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Help wanted: CGC seeks new leadership

Two top slots are open at the federal agency

If you want to be a Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) commissioner, or chief commissioner, now’s your chance. The Canadian government is advertising both positions on the CGC’s website and Twitter. Applicants must apply online for the positions, which are cabinet appointments. The deadline is Tuesday (June 30). The jobs involve lots of travel in and

Grain delivery declarations will look the same to farmers but they’re now a legal requirement by the Canadian Grain Commission.

Grain declarations same, but different

CUSMA compliance means the documents are no longer voluntary contracts between buyer and seller

On the surface the grain delivery declarations western farmers fill out before being allowed to deliver grain to elevators in the new crop year starting Aug. 1 won’t look much different than those of the past 15 years. However, there is a major change. While the declarations, which have been essentially commercial contracts between grain sellers and buyers, they are


NFU sees red flags in CUSMA bill for grain growers

Bibeau urged to 'correct mistakes' in NAFTA 2.0-enabling legislation

The National Farmers Union is warning of sweeping changes to Canadian grain regulation it sees tucked into federal legislation meant to put through the successor deal to NAFTA. Bill C-4, the implementing legislation for the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), passed second reading Feb. 6 and came back without amendment Feb. 27 from the Commons standing committee

Grain Commission’s chief announces retirement

AAFC's review of Grain Act, and of CGC's future, continues

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is seeking a new chief commissioner. Patti Miller, who has held the position for three years, announced Tuesday to CGC staff that she will retire June 26. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) “will be launching an open, transparent and merit-based process to find a new commissioner as soon as possible,”

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Year in Review: Expect CGC to be under policy microscope in 2020

KAP doesn't want farmer protections or grain quality undermined

Expect more discussion about the Canadian Grain Commission’s (CGC) role and the Canada Grain Act in 2020. That could lead to legislative changes with implications for farmers, grain companies and Canada’s grain customers. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada started reviewing the CGC and the grain act last March. “Ultimately our goal is to have a set


Federal Tories pledge to postpone new livestock transport rules

A federal Conservative government would postpone major amendments to animal health regulations dealing with livestock transport, otherwise due to come into effect in February next year. Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives on Friday released a platform promising a number of regulatory changes of interest to grain and livestock producers ahead of the federal election on Oct. 21.

Instead of relying on posted security under old rules, the Canadian Grain Commission says farmers should be first in line when it comes to revenue from grain inventory sales.

Canadian Grain Commission battles bank for farmers’ grain

The CGC says under the Canada Grain Act farmers are entitled to get their grain back from a company if they aren’t paid for it, or the proceeds from the sale of that grain, instead of secured creditors

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is pursuing a new approach to help farmers get paid for grain they delivered to financially troubled ILTA Grain, which if successful, could be used in future under similar circumstances. “What we’ve negotiated here is a new way to protect grain producers,” Remi Gosselin, head of CGC communications, said in

USMCA ratification bill amends Canada Grain Act

U.S. complaints that Canada discriminates against its wheat will be addressed, if Canadian legislation to ratify the updated North American Free Trade Agreement becomes law. Bill C-100, the implementing legislation for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), received first and second reading in the House of Commons May 29 and last Tuesday (June 11) respectively. It


Sources say the Canadian Grain Commission’s chief commissioner is pushing a pro-grain company agenda with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

CGC review predetermined?

Farmers worried their interests won’t be 
considered

Evidence has surfaced that the Canadian Grain Commission’s chief commissioner is promoting a pro-company agenda in a pending review of the Canada Grain Act while sidelining two assistant commissioners in the process. The review was announced at a meeting of the industry’s Grains Round Table and confirmed in last week’s federal budget. It said the