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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

Attendees try their hand at wheat grinding during and earlier Amazing Agriculture 
Adventure.

Ag in the Classroom pivots under COVID-19

Canadian Agricultural Partnership funding has been announced to help the organization switch to a more virtual program delivery

Sue Clayton, executive director for Manitoba’s Agriculture in the Classroom, says new government funding will help the organization bolster online resources in the age of COVID-19. Why it matters: Agriculture in the Classroom typically offers hands-on ag experience to Manitoba students, but that will look different in the coming year. The federal and provincial governments


“The phased elimination of the education property tax, paid by individual Manitobans, will begin next year.” – Provincial throne speech.

Education tax phase-out to start sooner

The process will begin next year instead of 2022, the Manitoba government announced in the throne speech

Phasing out education taxes on Manitoba property, including farmland, will start next year — a year earlier than first promised — the Manitoba government announced in its throne speech Oct. 7. Why it matters: Rising assessment values for farmland, which education and property taxes are based on, relative to other rural property, has shifted the

The biggest challenge we have faced has been the lack of reliable internet connections outside of the school setting, due to inadequate rural internet services.

Comment: Pandemic shows value of local education oversight

Local input in the form of school boards can tailor solutions to the area

On Friday, May 29, the Winnipeg Free Press published a front-page article “‘Pandemic-proof pedagogical system’: Lessons as usual for Hutterite colonies.” During this time of suspended in-person classes due to the COVID pandemic, the article explained how across the province “an easy upload to distance learning has been all but impossible for teachers and students.”

Janssens girls Maddie (3), Kaity (10), Lexi (6) and Hailey (3) do home work at their Boissevain-area home.

Home education highlights gaps in rural internet

School divisions are adapting with print materials, phone calls, adjusted expectations

Science experiments get complicated with twin toddlers running around. Kaity, 10, and her mom Heather Janssens started an experiment on evaporation — filling a cup of water and coming back periodically to mark the water level to show if it dropped. They took a break to play outside, and when they came in it looked


Clockwise from top left: Acey Brinkman, Colin Penner, Jill Martens, Garrett Sawatsky.

University of Manitoba growing next generation of ag experts

U of M’s agriculture diploma program preparing students for an evolving industry

Fast-moving change in the agriculture industry is requiring a whole new level of agility from Canada’s agriculture education institutions. At the University of Manitoba, that’s meant instructors are looking for ways to make students more agile and able to adopt new strategies and tools more quickly and effectively. “We’ve talked with industry that said it’s

Ag Minister Blaine Pedersen poses with teacher Brenda Mutcher’s Grade 6 class.

Ag education brings opportunity

Agriculture literacy month to teach kids about technology in agriculture, build connections

Agriculture education may help kids get jobs that keep them in their communities and let them do what they love, says a Carman-area teacher. “Having been involved in agriculture myself, I am aware of how important agriculture is to the community,” said Brenda Mutcher, who teaches Grade 6 at Carman Collegiate. That’s one reason why

Comment: Growing agriculture’s next generation

More needs to be done to demonstrate agriculture is a great career choice

The agriculture industry is a vital driver of the Canadian economy, contributing over $122 billion each year to the national GDP. With the world’s population expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, the industry has a significant opportunity to grow in economic importance as it expands to feed a growing global community. However, the agricultural


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”