About the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is a non-profit farm advocacy organization dedicated to developing ag policy solutions that strengthen the profitability and sustainability of farming and the agricultural industry.

Our origins date back to December 1969 when a concerned group of producers and industry representatives met to discuss how they could create an effective farm organization that would promote positive, market-oriented policy solutions. On April 3, 1970, a charter was granted to the Palliser Wheat Growers Association, which evolved into the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association of today.

What We’ve Done

  • Began in 1970 with the first public policy objective to obtain protein premiums on wheat.
  • Elimination of inter-provincial boundaries on feed grains.
  • Removal of quotas on canola, flax, and feed grains.
  • Separate pool and grade classes for malt barley.
  • Protein premiums on wheat and finer protein increments.
  • The introduction of CPS types of wheat.
  • Creation of the Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) for streamlined pesticide registration applications.
  • Removal of oats from the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB).
  • Freer trade with US, Mexico, and Europe, for example, the CPTPP agreement.
  • Pre-harvest glyphosate.
  • Plant breeder’s rights, leading to greater development of new crop varieties.
  • Grain transportation reform.
  • CWB pricing options.
  • Elimination of Kernel Visual Distinguishability (KVD) as criteria for registration of new wheat varieties.
  • Grain marketing freedom including the elimination of the CWB which has led to significant investment in new grain handling facilities in Western Canada.
  • Extension of the rail interswitching distance from 30 km to 160 km, creating the opportunity for greater rail competition.

Wheat Growers Policies and Positions

To learn about the public policy issues that matter to the Western Canadian Wheat Growers, please visit each page.

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All general media inquiries should be directed to:

Morten Paulsen – Executive Director

To contact a local farmer and Board member, please contact the following:

Mitch Hochhausen
Stephen Vandervalk

Jeff Bennett
Daryl Fransoo
Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel
Kenton Possberg
Kaitlyn Kitzan
Clayton Kotylak
Jim Wickett
Levi Wood

Gunter Jochum
Carl Stewart

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