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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 

October 16, 2014: Manitoba Government Expands Pilot Encouraging Local Sustainable Food, Rural Economic Growth.

October 2, 2014: Governments Support New National Accreditation Program for Manitoba Dairy Farms

October 1, 2014: Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) Virus Bulletin #10. Manitoba's chief veterinary officer  has confirmed the province's fifth on-farm case of PED virus in a nursery finisher barn in southeast Manitoba. 

September 25, 2014: Governments Announce Funding for Industry-Led Feed Grain Research. Farmer-led research to find new feed wheat varieties will receive $400,000 as part of a commitment to innovation under Growing Forward 2.

September 19, 2014: Open Farm Day this Sunday Connects Families with Local Food Producers, Growing Rural Economy.

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What's New

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

WANTED: Canola fields to test for low levels of clubroot. If you are interested in having your canola fields sampled for this project, contact the Pest Surveillance Initiative.

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.

NEW - 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.

Manitoba Crop Report #25: Final report for the 2014 cropping season.

 Upcoming Events

Cereals North America 2014
October 28 - 30, 2014 in Winnipeg: Features leading agriculture industry thinkers and innovators from the U.S., Canada, Latin America, China and Europe. The conference will showcase the global grain and oilseed markets and what lies ahead for world agriculture.

Environmental Farm Plan Workshops
November 12, 2014: Workshop to develop or renew your environmental farm plans for your farm operation. Get more dates and locations.

Manitoba Farm Women's Conference
November 16-18, 2014 in Brandon: Where women meet to acquire skills and share ideas that benefit themselves, their families, farms and communities. 

Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance Conference
November 17-19, 2014 in Winnipeg: The hemp industry's networking event that includes international speakers and delegates from Finland, Denmark, New Zealand, Poland and the U.S.

Agri Innovation Forum 2014
November 18 - 19, 2014 in Winnipeg: Features the only program of events in Canada dedicated to showcasing the highest potential emerging, growth stage, and established agri-businesses. 

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.

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Upcoming Deadlines

November 28, 2014: Growing Visions

November 28, 2014: Growing Actions

November 28, 2014: Growing Value-Commercialization

December 5, 2014: Growing Competitiveness-Next Generation

December 12, 2014: Growing Competitiveness-Agri-Extension

December 12, 2014: Growing Innovation - On-Farm 

December 15, 2014: Hometown Manitoba

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