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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 

June 27, 2014: Governments Invest in New On-Farm Conservation Projects to Benefit the Environment. Manitoba’s conservation districts will receive $750,000 this year to work with farmers on projects that will improve water quality, support climate change adaptation and preserve wildlife habitat.

June 25, 2014: Harper Government Invests to Create New Seed Varieties for the Sunflower Sector. The NSAC will receive over $1.2 million from the federal AgriInnovation Program and $320,000 from the cost-shared Growing Innovation - Agri-Food Research and Development Initiative to support the development of adaptable, disease resistant and herbicide tolerant, confection sunflower hybrids that meet the needs of international markets and demands from growers.

May 26, 2014: Province Announces Hometown Manitoba Grants to Help Beautify Community Spaces. Manitoba’s community places will be revitalized and renewed through the annual Hometown Manitoba grant program, which will allocate $225,000 to 103 projects across the province this year.

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What's New 

July 9, 2014: Flood Information for Agriculture. The list of resources relating to sourcing hay or pasture and evacuation of livestock.

July 9, 2014: Treat yourself to fresh Manitoba vegetables by using Manitoba’s Local Produce Guide (PDF 1.5 MB) to find the many fresh products available at farmers’ markets, pre-picked market stands, U-Pick vegetable gardens and community supported agriculture farms.

July 9, 2014: Fusarium Head Blight Risk Forecast. The maps will be posted daily showing the current risk of development for this disease.

July 7, 2014: Crop Weather Report and Manitoba Crop Report #10
Sign up to receive your seasonal report by email or follow us on Twitter.

June 11, 2014: Be a Host Farm for Open Farm Day. Farmers are invited to participate and register for this year's event prior to July 7.

June 11, 2014: Food Safety Training workshops now scheduled for Good Manufacturing Practices (Pre-requisite Programs) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP).

June 10, 2014: Follow us on Twitter for updates in Manitoba agriculture at @MBGovAg. You'll have instant access to a range of government agriculture resources, programs and services.

June 10, 2014: CropTalk Webinars. The MAFRD farm production team produces weekly webinars - live and on demand. MAFRD specialists and invited guests speak to real-time agronomic topics to assist growers and agronomists with the cropping season, for two specific areas in Manitoba. Join us each week.

June 10, 2014: Taste the Potential of Cold-Pressed Virgin Manitoba Canola Oil.
Growers team up with researchers to test new product.

June 9, 2014: Animal Welfare Audits Make Positive Change in Meat Industry.
Abattoirs can receive funds for important training and equipment upgrades.


Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Open Farm Day - Be a Host
July 7, 2014: Deadline to register for participating in Open Farm Day on September 21.

Crop Diagnostic School
July 8 to 11 and July 14 to 18, 2014: The Crop Diagnostic School is designed to refine the diagnostic skills of agronomists and producers involved in field scouting and assessing crop health.

Parkland Crop Diversification Foundation (PCDF) Annual Field Day
July 29, 2014: Located 3 miles south of Roblin on Road 148N. Plot tour includes hemp agronomy, soybean agronomy, quinoa, prairie fruit trees, new fungicides and herbicide. For more information, call Jeff Kostuik at 204-773-6178 or email pcdf@mymts.net.

Manitoba Fair Guide
A complete listing of Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies fairs and exhibitions in Manitoba for 2014.

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