Manitoba Beef Producers welcomes Crown lands changes, First Nations not consulted

 By Miranda Leybourne  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The president of Manitoba Beef Producers is pleased that the provincial government is considering changing the way agricultural Crown lands are managed after spending years lobbying for that change. On June 2, the Manitoba government put out a call for public feedback on proposed changes to the agricultural Crown lands leases and permits regulation that would support improving forage productivity, growing the livestock industry and advancing sustainability. “There’s a lot of positives in there for sure,” Beef Producers president Matthew Atkinson said. Leases and permits that provide access to additional land base for agricultural purposes are put up for auction by the province each year. While the province introduced a temporary rent reduction for forage leases on agricultural Crown lands last fall, many…

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