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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



The Myhres are one of several ranch families worried that Crown land changes mean a countdown to the end of their family farms.

Manitoba cattle ranchers hear clock ticking on grazing lands’ leases

Lack of long-term leases, right of first refusal has many livestock producers pondering their future

Dale Myhre had plans to expand his ranch near Crane River, before the province announced its new approach to agricultural Crown lands. Now he’s wondering if he is going to lose his farm. The long-awaited agricultural Crown land regulation overhaul was announced Sept. 27, sparking immediate anger from ranchers. The new regulations shortened lease terms

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.

Crown Land changes outrage Manitoba ranchers

Tension was high in the Ste. Rose du Lac community hall Oct. 2 during a last-minute meeting of forage and grazing Crown Land leaseholders

Ranchers in the Parkland and Interlake say they are worried that changes to the province’s Agricultural Crown Lands regulations will cost them their farms. It was standing room only at the community hall in Ste. Rose du Lac Oct. 2 as over 350 leaseholders came to express their outrage over incoming regulations. The new regulations,