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Pasture Day at 1st Street Pasture June 22, 2017

POSTED: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | 1:43 pm

When the busy seeding season subsides and summer starts to come around, producer-aimed events take centre stage at the three Manitoba Beef and Forages Initiatives (MBFI) research sites near Brandon.

Researchers at MBFI’s 1st Street Pasture will kick off the summer season on June 22 by hosting Pasture Tour at the site.

“We have an interesting day planned for producers to learn more about our grazing cattle research and how they might apply our findings into their operations now or in the future,” said Jane Thornton, Manitoba Agriculture Forage and Rangeland Specialist and one of the speakers of the day.

Thornton says attendees from the public are always welcome to join the producers at the event and learn more about what’s going on around cattle and grass at the MBFI site.

“Besides helping producers make informed decisions for their farm operations, we want people to learn more about MBFI and agricultural practices,” says Thornton. “At the Pasture Tour, attendees will be able to learn about our research pasture such as battling the invasive weed leafy spurge with insects and cattle and implementing a rotational grazing plan on class 4, 5 land among other topics and demonstrations.”

Registration and coffee are on at 9:30, there is a registration fee of $10 due at the gate. To get there from the corner of Hwy #10 and Hwy #1, head south on  1st Street, go east on Lori Rd (by Value Village) to the traffic circle and stay eastbound for another  1/8 mile. The pasture is on the north side of the road and signage will be on site. Park on the road.  To register, call (204) 724-8719 or email Sunil.Kawathekar@gov.mb.ca. Bring cash or cheque to the event.

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Soil Health Workshop July 27

POSTED: Friday, July 21, 2017 | 3:44 PM

Join Us For A Hands-On Soil HealthWorkshop for Producers Get your hands dirty and learn about assessing soil health from some of Manitoba’s experts. • Learn how to reduce variability in soil testing and how to interpret soil testresults.• Participants will receive soil testing supplies for home use, along with an invitation to a follow-up workshop to review their results.Get insight about soilaggregate stability, soil organic matter and more.• The workshop is limited to 25 participants. A possible workshop on July 28may be considered to accommodate demand. Cost is $25 (must reg ...more

Grasslands and Croplands Have Different Microbial Biomass Carbon Levels per Unit of Soil Organic Carbon

POSTED: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | 2:37 PM

Congratulations to Terence P. McGonigle and William G. Turner, both of Brandon University, on having their paper Grasslands and Croplands Have Different Microbial Biomass Carbon Levels per Unit of Soil Organic Carbon published by the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute. Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives is proud to have provided financial support for the study. The results of this study provided guidance on the design and implementation of further research on the MBFI farm.  To read the full report please ...more
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Co-op Community Spaces provides $125K to agricultural research farm near Brandon

POSTED: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | 12:31 PM

Co-op Community Spaces provides $125K to agricultural research farm near Brandon Winnipeg, MB (June 27, 2017) — Co-op is pitching in to help out the Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives (MBFI). The MBFI is a research farm with three sites near Brandon, MB that will receive $125,000 in funding from Co-op Community Spaces, a funding program supporting recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture projects. “Co-op Community Spaces is an exciting program that is making a difference across Western Canada and we’re delighted to see it come to Brandon,” said L ...more
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MBFI Supported By Co-op Community Spaces

POSTED: Thursday, June 15, 2017 | 9:47 AM

  Manitoba Beef and Forages Initiatives (MBFI) is a 2017 Co-op Community Spaces Recipient and will receive $125,000 in funding provided by Co-op Community Spaces. “This is just wonderful news,” says Ramona Blyth, MBFI chair. “MBFI is a centre of agricultural innovation engaging in science-based research to benefit valuable ecosystems, improve producer profitability and build social awareness around the beef and forage industry.” Blyth says that the four core partners of the MBFI: Manitoba Agriculture, Manitoba Beef Producers, Ducks Unlimited Canada and Manitoba Forage ...more
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