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MCGA Executive Wants To Focus On Research

Rob Pettinger, the newly re-elected president of the Manitoba Canola Growers Association says its main priority is research.

“As we move forward my goal is to try and develop canola markets and help farmers with (canola) research,” Pettinger said. “That’s what the checkoff (money) should be doing. My goal is to focus more on those areas and certainly stay out of policy areas.”

Ed Rempel of Starbuck, Bruce Dalgarno and Barry Chappell of Hamiota were re-elected vice-president, treasurer and secretary, respectively.

MCGA’S RESEARCH PRIORITIES

Disease (specifically sclerotinia and blackleg).

The effects of shorter rotations.

Clubroot (finding ways to keep it out of Manitoba or how to deal with it if it comes to this province).

Pest control (keying on flea beetles).

Agronomic practices (how to cut costs and increase productivity).

Looking at how to straight combine canola.

Putting money toward the Manitoba disease survey done by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives.

Providing funds to soil test for clubroot.

Partnering with sister canola organizations to find ways to brand research funded by growers.

Source: Manitoba Canola Growers Association’s 2009 annual report

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