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Grain shippers wary of railways’ crude oil plans

Officials from both CN and CP Rail say increasing oil traffic will not hurt their grain service

Western grain shippers are watching closely to ensure their rail service doesn’t decline as oil shipments increase. “We would be concerned if either railway were to reduce grain capacity in favour of crude oil,” Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association said in an interview Dec. 5. “Regardless of what the needs […] Read more


Will Richardson International rejoin the Canola Council?

Jean-Marc Ruest says it all boils down to whether the benefits of membership outweigh the membership fee

Whether Richardson International will rejoin the Canola Council of Canada in the wake of a major review of funding and priorities is still uncertain. When interviewed last week Jean-Marc Ruest, the company’s senior vice-president of corporate affairs, didn’t rule it out but also didn’t leave the impression Canada’s biggest grain company is champing at the […] Read more



Canola council’s new priorities aim to be more efficient, effective

Changes are coming to promotion, agronomy and funding

The Canola Council of Canada has slashed its budget by 40 per cent for the upcoming year. The organization is revamping its priorities to be more effective and efficient in growing Canadian canola markets and production. The changes, which include a shift in canola promotion, the council’s role in agronomy and funding, received unanimous support […] Read more


Grain shippers wary as more oil moves to rail

Officials from both CN and CP Rail say increasing oil traffic will not hurt their grain service

Western grain shippers are watching closely to ensure their rail service doesn’t decline as oil shipments increase. “We would be concerned if either railway were to reduce grain capacity in favour of crude oil,” Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association said in an interview Dec. 5. “Regardless of what the needs […] Read more



Canola council’s new priorities aimed at efficiency, effectiveness

Market access and production still top the list, while changes are coming to promotion, agronomy and funding

The Canola Council of Canada has slashed its budget by 40 per cent for the upcoming year. The organization is revamping its priorities to be more effective and efficient in growing Canadian canola markets and production. The changes, which include a shift in canola promotion, the council’s role in agronomy and funding, received unanimous support […] Read more


Non-royalty wheats will continue to be an option

Industry officials say seed companies are unlikely to deregister varieties to limit farmers’ choices in an effort to collect more royalty money

If new proposed cereal royalties are implemented farmers will pay more for seed, but they can also choose to grow varieties not covered by the new regulations. That’s according to Plant Breeders’ Rights Commissioner Anthony Parker. But for how long? At least 2021 and probably longer, says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which oversees seed […] Read more



Why is canola winning acres and not wheat?

The percentage increase in yields for both are about the same leaving some to speculate it’s more about demand than genetics or private versus public variety development

Wheat needs more research money to compete with crops like canola. That’s the message organizers delivered at the first consultation meeting on two new proposed royalty options in Winnipeg Nov. 16. “Cereals are necessary in crop rotations to prevent pest and disease pressures from emerging,” a government slide presentation said. “However, due to declining profitability […] Read more


Why is canola beating wheat?

The prevailing wisdom could have it all wrong

Wheat needs more research money to compete with crops like canola. That’s the message organizers delivered at the first consultation meeting on two new proposed royalty options in Winnipeg Nov. 16. “Cereals are necessary in crop rotations to prevent pest and disease pressures from emerging,” a government slide presentation said. “However, due to declining profitability […] Read more



NFU rejects proposed cereal seed royalties

It says the seed industry wants more money from farmers with no guarantees it will make farmers better off

Proposals for new royalties on cereal seed, if adopted, will extract more money from Canadian farmers without guaranteeing they’ll benefit, according to Terry Boehm. He is chair of the National Farmers Union’s (NFU) seeds committee and a former NFU president. “This is the end-game,” Boehm, who farms bear Colonsay, Sask., told reporters during a telephone […] Read more


Farmers say no to ‘blank cheque’ on seed royalties

If seed companies don’t reinvest they risk going out of business, said Plant Breeders’ Rights Commissioner Anthony Parker

Some farmers are willing to pay more in royalties to encourage cereal crop breeding — but they don’t want to sign a blank cheque. “We’re not really clear on how much money this is going to generate for plant breeders and the industry as a whole, and there are a lot of concerns that it’s […] Read more