Manitoba’s Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) passed a series of resolutions at its 35th annual general meeting held last month at Winnipeg, Man. Approximately 200 KAP members were on hand to see Bill Campbell acclaimed as president of the organization, while Jill Verway and Mitch Janssens will remain as vice-presidents.
During the meeting, 17 resolutions were passed with a wide range of topics covered. Some of the highlights included:
- Lobbying the government to upgrade and maintain service roads where access roads have been closed due to Manitoba government policy;
- Requesting the Manitoba government to create and implement a Class 1 (semi-trailer) licence for farmers to harmonize with the Saskatchewan government, along with lobbying the government and Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation to address the deficiency of instructors who give the road tests for Class 1 drivers’ licences so that farm employees do no have to wait two months to get a test;
- To continue to lobby the national railways, with assistance from the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), to provide dual rail lines in order to prevent the collisions that occur on shared single lines. KAP will also continue to work with the CFA and the Government of Canada to make rail transportation a priority, ensuring that financial assistance from the federal government is available to ensure farm commodities can get to market;
- To lobby Agriculture and Agri-food Canada to continue to research, develop, and finish wheat varieties that set the standards in the milling industry; and,
- To lobby the Manitoba government to make direct resources that will identify and eradicate wild boar populations because these animals have the potential to spread African swine disease into Manitoba’s pork industry.