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KAP recommends keeping grain commission’s mandate

It also wants to maintain CGC's role in in outward inspection and ensuring the quality of Canadian grain exports

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) should continue “to operate in the best interests of producers and Canadian grain industry an an independent third party to establish grain grades and standards.” That’s one of 17 recommendations Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) makes in its submission to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), which is seeking views on changes

Manitoba Hydro sees rise in farm accidents

Manitoba Hydro sees rise in farm accidents

KAP members told Hydro line height standards have not kept up with farm equipment sizes

Manitoba Hydro says in the last few years it’s seen a sharp rise in collisions between farm equipment and power infrastructure. “The outcome for these contacts can be tragic and severe,” said Cyril Patterson, Manitoba Hydro’s director for distribution, operations and maintenance for rural Manitoba. He and other Manitoba Hydro staff spoke during the Keystone


“When you go about things in a proper, professional manner the government hears you... ” – Bill Campbell, KAP.

KAP’s labours bearing fruit

The farm organization’s long and steady advocacy is paying off, says president Bill Campbell

The Keystone Agricultural Producers’ (KAP) recent advisory council meeting went two hours longer than the scheduled five, but it’s not surprising given all the issues the general farm organization is working on. It took seven slides just to summarize, in point form, KAP’s activities between its 37th annual meeting in January and its April 15

Manitoba’s new education tax system will be fairer, farm advocates say.

Education tax cut increases fairness, say KAP, AMM

The rollback has led to criticisms that it’s a tax cut for wealthy landowners at the expense of education funding, which could hurt rural communities

The Pallister government’s promised education property tax cuts are a step in the direction of fairness, but won’t be a huge windfall — at least not this year, said KAP president Bill Campbell. “Education funding needs to be equitable and equal for citizens of Manitoba and not necessarily based on some people’s assets. Not everybody’s

Months of dry weather have left lots of dugouts low and in need of freshwater. Ryan Young of Middleton Ventures widened and deepened Manitoba Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson's dugout near Altamont April 10 before the recent snow. (Young is Dawson's son-in-law)

KAP welcomes snow, Churchill and $21 canola

Manitoba farmers welcome much-needed moisture via snowfall last week

Manitoba farmers welcomed the precipitation much of agro-Manitoba received April 12 and 13, even if most of it was snow. “The moisture is certainly appreciated…” Keystone Agriculture Producers’ (KAP) president Bill Campbell said during the general farm organization’s online advisory council meeting April 15. However, in an interview later Campbell stressed more timely rains will


“We view this as really positive for producers’ protection with regards to trespassing.” – Bill Campbell, KAP.

Public, KAP support largely behind trespassing bills

Biosecurity bill carries potential concerns from animal welfare advocates about ‘ag gag’ laws

The leader of Keystone Agricultural Producers says the recently released bills on trespassing and farm security address most of their concerns. “As an organization we are very pleased that they have been able to move forward with some of the suggestions that were presented by our organization,” said KAP president Bill Campbell. “We view this as really positive for

Sixty-four per cent of farmers said they were thinking about dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak at their farm.

Farmers concerned about transportation delays, input costs because of COVID-19

Preliminary CAHRC survey results show 26 per cent of farms saw workers take temporary leave for self-isolation, and 22 per cent take leave because of illness

Three-quarters of Manitoba farmers are concerned about transportation delays caused by the pandemic, according to preliminary survey results from the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC). Jennifer Wright, senior HR adviser with CAHRC, shared initial survey data at the Keystone Agricultural Producers annual general meeting on January 26. CAHRC spoke to 448 farm operators across

KAP delegates ask for extended drivers’ licensing for foreign workers

KAP delegates ask for extended drivers’ licensing for foreign workers

Sam Connery-Nichol said no workers on her farm were able to get necessary road tests in 2020

Farmers who hire seasonal agricultural workers say staff should have their foreign drivers’ licences extended for the duration of their work permit in 2021. Pandemic disruptions to testing made it difficult to get Manitoba licences in 2020, which meant workers could not drive or move equipment between fields. “It was brutal. We did not get


Still hard for young to start farming

Still hard for young to start farming

The same problems that have held back young farmers for decades are still there

Darren Howden often hears how hard it is for young people to get into farming. But Farm Credit Canada’s senior vice-president of Prairie operations, heard the same lament in the 1980s when he was young farmer just starting out. “And it was the same answer,” he told the Keystone Agricultural Producers’ online annual meeting Jan.

“I think there is an opportunity for our farmers to be recognized for all the efforts they are doing to reduce their emissions... ” – Marie-Claude Bibeau.

Bibeau announces Greenhouse Gas Offset System

The minister says this will be an opportunity for farmers to generate carbon credits

The federal government is developing a Greenhouse Gas Offset System program for farmers. “It could offer important opportunities for farmers to generate carbon offset credits,” federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau told Keystone Agricultural Producers’ (KAP) online annual meeting Jan. 26. “Over the coming weeks we will publish regulations for comment, and one of the first offset credit proposals under development