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The devil is in the detail when it comes to workplace rules

Farms aren’t like other workplaces and regulations need to reflect that, say farm leaders

Reading Time: 2 minutes Doug Chorney has some advice for Alberta farmers who are nervous about upcoming changes to health and safety regulations: “Don’t be scared of having the conversation.” “You’re better off having the conversation with government rather than just waiting for regulations to come in without your input,” said Chorney, past president of Keystone Agricultural Producers, Manitoba’s […] Read more

Latest rail bill highlights the need for change, says farm leader

Latest rail bill highlights the need for change, says farm leader

The $1.3-billion tab for moving last year’s crop shows 
‘there will never be an open market,’ says Alberta Wheat chair

Reading Time: 4 minutes The final tally is in and Prairie farmers spent more than $1.3 billion on rail transportation in the last crop year. The average bill was $33.69 a tonne for the 2013-14 crop year (a drop of 30 cents per tonne from the previous year) and the total cost was almost exactly what’s allowed under federal […] Read more


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Manitoba farm group calls for mandatory price reporting

Keystone Agricultural Producers asks government to follow the lead 
of the USDA and require companies to report sales information

Reading Time: 2 minutes Farmers are finding the promise of marketing freedom rings hollow in the absence of enough price information to make informed decisions. That’s prompted Keystone Agricultural Producers, Manitoba’s main farm group, to call on the federal and provincial governments to implement mandatory price reporting on agricultural commodities, similar to what exists in the U.S. “We’ve been […] Read more

Farmers still waiting for better default protection on grain sales

Farmers still waiting for better default protection on grain sales

Leaving feed mills exempt from coverage under existing licensing 
and bonding puts farmers at risk to losses

Reading Time: 3 minutes In 2009, western Canadian farm groups submitted a report to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz outlining options for a program to provide security to producers when grain buyers default on payments. The main options were fund-based, insurance-based or bond-based programs. It was not that there wasn’t already a form of protection in place. The Canadian Grain […] Read more