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Commodity Groups Welcome Amalgamation

Five of the province's commodity groups voted to amalgamate last week at CropConnect.
 
The organizations involved are the National Sunflower Association of Canada, Manitoba Flax Growers, Manitoba Corn Growers, Manitoba Wheat & Barley Growers, and Winter Cereals Manitoba.
 
Winter Cereals Chair Doug Martin was pleased with the result.
 
"It's great news for our organization," he said. "A lot of people know winter wheat acres keep declining every year. Whether because of weather and just farmers have lots of options on crops and wheat varieties to grow. So to keep the organization going, it's very good for our organization."
 
Flax Growers Chair Eric Fridfinsson says the merger was crucial for smaller organizations like flax.
 
"We had very strong support in all of the organizations. It would have been concerning if we'd had any that were close...There was pretty good discussions at most of the meetings about the issues and overall we believe we have good support for the concept."
 
Corn Growers President Dennis Thiessen made these remarks before the vote results were known.
 
"Initially when we came forward with a first proposal, there were questions and the crop committees are something that came out of that. We listened to what farmers were saying...I think there was a lot of good work that's been done by the committees that worked on it and I think it's a way forward."
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