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Eichler returns to ag

Former agriculture minister will fill role again after recent cabinet shuffle

A familiar face is once again taking the helm at Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development. Ralph Eichler, who was provincial agriculture minister from 2016-19, returns to the portfolio in a cabinet shuffle after a term as minister of economic development and training. Blaine Pedersen, who held the role from 2019, is retiring from cabinet and

Ralph Eichler, shown here at Ag Days in Brandon in 2019, is again Manitoba’s minister of agriculture. (Manitoba Co-operator photo by Allan Dawson)

Eichler back as Manitoba ag minister in shuffle

Pedersen not seeking re-election

Manitoba’s provincial agriculture files return to the desk of their former handler in a cabinet mini-shuffle Thursday. Premier Brian Pallister has named Ralph Eichler, MLA for the Interlake-area riding of Lakeside since 2003, as minister of agriculture and resource development, replacing Blaine Pedersen. Pedersen announced Thursday he will not seek re-election but will serve out


Manitoba Beef Producers president Tom Teichroeb addressed worries on Agricultural Crown Land changes, and what MBP will do about them, during a packed lease holders' meeting in Ste. Rose du Lac Oct. 2, 2019.

Year in Review: Crown lands saga continues

Crown land changes were a hot-button topic for northern ranchers in 2019, but with promised rule changes still incoming, it's not over yet

The province’s agricultural Crown lands overhaul went from a simmer to a boil in late 2019 — and northern ranchers are still roiling. Crown lands were gridlocked to start off the year. The province froze all new lease agreements or unit transfers as of fall 2018, after changes to the Crown Lands Act got royal

Blaine Pedersen (l) takes over for Ralph Eichler as the province’s agriculture minister in today’s cabinet shuffle.

Eichler out as Manitoba’s agriculture minister

Blaine Pedersen to head new agriculture and resource development portfolio

Blaine Pedersen has succeeded Ralph Eichler as minister of agriculture as Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister shuffled his cabinet on Wednesday. The move comes six weeks after the provincial election in which the Progressive-Conservatives won a second majority. Also, it expands from 13 to 15 members including Pallister. Pedersen, the MLA for Midland, was named Minister

Blaine Pedersen, shown here in 2016, is Manitoba’s new minister for agriculture and resource development. (Manitoba Co-operator photo by Lorraine Stevenson)

Manitoba agriculture merged into new provincial ministry

Manitoba’s provincial agriculture ministry is being merged with its resource development arm under the oversight of the minister responsible for the latter. Premier Brian Pallister on Wednesday announced a reorganization of his government’s ministries along with a shuffle of his cabinet in the wake of his Progressive Conservative government’s re-election last month. The realignment sees


Manitoba’s agriculture minister Ralph Eichler, shown here at an Aug. 27 pre-election forum hosted by the Manitoba Farm Writers and Broadcasters Association, easily held his riding of Lakeside in the Sept. 10 provincial election. (Manitoba Co-operator photo by Geralyn Wichers)

Ag minister returned, ag critic downed in Manitoba vote

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives easily kept their agriculture minister while hanging onto a marginally slimmer majority government in Tuesday’s provincial election. Ralph Eichler, the Tories’ ag minister since 2016 and the MLA for the Interlake-area constituency of Lakeside since 2003, defeated New Democrat challenger Dan Rugg of Elie on Tuesday night by a spread of 4,340

From top left to right: Ralph Eichler, Minister of Agriculture (photo courtesy of the PC Party of Manitoba), Dougald Lamont, leader of the Manitoba Liberal party and MLA for St. Boniface, Winnipeg (photo courtesy of the Manitoba Liberal Party), Wab Kinew, leader of the New Democratic Party and leader of the official opposition (photo courtesy of the Manitoba NDP), and Kate Storey, agricultural critic for the Green Party of Manitoba. She lives on a mixed farm near Grandview, Manitoba (photo courtesy of the Green Party of Manitoba).

Provincial parties talk vision for agriculture ahead of election

Ahead of releasing official agricultural platforms, the parties talk trade, rural health care, African swine fever, and climate change

With campaign season officially in full swing for the provincial election, the Manitoba Co-operator caught up with the parties to talk agriculture. The parties we spoke to all polled regularly above five per cent for the past year. All parties had plenty to say about their vision for agriculture in Manitoba, bridging the rural/urban divide,

A tale of two proteins

A tale of two proteins

Are plant and animal proteins competitors or complementary under the province’s new ‘protein strategy’?

The provincial government wants Manitoba to be a protein province, but the jury is still out on where that investment will fall between livestock and plant-based protein. The province has said both plant and animal protein sectors will benefit from the government’s Manitoba Protein Advantage Strategy. “We’re positioned so well, probably better than any other


“The big thing that’s making us grow is you (farmers)... because you’re investing in a family business and community.” – Brian Pallister

Pallister, Eichler venerate ag in Manitoba’s economy

The premier and agriculture minister spoke at Ag Days in Brandon

Everybody likes a pat on the back and Premier Brian Pallister and his agriculture minister, Ralph Eichler, gave Manitoba farmers one when they spoke here at Ag Days Jan. 22. Agriculture, they said, is a major driver of Manitoba’s economy. “I am proud to tell you that 72 per cent of the private sector capital

Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced consultation on a protein strategy for the province and higher crop insurance coverage in 2019 at a lower cost.

Protein consultations, higher crop insurance coverage coming

News from Ag Days 2019: Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler spoke about both at Ag Days

Manitoba’s agriculture minister had some good news for farmers at Manitoba Ag Days Jan. 22. Ralph Eichler announced consultations on a strategy to make Manitoba North America’s plant and animal protein supplier of choice. He also announced higher crop insurance coverage for Manitoba farmers this year and lower premiums. “We are in a great position