Archive for April, 2008

Farmland land prices unpredictable

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Farmland land prices unpredictable
By Ken Waddell

With forty quarters of land up for mortgage sale in the last week’s issue of the Neepawa Banner, one would have to wonder what’s going on in the farm industry. Mortgage auctions usually indicate tough times down on the farm. Recent surges in grain prices would indicate that good times are ahead for crop producers. The recent hog moratorium, low hog prices and pressures on the cattle prices accompanied by high feed grain prices are causing anxieties as well.
What is happening with the large number of mortgage sales is a bit hard to figure. One large package of land is under a mortgage held by Redfern Farm Services. In the other ads the mortgage holder isn’t indicated. Anecdotal evidence suggests there will be very active interest in the sale of any land that is suitable for crop production.
Farm land prices are rising. In the last two weeks seven quarters of land sold by auction in the Swan River Valley. The quarters went at a low of $970 per acre and a high of $1760 per acre.
Farm Credit Corporation, a major lender for farm land, says that Manitoba farmland has increased by 1.7 per cent in the last six months and that follows increases of 2.8 per cent and 2.9 per cent in the first and second half of 2006. Higher prices for speciality crops and grain in west-central Manitoba are driving up the price of land.
The report also indicates that manure management demands are responsible for the increase in values of less fertile land located in intensive livestock areas.

The NDP steal another good idea

Monday, April 7th, 2008

By Ken Waddell

- interesting that the Winnipeg Free Press is predicting that the NDP government will lift the tuition freeze for university students in their up coming budget.
- also predicted that the tuition freeze will be replaced by a tax credit or tax rebate system. Students may be able to apply for a tax credit based on their tuition fees if they stay and work in Manitoba. It’s a great idea. I brought the idea forward in 2006 when I ran in the leadership race for the PC Party of Manitoba. It was well received and so it should be. I’m sure the idea has been raised by others as well. The NDP are to be complimented on adopting a good idea. – lot better than the tuition freeze. It makes much more sense than the freeze which starves the universities, assists some students who may not actually need the break and it does absolutely nothing to keep students in Manitoba after they graduate.
Now I can forgive Gary Doer for not sending me a birthday card because
I didn’t send him one either. He turned sixty on March 31 and I turned 60 on March 29. But to not receive a thank you note for this tuition fee tax credit idea really hurts. I don’t think the premier is nearly sensitive enough to my feelings. Nor does he really understand how grumpy I can
be when my feelings get hurt. I think – ll cheer myself up by making fun of the NDP for a while longer.

Let religious leaders have a turn

Monday, April 7th, 2008

By Ken Waddell
The Winnipeg Free Press editorial on April 1 outlined the many woes facing Manitobans, and especially Winnipeggers today. There was the triple murder in Winnipeg, the stolen SUV that rammed a cab and killed the cabbie. They mentioned the ongoing death march of Child and Family Services children that no amount of government hand wringing seems to be able to stop.
All the problems. What shall we do asks the Free Press?
The Freep’s answer is predictable-more resources (tax payers money) for education, health and social services.
If more money spent would solve the listed problems then we shouldn’t have any more problems.
While it must be acknowledged that nearly all the people in education, health and social services are doing the best they can and are trying very hard, there’s a missing link. Nowhere in education, health or social services are the churches really allowed to operate. Can’t have e any of that religious stuff you know.
But consider this. Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sihkism and Buddhism all agree on basic social principles. While their doctrines differ, they agree on basic social norms. Strangely enough their influence isn’t allowed through the school doors nor are these religious influences allowed to be felt much in health or social services.
The percentage of people that would actually embrace the chaos that has spawned the evil that threatens today’s society is small Isn’t it strange that a democratically elected government that is supposed to represent the vast majority is ineffective in maintaining the kind of society most people hold dear.
Perhaps, instead of more programs and more money and more bureaucrats, we should let the keepers of our belief systems have more credibility. Perhaps totally publicly funded and government controlled education, health systems and social services aren’t so great after all. Maybe the leaders of the Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Sikh and Hindu faiths are right. Maybe the Aboriginal elders are right.
It’s time we listened to the religious leaders, the secular leaders have certainly blown their chances.

Monday, April 7th, 2008

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