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Most Canadian farmers praise quick passage of CPTPP law

Most Canadian farmers praise quick passage of CPTPP law

New opportunities and a levelled playing field with other agriculture exporters are lauded

Canada’s grain farmers and other export-oriented producers have issued statements praising the Canadian government for quickly passing legislation ratifying the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) paving the way for Canadian farmers to see increased export volumes that could result in higher farm revenues as early as next spring. Alberta Wheat and Barley

Last week in Rome a Canadian delegation led by Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay met with officials from ANACER (Associazione Nazionale Cerealisti), Italy’s grain trade association, to address Italy’s unfair barriers to Canadian durum wheat imports. Cereals Canada president Cam Dahl (l to r), MacAulay, Fabrizio Ricci, ANACER, Andrea Galli, ANACER and Canada’s Ambassador to Italy, Alexandra Bugailiskis.

Canada pushes for end to durum dispute

Agriculture Minister MacAulay pushes Italy to end barriers to Canadian durum imports

Regaining Canada’s traditional durum wheat export market to Italy requires a two-pronged approach — diplomacy and legal action through the World Trade Organization (WTO), says Cereals Canada president Cam Dahl. But Canada’s Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay wouldn’t commit to the latter, when speaking to reporters from Rome Oct. 11, after the high-level Canadian delegation he


Hand over wheat field in early summer evening.

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

The Canadian Grain Commission wants to ensure farmers benefit from its $90-million surplus and there’s no way to ensure that by just cutting user fees further, says assistant chief commissioner Doug Chorney.

Further grain commission fee cuts not ‘transparent’ way to deal with surplus

Some of the $90 million could go to check the accuracy of elevator protein testers and other measures to ensure grain farmers are properly compensated

Distributing a $90-million Canadian Grain Commission surplus through an additional cut in user fees can’t be tracked back to farmers, so the CGC wants to spend the money on measures that can, says assistant chief commissioner Doug Chorney. “Expenditures of the funds that are collected in excess of our fees have to be used in

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Delivery deadline looms as wheat classes change

Twenty-five CWRS and four CPSR wheats are going to the CNHR 
class Aug. 1

Western Canadian farmers should deliver certain wheat varieties before July 31 or risk getting a lower price. Starting Aug. 1, 25 wheats in the Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) class and four in Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR), move to the Canada Northern Hard Red (CNHR) class (see variety list further down). The change, aimed


Grain industry has other priorities

Western Canada’s checkoff-funded wheat commissions didn’t have much to say about a proposal to end the maximum revenue entitlement (MRE) and the grain-grading system when asked for comment last week. “Our directors are busy seeding so we haven’t discussed it,” Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association general manager Pam de Rocquigny said in an interview

Cigi, Cereals Canada explore merger

Cigi, Cereals Canada explore merger

The two organizations already work closely and have some of the same members and directors

Two Winnipeg grain industry organizations have joined the list of those pondering collaboration and even a possible merger. The Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) and Cereals Canada say now may be the time to band together. Cigi was created in 1972 to promote Canadian grain and field crops to domestic and international processors. Besides overseas

Cigi, Cereals Canada funding, membership

The Canadian Wheat Board and the Canadian government used to split Cigi’s funding and both had oversight of its operations, but that changed when the federal government ended the CWB’s monopoly in 2012. An interim farmer checkoff on wheat sales was set up to help fund Cigi until last year when a 15-cent-a-tonne wheat checkoff


Some farm organizations say a balance is needed between the interests of the farmers who produce the wheat and the customers who buy and process it.

Opinion: The ongoing class struggle

What’s fuelling new concerns about Western Canada’s wheat classification system?

Their timing seems off. Three years ago after consulting and reaching a consensus with Western Canada’s grain industry, the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) changed the end-use quality standards of two major wheat classes to address customer complaints about end-use quality, including low gluten strength. Now Cereals Canada’s executive director Cam Dahl says the wheat classification

Transport modernization on hold

Transport modernization on hold

Liberals and Conservatives blame each other for latest transport bill delay

Liberals and Conservatives were quick to blame each other May 11 for the latest snafu in getting the transport modernization bill passed into law. Anxious farm groups will now have to wait until May 22 at the earliest for action. Read more: Grain groups rip lawmakers over derailed transport bill The Senate sent the bill back