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Letters: Bigger not better

The recent closures of meat-packing plants in Alberta, Quebec and several American states due to the COVID-19 pandemic are shedding light on the tremendous expense of this style of massive meat-processing operation. The expense borne by the workers at the plants is the greatest of all, their health threatened so severely, even causing death to

Letters: Agriculture deemed essential

The COVID-19 virus is impacting all facets of our communities, the economy and our province. On March 30, the chief provincial public health officer issued the new health order with a schedule of critical services. Agriculture and all aspects related to food production and the food supply chain are listed as essential services. Our government

Letters: Border open for business

I enjoyed reading your article “Are farm machinery parts essential business?” in last week’s Co-operator however, I feel I could add valuable information for farmers. I work as a consultant in agriculture and also run a small manufacturing business out of my home shop. Many of the materials needed for my small business come from

Letters: Crown land sales already raising ire

In response to Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen’s letter in the Jan. 16 issue of the Co-operator: Minister Pedersen, I am new to this part of the world, but not to ranching. And I’m a fast learner. I understand that many producers were unhappy with the old points system used, in this province,

Letters: Buying local no disaster

I believe buying Canadian food is a great idea. Hence I was troubled by Sylvain Charlebois’ article in the January 30 Co-operator, which noted Feds’ Buy Canadian food campaign could be a disaster. The federal government is pursuing CETA the Canadian European Trade Agreement which could result in French cheese being more available than Manitoba


Letters: Time for action on BRM reforms

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) is disappointed with the lack of clear progress towards meaningful reforms of the BRM suite and frustrated with the lack of urgency in responding to the immediate challenges confronting Canadian producers. The comprehensive review of BRM programs has been underway for nearly three years. While CFA appreciates the continued

Letters: Changes requested

Our provincial government listened to producers when they said they wanted to see changes to the Crown Lands Act. Unlike previous governments, we don’t take the agricultural sector for granted, and were excited to phase in new rules for Crown land leases. The first auctions took place over November and December of 2019, and saw

The Manitoba government’s proposed changes to Crown land leases could financially hobble young producers looking to enter the cattle business.

Letters: Crown land changes ‘abhorrent’

My husband and I moved to the Ste. Rose area from Alberta in May of 2019. We have been caught up in the Crown land modernization fiasco. The fact that there was a Conservative government in the province, along with reasonable land prices, made it an attractive place for us to grow our cattle business.


Letters: Crown land leases – then and now

Way back in 1976 my very first job with Manitoba Agriculture was a three-month contract, to do a review of the province’s Crown land leasing program. It was a steep learning curve for me at the end of which I concluded that the then existing system was: a) Expensive to administer; b) Undervalued the province’s

Letters: Wild boars are bad news

There might be a lot of differences between rural Manitoba and the Italian countryside, but there is one similarity. In Italy about 1,000 farms around Rome have had to deal with the destruction caused by wild boars. That country has been forced to defend its agricultural history — grape production reaching back centuries. The wild