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It’s not true to say that AgriStability is fundamentally broken, says Keystone Agricultural Producers.

Letters: BRM not ‘fundamentally broken’

In a November 5 Manitoba Co-operator article on AgriStability reform, we read some frustration into Minister Pedersen’s comment, “And what we keep asking KAP to do is to look at the long term on this.” KAP is intently focused on the long term. That is why our vision statement is “A sustainable and profitable future

KAP, fruit growers backed for COVID-related costs

Online infrastructure, work-from-home setups led to unexpected costs in 2020

Federal funding for organizations supporting small businesses will help Keystone Agricultural Producers and Prairie Fruit Growers Association pay for unexpected expenses brought on by COVID-19. For KAP, this includes setting up staff to work from home and hosting webinars. “All these things have additional costs, which for a small organization was unexpected,” said Patty Rosher,



“I can tell you there are a lot of industries that would really like to see an income stabilization program. You want to be in the hospitality industry right now? You want to be in the tourism industry right now?” – Blaine Pedersen, Manitoba Agriculture minister.

Manitoba ag-minister Pedersen pans AgriStability reform

KAP and others keep pushing for revisions but Pedersen questions throwing money into what he considers to be a flawed program

Changing AgriStability to more easily trigger farm support payments isn’t the best bang for the buck, says Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Minister Blaine Pedersen, especially when so many other sectors are suffering due to COVID-19. “If AgriStability isn’t working now, throwing more money into it is not necessarily the answer to it, so what else

Truck cleanouts could be spreading noxious weeds throughout Manitoba, a KAP resolution worries.

Grain elevator issues raised at KAP meeting

From moisture meters to sample retention and truck cleanouts, KAP members say there’s room for improvement

Grain moisture testers, scale readouts, grain sampling at elevators and protocols for cleaning out grain trucks, were discussed at the Keystone Agricultural Producers’ (KAP) online advisory council meeting Oct. 22. Two of the four — moisture testers and truck cleanouts — were dealt with through resolutions. KAP members unanimously passed a resolution to get the


Proposed law could spike hydro prices for farms, processors

Advocacy groups worry with reduced oversight, large electricity rate increases could become the norm

Proposed changes to reduce oversight of hydro rates could cost farmers and other industrial power users big time if not amended, advocacy groups say. “Industrial power users are extremely concerned about the timing and impact of the bill and the increasing likelihood that Manitoba Hydro and the minister may impose large, near-term rate increases,” wrote

Cattle producers are now eligible for funding to cover extra expenses related to the COVID pandemic.

Finished cattle slated for up to $2.5M in AgriRecovery

Finisher operations that took the brunt of the market hit earlier this year can apply for AgriRecovery aid until Dec. 1

Two of Manitoba’s largest producer groups say they’re perplexed why the provincial government is blaming them for their lack of participation in a recently announced AgriRecovery program. The 2020 Canada-Manitoba Finished Cattle Feed Assistance Program will spend up to $2.5 million federally funded dollars through provincial administration. That’s a departure from past AgriRecovery efforts, which

“Land not paying for itself is more likely to occur now given the ratio of land prices to farm revenues...” – J.P. Gervais, Farm Credit Canada.

What’s the driving force behind Manitoba farmland values?

KAP is going over the Manitoba Farm Lands Ownership Act with a fine-tooth comb

The only way for a young person to acquire farmland, the joke goes, is through the church, since it takes a funeral or a wedding. An inheritance or marriage aren’t the only ways, but the quip underscores that high land prices make it difficult for beginning farmers. “It’s extremely frustrating for me and many young farmers in this area (near Elie,


The Mini ROTT at its unveiling demonstration at Glenlea Research Farm July 16.

Rollover training tractor unveiled

The collaboration by three Manitoba groups is aimed at building a safer farm sector

A new agriculture safety tool to train operators to prevent tractor rollovers has been unveiled by a Manitoba collaboration. The University of Manitoba (UM), Red River College (RRC) and Keystone Agricultural Producers, demonstrated the Mini Roll Over Training Tractor (Mini ROTT) at the UM’s Glenlea Research Station on July 16. The teaching vehicle will help

The ROTT has rear and side outriggers to prevent it from tipping over entirely.

Tiny tractor to train farmers on rollover prevention

The remote-controlled vehicle is a collaboration between KAP, the University of Manitoba and Red River College

A remote-controlled mini-tractor will train ag students and farmers on rollover prevention without putting them in harms’ way. The Mini Rollover Training Tractor (or “tippy tractor” as one collaborator called it) is a to-scale, electric, remote-controlled tractor which ag students and farmers can use to experiment and problem-solve in situations that might lead to tractor