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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

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,



Agriculture Minister Blaine Pedersen outlined what’s new in Manitoba for crop insurance during a presentation Jan. 21 at Ag Days in Brandon.

Crop insurance: What’s new in 2020?

The organic sector, farmers with extended grazing and high-value crop growers can all expect more insurance options this year

Crop insurance coverage is poised for another increase in 2020, according to Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp. (MASC). AgriInsurance coverage will hit $3 billion this year, with similar premiums to 2019. Why it matters: Better production knowledge has yields, and coverage, trending up, while the organic sector and producers with extended grazing will get more safety

Premier Brian Pallister says his government will stick to its guns when it comes to a carbon tax plan, including a flat rate and an exemption for grain drying.

KAP pegs carbon tax cost for grain drying at $1.7M

Both Keystone Agricultural Producers and the province are hoping the federal government will give ground on a carbon tax exemption for grain drying

Keystone Agricultural Producers says carbon tax cost corn producers $1.7 million in grain drying last fall. It’s money the provincial government says they shouldn’t have to pay. Both the province and Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) are pushing for a carbon tax exemption for grain drying, following 2019’s wet harvest. During his comments at Ag Days


From top left: Rex Murphy, Drew Lerner, Craig Klemmer and Kristjan Hebert.

Speakers will cover gamut at Manitoba Ag Days

Agronomy topics are a perennial 
favourite with showgoers

Agronomy and innovation are the order of the day when it comes to the Manitoba Ag Days 2020 speaker lineup. “This year we have taken a real focus on agronomy and bringing experts in to speak on our top agronomy challenges,” Kristen Phillips, general manager, said. Looking at the overall speakers’ program, it’s a blend

Buzzing and booming at Ag Days

Flying forklifts and the new ‘zoom boom’ make the show work

Chances are high that if you are prepping or setting up your exhibit for Manitoba Ag Days 2020, you will eventually come to a forklift in the road. With nine of the hard-working machines and their skilful operators buzzing all over the Keystone Centre to lift, stack and position more than 822 exhibits, chances are