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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

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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

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KAP president Mazier resigns to seek Tory nomination

Dan Mazier to seek Conservative candidacy for Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa

Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) president Dan Mazier resigned his position Friday so he can seek the Conservative Party of Canada’s nomination for MP in the Dauphin—Swan River—Neepawa in western Manitoba. “I would like to acknowledge my sincere appreciation to all the (KAP) staff, executive, board and the members of KAP who have offered support and


Delegates to the Keystone Agricultural Producers annual general meeting and participating in the Young Farmer’s program had an opportunity to talk in groups about the questions the Becoming A Young Farmer research is posing.

Young farmer research shared with KAP delegates

The Becoming a Young Farmer study began in 2017 asking new entrants about how the next generation sees agriculture

Manitoba stood out in 2016 census data for having the largest proportion of those younger farm operators, as well as the youngest population of farm operators in Canada outside Quebec. But these young agriculturalists now farm a landscape more thinly populated than one their grandparents and even parents experienced. During the 1980s and 1990s, when

KAP is asking interested members to join its new Grassroots Advocacy Team to aid KAP’s lobbying efforts, general manager James Battershill said during KAP’s recent advisory council meeting.

KAP creates new Grassroots Advocacy Team

The effort is hoping to get more farmer-members involved in the group’s lobbying efforts 


Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP), which advocates on behalf of Manitoba farmers, is asking interested members to join its new Grassroots Advocacy Team and play a direct role in lobbying too. “We’re asking members who are willing to pick up the phone and make a call, who are willing to send a letter, let us know

At Ag Days in January Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced legislation to streamline KAP’s checkoff. The legislation went from second reading to Royal Assent in just four and a half days and will take effect Dec. 1.

Streamlined, improved KAP checkoff takes effect Dec. 1

Bill 35 went from second reading to Royal assent in just four and a half days

The Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) will have an improved membership checkoff in place Dec. 1, the start of its new fiscal year, thanks to legislation that was passed and given royal assent Nov. 9 and 10, respectively. Bill 35, the Agricultural Producers Organizations Funding Act, passed third reading unanimously in Manitoba legislature, following a marathon


KAP president Dan Mazier says the farm organization got much of what it wanted from the “Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan,” including a carbon tax exemption on “marked” farm fuel.

Mazier defends KAP’s approach on ‘made-in-Manitoba’ carbon tax

He says the position was developed democratically and KAP got much of what it wanted to reduce the negative impact on farmers

A year after the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) opted to participate as the provincial government developed “A Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan,” some KAP members are asking why the farm organization doesn’t oppose a carbon tax. “I find this entire carbon tax thing to be a complete fiasco and I view our prime minister (Justin

Purple fuel is exempt from Manitoba’s $25-a-tonne carbon plan that starts next year, but the province hasn’t decided if the exemption will apply to barn heating or grain dryer fuels. Premier Brian Pallister rolled out his Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan at Oak Hammock Marsh Oct. 27.

Purple farm fuels exempted from Manitoba carbon tax

The government is emphasizing the newly released ‘Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan’ is much more than just a carbon tax and is seeking citizen feedback

Purple fuel won’t be subject to Manitoba’s proposed carbon tax, but that exemption may not be extended to heating for barns, greenhouses and grain dryers. The plan calls for Manitoba to bring in a flat $25-a-tonne carbon tax coming next year, rather than the federal government’s $10-a-tonne levy that would rise over time to $50