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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 

April 15, 2014: Glyphosate Resistant (GR) Kochia Confirmed in Manitoba. MAFRD jointly conducted a kochia survey in the fall of 2013. Plants from 283 different kochia populations were harvested, thrashed and planted over the winter. The resulting seedlings were tested for GR. Kochia plants from two of the 283 sites were found to be GR.

April 11, 2014: Stretching Feed Supplies to Make it to Grass Season.
Long, cold winters are common here in Manitoba and can leave a dent in a cattle producers’ feed inventories. When cattle producers face low feed supplies, different options for wintering cows need to be considered.

April 11, 2014: NEWS RELEASE: Twenty More Manitoba Municipalities Complete Amalgamations. Administrative savings, greater efficiency, improved service delivery achieved as modernization process nears completion.

April 10, 2014: BULLETIN #6: Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) Virus. The Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) has confirmed a small number of animals being held at a high-traffic site in western Manitoba tested positive for the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus

April 9, 2014: NEWS RELEASE: Livestock Price Insurance Program Now Accepting Applications from Producers. Manitoba livestock producers can now apply for the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP), a new tool to manage risk and withstand market volatility

April 4, 2014: BULLETIN #5: Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) Virus. A second set of environmental samples, collected from a high-traffic pig site in Manitoba, have tested positive for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus.

April 2, 2014: NEWS RELEASE: Manitoba Communities Encouraged to Apply for Economic Development Grants. Funding for Manitoba’s Partner 4 Growth program is doubling and will offer up to $260,000 in grants to support community-led projects focused on strengthening and diversifying local economies and creating new jobs.

March 31, 2014: New listing service: Grain Storage Listing Service matches producers who have available grain storage with producers who have to store excess grain locally. If you have available bins for temporary storage or if you need temporary grain storage, you are encouraged to register with this service.

March 31, 2014: NEWS RELEASE: Manitoba Investment will Improve Tracking of Bovine Tuberculosis. Manitoba will launch a five-year, $150,000 project to better monitor bovine tuberculosis by linking on-farm data to traceability tools throughout the beef processing system.

March 27, 2014:  Are you looking to hire employees for the new growing season? Before you begin, be sure to reference the Human Resource Management for Farm Business Guide. It's a great tool to help you get started.

March 26, 2014: NEWS RELEASE: Statement in Response to New Federal Legislation to Address Grain Transportation Backlog. Earlier this month, the Manitoba government submitted recommendations to the federal government on what should be included in federal legislation to address grain transportation backlogs affecting Manitoba farmers.

March 24, 2014: NEWS RELEASE: Provincial Task Force on Grain Transportation Announces Road Weight Restrictions Relaxed for Grain Shipments. The Manitoba government is making a special one-time amendment to spring weight restriction policy on provincial roads that will enable famers to be nimble and react quickly to changes in climatic and market conditions.

March 20, 2014: The Best time to Buy or Lease Farmland. Land value planning is an integral component in making financial decisions for your business. The Land Purchase Planner enables farmers to estimate land values based on gross revenue and estimated land rental rates and the Land Rental Planner enables farmers to estimate land rental values based on gross revenue, margin over operating costs, investment return of land value, and crop share arrangements.

March 18, 2014: NEWS RELEASE: New Listing Service Will Help Producers Locate Available, Empty Grain Storage Facilities. If producers have available storage that could be used in the event flooding becomes a risk, they are encouraged to contact their local GO Office.  

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Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Canadian Global Crops Symposium
April 14 - 16, 2014: This international event held in Winnipeg, will connect Canada’s grains, oilseeds and pulse crop supply chains with buyers and importers from around the globe, and it will showcase Canada’s growing capacity to export food and feed commodities. 

Verified Beef Production Workshop
April 16, 2014: This workshop in MacGregor will provide information to help beef producers prevent, detect and control food safety risks on their farm. Contact the MAFRD Portage la Prairie GO Office at 204-239-3352.


Manitoba Fair Guide
A complete listing of all fairs and exhibitions in Manitoba for 2014.

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