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U of M receives funding for ag research equipment

Dec. 10, 2014 - The University of Manitoba will receive more than $670,000 to purchase specialized equipment for agricultural research.

Funding is provided through Growing Forward 2, focusing on research areas that are important to crop and livestock producers including soil quality, nutrient management, land productivity and animal care.

The projects funded at the university's Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences include:
- $220,000 for equipment to research soil particles and nutrients in water running off agricultural land;
- $62,000 to purchase GPS collars, software and a portable cattle handling facility to monitor animal grazing activity, which will be used to research the most economically and environmentally sustainable ways for producers to manage their pastures;
- More than $229,000 for equipment to measure yields and harvest forage crops in research plots located across the province; and
- $159,000 for a research team to evaluate nutritional needs, egg quality, environmental factors and other management practices related to the poultry sector's transition to more spacious housing for birds.

Since 1906, the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences has been a leader in the agri-food industry in Manitoba. It offers diploma, bachelor and graduate programs focused on agricultural management, agribusiness, the environment and food and nutritional sciences. For more information, visit www.umanitoba.ca.