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Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association backs up regenerative ag

The movement is now an official cause for MFGA

The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association is officially endorsing regenerative agriculture.

“MFGA’s interests in regenerative agriculture lie squarely in producing high-quality food while improving the natural ecosystem,” the position reads.

“Regenerative agriculture” involves farm practices aimed at improving the landscape, soil health and biodiversity.

Grazing is a key part of the system, including rotational or high-intensity rotational grazing in Manitoba. Advocates have reported more forage yield, soil organic matter, better nutrient balance and more bird and insect species.

The MFGA announcement comes as no surprise to anyone paying attention to the association’s work. In 2018, it hosted a two-day regenerative agriculture conference in Brandon, an event it hopes to repeat in 2020.

The association’s members have also become some of the loudest voices in favour of regenerative agriculture practices.

MFGA director Ryan Boyd credits the movement as, “a valuable land base for forage production, crop rotations and livestock grazing, while delivering numerous ecological goods and services… ”

The association says the official position will help the organization plan producer events promoting regenerative agriculture.

“Because of our organization’s focus and the pursuit of regenerative agriculture among our networks, MFGA is at the leading edge of defining and promoting regenerative agriculture in Manitoba, and that’s exactly where we want to be,” association president Darren Chapman said.

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Alexis Stockford is a journalist and photographer with the Manitoba Co-operator. She previously reported with the Morden Times and was news editor of  campus newspaper, The Omega, at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. She grew up on a mixed farm near Miami, Man.

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