CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers put a failing grade on the 2019 Federal Budget announced yesterday. What little is contained in the budget for agriculture only fixes problems that the federal government has previously created. The new exclusion of the carbon tax on cardlock fuel should never have been necessary. Compensation for sectors […]
The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association sees the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement as a good step forward for Canada. One change impacting the wheat sector is that any registered wheat varieties grown on either side of the border would be recognized in the other country.
In a news release, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association expressed "outrage" at the overcharge and resulting surplus. The association's chair, Jim Wickett, proposes the industry look at private sector numbers and find more cost-effective ways to provide the services of the commission.
The Canadian Grain Commission has a $130-million dollar surplus and announced plans to invest that money. They plan to create a $40-million contingency fund to protect itself against future declines in delivery volumes, and invest the remaining $90-million in grain quality assurance and strengthening safeguards.
“This surplus is built on the backs of hard working farmers, money that should be in their pockets, not CGC coffers," said Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association (WCWGA) President Levi Wood.
The Canadian Grain Commission’s large surplus from user fees over the last few years needs be drawn down and returned to farmers, says the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association.
The Canadian Grain Commission has built up a surplus of nearly $100 million since 2013-14 through excess user fees collected from Canadian grain farmers. That surplus has prompted the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association to call for surplus fees to be immediately returned to grain farmers.