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Letters: Cold War with China costs Prairie farmers

According to a recently released report from the Canola Council of Canada, worsened relations with China since the December 2018 arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou have cost Prairie farmers $1 billion or more. During the period March 6, 2019 to July 31, 2020 the losses to Canadian canola growers are estimated at from $681

Letters: Carbon credits a bogus solution

I have always had great respect for Laura Rance’s understanding and support for agriculture and rural life in Manitoba. That is until I read her editorial in the Feb. 25 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator, where I was appalled to see her endorsement of Maple Leaf Foods buying bogus carbon credits from American farmers so

Letters: Manitoba government squeezing ranchers out

This letter is in response to Agriculture Minister Blaine Pedersen’s recent misleading comments about Manitoba Crown lands. Let us tell you about a farmer, a real person who represents many small ranchers. This man worked hard all his life. He fished in the winter, he went to the mines, he drove trucks — anything to

Letters: Buying carbon indulgences

I find David McInnes’s gushing about Canada’s record in food sustainability appears to be suspect. I duly note that he is under contract to 22 various and sundry special interest groups seeking some sort of good agribusiness seal of approval for food sustainability. You report Maple Leaf Foods, of listeriosis infamy, buying indulgences in response

Letters: Promote peace not war

I am responding to a recent article in the March 11 issue: “More Canadian defence spending, more exports to U.S.” David MacNaughton, Canada’s former ambassador to the United States, addressing the Canadian Crops Convention, suggests that if Canada spent more on defence it would pay dividends in trade with the U.S. Surely Mr. MacNaughton must

Letters: BRM commitment needed

I have watched closely the ongoing discussion regarding business risk management (BRM) occurring with and between the provinces and the federal minister of agriculture, Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau. Farm organizations such as the Keystone Agricultural Producers, as well as other signatories, have long maintained that the current suite of BRMs, especially AgriStability, do not provide a

Letters: Ag minister Pedersen should resign

Recently my friend had a heart attack. Our young neighbour can’t sleep. A worried widow cries when her kids are in bed. They are ranchers whose operations use leased Crown land. The devastation you and your government have caused to this small group of hard-working Manitobans is unconscionable. The budget will hardly be balanced on

Letters: Manitoba government callous to leaseholders

It is early morning as I write this, and I am having my first cup of coffee. Normally, I would be enjoying this small luxury of peace and quiet while my children sleep. That was before. I now spend every minute worrying about how am I going to keep my ranch… my livelihood. The threat

Letters: Concerned for the future of seed

Letters: Concerned for the future of seed

As a farmer I am keenly aware of the importance of genetics when it comes to raising life, be it plant or animal. This does not make me unique, but rather defines a farmer’s historic relationship with the life we have been entrusted with, the idea being that genetics matter. This historic relationship has been

Letters: Pedersen should listen to young producers

My name is Dakota Sorensen. I am 26 years old. My partner Kaitlin and I moved to Eddystone in June 2019, looking to build a ranch and raise a family in Manitoba. I put up everything I had to buy a ranch, composed largely of Crown lease land. Now, on top of large farm payments,