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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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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: firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, visit mbcrops.ca.
For more information, please contact:
Director of Communications
Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers
|Pam de Rocquigny
Manitoba Corn Growers/Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association
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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:
Chair, Winter Cereals Manitoba Inc.
204.785.0456 | email@example.com
Executive Director, National Sunflower Association of Canada
204.745.6776 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam de Rocquigny
General Manager, Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association
204.745.6661 | email@example.com
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The Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) are happy to announce the organizations will be sharing field and research agronomy staff, providing value to Manitoba’s corn and sunflower growers.
Morgan Cott is returning after a one year leave to her position as Field Agronomist. Morgan has been with the MCGA since 2012. She will be responsible for communicating corn and sunflower agronomic information to MCGA and NSAC membership, as well as industry. She will also be responsible for planning and developing outreach activities and extension material with the goal to improve corn and sunflower grower’s profitability.
Daryl Rex is NSAC’s Research Agronomist, hired in March 2017. In addition to his sunflower research program, Daryl provided support to the MCGA coordinating the Manitoba Corn Committee during Morgan’s leave. Under this new structure, Daryl will be responsible for the various adaptation and performance trials for both corn and sunflower, the confection sunflower variety development program and MCGA’s on-farm trial programming.
Morgan and Daryl will assist each other due to many of the natural synergies that exists between the positions. In addition to working with each other, they will also be working closely with Lori-Ann Kaminski who is MCGA’s Research Manager. Operating as a team, MCGA and NSAC will realize efficiencies that will better serve both corn and sunflowers growers.
Morgan Cott can be reached at 204.750.2489 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daryl Rex can be reached at 204.750.2561 or email email@example.com.
National Sunflower Association of Canada’s 2018 Annual General Meeting
will be held during the CropConnect Conference
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 10:50 a.m.
Meeting Room – Wellington A
Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
1808 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
Although the 2018 CropConnect Conference is SOLD OUT, walk ups are available for the AGM ONLY.
The commodity groups involved in amalgamation talks would like your input and direction and are requesting your attendance at the regional meeting taking place in your area. This is a milestone process – one that has been and needs to continue to be driven by farmers.
Meeting dates and locations:
- St. Jean Farm Days presentation – January 10 – 1 P.M.
St. Jean Centennial Hall, 203 Caron St., St. Jean Baptiste
- Dauphin, MB meeting – January 11 – 1 P.M.
1457 Main St. S., Dauphin (Super 8 Motel)
- Stonewall, MB meeting – January 12 – 10 A.M.
South Interlake Ag Society, 6018 E 75N Rd., Stonewall
- Brandon Ag Days presentation – January 16 – 3 P.M.
Keystone Centre, 1175 18th St., Brandon
The meetings provide a venue for you, our farmer members, to discuss a potential commodity group amalgamation as outlined in a report published in December, 2017.
The report, which is available at the following website: www.mbcrops.ca, serves as a roadmap, the destination of which is a farmer-driven, grassroots organization that will increase efficiencies, increase impact and deliver more value to Manitoba farmers.
We hope to see you and hear your comments at one of the above listed meetings. And please, feel free to share this invite among your farmer friends.
Attend a meeting. Have your say!
Carman, MB – December 14 – In a watershed moment for agriculture in Manitoba, the five commodity groups that in May of this year began exploring an amalgamation are pleased to release a summary report highlighting the potential path towards a new, grassroots and farmer-driven organization.
The release of this report launches a consultation period for farmer members of the organizations to become involved in the process.
“Commodity groups need to be farmer-driven. They need to be run by their grassroots,” says Myron Krahn, President of Manitoba Corn Growers Association. “This report shows how amalgamating would not only maintain our connection to farmers from across Manitoba, but also how it would improve it. From better research capability to a greater potential to leverage research investments, we’ll have more impact as an amalgamated group. Together we can be better.”
The potential board structure, governance structure, core functions, legal process and timeline of this potential amalgamation are all laid out in this summary report, which changed and adapted as the steering committee received feedback from their farmer members over the past few months.
The report is the result of nine months of meetings between board and staff representatives from Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers, Manitoba Flax Growers, the National Sunflower Association of Canada, Manitoba Corn Growers and Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers and Rob Hannam of the consulting firm Synthesis Agri-Food Network. It serves as a roadmap, the destination of which is a farmer-driven, grassroots organization that will reduce overlap, increase impact and deliver more value to Manitoba farmers.
Regional meetings and presentations are planned for January 2018 so that farmers across the province have an opportunity to hear the proposed plan and ask questions, in-person.
Dates and Locations for meetings and presentations are as follows:
- St. Jean Farm Days presentation Jan. 10 at 1 p.m.
- Dauphin, MB meeting Jan. 11 at 1 p.m.
- Stonewall, MB meeting Jan. 12 at 10 a.m.
- Brandon Ag Days presentation Jan. 16 at 3 p.m.
In addition, this report will be discussed at each involved commodity group’s Annual General Meeting, which will be held during the CropConnect conference on February 14 and 15, 2018.
Manitoba farmers who grow the crops represented in this amalgamation process are encouraged to get involved and “have your say.” The report will be available at the following temporary website set up for this consultation period: www.mbcrops.ca. Feedback from farmer members is welcome and encouraged through email directly to Rob Hannam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full News Release
MB Commodity Organization Amalgamation Summary Report
NSAC is excited to co-host this great half day session “Your Farm Business in 2025: Shifting Demographics, Mindsets and Assets” featuring Jolene Brown, Kristjan Hebert, and Heather Watson.
Join us Feb 13 1:00-4:30 pm at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre
AGENDA: Welcome to Your Farm Business in 2025
2018 Annual General Meeting
Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre, Winnipeg, MB
Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
10:50 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
10:50 a.m. – Call to Order
10:55 a.m. – Minutes of the 2017 Annual General Meeting
11:00 a.m. – 2017 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