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Assiniboine Community College snags digital ag donation

Farm Credit Canada says need for digital support for farms is growing

Assiniboine Community College has received a $15,000 donation from Farm Credit Canada (FCC) to enhance its digital agriculture offerings. “As the agriculture industry evolves toward an increased focus on technology and precision agriculture, so comes an increased demand for digital agriculture knowledge and training,” Chris Budiwski, ACC’s chair of agriculture and environment said in a

Assiniboine Community College staff and supporters stand outside the college’s Valleyview Building, the future home of the Prairie Innovation Centre for Sustainable Agriculture.

Agricultural programming on growth trend at Assiniboine Community College

The college hopes to open the doors on its Prairie Innovation Centre for Sustainable Agriculture by 2024

The province will soon have a new post-secondary hub for sustainable ag, if Brandon’s Assiniboine Community College (ACC) gets its way. The college will be significantly expanding its agricultural offerings, ACC has said, a promise centred around the incoming Prairie Innovation Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, to take root on the college’s North Hill Campus. Why it matters: The Prairie Innovation


Sylvia Mitchell has been a fixture in Manitoba’s 
agriculture industry since the late 1950s.

Sylvia Mitchell to receive honorary diploma from ACC

She moved to the farm in ’59 with no rural experience

Assiniboine Community College will be presenting Sylvia Mitchell with an honorary diploma in agribusiness at this year’s graduation ceremony in Brandon to be held in late October. Sylvia was born and raised in Brandon, living there for 27 years before marrying Donn Mitchell. Settling on Donn’s grandparents’ homesteaded farmland north of Douglas in 1959 was

Blaine Pedersen, minister of agriculture and resource development, with ACC students at the grand opening of a new animal protein-processing training facility.

Meat-processing training centre opens in Brandon

Food Processing Centre for Animal Proteins has held its grand opening

Assiniboine Community College’s new Food Processing Centre for Animal Proteins is officially open for business. The facility held a grand opening last week, hosting donors who contributed to its construction. FPCAP will allow the college to provide training and experience to those interested in working in the meat-processing industry, which will help address a labour

Middle school students from across the province will learn about agriculture at Ag Days.

Full house expected at AITC-M’s Ag Days Adventure

The event attracts Grade 7 and 8 students from throughout the province

Once again Ag in the Classroom — Manitoba will seize the opportunity to open a few eyes to the interesting world of agriculture at Ag Days. Once again they’ll be hosting the Manitoba Ag Days Adventure for middle school students at the event in the Keystone Centre. This year’s theme, “Think Global — Act Local”


Lynne and John Hogg welcome customers at C & J Wood Works.

Shoal Lake woodworking business going strong for nine years

C & J Wood Works can create something new, refinish something old, or do some repair work

It’s been nine years since John and Lynne Hogg set up a woodworking business in Shoal Lake, and while many things remain the same, there have been some interesting changes along the way. Although the mainstay of C & J Wood Works has been just that — whether it’s creating something new, refinishing a treasure

Government, college staff and companies like Maple Leaf Foods were in attendance as the province announced $300,000 for Assiniboine Community College’s new animal protein-processing training centre April 26.

Making the cut at ACC

The college’s new animal-processing centre will train students for the meat sector, ACC says

There’s about to be a new stream of locally trained labour for the province’s meat sector. Brandon’s Assiniboine Community College (ACC) is preparing for the first crop of students at its new animal protein-processing training centre. The college is expecting about 40 graduates annually out of the centre’s first program. The 11-month class will greet

Dr. Poonam Singh, (r), discusses how good bugs can fight bad bugs with (from left): Assiniboine 
student Gopin Patel, Shelmerdine employee Stephanie Walker and Assiniboine research intern 
Tiffany Nykolyshyn.

It’s a bug-eat-bug world, says Assiniboine faculty member

Researcher uses $25,000 NSERC grant to reduce pesticide use

Bugs that eat bugs fascinate Dr. Poonam Singh. The instructor and researcher at Assiniboine Community College is studying the effectiveness of using “good bugs” to control pests that injure and sometimes kill plants. Singh is the first instructor at Assiniboine to receive a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)


The Stepplers’ bull sales have been boosted by live streaming on social media.

Selling the farm life, byte by byte

Producers are turning to the internet to market their farms and their practices

It’s not hard to keep track of what’s happening on Steppler Farms, west of Miami. A quick scroll through their blogs, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter feeds shows pictures taken in the field, videos of feeding cattle, links to articles and posts on everything from beehive management to family birthdays. On screen, Ian Steppler appears in

Local farmers, nutritionists, researchers and industry representatives tackle the GMO debate at the Brandon screening of “Food Evolution” April 10.

Documentary takes off the gloves on GMO debate

GMOs have been a lightning rod for controversy, but documentary 
‘Food Evolution’ argues that science has been the underdog in the debate

Agriculture recently had a red-carpet moment, with twin screening of the documentary “Food Evolution” in Brandon and Winnipeg. Organized by the Manitoba Canola Growers, Canola Eat Well, the Manitoba Farm Writers and Broadcasters Association, Canadian Agri-Marketing Association and Assiniboine Community College, screening and panel discussion on April 10 aimed to educate the public about the