Keystone Agricultural Producers:

An Inventory of Its Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Brett Lougheed
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
(August 22, 2003)

Finding aid encoded by Brett Lougheed (August 22, 2003)
Finding aid written in English.

Revision History

  • July 26, 2005 - A.01-34 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).


Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Creator:
Keystone Agricultural Producers

Title:
Keystone Agricultural Producers fonds

Dates:
1993

Quantity:
3.14 m of textual records

Identification:
A.01-34

Language
English.

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Administrative History of Keystone Agricultural Producers

During the third week of October 1984, the Manitoba Farm Bureau (MFB) held its last meeting, approximately two years after members disagreed over how to handle the loss of the Crow Rate. In their last two motions, the MFB offered its best wishes to its successor, a fledgling general farm organization called Keystone Agricultural Producers, and thanked their employees for years of hard work and dedication.

Manitoba’s new general farm lobby organization began one year earlier when the MFB formed an ad hoc Committee on Farm Organization Structure to address serious difficulties brought about by a stormy Crow debate and the subsequent loss of support from Manitoba Pool Elevators in 1982, and United Grain Growers in 1983. The MFB also faced reduced involvement of the Manitoba Cattle Producers Association due to funding problems.

Over the next few months, the Committee, chaired by Bert Hall and Earl Geddes, developed a proposal for new general farm organization and organized a series of 25 meetings throughout the province to consult directly with producers. These meetings took place from January 9 to January 20, 1984 and close to 1,400 farmers participated with 1,026 returning questionnaires designed for the rural meetings. Bert Hall was one of the co-chairs of the Committee on Farm Organization Structure, instrumental in forming KAP.

The need for a new farm lobby organization to represent agriculture on issues common to all, was overwhelmingly endorsed with almost 97 per cent in favor. The questionnaires also included sections on structure, funding, fee levels, and additional comments. Given a clear mandate from the grassroots level, the Committee on Farm Organization Structure prepared a report and proposal for a new farm organization which was submitted on March 6, 1984.

The ad hoc Committee set out to travel the province again in April 1984, as a second series of rural meetings was scheduled to seek support, funding and delegates for the yet unnamed organization. General Council representatives and twelve delegates at the local level are elected by the time the meetings are complete on April 19, 1984. At about this time, and also due to the stormy Crow debate, the Saskatchewan Federation of Agriculture collapsed after representing farmers for 40 years. The decision was brought about by group members’ resistance to contribute funds, the continued withdrawal of members, and the failure of support for a restructuring proposal. Alberta’s farm organization, Unifarm, was facing its own difficulties at the time for much the same reasons. They eventually evolved into their present form as Wild Rose Agricultural Producers and Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan.

By April 24, 1984, the new Manitoba farm organization had 400 paid members. Eight days later, membership exceeds 500 with a reported 6 to 16 memberships arriving in the mail daily. The first General Council meeting took place on June 15, 1984 and by noon the yet unnamed farm organization was no longer unnamed. Out of ten possible choices, delegates decided on Keystone Agricultural Producers. Rather than elect a president and executive, an executive committee was chosen consisting of 16 members (one from each of the twelve districts, and one from each of four commodity group members).

The new group took its first few cautious steps toward autonomy after the meeting as the KAP executive met to form committee to draft a constitution, by-laws and deal with the organization’s finances. In late September, KAP General Council met again where the constitution and structure was changed slightly and adopted. For the first time, KAP began to seriously discuss policy, passing four resolutions recommended by the executive committee.

Comfortable that their successor was healthy enough to stand alone and there would not be a farm lobby vacuum in the province,the MFB handed over the reigns to KAP almost one full month later. The MFB then closed shop permanently.

January of the following year, 1985, was a historic month for producers in Manitoba. Keystone Agricultural Producers held its first Annual General Meeting in Winnipeg where funding and membership were the top priorities. During the two day meeting, over 50 resolutions were discussed, Jack Penner was elected president, Earl Geddes was elected first vice-president, and Cam Henry was elected second vice-president.

Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) is a democratically controlled general farm lobby organization which represents and promotes the interests of agriculture and agricultural producers in Manitoba. It is a grassroots organization wholly run and funded by its members, with all policy set by producers throughout Manitoba.

KAP has standing policy on a variety of issues including Safety Net Programs, Western Grain Marketing, Land and Resource Use, Taxation, Environment and Sustainability, Livestock Manure Management Strategy, Farm Labour, Health and Safety, Affiliations, Farm Inputs and Finance, Transportation, Government Services, Property Rights and Wildlife Resources and Trade.

Policy is set by delegates and directors elected from individual and group members. Close to twenty committees, comprised of members and the President (ex officio), research a number of issues and report back to the executive and the General Council. Both the elected executive and management are responsible for implementing policy in the best interests of the members.

