The review of the Canada Grain Act is on people’s minds these days, and was identified as a government priority in Budget 2019. Recent reports based on the speculation of unnamed sources have pointed to disunity and division in the Canadian Grain Commission on the review and the value of our services. We would like
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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