To achieve continuous improvement in the sustainability of the Canadian beef industry, three core pillars for the CRSB’s work were identified, one of which is Sustainability Benchmarking. It was recognized that to determine how to make progress, we needed to know where we were starting from. Therefore, one of the first initiatives that the CRSB undertook in 2014 was to commission a National Beef Sustainability Assessment. The Assessment and accompanying sustainability strategy, released in 2016, provided a comprehensive farm-to-fork baseline of the environmental, social and economic sustainability performance of the

Canadian beef industry, and identified areas for improvement. Following international guidelines and standards, the Assessment is based on data collected through surveys with producers and packers, as well as consultations with numerous subject matter experts. Secondary data sources were used to complement the primary industry data collected, including extensive literature reviews and statistical data. The assessment study was guided by a CRSB steering committee and reviewed by an external third-party panel of experts. Why is it important? The metrics from our first Assessment, released in 2016, have been widely used to demonstrate Canada’s global sustainability leadership, and have been critically important to the beef industry’s communication efforts with respect to sustainable beef production over the past five years. The NBSA provides concrete, sciencebased numbers to demonstrate how sustainable the Canadian beef production system is, especially with respect to our environmental footprint. Some of the most impactful numbers we consistently use help to dispel misconceptions about beef production in Canada. Just a few examples include: •

our greenhouse gas footprint (11.4 kg CO2 eq.), which represents only 2.4% of Canada’s total emissions, and in the global context, is less than half the global average;

our contribution to biodiversity (68% of the wildlife habitat capacity on only 33% of Canadian agricultural land that is used for beef production). continued on page 17


CRSB launches update to National Beef Sustainability Assessment Be part of the update! The Sustainability Strategy that accompanied the 2016 Assessment has highlighted key performance indicators and specific action items to target for continuous improvement, which has also helped inform the industry’s 2030 goals completed earlier this year. The primary data collected from farmers and ranchers across Canada through surveys is a critical piece to the credibility and success of the environmental, land use and social Life Cycle Assessments. This data is complemented by consultations with subject matter experts and scientific data, which is used to derive the modelling assumptions for the assessment results. How do I participate? Fill out an NBSA producer survey: •

ENGLISH SURVEY

FRENCH SURVEY

The survey will be open October 1, 2021 closing January 7, 2022.

Be one of the first 200 producers to complete your survey, and you will receive a $20 gift card as a token of our appreciation for taking the time to contribute. All completed survey responses will be entered into a random draw for a grand prize of a tag reader ($1100 value), generously donated by the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency. A series of other amazing prize packs, valued at a total of over $3000, curated from contributions from CRSB members across the beef value chain and beyond, will be awarded via a random draw (by province or region) from all eligible survey respondents. Thank you to our amazing network of CRSB members who understand the value of this work, and have contributed to these prizes as a recognition of your time and effort. For more information about the National Beef Sustainability Assessment and strategy visit crsb.ca. Contact us at projects@crsb.ca if you have any questions.


COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Youth Catch-Up Immunizations and Third Dose Eligibility https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibilitycriteria.html#third. Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to include anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 2009.

(September 27, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) Young people in grades 6 to 12 may

have missed routine childhood immunizations in recent years due to the pandemic. These immunizations are important to keep them protected against HPV, hepatitis B, whooping cough, polio and other serious, preventable illnesses. Catch-up immunizations are available at many provincial super sites or through your family’s health-care provider. For more information, visit https://protectmb.ca/schoolimmunizations/. Vax to Win Lottery Second-round winners of the Vax to Win lottery will be announced in early October. To be eligible, people must have received their second vaccination on or before Sept. 6. For more information, visit https://protectmb.ca/lottery/. Eligibility Third-dose eligibility includes: • all residents and staff of First Nation personal care homes, • people who are immunocompromised, • people who require a third dose for travel, or • individuals who previously received doses of vaccines that are not approved by Health Canada. In October, third doses of vaccine will also be offered to personal care home residents throughout the province. For more information about third doses, visit

Over the coming weeks, COVID-19 immunizations are available to eligible young people at school-based clinics. For more information, visit https://protectmb.ca/schoolimmunizations/. Manitoba super sites are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccinations. For hours and days of operation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.html. Eligible individuals can book their appointments at these sites online or by calling (toll-free) 1844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). Additional Information    More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccine and https://protectmb.ca/. For more information about COVID-19 immunization records and cards, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immuniz ationrecord/index.html.


Manitoba Beef Producers 2021 DroughtRelated Industry Survey reservoirs, restoring existing water sources, or hauling water. Producers are also asked to indicate their intentions with respect to herd sizes going forward, such as projected culling rates. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation is sincerely appreciated.

