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," [...]
Director Matt Sawyer featured: Alberta farm incomes plummeted in 2018 due to a “brutal” combination of conditions that included severe drought, wild weather and global trade barriers.
Alberta wheat farmers are cheering on the Saskatchewan government in its battle against the federal carbon tax. “It’s more important than just the wheat. Whether you’re a corn grower, barley, wheat or canola, this impacts all of us," said Director Matt Sawyer.
CBC Calgary news interview.
Matt Sawyer thinks the motivation behind the carbon tax was to get pipelines approved, not to help the environment
The director with the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association says he doesn't know any farmers who support the tax.
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.