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Crown land rents should be rolled back in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the provincial opposition says.

NDP calls for Crown land payment suspension following Cargill closure

The NDP is adding Crown land payments to its list of ag-related recommendations as the COVID-19 pandemic continues

Manitoba’s NDP is pushing the provincial government to roll back Crown land rent increases due to the impact on the beef sector from COVID-19. The rent increases came last year as part of a list of changes to the Crown land allocation program. The province introduced a new rental formula, which tied rents to beef

Crown grazing leases are getting more expensive over the next two years and that worries the province’s ranchers.

Rising lease rates worry ranchers

Livestock producers want to see the province’s new Crown land rental rate changed

Northern ranchers are experiencing sticker shock over new lease rates. The price of Crown grazing land is rising this year, as part of a larger plan to revamp how that land is allocated and managed. The new rental formula ties rates to the beef market. Under the new system, rates are calculated by multiplying the


Beef producers vote on this year’s batch of resolutions, many of which dealt with Agricultural Crown Lands, during the Manitoba Beef Producers annual meeting in Brandon Feb. 6-7.

Beef producers urge consideration for land improvements

Beef producers have a long list of changes they’re pushing with the province, including more room for land improvement values

Beef producers want to roll land improvement costs into what people are bidding for when Agricultural Crown Lands come up for auction. In late 2019, the province said it would no longer be in the business of buying land improvements when a lease rolls over, one of a swath of changes made to the Agricultural

Letters: Crown land sales already raising ire

In response to Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen’s letter in the Jan. 16 issue of the Co-operator: Minister Pedersen, I am new to this part of the world, but not to ranching. And I’m a fast learner. I understand that many producers were unhappy with the old points system used, in this province,

Bill Campbell was acclaimed to another term at the helm of KAP at the organization’s recent annual general meeting.

Campbell sees challenges ahead for Manitoba farmers

KAP’s president says safety nets, carbon tax and Crown lands among big issues on the radar


Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) president, Bill Campbell, kicked off the 2020 annual general meeting last week by acknowledging the disastrous weather challenges, and calling governments to action. “We began in the spring with dry conditions and feed shortages,” Campbell said. “We ended the year with excess moisture and crops still out in the field.” That’s just how weather goes, but


Letters: Changes requested

Our provincial government listened to producers when they said they wanted to see changes to the Crown Lands Act. Unlike previous governments, we don’t take the agricultural sector for granted, and were excited to phase in new rules for Crown land leases. The first auctions took place over November and December of 2019, and saw

The Manitoba government’s proposed changes to Crown land leases could financially hobble young producers looking to enter the cattle business.

Letters: Crown land changes ‘abhorrent’

My husband and I moved to the Ste. Rose area from Alberta in May of 2019. We have been caught up in the Crown land modernization fiasco. The fact that there was a Conservative government in the province, along with reasonable land prices, made it an attractive place for us to grow our cattle business.

Letters: Crown land leases – then and now

Way back in 1976 my very first job with Manitoba Agriculture was a three-month contract, to do a review of the province’s Crown land leasing program. It was a steep learning curve for me at the end of which I concluded that the then existing system was: a) Expensive to administer; b) Undervalued the province’s


Province introduces Crown land sales legislation

Government says the goal is a streamlined and transparent system

The Manitoba government is introducing new legislation that would streamline and improve government oversight for Crown land sales. The announcement came in a Dec. 3 media release on behalf of Central Services Minister Reg Helwer. Helwer touted the Crown Land Dispositions Act as the path to a system that would be “… more efficient, effective

“There’s conflicting arguments on that one,” MBP president Tom Teichroeb said of the proposed cap resolution.

District producers back step on AUM cap

Some producers now say they want a new, albeit larger, AUM cap on Crown lands

Ranchers near Ste. Rose du Lac want the province to take another step back on Crown lands — although this change was initially heralded as a victory. Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) had welcomed the removal of a 4,800 animal unit month (AUM) cap from forage and grazing lease eligibility, one of a number of sweeping