MFGA eBulletin - January 2017
MFGA meets with Minister of Sustainable Development
MFGA had the opportunity to meet with Hon. Cathy Cox, Minister of Sustainable Development, to discuss the important projects we are involved in including the MFGA Aquanty Project.
Left to Right: Henry Nelson, MFGA Vice Chair/MFGA Aquanty Project Manager; Hon. Cathy Cox, Minister of Sustainable Development; Dave Koslowsky, MFGA Board Chair; Duncan Morrison, MFGA Executive Director.
MCDA updated on progress of Aquanty project
It's no crystal ball, but when a new computer modelling program now under development is complete, a much clearer picture how various flood and drought scenarios could impact the rural landscape will emerge. Delegates at last month's Manitoba Conservation District Association (MCDA) annual convention heard more about how a new HydroGeoSphere model under construction will work and be used to predict and monitor how water and land interact in the Assiniboine River Basin (ARB) and how communities can plan ahead for it. Work on the model is now well underway Duncan Morrison, executive director Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Association (MFGA), said in a presentation at MCDA. Read the full Manitoba Co-operator article.
Hay Situation & Price Update for January
John McGregor, MFGA Hay Expert, has surveyed Manitoba Agriculture Forage Specialists and forage industry people to provide a brief update of hay prices and the hay situation:  As we move into January, the hay situation throughout the province continues to be similar to last month - that forage supplies are still adequate to above. Looking at the MASC data for 2016 we can see that forage yields in 2016 were at or above the 5 year average. Read more.
Legume Cover Crops
There has been a growing interest in recent years on the use of cover crops for the purpose of protecting and/or improving the soil including increased soil nitrogen levels, weed and pest suppression and prevention of soil erosion by wind and water. This article looks at some of the research using cover crops after crop harvest to improve soil fertility utilizing legumes. Read on...
Biosecurity - Help protect the health of livestock and crops
The Department of Agriculture has developed a fact sheet to bring awareness that biosecurity principles must be considered when entering any part of an agricultural operation. This includes government employees and contractors as well as others who potentially could spread pests and disease. Agriculture is one of Manitoba's primary industries and agricultural commodities are some of the province's largest exports - all Manitobans have a part to play in protecting our agriculture production from devastating diseases. View the fact sheet.
Cold Stress and Cattle
Cold weather is stressful for both cattle and cattle producers certain amount of common sense and some knowledge of the science involved will go a long way in reducing hardship this winter. So at what temperature do cattle actually begin experiencing cold stress and then how much more energy do they need? Read on.
Forages and grasslands highlighted in Western Producer
Read these excellent articles written by Ed White, Western Producer, highlighting good news and innovative producers for the forage and beef industries in Western Canada.
Growers pumped over news of forage research position - After years of stagnation, Agriculture Canada said the recent hiring will give pasture and forage research a much-needed boost.
Putting the business out to pasture  A multi-generation family of Angus producers makes the move to organic grass-fed animals.
Stop by and visit us at the MFGA Booth - #1338
 Manitoba Ag Days
January 17-19 in Brandon, Manitoba
Agriculture in the Classroom seeking volunteers
Agriculture in the Classroom - Manitoba's Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM) Program is reaching more students, and they need your help! CALM is a 60-minute classroom program delivered at various schools throughout the province during March. If you want to make a difference in agriculture education and volunteer for CALM, click here or  contact Diane at 204-471-9698 or, if you have any questions.
No better time for pre-season inspections
Spring is still many months away, but it's not too early to prepare your machines for work and take advantage of certified maintenance pre-season inspections. Your dealer's factory-trained technicians can spot important maintenance issues before they become costly repairs.
Industry Events
Horse Production and Management Course  -  Jan 9, 2017  in Winnipeg, MB
Horse Production and Management is a non-credit course offered by the Department of Animal Science at the University of Manitoba. The course runs 11 Mondays at the University of Manitoba (12 Dafoe Road). Course cost is $200 and enrolment is limited to 20 participants. Instructor is Kim Van Cauwenberghe. More info here.
Manitoba AgDays - Jan 17-19, 2017  in Brandon, MB
The Manitoba AgDays show is an exposition of agricultural production expertise, technology, and equipment that attracts exhibitors and visitors from across Canada and North Central United States. Stop by the MFGA booth (1338) during your visit!
Presented by: Dr. Brian Amiro, U of M Department of Soil Science. Held from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm (refreshments served at 3:00 pm) at the Carolyn Sifton Theatre, Rm 130 Agriculture Building, 66 Dafoe Rd All are welcome!
Whole Farm & Ranch Planning Course - Jan 23-25 & Feb 3-5, 2017 in St Claude, MB
Holistic Management gives you the tools to care for your people, improve your land and be profitable.
KAP January Events - Jan 24-27, 2017 in Winnipeg, MB
Located at Delta Winnipeg, attend all 3 events:
Pre-Annual Meeting workshops; KAP Annual Meeting; Young Farmers Conference 
Beef and Forage Production Day - Jan 25, 2017 in Austin, MB
This seminar is packed with information from innovative leading experts aimed to help Manitoba beef producers best manage their cattle operations.
Benchland Annual Meeting -  Jan 26, 2017 in Gladstone, MB
This one day meeting (12pm to 7:30pm) is packed with information and innovative leading experts aimed to help Manitoba beef producers best manage their cattle operations. Find out the latest news on research and production for beef and forage management. Includes Roast Beef Banquet - Must Register by Jan 20!
Expand Grazing Without Acquiring More Land - January 31, 2017 in Ashern, MB
Topics: Year Round Grazing System in Western Canada and Beef Research Update. Complementary coffee and dainties provided. Registration not required.
38th Annual Manitoba Beef Producers AGM - Feb 2-3, 2017 in Brandon, MB
The theme is Sharing our Story as the beef industry continues to focus on highlighting the great work being done in areas such environmental stewardship, sustainability. Whether you are a beef producer or in the feedlot sector, this is an opportunity to engage with MBP directors and fellow producers, debate issues that affect your bottom line, and set policy which will impact the future of your industry. Download their recent newsletter for full agenda.
Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association AGM - Feb 3, 2017 in Brandon, MB
A 7am breakfast meeting, our AGM is held in conjunction with the MBP AGM. Stay tuned for further details. 
Native Prairie Restoration & Reclamation Workshop  - Feb 8-9, 2017 in Regina, SK
The Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan (SK PCAP)  announced that registration is now open. Register by Dec 12 to receive the Early Bird rate of $225. The workshop will be held at the Ramada Hotel in downtown Regina, SK. The agenda includes plenary sessions, a trade show, a poster display, and many networking opportunities.


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