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Students at the Keystone Centre doing the “Ag Hunt” portion of the Manitoba Ag Days Adventure in January 2020.

Ag in the Classroom to pilot virtual Ag Days Adventure

Virtual game, videos and other e-learning activities supplement cancelled in-person event

Agriculture in the Classroom’s new virtual learning program will allow more students to learn about food production around the world and their place in it, the organization says. The organization will pilot the virtual Manitoba Ag Days Adventure, which will replace this year’s cancelled, in-person event. “It’s not only going to be schools that are

Editor’s Take: The winter of our discontent

Ordinarily at this time of year my colleagues and I would be headed west to Brandon, for the annual Manitoba Ag Days at the Keystone Centre. The first time I ever attended — being a transplanted Saskatchewanian — was more than 20 years ago, as a young reporter under the tutelage of my editors and


The familiar crowds of Ag Days are on hold this winter.

Innovations Showcase heads up reined-in Ag Days

The ag sector will have to make do with a few online efforts and a special publication this year

It’s going to be yet another quiet week at Brandon’s Keystone Centre, when normally there would be tens of thousands of visitors. On Aug. 18, Manitoba Ag Days announced that it would be cancelling its in-person show for 2021, due to COVID-19. Despite speculation on how some form of the show might go ahead online,

The halls of the Keystone Centre will remain silent this January, but the Innovation Showcase portion of Ag Days will go on this winter.

Manitoba Ag Days to host Innovation Showcase online, in print

Exhibitors and Ag Days Specials to get listing in publication, web platforms

Producers and exhibitors will still be able to interact and show off ag innovations through Manitoba Ag Days this year, albeit in a very different format. “We know we cannot physically be together this year and so our board wanted to remain committed to ag education, innovation and supporting the communities where our exhibitors and

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


VIDEO: Coding camp for kids aimed at building interest in ag tech

VIDEO: Coding camp for kids aimed at building interest in ag tech

Teresa Vallotton of FarmFemmes is aiming to pique the interest of kids for future careers in agricultural technology. Vallotten’s “AI in a Day” coding camp sessions recently held at Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon gave kids a quick introduction to artificial intelligence (AI) and allowed them to play around with aspects of the technology. Here,

Soaring Eagle co-founder Tim Penner.

Innovative ideas took flight at an early age

Faces of Ag: Soaring Eagle co-founder Tim Penner’s eye for design started early

Tim Penner likes a challenge. As a teen, he used wire and plastic to build intricate models of farm equipment — a heavy harrow, a seeder. In his 20s, along with business partner Henry Elias, he built Soaring Eagle Grain Equipment and its Ultimate Swinging Drive Over conveyor from prototype to business. Two years in,

Foster Perkin, 15, takes machinery from fresh off the road to show ready in the days before Ag Days.

Shining up for Ag Days

Faces of Ag: Foster Perkin is only 15, but the young entrepreneur is already taking his business sense to Ag Days with a pre-show equipment cleaning service

One of the mainstays of Ag Days is the rows and rows of gleaming tractors, combines and other equipment. To the show visitor they’re just part of the expected view. But getting them there in such pristine shape takes a lot of hard work. One of those hard workers is an entrepreneurial 15-year-old from Elgin.


Two youngsters play a farming simulation game in one of the exhibitor halls.

Manitoba Ag Days makes 2020 the year of innovation

Technology and new ideas were front and centre on the stage and in the exhibition halls

It’s about 10 minutes after Steve Rogoschewsky found out his invention had taken first prize in its Innovation Showcase category, and the shock hasn’t quite worn off. He can’t stop moving. He appears a little shaken. “We’re passionate about this business,” he tells the Manitoba Co-operator. “We’ve helped a lot of people.” The Saskatchewan-based inventor,