MFGA eBulletin - July 2016
MFGA's Aquanty Project receives AAFC ARI funding
Recent flood events in the Assiniboine River Basin have resulted in significant crop losses, property and infrastructure damage, leading to unprecedented Agri-Recovery claims above and beyond crop insurance. The Aquanty Project, which MFGA is excited to be a part of, seeks to develop new risk management tools to reduce the impact of extreme flood or drought events for the agricultural industry within the Basin by identifying preventative measures, implementing risk prevention and mitigation activities, all with the intention of lessening the need for government disaster programming in response to such events.
Congratulations to MBFI, Winner of Province Partnership Award
The accomplishments of Manitoba government employees and the outstanding contributions they have made to the public service are recognized each year. This year, the Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives (MBFI) was saluted for excellence within the Mb government ranks at the recent 18th Annual Manitoba Service Excellence Awards. MFGA along with partners Manitoba Agriculture, Manitoba Beef Producers and Ducks Unlimited won the partnership award, the largest category (7 excellent nominees).
Hay Day a Success at new MBFI Brookdale Site
MFGA Board Chair Dave Koslowsky
The annual Manitoba Agriculture and MFGA event was held for the first time at the Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiative's (MBFI) Brookdale site. The 2016 Hay Day attracted approximately 120 producers throughout the day and focused on how to produce top-quality hay every season. Featuring extension specialists from across the province, the day offered both field demonstrations and classroom presentations on a range of topics.  
MBFI is a centre of agricultural innovation engaging in science-based research to benefit valuable ecosystems, improve producer profitibility and build social social awareness around the beef/forage industry. Learn about MBFI.
Produce Better Quality Forage at Lower Cost

Two important parts of a self-propelled forage harvester are the knives and shear bar. 
They are the "scissors" of the machine in that if the knives or the shearbar are dull, or if there's improper alignment of the knives and the shearbar, you'll need more power to do the job and the cut will become ragged and uneven. The knives should be sharp so that when they come down to the shearbar, they take as little power as possible to cut the crop and help reduce shearbar wear. The shearbar plays an important part, too. If it has a nice, square edge on it, then the knives will be able to cut through the crop more easily.

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Industry Events
This 3 day workshop will focus on Holistic Management, mob grazing and soil health. This is a unique opportunity since it will be only the second time Ian has been in Canada. Registration is $500 US. If interested, contact Michael Thiele mthiele@mymts.net or 204-365-6334.
Crop Diagnostic School  -  July 12-14, Ian N Morrison Research Farm, Carman, MB
Designed to refine the diagnostic skills of agronomists and producers involved in field scouting and assessing crop health, this event has been running since 1996 with approximately 400-500 people attending each year.
MBFI McDonald's Tour - July 26 at the Brookdale MBFI Farm in Brandon, MB
Mark your calendar! More info to follow. Call: Glenn Friesen, glenn.friesen@gov.mb.ca.
Almeda Open Gate Learning Day with Blain HjertaasJuly 26 at Trent & Carolyn Walls Farm
Topics covered will include holistic decision making, planned grazing, improving wildlife habitat, soil health and conservation practices, and more! For more info found here.
West Interlake Plot Tour - July 28 in West Interlake area
Alfalfa is our number one crop in the West Interlake. If you want to go grow more yield with better quality, visit our plots and see what is possible! This MAFRD event is free. For More Information, call Manitoba Agriculture Ashern (204) 768-2782.
Manitoba Youth Beef Round-up July 29-31 at Beautiful Plains Ag Society, Neepawa, MB
This event is for young cattle producers (commercial, purebred, 4-H or new junior) under the age of 25 years of age as of January 1, 2016.
Inaugural Canadian Beef Industry Conference -  Aug 9-11 in Calgary, Alberta
Supporting the National Beef Strategy, the conference provides a forum for industry engagement and learning opportunities across the beef supply chain. Keynote address by Arlene Dickinson, CEO of Venture Communications and former venture capitalist on CBC's Dragon's Den. Register before June 15 for early bird pricing. 
Holistic Management Open Gate Field Day Aug 22 in Dauphin, MB
Mark your calendars! More information to follow. Questions, contact Pam Iwanchysko, pamela.iwanchysko@gov.mb.ca.
Manitoba Open Farm Day -  September 18, 2016 on farms across Manitoba
There are a record number of Manitoba farms, rural ag museums and more registered as Hosts for Open Farm Day - 48 in total! When you visit a host farm, you can see demonstrations, share stories, take tours, enjoy recreational activities, and learn more about the many Manitoba farm operations and products. 
7th Annual CFGA Conference -  Nov 15-17 in Winnipeg, MB
Held at the Hotel Fairmont, the overall theme for the conference is Grass and Green in 2016 to recognize the important role of Canadian forage and grassland managers in providing significant environmental and economic benefits to Canadians from coast to coast. For more information, contact the Conference Coordinator.
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