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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

New declaration requirements coming up for grain deliveries

Regulatory changes also allow Canadian grades for U.S.-grown grain

Changes are afoot as early as next week for growers from all across Canada — and from the United States — who deliver grain to licensed Canadian buyers, as revised trade rules take effect between the two countries. With the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), the successor trade deal to NAFTA, taking effect, new regulations addressing


Weekly canola exports well below average

MarketsFarm — Weekly Canadian canola exports fell to their second-lowest level of the 2019-20 crop year-to-date during the week ended Sunday, according to the latest data from the Canadian Grain Commission. Only 80,300 tonnes of canola were exported during the 45th week of the crop year, down 44 per cent from the previous week and

Canola supplies in commercial pipeline tighten

MarketsFarm — Canola supplies in the commercial pipeline fell below a million tonnes for the first time in more than seven months, according to the latest Canadian Grain Commission data, amid solid exports and a slowdown in farmer deliveries. Total visible canola supplies of 815,200 tonnes, as of May 24, were down 24 per cent

An orange-ish hue is “a clue something is going on” with otherwise fine-looking spring-harvested canola, a CGC researcher says.

CGC wants samples of spring-harvested canola and flax

Just like the fall harvest sample program, farmers will get a grade and quality information in return

Farmers are being asked to submit samples of spring-harvested canola and flax to the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) for research it’s doing that could help farmers and processors. “Farmers who participate in this project will receive a detailed report (for free) on the quality of their spring-harvested crop, which they can use to make informed


Maintaining Cigi’s brand is critical, officials from both organizations say.

Cigi joins Cereals Canada fold

The merged organization will continue to provide 
technical support to global marketing efforts

The Canadian International Grains Institute’s name and brand will carry on despite a merger with Cereals Canada effective June 1. “From a Cigi standpoint I don’t think much is going to change,” Trent Rude, Cigi’s chair and director of merchandising at Viterra, said in an interview April 14. “One of the main things we wanted

Randy Dennis (l), the former chief grain inspector for Canada, demonstrates the ins and outs of grain grading at a workshop. The Canadian Grain Commission is reviewing the grading system. While some groups want to switch to instrument-measured specifications, others warn that could create problems.


Some fear grain trade wants to kill CGC

The government body has long ensured impartial quality certification

When asked for the National Farmers Union’s view of the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) merging with Cereals Canada, Stewart Wells was succinct. “We take a dim view of it,” Wells, the NFU’s second vice-president, said in an interview April 22. “Right off the top, one of the concerns we would have is, is Cereals Canada, with all of its

Grain companies are trying to balance safety with legal rights to see grain being graded during the COVID-19 pandemic. Seen here is a file photo of grain grading at the Alliance Grain Terminal in Vancouver.

Grading grain compromise in wake of COVID—19

Rights clash with reality of grain grading in the age of social distancing

Physical distancing may prevent farmers from watching their grain being graded at the elevator. But they can still ask the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) to determine the grade if they dispute the buyer’s grade, says CGC spokesman Remi Gosselin. Under the Canada Grain Act, which the CGC enforces, farmers have a right to see their


“This is not in the interests of Canadian farmers, thus contrary to the CGC mandate,” says the NFU.

CUSMA grain act changes stir controversy

The NFU says the amendments should be on hold until the public can weigh in on the grain act review

Changes are coming to the Canada Grain Act to comply with NAFTA 2.0 — and that’s sparking concern in some quarters. Stewart Wells, former National Farmers Union president and current second vice-president of the group, says the proposed legislation (Bill C-4) inserts unnecessary clauses, and is being rushed through just weeks before planned public consultations

Grain keeps moving despite virus

COVID-19: For now the coronavirus hasn’t affected the supply chain

As Canadians increasingly hunker down at home hoping to slow the spread of COVID-19, Prairie grains and oilseeds continue to move from farms to markets, at home, to export terminals and the United States. “Our members are going to do their best to keep the supply chain moving,” Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western