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Governments Support Agricultural Research at the University of Manitoba

Posted On 2021-12-10 00:00:00

December 10, 2021 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Agriculture and Agri-food Canada

The University of Manitoba will receive more than $670,000 to purchase specialized equipment for agricultural research, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced today.

Funding is provided through Growing Forward 2, focusing on research areas that are important to crop and livestock producers, including soil quality, nutrient management, land productivity and animal care.

The projects funded at the university's Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences include:

  • $220,000 for equipment to research soil particles and nutrients in water running off of agricultural land;
  • $62,000 to purchase GPS collars, software and a portable cattle handling facility to monitor animal grazing activity, which will be used to research the most economically and environmentally sustainable ways for producers to manage their pastures;
  • more than $229,000 for equipment to measure yields and harvest forage crops in research plots located across the province; and
  • $159,000 for a research team to evaluate nutritional needs, egg quality, environmental factors and other management practices related to the poultry sector's transition to more spacious housing for birds.

Since 1906, the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences has been a leader in the agri-food industry in Manitoba. It offers diploma, bachelor and graduate programs focused on agricultural management, agribusiness, the environment and food and nutritional sciences. For more information, visit the University of Manitoba’s website.

The federal and provincial governments are investing $176 million in Manitoba under Growing Forward 2, a five-year, federal-provincial-territorial policy framework to advance the agriculture industry, helping producers and processors become more innovative and competitive in world markets.


"Investing in agricultural research stimulates economic growth by creating jobs along the entire value chain. Our Government is proud to support new research and technologies that will help farmers grow their business and increase their productivity and profitability."

- Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

"Support for the research done by the University of Manitoba will help Manitoba maintain its role as one of the leading agricultural research centres in the world. With this new equipment, our students, researchers and faculty will play a major role in supporting an industry that provides important jobs that are the backbone of our rural economy."

- Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn

"Manitoba's capacity for innovation in agriculture is critical if we are to maintain a sustainable and competitive agri-food industry. We truly appreciate the provincial and federal governments' support in developing that capacity."

- Dr. Karin Wittenberg, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba

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Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz

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Caedmon Malowany
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Ron Kostyshyn
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