In support of Manitoba Beef Producers’ drought-related advocacy efforts with the federal and provincial governments, MBP is conducting a confidential producer survey to gather further data on the impact the drought is having on the province’s beef sector. For example, producers are being asked to identify their estimated percentage of feed/forage production compared to last year. Producers are asked to indicate if they are incurring additional fencing costs in order to access alternate sources of feed for grazing. There are questions related to the drought’s impact on water resources. This includes investments producers are having to make in this area, such as digging new wells or

Note: All data and comments collected will be aggregated before being used for MBP’s advocacy activities. No operation-specific identifying information will be shared with governments. Thank you in advance for your consideration in completing the survey which can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ YX52PFG MBP is continuing to engage with government officials about the severity of the drought, its effects on producers and the need for a timely, multi-pronged approach to help the beef industry deal with the immediate and longerterm implications of the drought.


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Environmental Farm Plan Workshops Availability Due to COVID-19, all EFP workshops will be taking place virtually via Online Meetings until further notice. To register for an EFP workshop, click on the link “Register now!” in the link below for your preferred workshop date. Once registered, you will then receive an email with a link to access the meeting. Workbooks are mailed and you should receive yours approximately 1 week prior to the workshop. You can also visit this link to register: Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) are an essential part of every farm operation. These workshops will guide producers through the EFP workbook to help assess and identify the environmental assets and risks on their farm operations, and develop an action plan to address the identified risks. Workbooks and support material will be provided to those who attend. There is no preparation required for this workshop.

https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/environme nt/events-and-deadlines/index.html Note: Workshops are currently available through November 2021.

EFPs must be renewed every five years to remain valid. If you are unsure if your EFP is valid, please contact KAP to inquire at (204) 697-1140.

The next available workshops are October 20 and November 3, both running from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.


E-Newsletter dsfsfa An update from MBP October 22, 2021

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Manitoba’s State of Emergency to Expire (October 21, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) The

provincewide state of emergency under the Emergency Measures Act will expire today as the order is no longer required to help the province protect Manitobans from the impacts of COVID-19, Premier Kelvin Goertzen and Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler, minister responsible for the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization (EMO), announced. “Nineteen months ago we declared a state of emergency to help protect the physical and financial health and safety of all Manitobans and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our hospitals and in our communities,” said Goertzen. “As we continue to move toward a post-pandemic Manitoba, we want to remind everyone, although the state of emergency is expiring, COVID-19 is still here. With vaccination rates among the highest in the country with over 82 per cent of eligible Manitobans fully vaccinated, we can help control COVID, but it’s important that all Manitobans continue to follow the fundamentals that help us limit our risks.” The state of emergency was first declared on March 20, 2020, by the powers set out in section 10(1) and 10(2) of the Emergency Measures Act and will expire at 4 p.m. today, Oct. 21.

Public health orders can continue to be issued through the Public Health Act without a declared provincewide state of emergency. The province can declare a new state of emergency if required in the future. The state of emergency allowed for a number of emergency orders to be made that were beyond the scope of the Public Health Act. The Manitoba government used the powers in section 12.3 to make the order regarding personal care home staffing and work deployment to help protect residents of personal care homes from COVID-19 by restricting staff movement between personal care homes. This order is no longer required as amendments were made to the Public Health Act that enabled the issue to be addressed under that act. In addition, the province used the powers in section 12.6 to make a variety of temporary suspension orders around corporate meeting provisions to allow for virtual meetings, in-person commissioning and witnessing to be done remotely, and providing relief related to youth exiting care under the Child and Family Services Act. The temporary suspensions were made to assist Manitobans in responding to difficulties created by the pandemic and are no longer required. Lastly, orders were made under section 12.13 regarding varying reporting deadlines for government and government agencies.

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State of emergency - cont. This power was used to make orders to allow for extended provincial government reporting deadlines in 2020-21 as organizational resources were redeployed to address the impacts of the pandemic. “Our government will continue to remain cautious and vigilant in efforts to stop the spread of the virus,” said Schuler. “Manitoba’s Emergency Measures Organization provincial response team will continue to work with industry partners and experts in supporting programs and services to assist in Manitoba’s COVID-19 response strategy.”

of masks and vaccinations to lessen the impact of a fourth wave. For the full list of orders under the emergency act, visit: https://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/index_o rders.php?o=title&x=1. To view the state of emergency and public health orders, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/ord ers/index.html.

Public health orders are still in effect, and Manitobans are encouraged to continue to follow public health guidelines around the use

Province Advises Outflow From Shellmouth Reservoir Is Increasing (October 19, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) Manitoba Infrastructure is conducting a

bathymetric survey of the Assiniboine River between the Shellmouth Dam and St-Lazare. In order to get sufficient water levels to assist the bathymetric survey, Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre reports the outflow from the Shellmouth Reservoir will be increasing. Outflow from Shellmouth Dam will be increased to 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) from the

current 150 cfs starting Wednesday, Oct. 20. Outflow will be reduced back to the current outflow (150 cfs) after seven days of operation on Wednesday, Oct. 27. This increase in outflow is expected to bring a level rise of 1.5 to 2.5 feet between the Shellmouth Dam and St-Lazare. The level increase will diminish as the river moves downstream to Brandon and Winnipeg. Property owners are advised to take necessary precautions.


COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin: Update on COVID-19 and Flu Vaccine Availability The youth catch-up immunization program will return to schools in November, once in-school COVID-19 vaccine clinics end. Eligibility (October 18, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) Manitoba is expanding its recommendations for a third dose of the COVID19 vaccine to include First Nation people living on reserve. This includes an estimated 7,200 people. The third dose should be given at least six months after the last vaccine. The Integrated Vaccine Operations Centre, which is co-led by First Nations and the federal government, is being reactivated to oversee the third dose rollout and co-ordinate other supports that communities may need.

Seasonal Influenza Vaccines Beginning October 18th, individuals can make an appointment for their seasonal flu vaccine at provincial, regional or urban Indigenous sites using the provincial call centre or online booking system originally put in place for the COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals can receive their seasonal flu, COVID-19 or both vaccines at these sites at the same time, if they choose. The online vaccine finder at https://protectmb.ca shows locations where these vaccines are available including where walkins are available. Many medical clinics and pharmacies with seasonal flu and/or the COVID-19 vaccines will continue to be listed, with information about how to book at these locations. Youth Catch-up Immunizations All urban Indigenous sites are now offering school catch-up immunizations to help prevent serious illnesses such as HPV, hepatitis B and meningitis. Families can make their appointment by contacting these sites directly, or through the provincial call centre or online booking tool.

The current recommendations for third doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including where they can be administered, is online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibilitycriteria.html#third. Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID19 vaccine continues to include anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 2009. Vaccine Administration, Supply and Distribution The super site in Gimli is now closed. Additional clinics will be offered in the community at a new location. Manitoba vaccine sites are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccinations. Eligible individuals can book their appointments online or by calling (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MANVACC). For hours and days of operation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.html . COVID-19 immunizations are available to eligible young people at school-based clinics. For more information, visit https://protectmb.ca/schoolimmunizations/. Additional Information    More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccineand https://protect mb.ca. For more information about COVID-19 immunization records and cards, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immuni zationrecord/index.html.


New Measures will Allow Manitoba Travellers to Access Covid-19 Rapid Tests at Pharmacies

(October 18, 2021 Province of Manitoba News Release) The Manitoba government has taken

steps to enable pharmacists to perform COVID19 rapid tests for people travelling outside of the province, Manitoba Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon announced. “These measures enable pharmacists to expand services for all Manitobans by performing, interpreting and providing results of these tests to people who require a negative test to travel,” said Gordon. “This is an important change that builds capacity and provides more options for travellers.” The minister noted this change enables rapid antigen tests and rapid molecular (non-PCR) tests to be performed at pharmacies. Pharmacies will be responsible for acquiring rapid testing supplies, training staff and advertising the service at their site.

To request a rapid test, individuals are required to present the pharmacist with documentation related to their travel plans, which may include plane or train ticket or hotel booking. Rapid test requirements can vary by country, so individuals should confirm which type of test is required when making their travel plans and before taking a rapid test. Manitoba travellers will be required to pay a fee for these tests, as travel health-related services are not an insured health benefit under the Canada Health Act. This is consistent with travellers paying for international travel vaccinations required by other countries. Fees for COVID-19 testing will be set by each pharmacy providing the service. The necessary changes are being made through orders under the Emergency Measures Act and the Regulated Health Professions Act. These came into effect today, Oct. 18. For more information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html.

Farmland School Tax Rebate

Applications for the 2021 Farmland School Tax Rebate are now available. Farm property owners who have submitted an application in

the past are encouraged to apply for their rebate online at myMASC. Note: Even if you received an Education Property Tax Rebate cheque, you are still eligible to apply for the Farmland School Tax Rebate. For further information or assistance, call or email your nearest ARD and MASC Service Centre.


