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The National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) is a national, non-for profit, producer-funded organization that works on behalf of the sunflower growers of Canada to promote and expand the industry, both internationally and domestically.  The NSAC represents approximately 350 producers of both confectionary and oilseed sunflowers throughout the Prairie Provinces.

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Commodity Groups Renew Commitment to Explore Working Together

Posted: May 1, 2018

Merger Working Group

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Carman, MB – May 1 – Five grower organizations have signed a second Memorandum of Understanding, with a renewed and focused commitment to delivering more value to Manitoba farmers through working together.

Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers Association (MPSG), Manitoba Flax Growers Association (MFGA), National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) and the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) signed the MOU Tuesday.

“We heard from some farmers, but we want to hear from more of you,” said NSAC President Mark McDonald, referring to the feedback heard during the regional meetings that took place late 2017 and the comments made during each group’s Annual General Meeting in February. “There were some concerns – which was to be expected – some praise and a lot of questions. We’ve got more work to do, but one thing is clear. We think it’s important to continue this process, developing a powerful and specific mandate for delivering more value to Manitoba’s farmers.”

The steering committee comprised of farmer-director representatives from each group as well as the executive directors or general managers of each association, will use the feedback it has received from farmers to amend the proposal released in 2017 with the aim of once again hosting regional feedback meeting along the way.

It is the mandate of the steering committee to identify and explore opportunities that will benefit the various memberships, such as how working together could increase research and agronomy services for farmers, as well as enhance capacity to leverage grower investment dollars. The group is similarly committed to entertaining other collaborative options, including models that don’t include legal amalgamation.

“We share a common goal to represent the best interests of our members,” reads the new MOU. “Our intention is to develop a future working relationship that is efficient, effective and advantageous to the farmers we represent. Our vision for the duration of this MOU is to further develop a plan for increased collaboration among like-minded grower groups.”

The original MOU was signed in May of 2017, the culmination of three years of informal talks surrounding the idea of working together to increase efficiencies.

Four of the five involved groups currently share office space in Carman, Manitoba. While MFGA does not have a physical space in the Carman facility, the association is being administered by MPSG.

Manitoba farmers who grow the crops represented in this MOU are encouraged to get involved and have their voices heard by reaching out to one of the participating commodity groups or by contacting process facilitator Rob Hannam: rob@mbcrops.ca. For additional information, visit mbcrops.ca.
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For more information, please contact:

Toban Dyck
Director of Communications
Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers
204.227.8875
toban@manitobapulse.ca
Pam de Rocquigny
General Manager
Manitoba Corn Growers/Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association
204.745.6661
pam@mbwheatandbarley.ca

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Posted: March 20, 2018

Winter Cereals Manitoba Inc. announces new leadership team

Posted: February 22, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Carman, MB – February 22, 2018 – Winter Cereals Manitoba Inc. (WCMI) is pleased to announce that they have contracted the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) and the National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) to lead their day to day operations, research activities, and communications with membership and stakeholders.

“The MWBGA’s core functions of research and market development, with support functions including administration and communications, are closely aligned with many of the key functions of WCMI” said Doug Martin, Winter Cereals Manitoba chair.

The management team is comprised of Darcelle Graham (NSAC) acting as Executive Director with support from Pam de Rocquigny (MWBGA), Lori-Ann Kaminski (MWBGA) for research activity support, and Tammy Cote for administration support.

The three associations have recognized future demands will require Manitoba commodity organizations working more collaboratively together to provide maximum value back to farmer members.

“There are many natural synergies that exist currently between Winter Cereals Manitoba and MWBGA. We look forward to exploring how we can work more collaboratively together to benefit both spring and winter wheat producers in Manitoba,” said Fred Greig, MWBGA chair.

“NSAC has been involved in exploring how commodity groups can increase collaboration for a number of years. This is a great example of how we are working together with fellow organizations to benefit Manitoba farmers,” said the president of NSAC Mark McDonald.

Winter Cereals Manitoba will be based out of Carman, Manitoba, in the same building NSAC and MWBGA currently operate out of.

Winter Cereals Manitoba will continue to have its own board of directors and will maintain their strong relationship with the Saskatchewan Winter Cereals Development Commission.

About Winter Cereals Manitoba Inc.:
Winter Cereals Manitoba represents approximately 1150 winter cereal farmers in Manitoba. WCMI uses check-off dollars to grow the potential of winter cereals as profitable and sustainable crop choices for Manitoba through investments in research and market development. For more information visit wcmi.info/.ca.

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For more information, please contact:

Doug Martin
Chair, Winter Cereals Manitoba Inc.
204.785.0456 | dlmartin@highspeedcrow.ca

Darcelle Graham
Executive Director, National Sunflower Association of Canada
204.745.6776 | darcelle.graham@canadasunflower.com

Pam de Rocquigny
General Manager, Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association
204.745.6661 | pam@mbwheatandbarley.ca

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