Manitoba Crop Alliance fills corn committee

The new delegates have been voted onto the body by their farming peers

Four farmers have been elected to the Manitoba Crop Alliance’s corn committee.

Dean Toews (MacGregor), Carl Bangert (Beausejour), Emile Morin (Otterburne) and Hubert Preun (St. Andrews) were the elected delegates with the highest number of votes.

Following the crop committee delegate nominations in September and October five names were put forward for four positions on the corn committee, sparking for an election. Farmer members in good standing with MCA’s corn group were eligible to vote by mail-in ballots. Ballots were mailed mid-November by Returning Officer Avenue 4 Communications and voting closed on December 15, 2020.

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A total of 993 ballots were distributed, 192 of those ballots were returned and counted for a 19 per cent return rate.

“With a 19 per cent return rate we’re thrilled with the response for the corn committee election,” said Fred Greig, chair, Manitoba Crop Alliance. “We’re looking forward to inducting the new delegates and welcoming the incumbent delegates to all of the crop committees and working together to ensure wheat, barley, corn, sunflower and flax are sustainable production choices for Manitoba farmers.”

There were no elections for the flax, sunflower and wheat and barley crop committees as the nominees were elected by acclamation.

The acclaimed and elected delegates will be installed at the first crop committee meetings to be held in January 2021.

At the meeting, the four crop committees will make their director appointments to the Manitoba Crop Alliance board.

The MCA board will be announced prior to the annual general meeting being held virtually on February 11, 2021.

Manitoba Crop Alliance is a non-profit organization established August 1, 2020, following the amalgamation of several crops organizations. It represents over 9,000 farmer-members.

The core areas of interest for the group are: research, agronomy, market access and development, and communications.

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