Listen: Comparing federal political party ag policy

With this challenging and stressful fall, many producers haven’t had a lot of time to focus on the federal election campaign. One farm group has gathered the ag policy platforms of political parties into one convenient location. Alice McFarlane with Ag Access talked to Western Canadian Wheat Growers Executive Director Dave Quist about the five policy questions [...]

Weekend rain and snow cause more harvest delays across Saskatchewan

Wheat Growers chair Jim Wickett at Rosetown says some crops have been flattened and downgraded to livestock feed by the rain and snow. Wickett adds farmers face much higher costs for grain drying and he is hoping for some rebate from the federal carbon tax.

Canadian farmers on trade, environmental policy and the federal election

For Matt Sawyer, a canola and wheat farmer in Acme, Alta., the most pressing issue this election is trade. "The last 36 months, we've lost trade with Vietnam, Peru, Saudi Arabia and China and we need to come forward with some measures to re-establish trade for our producers as soon as we can. Bottom line," [...]

Farmer’s Caught Between Unenforced Agreements, Gamemanship

So, if it’s “a grim year for canola farmers in Canada,” as the CBC says, then it’s also a grim year for wheat farmers. No matter how our wheat is doing, we’re still getting pounded on another major commodity.

Sask. farmers look for warm dry frost-free weather in September

Western Canadian Wheat Growers chair Jim Wickett farms at Rosetown and says many crops in his area are late maturing and need warm dry weather to mature and ripen. He says frost is a big concern in his area. Wickett says frost in the next 2 weeks could devastate many canola and some wheat crops.

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.

Guess who’s paying for new grain grading?

"Working with proposed changes to grading factors can translate into a lot of speculation, and that’s troubling for Jim Wickett, chair of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association."

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

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