KAP annual meeting: climate change, CGC surplus and 15 other resolutions passed
Keystone Agricultural Producers’ 2017 annual meeting ended today after delegates passed 17 resolutions, including one put forward by Manitoba’s young farmers that called for both levels of government to reinvest carbon taxes that are collected back into primary agriculture.
The young farmers stressed that they want to be part of the climate change solution, and therefore need new programming that can help the agriculture industry do this. They anticipate the industry will garner public trust with these efforts.
In another resolution, delegates called on KAP to investigate whether the Canadian Grain Commission should use its $100 million surplus of user fees paid by farmers to develop an insurance program similar to Ontario’s, in order to protect farmers selling grain. KAP has been calling for years for a program to replace the CGC’s current bonding system, which the industry finds inadequate.
Other resolutions include working with Manitoba commodity groups and others to attract investment in order to establish a soybean-processing plant in Manitoba, and a call to federal and provincial governments to facilitate the transition of ownership of the Port of Churchill in time to ensure operation for the 2017 grain-shipping season.
During the meeting, Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler made an announcement indicating the province will repeal the current Manitoba Farm Building Code and amend the current Manitoba Building Code to add specific provisions for farm buildings. He said this will reduce the red tape burden on those planning to build new farm buildings, while still ensuring appropriate rules will be in place for occupant safety and fire prevention.
“KAP is extremely pleased with this announcement because it will result in a renewal of the livestock industry, allowing producers to build new barns and modernize existing ones,” said Dan Mazier, KAP president. “We will now become more competitive with producers in other jurisdictions, where building costs for barns are lower because they don’t have this excessive regulation. We look forward to working with the province, not only to reduce costs, but also to ensure the safety of farmers, employees and animals.”
Mazier, who farms near Justice, was acclaimed for the third time as KAP president. Justin Jenner, a Minnedosa farmer, and Bill Campbell, a producer from Minto, were acclaimed as vice-presidents.
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