Commodity Groups Release Amalgamation Report
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.
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MWBGA announces 2017 director election results
Carman, MB – December 11, 2017 – The Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) would like to welcome two new directors and one returning director to its board, following an election process that took place in the fall of 2017.
Boris Michaleski (Ashville), Rauri Qually (Dacotah) and incumbent Fred Greig (Reston) were nominated for the three available board positions and elected by acclamation.
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Commodity Groups Develop Amalgamation Roadmap
Carman, MB – November 2 – The five commodity groups that signed an MOU in May to explore an amalgamation have met with Manitoba Agriculture, developed a comprehensive member consultation plan and are excited to announce the release of a summary report that will be made available to farmers in December.
“The silos of agriculture are crumbling, like it or not. It’s a change we’ve all observed over the years,” says Eric Fridfinnson, Chair of the Manitoba Flax Growers Association. “This approach – the approach we’ve been working on – has the whole farm in view. We want farmers to have access to commodity-specific information as well as resources that deal with the health and sustainability of their entire farm operations, from rotation BMPs to soil health to multiple-crop growing tips.”
Representatives from Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers, Manitoba Flax Growers, the National Sunflower Association of Canada, Manitoba Corn Growers and Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers have been working with Synthesis Agri-Food Network consultant Rob Hannam on developing a commodity group amalgamation report to present to the province’s farmers.
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MWBGA Seeking Nominations for Election of Directors
Carman, MB – October 19, 2017 – Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) is seeking nominations to fill three seats on its Board of Directors to begin four-year terms.
“We have continued to focus our attention on research projects and market development opportunities that will make sure wheat and barley are profitable and internationally competitive crop choices for Manitoba farmers,” says Robert Misko, MWBGA Vice-Chair. “The MWBGA welcome nominees with the desire and experience to strengthen our association.”
The nomination period opens on November 1 and closes November 30 at 4:30 p.m. C.S.T. Nominations must be submitted to the MWBGA office in Carman, Manitoba.
Nominees must be members in good standing of the MWBGA and have the support of at least five members to be eligible. To request a nomination form, contact the MWBGA office at 204-745-6661.
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Canadian Wheat Research Coalition elects executive at inaugural directors meeting
(Calgary, Alberta) October 17, 2017 – The Canadian Wheat Research Coalition (CWRC), a federal not-for-profit corporation that will facilitate long-term investments aimed at improving profitability and competitiveness for Canadian wheat farmers, has elected its first executive from its Board of Directors.
Lacombe, Alberta farmer Terry Young, who is a director with the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), will be the inaugural Chair for the CWRC. He will be joined on the executive by Radisson, Saskatchewan farmer and Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) director Laura Reiter, who was elected as the Vice-Chair. The Secretary/Treasurer position will be served by Cale Jefferies, who farms near Glenboro, Manitoba and sits as a director of the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA).
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CMBTC to Receive Continued Funding from Prairie Barley Commissions
September 6, 2017 – Winnipeg, MB The Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) announced today it will continue to receive funding from Alberta Barley, the Manitoba Wheat & Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) and the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SaskBarley) to support its operations serving Canada’s malting barley value chain.
The announcement comes after the July 31 conclusion of the Western Canadian Deduction (WCD) check-off, which provided the CMBTC with $0.03 per tonne of barley delivered to Canadian Grain Commission licensed companies over the past five years.
“The MWBGA is pleased to partner with SaskBarley and Alberta Barley to provide core funding to the CMBTC,” says Fred Greig, MWBGA Board Chair. “The CMBTC is a leader in providing market support, technical services and training to the malting barley value chain and its customers, with the goal of improving net returns for Manitoba and Canadian barley farmers.” Read full Press Release
Exploration of potential commodity group merger taking shape
Winnipeg, MB – August 31 – The roadmap exploring the potential merger of five provincial commodity organizations is starting to take shape following a series of productive meetings and a unanimous commitment to ensuring the process remains farmer-driven.
“This is a watershed moment for agriculture in Manitoba,” says Myron Krahn, president of Manitoba Corn Growers Association. “The directors involved in this process still have a lot of questions and there is still a lot of work to do, but progress on developing a comprehensive member-consultation plan has been made. As farmers, we need to make sure we look at the health and sustainability of the whole farm and not just one commodity over another.”
On August 1 of this year, the merger steering committee comprised of the staff leads from each involved commodity group and directors from each of the represented boards (Manitoba Corn Growers Association, Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers, Manitoba Flax Growers Association, National Sunflower Association of Canada and the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association) met with advisor Rob Hannam of Synthesis Agri-Food Network in Carman, Man. The day-long meeting led by Hannam tackled topics related to direction, identified how a combined organization can be more effective, answered questions and concerns and established timelines for farmer member consultations. Read full Press Release.
