Updated: March 13, 2019

About Canadian Grain Act Modernization

The Canadian Wheat Board was part of a large grain management system. Industry is not static, and the global wheat value chain is no different. There has been huge investments in grain handling facilities, new organizations like Cereals Canada have been formed, and consumer trends and tastes have changed. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link though and the Canada Grain Act and Grain Commission that oversees it need modernization.

The Issues

Many guidelines are outdated. Does anyone believe that grain regulations today will be sufficient in 3-4 decades? Why then should we accept today’s regulations that were created 3-4 decades ago? The Act and Commission need to be optimized to deliver value. Not all requirements are appropriate and required services could be offered more efficiently and cost effectively.

End user food companies do much research to “touch the consumer”. That link of the value chain must be engaged and farmers should be rewarded for growing grain with valued characteristics. Having both public and private breeders, with global networks and access to the latest technology, will improve the chances of Canadian Wheat Growers being competitive and profitable.

Our Position

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers support a full review of the Grain Act and Grain Commission, from how it’s structured, to the services it offers, and how they’re provided.

The current surplus must be returned to farmers via reduced fees, and the surplus should not be used for anything else until a full review is complete.

Grading needs to be completely rethought based on the modern world of specifications and functionality. Farmers should be able to sell grain by class, or by specification, for which the current system must be optimized. Grain handlers and rail companies would be happy to handle one bulk class of various grades of grain, capturing margin in the blending process and optimizing profit. But that does not serve our customers or farmers well, and the remit of the Grain Commission is to act in the best interests of farmers.

What We Are Doing

Cdn. ag group supports merger between CP and KCS

It’s an exciting opportunity for the ag sector, said Daryl Fransoo, chair of Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. He’s also a producer from near Glaslyn, Sask.

Wheat Growers Support Rail Merger

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers are supporting the merger of the Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern Class 1 rail lines. In a news release, the organization says providing rail coverage from coast to coast in Canada, the US and Mexico will benefit the seamless movement of raw resources and finished goods throughout North America.

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.

Elimination of Canadian Wheat Board Means Investment in Agriculture is Up!

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Sask. farmers welcome review of the Canada Grain Act

Western Canadian Wheat Growers committee chair Jim Wickett says changes are needed to services from the Canadian Grain Commission and grain grading. He says the current visual grading system is out of date.

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.

Federal Government Forgets About Grain Farmers

CALGARY, AB: With the release of the Fall Economic Statement 2020, agriculture and specifically grain farmers were expecting to be at least acknowledged as leading the economic recovery from COVID-19. “Grain farmers have met with Ottawa officials on numerous occasions and our voices have consistently fallen on deaf ears. Agriculture is a major economic driver […]

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.

Wheat Growers Disappointed With Election Results

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. "Anything rural in Ontario was blue as well, and us in the West, naturally all blue, and that is because of how the Liberals treated agriculture [...]

840 CFCW’s Cheryl Brooks had a chat with Dave Quist of the Wheat Growers regarding the upcoming federal election

One of the main concerns from many rural Canadians, especially those on the Prairies, is the lack of talk about agriculture during the federal election campaign. In reality, there's been very little and yet agriculture is one of the biggest economic drivers in the country. 840 CFCW's Cheryl Brooks had a chat with Dave Quist [...]

Federal Parties Answer Agriculture Questionnaire

The federal parties' commitments to farmers and the agricultural sector are highlighted in a questionnaire released by the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Tuesday. The questionnaire was sent to all registered political parties and consisted of five questions exploring their view on priorities for farmers overall, on transporting grain, trade barriers and carbon pricing.

One Stop Shop For Election Issues Affecting Grain Farmers

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association has put together a one stop shop for Federal election issues affecting grain farmers. Back in September, the farmer-run advocacy organization sent five questions to each of the registered parties on topics they thought would be of interest to prairie grain producers. The policy questions cover industry priorities such [...]