Jim Wickett

Jim farms in the Rosetown area, with his wife Michelle and two daughters, on a fourth generation farm. He grows a mix of crops including wheat, lentils, barley and flax.

Jim joined the Wheat Growers Board of Directors in 2010 and was elected as Chair in 2013. He has also been very active in his local community, including having spent 13 years on municipal council, and has been President of the local Kinsmen Club and senior hockey club. In addition, he coached high school football for 17 years.

Jim attended the University of Saskatchewan, studying agriculture, until the sudden passing of his father had him return home to take over the farm. He has also taken the Cultivate program for agricultural leadership at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Jim in the Media

Western Canadian Wheat Growers hopeful for road infrastructure in Saskatchewan budget

Western Canadian Wheat Growers chair Jim Wickett says farmers need adequate road infrastructure to move their product to market. The Premier has also hinted at more support for irrigation and Wickett approves of better water management.

Western Canadian Wheat Growers Chair optimistic about 2020

The chair of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers has some optimism for farming in Saskatchewan in 2020. Jim Wickett said last year was a memorable year, and one most farmers would like to forget because of weather and market difficulties.

Year In Review #19: CN Rail Strike, Bad Harvest

Jim Wickett is chair of the Wheat Growers, and farms near Rosetown. He said the strike eliminated more than 50 percent of rail shipping, including finished products such as canola oil and fertilizer. "The CN system is shut down right now for freight," said Wickett. "So if you're on a CN line you're not going [...]

Farmers support new North American trade pact

The chair of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, Jim Wickett, says the trade deal is important to ensure stability for marketing Saskatchewan farm products. Wickett says the U.S. exports about 50 thousand tons of grain to Canada, but purchases 5 million tons from Canada.

Western Canadian Wheat Growers seek carbon tax exemption on grain drying

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers are asking for a tax exemption on grain drying following this year's poor, wet harvest. Members of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers (WCWG) say the additional tax imposed as part of carbon pricing will put grain producers in a bind following the low yield and tough growing season. Jim Wickett, [...]

CN Workers Strike, Officials Call for Government Intervention

The chair of the Western Wheat Growers says a strike would cause a major disruption to prairie grain exports. Jim Wickett wants the federal government to step in to ensure there's no significant stoppage to the movement of prairie grain to port, and Minister of Energy, Sonya Savage is calling for Parliament to address the [...]

Sask Agriculture minister David Marit and farm leaders call for end to CN rail strike

Farm leaders have also called for a quick end to the dispute. APAS president Todd Lewis, SARM president Ray Orb, and Western Wheat Growers chair Jim Wickett have called for a rapid end to the labor disruption. The executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association, Wade Sobkowich, has also called on Ottawa to bring [...]

‘One hit after another:’ Prairie farmers worry CN Rail strike could cause massive grain shipping delays

A strike by thousands of Canadian National Railway workers will likely make a bad harvest even worse, warns the head of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. On Tuesday, roughly 3,200 conductors and yard workers went on strike across the country after talks between the company and workers fell apart. Jim Wickett, a farmer near Rosetown, [...]