Using Canada’s COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination for Travel (October 21, 2021 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Backgrounder) The Canadian

COVID-19 proof of vaccination provides Canadian residents with a reliable way to demonstrate that they are vaccinated against COVID-19 when travelling within and outside Canada. Canadians can get their proof of vaccination from their province or territory (for more information, visit Canada.ca/vaccineproof). Each country decides what type of vaccination proof is required, the types of vaccines they accept, the number of doses required, and any exemptions to public health measures. Even with a Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination, a traveller may not be considered fully vaccinated in another country. Canadians should always check the entry and public health requirements of their destination country, as well as the Government of Canada’s travel advice and advisories, before booking a trip. It’s also important they understand their obligations and the entry requirements for returning to Canada. Designed to protect privacy and share COVID19 vaccination information safely The information on the proof of vaccination is limited to •

the holder’s full name and date of birth

a neutral, factual account of the holder’s COVID-19 vaccination history, including o

the number of doses

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the vaccine type(s), product name(s) and lot number(s)

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the dates they got their vaccinations

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a QR code that includes the vaccination history and may include additional information on the COVID-19 vaccines received

The only medical information shown is a person’s COVID-19 vaccination history. The proof, including the QR code, does not contain any additional medical or identity information. A common look across Canada based on the SMART Health Card standard The Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination was designed with a common look that features the Canada wordmark. It will allow other countries and transportation providers, such as airlines and cruise ship operators, to recognize the proof as a trusted Canadian document regardless of the province or territory that issued it. The proof also complies with the SMART Health Card standard, which is used and recognized by many top travel destinations for Canadian travellers. The Government of Canada is actively engaging international partners to seek recognition and acceptance of the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination abroad. The SMART Health Card •

is a secure and verifiable health record that is digitally signed by a trusted authority (for example, the issuing province or territory)

uses technology that allows officials to verify and authenticate the information without giving access to other health or identity information continued on page 7


Using Canada’s COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination for Travel •

prevents forgeries and tampering by detecting any changes to the document after it has been issued

is important that they are able to travel with the associated benefits of vaccination.

allows users to hold a digital copy on a portable device, such as a mobile phone or tablet, or to print a copy directly or via a request to their provincial or territorial government, where available

As of November 8, 2021, Canadians vaccinated with any combination of 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by U.S. regulators or the World Health Organization will be considered fully vaccinated and able to enter the United States. The Government of Canada is actively engaging other countries and international partners to encourage them to recognize those who have received mixed vaccine schedules or extended dose intervals as being fully vaccinated. This includes sharing Canada’s evidence and experience with mixed schedules of Health Canada-authorized vaccines for both AstraZeneca/mRNA and mixed mRNA doses. Initial outreach has focused on the ongoing exchange of technical and scientific information to advance this time-sensitive work.

ArriveCAN updates for travellers entering Canada All travellers must submit mandatory information in ArriveCAN (mobile app or online at Canada.ca/ArriveCAN) within 72 hours before arrival in Canada. To qualify for public health exemptions, travellers must meet the definition of a fully vaccinated traveller and upload their proof of vaccination. Final determination on whether they benefit from the modified provisions for fully vaccinated travellers is made at the border. Travellers must bring a digital or paper copy of their proof of vaccination with them. ArriveCAN has been updated to digitally verify the authenticity of the new Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination, allowing Canadian officials to easily review it at the border. ArriveCAN users should update their app to ensure the latest functionality. If travellers do not have this new proof, they can continue to upload other proofs of vaccination in ArriveCAN. Acceptance of mixed vaccine doses internationally Canadians vaccinated with mixed vaccine doses followed recommendations made by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization to protect themselves and their communities. It

The first priority for engagement has focused on national health and scientific decision-making authorities with significant impact and influence and with whom Canada has close, trusted relationships, including the U.S. and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United Kingdom, the European Union and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. The Government of Canada is also engaging with the World Health Organization given its global influence, and has successfully secured supportive commitments to recognize mixed vaccine schedules in numerous G7 and G20 Health Declarations issued in the last several weeks. continued on page 8


Using Canada’s COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination for Travel Using the proof of vaccination for travel in Canada The Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination offers multiple benefits and uses, which includes meeting Canada’s new traveller vaccine requirements. Effective October 30, 2021, all travellers 12 years of age and older departing from Canadian airports, and travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, will be required to be fully vaccinated in order to travel. To allow travellers

time to become fully vaccinated, there will be a short transition period where they will be able to travel if they show a valid COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of travel as an alternative to providing proof of full vaccination. If travellers have not already started the vaccination process, or do not start soon, they risk not qualifying for travel as of November 30, 2021. Visit Boarding flights to and within Canada for more information.


