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January 17, 2017


Premier Highlights Plans for Water Management at Ag Days

BRANDON—Premier Brian Pallister and Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler attended the 40th anniversary of Ag Days to celebrate the effects of agriculture on Manitoba’s economy here today.  In his keynote speech, Pallister spoke of the importance of farmers to Manitoba’s economy and the challenges many have faced in recent years related to flooding and water management. 

“The realities of climate change mean our province sees unpredictable weather patterns and resulting issues around water management,” said Pallister.  “This is a challenge we must face together, ensuring we farm the best land better while allowing water to be retained in places that make sense.  This will provide protection, not only for our communities downstream, but also for the agricultural producers who help feed Manitobans and countless others around the world.”

The premier announced Manitoba’s soon-to-be-revealed green plan will include an overall water management strategy, with measures to address drainage, pursue precision farming to ensure better management of nutrient run-off, accommodate the storage of excess water and ensure the retention of valuable wetlands.

In his remarks at Ag Days, Eichler also announced the government’s commitment to immediately begin consultations as part of a review of the funding structure of Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) under the Agricultural Producers Organization Funding Act.

“The current check-off funding structure creates needless administrative costs for farmers, KAP and purchasers of agricultural products,” said Eichler.  “A review of the system has long been requested.  Our government is listening to Manitobans and we are pleased to be taking this step today.”

Ag Days is the premiere event for agriculture in Manitoba and is the largest farm show in Canada, allowing producers, agri-business and industry professionals to connect and share innovation and expertise.

“The industry benefits generated by Ag Days will ensure that agriculture continues to be a cornerstone of our provincial economy,” said Eichler.  “It is a tremendous honour to participate in the 40th anniversary of Ag Days as our government pursues strengthened partnerships with Manitoba’s agricultural producers.”

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