The government of Manitoba has announced the first dates for the first round of Crown land lease auctions.

The auctions are being held on:

-Nov. 27 at the Brandon Manitoba Agriculture Office

-Nov. 28 at the Minnedosa Ukrainian Hall

-Nov 29 at the Dauphin Provincial Building

-Dec. 3 at the Swan River War Veterans Community Hall

-Dec. 5 at the Ashern Manitoba Agriculture Office

-Dec. 6 at the Dugald Community Hall.

The auction system is part of the changes to the Crown Land Leasing Program that came into effect on October 1st of this year, much to the dismay of producers.

Newly appointed Agriculture Minister Blaine Pedersen says the new auction system is a fair and transparent approach that will create new opportunities for new or young farmers to have access to the public assets.

More information on the auctions can be found at the Manitoba Agriculture website.