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Dale Myhre, seen here feeding heifers in a 2019 photo, says valuing Crown land improvements needs to be systematically done to avoid conflicts.

Ranchers want cards on the table on land improvement values

A resolution from the Manitoba Beef Producers would have hard values for land improvements already assessed

Manitoba’s beef producers want to know exactly how much those fences and dugouts are worth before Crown land parcels hit the auction block. Northern ranchers, many very dependent on Crown land, are pushing for a third-party assessment to be added to the Crown lands lease system — something they say would reduce the chance for

Letters: Unit transfers on Crown Lands never policy

As Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development, I believe it is important and timely to clear up a few misconceptions concerning Agricultural Crown Land Leases and modernization of Crown land leases, legacy leases and unit transfers. Through 2018 and 2019, in consultation with stakeholders, the ACL Program undertook a comprehensive regulatory review to align future


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Saskatchewan pares ag spending in estimates

Spending estimates released without revenue forecasts

Saskatchewan expects to pull back its spending on agriculture by about $22.4 million in its 2020-21 budget year, mainly in a reduced outlay on business risk management (BRM) programs. Provincial Finance Minister Donna Harpauer on Wednesday tabled the province’s 2020-21 spending estimates with the “unusual step” of not including revenue forecasts, citing the current COVID-19

Manitoba Beef Producers president Tom Teichroeb addressed worries on Agricultural Crown Land changes, and what MBP will do about them, during a packed lease holders' meeting in Ste. Rose du Lac Oct. 2, 2019.

Year in Review: Crown lands saga continues

Crown land changes were a hot-button topic for northern ranchers in 2019, but with promised rule changes still incoming, it's not over yet

The province’s agricultural Crown lands overhaul went from a simmer to a boil in late 2019 — and northern ranchers are still roiling. Crown lands were gridlocked to start off the year. The province froze all new lease agreements or unit transfers as of fall 2018, after changes to the Crown Lands Act got royal

Recently introduced regulatory changes to Agricultural Crown Lands saw sweeping changes to how forage and grazing leases would be allocated and administered.

Province firm on Crown land changes

Ranchers still hoping for a return to unit transfers or an extended right of renewal for all leases may be disappointed

The province is not backing down on Crown land regulation changes, despite continued pressure from northern ranchers. Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen maintained that ranchers would get right of renewal for existing forage and grazing leases, but stayed firm on the province’s removal of unit transfers. “We’ve said that we’re going to


Northern ranchers argue that the regulations undermine long-term security for ranches made up mostly of Crown land.

Beef producers seek fast lane for Crown land sales

Beef producers want more and faster privatization 
efforts on Agricultural Crown Lands, but not everyone agrees

Northern ranchers are not happy with changes to forage and grazing Crown land leases, but some say the issue would not be as critical if they could buy that land outright. Producers near Ste. Rose du Lac were among the producers calling for a fast track to Crown land privatization when Manitoba Beef Producers made

Crown lands dominate the discussion in early November as ranchers gather for the third time in just over a month in Ste. Rose du Lac, this time for a Manitoba Beef Producers district meeting.

Ranchers push for lease changes even as first Crown lands auctions arrive

The livestock sector says right now it’s being asked to bid on a pig in a poke

Manitoba is about to hold its first auctions for Crown land leases later this month — but bidders still have no clear idea of what they’re getting themselves into. They’re bidding under a new auction system that eliminates the long-standing ‘points’ process. It also will have a 15-year limit, as opposed to the old 50-year

Modernization of Crown land access has unleashed the uncertainties of future access and casts doubt for producers regarding future investments.

Comment: On Crown Lands, we get what we ask for

Why is anyone surprised by the recent changes to Crown land allocation?

The Oct. 10 front page of the Manitoba Co-operator read “Feeling Betrayed: Crown land tenants voice opposition” and the article describes a series of events that began at the Manitoba Beef Producers annual general meeting held in Brandon February 2017. A resolution was presented to the convention demanding MBP lobby the provincial government to replace



On Oct. 2, over 350 outraged producers flocked to Ste. Rose du Lac for a last minute lease holders' meeting after the province released incoming changes to Agricultural Crown Lands regulations.

Province backs down on legacy Crown land lease renewals

Outraged Crown land lease holders will get their first right of refusal for legacy leases, the province now says

Ranchers with existing Crown land leases will have a first right of refusal, the province says. The news comes after new Agricultural Crown Land regulations sparked outrage among ranchers. Ranchers argued that the regulations, which dropped term lengths from 50 years to 15 years and cemented allocation by open auction, threatened the future of their