Press Releases

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.

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Grain farmers need to be prepared for August 1 wheat reclassification

Saskatoon (June 4, 2018) – The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat), the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) and the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) are asking Prairie grain farmers to be prepared for the upcoming reclassification of 29 wheat varieties.

On August 1, 2018, 25 varieties of wheat currently classified as Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) and four varieties currently classified as Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) will be reclassified into the Canada Northern Hard Red (CNHR) class.

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Commodity Groups Renew Commitment to Explore Working Together

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.”

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Winter Cereals Manitoba Inc. announces new leadership team

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.

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Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association welcomes new Board of Directors

Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) has installed its new Board of Directors. The 2018/19 Board of Directors was introduced at the MWBGA Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, February 15. The first meeting of the new board took place immediately following the AGM where the board chair and vice-chair were selected.

Fred Greig returns as Chair, as selected by the board. Fred has served as chair since 2015. Fred, whose name was up for re-election and was acclaimed at the 2018 AGM, remains committed to serving and representing Manitoba growers, ensuring the association’s efforts remain focused on delivering value to spring wheat and barley farmers. Fred farms with his wife Lori and three grown children Allison, Stephanie and Cameron, near Reston, MB.

MWBGA welcomes Drew Baker as vice-chair. Drew was first elected to the board in February 2014. Since joining the board, he has been a member of the Interprovincial Policy Committee and serves as a director with Cereals Canada and the Canadian International Grains Institute. Drew farms with his dad and two brothers at Beausejour, MB., growing mainly wheat, canola and soybeans.

At the annual general meeting, the board welcomed two new directors. Boris Michaleski farms southwest of Dauphin, and with his wife Karen grows soybeans, canola, wheat, barley and ryegrass.  Rauri Qually is from the Dacotah region of Manitoba, where he works on his family’s grain farm, an operation he is the process of taking over.

Robert Misko (Roblin), Dean Harder (Lowe Farm) and Cale Jefferies (Glenboro) complete the seven-director board.

The MWBGA extends its sincere appreciation to out-going directors Dylan Wiebe and Justin Dutchyshen for their service and contribution to Manitoba spring wheat and barley farmers.

For more information, please contact:
Pam de Rocquigny
General Manager, Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association
204.745.6661 | pam@mbwheatandbarley.ca


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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Read full Report: Manitoba Commodity Organization Amalgamation Summary Report


MWBGA announces 2017/18 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 info@mbwheatandbarley.ca 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


 

 

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