Gunter Jochum

Gunter’s family moved to Canada from Germany in 1980 to provide more opportunity for the second generation in the agriculture industry. Now Gunter operates the family farm (Blue Diamond Farms – a grain and oilseed operation), just west of Winnipeg, with his wife Crystal and their four daughters.

Gunter is keen to engage in activities that strengthen the ag industry as a way to ensure the sustainability of farming for future generations. Each year Gunter, Crystal and their daughters participate in Open Farm Day which provides the public with the opportunity to visit their farm and learn about agriculture.

Gunter also maintains a strong presence advocating for agriculture on social media and enjoys being active on the Wheat Growers as a voice for Western Canadian farmers.


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Tax Changes

Gunter in the Media

Farmers urge grain companies to co-operate on contracts

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is encouraging farmers and grain companies to work together to find co-operative solutions in cases where producers don’t have enough grain to fill production contracts.

Western Canadian Wheat Growers Launch Fertilizer Awareness Campaign

“The Federal Government has stated that they want to reduce fertilizer emissions by 30%, but have no plan or details how to accomplish this. They have not consulted with farmers or industry and yet make #fakepolicy announcements. The only way to achieve this is through a reduction in fertilizer use,” said Gunter Jochum, President and […]

Roundtable Revises Grain Code of Practice

Gunter Jochum, a Manitoba grain farmer who also serves as president of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers, said he has serious reservations about the need for a voluntary code. He said there is no guarantee that a voluntary code will provide any benefits to Canadian growers, particularly in terms of trade and market access.

Wheat Growers raise concern about Ottawa’s fertilizer proposal

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is raising the alarm about a federal proposal to roll back the use of fertilizer by 30 percent. President Gunter Jochum says Ottawa made the heavy-handed environmental proposal without consulting farmers or Fertilizer Canada. He says it is unworkable and not based on any practical science. Jochum says the […]

Carbon tax ruling disappoints farm groups

Western Canadian Wheat Growers said taxing farmers to reduce greenhouse gases is an “ill conceived” idea. “They are placing a huge financial burden on family farms,” said president Gunter Jochum. “I am concerned that many family farms will be taxed so high that the next generation will leave the industry.”

Farm groups sound off as Supreme Court rules in favour of federal carbon tax

Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association has also expressed their strong disappointment. Gunter Jochum, president of WCWGA, says the Liberal government’s plans to reduce greenhouse gases through taxation is ill conceived. “They are placing a huge financial burden on family farms,” say Jochum. “With the ongoing increases in the carbon-tax moving to $170/tonne by 2030, I am […]

Farm and Crop Times – WG Carbon Tax Feature – December 2020

Beginning on page 12: Farmers in Canada are outraged over a decision to hike carbon taxes as part of the government’s plan to tackle the climate crisis. In order to achieve net zero emissions in 2050, Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau’s government has decided to increase the carbon price by $15 per year starting […]

Carbon tax hike sparks outrage

“It’s disgusting,” said Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association president Gunter Jochum, who farms west of Winnipeg. “I can’t believe that our federal government would put a crippling tax on small businesses and farmers.” Many western grain growers are fuming at Ottawa’s surprise move to boost the federal carbon tax by an additional $15 per tonne […]