Bill Campbell has been the president of the Keystone Agriculture Producers for the past four and a half years and he’ll make way for a new president being elected on Tuesday at the group’s annual meeting in Winnipeg.
He calls the past few years a real learning experience. “It’s a lot of work and I encourage anyone to get involved if they are curious or want to know why things are the way they are.”
“The way to learn is to get involved, gather information and get educated. I’ve met a lot of people and learned a lot about the industry and Canada as a whole with agriculture, where our food comes and how important the ag-industry is to things like GDP and things like that,” said Bill Campbell.
Campbell, who farms south of Brandon, says if you don’t show an interest and don’t want to get involved it’s only your fault.
“Social media brings out people with an agenda and they don’t always have all the facts and not knowing the information or how to go the right way to influence policy decisions. There’s still the traditional way of reaching out to government and speaking one on one with producers. We represent producers and we try to bring any concerns forward on a balanced approach.”
Bill Campbell says it’s about finding ways to work with all groups while trying to reach the common goal of making agriculture better in Manitoba.
KAP’s annual meeting takes place Tuesday and Wednesday.