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Canada’s grain industry welcomes USMCA

The United States is an important market for Canadian grains and oilseeds

Canada’s grain sector has nothing but praise for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The trilateral deal reached Sept. 30 not only continues to give Canadian grain access to markets in the United States and Mexico, but it will also modernize areas covered under the former North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), including chapters on biotechnology […] Read more


Manitoba scraps carbon tax in anticipation Ottawa will impose its own

But Premier Pallister wants Ottawa’s carbon tax to include the same exemptions for farmers as Manitoba’s

The Manitoba government won’t launch its Made-in-Manitoba carbon tax because Ottawa is imposing its own, but Manitoba is going ahead with the carbon reduction programs in its Climate and Green Plan. The province also says when the federal government starts taxing carbon here the same exemptions for farmers set out under Manitoba’s cancelled tax should […] Read more



MASC trusts — protecting farmers’ money or better bookkeeping?

The Manitoba government says both, but a former MASC board chair isn’t so sure

Frieda Krpan was puzzled when the Manitoba government announced it transferred the crop insurance and crop hail insurance reserve funds totalling $265 million to two trust accounts to ensure the money couldn’t be used for anything other than crop insurance. “What brought this on? In all the years that I was there, there has never […] Read more


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Grain commission changes recommended by Agri-Food Table report

It claims changes to wheat class standards will make Canada more competitive

Changes to how the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) regulates Canada’s grain industry are needed to ensure industry competitiveness, an Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table report concludes. To that end the report recommends the CGC accredit private companies to do the CGC’s mandatory outward weighing and inspection. It also says the wheat class system “needs to take […] Read more



NFU fears grain-grading system to be sacrificed under NAFTA

Cereals Canada says a deal can be reached to satisfy both Canada and the U.S.

Is Canada’s wheat quality assurance system under threat in the current NAFTA talks? The National Farmers Union says Canada needs to be on guard against U.S. efforts to destroy it. “Canada’s grain-grading system is the key to our international competitiveness, particularly for wheat,” Terry Boehm, chair of the NFU’s trade committee, said in a news […] Read more


Whither Canada?

Some say Canada's good reputation as a food producer fizzled

Is Canada still the producer of the world’s best food products, or is it time to rebrand Canada? That’s the point Camrose, Alta. farmer Gerald Pilger made in a recent column in Country Guide where he claimed the country’s reputation has fizzled in recent years. The purpose of the column was to get farmers to […] Read more



Canadian Grain Commission rejects licensing feed mills

That means farmers delivering grain to feed mills won’t be covered by the CGC’s payment security program

It remains “seller beware” for farmers delivering grain to feed mills. The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) will continue to exempt feed mills from being licensed, it announced Sept. 12. That means feed mills won’t have to post security in the case of payment defaults to cover the value of grain farmers deliver. The CGC also […] Read more


Same sample, different grades for green seed soybeans

Farmers might want to shop around or get an official CGC grade

Farmers with green seeds in their soybeans should consider shopping their crop around to get the best grade, or get an official grade from the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). The percentage of green seed in soybean the same samples sometimes vary widely between buyers, an industry official said Sept. 13. In one case three different […] Read more



CP’s new grain VP walked in grain shippers’ shoes

Joan Hardy was in charge of grain transportation at Richardson International before becoming a senior railway executive

Joan Hardy knows how vital reliable rail service is to grain shippers because she’s been one. Hardy, who became CP Rail’s vice-president of sales and marketing for grain and fertilizer April 1, was for 12 years before that Richardson International’s vice-president of transportation. Before that she worked 21 years for CN Rail, in various roles, […] Read more


KAP calls on farmers to defend Manitoba democracy

The farm group says a plan to remove a rural seat in the legislature and add one in Winnipeg is unjustified and needs to be overturned

[UPDATED: Sept. 26, 2018] The Keystone Agriculture Producers (KAP) is urging farmers to defend their interests and democracy. They’re hoping farmers will tell the Manitoba Electoral Divisions Boundaries Commission not to strip rural Manitoba of one of its seats in the Legislative Assembly and give Winnipeg an additional seat, furthering its political power. “We know […] Read more