Western Canadian wheat commissions announce formation of the Canadian Wheat Research Coalition aimed at boosting returns for Western Canada’s wheat farmers
Calgary, Alberta – August 22, 2017 – Today, the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) and the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) announced the formation of the Canadian Wheat Research Coalition (CWRC), a federal not-forprofit corporation that will facilitate long-term investments aimed at improving profitability and competitiveness for western Canadian wheat farmers.
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MWBGA urges farmers to deliver what they declare, help keep Canada’s markets open
Carman, MB – July 18, 2017 – The Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) would like to remind farmers to properly declare the commodity they are delivering in order to protect Canada’s domestic and export markets. Farmers are encouraged to refer to the Keep it Clean online resources and Cereal Canada’s Keep It Clean Cereals Campaign.
“We are raising awareness of these resources as the harvest season approaches to ensure individual producers are safeguarded, and that the wheat and barley grown in Manitoba will meet all end-user requirements, domestically and internationally,” says Fred Greig, MWBGA chair. Read full Press Release.
Spring Wheat and Barley in Manitoba Moving to Single Check-Off Deductions
Carman, MB – July 5, 2017 – The Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) is pleased to announce the transition to single check-off deductions for spring wheat and barley, a move that will improve efficiency and effectiveness at no extra cost to farmers.
August 1, 2017, there will no longer be two levies applied to both spring wheat and barley grown in Manitoba. The MWBGA deduction will be $1.00 per tonne for spring wheat, and $1.06 per tonne for barley.
“The amendment will allow MWBGA to continue providing leadership for continuity of funding to wheat and barley variety development, as well as tackle other important research and market development related questions,” said Fred Greig, Chair of the MWBGA. “The MWBGA will also continue working……download Press Release.
Provincial Wheat Commissions Working Together to Create Opportunities for Western Grain Producers
Saskatoon, SK – July 5, 2017 – In an ongoing effort to strengthen market opportunities for Canadian wheat, the wheat commissions in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba will be collaborating with grain companies on a renewed representative governance model and strategic direction for the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi).
The newly announced Cigi Board of Directors includes two representatives from each of the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) and Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat), and one representative from the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA). The new Board also has five representatives from grain companies.
“We are looking forward to collaborating on this and other initiatives that will bring opportunities for wheat producers in Western Canada,” says Drew Baker, who is representing the MWBGA on the Cigi Board of Directors. “The technical support and education services that Cigi provides benefits all wheat producers in Western Canada and provides a valuable link between producers and end-use customers around the world.
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Working Group Hires Advisor to Explore Merger, Get Farmer Feedback
Carman, MB – June 22, 2017 – The working group comprised of the executive directors and general managers of the five commodity groups that earlier this year committed to exploring a merger are excited to announce the hiring of advisory firm Synthesis Agri-Food Network to begin the precursory process. Download Press Release.
Five Grower Organizations Sign Milestone MOU, Work Towards Merger
May 2, 2017 – 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. Download Press Release
Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association and Manitoba Corn Growers hire Pam de Rocquigny as Joint General Manager
January 24, 2017 – The boards of the Manitoba Corn Growers (MCGA) and Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) are pleased to announce the hiring of Pam de Rocquigny as the General Manager for the two organizations. “Pam has a great understanding of the important grower organization issues for each of our crops and we are looking forward to working with her and MWBGA to uncover new opportunities and efficiencies with this new arrangement” says Myron Krahn chair of MCGA.
Fred Greig chair of MWBGA adds,“Manitoba Wheat and Barley have intentionally operated with contract leadership up to now in order to be able to seize an opportunity like this. We are very pleased to hire Pam and to break some new ground in collaboration among grower organizations”…Download Press Release
Provincial wheat commissions sign MOU to collaborate on continued support for variety development and the Canadian International Grains Institute when WCD sunsets July 2017
January 10, 2017 – Today, the Alberta Wheat Commission, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission and the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to absorb the responsibilities and financial obligations of the Western Canadian Deduction (WCD). This collaborative agreement will further support and strengthen variety development and market support initiatives with the goal of improving net returns for western Canadian wheat producers…Download Press Release
Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Organization Open Nominations for Directors
October 20, 2016 – On behalf of Manitoba producers, the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association are seeking nominations for four director positions to begin three-year terms if successfully elected at the 2017 AGM, February 16, 2017. The election and AGM will take place in conjunction with the CropConnect Conference at the Victoria Inn, Winnipeg.
