(Production) Built on Agriculture

A new Prairie Public original production that premieres on November 24 at 7 pm CT investigates the history and future of farming. “Built on Agriculture” pays tribute to the people who settled the plains of Manitoba, investigates the grain exchanges and pools that contributed to the growth of agriculture in that region, interviews farmers who carry on the traditions, and considers the trends and technology that are building the future of agriculture.
“Built on Agriculture” is a four-part series that will air in its entirety on November 24:
Part 1: The Selkirk Settlers
Lord Selkirk’s compassion for the Scottish crofters helped seed the Canadian prairies with a population that helped retain the land for Canada. They faced many struggles surviving the early decades and becoming successful farmers. Because of their success the prairies were then settled by waves of immigrant farmers attracted by free land and fueled by the Canadian Government’s support for the railroad.
Part 2: The Institutions
The Grain Exchange, grain pools, private grain companies and The Canadian Wheat Board were all part of the growth of agriculture in Manitoba and western Canada. Women also played a major role in the establishment of agriculture and the growth and health of the family farm.
Part 3: The Farmer
Five Manitoba farmers are profiled to give insight into the hardships and variety of modern day farming. Noted experts comment on the concerns and the opportunities that are part of the modern farmer’s world. Just what is the future of the family farm?
Part 4: Feeding the World
Industry trends, consumer trends, technology, equipment, and climate all will contribute to the future of agriculture in the next century. What has food science contributed? What are science, business and government working toward in the future to produce better, healthier food in larger quantities?

Production funding for Built on Agriculture was provided by Manitoba Government Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial territorial initiative, Government of Canada; MacDon Industries Ltd., Monsanto Canada Inc., The Bicentenary of the Red River Selkirk Settlement Committee, Parrish & Heimbecker Limited, Richardson Foundation, The Winnipeg Foundation, and the Members of Prairie Public.

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