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Manitoba Canola Growers are proud to represent you as part of a unified voice for canola farmers in Manitoba.

Below you will find a collection of active files that MCGA is monitoring including submissions on behalf of our membership. Our advocacy efforts are amplified through various partnerships provincially and nationally.

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Background 

MCGA regularly corresponds with provincial government representatives, attending consultations on a variety of key issues impacting canola farmers. Most recently, MCGA responded to the provincial government consultation on four topic areas of Business Risk Management, Resiliency, Innovation and Technology, and Market Opportunities.

MCGA response to Next Policy Framework Consultation - October 2021

EngageMB MCGA Comments – August 2020

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Background 

Under the 2020 report, A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy, the Government of Canada proposed a 30% emissions reduction target for on-farm fertilizer use by the year 2030. This target reflects Canada’s commitment to contribute to the global emissions reduction targets set in the Paris Agreement, initiated in 2016. In spring 2022, a consultation period was launched on additional discussion documents that provide more detail on the government’s position and targets. MCGA staff and board have been working closely with our provincial and national sister associations to explore what the government has proposed, assess its impact on all aspects of sustainability on the farm (environmental, economic, and social), and find solutions that balance the need to sustainably manage carbon emissions with the need to produce canola to meet global demand and contribute to a successful farm business. In February 2022, the Canola Council of Canada became a recipient of funding through the On-Farm Climate Action Fund, a program designed to support farmers in adopting beneficial management practices that store carbon and reduce greenhouse gases in three areas: nitrogen management, cover cropping and rotational grazing practices. MCGA will be working closely with CCC as they develop the programming that will support farmers to adopt beneficial management practices focused on nitrogen management.

MCGA’s Stance

Farmers are experts in caring for the land and managing businesses that last for generations. MCGA clearly recognizes the critical role of fertilizer to maximize canola yield and profitability, while protecting soil health and producing high-quality, reliable and affordable crops. We also know first-hand the extraordinary efforts that Manitoba canola farmers have already taken to maximize their production efficiency and mitigate the environmental impact of farming over the long term. Further, we acknowledge the global effort to reduce carbon emissions, and the possibility that while much has already been done, more could be done to improve fertilizer efficiency and emissions reduction. MCGA will actively participate in the ongoing AAFC consultation and include the voice of Manitoba Canola farmers in a canola-sector submission by June 3, 2022. You can also participate through the ongoing consultation at https://agriculture.canada.ca/en/about-our-department/transparency-and-corporate-reporting/public-opinion-research-and-consultations/share-ideas-fertilizer-emissions-reduction-target.

Links

Canola organizations raise priorities at AAFC town hall discussion on fertilizer emissions reduction

AAFC Launches Consultation on Fertilizer Emission Reduction Target

Canola Council update on On-Farm Climate Action Fund

The Paris Agreement

A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy 

Advocacy Partner

  • Canadian Canola Growers
  • Canola Council of Canada
  • SaskCanola
  • Alberta Canola

Background

2021 has been an exceptionally challenging year for farmers, with widespread rainfall shortages and drought following a difficult spring seeding season. MCGA is actively engaged with multiple groups, both provincial and national growers groups, as well as provincial and national government, to urgently explore all supports and options for canola farmers in Manitoba.

MCGA’s Stance

MCGA recognizes the importance of a strong, united voice in support of farmers, and we are actively supporting groups like Keystone Agricultural Producers, Canadian Canola Growers Association, and Grain Growers of Canada, lending our voice and efforts to the broader action on behalf of farmers. We are providing regular and urgent updates to our membership through our various channels on key factors like alternative crop uses, short contracts, contract buyouts/fees/terms, crop insurance, and mental health support.

Farm Group Coalition Urging Producers to Know Their Options With Drought Damaged Crops – KAP

Alternate Use FAQ’s – MASC

Put Politics Aside Move Forward on Drought Support Urge Canada’s Grain Growers – GGC

Relief Coming to Manitoba Producers Affected By Severe Drought – MB Ag

Drought Have You Concerned About Contract Shortfalls? – CCGA

Practical Guide to Navigate Grain Contracts – CCGA

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association with the support of Canadian Canola Growers Association and Grain Growers of Canada request temporary but immediate drought related actions on crop insurance – CCA

Advocacy Partner

Background

Manitoba Canola Growers have been actively working alongside Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA), Canola Council of Canada (CCC) and Canadian Oil Processors Association (COPA) to review and recommend improvements to the Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) that would provide meaningful value to canola farmers in Manitoba and across Canada.

We appreciate the many months of analysis and lobbying that CCGA, CCC and COPA put into shaping the current draft of the CFS, particularly their push for aggregate measures of compliance that would use existing data sources rather than more cumbersome means to confirm compliance on-farm.

We continue to support their efforts to push forward with additional improvements that enable Canadian canola farmers to fully benefit from an expanded, stable domestic market projected to equal or exceed current annual sales to Japan.

