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Will individual commodity issues be sidelined by new organization?

The Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Manitoba Flax Growers Association, National Sunflower Association, Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association and Winter Cereals Manitoba are involved in a proposed amalgamation to become one large entity and represent all of these crops. These organizations have improved farming practices and returns to growers for each of their respected

Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association says drafts of bylaws and the amalgamation agreement are available online.

Manitoba commodity groups issue merger info

The five commodity groups proposing a merger say the draft agreement and bylaws are available online

The five Manitoba commodity groups proposing to merge have more information for members to consider before they vote on it in person February 12 and 13 during the Crop Connect conference in Winnipeg. A draft amalgamation agreement and draft bylaws for the new organization are available online (see at bottom), Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers


“There are tweaks and changes and we have responded to some of those over the last year.” – Mark McDonald, National Sunflower Association.

Merger talk subdued at recent CropConnect

That’s seen as support but the final say rests for farmer-members when they vote in 2020

Is silence assent? That’s the question after the topic of a farm group merger garnered little discussion at the recent CropConnect meeting in Winnipeg. There, association leaders received so few questions and little feedback, which some interpret as support. “I would say most people would be for it,” National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) president

Royalty issue discussed at canola, flax AGMs

Manitoba Flax is working on royalty policy for flax with Sask Flax

The Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA) is following cereal royalty discussions closely because of the potential impact on MCGA members. At its annual meeting last year, MCGA members passed a resolution calling on the association to “vigorously oppose” the introduction of end point royalties on canola. An end point or trailing royalty is now being

Revised commodity group merger proposal responds to farmer concerns

Crop committees and delegates will help with the workload and encourage engagement with members

Manitoba commodity groups seeking amalgamation say their proposal to create four crop committees and a delegate system should allay concerns about a bigger workload for directors and engaging members. The proposal, and the process leading up to a merger vote by farmer-members set for February 2020, were released last month and explained in depth during


Merger will create a substantial new organization

The new group would represent 8,000 Manitoba farmers and 40 per cent of annual crop acres

If the proposed merger of five crops organizations goes ahead next year, it’s going to create a new force to be reckoned with, according to consultant Rob Hannam of Synthesis Agri-Food Network. A tie-up of the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA), Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Manitoba Flax Growers Association (MFGA), National Sunflower

Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association chair Fred Greig says creating crop committees will address concerns raised about directors’ workload and crop representation if five Manitoba commodity groups amalgamate.

Commodity group merger revised

The new proposal will address concerns from farmer-members

Five Manitoba commodity groups have revised their amalgamation proposal. It now includes four crop committees to address concerns around director workload and crop representation and want members’ input until votes on merging are held in February 2020. “We heard the concerns expressed on the original proposal,” Fred Greig, chair of the Manitoba Wheat and Barley

One proposal is that an end point royalty would be collected when farmers sold their cereal crop.

Seed royalty consultation needs farmer engagement

KAP president Bill Campbell says farmers need to pay attention because the outcome will affect their bottom lines

Farmers need to get involved in the cereal seed royalty debate, says Bill Campbell. “This does affect our livelihoods down the road and for future generations so we have to get engaged,” the president of the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) said in an interview following the first of four consultation meetings on the issue held


Minto farmer David Rourke told KAP’s advisory council meeting Nov. 12 he’s reluctant to support one of the two royalty options being proposed when there could be a third option. Rourke said the publicly funding cereal variety development system has served farmers well and said he’s skeptical about how much more value the private sector can deliver.

KAP has no position on proposed seed royalty options yet

Delegates raise concerns about higher seed costs ahead of the first consultation meeting in Winnipeg Friday

The Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) is still working out its position on a proposal for seed companies to collect more royalties from farmers on cereal seed, which proponents say will aid farmers by encouraging more variety development. Meanwhile, the first of the federal government’s four consultation meetings on the proposal is being held at the

Flax Council of Canada joins up with Canola Council

Winnipeg | CNS Canada – The Flax Council of Canada has announced a new operating structure; restructuring its board and joining forces with the Canola Council of Canada. The move comes six months after the council shuttered its Winnipeg office and reduced its services. “It’s clear that Canadian flax has tremendous potential, both on the