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The Ag Days crowd makes its way through the exhibits on the covered ice surface of Westoba Place in Brandon.

PHOTOS: Faces and places at Manitoba Ag Days

Freelance photographer Sandy Black is the quintessential shutterbug, and his keen eyes behind the lens this week at Manitoba Ag Days were in full swing. Here, Sandy shares a few of his photos with the Manitoba Co-operator that captured some of the sights at the show. Photos: Sandy Black

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


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

Giving back to various community organizations throughout agro-Manitoba is a 
long-standing show tradition.

Manitoba Ag Days gives back to community

The 50-50 draw will split funds between communities, ag organizations, and one lucky winner

Manitobans love a good 50-50 pot — especially for a good cause. The “Ag Days Gives Back” community giving program at Manitoba Ag Days is one such pot and one such good cause. “The goal of the fund is to be able to share some of the show’s success with the rural communities where our patrons and exhibitors

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”


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

VIDEO: Stemming the spread of blackleg

Justine Cornelsen with the Canola Council of Canada shares three things canola growers can do to help limit disease

A recent canola disease survey for Manitoba shows that blackleg is present in nearly 75 per cent of fields. Thanks to improved to genetics, the number of blackleg incidences in plants is much lower, but anything that can impact yield loss is always cause for concern. In this video, Justine Cornelsen with the Canola Council