Seed Value Creation Consultation

Calgary, AB — (January 16, 2019): The Western Canadian Wheat Growers call for continued consultation around the issue of Seed Value Creation. Throughout the regional meetings being held across the prairies, Wheat Grower Directors have actively contributed to the discussions. “The challenge is that public breeding costs are not being covered. It is treated as a subsidized public good.…

Canada Confirms Safety of Glyphosate

Calgary, AB — (January 11, 2019): The Western Canadian Wheat Growers are very pleased and proud that Health Canada has completed a thorough scientific review of glyphosate and stands by their previous decision that glyphosate is approved for continued use in Canada, dispelling the objections of critics. “Glyphosate is a crucial input for our crops. Used correctly, it reduces weeds,…

Seed Value Creation is Long Overdue

Ottawa, ON - (November 26, 2018): The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association firmly supports efforts to create value in the seed sector and reward those investing in breeding. “Why wouldn’t farmers want both public and private breeders to develop new wheat varieties to provide more technology and choice?” says Gunter Jochum, Manitoba farmer, Director of the Wheat Growers, and…

CPTPP Now Closer to Implementation

Calgary, AB — (October 30, 2018): The Western Canadian Wheat Growers are pleased that Canada has given Royal Assent to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). As the fifth country to ratify the agreement, the CPTPP only needs one more partner country to ratify before it comes into force. Once the sixth country ratifies the agreement, virtually all…

A "Price on Pollution" is a Carbon Tax

Calgary, AB — (October 29, 2018): The release of the federal government’s carbon tax will further increase the price of inputs that farmers must bear. While the good news is that the farm use of gas and diesel fuel will be exempt, there are many other input costs that the government is adding a carbon tax to. “The cost of bringing a required part to my farm just…