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Comment: A hard year for the grain sector

Comment: A hard year for the grain sector

Relationships are key to navigating contracts this marketing year

It’s an understatement to suggest that this was a hard year for crop producers and grain buyers in Manitoba. An “epic drought,” as one provincial cabinet minister described in August, left some producers across the province without enough grain to fulfil their contracts with buyers. With yields down across the board, there has been a

Manitoba Beef Producers president Tyler Fulton speaks to media outside the Manitoba Legislature on Aug. 31, 2021, as Manitoba agriculture minister Ralph Eichler looks on.

$155 million in feed, transportation and ongoing livestock aid announced

Plans for a herd rebuilding program are still in the works, province says

Manitoba livestock producers will have access to financial aid for feed costs, feed transport and animal transport costs, provincial agriculture minister Ralph Eichler announced the morning of August 31. “This investment is among the highest in the AgriRecovery assistance of our livestock and forage sectors in Manitoba history,” Eichler said. For those who have or

Childcare deal holds promise for farm families: KAP

Childcare deal holds promise for farm families: KAP

A bilateral deal with the federal government will bring $10-per-day care and 23,000 more spots to Manitoba, the province says

A new federal-provincial deal for childcare shows promise for rural and farming families, says KAP. “There’s a lot of good news all around,” said Graham Schellenberg, communications and government relations co-ordinator with Keystone Agricultural Producers. “In terms of rural families, there’s really a good impact here from what we see,” he added. On August 9,

A resolution passed at a recent KAP meeting called on the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation to exclude a farmer’s Individual Productivity Index calculations from standing crops cut for feed, instead of being combined.

Drought triggers calls for crop insurance adjustments

MASC urged to waive IPI calculations

As a severe summer drought tightens its grip on Manitoba, farmers are seeking adjustments to crop insurance coverage to help them salvage what they can from drought-ravaged crops. A resolution passed at a recent Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) meeting called on the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) to exclude a farmer’s Individual Productivity Index (IPI)

Brenna Mahoney’s first day as general manager at KAP is June 14.

Brenna Mahoney new KAP general manager

Mahoney comes from Cereals Canada where she was communications director, sat on steering committee for Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops

Brenna Mahoney says she’s looking forward to building relationships with Manitoba farmers as general manager of Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP). “Relationship building is something that’s really core to who I am, and I think when you have such a broad, diverse and dynamic group around the table at KAP, having people who are there to


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