Updated: August 16, 2019

About Other Trade Concerns

Over the past three years, many grain export markets have been limited or shut down.

Over the past 36 months, we have witnessed non-tariff barriers blocking our durum exports to Italy, Saudi Arabia, Peru and Vietnam. In related crops, our pulse exports to India are similarly being blocked. Most recently China, our biggest customer for canola, has created barriers to our exports.

The Issues

The Wheat Growers have long stood for strong market access and minimal government interference. Our members have invested in their land, equipment and technology on the basis that our export markets are stable and ever-growing.

In recent months, our members have dejectedly watched as our federal government has offered direct subsidies to the dairy, poultry and the meat sector. The proposed changes to the AgriStability program and expanding the interest-free portion of Advance Payments Program do not provide either financial or market stability for the grain, oilseed or pulse sector.

Our Position

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers strongly believe in free-market trade. We eschew subsidies and non-tariff trade barriers. However, we recognize that when our competitors and export markets are not playing by these same rules, that our federal government must respond with all the political tools available. It is the duty of the federal government to ensure that our trade markets remain open, barrier free and that new markets are always being explored. We ask very little of government, but we do expect this of them.

We call upon the Canadian Federal Government to immediately resolve these political issues through whatever diplomatic and legal actions necessary including trade retaliation, all the while working with global institutions, such as the WTO, to strengthen the governing rules and enforcement mechanisms.

On June 17, 2019, the Wheat Growers sent a letter to Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Bibeau expressing our concerns.

On July 29, 2019 we received the government’s non-committal answer.

What We Are Doing

Removing Supply Management from Trade Agreements Ties our Negotiating Hands

CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers strongly condemns Bill C-216 which seeks to remove supply management terms from the negotiation of future trade agreements. “The vast majority of Canada’s agriculture sector is exported to feed the world. This bill will tie our negotiating hands and will result in further trade disputes with countries around […]

Congratulations to the Saskatchewan Party

CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers congratulates the Saskatchewan Party for their victory in the provincial election. “We have enjoyed a strong relationship with government MLAs in the past and look forward to continue to build on this affiliation. The need for robust agriculture policy is imperative to ensure a strong Saskatchewan economy,” said […]

More Priority Needed On Agricultural Issues

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers feels there hasn’t been enough focus on Agriculture during Saskatchewan’s Provincial Election campaign. Chair Darryl Fransoo says they sent a questionnaire out to each of the registered parties on September 24th but unfortunately they only heard back from two parties.

Western Canadian Wheat Growers Compare Saskatchewan Political Parties Ag Policy

CALGARY, AB: With the call of the Saskatchewan provincial election, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers asked each of the registered parties six questions that we thought would be of interest to our members and specifically prairie grain farmers. On September 24, 2020 the following questions were sent to each party. As of October 19, 2020, […]

China Brief | Edition 052: Free trade pilot in Beijing, China’s corn shortage and barley, COVID-19 vaccine, farm receipts, Spotlight feature

China is a huge trade market and one that cannot be ignored. Unfortunately, China is not a fair-trading partner. Because their market is so large, and politically-driven, they have become a bully in the trade world – punishing those who disagree with them. 

Gormley – Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel

Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel who farms near Mossbank, SK and is the director with the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association joins Gormley to talk about Saskatchewan agriculture’s impact on world trade and COVID-19 ramifications.

Wheat Growers Celebrate the Implementation of the USMCA Agreement

CALGARY, AB: As we enter the half-way point of 2020, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers are relieved to support the implementation of the long awaited USMCA. Twenty-twenty has been a challenging year for many people, farmers and businesses, but agriculture can be the cornerstone of a rebuilt economy. “Neighbours trading with neighbours, that’s what the […]

Grain farming is the forgotten sector

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association remains dedicated to the values of free trade, open markets, and the entrepreneurial spirit that opened up the Canadian prairie decades ago. Unfortunately, our federal government has forgotten the important role that agriculture plays in our food security.

Wheat growers upset with feds

Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association representatives feel the federal government is not helping farmers address important issues

Western Canadian Wheat Growers Speak Out on the Federal Government

CALGARY, AB: Today the Western Canadian Wheat Growers released an open op-ed entitled: Grain Farmers – The Federal Government’s Forgotten Sector. The op-ed speaks to the challenges that grain farmers are currently facing, both before and during the COVID-19 crisis. Topics include carbon tax, environment, international trade, business risk management, crop insurance, transportation and broadband. […]

Grain Farmers in Ottawa

Joint release from grain and oilseed farmers from Grain Farmers of Ontario, Producteurs de grains du Québec, the Atlantic Grains Council and Western Canada Wheat Growers who are in Ottawa to shine a spot light on policy priorities for the grains and oilseed farmers they represent.

New NAFTA a win for agriculture, but protectionist sentiment still poses threat to industry: expert

Canadian agriculture groups are urging federal politicians to move quickly to ratify the new NAFTA deal currently before the House of Commons.

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