Royal holds poster contest
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is holding a poster contest to mark its 92nd year.
Entrants are asked to design an official poster reflecting the Royal’s theme: farm, fresh, fun.
The official poster is a long-standing tradition dating back to the first Royal winter fair in 1922.
The winning poster will serve as cover art for the Royal’s commemorative brochure and be available for sale during the fair. The grand prize includes $2,000, four general admission tickets, and a display at the Royal art gallery. Ten runners up will also be awarded two general admission tickets and a display at the gallery.
Digital format submissions must be sent by Sept. 29 at royalpostercompetition.org.
The fair runs from Nov. 1-10 at Exhibition Place in Toronto.
For more information, visit royalfair.org.
Boosting crop productivity
The federal government is investing $242,000 to purchase a research row crop seeder and row crop combine. The specialized equipment will be used to seed and harvest soybean and corn research test fields. The funds are expected to help Manitoba Pulse growers, in association with the Manitoba Corn Growers, with research into crop productivity and yields.
The funds were delivered through the Western Diversification Program.
Manitoba Pork Council survey
Manitoba Pork Council has reported that almost 100 percent of Manitoba’s pork producers have completed a detailed multi-purpose survey.
Surveys were sent out to help Manitoba establish a producer premise ID program. Information was also collected for so Manitoba Agriculture could assign PPID numbers to premises that had livestock.
Another reason was to use the information to create programs to assist producers and lobby government on their behalf.
Contact information was collected, as well as location data, legal land descriptions, mailing addresses and phone numbers.
Information was also collected regarding things like manure storage, feed storage on site, whether or not feed mills were present and heating systems for barns.
With the exception of questions pertaining to premise registration, most data is to be used only by the Manitoba Pork Council and only aggregate data will be released to the public.