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KAP seminar to give lay of post-COVID economic land

ECONOMY: There’s much to tell farmers about a global recession, but there’s also room for optimism, FCC’s Marty Seymour says

An upcoming webinar aims to make sense of the economic and agricultural landscape as the world continues to grapple with COVID-19. On July 7, FCC chief economic J.P. Gervais and Marty Seymour, FCC’s director of industry relations, will team up with Keystone Agricultural Producers to present a webinar titled “Adjust your business for success in

Carbon pricing not having ‘significant impact’ on grain drying, Bibeau says

Conservatives, ag groups dispute government's numbers

Ottawa — Grain drying costs an average of $210 to $819 per farm in carbon taxes, according to federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. Her department used data provided by grower groups – including Manitoba’s Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) and the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) – to arrive at the figures. The federal estimate



Premier Brian Pallister says his government will stick to its guns when it comes to a carbon tax plan, including a flat rate and an exemption for grain drying.

KAP pegs carbon tax cost for grain drying at $1.7M

Both Keystone Agricultural Producers and the province are hoping the federal government will give ground on a carbon tax exemption for grain drying

Keystone Agricultural Producers says carbon tax cost corn producers $1.7 million in grain drying last fall. It’s money the provincial government says they shouldn’t have to pay. Both the province and Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) are pushing for a carbon tax exemption for grain drying, following 2019’s wet harvest. During his comments at Ag Days

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


KAP’s Bill Campbell says there’s a need to ensure rural infrastructure is part of any value-added strategy.

Election 2019: Parties promise infrastructure spending

ELECTION KAP says rural infrastructure must be renewed to allow for value-added production

Both Brian Pallister and Wab Kinew have promised renewed investment in infrastructure if elected. What remains to be seen is how this will address the rural infrastructure needs Keystone Agricultural Producers called a key election issue. “The $350-million-a-year provincial spending (on) infrastructure does not come close to dealing with the $11-billion infrastructure deficit our province

Testing for falling number.

Editorial: Interests aligned?

Canada’s major grain companies — through their industry voice the Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA) — have come out swinging against a discussion paper that puts analytical testing on the table (see Allan Dawson’s front-page story). The Canadian Grain Commission has been reviewing whether falling number and tests for the mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON) would serve

One farmer at the KAP meeting questioned if government aid is warranted since farmers have tools to protect against canola price fluctuations.

KAP grapples with China canola trade dispute

Can science trump politics and what sort of government aid, if any, is needed?

What, if any, support the federal government should provide canola farmers following the loss of their biggest canola customer China, was discussed at the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) advisory council meeting here April 2. Members also talked about how to get the Chinese government to engage with Canada to try and fix the impasse. China


KAP is urging farmers from to attend one of the Manitoba Electoral Divisions Boundaries Commission’s public hearings to oppose the commission’s position that rural Manitoba lose one seat in the Legislative Assembly, while Winnipeg gets another one, says KAP general manager James Battershill.

KAP calls on farmers to defend Manitoba democracy

The farm group says a plan to remove a rural seat in the legislature and add one in Winnipeg is unjustified and needs to be overturned

[UPDATED: Sept. 26, 2018] The Keystone Agriculture Producers (KAP) is urging farmers to defend their interests and democracy. They’re hoping farmers will tell the Manitoba Electoral Divisions Boundaries Commission not to strip rural Manitoba of one of its seats in the Legislative Assembly and give Winnipeg an additional seat, furthering its political power. “We know

Manitoba Beef Producers president steps down

The race to become the federal Conservatives’ candidate in Dauphin has claimed a second Manitoba farm leader. Dauphin-area rancher Ben Fox, president of Manitoba Beef Producers and the District 13 representative on the group’s board, announced Tuesday he had resigned as MBP president to seek a “federal party nomination.” MBP didn’t say which nomination Fox