Manitoba farm groups asking members for views on amalgamation

Manitoba farmers are being asked for their opinion and direction on the proposed amalgamation of five provincial commodity groups.

After months of meetings between board and staff representatives, the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers, Manitoba Flax Growers, the National Sunflower Association of Canada, Manitoba Corn Growers and Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers published their proposed plan to merge in mid-December.

The report (which is available here) “serves as a roadmap, the destination of which is a farmer-driven, grassroots organization that will increase efficiencies, increase impact and deliver more value to Manitoba farmers.”

“Now is the time for Manitoba farmers who grow these crops to get involved, have their say, express whether they’re supportive of this idea, and if they have suggestions to improve the proposal,” explains Rob Hannam of Synthesis Agri-Food Network, who is working with the steering committee, in the interview below.

Listen to Rob Hannam discuss the consultation meetings with members and the proposed amalgamation plan:

Producers are invited to attend four regional meetings to discuss the amalgamation plan with Hannam and representatives from the commodity groups over the next week, ahead of the annual general meetings for all five groups during CropConnect in Winnipeg February 14-15.

Meeting dates and locations:
St. Jean Farm Days presentation – January 10 – 1 P.M.
St. Jean Centennial Hall, 203 Caron St., St. Jean Baptiste

Dauphin, MB meeting – January 11 – 1 P.M.
1457 Main St. S., Dauphin (Super 8 Motel)

Stonewall, MB meeting – January 12 – 10 A.M.
South Interlake Ag Society, 6018 E 75N Rd., Stonewall

Brandon Ag Days presentation – January 16 – 3 P.M.
Keystone Center, 1175 18th St., Brandon

Feedback can also be emailed directly to Rob Hannam at [email protected]

 

Kelvin Heppner

Kelvin Heppner is a field editor for Real Agriculture based near Altona, Manitoba. Prior to joining Real Ag he spent more than 10 years working in radio. He farms with his father near Rosenfeld, MB and is on Twitter at @realag_kelvin

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