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LETTERS – for Nov. 13, 2008

Reasonable returns needed by all

Just a comment on the article in your paper last week entitled Stand Up For your Farm Organizations – written by the manager of the Keystone Agricultural Producers. One part of that commentary sticks out: “No one will deny that the livestock producer wants grain prices to be low…”

I would like to do just that.

This statement is a perfect example of how general farm organizations can develop a complete disconnect with various sectors within agriculture – in this case it would be the livestock sector. I have been in the cattle business all my life. I know many producers trying to raise a couple of kids and buy a few hockey sticks with the proceeds from calf sales. This is becoming more difficult to do. Despite difficulties facing our industry today, I have never heard anyone struggling to make a buck in the livestock business, say or indicate in any way, that the cattle business should succeed at the expense of the grain sector. Never! Our wish list has always included the opportunity to work in an environment where we have prices in the grain sector and the livestock that let us both thrive and survive.

The KAP organization is made up of some very intelligent people – they say that different farm organizations should work together when they share common goals or concerns. This is true.

However; the uninformed and devisive commentary written by the KAP manager will not help this cause.

Brian Sterling Tilston, Man.

Your voice counts in the CWB elections

Who can vote in the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) director elections? All grain farmers on the Prairies. If you grew any of the seven major grains and oilseeds in 2007 or 2008, you have a voice. It’s that simple. And I strongly urge you to speak up.

As a farmer-elected director and chair of the CWB’s board of directors, I am committed to this democratic process for the farmers of Western Canada. The CWB belongs to farmers. We all have a right to participate in the discussion over its direction and its future. Voting in the election is an important way to participate.

The CWB has again asked Meyers Norris Penny (MNP) chartered accountants to administer the election. It is important to us that the process be perceived as fair and objective. That’s why we rely on a trusted external company to manage the procedures and count the votes. If you live in one of Districts 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 and haven’t received a ballot by Nov. 7, you can still get on the voters’ list. You can find out more from MNP’s election web-site at www.cwbelection.comor call them at 1-877-500-0795.

The issues surrounding the CWB directly affect our farm businesses. Let’s work together to make it work for us. Please make an effort to vote.

Larry Hill Chair, CWB board of directors

Please forward letters to Manitoba Co-operator, 1666 Dublin Ave., Winnipeg, R3H 0H1 or Fax: 204-954-1422 or e-mail: [email protected](subject: To the editor)

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