CALGARY, AB: As we approach the 2021 seeding season, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers would like to highlight the significant increase in agriculture investment that has taken place with the elimination of the single-desk system, also known as the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB). Until August 1, 2012, Western Canadian grain farmers were forced to use the CWB to sell their wheat and barley. Since that date, when modernization took place, all Canadian grain farmers have been able to choose who to sell their grain to, based on price, quality, delivery dates, contractual terms and location.
“The government-mandated Canadian Wheat Board held western Canadian grain farmers hostage. Our free-market system has allowed farmers to choose what is best for their farm. As markets open up around the world, as a fellow farmer, I encourage all farmers to adopt a free-market system. The freedom to market helps increase a farmer’s control over their on-farm decision making with regard to crops, rotation, inputs and varieties,” said Daryl Fransoo, Chair.
Since 2013, there has been over $3.0 billion in grain infrastructure improvements, including new inland terminals, elevators, grain buying companies, and port expansion. In addition, rail companies have poured billions into loop tracks, modern hopper cars and supporting infrastructure. This level of investment would not have taken place without a full free-market system for our grain and oilseed markets and all grain farmers have benefited. Individuals have had the freedom of diversifying their crops to meet global demands and better meet their crop rotation needs.
“The Western Canadian Wheat Growers worked for many years to achieve a fully free-market system for the sale of our wheat, barley, oats, and other grains. Farmers, private companies, consumers, and governments have all benefited,” said Jim Wickett, Secretary-Treasurer.
About the Wheat Growers:
The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is a voluntary farmer-run advocacy organization dedicated to developing public policy solutions that strengthen the profitability and sustainability of farming, and the agricultural industry as a whole. The 50th anniversary book, “Warriors For Wheat” is available to purchase online.
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