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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 

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

March 17, 2015: Manitoba Celebrates 11th Annual Agriculture Awareness Day.

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

March 2, 2015: Direct Marketing Conference to Celebrate 20 Years of Connecting Farmers with Consumers

February 5, 2015: Governments Invest in Applied Research Focused on Sustainable Beef Production 

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What's New

NEW RESOURCE: Human Resource Manual for Rural Business.

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

Number of Total Cattle and Feeder Cattle Sold Through Manitoba Auction Markets, February 2015 (PDF 66 KB). Manitoba Auction Markets sold 40,059 head of cattle in February, 17% lower than last year.

Livestock on Farms in Manitoba and Canada Report, January 1, 2015 (PDF 73KB). Livestock on farms shows cattle and sheep numbers down, hog numbers higher. 

Cutting like a Hot Knife Through a New Butter Market. This creamery will soon be expanding its butter business with new products thanks to the purchase of an upgraded butter printer and wrapper machine.

Bringing in the Crowds. Rural fairs typically have a large economic impact on their communities, which makes it important to ensure they remain popular travel destinations.

New Packaging Equipment Increases Output and Creates New Jobs. When employees are packing 1,000 candies per minute there's no time for bottlenecks on the production line.

Report Released: Advancing the small scale, local food sector in Manitoba: a path forward. For questions about the report, email us.

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

Verified Beef Production Workshops
March 19 and April 16, 2015: Held at various MAFRD GO Office locations by video conference. To register, contact a GO Office or Manitoba Beef Producers.

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

March 31, 2015: AgriInsurance

March 31, 2015: Forage Shortfall and Transportation Assistance Initiative

March 31, 2015: Farmland School Tax Rebate

April 1, 2015: Growing Assurance - Food Safety Processing & Distribution

April 1, 2015: Growing Value - Commercialization

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

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