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Doug Chorney

Five years lost as farmers wait for better default protection on grain sales

Leaving feed mills exempt from coverage under existing licensing and bonding leaves farmers vulnerable to losses

In 2009, western Canadian farm groups submitted a report to the Honourable Gerry Ritz, minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, outlining options for a program that would provide security to producers when grain buyers defaulted on payments. The main options were fund-based, insurance-based or bond-based programs. It was not that there wasn’t already a form


New drainage regulations and water management strategy needed

Smaller drainage projects will be expedited under proposed regulations in the province’s new water management strategy

The Manitoba government last week announced two new plans for water management in the province, and while they won’t take effect until a public consultation process occurs, they will be positive for farmers. In the first document, Towards Sustainable Drainage new drainage regulations are outlined that mean producers will no longer need to complete a

KAP’s Policy On The CWB

The future of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) and the Canadian government s decision to remove its single-desk marketing structure continues to be the paramount issue affecting Prairie farmers this fall. Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) has strived to take a balanced approach in dealing with this issue while using our official policy positions as guidelines.

Water Management Key Election Issue

When Manitoba was hit hard by flooding this year, it was a major wake-up call about the need to focus on properly managing our watershed systems. Water quality and water management are complex issues, and what we need is an extensive water strategy involving all stakeholders that addresses the interconnected challenges we are facing. Heading

Removing Education Financing From Property Tax Bills

It s September and Manitobans with students in the family are in back-to- school mode. Farmers have education on their minds as well because a provincial election is nearing and we are pushing for changes that will lower our property tax bills. Many people may not realize this, but Manitoba farm families shoulder an inequitable

What’s The Plan For Grain Marketing?

In light of the federal government’s plan to eliminate the Canadian Wheat Board’s (CWB) single desk marketing structure, we need to ensure discussion takes place between stakeholders during this key transitional period. KAP will not stand in the way of farmers accessing profitable markets – however that may be best achieved. Nevertheless, the implications of

Bipole III Route Must Change

Farmers will be directly affected by the construction of the Bipole III power transmission line and Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) continues to lobby the Government of Manitoba to abandon the plan to develop the west-side route. KAP is opposed to the west-side route because it is not the right way to proceed for farmers and