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Farm, Family & Finances: How much money are you leaving on the table?

Posted: January 14, 2019

Farm, Family & Finance

MB Commodity Organization Amalgamation Proposal: Register for a webinar!

Posted: January 10, 2019

Learn more about the potential amalgamation of five Manitoba commodity groups: Manitoba Corn Growers, Manitoba Flax Growers, Manitoba Wheat & Barley Growers, National Sunflower Association of Canada and Winter Cereals Manitoba Inc.

Here the updated proposal in a short one-hour webinar with the opportunity to ask questions.

Two dates available: January 15th & January 29th. Register at

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Five Manitoba Commodity Groups Release Updated Amalgamation Proposal for Vote in 2020

Posted: December 13, 2018

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NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Five Manitoba Commodity Groups Release Updated Amalgamation Proposal for Vote in 2020

Carman, MB – December 11, 2018 – Farmer directors from five Manitoba grower organizations have updated a proposal to amalgamate into a new not-for-profit organization focused on research, communication and market development. The five associations want to hear from farmer members over the next year, with a vote to amalgamate planned for each organizations’ annual general meetings in February 2020.

The steering committee comprised of directors and staff from the Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Manitoba Flax Growers Association (MFGA), National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC), Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) and Winter Cereals Manitoba Inc. with the assistance of consultant Rob Hannam of Synthesis Agri-Food Network have addressed many of the concerns heard through the January 2018 consultation period and at the 2018 annual general meetings in February.

The proposal includes information on a governance structure of the proposed new organization which includes four crop committees made up of 34 farmer delegates that will focus on the research and market development specific to each crop type.

“We heard the concerns expressed on the original proposal. Many felt director workload would be unmanageable in reducing the overall number of directors from over 30 to 12,” said Fred Greig, MWBGA chair. “There were also concerns about crop representation, young director involvement with a smaller board of directors, and the ability to gather grassroots feedback. With the updated proposal, we feel strongly that the new governance structure addresses those concerns.”

“Creating a new organization would result in administrative efficiencies and that in turn would translate into more money going towards research and communication efforts,” states Myron Krahn, director with the MCGA. “Although there is a high level of collaboration between the five organizations already, the level of collaboration adds a level of complexity that wouldn’t exist if there was the simplicity of one organization. One organization means one bank account, one audit, one payroll, one annual general meeting, and a more coordinated communication effort where members aren’t receiving five different newsletters. As farmers, we don’t have separate bank accounts for each crop grown on our farm. This simplicity will lead to move time and resources spent on the research and market development we need as farmers.”

The steering committee and staff met again with the Minister of Agriculture Ralph Eichler, as well as the Manitoba Farm Products Marketing Council, to ensure the department was updated on the revised proposal. Staff have also met with legal counsel to ensure the steps to amalgamation are being done properly.

“From the initial Memorandum of Understanding signed in May 2017, we committed to consultation with membership to make sure farmers from each commodity organization have a voice,” said Mark McDonald, NSAC president. “We also committed to allowing membership to make the decision. We are honoring those commitments and taking the necessary time to communicate the proposal in 2019 with the final vote to occur in February 2020.”

The five organizations want to ensure members have all the necessary information prior to the vote in 2020. The updated proposal that is available now includes information on the governance, organization structure, legal process and timelines to amalgamate. Additional information will be released in the coming months, including by-laws of the potential new organization and the amalgamation agreement resolution.

On January 15 and January 29, 2019, the steering committee will host online webinar meetings for members to learn more about the updated proposal. The webinars will be recorded and made available for viewing later, if farmers are unable to participate on those days. Directors of the five organizations are also encouraging farmer members to attend the organization’s annual general meetings at the CropConnect Conference on February 13 and 14, 2019 to receive updates on the amalgamation proposal and to gather feedback.

The updated proposal will also be available at the following temporary website: www.mbcrops.ca. Feedback from farmer members is welcome and encouraged through email directly to Rob Hannam at rob@mbcrops.ca or to any of the directors and staff of the five organizations.

