The Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council (MRAC) is a private not-for-profit corporation that administers Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada funds for innovative agricultural projects and acts as a catalyst to stimulate industry and government activity where gaps are identified.
MRAC currently administers Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). This five-year $9.5 million program will help farm families respond and adapt to challenges in their operations and will build on the successes of the previous program, Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF). For more information on the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program visit www.agr.gc.ca/caap.
MRAC has funded more than 600 innovative ACAAF, CARD, CAIP and AESI projects, contributing just under $23 million towards adaptation and innovation. By working with numerous industry partners, including producers, producer organizations, private and public corporations and government, MRAC has leveraged the investment of more than $70 million in agricultural advancement in Manitoba.
MRAC's directors have approved funding for a variety of projects ranging from the development of a soil spreader which operates similar to a snow blower for soil, to catalyzing advances in manure management, as well as riparian health initiatives for assisting producers with the sustainable management of waterways and banks.
In addition to these initiatives, MRAC has frequently assumed a role as a facilitator to bring industry and government stakeholders together to seek win-win results for all participants.
Examples of such activities include: hosting a round table regarding the exploration of alternative grain segregation technologies, the development of a Manitoba value chain initiative and a workshop on aquaculture.
This is only a snapshot of MRAC's overall scope. For more information, see our projects section.