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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 

January 21, 2015: Manitoba Government Creates New Task Force to Improve Agricultural Risk Management Programs

January 20, 2015: Governments Announce Improvements to Manitoba’s AgriInsurance Program

January 20, 2015: Governments Support Soybean Research to Reduce Disease and Improve Yields

January 14, 2015: Manitoba Government Announces Five-point Food Strategy to Support Local Producers, Agri-processors 

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What's New

Report Released: Advancing the small scale, local food sector in Manitoba: a path forward. For questions about the report, email us.

The Manitoba Cattle Enhancement Council (MCEC) is closing its operations. As of December 31, 2014, the MCEC website is inactive. To continue full public disclosure of MCEC activities, the financial statements (PDF 956 KB) from the previous website are now provided. 

Phosphorus project to help dairy farmers determine feed budget. Manitoba dairy farmers will soon have more information when developing best management practices to optimize the use of phosphorus in the diet of their cows.

Project emphasises new ways to test for Bovine Tuberculosis. The first steps to moving away from live-animal testing for Bovine Tuberculosis in Manitoba are now underway.

Growing Visions strengthening organizations. Many organizations have already benefited from the funding which has helped them determine clear objectives, develop critical skills in their board members and improve overall board management as they lead the industry forward.

Growing Actions increasing competitiveness and innovation. Program is providing funding to develop strategic marketing initiatives, research to enter new markets or developing tools to expand the sector.

Small crop research important for Manitoba's fruits and vegetables. Some fruit and vegetables farmers may not have a full acre, but these smaller crops are often a big investment.  

2015 Cost of Production Bulletins: These estimates can be used as the starting point for farm budgets. You can adapt them to your operation using your own farm records. PDFs and Excel workbooks reflect current benchmark costs. 

FertPlan Calculator: Helps farmers calculate the number of tonnes of fertilizer required, the fertilizer blend and application rate.

Forage Shortfall and Transportation Assistance Initiative
• The forage shortfall component helps Lake Manitoba, Lake Winnipegosis and Lake St. Martin livestock producers, experiencing forage shortages caused by elevated water levels, buy forage they need to maintain their breeding herds over the winter 2014/15 feeding season.
• The transportation component helps Manitoba livestock producers deal with excess moisture-related forage shortages and the high cost of bringing in forage to feed and maintain their breeding herds.

Business Talk Webinars: These webinars cover a broad range of agribusiness topics including: farm business management, rural business management, agriculture product processing and industry leadership.

StockTalk Webinars: A monthly webinar for the livestock industry featuring a variety of topics related to livestock feed and nutrition, marketing and production management.


Upcoming Events

Environmental Farm Plan Workshops
January 27, 2015: Workshop to develop or renew your environmental farm plans for your farm operation. Get more dates and locations.

Manitoba Ag Days
January 20 to 22, 2015 in Brandon: Our staff will be available to help you start the ag year. Come visit us at our booths.

Growing Opportunities with Direct Marketing
February 3, 2015 in Swan River and February 5, 2015 in Boissevain: Workshop will help individuals looking to sell their food product at a farmers' market.

Beaver Damage Control Workshops
February 4, 2015 in Ethelbert and February 12, 2015 in Alonsa: One full day workshop on beaver damage control. Contact Conservation and Water Stewardship Wildlife Branch at 204-945-7469 or 204-281-2924.

Verified Beef Production Workshop
February 19 and March 19, 2015 at various MAFRD GO Office locations:  To register, contact your local GO Office or call Manitoba Beef Producers at 1-800-772-0458.

Manitoba Young Farmer Conference
February 25 and 26, 2015 in Brandon: This year's conference focuses on understanding risk management strategies to keep your farm business strong and thriving across generations. Dr. John Fast will provide insight into farm transition from generation to generation, including interaction with participants at different stages of the succession process.

Direct Farm Marketing Conference
March 6 and 7, 2015 in Brandon: Discover new marketing concepts, market trends and great ideas to take home to your farmers' market, agrifood or agritourism adventure.

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Upcoming Deadlines

February 1, 2015: Growing Assurance-Food Safety On-Farm

February 1, 2015: Growing Assurance-EG &S

February 1, 2015: Growing Assurance-Environment

February 1, 2015: Growing Assurance-Farmland Beaver Damage Control

March 1, 2015: Growing Actions

March 1, 2015: Growing Visions

March 1, 2015: Growing Competitiveness-Next Generation

March 1, 2015: Growing Competitiveness-Agri-Extension

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