Craft beer brewing in Manitoba. Could craft beer be the next industry to boom in Manitoba? Small, local breweries are opening their doors after changes in Manitoba’s legislation made it easier to manufacture and distribute alcohol.
Canadian milk is guaranteed goodness. Manitoba dairy farmers are involved in a new national initiative to help show consumers the milk they drink is from healthy animals on farms that follow excellent practices.
Manitoba’s new king of burgers. Thanks to a new type of burger technology, a Winnipeg-based company has increased production of its homemade-style patties to meet customer demands.
Tossing a new tasty pizza crust. A local pizza business is using a pinto-buckwheat flour blend in gluten-free dough to create a delicious pizza alternative for customers who are diagnosed with celiac disease or have intolerances to wheat and gluten.
Continuing to graze in Manitoba. Manitoba’s community pastures will continue to be places for young, new and small-scale producers to graze their cattle, thanks to a producer-led program.
Growing research in grain. A mill which can produce 100 kilograms of flour per hour from Manitoba-grown pulses is part of one of the projects supported through the Grain Innovation Hub and the Growing Innovation program.
Growing News 2016 is a Growing Forward 2 special edition published by MAFRD. In this issue, you'll read about the many Growing Forward 2 funded projects and the progress being made in Manitoba. For a paper copy, email MAFRDGF2@gov.mb.ca. You can download the full version of Growing News 2016 (PDF 709 MB).
Leading the market in hemp. A new facility and equipment for a rural business is the first step in becoming a food processing leader.
Winter cattle on the move. Extensive wintering of livestock is a Beneficial Management Practice (BMP) offered through Growing Forward 2. This BMP can help the environment and farm.
Soy crush plant would benefit Manitoba, feasibility study shows. A feasibility study has brought the concept of a soybean crush facility in Manitoba one step closer to reality. Based on extensive analysis, study authors have determined that Manitoba has sufficient soybean acreage, production, and market demand to support a soybean crush facility in the province.
Granny's new software to boost efficiency, effectiveness and profits. Internationally recognized and fully integrated software is now helping to improve the communication and organization of data. As of March 31, 2015 Granny’s Poultry Cooperative Ltd. began operating on MTECH software, which combines live and historical data from the hatchery, onfarm and production into one shared source.
New manual created to organize Ag Society's events. Celebrating their 70th year, the Hanover Ag Society will be putting on their four annual events backed by a new sense of confidence. New volunteers are already learning their roles and following procedures to make this year's Spring Rodeo a success.
Platform to Boost Manitoba Beef and Forage Sectors. This new public private initiative, in collaboration with Manitoba Beef Producers, Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association, is bringing together producers, scientists, natural resource associations, extension providers and the private sector to develop ways to address economic, environmental and social sustainability matters.
Working Hard to Keep Hogs Healthy and the Province Free of PEDv. Manitoba Pork Council and MAFRD are working to keep hogs healthy and the province free of PEDv. The program was launched in February 2014 as a response to the PEDv cases reported in Ontario and areas of the United States to which Manitoba transports a large number of pigs every week.
Bringing in the Crowds. Visiting a summer or winter fair with your family is fun, but it's also big business for Manitoba municipalities. Rural fairs typically have a large economic impact on their communities, which makes it important to ensure they remain popular travel destinations.
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.
Empowering young farmers in Manitoba. Today's young farmers are the business leaders that will develop Manitoba's agricultural future. Strengthening the next generation of farmers directly benefits the profitability and sustainability of agriculture in the province.
New Research May Keep Manitoba Cattle on Pasture Longer. Researchers at the University of Manitoba (U of M) have begun an expansive research project that aims to provide new knowledge to help farmers keep their cattle on the pasture longer in the fall, saving time and money.
Strict Biosecurity Good for Animals and Good For Business. It can be easy to forget how important biosecurity is until there is a problem, and at that point it is often too late. Farmers who don't take steps now to protect their farms, may find themselves struggling to catch up as biosecurity measures become stricter.
Education Key to Future of Manitoba Beekeepers. The winter of 2013-2014 was a challenging one for Manitoba's honeybees. Nearly one quarter of them died according to a recent report released by the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA).
Ag Societies for Focus on Growing Leadership Capacity. Sometimes what an organization needs is an opportunity to reflect on where they've been and where they're going. That's exactly what the Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies (MAAS) did recently. It has led to a renewed sense of purpose and vision that will spill over into Manitoba communities.
Hops Farms Brewing in Manitoba. Vineyards and locally produced wine are a big industry in southern British Columbia and Ontario. Could the same care, dedication and market be developed for beer right here in MB.
Hemp an Up-and-Coming Crop in Manitoba. Hemp is a relatively small crop in Manitoba, but it is expected to nearly double in size this year – from 14,732 acres planted in 2013 to approximately 25,000 acres in 2014.
Manitoba's Research Champions. Manitoba hemp and soybean farmers may not realize the role that diversification centres played in expanding the crops' popularity. Manitoba is home to four diversification centres which promote agricultural innovation across the province.
Brandon Students Aim to Grow Fresh Food in the North. Assiniboine Community College is charting new territory in Manitoba's horticultural industry. By experimenting with different greenhouse models, they are working on a solution for fresh produce in northern Manitoba.
Take Action to Preserve Environment for Future. The value of a farm can be measured in part by what it can produce in the future. Managing the land well and paying attention to the health of its water, soil and other natural resources will help it stay productive.
Biosecurity on the Farm and Must for Prairie Farmers. A farmer’s best defence against the devastating impact of a disease outbreak is to set up solid biosecurity measures in advance. Limiting who and what comes in contact with their animals is every farmer’s responsibility and the responsibility of everyone who visits the property.