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Manitoba Ag Ex cancelled due to COVID-19

Move comes following cancelled winter and summer fairs

Strike off another ag event due to the ongoing pandemic. The 2020 Ag Ex, which was scheduled for this October, has been cancelled by the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba, a move the group describes as a “difficult decision.” “The health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance,” said Greg Crisanti, president of

Kids explore farm machinery on display at Manitoba Ag Days 2020.

Manitoba Ag Days cancelled for 2021

The 2020 event brought in about 45,000 people at Brandon’s Keystone Centre

Canada’s largest indoor farm show will not go ahead as usual in 2021. The show was originally slated to run January 19-21, 2021 but is cancelled due to COVID-19 safety concerns. “The safety and well-being of our exhibitors, patrons, volunteers, contractors, board of directors and management team was paramount in our decision,” the organization said


Eight participants in the Manitoba Soil Science Society's drop-in tour Aug. 12 will be able to extract their own soil monolith for a $50 fee. Everyone must register to attend the tour and monolith extraction spots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Soil society modifies its Aug. 12 summer tour

Bus tour replaced with self-guided tour that requires registration

The Manitoba Soil Science Society (MSSS) has replaced its annual summer bus tour with an event Aug. 12 at three sites in rural Manitoba participants get to themselves, MSSS president Megan Westphal said in a recent email. The sites are near Elm Creek (Red River Clay), Haywood (Almasippi) and Bruxelles (Dezwood). Participation is free, however,

Participating in the AIM Discovery Plus online farm show allowed the Westman Agricultural Diversification Organization (WADO) to take its research to farmers for the first time.

Drive to digital keeps farm shows going

When COVID hit, organizers of Ag in Motion found themselves 
adapting to the new reality — and peering into the future

Any other July, the roads to Langham, Sask., would be full of ag company reps, farmers, livestock and equipment on the way to Ag in Motion, Western Canada’s largest farm show. This year, the only crowds were on the computer screen. Why it matters: The old adage says necessity is the mother of invention, and

Kayci Cameron of Brandon gets acquainted with a curious goat at the 2018 Manitoba Summer Fair petting zoo.

COVID-19 claims two-thirds of Brandon’s major ag fairs

Manitoba Summer Fair hits the chopping block, but word is still out on Ag Ex

Brandon’s Keystone Centre should have been shoulder-to-shoulder crowds June 3-7 with the pop-up city of towering rides, food trucks and entertainers that is the Manitoba Summer Fair. This year, however, the lots were bare. The Manitoba Summer Fair is now the second of three major events put on by the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba to fall prey


Ag in Motion Discovery Plus announces events for digital farm show

Organizers say they won’t let pandemic prevent farmers from seeing technology and knowledge showcase

As Ag in Motion moves to an online, interactive platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic, western Canadian farmers can expect to continue to access exciting new technology, demonstrations, crop tours and high-profile keynote speakers. “Ag in Motion has always been the trusted place for farmers to see new equipment, technical advancements, livestock and field cropping demos,” Rob O’Connor, Ag in Motion show director, said in a media release. “COVID-19 may

Amazone — Mid Plains Implements Ltd. were the big winners in the 2019 Ag Days Innovation Showcase, for their SmartService 4.0 which uses the possibilities of the digital VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) technologies and digital media for maintenance and repair work.

Ag Days exhibitor awards to recognize innovation

Organizers say they want to honour exhibitors who move agriculture

Organizers at Manitoba Ag Days pride themselves on providing a premier agricultural trade show and a big part of that is keeping the show current, relative and informative. In fact that attention to new technology and innovation became a rallying cry for Manitoba Ag Days 2020. “Exhibitors displaying new technology, innovations or products should be

Ag Days will always remain true to its roots in production agriculture, organizers promise.

Manitoba Ag Days GM says show is all-in on agriculture

Kristen Phillips says heading the show is a labour of agriculture love for her, the board and volunteers

It’s quite clear very early on in the chat that there’s one topic Kristen Phillips prefers to really steer clear of — Kristen Phillips. But when you’re the general manager of the 2020 Manitoba Ag Days team that is staging the 43rd edition of Canada’s largest indoor farm show, people want to know what makes


Ag in Motion attendees take in the popular demonstration area at Ag in Motion 2019.  Photo: Greg Berg

Ag in Motion continues to grow in fifth anniversary year

In its fifth anniversary year, Ag in Motion welcomed 30,474 attendees through the gates and featured 552 exhibitors. Wednesday, July 17 was the biggest day on record for the show in its five-year history, with attendance reaching 12,660. “The show just continues to grow,” says Show Director Rob O’Connor. “We’re up to 552 exhibitors –

Kate (left) and Anne (right) Kotula of St. Andrews learn how to wrap a horse leg for transport at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine exhibit at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair.

Show and tell at the fair

The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair put on a real push to 
educate an urban audience on agriculture

Most people will never live a day in the life of a veterinarian. But for a booth tucked into the most kid-focused corner of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair the goal was to give attendees just a taste of it and provide a little practical ag education while they’re at it. At one table, staff