July 15, 2020 – Ottawa, ON. On behalf of its members and board of directors, the Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) are pleased to welcome their newest member, the newly-formed Manitoba Crop Alliance (MCA).
MCA was formed through the amalgamation of five separate commodity groups in Manitoba – Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association, Manitoba Corn Growers Association, National Sunflower Association of Canada, Winter Cereals Manitoba Inc. and Manitoba Flax Growers Association. The organization will continue to represent wheat (spring & winter), barley, corn, sunflower and flax, and officially begins collecting check-off levies from the sales of these crops starting on August 1, 2020.
“Joining GGC was one of our first decisions upon amalgamation because it fits within MCA’s mandate to work with key industry stakeholders to develop and support existing markets, ensuring efficiencies and a focused approach to national priorities,” said MCA chair, Fred Greig. “We look forward to building a strong working relationship with GGC and providing them with input from our farmer members on policy that affects agriculture in our province.”
GGC and MCA will be jointly focused on improving the competitiveness of Canadian agriculture on both the domestic and international front.
Canada’s grain growers will also benefit from MCA’s perspective on many issues, one that represents 8,000-plus Manitoba farmers and 40 percent of the province’s field crops produced.
“MCA is an organization that represents so many different crops and having them on board will further increase the diversity of our membership. When we have more voices at the table, we are an even stronger advocate for all farmers,” said GGC Chair, Jeff Nielsen. “As Canada’s united grower voice, we understand how critical it is for our country’s farmers to come together under strong leadership to drive innovation, profitability, and sustainability for our industry.”
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Grain Growers of Canada provides a strong national voice for over 65,000 active and successful grain, oilseed and pulse producers through its 15 provincial, regional and national grower groups. Our mission and mandate are to pursue a policy environment that maximizes global competitiveness and to influence federal policy on behalf of independent Canadian grain farmers and their associations.