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

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 […]

Canadian farmers ‘infuriated’ by increases in Trudeau’s carbon tax 2.0

Farmers across Canada were already angry and upset over Prime Minister Trudeau’s existing carbon tax but are now even more upset at the increases announced this month. Groups such as the Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO), Grain Growers of Canada (GGC), Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) and Western Canadian Wheat Growers (WCWG) have all come […]

Wheat Growers Say Liberal’s Carbon Tax 2.0 Will Hurt Farmers

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association (WCWGA) says it’s shocked that the federal government is hiking the carbon tax during the middle of a pandemic and with no regard to the impact on the bottom line of grain farmers. The Liberals plan to increase the carbon price by $15 per year, starting in 2023, rising […]

Alberta farmers upset with federal carbon tax plan

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers believe raising the carbon tax will be a huge hit to farmers. The federal government released a $15-billion plan to meet its climate change commitments Friday, which includes steady increases to its carbon tax in each of the next 10 years.

Wheat Growers Voice Concerns With Federal Government

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association (WCWGA) was not pleased with what was presented in the federal government’s Fall Economic Statement 2020. The group says that agriculture and specifically grain farmers were expecting to be at least acknowledged as leading the economic recovery from COVID-19.