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Farm COVID safety Q-and-A

KAP safety consultant Morag Marjerison answers some of the most common questions she’s heard from farmers on COVID-19 safety

COVID-19 safety concerns have added a few new complications to the already busy spring season. KAP safety consultant Morag Marjerison said the questions she’s getting from producers are falling into roughly six categories. Here are answers to those questions, and resources to dig deeper on what is required for each specific farm. What are my

Private crossing upgrades costs are a hot topic with some farmers and CN wants to avoid conflict as it meets new regulations.

CN wants to discuss farmers’ private rail crossings

New safety regulations take effect Nov. 27, 2021 and in some cases upgrades will be required

CN Rail will soon contact farmers with private crossings to discuss making them safer by Nov. 27, 2021, as required under federal regulations introduced by the former Conservative government in 2014. But before letters are mailed, CN is asking provincial farm groups, including Manitoba’s Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP), for input to ensure it strikes the

The provincial government wants to trim MASC salaries by as much as 20 per cent due to perceived technological efficiencies and in a possible response to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pallister muses about cuts to Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp.

KAP says doesn't want Manitoba farmers' most important business risk management program to be undermined

Premier Brian Pallister appears to be determined to make funding cuts to the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC), despite calls for caution from the Keystone Agricultural Producers. During his regular COVID news conference Tuesday, Pallister was asked why MASC salary cuts of up to 20 per cent are being considered. “Manitoba Ag Services has been

CP Rail working to fix private rail crossing kerfuffle

KAP says private crossings are safe for now, despite CP threats to remove them if agreements hadn’t been reached with landowners by April 30

Private rail crossings along CP Rail’s Bredenbury Subdivision are safe for now. But if landowners want to keep them to access their fields they will eventually have to sign an agreement with CP and pay for upgrades and maintenance, which in some cases could be thousands of dollars. That’s the understanding the Keystone Agricultural Producers

'As an industry, we are concerned that the immediate impact felt by beef, pork, and potato producers in Manitoba could have a lasting effect.' – KAP

Renewed calls for farm aid get louder

Canola Growers and KAP want Ottawa to up its contribution to AgriInvest

Farm groups continue to push for aid in the wake of China reducing imports of Canadian canola seed and COVID-19. During regulator meetings of the Canola Working Group, which includes federal government officials, the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) has been asking for business risk management program (BRM) reforms, and a government-mandated increase in biofuel,

MPI temporarily relaxes medical suspension for commercial drivers

Manitoba Public Insurance has told the Keystone Agricultural Producers it’s temporarily waiving notifications to commercial drivers for medical reports. For the time being no automated suspensions will be issued, though the process for reviewing the licence of a driver with a newly diagnosed medical condition will still occur and suspensions may apply if appropriate. The

Survey finds Manitoba’s rural internet, cell service still bad

Results of KAP’s rural connectivity survey show nearly two-thirds of rural Manitobans dissatisfied with internet, cellular access

Poor rural internet and cell services obstruct communication, stall business and impede technology uptake, according to survey results KAP released April 16. “We have heard deep-seated frustration from both farm families and non-farmers about the state of connectivity in rural Manitoba, and providers cannot continue to ask us to pay for a service that is

Ready or not, spring seeding is upon us

Spring is in the air and farmers say they’ll deal with what comes their way

Bill Campbell says he’s ready for spring — his combine just got back from its annual winter check-up. The Minto-area farmer and president of the Keystone Agricultural Producers says he’s ready to finish last year’s harvest as soon as his fields are passable this spring. That’s adding to what’s already going to be a short and stressful spring

(Left to right) Keenan Wiebe and Mitch Rezansoff ran through the process of “whiteboard- ing” — analyzing a farm’s operations for inefficiencies.

Young farmers told to take a manufacturing mindset

Two speakers at the recent Manitoba Young Farmers conference demonstrated how to analyze data to find money-saving efficiencies

Young farmers were urged to take a manufacturer’s mindset at a recent conference. “Some people find that offensive. Don’t look at it that way,” Mitch Rezansoff said. “It’s just managing the farm the way any other business would. It’s knowing the cost of your production intimately.” Rezansoff, executive director of CAAR, demonstrated a “whiteboarding” exercise

Grain drying and other agricultural activities will be exempt from the carbon tax — if the federal government signs off on the provincial plan.

Province going ahead on flat carbon tax, lower PST

The province says farmers will get their wish on grain drying and barn heating exemptions, if the federal government accepts the provincial plan

The province is again pushing for a $25-per-tonne flat rate on carbon tax — along with exemptions on fuel for grain drying and heating barns — despite an ongoing spat with Ottawa. At the same time, the province has announced that the PST will be dropping from seven to six per cent. Both are set