As residents of Manitoba gear up for both a provincial election slated for September and the federal election some time in October, the Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) have highlighted priority areas its members will be keeping a close eye on.
“Manitoba’s 6,500 beef producers play a critical role in the local and national economy, creating jobs and opportunities, as well as providing valuable ecological goods and services,” says MBP president Tom Teichroeb.
“It is important that there is a policy and regulatory environment in which the industry can thrive, and we want to ensure candidates are aware of the perspectives of beef producers on different matters.”
Topics the organization will be advocating on include:
- The need for equitable and effective business risk management programs;
- The importance of sound water management strategies, both for times of drought or excess moisture conditions;
- Recognition of the ecosystem services provided by managing grasslands, such as carbon sequestration and preserving habitat for many different species;
- Exploring new trade opportunities and full optimizing existing trade deals;
- Strategies to tackle labor shortages; and,
- The benefits provided to the sector through investments in beef and forage research and innovation.
MBP encourages its members to speak with candidates int heir riding as election campaigns start to roll out.
“It is important our voices are heard by the people who could be shaping policies and programs affecting agriculture for years to come,” Teichroeb says.