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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 

August 27, 2014: New Machinery will Improve Agricultural Research and Services for Producers. PAMI will receive $735,000 under Growing Forward 2 for new equipment to support applied research projects for the agricultural sector.

August 26, 2014: Dr. Megan Bergman Named Manitoba's New Chief Veterinary Officer

August 22, 2014: Province Introduces New Grants for Biomass Research. The Manitoba government has doubled the Biomass Energy Support Program funding to $1 million, with the additional $500,000 of new funding targeted to applied research projects that will support the growth of the biomass industry.

August 21, 2014: Province Announces Partner 4 Growth Grants to Support Economic Development Projects Across Manitoba.

August 8, 2014: Manitoba's Diversification Centres Receive Funding for New Equipment. Manitoba’s four diversification centres will receive nearly $45,000 to purchase specialized equipment to support innovation and create new opportunities for farmers.

August 7, 2014: Manitobans Invited to Share Views on Small-Scale, Local Food Production and Processing. Manitobans are encouraged to share their views about small-scale food production and processing at three upcoming public consultations or through an online survey

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What's New

StalkTalk Webinars: A monthly webinar for the livestock industry featuring a variety of topics related to livestock feed and nutrition, marketing and production management.

Crop Weather Report and Manitoba Crop Report #20. Sign up to receive your seasonal report by email or follow us on Twitter.

Manitoba Crop Ingredients to Help Combat Prediabetes. The global solution to prediabetes may be found in Manitoba-grown ingredients.

Plant Breeding in Manitoba Next Big Opportunity for Producers. The future of cereal plant breeding may be changing in Manitoba and Canada. 

Growing Competitiveness Planting Knowledge in Manitoba. From a booklet to a symposium, Growing Competitiveness Program - Agri-Extension is planting knowledge in Manitoba.


Upcoming Events

Open Farm Day
September 21, 2014: Bring your family and meet local farms, find out where our food comes from and even try some farm-fresh produce.

Fruit Preservation Workshop for Home Processors
September 24, 2014 in Portage la Prairie: This workshop will help you get ready to sell your fruit jams, jellies or spreads at farmers' markets. For more information, email Jackie Simpson-Cleaver or call 204-239-3362.

Fruit Preservation Workshop for Small-scale Commercial Processors
September 25, 2014 in Portage la Prairie: This workshop will help you get ready to sell your fruit jams, jellies or spreads to retailers or restaurants. For more information, email Jayne Kjaldgaard or call 204-461-2978.

Food Allergens: Reducing Your Risk
October 1, 2014 in Portage la Prairie: Manitoba Food Processors Association, with Growing Forward 2 funding, is holding a one-day workshop to learn how to control potential sources of food allergen risk and manage allergens in food processing plants. For more information, email MFPA

Environmental Farm Plan Workshops
October 14, 2014: The first scheduled workshop to develop or renew your environmental farm plans for your farm operation. Get more dates and locations.

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.

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

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Upcoming Deadlines

October 2, 2014: Growing Innovation - ARDI

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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