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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.

Committees

Grain Grading, CGC & Grain Act

Tax Changes

Gunter in the Media

Give farmers a carbon tax break after ‘harvest from hell’: Green Party agriculture critic

If the carbon tax is designed to change behaviour and move people toward less carbon-intensive activities, it’s not going to be effective for grain-drying because propane or natural gas are the only two options, said Gunter Jochum, president of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers.

Every Canadian province — including Alberta — now has a carbon tax. But the ‘pure politics’ battle isn’t over

But as president of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, Jochum says he wants to see the tax program change in a way that shifts the burden from farmers. On Nov. 20, the association launched its “NoFarmCarbonTax” petition, asking the federal government to eliminate the carbon tax on farm-related gas use.

Carbon tax a grain-drying mystery

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association has sent a letter to Canada’s federal agriculture and environment ministers lamenting the extra financial burden caused by the tax. “We get calls every day from irate farmers,” said association president Gunter Jochum.

Grain Growers Anxious to see Crops Moving

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers (WCWG) are pleased that CN Rail and the Teamsters have come to a tentative agreement and that the grain can now move to market. “Our global markets depend on the timely shipping of our products. It is imperative that we are able to meet our contractual obligations,” said Gunter Jochum, President [...]

Wheat Growers Launch Carbon Tax Petition

“The federal government is adding a carbon tax onto virtually all the inputs that grain farmers need to grow our crops. In particular the cost of grain drying this fall has seen the carbon tax add as high as 30% or more,” said WCWGA President Gunter Jochum.

Highlighting the carbon tax’s effects

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers (WCWG) launched its No Farm Carbon Tax petition on Wednesday. Farmers are encouraged to add their names to the document. The organization will send the petition to the federal ministers of agriculture, environment and climate change.

Online petition aimed at informing Ottawa how much the carbon tax is costing farmers

An online petition has been launched to let farmers tell Ottawa how much money they are paying in carbon tax. The President of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers says it’s very apparent on propane and natural gas bills for grain drying. Gunter Jochum says in some cases, the carbon tax portion is as high as [...]

Wheat Growers “Very Disappointed” Liberals Voted Back In

The President of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers says they're very disappointed to see the Liberals back in power. Gunter Jochum, who farms in Manitoba, says although the Liberals won a minority Government, the farming community sent a clear message they wanted to see a change in power.

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