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Paying it forward at Ag Days

Proceeds from 50/50 draw to agriculture students and community upgrades

Manitoba Ag Days will be “giving back” to the farm and rural community again this year.

“At our 2013 show we introduced a 50-50 draw with half of the proceeds going to the winning ticket holder and the other half benefiting agriculture-related charities,” says Christine Roskos, Manitoba Ag Days organizer. “Manitoba Ag Days is a not-for-profit organization and will continue to operate this way. Our show is 100 per cent pure farm meaning 100 per cent of our exhibitors are relevant to the agricultural industry. Being able to contribute to this industry has been a fantastic experience for us and we are excited to ‘pay it forward’ in agriculture. Manitoba Ag Days takes great pride in helping other agricultural organizations in communities where our exhibitors and patrons live.”

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Moving forward with the 50-50 draws in future shows, Ag Days will be giving organizations the opportunity to apply to be the recipients of the proceeds. The following are the two categories available and guidelines:

There are two separate categories:

1) Education and Leadership (up to $11,000 yearly) — In order to apply, organizations must fill out an application and submit a 500-word essay.

  • U of M Degree — $1,000 yearly

(Applicants must apply through the U of M);

  • U of M Diploma — $1,000 yearly

(Applicants must apply through the U of M);

  • ACC Diploma — $1,000 yearly

(Applicants must apply through the Ag Days Gives Back committee);

  • Agricultural youth education — $8,000 yearly

(Applicants must apply through the Ag Days Gives Back committee).

2) Community Improvement (up to $15,000 annually — matching community dollars is a requirement)

  • Local community infrastructure upgrades and improvements

This category would include such things as: community halls, arenas, rinks, playgrounds, ball diamonds, parks, walkways and gardens;

  • Agriculture and heritage

This category would include such things as: agricultural-related charities, historic monuments, fairs, organizations that work within agriculture, etc.;

  • Safety and emergency services

This category would include such things as air and ground transport services, support groups, call lines and organizations that work within agriculture

(Applicants must apply to the Ag Days Gives Back committee).

In order to apply for the Community Improvement component organizations must have a registered charitable number with Canada Revenue Agency and they must fill out the Manitoba Ag Days Community Giving Program Application form and return it with their supporting documentation.

The 2016 Show Recipients have been selected and will be announced at the show. For more information go to https://www.agdays.com/community-giving-program.

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