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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 

March 2, 2015: Direct Marketing Conference to Celebrate 20 Years of Connecting Farmers with Consumers

February 5, 2015: Governments Invest in Applied Research Focused on Sustainable Beef Production

January 29, 2015: Governments Invest in New Canola Research Lab Focused on Plant Pest Surveillance

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


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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.  

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


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.

Steps to Commercialization: Is this Facility Right for You?
March 10, 2015 in St. Pierre-Jolys: To register, call 204-392-7268 or email MAFRD.
March 11, 2015 in Teulon: To register, call 204-461-2978 or email MAFRD
This workshop will provide information on what to consider when processing food in an inspected facility.

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Upcoming Deadlines

March 31, 2015: Forage Shortfall and Transportation Assistance Initiative

March 31, 2015: Farmland School Tax Rebate

April 1, 2015: Growing Assurance - Food Safety Processing & Distribution

April 1, 2015: Growing Value - Commercialization

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

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