Industry Leadership

Industry Issues & Involvement

The Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association focuses on research and market development, as outlined in our most recent Strategic Plan. However, the MWBGA is often asked to comment on specific agricultural issues as a spokesperson for the spring wheat and barley growers of Manitoba.

The MWBGA largely confines our activity to those issues that either directly or indirectly impact the spring wheat and barley industries. The MWBGA provides input to agricultural issues through involvement of two organizations.

  • A Commodity (Producer) Organization Member of the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP).
  • A member of the Interprovincial Committee on Policy. The committee is comprised of directors from each of the three wheat commissions in Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan. The mandate of the committee is to collaborate on policy issues that are of mutual interest to the three wheat commodity groups and where obvious synergies exists and benefits can be derived from collaboratively addressing such issues.

Submission to the Government of Canada’s Consultation on Cash Purchase Tickets

June 1, 2017. The Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association made a submission to the Federal Government’s consultation on Cash Purchase Tickets. Read our submission

Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) Consultation on User Fees: Joint Submission Made

April 24, 2017. The Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association, the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission Alberta Wheat Commission made a joint submission on the Canadian Grain Commission’s User Fees Consultation and Pre-proposal Notification. The joint submission was a collaborative effort and a direct result of a recent meeting of the Interprovincial Committee on Policy on April 10, 2017. Read our joint submission

Industry Leadership Projects

Strategic Implications of Domestic/Producer Owned Cereal Plant Breeding (Growing Visions Project)

In the process of MWBGA strategic planning it was identified that the uncertainty and instability of the current variety development system in Canada may be one of the greatest risks for the long-term competitiveness and profitability of wheat and barley production. The concept of producer ownership of varieties and operating a producer-owned plant breeding company has been raised and promoted by some in western Canada. We believed we needed to devote special attention to this subject and applied for and received funding from the GF2 Growing Visions program to assess this issue in more detail.

As we had hoped the project has led us to working with other cereal commissions and grower organizations to more fully evaluate the viability of several options for the producers future role in variety development in Canada.

Download the project reports.