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Farmers training on precision agriculture

Canada: Federal and provincial funds will allow Manitoba’s agriculture department to organise a series of precision agriculture workshops for farmers over the next two months. “Learning to use these systems can provide educational and economic benefits for future decisions on the farm,” provincial Agriculture Minister Rosann Wowchuk said, announcing the workshops in Winnipeg during the annual meeting of Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP), the province’s general farm organisation.

The Manitoba Zero Tillage Research Association, Assiniboine Community College and the provincial agriculture department in June 2008 picked up funding from the federal/provincial Agri-Food Research and Development Initiative (ARDI) to develop the training.

The workshops, scheduled in four locations during February and March, are expected to deliver a curriculum to train farmers in “collection, processing and application of information available from precision farming equipment and software” using GPS and GIS.