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The province is suggesting a system for Crown lands that includes both tendering and auctions.

Beef producers put spotlight on Crown Land changes

Producers raise questions on access, lease terms as MBP makes its membership rounds and Bill 35 makes its way through the Legislature

Crown Lands have come up more than once as the Manitoba Beef Producers makes their annual membership rounds. The topic of conversation is a proposed bill to change the Crown Lands Act and legislate changes that do away with the previous points system (under which Crown Lands have historically been allocated but that critics, including

The former chair of the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation is questioning how money held for crop and hail insurances purposes is being handled.

MASC trusts — protecting farmers’ money or better bookkeeping?

The Manitoba government says both, but a former MASC board chair isn’t so sure

Frieda Krpan was puzzled when the Manitoba government announced it transferred the crop insurance and crop hail insurance reserve funds totalling $265 million to two trust accounts to ensure the money couldn’t be used for anything other than crop insurance. “What brought this on? In all the years that I was there, there has never


Rains early this week are too late to change the outlook for this year’s crop, but farmers will be looking for more to 
help pastures, dugouts and soil moisture levels recover 
for next year.

Tiptoeing around the dreaded ‘D’ word

The word ‘drought’ is being tossed around in Manitoba’s agriculture industry, but the province isn’t ready to go there just yet

Most of Manitoba is dry for the second year running, but is it a drought? The term fits, according to AAFC. The agency’s national drought monitor says most of eastern Manitoba and the Interlake is in moderate or severe drought, along with land stretching through southern Manitoba from the Ontario border and well into Westman.


The federal and provincial agriculture ministers, Ralph Eichler (l) and Lawrence MacAuley, signed a new five-year bilateral agriculture agreement last week in Winnipeg.

Province signs five-year agreement worth $176 million

The cost-shared initiative will be consolidated into one program and called Ag Action Manitoba

Funding will begin to flow right away from the new bilateral five-year $176-million agreement signed between Manitoba and the federal government last week, Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler says. This is the Canadian Agri­cultural Partnership (CAP), part of an overall $3-billion federal program supporting cost-shared initiatives delivered by the provinces and territories, to be consolidated


KAP president Dan Mazier is pleased fuels used to heat and cool livestock buildings, greenhouses and dry grain are exempt from the province’s $25 a tonne carbon tax.

KAP welcomes further carbon tax exemptions

Fuels used to heat and cool livestock buildings, greenhouses or to dry or store crops will be exempt

The Manitoba government’s carbon tax exemption on marked farm fuels used in farm equipment and trucks, has been extended to include heating and cooling farm buildings and drying crops. “A farm building for fuel and carbon tax purposes is a building where you either keep or raise livestock for sale or a building where you

Manitoba’s Minister of Agriculture Ralph Eichler, speaks to reporters at Keystone Agricultural Producers annual general meeting in Winnipeg.

U.S. won’t recapture TPP opportunity in coming years

Canada’s beef and pork producers are poised to benefit from the resurrected Trans-Pacific Partnership

Canada’s entry into a resurrected Trans-Pacific Partnership bodes well for the province and for the country, say those in the know. Speaking at Keystone Agricultural Producers annual general meeting in Winnipeg last week, Manitoba’s Minister of Agriculture Ralph Eichler, said the pork industry will be the biggest winner under the new deal, which was rechristened

NAFTA uncertainty isn’t helping encourage new hog barn construction in Manitoba, Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler told reporters after he spoke at Ag Days in Brandon Jan. 16. He said Manitoba processors need 1,500 more slaughter hogs a week.

Uncertainty puts brakes on hog barns

Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler is optimistic about NAFTA, 
noting Trump can’t end the deal without support from the Senate 
and the House of Representatives

Manitoba needs 40 new hog barns over the next five years to meet nearby processor demand, but the province’s agriculture minister says NAFTA uncertainty is hindering that development. “I would say that is part of the problem, to be honest,” Ralph Eichler told reporters at Ag Days here Jan. 16. “There’s that uncertainly. But let’s


Farmers gather in Winnipeg for Keystone Agricultural Producers annual general meeting.

Who you gonna call?

EMS closures and inconsistent signage have some producers worried

Manitoba farmers are concerned medical assistance won’t be there when they need it most. Last summer, the province’s Progressive Conservative government announced it would close 23 emergency medical service (or EMS) stations. Now, producers are calling on the government to provide more information about how emergency services will be provided once those stations are shuttered.

Manitoba agriculture minister, Ralph Eichler.

Lower premiums for crop insurance in 2018

The unpopular pre-harvest deductible on corn and soybeans is gone, 
there’s coverage for novel crops and hail coverage options have been raised

Insuring soybeans in Manitoba will be a lot cheaper this year, with premiums dropping an average of 17 per cent. That’s the biggest move in an across-the-board premium drop that sees an average reduction on all crops of seven per cent, Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler said while speaking at Ag Days here Jan. 16. Other