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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

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

Letters: What’s the true value of life?

A recent article by Allan Dawson on seed royalties included this statement under the ‘why it matters’ heading: “The seed industry says Canadian farmers need to pay more for cereals varieties to make farms profitable.” In my understanding of the world there is a lot of history behind that statement, history which we need to


Letters: Crown land changes short sighted

The Manitoba government’s recent changes to the Agricultural Crown Lands (ACL) Program are a major blow to ranchers operating on leased Crown land throughout this province. It is not surprising that leaseholders are furious at the changes that the government has introduced as they appear to be nothing but a short-sighted cash grab. The regulatory

Even though a few GM wheat plants were found outside of a designated area for research, customers can have absolute confidence in Canadian wheat.

Wheat industry moving forward

I was very disappointed this paper chose to publish the opinion piece from Stewart Wells on GM Wheat Policy (Cereals Canada’s irresponsible GM wheat policy) but actually an attack on industry groups. I am proud of what I call Team Canada — namely Cereals Canada and what it has done for the Canadian wheat industry.

It’s time for Maxime Bernier to move on…

Regarding the opinion piece on dairy supply management by Maxime Bernier carried in the July 5 Manitoba Co-operator: Polls indicate that the vast majority of Canadians have little to no idea what supply management is really about. The same polls also reveal when consumers are told how supply management works, they support the price stabilizing