The Manitoba government has announced a temporary reduction to the rental rates for agricultural Crown lands in the province, citing adverse weather conditions that have reduced the productivity and capacity of these leased forage acres.
“Stakeholders have told us that rental rates on forage lands are challenging with the hardships they are experiencing following the past two years of extreme weather conditions. We are responding to their concerns by implementing this rent reduction program over the next three years, which will provide ranchers with up to $4 million in relief,” says Agriculture Minister Derek Johnson, in a news release issued Sept 28.
The forage lease rent reduction includes a 50 per cent reduction in 2023, a 33 per cent reduction in 2024, and a 15 per cent reduction in 2025.
Leaseholders do not need to apply as the reduction will be automatically applied to next year’s bills, notes Johnson.
The province is also exploring more changes to “enhance productivity and sustainability of agricultural Crown forage lands, including mechanisms for leaseholders to invest in productivity and adjustments to the terms and conditions of leases.”
The provincial government is inviting feedback through an EngageMB survey that runs until late October (click here to participate in survey).
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