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Producers need to pay close attention to four essentials: understanding their situation, understanding their finances, knowing their cost of production and how their commodity is priced.

Risky business? For farmers it’s just another day at the office

Peril can come in all forms, from the predictable to ‘black swan’ events

Farmers, by the nature of their business, must embrace risk. But at the same time, they need to manage it. That was a central theme at the 2020 Keystone Agricultural Producers AGM during a recent Tuesday morning panel discussion on risk management, featuring two farm management experts. Eric Olson, a farm management consultant with MNP’s

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


We need to have some type of avenue for young farmers, who are not at 85 per cent equity because this land will not pay for itself.” – Bill Campbell, KAP president

KAP passes resolutions on farmland access

Delegates raised concerns of private investors buying land and squeezing farmers out of the market

Access to land, particularly for young farmers, was front and centre on the second day of Keystone Agricultural Producers’ (KAP) annual general meeting. Two resolutions related to increasing land access passed in the final day of the meeting. The first called on KAP to lobby for tax breaks for landowners who rent or sell to

Meeting the farm worker shortage in Manitoba is a big – and fast-growing challenge.

Working it out: Manitoba needs a farm labour plan

The province sees the highest cost for unfilled positions

The farm labour shortage is expected to hit Manitoba harder than any other province because of its diversity of agricultural products. That’s according to Portia MacDonald-Dewhirst, executive director of the Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council, who spoke last week at the Keystone Agricultural Producers annual meeting in Winnipeg. “Because of the product mix that you

Editor’s Take: Lobby power

I’m sure at some point or another most farmers have felt their voice is never heard in public policy debates. There’s a germ of truth to it, mainly because of the demographic realities. When less than two per cent of the population is a member of any particular group, they’re always going to struggle to


Maurice Melnyk (right) of Penner Farm Services fields grain dryer questions from a potential customer during Ag Days 2020.

Calls mount for grain drying exemption on carbon tax

Manitoba’s government and farm groups hope that Ottawa will be swayed by hard numbers on grain drying carbon tax cost

[UPDATED: Jan. 30, 2020] Maurice Melnyk of Penner Farm Services doesn’t need anyone to tell him that carbon tax hit farmers hard this fall — he’s seen enough grain drying bills. Dryers are Melnyk’s business, being the grain-handling sales specialist at the Blumenort farm dealer. The carbon tax has been a common complaint among his customers. “Because of

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

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Year in Review: Expect CGC to be under policy microscope in 2020

KAP doesn't want farmer protections or grain quality undermined

Expect more discussion about the Canadian Grain Commission’s (CGC) role and the Canada Grain Act in 2020. That could lead to legislative changes with implications for farmers, grain companies and Canada’s grain customers. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada started reviewing the CGC and the grain act last March. “Ultimately our goal is to have a set



The Pallister government has reconfirmed its commitment to removing education taxes from farmland.

Pallister committed to education tax phase out

That’s just one of several election promises included in the new Manitoba government’s throne speech

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he’s committed to phasing out education taxes on farmland and other property over 10 years starting in 2022 when the Manitoba government’s books are expected to be balanced. It’s a promise welcomed by farmers who say the burden of funding schools in rural areas has shifted disproportionally to them because