Last week the new Progressive Conservative government in Manitoba changed the name of its agriculture ministry back to the Department of Agriculture. Previously it was the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, or MAFRD. Many people on twitter were cheerleading the decision as if this was agriculture finding its roots with the name change. Some said they found it hard to say the former acronym. My very first reaction to the name change by the Manitoba government was disappointment. Dropping the word “food” from the name of the department is a mistake. Although it caters to traditionalists, it breaks the connection our industry so needs…
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