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Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers members cast their votes on Feb. 13.

Amalgamation vote passes, forming crop alliance

Members of the five commodity groups debated, then voted at CropConnect 2020

[UPDATED: Feb. 14, 2020] Five Manitoba commodity groups have voted to join forces after two years of consultation and debate. “I am relieved, and I’m happy with the outcome,” said Eric Fridfinnson, board chair of the soon-to-be-defunct Manitoba Flax Growers Association. The vote passed with a clear majority after members of the five organization voted

Marie-Claude Bibeau.

VIDEO: Bibeau announces grain code of practices

The grain industry is thus far applauding the move to document production practices

Canadian grain farmers will soon have a “first-ever” grain production code of practices, following an announcement by the federal agriculture minister at Crop Connect 2020 in Winnipeg. Marie-Claude Bibeau said the federal government will be providing $800,000 in funding for the program, intended to document the practices for trading partners and consumers. It will demonstrate


Manitoba Seed Growers’ Association president Ray Askin (l) presented the association 2016 Outstanding Service award to Robert Stevenson of Kenton who was accompanied by his daughter Eva.

MSGA recognizes long-term supporter

Robert Stevenson was given the Manitoba Seed Growers’ Association Outstanding Service award

A Kenton-area farmer is the recipient of the Manitoba Seed Growers’ Association’s 2016 Outstanding Service award. Robert Stevenson was recognized last week in Winnipeg at the annual CropConnect conference. Stevenson served as a Manitoba director on the Canadian Seed Growers Association (CSGA) board for six years from 2003 to 2009. During that time he sat

It was standing room only for some of the breakout sessions at CropConnect 2017 at the Victoria Inn and Convention Centre in Winnipeg Feb. 15 and 16, including when the University of Minnesota’s Seth Naeve spoke about intensive soybean management Feb. 15. Between 1,500 and 1,600 people attended CropConnect last week, including 100 ‘walk ups’ co-chair Roberta Galbraith of the Manitoba Canola Growers Association said Feb. 17 in an interview.
“And yes it was packed,” she said. That has organizers wondering about the future of the event, which the commodity groups involved — canola, corn, pulse/soybeans, flax, sunflower, oat, seed growers and wheat/barley — will discuss, Galbraith said. The first step will be to cap registrations. “We are at capacity that is for sure,” she said. “We are looking at options, however we have made no decision to move the show as of yet. The Victoria Inn facility and staff are fantastic to work with and so responsive to conference staff requests and this is definitely a plus for the event.” It cost $75 a day to attend CropConnect this year, but the cost would be double without funding from the participating commodity groups, Galbraith said. Sponsors and trade show participants also help fund CropConnect, she said.

Commodity collaboration, mergers discussed at CropConnect

Commodity group leaders are urging their members to weigh in on how 
much groups should collaborate and their thoughts on merging

Manitoba farmers are being asked if they want their checkoff-funded commodity groups to collaborate more — or even merge. It was one of the main themes at commodity group annual meetings at the fourth annual CropConnect conference in Winnipeg Feb. 15 and 16. And the man credited with planting the seed in 2013 — Halbstadt-farmer