Farmland property taxes and the upcoming education review were hot topics of discussion as Keystone Agricultural Producers wrapped up its fall district meetings Monday night in Deloraine.

"We have seen fairly significant increases in assessment and that's based on the property values and so throughout the province we've seen that," said KAP President Bill Campbell. "It's fairly general and the conversation seems to be fairly much the same in that these taxes have now become more than what agricultural land should bear and producers are really starting to hit the wall on this subject. They've had enough."

He explained how the group is addressing the issue.

"We're finding difficulty from the municipalities wanting to do this on an individual basis and so the scope seems to be more at the provincial level. They haven't seemed to have the appetite to do this at this point in time. They have told us that they are going to be doing an education review, which would include funding as well. We want to be part of that discussion so that we have our input on that part."

Other topics discussed at the district meetings included drainage, climate change, temporary foreign workers, farm safety and environmental farm plans.

Campbell says KAP is continuing its search for a new general manager and will hopefully have someone in place by the end of January.

The group has more than 4,700 members across the province.

KAP's AGM will be held February 5 & 6 in Winnipeg.

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