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The Manitoba Flax Growers Association is moving to Carman and chair Eric Fridfinnson is pleased the Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers Association has agreed to administer the association on a fee-for-service basis.

Flax, winter cereals groups moving to Carman

While not formerly part of the commodity group merger talks, 
it demonstrates a willingness towards additional collaboration

The Manitoba Flax Growers Association (MFGA) and Winter Cereals Manitoba Inc. (WCMI) are moving to the Carman office already occupied by a number of other commodity organizations. The Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers (MPSGA) will administer the MFGA starting March 1, MFGA chair Eric Fridfinnson told reporters Feb. 15, following the association’s annual meeting during

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Comment: Have your say on commodity groups

I want to encourage Manitoba farmers to attend the 2018 Crop Connect Conference. While there, attend the annual meetings of at least some of the five farm commodity groups that are considering a new way to promote the research, production and marketing of their crops. Farmer directors of Manitoba Flax Growers, Manitoba Corn Growers, The


Editorial: Divided we fall

A metaphorical bombshell exploded this week over the corner of Portage and Main, the historic heart of Canada’s grain trade. Richardson International, Winnipeg’s largest homegrown grain trader, is pulling its financial support out of the Canola Council of Canada, Soy Canada and the Flax Council of Canada. As a result, the flax council has already

Flax Council of Canada clarifies its transition

Flax Council of Canada clarifies its transition

The council will close its physical office Jan. 31 and the Manitoba 
Flax Growers Association, which shares the facility, is leaving it too

The Flax Council of Canada will continue operating with a part-time administrator after closing its office in downtown Winnipeg Jan. 31, council president Brian Johnson said in an interview Jan. 15. Meanwhile, the Manitoba Flax Growers Association, which shares that office in the old Grain Exchange Building, will also leave at the end of this

Five Manitoba commodity groups still seeking farmer input on proposed merger

A discussion paper is expected to be ready for the CropConnect conference in February

Farmer input on the proposed merger of five of Manitoba’s checkoff-­funded crop commodity groups is still being sought and encouraged. A dedicated email — [email protected] — has been set up for that purpose. In the spring the Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers Association (MPSG), Manitoba Flax Growers Association (MFGA), National


Editorial: A fine balance

A big thumbs up to the five Manitoba commodity groups that announced recently they will work towards a merger. The Manitoba Corn Growers Association, Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers Association, the Manitoba Flax Growers Association, the National Sunflower Association of Canada and the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association have signed a memorandum of understanding

The five Manitoba commodity groups working towards a merger have no preconceived ideas on what a new association will look like, says Pam de Rocquigny, general manager of the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Association and Manitoba Corn Growers Association.

Commodity groups exploring merger

For now Manitoba’s canola, winter cereal and oat producer associations have opted to remain on their own

Five Manitoba commodity groups have signed a deal to spend the next year working towards a merger. The Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers Association (MPSG), Manitoba Flax Growers Association (MFGA), National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) and the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Association (MWBGA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU)

It was standing room only for some of the breakout sessions at CropConnect 2017 at the Victoria Inn and Convention Centre in Winnipeg Feb. 15 and 16, including when the University of Minnesota’s Seth Naeve spoke about intensive soybean management Feb. 15. Between 1,500 and 1,600 people attended CropConnect last week, including 100 ‘walk ups’ co-chair Roberta Galbraith of the Manitoba Canola Growers Association said Feb. 17 in an interview.
“And yes it was packed,” she said. That has organizers wondering about the future of the event, which the commodity groups involved — canola, corn, pulse/soybeans, flax, sunflower, oat, seed growers and wheat/barley — will discuss, Galbraith said. The first step will be to cap registrations. “We are at capacity that is for sure,” she said. “We are looking at options, however we have made no decision to move the show as of yet. The Victoria Inn facility and staff are fantastic to work with and so responsive to conference staff requests and this is definitely a plus for the event.” It cost $75 a day to attend CropConnect this year, but the cost would be double without funding from the participating commodity groups, Galbraith said. Sponsors and trade show participants also help fund CropConnect, she said.

Commodity collaboration, mergers discussed at CropConnect

Commodity group leaders are urging their members to weigh in on how 
much groups should collaborate and their thoughts on merging

Manitoba farmers are being asked if they want their checkoff-funded commodity groups to collaborate more — or even merge. It was one of the main themes at commodity group annual meetings at the fourth annual CropConnect conference in Winnipeg Feb. 15 and 16. And the man credited with planting the seed in 2013 — Halbstadt-farmer


The Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) and Manitoba Corn Growers Association will share a general manager. MWBGA president Fred Greig says it will benefit both organizations.

Manitoba corn, wheat and barley growers to share new general manager

The two organizations will remain independent but say their members 
can be better served by co-operating on administration

Two Manitoba farm commodity groups are putting talk about collaboration into action by sharing a general manager. The Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) are looking for a new general manager to administer both associations when corn growers’ general manager Theresa Bergsma retires next June, after almost 29

A new system could allow glyphosate-resistant flax to be developed by ‘gene editing’ as opposed to genetic modification, but how will customers react?

New flax variety sparks debate

It is not transgenic, but some fear glyphosate-resistant flax will produce a second Day of the Triffids

Some Manitoba flax growers are expressing concern after learning a glyphosate-resistant flax variety is only a few years away from being market ready. Eric Fridfinnson of the Manitoba Flax Growers Association said the move towards herbicide-tolerant flax began several years ago and stemmed from a desire to increase yields, which hover around 22 bushels per