Its mission is to be Manitoba's most effective, democratic policy voice, while promoting the social, physical and cultural well being of all agricultural producers.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The collection consists of correspodence, minutes, newsletters, press releases, memorandums, financial statements, press clippings, submissions, reports, notices of meetings, mailing lists, and policies regarding the Keystone Agricultural Producers and associated agricultural organizations and issues.

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Organization of the Papers

This collection has yet to be organized.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection has yet to be arranged.

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Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on this material.

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Related Papers

Several other unprocessed accessions are housed by the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections including A.93-92, A.96-32, A.98-29, and A.00-31. The records of the Keystone Agricultural Producers predecessor, the Manitoba Farm Bureau, are also within the holdings (MSS 69, PC 138)

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Custodial History

The collection was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by the Keystone Agricultural Producers in 2001.

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Other Finding Aids

The finding aid for the Manitoba Farm Bureau fonds is available on-line, as are file lists for Keystone Agricultural Producers accessions.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Keystone Agricultural Producers File Listing, 1993
BoxFolder
11 Accounts Receivable, 1993
2 Agricultural Producers Organization Funding Act, 1993
3 Annual Meeting (1), 1993
4 Annual Meeting Originals, 1993
5 Associate Members, 1993
6 Auditor's Report, 1993
7 Biographical Information, 1993
8 Budget, 1993
9 Cash Disbursements, 1993
10 Committees, 1993
11 Corporations Act Agreement, 1993
12 Correspondence - Federal, 1993
13 Correspondence - Membership, 1993
14 Correspondence - Miscellaneous, 1993
15 Correspondence - Provincial, 1993
16 Expense Policy, 1993
17 Financial Documents, 1993
18 Financial Statements, 1993
19 Insurance - KAP Office & MATP, 1993
20 Job Descriptions & Personnel Policy, 1993
21 KAP Information, 1993
22 Leases, 1993
23 Logo Contest, 1993
24 Mailings, 1993
25 Mailing Labels, 1993
BoxFolder
21 Meetings, 1993
2 Coo-op Hail Insurance Co., 1993
3 Keystone Vegetable Producers, 1993
4 Manitoba Beekeepers Association, 1993
5 Manitoba Cattle Producers Association, 1993
6 Manitoba Chicken Producer Board, 1993
7 Manitoba Corn Growers Association, 1993
8 Manitoba Egg Producers' Marketing Board, 1993
9 Manitoba Forage Seed Association, 1993
10 Manitoba Milk Producers' Marketing Board, 1993
11 Manitoba Pork est., 1993
12 Manitoba P.M.U. Association, 1993
13 Manitoba Pulse Growers, 1993
14 Manitoba Seed Growers Association, 1993
15 Manitoba Sugar Beet Producers' Association, 1993
16 Manitoba Turkey Producers' Marketing Board, 1993
17 Manitoba Women's Institute, 1993
18 Vegetable Growers' Association of Manitoba, 1993
19 CFA - Annual Meeting, 1993
20 CFA - Semi-Annual Meeting, 1993
21 CFA - Bulletins/Updates/Meetings, 1993
22 CFA - Expense Policy, 1993
23 CFA - Correspondence, 1993
BoxFolder
31 CFA - Memos, 1993
2 CFA - Minutes, 1993
3 CFA - Notice of Meetings, 1993
4 CFA - Policy Manual, 1993
5 CFA - Press Releases, 1993
6 CFA - Reports & Submissions, 1993
7 B.C. Federation of Agriculture, 1993
8 Canadian Egg Producers Council, 1993
9 Dairy Farmers of Canada, 1993
10 IFAP (International Federation of Agricultural Producers), 1993
11 New Brunswick Federation of Agriculture, 1993
12 Ontario Federation of Agriculture, 1993
13 U.P.A., 1993
14 Unifarm, 1993
15 Agricultural Research, 1993
16 Agriculture Canada - General, 1993
17 Agriculture Canada - News Releases, 1993
18 Agriculture Policy, 1993
19 Agriculture in the Classroom, 1993
20 Agri-Food, 1993
21 Agriweek, 1993
22 Alberta Wheat Pool, 1993
23 Anydrous Ammonia (NH3), 1993
24 Animal Care/Welfare/Husbandry, 1993
25 Assessment and Taxation, 1993
26 Assiniboine Community College, 1993
27 Australian Meat & Livestock Corporation, 1993
28 Auto Insurance - Bill 37 (No-Fault Insurance), 1993
BoxFolder
41 Barley Marketing & Other Issues (1), 1993
