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Manitoba producers can forget any quick relief on the business risk management file, provincial Agriculture Minister Blaine Pedersen says.

AgriStability changes not coming any time soon, says ag-minister Pedersen

The die is set for this iteration of federal-provincial farm support programs

Manitoba Agriculture Minister Blaine Pedersen has thrown cold water on the reforms Canadian farmers have sought for years to improve AgriStability. “We are not going there any time soon just because of the cost implications for the Prairie provinces,” he said in an interview June 11. Asked if Manitoba farmers should stop lobbying for the changes, Pedersen replied: “This will be what the

The provincial government wants to trim MASC salaries by as much as 20 per cent due to perceived technological efficiencies and in a possible response to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pallister muses about cuts to Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp.

KAP says doesn't want Manitoba farmers' most important business risk management program to be undermined

Premier Brian Pallister appears to be determined to make funding cuts to the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC), despite calls for caution from the Keystone Agricultural Producers. During his regular COVID news conference Tuesday, Pallister was asked why MASC salary cuts of up to 20 per cent are being considered. “Manitoba Ag Services has been


Bill Campbell was acclaimed to another term at the helm of KAP at the organization’s recent annual general meeting.

Campbell sees challenges ahead for Manitoba farmers

KAP’s president says safety nets, carbon tax and Crown lands among big issues on the radar


Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) president, Bill Campbell, kicked off the 2020 annual general meeting last week by acknowledging the disastrous weather challenges, and calling governments to action. “We began in the spring with dry conditions and feed shortages,” Campbell said. “We ended the year with excess moisture and crops still out in the field.” That’s just how weather goes, but

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Year in Review: Expect CGC to be under policy microscope in 2020

KAP doesn't want farmer protections or grain quality undermined

Expect more discussion about the Canadian Grain Commission’s (CGC) role and the Canada Grain Act in 2020. That could lead to legislative changes with implications for farmers, grain companies and Canada’s grain customers. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada started reviewing the CGC and the grain act last March. “Ultimately our goal is to have a set

Bill Campbell, who was appointed KAP’s president July 31 after the post was vacated by Dan Mazier, was acclaimed to the position Feb. 6 during KAP’s 35th annual meeting in Winnipeg. KAP delegates also acclaimed two vice-presidents — incumbent Jill Verwey, who farms near Portage la Prairie and newcomer Mitch Janssens, who farms near Boissevain.

KAP president Bill Campbell has lots to do

Campbell, who was acclaimed at KAP’s annual meeting, says farm issues get more complex the deeper one digs

Leading Manitoba’s general farm organization is, and isn’t, like farming. A farmer’s work is never done. It’s the same for the president of the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP). But the deeper one digs into farm policy, the more complex it gets, Bill Campbell said in an interview Feb. 6 following KAP’s 35th annual meeting in


Taxing times

Rising farmland values means farmers are paying more education taxes relative to other property owners

When farmers wrap up harvest and open property tax bills, some will be in for a nasty surprise. Bill Toews of Kane certainly was. The retired farmer says the total tax bill (municipal and education) on one of his quarter sections in the Rural Municipality of Roland jumped $1,004, up 30 per cent from last

New KAP interim president Bill Campbell, of Minto.

Campbell takes the reins at KAP

Bill Campbell has been appointed president until KAP’s next regular elections

*[UPDATED: Aug. 13, 2018] Former Keystone Agricultural Producers vice-president Bill Campbell has moved to the head of the table. The Minto-area producer has been appointed KAP’s next president, replacing Dan Mazier, who left the organization to pursue politics. “I’m really enthusiastic about it,” the fourth-generation farmer said. “I’m encouraged. I really, strongly believe in the KAP

Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler says government needs to have the right support programs to meet farmers’ needs.

Analysis: AgriStability review welcomed, but can it be fixed without more money?

KAP says in 2013 the program switched from farm income stability to disaster relief

After cuts to AgriStability five years ago, then Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) president Doug Chorney predicted “AgriStability will be losing support… from farmers because it really has got to be questionable if you’ll ever see a payment.” He was right. Participation is down. In 2013, there were 7,015 Manitoba farmers enrolled in the federal-provincial ‘business


The Raynor’s farmland was completely dishevelled and a number of out buildings were destroyed.

Tornado among several storm events in the southwest

Two rural properties took the brunt of Manitoba's most recent violent weather episode

Displaced bales, crushed crops and chunks of metal scatter fields in the southwest as the area recovers from one of Manitoba’s largest tornadoes in recent years. A low-pressure system that moved in from Montana sparked the extreme weather, which also doused the Virden area with nearly 75 mm of rain. Quarter-sized hail was also reported

The Keystone Agriculture Producers held its general council meeting on July 8 in Brandon.

Condition of rural roads a major concern at KAP meeting

KAP members say rural road conditions are unacceptable and look to lobby for improvements

Keystone Agriculture Producers debated who should take the title of Manitoba’s worst road as producers gathered here for a general council meeting July 8 and compared notes on the province’s crumbling rural roadways. Improving rural infrastructure was clearly a top priority to the province’s producers following a discussion over resolutions at the KAP general council