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January 30, 2013

KAP leaders roll up their sleeves

Keystone Agricultural Producers, Manitoba's influential farm policy organization, has begun the work of acting upon the 21 resolutions passed at its 29th annual meeting last week.

"These resolutions reflect the prioritie s of KAP members across the province," said KAP president Doug Chorney. "They are drawn up by individual members, put forward through their districts, and voted on by a large body of delegates representing all districts."

"It's this grassroots democracy that ensures we are in step with what's happening on the farms and in the rural communities of Manitoba," he said.

“The rebate is at 80 per cent, and we had been told that it would go right up to 100 per cent – but there has been no increase since the 2011 election, “Chorney explained.

“The fact that the Province, in yesterday’s budget, felt the need to also provide seniors with an education tax rebate tells me that the current model of taxation for funding education is flawed,” he said. “It has to be done fairly – and based on your ability to pay.

“For farmers, it’s unfair that we are carrying an undue burden because we are taxed on land and buildings that we need for our farm businesses.”

Chorney also noted that the newly announced cap on the rebate to farmers will affect some producers negatively.

He also commented on the cut to the agricultural budget – including closing of offices and consolidation of services.

“In the realities of today’s smartphones and internet technology, we can look at how those services are delivered – and I think farmers can make changes accordingly,” he noted.

On another budget announcement, Chorney said he is pleased funding has been increase for the STARS air ambulance.

“This important service has saved the lives of rural Manitobans – and now it will be available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.”

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For more information, please contact:
Doug Chorney, president: 204-785-3626
Val Ominski, communications co-ordinator: 204-697-1140

Keystone Agricultural Producers is Manitoba's largest general farm policy organization, representing over 7,000 farm families and 21 commodity groups throughout the province. Our strength is our democratic structure, and our mission is to represent and promote the interests of the province's farm families.