2 Barley Marketing (2), 1993
3 Canada/Manitoba Agricultural Employment Committee, 1993
4 Canada Post Corporation, 1993
5 Canadian Farm Women's Network, 1993
6 Canadian Grain Commission, 1993
7 Canadian Grains Council, 1993
8 Canadian Rural Opportunities Initiative, 1993
9 Canadian Wheat Board, 1993
10 Canadian Wheat Board Quota, 1993
11 Canola & Flax Marketing, 1993
12 Cash Advance, 1993
13 Cereal Rust Biotechnology Project, 1993
14 Chemicals, 1993
15 Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario, 1993
16 Crop Protection Advisory Committee, 1993
17 Crop Protection Institute of Canada, 1993
18 Ducks Unlimited, 1993
19 Environment, 1993
BoxFolder
51 Ethanol, 1993
2 Exhibitions/Fairs, 1993
3 4-H & Youth, 1993
4 Farm Business Challenges, 1993
5 Farm Conservation Project, 1993
6 Farm Credit, 1993
7 Farm Finance, 1993
8 Farm Practices Protection (1), 1993
9 Farm Practices Protection (2), 1993
10 Farm Stress Line, 1993
11 Federal Budget, 1993
12 Federal Election, 1993
13 Federal Meetings/Reports/Speeches, 1993
14 Federal Minister of Agriculture, 1993
15 Fuel Issues, 1993
16 Fuel Surveys, 1993
17 G.A.T.T., 1993
18 G.S.T., 1993
19 Game Farming/Elk Ranching, 1993
20 Grainfest '93, 1993
21 Grain World '93, 1993
22 GRIP (Gross Revenue Insurance Plan), 1993
23 Highway Traffic Act, 1993
24 Hotels - Miscellaneous, 1993
25 I.D. Card - Membership, 1993
26 International Association of Assessing Officers, 1993
27 Investment Tax Credit, 1993
28 Legal, 1993
29 Livestock Feed Security Program, 1993
30 Lobbying, 1993
BoxFolder
61 Manitoba Agriculture Training Project, 1993
2 Meetings - File #2, 1993
3 Membership Campaign, 1993
4 Membership List, 1993
5 Memos - File #1, 1993
6 Memos - File #2, 1993
7 Minutes, 1993
8 Newsletters, 1993
9 News Releases, 1993
10 Notice of Meetings, 1993
11 Office Equipment, 1993
12 PageMaker, 1993
13 Personnel Policy, 1993
14 Policy Manual, 1993
15 Proposed Funding, 1993
BoxFolder
71 Manitoba Agriculture - General, 1993
2 Manitoba Agriculture - News Releases, 1993
3 Manitoba Agricultural Services Coordinating Committee, 1993
4 Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame, 1993
5 Manitoba Agrometeorology Committee, 1993
6 Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, 1993
7 Manitoba Crop Insurance Corporation, 1993
8 Manitoba Crop Insurance Review Committee, 1993
9 Manitoba Farm Women's Network, 1993
10 Manitoba Farm Writers and Broadcasters, 1993
11 Manitoba Feed Grain Users Association, 1993
12 Manitoba Government Releases, 1993
13 Manitoba Heritage Habitat Corporation, 1993
14 Manitoba Institute of Agrologists (MIA/AIC), 1993
15 Manitoba Pool Elevators, 1993
16 Manitoba Rural Leadership Training Committee, 1993
17 Manitoba Safety Council, 1993
18 Market Focus Initiative, 1993
19 The Marquis Project, 1993
20 Meeting Places/Contracts, 1993
21 Municipal Act Review, 1993
22 National Grains Bureau, 1993
23 NAFTA - North America Free Trade Agreement, 1993
24 NISA - Net Income Stabilization, 1993
25 Ontario Corn Producers' Association, 1993
26 Outlook - Farm Income, 1993
27 Pesticide Review/Management, 1993
28 Plants, 1993
29 Political Party - Agriculture Policy, 1993
30 PAMI - Prairie Agriculture Machinery Institute, 1993
31 Prairie Pools Inc., 1993
32 Press Clippings, 1993
34 Printing Orders, 1993
35 Producer Cars, 1993
BoxFolder
81 Provincial Budget, 1993
2 REDA - Rural Education and Development Association, 1993
3 Regulatory Review, 1993
4 Retail Sales Tax Act, 1993
5 Risk Area 12, 1993
6 Royal Bank, 1993
7 Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, 1993
8 Seaway Tolls, 1993
9 Soil and Water, 1993
10 Statistics, 1993
11 Stubble Burning Issues, 1993
12 Sustainable Development, 1993
13 Tag Axels, 1993
14 Third Line of Defence, 1993
15 Trade, 1993
16 Transportation, 1993
17 Truck Inspections, 1993
18 United Grain Growers Ltd., 1993
19 Union of Manitoba Municipalities, 1993
20 University of Manitoba, 1993
21 VIDO - Veterinary Infectious Disease Organization, 1993
22 Wasgaming Foundation, 1993
23 Water Policy and Information, 1993
24 Weights and Measures, 1993
25 Western Canadian Wheat Growers, 1993
26 Western Diversification, 1993
27 Western Grains Research Foundation, 1993
28 Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, 1993
29 Workers Compensation, 1993
30 Workplace, Health and Safety, 1993
31 Christmas Card List, 1993

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