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Canada’s Largest Indoor Farm Show Gives Back

November 2, 2016

NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brandon, MB – Wednesday, November 2, 2016

November 15, 2016 is the deadline for nonprofit and charitable organizations to submit applications for the 2017 Manitoba Ag Days Gives Back community giving program. Up to $26,000 is awarded annually for community improvement projects and educational scholarships. This year marks Manitoba Ag Days 40th anniversary show. Recipients will be announced in January at the three-day event taking place at Brandon’s Keystone Centre January 17,18 & 19th, 2017.

Last year was the launch year for the “Ag Days Gives Back” community giving program. For years’ the not for profit organization has been supporting the educational component of Agriculture through post-secondary scholarships as well as supporting Agriculture in the Classroom initiatives. The board expanded the program in 2015 to include community giving grants focused on community infrastructure upgrades, agriculture and heritage initiatives and safety and emergency services in the rural communities.

“As a not for profit organization we want to continue to positively impact the lives of our exhibitors and patron’s,” stated Brad Crammond, Board Chair. Last year’s recipients are as follows and we are very proud to be a part of building stronger rural communities in the heart of the agriculture industry.

Community Improvement Local Community Infrastructure Upgrades & Improvements J.A. Cuddy Elementary School Community Greenspace Project $5000

Agriculture and Heritage The Manitoba Agricultural Museum Roof Upgrade $5000

Community Improvement – Safety & Emergency Services The Farm Safety Foundation – Grain Safety Program $5000

Education and Leadership – Agricultural Youth Education Agriculture in the Classroom -Manitoba $8000

ACC Diploma Scholarship – Andrea Poirier $1000

U of M’s Diploma Scholarship – Harley Siemens $1000

U of M’s Degree Scholarship – Fiona Jochum $1000

If your community has projects such as playgrounds, renovations to recreation facility, emergency services needing new equipment or an annual fair / event that needs support, please apply. For further details please visit www.agdays.com.

“Over the past 11 years approximately $227,000 has been awarded to several different organizations and individuals and we look forward to further growing that value! We will continue to Pay It Forward in Agriculture.” stated Crammond.

For more information regarding Manitoba Ag Days please contact:

Kristen Phillips, Manitoba Ag Days General Manager at (204)728-4137 coordinator@agdays.com

or

Andrea Guthrie, Manitoba Ag Days Media Coordinator (204)851-7229 media@agdays.com

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