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Seeds Canada will include seed grower voices

Seeds Canada will include seed grower voices

That’s despite the Canadian Seed Growers Association’s decision not to participate in new organization

The Canadian Seed Growers Association (CSGA) isn’t part of the merger creating Seeds Canada, but some seed growers will be part of Seeds Canada. “While there may be one less amalgamating partner (CSGA), the vision for Seeds Canada to become the voice of the seed sector, including seed growers, analysts, and the seed trade, remains

MCA recently unveiled a new shield logo to represent the organization.

Manitoba Crop Alliance checkoffs get approved, start Aug. 1

Pam de Rocquigny and Darcelle Graham will serve as CEO and COO

The newly created Manitoba Crop Alliance (MCA) has received provincial government approval to start collecting checkoffs from all sales of wheat (spring and winter), barley, sunflowers, corn, and flax in Manitoba starting Aug. 1, the MCA announced in a recent news release. The checkoff amounts are unchanged to what was in place with the five amalgamating organizations, and remains refundable. The


Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association says drafts of bylaws and the amalgamation agreement are available online.

Manitoba commodity groups issue merger info

The five commodity groups proposing a merger say the draft agreement and bylaws are available online

The five Manitoba commodity groups proposing to merge have more information for members to consider before they vote on it in person February 12 and 13 during the Crop Connect conference in Winnipeg. A draft amalgamation agreement and draft bylaws for the new organization are available online (see at bottom), Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers

“There are tweaks and changes and we have responded to some of those over the last year.” – Mark McDonald, National Sunflower Association.

Merger talk subdued at recent CropConnect

That’s seen as support but the final say rests for farmer-members when they vote in 2020

Is silence assent? That’s the question after the topic of a farm group merger garnered little discussion at the recent CropConnect meeting in Winnipeg. There, association leaders received so few questions and little feedback, which some interpret as support. “I would say most people would be for it,” National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) president

Editorial: Burying the hatchet

There’s a long-running list of issues that, over the years, have been sure to spur fast and furious debate between farmers. It’s such a well-worn trope that there’s an old joke that’s been circulating for many years that goes like this: [Insert agriculture policy-maker’s name] was once asked how you could get anything done when


Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association chair Fred Greig led a discussion on the proposed commodity associations’ merger during the wheat and barley growers’ annual meeting Feb. 15 at CropConnect in Winnipeg.

Ideological lines blurred over commodity group merger

Farmers spoke for and against the proposal during 
five association annual meetings at CropConnect

Butch Harder and Jim Pallister seem the most unlikely of allies. Ordinarily the pair, who farm at Lowe Farm and Portage la Prairie, respectively, find themselves on the opposite sides of many policy issues. But now they find themselves expressing similar concerns about the proposal to amalgamate five Manitoba farm commodity associations — Manitoba Wheat

Why merge?

Why merge? The reasons for five Manitoba farm commodity associations — Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers, Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers, Manitoba Corn Growers, Manitoba Flax Growers and National Sunflower Association of Canada — to merge were reviewed at each of the association’s annual meetings Feb. 14 and 15 at CropConnect in Winnipeg. Here’s a

Rob Hannam of Synthesis Agri-Food Network, who has been hired to assist in the merger discussions, spoke about the proposal Jan. 16 at Ag Days.

Five commodity group merger discussed at Ag Days

Some are concerned the merger could cause more checkoff refunds

Increased checkoff withdrawals and reduced farmer control were top concerns during a discussion at Ag Days Jan. 16 on merging five Manitoba crop commodity groups. “I worry that it will be extremely easy (if there’s one group instead of five) for a farmer to pick up the phone and get all of his checkoffs back


Volunteers prepare lunch at the annual St. Jean Farm Days.

Farmers mull commodity group merger’s risks and benefits

Vote on proposed merger to take place in early 2019

Five Manitoba commodity groups were at St. Jean Farm Days last week, seeking input on a proposed amalgamation plan. At the event Myron Krahn told producers that “we’re here because we want farmers’ feedback, we want ideas from farmers… we’re looking for as much feedback as we can get, positive or negative, it doesn’t matter.”

Young Maize Corn Crops Leaves in Field

Commodity groups release merger report

The next step is garnering enough support amongst the rank-and-file members

Five Manitoba crop commodity groups have released a report detailing their plan to create one overarching association. The Dec. 14 report is full of details on how they will form one association by Aug. 1, 2019 — if members approve it at their annual meetings in February 2019. But right now the Manitoba Wheat and