MCGA’s Stance

MCGA has been actively supporting expansion of the biofuels market in Canada for many years, recognizing that well-written policies would support increased demand for canola. We support CCGA, CCC, and COPA’s ongoing work to continue revisions to the proposed Clean Fuels Standard in order to provide a clear benefit to Canadian canola farmers, the Canadian biofuels sector, and the environment.

  • Background

    MCGA recognizes the unreasonable burden that a carbon tax would place on Manitoba canola farmers. Recent tax announcements by the federal government will dramatically increase the cost for inputs, transportation, heating, and many other aspects of farming, without recognizing the climate benefits that farmers provide by storing carbon and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. MCGA continues to work with our counterparts at Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) to analyze the impacts of carbon tax announcements, and support lobbying work to protect farmers from this undue burden that they are unable to pass down the supply chain.

    MCGA’s Stance

    MCGA has been vehemently opposed to the undue burden and reduced competitiveness that a carbon tax would place on farmers. We have supported CCGA’s ongoing lobbying efforts to protect farmers from undue hardship and reduced competitiveness, while continuing to deliver and work toward solutions for climate change.

    MCGA supports all efforts to analyze the full impact of carbon tax costs on farmers, protect farmers from increased cost burden and reduced competitiveness, and recognize farmers for decades of innovation and contributions to carbon mitigation.

    Advocacy Partner

Background

2021 has been an exceptionally challenging year for farmers, with widespread rainfall shortages and drought following a difficult spring seeding season. MCGA is actively engaged with multiple groups, both provincial and national growers groups, as well as provincial and national government, to urgently explore all supports and options for canola farmers in Manitoba.

MCGA’s Stance

MCGA recognizes the importance of a strong, united voice in support of farmers, and we are actively supporting groups like Keystone Agricultural Producers, Canadian Canola Growers Association, and Grain Growers of Canada, lending our voice and efforts to the broader action on behalf of farmers. We are providing regular and urgent updates to our membership through our various channels on key factors like alternative crop uses, short contracts, contract buyouts/fees/terms, crop insurance, and mental health support.

Farm Group Coalition Urging Producers to Know Their Options With Drought Damaged Crops – KAP

Alternate Use FAQ’s – MASC

Put Politics Aside Move Forward on Drought Support Urge Canada’s Grain Growers – GGC

Relief Coming to Manitoba Producers Affected By Severe Drought – MB Ag

Drought Have You Concerned About Contract Shortfalls? – CCGA

Practical Guide to Navigate Grain Contracts – CCGA

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association with the support of Canadian Canola Growers Association and Grain Growers of Canada request temporary but immediate drought related actions on crop insurance – CCA

Advocacy Partner

Background

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops (CRSC) has drafted the Responsible Grain Code of Practice, which is currently open for farmer review. More information is available at responsiblegrains.ca. Manitoba Canola Growers board of directors and staff are engaged in the CRSC consultations, and to date have identified many concerns that they are raising directly with Responsible Grain through their consultations process.

MCGA's Stance

The MCGA board unanimously objects to the Responsible Grain Code of Practice as it is written, and has committed many hours to date reviewing the documents in detail and sharing these objections with the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops. However, the MCGA board recognizes that action is required to deal with the risk farmers face from growing consumer demand for verified claims that their food is “sustainably produced”. Read more about our position here.

As announced on Jan. 28, the CRSC has recognized farmers’ concerns with the Code that were brought forward by farmers and commodity groups like ours. MCGA developed a detailed response incorporating members’ feedback and submitted it to the CRSC. 

MCGA Response on Code of Practice White Paper

Executive Summary of What We Heard and Next Steps - From Responsible Grains Website

MCGA's Response to Responsible Grain Code of Practice Consultation

Canola Consultation - What We Heard Report - Submitted by Canadian Canola Growers Association

Responsible Grain Code of Practice: MCGA Position

Responsible Grains

Advocacy Partner

  • Background 

    It’s been nearly 50 years since the Canada Grain Act has been open for review and updated.  Grain marketing and handling have evolved substantially over this time, and changes to the Act are needed to reflect today’s realities.  Manitoba Canola Growers worked closely with Canadian Canola Growers Association and our provincial counterparts to develop a farmer-led response to government, which can be found at the link below. This submission also provided an opportunity to address the MCGA Member Resolution from 2021 seeking a mandatory export sales reporting program.

    MCGA’s Stance

    Farmer input on the review of this Act is important to ensure it reflects modern agricultural practices and effectively supports grain farming. MCGA has taken an active role in this review, and strongly encouraged our members to include your voice as well. We are proud to have worked closely with national and provincial canola organizations to create a thorough and farmer-led joint submission that seeks to redefine grain quality for domestic and export markets, modernize producer protections to reflect current selling and delivery practices, increase transparency and accountability to regain farmers’ confidence, and address the importance of a mandatory export sales reporting program.

    Canola’s Canada Grain Act Submission: April 30, 2021

    Information Courtesy of CCGA: Time for Change: Reviewing the Canada Grain Act

    Consultation are open from January 12, 2021 to April 30, 2021. Click here for to more or to engage in the consultation.

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