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Farmers Adjusting To New Way Of Life

A Glenlea-area farmer says COVID-19 is still a learning process for farmers in Southern Manitoba.

"People still need to eat so that's a good thing," said Will Bergmann. "We're still hauling grain and we're still checking on pigs. I started up the greenhouse and we're going to be growing vegetables, so that hasn't changed."

He notes that self-isolation and quarantine measures are a tough topic for many.

"I don't think that a lot of farms, that I've talked to recently, have taken that seriously. Part of me thinks that this is a little bit of an over-reaction, it's a little crazy, it's a little too much. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't, but I'd much rather play on the side of being safe."

Bergmann says they have been trying to cut down to only nessesary contact with people in-person, and limiting the amount of people they let on the farm.

Fuel trucks and other deliveries to the farm are not of high concern as most don't involve contact with more than a single person.

As well, spring seeding is far enough away that he doesn't anticipate there will by many changes with how their farming operation works.

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