Merger Working Group

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Five Grower Organizations Sign Milestone MOU, Work Towards Merger                                                                           

Carman, MB – May 2  A milestone Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed committing a group of five, like-minded commodity associations to work towards merging into one organization in order to increase efficiencies and maximize profitability and sustainability for Manitoba farmers.

The involved organizations include 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 Association (MWBGA).

The MOU represents a significant step forward following more than three years of talks surrounding how the above groups could better work together to maximize member value.

“The Board of Directors of the MWBGA and MCGA have taken a lead in showcasing how commodity groups can work together,” says Pam de Rocquigny, who was recently hired as general manager of both MWBGA and MCGA. “This MOU signals a more formalized relationship between all the involved commodity groups as we work together to explore new and innovate ways in how our organizations can improve efficiencies and deliver maximum value to our memberships.”

The commodity organizations involved are seeking the help of an advisor to help facilitate the process of taking their commitment to merge from infancy to fruition by facilitating the development of a work plan that includes timelines and consultation with members.

The group has no predetermination of what this common commodity organization will eventually look like. The group has expressed, unequivocally, that it will make sure the farmers from each commodity organization represents will have a strong, critical voice in shaping this merger.

“This is the first step in a long process,” says Jason Voth, chair of MPSG’s Board of Directors. “I am very pleased to hear that these groups are willing to work together. As a farmer, this makes sense. Good farming is about growing more than one crop. I represent one farm that grows multiple crops. This merger makes sense.”

These talks began in the spring of 2014, when at the manager/director level the idea of collaboration among groups began gaining momentum. In November of that year, a motion around the board table was passed to begin investing minimal dollars towards pursuing the idea of working together to increase efficiencies. Months later, a collaboration group was formed. Since that time, a group of interested organizations have met on a monthly basis to discuss the possibilities that have led to the exciting milestone of this MOU.

Currently, all of the above commodity groups, with the exception of the Manitoba Flax Growers, operate out of the same building in Carman, Manitoba.

While five grower organizations have signed the MOU, they are willing to allow other, like-minded commodity groups to join the merger talks, provided they have the same level of commitment to delivering value and increasing profitability among their farmer members. Interested organizations will have an opportunity to join this working group in April of 2018 after the first phase of this process has been completed.

From the MOU

“We share a common goal to improve the sustainability and profitability of farms in Manitoba,” reads the MOU. “Our intention is to develop a future working relationship that is efficient, effective and advantageous to our members. Our vision is to work for the next year to develop a plan for merging into a common commodity organization consisting of like-minded grower groups. We are entering into this process with no predetermination of what this common commodity organization will eventually look like.”

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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 and Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers
204.745.6661
pam@mbwheatandbarley.ca

Full News Release
Statement of Work

Strengthen Member Value document_Page_1If you did not attend CropConnect and hear the lunch hour presentation on “How Manitoba Commodity Groups can Strengthen Member Value” take the time to read the handout.

Let us know what you think as a grower?
Discussion will be taking place to determine if a merged organization of some MB commodity groups has merit.  Call the office (204-745-6776) or email: info@canadasunflower.com

Click here to read the handout.

March 13, 2017


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

National Sunflower Association of Canada Inc. announces Daryl Rex as Research Agronomist

Daryl Rex will be responsible for the NSAC research portfolio under the guidance of the board of directors, including the Confection Sunflower Variety Development Initiative trials, grower services program and variety development trials.

Carman, Manitoba – NSAC is pleased to announce the appointment of Daryl Rex as Research Agronomist. 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 through the Prairie Provinces.

Daryl has significant experience in trial management, implementing and conducting research trials for many different crops types in Western Canada.  He has specialized in the coordination and management of varietal and agronomic research plots from design through to harvest including statistical analysis of trial data. His experience combined with the knowledge of Manitoba crop production systems and agriculture make him well suited as the Research Agronomist for NSAC.  Daryl can be reached at 204-745-6776 or daryl.rex@canadasunflower.com.

About NSAC
The National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC), Inc. was initiated at a meeting in Carman, MB on November 18, 1996. The association addresses the sunflower industry with one voice and membership includes producers, oil and confection type buyers, exporters and processors, pesticide manufacturers and dealers and the seed industry.  The NSAC mission statement is “to insure the profitability and long term growth of the sunflower crop through industry wide leadership.” NSAC is funded by a 0.5% check off levy and is governed by a board of directors, including elected active producers and appointed industry representatives.

Contact Information:

National Sunflower Association of Canada Inc.
Box 1269 Carman, Manitoba R0G 0J0
(204) 745-6776www.canadasunflower.com
info@canadasunflower.com

2017 Annual General Meeting
Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre, Winnipeg, MB
Wednesday, February 15th, 2016
10:45 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.

AGENDA

10:45 a.m. – Call to Order
10:55 a.m. – Election Procedure Approval
11:00 a.m. – Minutes of the 2016 Annual General Meeting
11:05 a.m. – 2016 Financial Report
Appointment of Auditors
11:10 a.m. – Board and Executive Director Report
11:15 a.m. – Election of Directors
11:20 a.m. – Other Business
Manitoba Commodity Organization – Strengthening Member Value
11:25 a.m. – Adjourn

The National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) is recruiting for a Sunflower Research Agronomist in the Carman, Manitoba area.

National Sunflower Association of Canada is a producer funded organization. We undertake research and market development, coordinate education, promotion and communications initiatives for Sunflower growers of Canada.

Job Description:
The successful candidate will lead the sunflower research portfolio and production activities under the guidance of the Executive Director to implement NSAC’s strategic plan. Key job areas and responsibilities include trial management and supporting activities related to NSAC’s Confection Sunflower Variety Development Initiative and variety performance trials. In addition, the Research Agronomist will provide agronomic and crop production support through several communication outlets directed to producer members and industry representatives.

Education and Experience:
University or college degree or diploma or 3 to 4 years of experience with a strong background in agronomy. Knowledge of agronomy research design and field work, and statistical analysis, is an asset, as well as being proficient in Microsoft Suite. Applicants must be eligible for registration or are registered members with the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists.

Click here for the full job description. For more information call, 204-745-6776.

Some crops are more sensitive to herbicide carry-over than others. Last years herbicide choice may impact this year’s crop planted on that land. Sunflowers specifically, can be negatively affected by residues of a number of herbicides. Visual damage can vary from mild to severe symptoms, but yield potential and quality can be affected greatly.

This quick guide will allow you to ensure your field and seedlings are in the clear of residue carryover and injury. For more information, consult your Guide to Crop Protection.

The 2016 Sunflower Variety Performance Trial data results are now available!

The varieties that appear in these trials are hybrids sunflower breeding companies are actively pursuing or marketing in Manitoba. These varieties may be in the experimental stage or registered with the CFIA.

Click here to see the full data set.

Have you ran the numbers on sunflowers for your farm? Early indications are showing that sunflowers are in the top 5 most profitable crops to grow in 2017.

The Cost of Production Worksheet was prepared on behalf of the National Sunflower Association of Canada to demonstrate recommended production practices shared by producers who successfully produce quality sunflower seeds in Manitoba.  The following budgets are estimates of costs utilizing MSRP pricing and average pricing from six fertilizer retailers from around Manitoba. Some costs, both fixed and variable may be different depending on each individual operation.

Click here to access the spreadsheet.

 

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