Canada and Manitoba announce support for four diversification research centres

Manitoba Agriculture
Thursday, 15 November 2018 | Manitoba
By Manitoba Agriculture
The governments of Canada and Manitoba will be supporting four diversification centres, according to an announcement made today by Lawrence MacAulay, federal agricultural minister, and Ralph Eichler, Manitoba agricultural minister.

Canada and Manitoba will be providing $3 million in funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership over five years to support four diversification centres. Manitoba’s four diversification centres – Prairies East Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Inc., Westman Agricultural Diversification Organization Inc., Parkland Crop Diversification Centre Inc. and Manitoba Horticulture Productivity Enhancement Centre Inc. – are located throughout the province and operate as private-public partnerships, investing in farmer-focused applied research that creates benefits for the entire agricultural sector. Funding will be used for operating costs such as research supplies, specialized services, land rental, equipment and maintenance.

“By investing in these diversification centres, we are generating exciting new information sharing between researchers and producers that helps to drive the agriculture sector forward by giving farmers new crop management strategies and environmental best practices,” MacAulay said.

The research interests of each centre is directed by local producers and business people, conducting research and demonstrations on crops, technology and best management practices.

Past research projects conducted by diversification centres in Manitoba include: building a soil nutrient budget for your rotations, extending the seeding window for winter wheat, investigating the impact of soil temperature on soybean planting dates and updating N recommendations for spring wheat.

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