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January 31, 2014

KAP meeting addresses wide-ranging issues

Keystone Agricultural Producers, Manitoba’s major farm policy organization, wrapped up its 30th annual meeting today after having passed 24 resolutions that reflect the views of farmers across the province.

“This meeting is a forum for discussing any issues our members bring forward related to farming and to living in rural Manitoba,” said KAP president Chorney. “It is also a call to action, where we develop policy and positions for affecting change which our organization acts upon in the coming year.”
One of the resolutions calls for pressing the federal government to raise the cap on the amount available to farmers through Advance Payment Programs. With virtually no grain moving in Manitoba, farmers will need to access more money through the program to purchase seed and crop inputs for the spring.

Other resolutions topics included Manitoba Hydro service, UPOV ’91, railway service and grazing of cattle on Crown lands. A complete list of resolutions is attached.

Chorney had some good news for delegates attending the meeting, telling them there is a 22 per cent increase in KAP membership.

“We are trying harder to get our message out to non-member farmers about the good work we are doing on their behalf, and it’s obviously paying off,” he said.

Delegates were updated and challenged by a variety of speakers, including columnist and author Diane Frances who spoke about the advantages of Canada merging with the U.S., motivational speaker Doug Brown, a columnist and former CFL player, and CBC climatologist John Sauder.

During the meeting, Chorney was acclaimed president for his fourth and final term. Under KAP by-laws, a president can hold office for a maximum of four years. Also acclaimed for second and third terms respectively are Curtis McCrae and Dan Mazier.

Biographies and a complete list of resolutions are attached.

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For further information:

Doug Chorney – 204-785-3626
Val Ominski, communications – 204-697-1140 (ext. 3)