Stephen Vandervalk

A fourth generation farmer, Stephen farms with his father and brother near Fort Macleod, Alberta. Their farm operation includes dry land and irrigation growing canola, malt barley, durum, spring wheat, and export timothy hay. Stephen’s family also operates a manufacturing business in Fort Macleod, called FalCan Industries.

Stephen has participated in Syngenta’s Grower University 1 & 2, as well as the Cultivate program at the Richard Ivey School of Business, and has attended various trade missions throughout the world representing farmers and farm groups.

Stephen is the Past President of the Grain Growers of Canada, representing 65,000 farmers from across Canada, covering virtually all types of grains and oilseeds. Stephen is also a Director on Ag For Life and past Vice Chair of the Alberta Winter Wheat Producers Commission.


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Stephen in the Media

Supreme Court rules in favour of national carbon tax

Director Stephen Vandervalk at 2:25 in the video.

Southern Alberta farmers say spring storm needed to quench parched soil

“In general, our fields have been brown for more days than they’ve had snow on them, for sure, throughout the winter. Which is very, very unusual, right?” said Vandervalk, who is also the Alberta vice president with the Western Canada Wheat Growers Association.

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 […]

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.

Trucking Industry Key To The Supply Chain

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is joining others in the agriculture sector in acknowledging the work and effort of those involved in the trucking industry for the work they do especially during COVID 19. Stephen Vandervalk is the Alberta Vice President for the Wheat Growers and says truckers are key to keeping our supply […]

Red Deer trucker ‘nervous’ on front lines of COVID-19 fight

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers has also thrown its support behind short- and long-haul drivers. It said many facilities are denying drivers access to bathroom facilities. “All Canadians are relying on these modern-day heroes to move the food and products that we need in our hospitals, grocery stores and fuel stations,” said Alberta director Stephen […]

Manitoba Farm Journal Radio Interview on Dairy Deal

On today's show, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association weighs in on last week's dairy funding announcement.

Stephen Vandervalk featured on GX on Agriculture talking about the trade issues and the government’s passive stance

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Farm group pegs ag losses at $3.7 billion as trade disputes with China, India, Italy and others add up

The unprecedented number of diplomatic disputes and non-tariff trade barriers affecting the export of Canadian agricultural products is now at “crisis” level, a prairie farm group is warning.