Who We Are

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is a voluntary farmer-run advocacy organization dedicated to developing policy solutions that strengthen the profitability and sustainability of farming, and the agricultural industry as a whole.

Our origins date back to December 1969, when a concerned group of producers and industry representatives met to discuss how they could create an effective farm organization to promote positive, market-oriented policy solutions.  On April 3, 1970, a charter was granted to the Palliser Wheat Growers Association, today known as the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association.

Back in 1970, the first public policy objective was to obtain protein premiums on wheat.  Since then, the Wheat Growers have been instrumental in achieving many key policy goals for prairie farmers and the ag sector, including:

  • the elimination of inter-provincial boundaries on feed grains
  • the removal of quotas on canola, flax, and feed grains
  • separate pool and grade classes for malt barley
  • protein premiums on wheat and finer protein increments
  • the introduction of CPS types of wheat
  • creation of the Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) for streamlined pesticide registration applications
  • removal of oats from the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB)
  • freer trade with U.S., Mexico, and Europe
  • pre-harvest glyphosate
  • plant breeder’s rights, leading to greater development of new crop varieties
  • grain transportation reform
  • CWB pricing options
  • the elimination of Kernel Visual Distinguishability (KVD) as criteria for registration of new wheat varieties
  • grain marketing freedom
  • extension of the rail interswitching distance from 30 km to 160 km, creating the opportunity for greater rail competition

Today, the Wheat Growers support:

  • open and competitive markets
  • a commercial and efficient grain handling and transportation system
  • agricultural innovations that add value, enhance competitiveness, and increase net returns to farmers
  • sound, science-based environmental and food safety policies
  • greater operating freedom to manage our farm businesses in a profitable and sustainable manner
  • elimination of production-distorting subsidies
  • removal of barriers to market access