One of our front-page stories on June 28, 2001 was on a new problem weed — glyphosate-resistant canola. Several farmers, including some who had never grown Roundup Ready canola, were reporting the plants in their fields. A Monsanto representative acknowledged the problem but said it was not widespread and it was sending workers to hand-pick the volunteers on farms where the problem was reported.
The never-ending saga of government support programs and their acronyms was continuing that month. A story explained that you needed to apply for payments under CFIP (Canadian Farm Income Program) which had just replaced AIDA (Agricultural Income Disaster Assistance) even if you had qualified for AIDA. However, you didn’t need to apply for CMAP2 (Canada-Manitoba Adjustment Program 2).
At a Keystone Agricultural Producers general council meeting in Brandon, delegates expressed concern that new graduated-licensing programs for young drivers could restrict family members from moving machinery from field to field. They were also concerned about a new “gag order” on Agriculture Canada scientists and staff. Apparently concerned about a leak on Agriculture Minister Lyle Vanclief’s announcement on potato wart in P.E.I., senior officials were requiring that requests to scientists by journalists and others be screened by AgCan communications staff.
Delegates welcomed the appointment of Quorum Corporation to monitor the performance of the grain handling and transportation system, a role it continues to hold today.
The Red River Exhibition was marking its 50th anniversary, and we featured a photo of 42 recipients representing Farm Family of the Year award recipients who had gathered to mark the occasion.