Launch of Prairie Shelterbelt Website

December 5, 2012

Honourable Ron Kostyshyn, Minister Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) was on hand at the Manitoba Ranchers’ Forum on November 27, 2012 at the Victoria Inn to officially launch a new shelterbelt website.

Rural Development Institute (RDI) at Brandon University in partnership with the Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District (UARCD) has initiated a new project website The website is assisting livestock producers and those interested in learning more about the benefits of shelterbelts in beef production—why they matter and how to establish them.

The new website is a component of the project entitled Demonstration and Investigation into Livestock Systems Adoption and offers quick and easy access to beneficial information on shelterbelts as well as some of the project activities. Information available includes:

  • shelterbelt benefits (economical, environmental, etc)
  • shelterbelt construction and maintenance
  • biological and economic research results on shelterbelts
  • reviews, demonstration, farmer experiences on shelterbelt

It is user-friendly with quick access to resources, including virtual tours of Manitoba shelterbelts and demonstration sites as well as interviews with local farmers on their personal shelterbelt experiences. In addition, you can give us feedback by participating in an online survey.

Visit today!


Media Contact
Bill Ashton, Director
Rural Development Institute, Brandon University
Tel: (204) 571-8513

Email: ashtonw@BrandonU.CA