Manitoba Farm Clubs

February 15th and February 27th

This winter’s Farm Clubs offer a space for farmers, whether you’re a seasoned farmer or just beginning your journey in sustainable agriculture. These clubs are your opportunity to share your best management practices with your peers, learn from industry experts, and reconnect within our community. It’s also an opportunity to express the kind of facilitation YOU would like to see. Welding workshops? Application assistance? Cost-share programs? This is a chance to discuss with MOA the programming you would like to see. There will be refreshments waiting for everyone at both meetings! No registration needed.

Optimizing Nitrogen Fertilizer Use in Western Canada

Thursday, Feb 22nd, 11-12 CT online webinar

Join Rigas Karamanos, PhD Soil Scientist from Alberta, for this free webinar on how economic and environmental goals can come together to reduce volatilization of urea-based fertilizers. Topics covered will include urease inhibitors, irrigation and how nitrogen Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers (EEFs) fit within 4R Nutrient Stewardship. NOTE: This webinar offers CEUs for CCA/PAgs. This webinar is free for anyone but you do need to create a free account with the American Society of Agronomy to access the webinar link.

New Grazing Mentor Training

February 23rd, online

Interested in becoming a Mentor for the FaRM program? Join CFGA for this introduction to Advanced Grazing Systems mentorship opportunity. Deep dive into cell design and development of mentor-producer relations. If you missed day 1, you can still register for day 2.

Mentors

Zack Koscielny

Cover Crop Mentor - MB

Zack Koscielny is an owner-operator at Green Beach Farm & Food where he strives to improve agroecosystem health with every management decision. His farm includes a commercial cow-calf operation, naturally raised pork, and certified organic grains. Zack has a deep passion for agriculture and the environment and pursued a degree in Agroecology at the University of Manitoba. He also has training from the Soil Health Academy school at the MBFI Research Station and is excited by the possibilities regenerative agriculture offer farmers.

Scott Beaton

Cover Crop Mentor - MB

Scott Beaton and his wife Jenny and young family, farm near Stonewall, Manitoba. Scott completed a degree in Agronomy at the University of Manitoba in 2004. He started farming in 2008 and grew his first organic crop in 2014, expanding his organic production in 2014 and again in 2019. The farm includes grains and grass-fed cattle. Scott is active in organic agricultural education and a popular speaker at farm meetings. He is the host of the MOA Grain on the Brain podcast. Scott emphasizes the important of smart resource management and maintenance of biodiversity on the farm.

Instructor(s)

Liz Martins

Cover Crop Mentor - MB

I am a Professional Agrologist based out of St. Pierre-Jolys and provide independent consulting services to both conventional and organic farms. I specialize in integrated pest management, soil fertility and on-farm trials. Organic agriculture pushes the boundaries of conventional thinking by proving what is possible. Critically thinking about how management decisions affect your crops and alternative management styles are the keys to success.

Need help connecting with a Mentor?

Let us know what province you are in and the topic you are interested in discussing and we will get you connected with a Mentor in your region who can help you implement your BMPs.

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