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Manitoba growers approve five-way commodity group merger

Groups to take results to MFPMC Friday

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Members of the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association voted 66-16 at CropConnect on Feb. 13, 2020 in favour of their group's merger into the Manitoba Crop Alliance. (Manitoba Co-operator photo by Geralyn Wichers)

Manitoba grain growers represented by five separate commodity organizations have voted to greenlight a merger they now expect to make official by August.

A total of 165 ballots were cast Wednesday and Thursday during the groups’ annual general and special meetings at the CropConnect conference in Winnipeg, with members at the various events voting between 80 and 95 per cent in favour of a special resolution to amalgamate.

Each of the five groups — the National Sunflower Association of Canada, Manitoba Corn Growers Association, Manitoba Flax Growers Association and Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association and Winter Cereals Manitoba — needed at least a two-thirds majority for the resolutions to pass.

The board of directors for the merged entity, dubbed the Manitoba Crop Alliance, plans to take a petition Friday to the Manitoba Farm Products Marketing Council (MFPMC).

The petition will seek a designation regulation under the Agricultural Producers’ Organization Funding Act, allowing the MCA to collect levies on the seven affected crop types, at the levies’ current levels.

If the regulation clears, the MCA expects to become operational Aug. 1. More details and reaction are now available at Manitobacooperator.ca. — Glacier FarmMedia Network

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