A SPECIAL FACULTY SEMINAR CO-PRESENTED BY THE NATIONAL CENTRE FOR LIVESTOCK AND THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL SCIENCE

NUTRITIONAL IMPORTANCE OF ANIMAL PROTEIN IN THE DIET PRESENTED BY DR. TERESA A. DAVIS PROFESSOR OF PEDRIATICS, USDA/ARS CHILDREN’S NUTRITION RESEARCH CENTER AT BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Streamed via YouTube Q&A via Sli.do using access code #AnimalProtein Animal-sourced protein foods, such as meats, poultry, eggs, milk, and fish are abundant in energy and micronutrients that are challenging or impossible to obtain solely through plant-based protein consumption. Many studies suggest that animal-sourced protein foods provide crucial nutrients that alleviate several chronic diseases, such as those associated with aging, obesity, and poor growth. Deficiencies in the nutrients provided by animal-sourced protein foods can result in anemia, sarcopenia, and impaired cognitive function, among other outcomes. The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published by the United States Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services, supports the role of animalsourced protein foods in the diet at every life stage, beginning at birth. Animal-sourced protein foods are consumed worldwide and contribute to food security of the population. Teresa Ann Davis, Ph.D. is a Professor of Pediatrics at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, Texas. She received her doctorate from the University of Tennessee (UT) and her postdoctoral training from Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Davis is internationally recognized for her National Institutes of Health and U.S. Department of Agriculture supported studies on the nutritional regulation of protein metabolism and growth. Dr. Davis received the Animal Growth and Development Award and the Morrison Award from the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), the Stockstad Award from the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), the Centennial Leader Award from UT, and the Research Mentor Award from BCM. She was a member of the USDA/HHS 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and is an ASN and ASAS Fellow. Dr. Davis has served as ASAS Director-at-Large and President of ASN and is the current Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Nutrition and President-Elect of ASAS.


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities opens November 8th Includes intake for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas — professional and contractor fees • Alternative watering system equipment — solar, wind or grid powered systems Producers are advised that the intake period for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice activities begins on Monday, November 8th and closes on December 10, 2021 for projects that will occur in 2022/23. More details on available on the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development site: https://www.manitoba.ca/agriculture/environ ment/environmental-farm-plan/assurancebmp.html This intake period includes applications for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas. For this BMP there is a cost share ratio of 50:50 and a funding cap of $10,000 per application. Applicants may submit more than one application. Under BMP 503 the following costs are eligible: • Water source development – Wells — drilling new or deepening existing wells, test hole drilling, screening, casing, well caps etc. — water pumps and required plumbing components — professional and contractor fees • Water source development – Dugouts — constructing new or rehabilitating existing dugouts, test hole drilling, etc.

— associated components and installation costs • Permanent fencing to restrict livestock access to surface water and dugouts — construction materials — associated components and installation costs • Permanent pipeline development — pipe, plumbing materials, trenching, earthworks, etc. — professional and contractor fees • Watering system components* — watering bowls, troughs or storage tanks * Eligible as a part of a water source development project; items are not eligible as a stand-alone. • personal labour ($25 per hour) and personal equipment use (at set program rates outlined in the Farm Machinery Custom and Rental Rate Guide) Ineligible costs include: maintenance and operation expenses; perimeter fencing for upland grazing management; expenses related to removing or replacing existing fences or water infrastructure, such as storage tanks or water troughs; portable livestock corral panels; portable gas/diesel powered water pumps, generators, water meters; materials and continued on page 11


Intake for Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practice Activities opens November 8th Includes intake for BMP 503 ‒ Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas construction costs for pump houses; aeration systems for dugouts, etc.; above ground pipelines; hauling or pumping of water to fill empty dugouts; and, temporary set up of watering systems. Examples of other BMPs eligible for cost-shared funding to farmers include: Resource Management Planning, Establishment of a Cover Crop, Increasing Frequency of Perennials in Annual Rotations, Perennial Cover for Sensitive Lands, Improved Pasture and Forage Quality, Intercropping, Farmyard Runoff Control, Relocation of Confined Livestock Areas, and others. An Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Statement of Competition is not required at time of application, however it is required at time of claim, if approved.

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EFP Workshops are ongoing through the fall and winter. Dates and locations are posted at www.ManitobaEFP.ca. Government support cannot exceed 25 or 50 per cent of eligible expenses, depending on project type, with varying funding caps from $10,000 to $100,000. The total maximum amount payable to one farm operation is $60,000 (not including BMP: Barn Odour Reduction and BMP: Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas) over the term of the Ag Action Manitoba program. Farmers may apply and receive funding for more than one BMP over the term of Ag Action Manitoba. Only one application per BMP on the same parcel of land and/or for a single project where there may be common components across multiple applications, will be eligible for funding.


Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions What is the purpose of the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? The program was developed in consultation with industry to help meet the needs of Manitoba producers experiencing low moisture levels. The program will assist livestock producers affected by low moisture conditions in 2021 to purchase feed in order to maintain their breeding herds. Producers may be eligible to apply for two types of assistance: 1. Feed assistance - buy and test feed for eligible breeding animals 2. Feed transportation assistance - transport purchased feed from distant locations for eligible breeding animals Who is eligible for the Livestock Feed and Transportation Drought Assistance Program? Primary producers who owned or leased the eligible animals, located in Manitoba, as of June 1, 2021 and continued to own or lease them to March 15, 2022 or later are eligible. Eligible animals include breeding head of beef and dairy cattle, horses raised for Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU), sheep, goats and bison. Breeding animals are mature females exposed to breeding (male or artificial insemination) and males used previously for breeding. The producer must own or lease a minimum of 10 animals (by animal type) to apply for the program. How do I apply? Applicants can download the Application Form, Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals, and associated program documents on the website at manitoba.ca/agriculture. Application packages can also be picked up at any of the ARD/MASC Service Centres, or mailed to you by calling us at 1-844-769-6224. The minimum value of receipts required to submit an application is $500. Review the AgriRecovery Drought Assistance – Farmers Guidebook for detailed information on eligible and ineligible costs and other program requirements. When is the deadline to apply to the program? April 15, 2022 is the final day to apply. Can multiple applications be submitted? Yes, you can submit more than one application until program maximums are reached.


1. Feed Assistance What feed assistance can I apply for? The eligible feeds that can be purchased for eligible animals from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022 to maintain them over the winter include:  grazed corn and greenfeed  mechanically harvested hay, silage, greenfeed, stover, straw, including those purchased as standing crops or grazed in a swath  grain and concentrates (pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator) When can eligible feeds be purchased? Are claims retro-active to a certain date? Eligible feed purchases can occur from June 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. Is there assistance for feed testing the eligible feedstuffs? Yes, the program will pay for feed testing to determine the nutritional value of eligible feeds. Can feed be purchased for feeders or non-breeding animals? No, feed for feeders, growing animals or non-breeding aged animals is not eligible under this program. How will livestock feed assistance payments be calculated? The administrator will make payments to the applicant for purchases and testing of Eligible Feed made between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, as follows:  On a per breeding head basis, a producer share will be applied $50 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $10 per head for sheep and goats.  Payments will be equal to 75 per cent of the purchased cost of feed and feed testing that exceeds the producer share to a maximum per head payment. The maximum payment is $250 per head for beef and dairy cattle, bison and horses (PMU only) and $50 per head for sheep and goats. How are the breeding head determined in calculating payments?  Breeding head are based on the number declared on the Declaration of Eligible Breeding Animals at the time of first application. The declaration is the number of head being maintained and fed over winter, and does not include animals that have or will be sold prior to March 15, 2022. If applicants reduce their breeding animals below the number declared with their first application, they should contact the Program Administrator and submit a new declaration.

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2. Feed Transportation Assistance What feeds qualify for feed transportation assistance? Feed transportation assistance is provided for the movement of eligible feed types (hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, silage, grain and concentrates) to eligible breeding animals. The eligible concentrates are pulses, oilseeds, canola meal, soybean meal, screenings, dried distillers grain and other feeds as approved by the Program Administrator. What are the eligible dates and distances for feed transportation? Transportation costs for eligible feed purchased and transported between June 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022, for a minimum distance of 40 kilometres up to a maximum one-way distance of 600 kilometres. What are the payments for the feed transportation assistance? Payments will be calculated on the tonnes hauled on a per loaded kilometre basis up to 600 kilometres. For hay, straw, greenfeed, stover, and silage the payment rates are:  $0.16 per tonne kilometre for the first 100 kilometres of a haul  $0.10 per tonne kilometre for the remainder of a haul for up to an additional 500 kilometres. For grains and concentrate, the payment rate is $0.05 per tonne kilometre up to 600 kilometres. Payments for each receipt or invoice provided by the applicant will be the payment rate multiplied by the distance transported multiplied by the number of tonnes transported, or the amount of the receipt, whichever is less. Feed can be hauled further than 600 kilometres; however, the extra distance is not eligible for payment. Can feed be sourced from outside of Manitoba qualify for assistance? Feed can be sourced from outside Manitoba and the shipping will still be eligible based on the program’s rates and distances. Does the feed transportation assistance come out of the feed assistance funding? Feed transportation assistance is in addition to funding available to a producer for feed purchases. It is not subtracted from the $250 per head cap for beef, bison and PMU horses or $50 cap for sheep and goats. Is feed transportation assistance available for animals moved to an alternate feeding location? Feed transportation assistance is not available for animals for which producers have received assistance to move eligible animals to an alternate feeding location under the Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance program. Alternate feeding locations should have adequate feed locally available for the animals moved. What feed is not eligible for feed transportation assistance?  Feed for market animals or ineligible animals.  Feed produced on your own operation.  Feed for breeding animals that are sold/culled prior to March 15, 2022.  Feed that is sold or replaces similar feed that is sold.  Feed transported less than 40 kilometres.  Feed transported to an alternate feeding location used to house eligible animals for which the applicant received payments under Livestock Transportation Drought Assistance.

