LETTERS: What did farmers do to deserve this? 0
Letters and feedback
WHAT DID FARMERS DO TO DESERVE THIS?
Mr. Ritz and Mr. Harper want to tell farmers they installed a new grain marketing future August 1, 2012 when the Canadian Wheat Board's single desk selling was eliminated.
Wrong! The old private marketing structure that failed our farmers in the past has just been resurrected.
Skilled selling, done through the farmer-controlled CWB single desk and which the majority of farmers support, is being replaced with deliberate confusion through private pricing, causing farmers the hardship of knowing when to sell and when to hold.
This old market structure system is run in the interests of the grain buyers.
Buyers can now bestow cheaper prices upon farmers by fiddling with the delivery time, place and with the quality offers (basis), thus paying a lower overall price for grain.
Grain companies are in control of the quality bids and thus expect, gleefully, to capture more profit.
If grain is in short supply then the price would be up. But when there is an abundant supply, and even if the farmers have not yet sold any grain, the price would be down because the buyers will say there is lots of grain around.
Just listen to the trade. They talk as if they own the crop, based on what they think is being produced, as if they can say for sure that it will all be harvested.
Already, Canada's customers are worried about the quality and timely delivery of our grain. But they are happy they might be able to find lower prices by talking to different suppliers.
So what message does this signal to farmers about our farm income, Mr Ritz?
Farmers are asking themselves what did I do last election to deserve such an unscientific casino marketing headache from this government?
Farmers are good at reading signals, and they say bring back the value of our CWB either by court order recovery of the CWB or by reinstatement of the CWB.
Ian L. Robson
ASSISTANCE OF MP'S OFFICE APPRECIATED
I would like to personally thank Carrie and the staff at Candice Hoeppner's office in Morden for their expertise in helping expedite my son's passport renewal.
He had encountered difficulties in renewing his passport by mail while living in Columbus, Georgia.
After four frustrating months with no success and a family wedding coming up, I decided to call Candice Hoeppner's office and see what they could do to help.
Within a week the secretary, Carrie, worked her magic and my son received his passport. Because of this, he was able to make his flight and surprise my family at the wedding.
Thanks so much to Carrie and office staff for your time and effort that helped to get my son home.
With much appreciation.
Notre Dame de Lourdes
ANNEXATION ONLY ANSWER FOR REGION'S GROWTH?
Over the past few decades, southern Manitoba has seen its population and urban footprint grow.
Civic leaders scramble to deal with demand for industrial and living space and a work force to accommodate business ventures and expansions.
The recent announcement that Winkler has reached agreement with the R.M. of Stanley to annex nearly 6 quarters (960 acres) is evidence of the current and future desire for expansion.
The demand for land is also evident for Morden, which is in discussion with the R.M. of Stanley to annex over 1,700 acres in the future.
There has been little public discussion about these expansions, and there appears to be relatively little concern about the loss of agricultural land because of annexation.
Farmland in the Morden and Winkler area is some of the most productive in Manitoba.
Farmers pride themselves, and justly so, in providing food for an ever increasing world population. However, the current trend, both locally and globally, is the reduction of agricultural land through subdivision and industrial developments.
Is this trend of concern to the local farming community?
Are there alternative ways for urban centres to grow without the loss of so much farmland?