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Editorial: Rotation, rotation and rotation

In the early 1980s, the wheat board developed an idea called the Market Assurance Plan (MAP). That was back when there were perennial transport bottlenecks and the whole crop could sometimes not move by the end of the crop year. Even if it could move in total, it could be feast or famine for supply […] Read more


Editorial: Appoint a farmer to the Senate

On one hand it’s tempting to say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” because the Senate Agriculture and Forestry Committee certainly isn’t broke. Reading transcripts of meetings of the House of Commons Agriculture and Agri-Food Committee can be a bit of a chore, as members often engage in partisan politics. That’s not only a […] Read more



Editorial: Less water, more grass

A few hundred thousand here, a few million there. Manitoba’s PC government is rightly or wrongly getting plenty of attention for its trimming of the health-care and education systems. But it’s time for this government to start saving some real money. The Red River Basin Commission recently held meetings to mark the 20th anniversary of the […] Read more


Jubilee Jottings — looking back at the first 60 years

Canada 150: As they do today, farmers in 1927 reflected on how much easier life was 
than back in the old days

In the midst of war in 1917, there was not much appetite for a 50-year celebration of Confederation, so the country was anxious to celebrate the “Jubilee” year in 1927. Former editor John Morriss prepared this look back at what we covered as those celebrations approached. The Scoop Shovel, which published from 1925 until it […] Read more



Editorial: But what about the farmers?

The statistic does give you a bit of a jolt: In 2015 tiny Netherlands was No. 3 in world agri-food exports, with Canada way behind in No. 12 spot. That statistic is highlighted in the second report by the Advisory Council on Economic Growth, which was established by Minister of Finance Bill Morneau and led […] Read more


Editorial: Di ‘verse’ ity 2017

The Co-operator’s in good hands, and I don’t mind crediting That the staff is still doing a great job of reporting and editing But while kids these days can tweet fairly tersely They just don’t have what it takes to match two words versely So when it came to performing the annual requirement To review […] Read more



Dwayne Andreas founded the ‘Supermarket to the World’

Former ADM chairman used his connections to build the world’s largest grain and oilseed processor

Last week’s passing of former Archer Daniels Midland CEO Dwayne Andreas at age 98 serves to remind of his remarkable success and his influence on the world grain trade, including here in Canada. In 1993, Andreas was in Winnipeg to receive an International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award from the University of Manitoba. A few journalists got […] Read more


Editorial: Stepping back

I first heard the words Manitoba Co-operator in the mid-1960s, when my father Bill Morriss, a Free Press reporter at the time, came home wondering why the editor kept offering him a job. “What do I know about farming?” Not much, but then editor Q.H. Martinson was looking for a successor, and he wanted a good newspaperman, […] Read more



Comment: A great mind and a great character

The name Roy Atkinson used to be one of the most mentioned in the Manitoba Co-operator, but it’s been awhile since it appeared. Our digital search records go back to 2007 and since then Roy’s name comes up just once, in an interview with Allan Dawson at the National Farmers Union 40th anniversary annual meeting […] Read more


Editorial: Too many organizations

A few years ago, a group of Japanese wheat millers was touring the Canadian Wheat Board building in Winnipeg. In the transportation department, where there was a large wall map showing all the rail lines in Western Canada, they received the standard presentation on logistics. The presenter explained that to save distance and costs, wheat […] Read more