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Letters: Ag minister Pedersen should resign

Recently my friend had a heart attack. Our young neighbour can’t sleep. A worried widow cries when her kids are in bed. They are ranchers whose operations use leased Crown land. The devastation you and your government have caused to this small group of hard-working Manitobans is unconscionable. The budget will hardly be balanced on


Letters: Concerned for the future of seed

Letters: Concerned for the future of seed

As a farmer I am keenly aware of the importance of genetics when it comes to raising life, be it plant or animal. This does not make me unique, but rather defines a farmer’s historic relationship with the life we have been entrusted with, the idea being that genetics matter. This historic relationship has been

Letters: Pedersen should listen to young producers

My name is Dakota Sorensen. I am 26 years old. My partner Kaitlin and I moved to Eddystone in June 2019, looking to build a ranch and raise a family in Manitoba. I put up everything I had to buy a ranch, composed largely of Crown lease land. Now, on top of large farm payments,

Letters: Time for new priorities

In response to the Aug. 31 story in the Manitoba Co-operator, “Municipal Board considering benchmark ruling.” Very often we hear the outcry for economic development and resurrection of employment with no concerns whatsoever for water sources, environment and a quality of living. Only a degree of risk is sometimes mentioned. Without water, there is no


The proposed quarry site, currently a sunflower field and abandoned farm site. A barn and a house on the site were demolished this spring.

Letters: The ugly side of Bill 19

Geralyn Wichers needs to be commended for her in-depth reporting on the Lilyfield Quarry controversy. After all that has transpired in the RM of Rosser, one has to wonder what part of “no” the quarry developer has trouble understanding. Now, under Bill 19, we face the prospect of the ruling Conservatives’ proxy, in the form

Letters: Quarry fight reveals Bill 19 undermines representation

The people in the RM of Rosser are experiencing first hand what those who opposed Bill 19 understood was the real purpose of the bill. To reduce people’s ability to protect themselves from certain developments contrary to their interests and for municipal councils to properly represent them. The message is clear. People and their quality

Letters: Bigger not better

The recent closures of meat-packing plants in Alberta, Quebec and several American states due to the COVID-19 pandemic are shedding light on the tremendous expense of this style of massive meat-processing operation. The expense borne by the workers at the plants is the greatest of all, their health threatened so severely, even causing death to


The Manitoba government’s proposed changes to Crown land leases could financially hobble young producers looking to enter the cattle business.

Letters: Crown land changes ‘abhorrent’

My husband and I moved to the Ste. Rose area from Alberta in May of 2019. We have been caught up in the Crown land modernization fiasco. The fact that there was a Conservative government in the province, along with reasonable land prices, made it an attractive place for us to grow our cattle business.

Letters: Crown land leases – then and now

Letters: Crown land leases – then and now

Way back in 1976 my very first job with Manitoba Agriculture was a three-month contract, to do a review of the province’s Crown land leasing program. It was a steep learning curve for me at the end of which I concluded that the then existing system was: a) Expensive to administer; b) Undervalued the province’s