Winkler Canvas Invests in Agricultural Innovation with Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives
Winkler Canvas signs a multi-year partnership with Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives
Winkler Canvas and Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives (MBFI) have inked a partnership agreement that will see two Winkler Structures installed on MBFI’s Johnson and Brookdale research farms before the year’s end.
MBFI approached Winkler Canvas with a unique storage solution that would also double as event space for their year-round outreach program. Working within MBFI’s budget, Winkler was able to supply the organization with two – 30’ x 100’ Freestanding QuickBuild Domes, one for each research farm.
“Winkler Canvas began by creating innovative fabric solutions for the local agriculture community. The opportunity to support research and advancements in an industry that forms the core of our business was something we couldn’t walk away from,” says Rick Knelsen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Winkler Canvas. “We’re excited to be actively contributing to the advancement of a sustainable agriculture in this province.”
The MBFI is a centre of agricultural innovation engaging in science-based research to benefit valuable ecosystems, improve producer profitability and build social awareness around the beef and forage industry at at three research demonstration sites near Brandon, Manitoba. The MBFI is run by a core partnership consisting of Manitoba Agriculture, Manitoba Beef Producers, Ducks Unlimited Canada, and the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association. Their mandate is to address the generational gap in the agriculture industry, demonstrate new technologies to promote sustainability and provide unique training opportunities for the current and next generation of agriculture students and producers. The QuickBuild Dome, with its economical frame and versatile door options, was the obvious choice for this project. The size of the structures will allow MBFI to grow their current event schedule and accommodate larger audiences. Wider man doors were used so that hay bales could be carried in and out with ease, and Accutrack doors were added to both ends of the building for easier equipment storage.
The buildings will be unveiled on December 8th at MBFI’s Extended Grazing Workshop. Winkler staff will be on hand to answer questions about the structures and their potential to enhance the research capabilities of MBFI. Contact the Portage Manitoba Agriculture GO Office for event information and to register.