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The Economic Multiplier Effect of

Canada’s beef cattle industry A sustainable driver of the national economy

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Canada’s economic and environmental sustainability is dependent on the health of its beef cattle sector — from cow-calf producers and feedlots to processors. The beef industry’s significant contribution to the economy is not always apparent by looking at farm cash receipts alone. A study of the indirect and induced impacts of the beef sector reflects a bigger picture of how the industry drives Canada’s economy.

beef ranches & feedlots generate

347,352 jobs across Canada

with every job in the sector yielding another 3.9 jobs elsewhere in the economy. The red meat processing sector is the largest segment of the Canadian food manufacturing sector, with $16.3 billion in annual revenue, providing direct employment for 58,000+ people. The Canadian beef sector represents 15% of total farm cash receipts, making it the second largest farm income source, averaging $9.1 billion annually. For income received by workers and farm owners, every

$1 = $6.22

created elsewhere.

The “Economic Impacts of Livestock Production in Canada -- A Regional Multiplier Analysis” was completed in April 2021 by Dr. Suren Kulshreshtha at the University of Saskatchewan and Cecil Nagy, with assistance from Jillian Brown and Allan Florizone. The publication was made possible with funding from the Beef Cattle Research Council and the Canadian Beef Cattle CheckOff. A summary is available at: https://www.beefresearch.ca.

The beef cattle industry contributes

$21.8 billion to Canada’s GDP

at market prices (2018-20)

www.beefresearch.ca


Manitoba Beef Producers 2021 DroughtRelated Industry Survey reservoirs, restoring existing water sources, or hauling water. Producers are also asked to indicate their intentions with respect to herd sizes going forward, such as projected culling rates. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your participation is sincerely appreciated.

In support of Manitoba Beef Producers’ drought-related advocacy efforts with the federal and provincial governments, MBP is conducting a confidential producer survey to gather further data on the impact the drought is having on the province’s beef sector. For example, producers are being asked to identify their estimated percentage of feed/forage production compared to last year. Producers are asked to indicate if they are incurring additional fencing costs in order to access alternate sources of feed for grazing. There are questions related to the drought’s impact on water resources. This includes investments producers are having to make in this area, such as digging new wells or

Note: All data and comments collected will be aggregated before being used for MBP’s advocacy activities. No operation-specific identifying information will be shared with governments. Thank you in advance for your consideration in completing the survey which can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ YX52PFG MBP is continuing to engage with government officials about the severity of the drought, its effects on producers and the need for a timely, multi-pronged approach to help the beef industry deal with the immediate and longerterm implications of the drought.


Environmental Farm Plan Workshops Availability Due to COVID-19, all EFP workshops will be taking place virtually via Online Meetings until further notice. To register for an EFP workshop, click on the link “Register now!” in the link below for your preferred workshop date. Once registered, you will then receive an email with a link to access the meeting. Workbooks are mailed and you should receive yours approximately 1 week prior to the workshop. You can also visit this link to register: Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) are an essential part of every farm operation. These workshops will guide producers through the EFP workbook to help assess and identify the environmental assets and risks on their farm operations, and develop an action plan to address the identified risks. Workbooks and support material will be provided to those who attend. There is no preparation required for this workshop. EFPs must be renewed every five years to remain valid. If you are unsure if your EFP is valid, please contact KAP to inquire at (204) 697-1140.

https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/environme nt/events-and-deadlines/index.html Note: Workshops are currently available through November 2021.

The next available workshop is November 3, running from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.


RDAR makes Major Investment in CBIN Genetics Data Platform to Improve Efficiency and Profitability of Cattle Producers October 19, 2021 (Edmonton, Alberta) - Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR) has invested $640,000 in a collaborative research project with the Canadian Beef Improvement Network (CBIN) to springboard the development of a unified, standardized, and producer-accessible beef cattle genetics data platform. Through this platform, CBIN will provide commercial cattle producers and the entire beef production chain with access to critical data that will help better inform genetic decisions and improve environmental and economic sustainability. “Genetic data is essential to ensuring Alberta beef continues to be known worldwide for being the best. This project is a prime example of the innovation Alberta is known for, with industry groups working together to find new opportunities and new markets for their producers. I’m interested in seeing how this project benefits our ranchers and the province as a whole.” Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry To date, eight Canadian beef cattle breed associations have committed to participate in the development of CBIN under the leadership of the Canadian Beef Breeds Council. This datadriven platform will benefit Canadian cattle producers directly. CBIN will give producers access to on-farm, on-demand genetic information to improve herd quality and inform marketing and genetic selection decisions. Genetic data has value as a change agent. Today, genetic information is available to help producers make essential breeding decisions on fertility, growth, feed efficiency, disposition, calving ease, and carcass measures, to name a few. However, the beef industry underutilizes genetic data, and significant opportunities for producers to optimize their herd genetics are missed. By utilizing the CBIN platform to inform genetics decisions, producers will realize substantial benefits by capturing environmental efficiencies, improving animal and herd health and management, and validating product quality. The collaborative framework of CBIN’s genetic advancements and technological innovations will be vitally important for the whole Canadian beef industry. “Data-driven genetic decisions and adoption of innovative genetic technologies will benefit all segments of the Canadian beef production chain from conception right through to consumption. Genetics has the potential to create benefits across the board, in the areas including, but not limited to, production efficiencies, environmental sustainability, animal health and welfare, food security and food product outcomes.” David Sibbald, President, Canadian Beef Breeds Council & Chair, Canadian Beef Improvement Network


