Man. manure research group names new chief

Don Dixon, the retired head of the Manitoba agriculture department’s crops branch, has been named chairman of the Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative.

Dixon, who recently retired from the provincial government after 30 years, began work with the department as the provincial apiarist and held several management positions before heading the crops branch based at Carman.

He replaces Michael Sykes, who came to the post in January last year after retiring from Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives, where as an extension specialist he helped launch the Manitoba Grazing School.

Launched in 1998, the MLMMI is a private, non-profit research funding body that to date has provided over $1.7 million to support over 60 research projects on “environmental challenges” such as manure odour and nutrient loading in soils.

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