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“It’s extremely important to hear from everyone — the producers, the grain handlers and the exporters and even our trading partners as well. We will want to consult with them. There’s a lot of data that we want to collect and analyze over and above the consultation as well.” – Marie-Claude Bibeau, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister.

Canada Grain Act review completion months away

With talk of an early election, reforms could be thwarted as they were six years ago

Completion of the Canada Grain Act review, followed by legislation to amend it, are months away, Canada’s Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, said in an interview May 27. Some wonder if the process will have been all for naught, given talk of an election. While one isn’t scheduled until Oct. 16, 2023, pundits speculate Prime Minister

Preparation of samples for analysis by digital polymerase chain reaction (PCR) equipment at the Grain Research Laboratory.

Grain sector says government should fund Grain Research Lab

Strong support for work done, calls for more government support

The Canadian Grain Commission’s (CGC) Grain Research Laboratory (GRL) is a public good and therefore the Canadian government should fund its work, rather the grain sector. That’s a recommendation a number of farm and grain industry groups make in their submissions to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) review of the Canada Grain Act and the


A grain train pulls up alongside a cargo vessel at the Alliance Grain Terminal at Vancouver on Oct. 6, 2011. (File photo: Reuters/Ben Nelms)

Grain commission proposes big inspection fee cut

Effective Aug. 1 the cost of outward inspection would be cut by 29 per cent

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC), whose role in Canadian grain quality assurance is under federal review, wants to cut its fees for four official grain inspection and official grain weighing services effective Aug. 1, the start of the new crop year. The change will save Canada’s grain sector millions of dollars over the next three

Cereals Canada, Grain Growers of Canada favour private grain inspectors over CGC

Cereals Canada, Grain Growers of Canada favour private grain inspectors over CGC

AAFC is compiling the feedback and will publish a summary on its website

Cereals Canada and the Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) want inspectors from private companies to replace the mandatory inspection currently done by Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) staff on Canadian grain exported by ship. Their positions are in submissions to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada AAFC, which is reviewing the Canada Grain Act and the CGC’s role

Outward inspection is one of the biggest bones of contention in a review of the Canada Grain Act and Canadian Grain Commission.

Where’s the Canadian Grain Commission headed?

Industry groups outline changes they want in the Canada Grain Act and Canadian Grain Commission

The future of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC), whose statutory mandate since 1912 has been to regulate western Canadian grain quality in the interest of farmers, is getting closer to being determined. Why it matters: For 109 years the Canadian Grain Commission, under authority of the Canada Grain Act, has regulated Western Canada’s multibillion-dollar grain


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Editor’s Take: Coming and going

Farmers and the grain trade may have many common interests, but they are not perfectly aligned

What’s the right amount of oversight in Canada’s grain quality assurance system? That’s the fundamental question at the heart of an ongoing review of the Canadian Grain Commission and Canada Grain Act. As our Allan Dawson reports, many in the grain trade want to see the regulatory burden lighten. The Western Grain Elevator Association, which

Screenshot from an Alberta Agriculture video profiling Innisfail-based pulse and grain handler W.A. Grain and Pulse Solutions. (Alberta Agriculture and Forestry via YouTube)

W.A. Grain enters receivership

Farmers owed money for grain delivered to this company should contact the Canadian Grain Commission

Alberta-based grain and pulse handler and processor W.A. Grain + Pulse Solutions went into receivership April 26. Farmers who delivered grain to its faculties in Alberta and Saskatchewan but haven’t been paid should contact the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). “We have not commenced a claims process yet,” CGC spokesman Remi Gosselin said in an interview

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KAP recommends keeping grain commission’s mandate

It also wants to maintain CGC's role in in outward inspection and ensuring the quality of Canadian grain exports

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) should continue “to operate in the best interests of producers and Canadian grain industry an an independent third party to establish grain grades and standards.” That’s one of 17 recommendations Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) makes in its submission to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), which is seeking views on changes


Soybean growers need to be aware that a number of older varieties are about to see their registration cancelled at the start of the new crop year, August 1.

Know the soybean varieties you’re planting

A long list will see their registrations cancelled Aug. 1 and that could affect how they are sold

Manitoba farmers should take note of the soybean varieties they’re planting this spring. More than two dozen will have their registrations cancelled Aug. 1, which could affect crop marketing, says Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development pulse crop specialist Dennis Lange. The surest way to know is by planting certified seed. “The way I view soybean

Screenshot from an Alberta Agriculture video profiling Innisfail-based pulse and grain handler W.A. Grain and Pulse Solutions. (Alberta Agriculture and Forestry via YouTube)

CGC suspends W.A. Grain’s licences to month-end

The firm, with facilities in Saskatchewan and Alberta, can't buy or sell grain in the interim

Licences for Prairie grain and pulse handler W.A. Grain and Pulse Solutions and its primary elevators in Alberta and Saskatchewan have been suspended by the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). The suspensions took effect at 12:01 p.m. Tuesday, a CGC official said in an interview. “This means for a limited period of time (until April 30)