OTHER TRADE ISSUES

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

Dairy aid was reasonable, but grain sector needs help

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association has been outspoken about compensation for dairy farmers. Why compensate farmers with a guaranteed income, albeit at a lower level, while the government has only allowed grain farmers to borrow more money, with no direct payouts?

Wheat Growers ‘Stunned’ By Dairy Compensation

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association (WCWGA) says it was stunned to see the federal government deliver another $1.75 Billion dollars to the supply management sector.

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.

Wheat growers ho-hum on Japan deals

Canadian grain industry officials don’t feel threatened by United States President Donald Trump’s attempts to usurp more of the Japanese grain market.

The Sprout: Grain farmers beef with dairy payout

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers (WCWG) called the move “shameful” and an act of “simply electioneering” by the government, which will pay out $345 million directly to dairy producers in proportion to their quota, in the first year of the plan.

Federal Government Ignores Grain Farmers

CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers were stunned to see that Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Bibeau has delivered another $1.75 Billion dollars to the supply management sector. This brings the total funding to over $5.75 Billion. “This is simply electioneering on behalf of our federal government. Dairy farmers in Quebec are receiving funding whereas […]

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

Click to listen. https://wheatgrowers.ca/wp-content/uploads/GX-on-Agriculture-07-30-19.m4a

Federal Investments in Dairy Fail Grain Farmers

CALGARY, AB: With today’s announcement that the Federal Government will invest an additional $16.9 M in the dairy sector, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers question the government’s priorities. “Over the past number of months, the federal government has pledged over $4 B to the supply management sector, for allowing foreign access to a small percentage […]

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.

Entering unchartered territory in trade (dis)agreements

Wheat Growers Director Cherilyn Jolly Nagel talks with RealAgriculture.

Wheat growers push Ottawa for action on trade

In a firmly worded June 17 letter to federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association said Ottawa must do more to protect the economic interests of Canada's cereal grain, pulse and oilseed producers.

Canadian wheat sales to China hit 14-year high despite dispute, displacing U.S. shipments

“Any extra sale is critical this year. That gives us some optimism,” said Jim Wickett, a Saskatchewan farmer and chairman of Western Canadian Wheat Growers.

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