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Many great speakers will take to Manitoba stages in the coming weeks 
and months

The new year is barely a week old and already calendars are getting full.

Producers looking to keep their skills up to date can begin by taking in St. Jean Farm Days at the Centennial Hall in St. Jean-Baptiste.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the annual event, which features two days of speakers, including soybean and oilseed specialists, agronomists, a meteorologist and many others.

Still craving more crop management information?

The 45th annual Wheat Growers Convention took place in Winnipeg, wrapping up three days of speakers and discussion Friday evening with a banquet.

But that’s not all.

The Manitoba Forage Seed Association’s annual conference was held in Winnipeg January 11 and 12, at the Victoria Inn.

Association board member Kevin Blight noted that Robert Saik, author of the Agriculture Manifesto and CEO of the Agri-Trend Group, will be the keynote speaker.

“We’re always looking for a good speaker… and I thought it would be refreshing for farmers to hear a speaker who was pro-science,” said Blight.

Saik will also be speaking on the last day of the Wheat Growers Convention.

There was something for livestock producers as well. On January 15, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development hosted the Southeast Beef and Forage Day in Vita, although the venue has not yet been announced.

Last but not least, Manitoba Ag Days kicks off this week at the Keystone Centre in Brandon on January 20, wrapping up on January 22.

For more information on upcoming events, or to look ahead to February, visit ‘Events’ on the Manitoba Co-operator website.

About the author


Shannon VanRaes is a journalist and photojournalist at the Manitoba Co-operator. She also writes a weekly urban affairs column for Metro Winnipeg, and has previously reported for the Winnipeg Sun, Outwords Magazine and the Portage Daily Graphic.



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