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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What rising fertilizer costs may mean for Canadian farmers

Wheat Growers Alberta VP Stephen Vandervalk talks about concerns which are cropping up for Canadian farmers, as pressure grows on them to yield more output amid soaring costs.

A Look at the Long-Term Canola-Spring Wheat Futures Spread

Stephen Vandervalk, Alberta vice-president of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, told, “For me, I won’t be changing anything and I’d say that’s probably 75% of farms,” when addressing the issue of crop rotations.

Wheat Growers on London Times Radio

FFWD to 14:00. Wheat Growers’ Alberta VP Stephen Vandervalk talks with the London Times about Canadian wheat and what’s happening with the war in Ukraine, rising prices and food shortages.

Rising wheat prices not a silver bullet for Alberta farmers

Wheat Growers’ AB VP Stephen Vandervalk: “I think you’ll see some more wheat go in, but even with this price increase, [wheat] isn’t necessarily that much better to grow relative to other options.

Canadian farmers hoping for better season as wheat prices soar amid Russia-Ukraine war

“We need some rain and we need some crops in 2022 otherwise, I hate to say it, but there could be food shortages coming,” said Stephen Vandervalk with Western Canadian Wheat Growers.

War may not cause big wheat acre jump

“For me I won’t be changing anything and I’d say that’s probably 75 percent of farms,” said Stephen Vandervalk, Alberta vice-president of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers. 

We’re getting scared as our costs soar: Alberta farmer on the effects of soaring wheat prices

Wheat prices are soaring amid the Russian-Ukraine conflict, and spurring Canadian farmers to boost production. Stephen Vandervalk, Alberta vice president of Western Canadian Wheat Growers, tells BNN Bloomberg that the rising cost of inputs are challenging farmers in meeting demand.

Surging wheat prices to spur Canada farmers to sow more acres

“The spring wheat market is on a tear,” said Stephen Vandervalk, vice president of Alberta for the Western Canadian Wheat Growers. “There’s no doubt that this price increase that’s happening now will affect seeding.”

Reduction of fertilizer use raising concerns in ag industry

Stephen Vandervalk, Alberta vice president for the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, is frustrated by the additional requirements producers will have to meet as a result of the target. “I can’t even wrap my head around what it means to my farm,” Vandervalk told the News. “It’s pretty hard for us in agriculture to do […]

Supreme Court rules in favour of national carbon tax

Director Stephen Vandervalk at 2:25 in the video.

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