Manitoba’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Ron Kostyshyn presented a cheque to Dr. Dean Care, VP of Academic and Provost, Brandon University for $100,000 at Ranchers Forum on Tuesday, November 27, 2012. This is the second installment under the five-year applied research funding agreement. The Minister noted that Rural Development Institute (RDI) continues to play an important role in Manitoba and beyond in building understanding of key issues and strategies relevant to the economic development of rural areas.
The $100,000 support by the province enables RDI conduct research on strategic topics to Manitoba. Dr. Ashton, Director of RDI, stated: “We are currently examining how jobs are created in rural regions, beginning in the food processing sector. Another project is investigating how SME businesses in rural areas are retaining new comers. RDI is also conducting future-oriented research into the implications of demographic changes with population-based scenarios to better understand the implications on rural economic development services.” RDI also supports the continued learning for Master of Rural Development students by providing opportunities for them to attend several conferences, workshops and summer institutes related to economic development and policy. Brandon University Outreach is funding three new research project focused on rural Manitoba communities under this agreement
Looking forward both Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives and Brandon University look forward to continuing with research from RDI that addresses opportunities and issues facing rural Manitoba.