Agricultural Crown Land auctions close Friday

A new process is underway this week for farmers to access Crown Land for between one year and 15 years, depending upon the type of land.

Most of the land is around Manitoba’s parklands.

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The process to secure land for a grazing herd, or for haying or forage productions was introduced a couple of years ago, but now it’s moved to an online process.

This week, with a five-day window to bid on the right to rent the land, many of the parcels had no bids.

The property listing on the web was not an immediately noticeable pop-up. It seemed to take a circuitous route, but eventually, with a phone call for help, we reached the Lease, Permit Real Estate division of a Manitoba Government website.

On the other end of the line, Rachelle guided our search to the listings at gartonsauction.com/

The land listings (alphabetized - there are many) are run online by Garten’s Auctions, the Dauphin based auction service who won the RFP to carry out the auction.

Planning and the assurance of a land base for cattle producers is vital. Hopefully the farmers had much of this process figured out weeks and months ago.

Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development reminds producers that agricultural Crown land lease auctions that began Monday, Feb. 8. close on Friday, the 12th.

These leases and permits are available to farmers and ranchers, to provide an additional land base on which to conduct agricultural activities. The Agricultural Crown Lands Program supports the sustainable livestock herds in Manitoba with land parcels available to rent for haying, grazing, or cropping. The online auctions with a listing of the parcels can be found at https://gartonsauction.com/.

More information including an auction fact sheet, can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/land-management/crown-land/leasing-program.html, by contacting the Agricultural Crown Lands Program by email at agcrownlands@gov.mb.ca or by calling 204-867-6550 or 1-844-769-6224 (toll-free).

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