About us

The Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association (MFGA) is a non-profit organization comprised of producers, agri-business and extension leaders who are dedicated to the development and promotion of a sustainable hay, forage and livestock industry and the protection of our most valuable resources  – our land, waterways, and wildlife diversity.

For the past 25 years, the Association has been proactive in initiating, coordinating and administering projects and extension activities and communication materials to educate those in the forge and grassland and livestock industry. A strong focus has been on the dissemination of project results and beneficial practices that can be incorporated  into farm operations to improve the land, the health of the livestock and adjacent waterways. The benefits of forages and grasslands to the herds, flocks and wildlife, not too mention the environment are substantial. Reduced nutrient run off, enriched soil, carbon capture, conservation of bio diversity, improved water holding capacity to name a few.

MFGA has also been a key player in the development of the Manitoba Forage Marketers Group – producers who export hay to US and locally; the Manitoba Grass Fed Beef Association – producers who produce beef for this niche market; and the Manitoba Grazing Clubs – like minded beef producers who confer and learn from seminars regarding the management of their farm operation. The MFC also played a leadership role in the formation of our national association – the Canadian Forage & Grassland Association.

We continue to promote the importance of good forage and grassland management for maximum productivity and for the environnmental benefits it provides the earth and all of us in it.

Download our Forage & Grassland Fact Sheet.

We’re much more than hay & grass!

Producers know the benefit of quality hay and grass but do you? Properly managed hay and grassland translate into safe, high quality meat and dairy products! We’re a very important first part of the food chain and without it – well, our livestock and our consumers would not be happy campers.

Our producers have long recognized the benefits of pasture rotations (moving animals frequently between pastures) and many have implemented this practice. This process protects and improves the grassland (as the plants are given plenty of time to rest and regrow) and facilitates manure distribution, reducing the possibility of manure runoff into adjacent streams and water ways.
Improved soil health, water and air quality are also the result of well maintained grassland. Alfalfa, a key component of pasture land is a nitrogen fixing plant, providing nutrients in a natural way. Wildlife also benefits from well managed land – creating a welcoming environment and protection from the elements for a range of animals.

As most goods and services provided by grasslands are not paid for directly, they are easily overlooked, but the socio-economic value of grasslands in Manitoba is estimated to be $936 million annually, with a range of $702 million to $2,518 million per year, according to a report in the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment. Read the full article here.

Our Vision

Vibrant grasslands and prosperous forage crops on Manitoba’s agricultural lands, which help inform society as a whole.

Our Mission

MFGA works towards and promotes the economic prosperity and environmental benefits of forages, grasslands, cover crops and healthy soils on Manitoba’s agricultural lands for forage and grassland producers and local communities.

Our Goals

  • To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, philosophies and research findings for all those involved in the industry;
  • To initiate and support programs and policies to improve the Manitoba forage industry;
  • To promote the use of forages in crop rotations and in fragile soils to improve the sustainability of Manitoba agriculture and the quality of the soil and water resource; and
  • To assist in the identification of constraints in the Manitoba forage industry and to initiate action through research, industry action or the development of government policy.

Our Actions

  • Provide administrative support for many different extension activities including: conferences, seminars and tours;
  • Initiate and support forage research and adaptation trials in partnership with other organizations;
  • Promote Manitoba products on trade missions;
  • Lobby on behalf of the industry as requested by members; and
  • Provide a quarterly newsletter and a website to keep the membership informed about forage related issues in Manitoba.