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Farmer says new MCA board acted in an undemocratic fashion.

Manitoba Crop Alliance’s resolution process questioned

MCA chair Fred Greig says the new organization wants to assess its processes before making changes

[UPDATED: Feb. 24, 2021] The Manitoba Crop Alliance (MCA) is accused of undemocratic behaviour at its inaugural annual meeting. But its chair says the fledgling checkoff commodity organization wants to test drive its bylaws and operating procedures before changing them. The MCA was formed Aug. 1, 2020 following the merger of Manitoba Wheat and Barley

Manitoba Crop Alliance’s new board of directors

Following the Manitoba Crop Alliance’s (MCA) annual meeting Feb. 11, a new board of directors took office, the MCA said in a news release. The board is comprised of 11 directors — three from the Corn Committee, two from the Sunflower Committee, two from the Flax Committee and four from the Wheat and Barley Committee.


Manitoba Crop Alliance fills corn committee

The new delegates have been voted onto the body by their farming peers

Four farmers have been elected to the Manitoba Crop Alliance’s corn committee. Dean Toews (MacGregor), Carl Bangert (Beausejour), Emile Morin (Otterburne) and Hubert Preun (St. Andrews) were the elected delegates with the highest number of votes. Following the crop committee delegate nominations in September and October five names were put forward for four positions on

Cash advances on winter wheat, fall rye ready to flow

Manitoba Crop Alliance began administering the Advance Payments Program this August

Manitoba Crop Alliance has received approval to start issuing cash advances on winter wheat and fall rye planted this year through the Advance Payments Program, the organization announced October 26. Manitoba Crop Alliance has administered Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Advance Payments Program since the amalgamated group officially formed in August. The Advance Payments Program offers

Manitoba Crop Alliance joins coalitions in pledging funds to wheat, barley research

The Canadian Wheat Research Coalition and Canadian Barley Research Coalition replace the Western Grains Research Foundation

Coalitions of Prairie commodity groups have pledged $22.6 million in producer funding toward Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s wheat-breeding program and over $1.5 million to barley research. “Manitoba Crop Alliance is proud to be a part of this collaborative initiative with our sister organizations in Alberta and Saskatchewan,” said Fred Greig, chair of the Manitoba Crop


Manitoba Crop Alliance committee nominees announced

Some have been acclaimed, others will face election

The Manitoba Crop Alliance is one step closer to filling its slate of committee members. Nominations opened Sept. 1 and closed Oct. 30. Corn committee: Five farmers were nominated for four positions, and an election will be held to determine who takes the seats. Nominees are Carl Bangert (Beausejour), David Boerchers (Laurier), Dean Toews (MacGregor),

The Manitoba Crop Alliance will be a more efficient and farmer-focused organization as it officially launches, organizers say.

Manitoba Crop Alliance predicts increased research benefits

The newly merged farm group is up and running

Five years after it was first envisioned, Manitoba’s newest farm organization is now fully operational and promising increased service to its commodity group members. The Manitoba Crop Alliance has received formal designation from the provincial government and began operating August 1, collecting levies from its member organizations. It’s the culmination of a long and winding

Manitoba Crop Alliance celebrates official launch

The new organization also got federal approval to administer Advance Payments Program

Manitoba Crop Alliance officially launched August 1. The group represents the amalgamated interests of Manitoba wheat and barley growers, corn, flax, sunflowers, and winter cereals growers. Members of five commodity groups voted in an overwhelming majority to join up at AGMs in February after lengthy consultation and planning. Manitoba Crop Alliance also received approval to assume administration of


MCA recently unveiled a new shield logo to represent the organization.

Manitoba Crop Alliance checkoffs get approved, start Aug. 1

Pam de Rocquigny and Darcelle Graham will serve as CEO and COO

The newly created Manitoba Crop Alliance (MCA) has received provincial government approval to start collecting checkoffs from all sales of wheat (spring and winter), barley, sunflowers, corn, and flax in Manitoba starting Aug. 1, the MCA announced in a recent news release. The checkoff amounts are unchanged to what was in place with the five amalgamating organizations, and remains refundable. The

Merged Manitoba crop groups qualify for checkoffs

Manitoba Crop Alliance also names top brass

The new unit formed from the merger of five Manitoba crop commodity organizations is set to begin collecting checkoffs for its founding groups’ crops, starting Aug. 1. The Manitoba Crop Alliance (MCA) announced Monday it now has its designation under the provincial Agricultural Producers’ Organization Funding Act. The designation allows the new organization to collect