This project is unique as it seeks to bring an innovative solution to an existing gap in data capture, standardization, and digitalization in beef production. By adopting new genetic technologies and increasing genetic data literacy, Canadian beef producers will be better able to interpret the genetic data of their herds. By using data to inform breeding decisions, producers will improve economic efficiencies and reduce their environmental footprint. “Alberta produces some of the best beef in the world. To help our industry expand markets and compete globally, there needs to be an improvement in producers’ genetic literacy and the use of genomics within our beef industry. By understanding and sharing the linkages of beef genetic data, along with other production metrics, we will see increased profitability and competitiveness in our industry.” Clinton Dobson, RDAR Director of Research RDAR is proud to support this research project. The work will drive the integration and adoption of genetic innovations, standardizing genetic data capture and simplifying data access, assisting Canadian beef producers in making better decisions. RDAR’s funding contributions – of which $576,000.00 comes from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) – are valued at $640,000 over 18 months. To learn more about RDAR research projects, please visit rdar.ca/research

About the Canadian Agricultural Partnership The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial governments to strengthen and grow Canada’s agri-food and agriproducts sectors. This commitment includes $2 billion for programs cost-shared by the federal and provincial/territorial governments, with the programs designed and delivered by provinces and territories. About RDAR RDAR is a not-for-profit organization that will continually consult with Alberta’s crop and livestock producers to set research priorities and distribute funds. Its mandate is: to support results driven agriculture research priorities and programs that will increase the competitiveness and profitability of Alberta’s agriculture industry. Arm’s length from the provincial government, RDAR is funded by two sources: The Government of Alberta, the Government of Canada, and Alberta’s Government through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program. rdar.ca About CBIN The Canadian Beef Improvement Network is a collaborative network established to increase genetic data utilization, validate genetic influence, and drive market signals to create value within the Canadian beef industry. Members and advisors include: Canadian Beef Breeds Council; Canadian Cattlemen’s Association; 8 Canadian Breed Associations; National Cattle Feeder’s Association; Cargill; McDonald’s; Beef Cattle Research Council; Lactanet Canada; and AgSights RDAR Media Inquiries: Janada Hawthorne Communications Lead Results Driven Agriculture Research 780-903-2734 or janada.hawthorne@rdar.a Page 2 of 3


News Release Canadian beef producers encouraged with expanding interest in CPTPP

October 18, 2021    Calgary, AB – Canadian beef producers are encouraged with the latest interest in trade expansion through the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Since CPTPP came into effect on December 30, 2018, Canadian beef exports have increased 37 per cent in volume and 35 per cent in value (2020 vs. 2018). From January to August 2021, exports continue to rise to CPTPP countries and are up 60 per cent in volume and 66 per cent in value. There is growing interest from various markets to join the CPTPP, with official applications by the United Kingdom, Taiwan and China, and further interest by South Korea. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has been a consistent advocate for the further expansion of the CPTPP subject to review of specific country barriers and potential for beef trade. “We expect the Asian region to hold the largest potential for growth in beef demand over the next 25 years and securing further access to key Asian markets is a priority for us,” said Bob Lowe, President of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. “We are encouraged to see other countries’ interest in joining CPTPP, as long as they meet the ambitious nature of the trade agreement, which should open and expand exports for Canadian beef farmers and ranchers.” Canadian beef producers export approximately fifty per cent of beef produced in Canada and this trade adds a value of $775 CDN per animal in comparison to if producers were only able to sell into the Canadian market. For further information, contact:  Communications Manager Canadian Cattlemen’s Association  communications@cattle.ca

The CCA is the national voice for Canada’s beef cattle industry representing 60,000 beef farms and feedlots. Visit www.cattle.ca


MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS Scholarship Application Deadline Extension ***Due to ongoing disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic (and the related impacts on high schools and post-secondary institutions) MBP has pushed the application deadline for its 2021 scholarship competition into December instead of the usual June intake deadline. This application intake process is for students who will be undertaking post-secondary studies in the 2021-22 academic year. Manitoba Beef Producers is pleased to make available six $500 scholarships annually for MBP members or their children attending a university, college, other post-secondary institution or pursuing trades training. Preference will be given to those students pursuing a field of study related to agriculture or to those acquiring a skilled trade or pursuing a career that