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Ag Days shares with Manitoba’s agriculture community

The Ag Days Gives Back program has returned more than $300,000 to community groups in the past several years

Manitobans love a good 50/50 draw, and Ag Days participants are no exception. In 2018 the winner took home $11,250 for the price of a $10 ticket. But the big winner wasn’t the lucky ticket holder, it was the community groups that benefited from the Ag Days Gives Back community giving program which was the

John Penner and his daughter Lorissa at Penner Pumpkins near Steinbach.

Helping city people reconnect with the farm

Agritourism operators like John Penner are a growing link between rural and urban

Ask John Penner what he considers his mission in life and he’ll say he’s a middleman between farmers and city folk. What he wants to do is help urbanites disconnected from the farm understand where their food comes from. “I want them to know that an egg comes from a chicken, not Safeway, that pumpkins


Visitors from far and wide took the opportunity to visit Manitoba farms on Open Farm Day.

Farm visit leaves lasting impression

Urban kids can’t stop talking about their farm visit during Open Farm Day

Mommy, I want to go back to the farm!” Michael Fuller, age three, made this point to Mom, Karen Fuller, on the drive home to Brandon from Open Farm Day. Michael and two city cousins had just spent the afternoon connecting with a real farm for the first time – and they couldn’t have been

Sophie Sytnyk was presented with an Honorary Life Membership award by MAAS past president Allan Reid.

Shoal Lake Ag Society director recognized by MAAS

Sophie Sytnyk awarded an Honorary Life Membership for her 39 years of service and numerous other community contributions

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; however, indeed they have the heart.” Those words truly sum up a Shoal Lake Agricultural Society director who served for nearly 40 years before resigning her post in 2015. Prior to her resignation, Sophie Sytnyk was among the eight elite directors within the province to be recognized and

A pair of goats greet the public on Open Farm Day.

In defence of Open Farm Day

It is an important event in a busy world

The following is a response from the Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies (MAAS) to an opinion piece that ran in the Oct. 1 issue. The opinion piece by reporter Shannon VanRaes noted that many types of livestock farms cannot be open to the public due to biosecurity issues, and suggested that raises more questions with


Chantelle Genkow walks with daughter Chyler and son Conner at Grenkow Holsteins during Open Farm Day 2011.

Ag societies take the lead on Open Farm Day

The Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies can help widen scope of farms involved

Open Farm Day Sept. 20 marks the last time Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development will be directly involved co-ordinating the event. The association representing this province’s 59 agricultural societies will take the helm for future events, and will look after finding host farm families, co-ordinating and promoting what has become a popular one-day trip

A scene from a previous Open Farm Day.

Farmers encouraged to register for Open Farm Day

This year's event will be held September 20; farmers have until June 1 to register

The Manitoba government is encouraging farmers to participate in the sixth annual Open Farm Day to share information about the diversity and importance of the province’s farms while also showcasing local foods, Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn says in a release. “Open Farm Day is our opportunity to showcase Manitoba’s agricultural industry

Getting youth involved key to winning, says speaker

Creative, inclusive events can help build ‘winning communities’

What can agricultural societies do to rejuvenate their membership and help rebuild a sense of community in rural areas? Think of yourselves in a new light and reach out to youth on their terms, says Peter Male. Male took that message to the recent annual general meeting of the Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies and


Start planning to celebrate 4-H

Still have your 4-H T-shirt, hat or necktie? How about wearing it for an “old 4-H uniform” parade at 2013 summer fairs? That’s just one idea for how agricultural societies might join in the celebrations when the Canadian 4-H program celebrates its 100th anniversary next year. It’s not too early to begin thinking about ways

Fair And Music Festival Link Up

Onlookers lined up under a hot August sun to watch the horse shows and a pleasure driving competition, wander through the home living show and vintage car display, finishing the afternoon inside the Kelwood Legion with friends and a couple of beer. At the other end of town, another small crowd settled onto lawn chairs