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Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD) is dedicated to building a more stable and profitable agriculture and food sector, and stronger communities across rural and northern Manitoba. We provide programs and services that support the growth and prosperity of the sector and the local economy.

MAFRD Growing Opportunities (GO) Offices and Centres are front-line delivery locations for producers, processors and rural communities that include a wide range of services including farm production, rural economic development, leadership and business development.

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Latest News 

April 17, 2014: NEWS RELEASE: Skills Camp for Entrepreneurs Supports Small Business. Three entrepreneurs receive $8,000 prizes to grow their companies.

April 15, 2014: Glyphosate Resistant (GR) Kochia Confirmed in Manitoba. MAFRD jointly conducted a kochia survey in the fall of 2013. Plants from 283 different kochia populations were harvested, thrashed and planted over the winter. The resulting seedlings were tested for GR. Kochia plants from two of the 283 sites were found to be GR.

April 11, 2014: Stretching Feed Supplies to Make it to Grass Season.
Long, cold winters are common here in Manitoba and can leave a dent in a cattle producers’ feed inventories. When cattle producers face low feed supplies, different options for wintering cows need to be considered.

April 11, 2014: NEWS RELEASE: Twenty More Manitoba Municipalities Complete Amalgamations. Administrative savings, greater efficiency, improved service delivery achieved as modernization process nears completion.

April 10, 2014: BULLETIN #6: Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) Virus. The Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) has confirmed a small number of animals being held at a high-traffic site in western Manitoba tested positive for the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus

April 9, 2014: NEWS RELEASE: Livestock Price Insurance Program Now Accepting Applications from Producers. Manitoba livestock producers can now apply for the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP), a new tool to manage risk and withstand market volatility

April 4, 2014: BULLETIN #5: Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) Virus. A second set of environmental samples, collected from a high-traffic pig site in Manitoba, have tested positive for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus.

April 2, 2014: NEWS RELEASE: Manitoba Communities Encouraged to Apply for Economic Development Grants. Funding for Manitoba’s Partner 4 Growth program is doubling and will offer up to $260,000 in grants to support community-led projects focused on strengthening and diversifying local economies and creating new jobs.

March 31, 2014: New listing service: Grain Storage Listing Service matches producers who have available grain storage with producers who have to store excess grain locally. If you have available bins for temporary storage or if you need temporary grain storage, you are encouraged to register with this service.

March 31, 2014: NEWS RELEASE: Manitoba Investment will Improve Tracking of Bovine Tuberculosis. Manitoba will launch a five-year, $150,000 project to better monitor bovine tuberculosis by linking on-farm data to traceability tools throughout the beef processing system.

March 27, 2014:  Are you looking to hire employees for the new growing season? Before you begin, be sure to reference the Human Resource Management for Farm Business Guide. It's a great tool to help you get started.

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Upcoming Events and Deadlines

The Next Steps in Selling Your New Food Product Workshop
May 2, 2014: Red River College in Winnipeg. For anyone interested in learning how to successfully market a product; talking to leaders in the grocery and food service industry; and hearing from industry experts who can help identify the next steps to commercialization. Call 204-841-4084 in Carberry, to reserve your spot. Deadline to register is Monday, April 28. 

The Great Manitoba Food Fight
May 3, 2014: Red River College in Winnipeg. Features Manitoba's food entrepreneurs who have developed, but not fully commercialized, a new and/or innovative food product. They will compete for one of three product development and service awards. These awards can help them accelerate commercialization activities for their product and business. Deadline for reserving tickets is April 28. Contact Shauna McKinnon for details.

Growing Visions and Growing Actions
May 30, 2014: Next application deadline for to help agricultural organizations implement strategies to expand their industries.   

Manitoba Fair Guide
A complete listing of all fairs and exhibitions in Manitoba for 2014.

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