Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) applauds the Manitoba government’s temporary rent reduction for forage leases, announced today by the Honourable Derek Johnson, Minister of Agriculture.
“KAP is pleased to see the Manitoba government’s willingness to listen to producers and take concrete actions to help support them as they face rising costs and impacts from weather on the past two growing seasons,” said KAP President, Bill Campbell.
The forage lease rent reduction for the Agricultural Crown Lands Program will be in place for the next three years with a 50 per cent reduction in 2023, a 33 per cent reduction in 2024 and a 15 per cent reduction in 2025.
“With a drought in 2021 followed by extreme moisture and flooding in 2022, many farmers have had acres of forage land unusable for their livestock. This has caused immense adverse impacts on the operations of Manitoba livestock producers.”
This action from the provincial government is in line with what KAP recommended in our consultations with Minister Johnson and Manitoba Agriculture that have been ongoing over the past few months.
“KAP thanks the government for addressing this issue on Agricultural Crown Lands, which is something we have heard from our members as something that represents a challenge to them. We look forward to continuing our dialogue with Minister Johnson and his department to make further improvements to the ACL Program in the coming weeks and months ahead”, concluded Campbell.
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