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Thursday, February 16 marks Canada's first ever Agriculture Day.

It's a time to celebrate and draw a closer connection between Canadians, our food and the people who produce it.

In the 1930's, more than 90 per cent of Canadians had a connection to agriculture. Today that number is less than three percent, according to Statistics Canada.

Candace Hill, the manager of Agriculture More Than Ever, said Canada's Agriculture Day complements the industry-led initiative that has attracted over 470 partner organisations and 2,100 individuals committed to creating positive perceptions of agriculture.

Launched more than four years ago, Agriculture More Than Ever's goal is to encourage those involved in agriculture to speak up and speak positively about the industry.

"It's all about showing our love, pride and passion for an industry that puts food on our tables," said Hill. "We want to give everyone the opportunity to have a voice in the conversation and celebrate the industry that feeds the world."

Events to mark the occasion are being held Thursday across the country, with a major celebration taking place in Ottawa.

Events taking place in Manitoba include: 

1. Join a coffee party with local growers happening at the Portage Co-op Ag Team Crop Inputs Site. Highway 1 West at Austin from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. 

2. Agriculture in the Classroom is launching a new classroom video resource on their website to answer frequently asked questions about Canadian agriculture.

3. CropConnect 2017's crop production and farm management conference is being held February 15 to 16 at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre in Winnipeg. 

4. An invite only Canadian brunch at The Pancake House, the Forks location. The event is from 11:30 to 1:30 celebrating the Canadian agriculture industry with Canterra Seeds.

 

 

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