Nomination period opens November 1 and closes November 30 in order to allow for the new special request advance ballot option that was approved by membership at the 2016 AGM. The details of the advance ballot option will be explained in the AGM notice that will be sent directly to all members later this year. Download Press Release
Western Canadian Barley Producers Invest $2.4 Million in Barley Breeding
September 7, 2016 – Alberta Barley, the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SaskBarley), the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) and the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) are pleased to announce a commitment of more than $2.4 million over five years to the barley variety development program at the University of Saskatchewan Crop Development Centre (CDC)…CDC has released more than 70 malt, feed and food barley varieties since 1971, including Harrington, CDC Copeland and CDC Austenson…”Through this investment, barley producers’ check-off dollars are being reinvested into breeding programs that will develop varieties that are more disease resistant, have greater yield, and provide greater profitability in years to come”…
“Manitoba barley growers are pleased to partner with barley producers across Western Canada to provide funding for variety development work that will improve the profitability and long term sustainability of barley,” said Fred Greig, MWBGA chair. Download Press Release
Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Organization Hold Second Annual General Meeting
February 16, 2016 – The board of the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) recently held its Second Annual General Meeting on February 11th at 12:20 pm at the CropConnect Conference in Winnipeg. Approximately 90 people attended with 63 registered producer members. The AGM provided updates on the current activities of the new organization and elected three directors to take over from the remaining three of the interim board. The three directors included new directors Dylan Wiebe – Altona, and Justin Dutchyshen – Gilbert Plains and returning director Fred Greig – Reston. They join Robert Misko – Roblin, Dean Harder – Lowe Farm, and Drew Baker – Beausejour as the organization’s directors for the next year. In a brief board meeting following the AGM Fred Greig and Robert Misko were reappointed as chair and vice chair respectively… Download Press Release
Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Organization to Hold Second Annual General Meeting with Crop Connect Conference
January 25, 2016 – The board of the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) will be holding its second Annual General Meeting on February 11th at 12:20 pm at the CropConnect Conference in Winnipeg. The AGM will include updates on the current activities of the organization and will elect three directors from nominees who have declared their willingness to run prior to the AGM and/or those nominated from the floor. “The MWBGA board will also be introducing two important items of business” says board chair Fred Greig. “We will be seeking approval from membership for bylaw changes allowing advance absentee ballots for future elections and we will be asking for approval to complete the regulatory changes required to assume the authourity and responsibilities of the Western Canadian Deduction for July 31, 2017.” The details of each of these initiatives are outlined in the AGM notice packages sent to each active and eligible member…If Manitoba producers have not sold wheat or barley between Feb 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015 but intend to be a member in good standing, they will still be eligible to vote at the AGM. If any producer in this situation would like more information they can go to the mbwheatandbarley.ca website or contact the MWBGA office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 204 750 2565. Download Media Release
Producer Groups Provide Leadership in Wheat & Barley Breeding
December 16, 2015 – Recognizing the important role producer funding of public breeding has played in delivering new wheat and barley varieties for increased farm profitability, Western Canada’s wheat and barley commissions/associations are working together to consider options for continued leadership and influence. Download Press Release
Producer Alert – New Crop Input Question on Wheat Delivery Declaration
June 4, 2015 – Beginning with the 2015/16 crop year, wheat producers delivering to the majority of grain handling facilities will be required to officially declare if they have or have not used the crop input product containing the active ingredient Chlormequat Chloride as part of their production practices. Chlormequat Chloride is the active ingredient in a new plant growth regulator product marketed in Canada as Manipulator.
The application of Chlormequat Chloride on wheat has met or exceeded all of the health, safety and environment requirements in Canada by PMRA and for the majority of our major customers. Approval has not yet been completed in the United States. In this transition time MRLs (maximum residue limits) for shipments to the United States are technically zero and unattainable for any production treated with Chlormequat Chloride.
As a result, Canadian grain buyers who export will require a signed declaration indicating use of Chlormequat Chloride in order to manage supply and ensure that only untreated production is shipped to the United States prior to MRLs being established.Download Press Release
Wheat and Barley Growers Organization Hold first Annual General Meeting
February 20, 2015 – The board of the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) held its first Annual General Meeting on February 18th at 2:50 pm at the CropConnect Conference in Winnipeg. Approximately 150 people attended with 121 registered producer members. Download Press Release
Lori-Ann Kaminski contracted to support Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Organization in Research Planning and Project Management
December 16, 2014 – The board of the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) is pleased to announce it has made contract arrangements with Lori-Ann Kaminski to provide research planning and project management support. Download Press Release
New organization will lead research and market development for wheat and barley
October 23, 2013 – The interim board of directors for the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association is pleased to announce that it has received conditional approval from the Province to act as the designate organization for spring wheat and barley farmers in Manitoba. Download Press Release
New Wheat and Barley Organization moves forward
January 16, 2013 – The Board of the newly created Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association is pleased to announce it has cleared the final hurdle in creating a grower-driven organization to strategically invest in research and market development on behalf of Manitoba growers. On January 1, the organization obtained provincial regulatory authority to collect a check-off from all sales of spring wheat and barley Manitoba with check-offs to begin on February 1, 2014. Download Press Release