Manitoba farmers set to vote on producer group amalgamation
Following a challenging year and a wet harvest, Manitoba farmers are kicking off 2020 with some crop still in the field, possibly tough grain in the bin, and a large decision on representation.
At the recent Prairie Cereals Summit, news lead Jessika Guse sat down with Pam de Rocquigny, general manager of the Manitoba Corn Growers and the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers, to talk about winter storage, seed testing, spring harvest of corn, and of course, the upcoming amalgamation vote happening in conjunction with the CropConnect conference in Winnipeg, Man., February 12 and 13, 2020.
The five commodity groups considering proposed amalgamation — Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Manitoba Flax Growers Association (MFGA), National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC), Winter Cereals Manitoba, Inc. (WCMI), and the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) — will vote, in person, at the annual general meetings of each group. Members hoping to vote need to attend the AGM in person, but do not need to be registered for the conference.
“At the end of the day, the members will have their say, and it’s always been the intention that members will have the say on whether or not to amalgamate,” de Rocquigny says.