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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 

December 10, 2014: Support Agricultural Research at the University of Manitoba. The University of Manitoba will receive more than $670,000 to purchase specialized equipment for agricultural research

December 8, 2014: Governments invest in bring Made-in-Manitoba Foods to Market

December 5, 2014: Manitobans Invited to Share View at Second Series of Open Houses on Assiniboine River, Lake Manitoba Basins Flood Mitigation Study

December 5, 2014: New Project Provides Real-world Information to Farm Operations Switching to Loose Sow Housing

November 17, 2014: Governments Announce New Research Funding to Support Manitoba's Grain Innovation Hub.  

November 12, 2014: Government help Manitoba Livestock Producers Purchase Feed.

November 7, 2014: Province Advises Nutrient Application Dates Extended Until Nov. 12.


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What's New

New 2015 Cost of Production Bulletins Now Available: 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.
New FertPlan Calculator Now Available: 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.

Registration is open for the 2015 Young Farmer Conference in Brandon. 

Attend a Verified Beef Production workshop hosted by Manitoba Beef Producers at various MAFRD GO Offices in fall and winter. To register, contact your local GO Office or call Manitoba Beef Producers at 1-800-772-0458.

Biomass up-and-coming fuel source in Manitoba. Manitobans looking for another environmentally friendly energy source for space and water heating may soon find they don't have to look further than their backyards.

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 that point it is often too late.

BusinessTalk 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

Agricultural Excellence Conference - Seeding Transition to Harvest Change
November 19 - 21, 2014 in Winnipeg: A one-of-a-kind event that brings diverse industry experts and stakeholders together from across disciplines, regions and commodity sectors to share and explore beneficial farm management practices and insights with leading farm business thinkers across Canada.

Environmental Farm Plan Workshops
December 9, 2014: Workshop to develop or renew your environmental farm plans for your farm operation. Get more dates and locations.

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Upcoming Deadlines

December 12, 2014: Growing Competitiveness-Agri-Extension

December 12, 2014: Growing Innovation - On-Farm 

December 15, 2014: Hometown Manitoba

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