Region 5 | Media Release

Manitoba Regional Convention 2020: July 22nd (& 29th), 2020


Theme: Farmers for an Ecological and Just Post-COVID Recovery

Dear NFU Member,

COVID-19 is changing conventions all around the world this year. The NFU has your health as a top priority, so the NFU will be hosting the Manitoba Regional Convention virtually using Zoom.  Manitoba members and recent members will have received an invitation with instructions about how to access the meetings by telephone or computer.

If you have any concerns about connecting to this Convention, please contact Tim Lapp at or 613-893-5416. He will answer any questions and help you join in. Don’t let COVID-19 keep you from connecting!

The convention will be livestreamed here on Wednesday, July 22, 6:30 – 9:30 PM for those who only want to watch. Email Tim if you would like to participate fully in the convention meeting. He will get you connected.

Region 5 Convention:  Wednesday, July 22, 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Convention Keynote:  Climate Change in Agriculture: Policies that could make a Difference by Darrin Qualman, NFU Director of Climate Crisis Policy & Action


Region 5 Follow-Up Meeting to Finalize Resolutions:  Wednesday, July 29, 6:30 – 8 PM


CONVENTION AGENDA – Wednesday, July 22:

6:30 PM                 Call to Order


6:40 PM                 Welcome by the NFU National President, Katie Ward

6:45 PM                 Minutes of Prior Meeting

6:50 PM                 Manitoba Updates & Issues (with Q & A to follow):

                                                      – Regional Coordinator’s Report, Ian Robson

– MB Alternative Budget, Dean Harder

– Women’s Report, Anastasia Fyk

– Youth Report, Justin Levesque

– International Report, Murray Jowet

7:25 PM                 Manitoba-Specific Issues:

– Local Cheese Concerns

– Direct Market Insurance

– Local and Urban Food Issues

– Other Topics and thoughts from members

8:05 PM                 Manitoba Elections

8:15 PM                 National Issues  

8:45 PM                 Climate Change in Agriculture: Policies that could make a Difference

Speaker: Darrin Qualman, NFU Director of Climate Crisis Policy & Action

Members are encouraged to read the NFU’s Fact Sheets on climate change and emissions ( or the full report: Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis.

It’s your chance to discuss:  What policy and action is needed by the government and by farmers to reduce GHGs? What should we prioritize?

9:15 PM                 Resolutions and Ideas  (Note: there is a separate resolutions meeting scheduled for Wednesday, July 29 at 6:30 PM)

9:30 PM                 Adjournment

We hope you can join us to continue working for fair conditions for farmers, their families and our society.

Ian Robson, Region 5 (MB) Regional Coordinator

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