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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 29, 2015: Manitoba Government Encourages Farmers to Register for Open Farm Day

March 20, 2015: Manitobans Invited to Connect with Farmers During Two Upcoming Agricultural Fairs

March 13, 2015: Governments Invest in Innovative Project to Support Biosecurity

March 13, 2015: Government Invest $2 Million at the Canadian International Grains Institute

March 5, 2015: The Canada and Manitoba Governments Will Invest Nearly $1.5 Million in 289 On-farm Food Safety Projects

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What's New

We've launched a new section called INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP. This section is a gateway for organization development and board governance information, resources and training opportunities for organizations involved in the agriculture industry.

Latest updates on Avian Influenza Outbreak in North America. Learn more about how Manitoba farmers can protect their flocks with biosecurity measures.

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.

Remote Farm Takes on Upgrades for Health and Safety of Animals. Suncrest Colony takes on upgrades for health and safety of animals. New technology is being installed to improve the health and safety of the farm's broiler breeder chickens.

Enhanced HACCP Program Helps Meat Processor Grow Nationally. Country Meat and Sausage is implementing a comprehensive food safety program in order to build its business with national grocery chains and expand production.

Beekeepers Keeping Healthier Hives. Manitoba's honey bee producers can now better identify diseases in their hives with help from information workshops and biosecurity tools and strategies.

NEW RESOURCE: Human Resource Manual for Rural Business and Human Resource Manual for Agriculture Organizations

Farm Bankruptcies (NAICS), Canada, by Province and Enterprise, 2014 (PDF 320 KB). Two Manitoba farm bankruptcies in 2014, down from 13 in 2013.

The Manitoba Cattle Enhancement Council (MCEC) is closing its operations. As of December 31, 2014, the MCEC website is inactive. To continue full public disclosure of MCEC activities, the financial statements (PDF 956 KB) from the previous website are now provided.

Upcoming Events

Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology – Supplier Expo
May 13, 2015, Winnipeg: An opportunity to network and display your product or service to a growing market in the Canadian prairies. Attendees include R&D technologists, food scientists, purchasers and senior managers from leading food and beverage manufacturers. 

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Upcoming Deadlines

May 1, 2015: Growing Assurance - Food Safety On-Farm

June 1, 2015: ng Visions

June 1, 2015: Growing Actions

June 1, 2015: Growing Competitiveness - Next Generation

June 1, 2015: Growing Competitiveness - Agri-Extension

July 1, 2015: Growing Assurance - Food Safety Processing and Distribution

Growing Value - Commercialization

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