Manitoba Crop Alliance celebrates official launch

The new organization also got federal approval to administer Advance Payments Program

Manitoba Crop Alliance officially launched August 1.

The group represents the amalgamated interests of Manitoba wheat and barley growers, corn, flax, sunflowers, and winter cereals growers.

Members of five commodity groups voted in an overwhelming majority to join up at AGMs in February after lengthy consultation and planning.

Manitoba Crop Alliance also received approval to assume administration of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Advance Payments Program the organization announced in an August 6 news release.

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“MCGA (Manitoba CornNGrowers Association) became an APP administrator in 1981,” said Jonothan Hodson in the release.

“MCGA is proud that the MCA board has made the decision to become an administrator,” added Hodson, a director with Manitoba Crop Alliance and past director with MCGA.

“Manitoba Crop Alliance will continue to prioritize giving fast, personalized small-town service when farmers apply for and manage their APP cash advance,” said MCA chair, Fred Greig.

MCA will hold its first delegate elections at the crop committee level this fall, the organization said in an August 4 news release. Information on the roles and responsibilities of delegates and other information on the nomination process is at MCA’s new website: mbcropalliance.ca.

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