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For more information, please contact:

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

Darcelle Graham
Executive Director
National Sunflower Association of Canada
Winter Cereals Manitoba Inc.
204.745.6776
darcelle.graham@canadasunflower.com

Click here to see the updated Amalgamation Proposal

NOTICE: NSAC Annual General Meeting

Posted: November 30, 2018

2019 NSAC Annual General Meeting
Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre, Winnipeg, MB
Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
10:50 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

AGENDA
10:50 a.m. – Call to Order
10:55 a.m. – Minutes of the 2018 Annual General Meeting
11:00 a.m. – 2018 Financial Report
Appointment of Auditors
11:10 a.m. – Board and Executive Director Report
11:15 a.m. – Other Business
Manitoba Commodity Organization Amalgamation Proposal
11:30 a.m. – Adjourn

Registration to the CropConnect Conference is not required to attend the Annual General Meeting.
For more information on CCC or to register, please visit www.cropconnectconference.ca 

News Release: Winter Cereals Manitoba Inc. Joins Amalgamation Talks

Posted: November 22, 2018

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NEWS RELEASE

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Carman, MB – November 22, 2018 – Winter Cereals Manitoba Inc. (WCMI) has joined with four other like-minded grower organizations to explore a potential amalgamation with the commitment to consultation and allowing membership to make the decision.

“As the WCMI board of directors looked to the future of winter cereals in Manitoba, the time was right to join the discussion with fellow commodity groups to explore a potential amalgamation with the understanding that membership will make the decision,” said Doug Martin, chair of WCMI.

WCMI directors Doug Martin and Allan Olinyk will join the steering committee consisting of directors and staff from the Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Manitoba Flax Growers Association (MFGA), National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) and the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA).

Click here to read the full news release.

2018 Sunflower Variety Performance Trials SUMMARY

Posted: November 21, 2018

VPT Results imageThe Manitoba Sunflower Variety Performance Trials (VPT) is organized and conducted by the National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) in co-ordination with Manitoba Agriculture. This was the 12th year that the NSAC has coordinated the trials, which continue to serve as an important tool for sunflower growers with regional third-party performance data on various varieties. The hybrids tested in the trials are actively being pursued by sunflower breeding companies in Manitoba and may be in the experimental stage or registered under the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
In 2018, the NSAC coordinated the VPT in four locations across the province: Melita, Carberry, Marquette and Rossendale.

2018 Sunflower Variety Performance Trial Summary

Sunflower Harvest Prep

Posted: September 17, 2018

Now is the time to start thinking about harvest and getting equipment and dryers ready. Below are a few tips and reminders.

Maturity: The sunflower plant is physiologically mature when the back of the head has turned from green to yellow (although stay-green hybrids may stay green longer) and the bracts are turning brown (Stage R-9) about 30 to 45 days after bloom, and seed moisture is about 35%. Generally, when the head turns brown on the back, seeds are usually ready for harvest.

Common threshing mistake: Waiting to harvest and seeds become too dry and shell out. Combine at 14- 15% moisture and use air/dry down to under 10% moisture. Waiting too long to harvest can result in excessive field losses. Use of a dryer is also a good way to dry down sunflowers.

For more harvest tips, click here.

Frost Impacts on Sunflowers

Posted: September 5, 2018

Frost anytime before the sunflower crop reaches physiological maturity (R9) can cause damage.
Once sunflowers reaches the R7 stage (ray petals have dropped, back of head starting to turn
yellow), sunflower can withstand temperatures as low as -4° C, but temperature, duration and
crop stage will influence the type and amount of damage.

A killing frost in sunflowers is considered to be -4 to -5° C for 6 or more hours, as this low
temperature for the extended period is required to penetrate the thick layer in the back of the
sunflower head and start the dry down process. The follow will attempt to describe what
happens when a frost occurs prior to the R-9 growth stage.

For more details, click here.

NEWS RELEASE

Posted: August 14, 2018

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Four Manitoba Commodity Groups Moving Forward Together to Explore Potential Amalgamation

Carman, MB – August 14, 2018 – Four like-minded grower organizations will continue to explore a potential amalgamation with the commitment to consultation and allowing membership to make the decision.

At the end of July, the steering committee consisting of directors and staff from five grower organizations met in Carman, Manitoba to review details on an updated proposal examining amalgamation and a model that did not include legal amalgamation. After reviewing both options, and following additional discussions after the July meeting, the Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Manitoba Flax Growers Association (MFGA), National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) and the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Association (MWBGA) will move forward together by allowing their memberships to decide on a potential amalgamation.

“I believe it is the time to look more closely at how Manitoba commodity organizations operate, with the end goal of how we can better serve our members – Manitoba farmers,” said Myron Krahn, past president of the MCGA. “Many farmers belong to multiple commodity organizations. Imagine what we could accomplish together if an administratively efficient organization was formed that allowed focus on crop-specific issues, increased research and agronomic capacity, included a mechanism to allow farmers of any age or gender to serve on the new organization, and enhanced grassroots involvement.”

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Commodity Groups Renew Commitment to Explore Working Together

Posted: May 1, 2018

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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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