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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

Premier Brian Pallister speaks to producers at Manitoba Ag Days, January 21.

Province to up biofuels mandate within the year

The boost would increase biofuels consumption by about 47 million litres

Premier Brian Pallister will up the province’s ethanol and biofuel mandates within the year, he announced in an address to producers at Manitoba Ag Days on Jan. 21. “We’re going to have not only the cleanest electricity here in Manitoba, but the cleanest fuels as well,” Pallister said. If put into place, the increase would


Premier Brian Pallister says his government will stick to its guns when it comes to a carbon tax plan, including a flat rate and an exemption for grain drying.

KAP pegs carbon tax cost for grain drying at $1.7M

Both Keystone Agricultural Producers and the province are hoping the federal government will give ground on a carbon tax exemption for grain drying

Keystone Agricultural Producers says carbon tax cost corn producers $1.7 million in grain drying last fall. It’s money the provincial government says they shouldn’t have to pay. Both the province and Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) are pushing for a carbon tax exemption for grain drying, following 2019’s wet harvest. During his comments at Ag Days

The Pallister government has reconfirmed its commitment to removing education taxes from farmland.

Pallister committed to education tax phase out

That’s just one of several election promises included in the new Manitoba government’s throne speech

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he’s committed to phasing out education taxes on farmland and other property over 10 years starting in 2022 when the Manitoba government’s books are expected to be balanced. It’s a promise welcomed by farmers who say the burden of funding schools in rural areas has shifted disproportionally to them because

“… too often the agriculture community was having to deal with two or more different departments and now it becomes a one-stop shop for the ag community.” – Blaine Pedersen, Agriculture and Resource Development minister.

New title and new faces as Pallister changes up cabinet

Blaine Pedersen takes point on an expanded Agriculture Department

Agriculture is in the hands of a new minister after a provincial cabinet shuffle Oct. 23. Blaine Pedersen will head up the newly expanded Department of Agriculture and Resource Development, the province said, taking over from previous agriculture minister Ralph Eichler. Eichler, meanwhile, has been appointed minister of economic development and training. The new department


Blaine Pedersen (l) takes over for Ralph Eichler as the province’s agriculture minister in today’s cabinet shuffle.

Eichler out as Manitoba’s agriculture minister

Blaine Pedersen to head new agriculture and resource development portfolio

Blaine Pedersen has succeeded Ralph Eichler as minister of agriculture as Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister shuffled his cabinet on Wednesday. The move comes six weeks after the provincial election in which the Progressive-Conservatives won a second majority. Also, it expands from 13 to 15 members including Pallister. Pedersen, the MLA for Midland, was named Minister

Manitoba agriculture merged into new provincial ministry

Manitoba’s provincial agriculture ministry is being merged with its resource development arm under the oversight of the minister responsible for the latter. Premier Brian Pallister on Wednesday announced a reorganization of his government’s ministries along with a shuffle of his cabinet in the wake of his Progressive Conservative government’s re-election last month. The realignment sees

From top left to right: Ralph Eichler, Minister of Agriculture (photo courtesy of the PC Party of Manitoba), Dougald Lamont, leader of the Manitoba Liberal party and MLA for St. Boniface, Winnipeg (photo courtesy of the Manitoba Liberal Party), Wab Kinew, leader of the New Democratic Party and leader of the official opposition (photo courtesy of the Manitoba NDP), and Kate Storey, agricultural critic for the Green Party of Manitoba. She lives on a mixed farm near Grandview, Manitoba (photo courtesy of the Green Party of Manitoba).

Provincial parties talk vision for agriculture ahead of election

Ahead of releasing official agricultural platforms, the parties talk trade, rural health care, African swine fever, and climate change

With campaign season officially in full swing for the provincial election, the Manitoba Co-operator caught up with the parties to talk agriculture. The parties we spoke to all polled regularly above five per cent for the past year. All parties had plenty to say about their vision for agriculture in Manitoba, bridging the rural/urban divide,


“The big thing that’s making us grow is you (farmers)... because you’re investing in a family business and community.” – Brian Pallister

Pallister, Eichler venerate ag in Manitoba’s economy

The premier and agriculture minister spoke at Ag Days in Brandon

Everybody likes a pat on the back and Premier Brian Pallister and his agriculture minister, Ralph Eichler, gave Manitoba farmers one when they spoke here at Ag Days Jan. 22. Agriculture, they said, is a major driver of Manitoba’s economy. “I am proud to tell you that 72 per cent of the private sector capital

Farmers prefer provincial carbon tax to Ottawa’s

The provincial government rejects the federal government’s offer to reconsider its plan

Many Manitoba farm groups prefer Manitoba’s scrapped carbon tax to Ottawa’s. Manitoba’s plan, which Premier Brian Pallister withdrew Oct. 4, would have exempted not only fuels burned in farm equipment, but in grain dryers and livestock barns. The federal plan for Manitoba announced Oct. 23 only exempts farm equipment fuel and 80 per cent of