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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.
November 7, 2013: NEWS RELEASE: Growing Competitiveness Initiatives to Help Young Farmers in Manitoba Improve Business Skills. Four Growing Forward 2 initiatives now launched to support agribusiness growth.
November 7, 2013: Read about the new manure application laws coming into effect on November 10, 2013.
November 6, 2013: Biosecurity Workshops for Grains and Oilseeds. Attend a free half-day workshop and get information on how to protect your farm and the industry by implementing biosecurity measures on your farm. Contact your local MAFRD GO Office to register.
November 1, 2013: NEWS RELEASE: Minister Renews Call to End Country of Origin Labelling. Minister Ron Kostyshyn will meet with delegates at the North American Meat Association (NAMA) Outlook conference to raise continued awareness of the negative impacts county of origin labelling (COOL) is having on economic growth and good jobs in Manitoba.
October 29, 2013: Hometown Manitoba is accepting applications for 2014. This program helps rural and northern communities enhance public places and building exteriors. The program also promotes unique identities and themes that define a community. Note new deadline: December 15, 2013.
October 28, 2013: NEWS RELEASE: New Forage Insurance Package Available for Manitoba Beef, Forage Producers. A new forage insurance package will be available in 2014 to provide increased protection for Manitoba beef and forage producers.
October 23, 2013: Call for Proposals. Do you have an innovative idea related to food, crop, livestock or the environment? The Growing Innovation program is accepting proposals for agricultural research and development. Deadline for submissions is December 2, 2013.
October 16, 2013: NEWS RELEASE: New Pilot Project Aimed at Getting More Sustainable, Locally Grown Food into Manitoba Institutions. The provincial government is helping local food producers by joining with Food Matters Manitoba in implementing a pilot project geared at helping break down barriers to buying locally grown food.
October 9, 2013: Canadian Food Inspection Agency Joins Health Portfolio. The three bodies of the Canadian food safety regime - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Health Canada, and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) - will now all fall under the responsibility of the Minister of Health.
Environmental Farm Plan Workshops
Renew or revise your plan by attending one of these scheduled workshops.
Business Planning Workshops
Starting or expanding your business? These three-day business planning workshops are designed for new entrepreneurs and also provides valuable information for those currently operating a business.
Growing Innovation - Agri-Food Research and Development Initiative (ARDI)
December 2, 2013: Deadline to submit applications.
Harvested Production Report Deadline
December 2, 2013: The deadline to complete the Harvested Production Report with MASC.
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Training Session
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) identifies and controls hazards associated with ingredients and manufacturing processes. At this workshop learn about the principles of HACCP, what is involved in conducting a hazard analysis and completing HACCP forms. December 2 and 4, 2013 (2 sessions).
Excess Moisture Insurance Deadline
December 2, 2013: The deadline to select Excess Moisture Insurance coverage with MASC.
Introduction to Internal Auditing Training Session
Internal audits are key to measuring how effective Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) programs are. This hands-on workshop will teach you how to do an internal audit. December 11, 2013.
Hometown Manitoba ** NEW DEADLINE
December 15, 2013: Application deadline for 2014.