Canola blooms this week at canoLAB 2016

BRANDON, MB, March 07, 2016 — All things canola will be the focus of a one‐day workshop later this week in Brandon as Manitoba canoLAB 2016 takes place at Assiniboine Community College (ACC) on March 9 and 10.

The one‐day hands­‐on workshop looks at multiple areas of canola production and how concepts apply directly to farming practices and the rotation. “CanoLAB is a hands on, interactive learning experience,” says Angela Brackenreed, agronomist, Canola Council of Canada (CCC). “The intent of canoLAB is to provide farmers and agronomists with the tools they need to help increase profitability on their farm. We have over 21 speakers presenting on a variety of topics, including soil testing, diseases and insects, integrated weed management, and DNA and diagnostics.”

The Manitoba Canola Growers (MCGA), in partnership with CCC and ACC, will host canoLAB at the college’s Victoria Avenue East Campus.

“As a college, we see immense value in connecting our students directly with industry through events like canoLAB,” said Derrick Turner, Dean of Business, Agriculture & Environment at ACC. “As we strive to provide program leadership in agriculture, our partnerships with organizations like Manitoba Canola Growers continue to play an important role in preparing students for successful careers.”

CanoLAB is made up of four groups rotating through concurrent stations each focusing on different topics. This year’s event will focus on canola agronomy, such as managing clubroot and insect pests, as well as considerations for other crops in rotation, such as flax and corn.

“Registration for this event was limited and seats sold out very quickly,” says Roberta Galbraith, Member Relations Coordinator, MCGA. “This is the fourth year we have hosted this event and we are proud to offer an event that has a direct benefit to the farmers we work for.”

For more information, please visit www.regonline.com/mbcanolab16.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Roberta Galbraith

Manitoba Canola Growers Association

Member Relations 204.805.1609

Angela Brackenreed

Canola Council of Canada

Regional Agronomist

204.720.6923

Danielle Adriaansen

Assiniboine Community College

Manager, Public Affairs

204.725.8718