In 1986, Canadian Co-operative Implements had merged with Vicon Manufacturing, keeping its former logo but renaming the company as Cereal Implements, as seen in this ad for the Chinook Air Seeder in our February 23, 1989 issue. However, it continued to struggle and was placed in receivership in 1991.
News that month was dominated by the announcement by Grains Minister Charlie Mayer that oats would be removed from wheat board jurisdiction in the next crop year. The decision was protested at most of the 22 district meetings being held across the Prairies that month.
Also on the agenda at those meetings was a proposal to replace the acreage-based quota system with contracts. A report from a meeting at Holland said the proposal was defeated in a vote — livestock farmers in particular were concerned about having to commit supplies early in the crop year.
Canadian hog shipments to the U.S. were back in the news — the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that Canadian subsidies were harming producers and was considering a duty over and above the 2.2 cents per pound already in place. The dispute was over tripartite (producer/federal/provincial) support funding, which also kicked in that month for Manitoba cattle producers. Agriculture Minister Glen Findlay announced Manitoba was one of seven provinces joining, and that producers would receive a fourth-quarter payout of $80.52 for marketed fat cattle and $33.71 for feeders.
We also reported that Keystone Agricultural Producers had applied to be Manitoba’s certified farm organization, making it eligible to collect checkoffs.