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Protests aren’t uncommon in agriculture, so some say it’s only a matter of time before farmers are on the receiving end of new ‘critical infrastructure’ protection legislation.

Anti-protest bill threatens farmers’ rights to protest, says NFU

While some see Bill 57 as helping farmers, the long history of farmer protest suggests eventually it will affect them too

When considering the province’s ‘anti-protest’ protection of critical infrastructure bill, consider that farmers also have a long history of protest, the NFU says. “It’s going to affect the entire public,” said Anastasia Fyk, a board member with Manitoba’s branch of the National Farmers Union. Bill 57, the Protection of Critical Infrastructure Act, proposes to allow

“If the changes stay focused on organizational and structural changes the impact on student achievement will NOT happen.” – Eileen Sutherland.

Education reform will harm rural communities, says Manitoba School Boards Association

Others more cautious about Bill 64,looking for robust consultation before reforms made into law

Abolishing school districts and boards will silence rural communities and may lead to the gutting of rural education, says Manitoba School Boards Association president Alan M. Campbell. “Their voices will be gone,” Campbell told the Co-operator. On March 15, the province released the text of Bill 64, the Education Modernization Act, one of several bills


“We view this as really positive for producers’ protection with regards to trespassing.” – Bill Campbell, KAP.

Public, KAP support largely behind trespassing bills

Biosecurity bill carries potential concerns from animal welfare advocates about ‘ag gag’ laws

The leader of Keystone Agricultural Producers says the recently released bills on trespassing and farm security address most of their concerns. “As an organization we are very pleased that they have been able to move forward with some of the suggestions that were presented by our organization,” said KAP president Bill Campbell. “We view this as really positive for

Manitoba government releases trespassing bills to public

Manitoba government releases trespassing bills to public

Bills 62 and 63 would increase landowners’ rights related to trespassers and biosecurity

Details on two bills that would increase landowners’ legal protection against trespassers saw the light of day on March 10 — four months after they passed their first reading in the legislature. Bill 62 would amend the Animal Diseases Act, and Bill 63 would make changes to the Petty Trespasses Act and the Occupiers’ Liability

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


Dale Myhre, seen here feeding heifers in a 2019 photo, says valuing Crown land improvements needs to be systematically done to avoid conflicts.

Ranchers want cards on the table on land improvement values

A resolution from the Manitoba Beef Producers would have hard values for land improvements already assessed

Manitoba’s beef producers want to know exactly how much those fences and dugouts are worth before Crown land parcels hit the auction block. Northern ranchers, many very dependent on Crown land, are pushing for a third-party assessment to be added to the Crown lands lease system — something they say would reduce the chance for

Letters: Manitoba government callous to leaseholders

It is early morning as I write this, and I am having my first cup of coffee. Normally, I would be enjoying this small luxury of peace and quiet while my children sleep. That was before. I now spend every minute worrying about how am I going to keep my ranch… my livelihood. The threat

“The proposed short-term changes do not address many of the outstanding issues associated with the program.” – Blaine Pedersen

In or out? KAP wants to know Pedersen’s stance on AgriStability proposal

Bill Campbell wants a straight answer on where the Manitoba government stands on AgriStability. “I’ve been through various cycles in agriculture, but I have also appreciated the truth and honesty far more than delaying and not being able to respond to the situation with all sincerity,” the president of Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) said Jan.


Manitoba’s ag minister turns thumbs down on Bibeau’s AgriStability proposal 

Twenty Manitoba farm groups urged Blaine Pedersen to endorse the short-term fix

[UPDATED: Jan. 27, 2021] Manitoba agriculture minister Blaine Pedersen has rejected Manitoba farmers’ calls to implement the federal government’s proposal to improve AgriStability. In a Jan. 17 letter to Pedersen obtained by the Manitoba Co-operator, 20 Manitoba farm organizations, including the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP), “strongly” encouraged Pedersen to “to ratify the changes to AgriStability

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,