Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) calls a meeting of cereal commodity associations and interest groups in the province to discuss formation of a new commodity group in Manitoba to represent spring wheat and barley producers. A steering committee is formed, led by KAP.
August 1, 2012
Bill C-18, the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act, becomes law.
October 19, 2012
The Manitoba Spring Wheat and Barley Commodity Associations Steering Committee meets to discuss action plans and timelines for the development of a new commodity organization in Manitoba representing spring wheat and barley producers.
November to December 2012
The Steering Committee mails a survey to growers of wheat and barley to gauge support for the establishment of a new commodity organization(s) and whether spring wheat and barley should be represented by a single organization or by two independent organizations. KAP uses their district annual meetings in November and December as a forum to discuss and gauge overall support.
Each of the commodity associations that participated in the steering committee was offered an opportunity to nominate an interim director to the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association board.
June 5, 2013
Incorporation of the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA)
June 13, 2013
The first interim Board of Directors meeting of the Manitoba Spring Wheat and Barley Growers Association.
The MWBGA contracts Brent VanKoughnet of Agri Skills Inc.
June 14, 2013
The MWBGA submits their petition to the Agricultural Producers’ Organization Certification Agency requesting official designation under the Agricultural Producers’ Organization Funding Act. Note: Manitoba Farm Products Marketing Council assumed responsibilities of the Certification Agency effective March 1, 2014.
December 16, 2013
The Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association Designation Regulation 188/2013 is registered.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is signed with the Manitoba Corn Growers Association to provide administrative support.
January 1, 2014
The Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association Designation Regulation 188/2013 comes into force.
January 16, 2014
A press release is issued notifying media that regulatory approval was obtained and a mandatory, refundable check-off on spring wheat and barley sales would commence February 1, 2014
A contract is signed with Levy Central to administer the check-off. The Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) provides financial support to assist with start-up costs.
February 1, 2014
The mandatory, refundable check-off of $0.52 per tonne for spring wheat and $0.50 per tonne for barley commences.
The MWBGA website is officially launched: www.mbwheatandbarley.ca
July 29, 2014
The MWBGA holds their inaugural annual meeting of the current membership.