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“The grain companies have never wanted the CGC. They would much prefer a situation wherein they can make all the rules themselves... “ Stewart Wells, NFU.

Grain act, grain commission review revived

The ongoing examination is sure to reveal fractures and differing interests

Two pillars of Canada’s $26-billion grain industry are again under review — a process reviving long-standing divisions between some farmers and grain companies over grain industry regulations. The Canada Grain Act and Canadian Grain Commission which administers it, deal with grain buyer licensing, grade standards, grading disputes, quality control and producer payment protection. Some submissions

CGC review started quietly amid suspicion in 2019, then sidelined

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) quietly began its review of the Canada Grain Act and the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) in March 2019. The kickoff was an AAFC briefing to members of the Grains Roundtable, which represents a cross-section of the grain sector. There was no ministerial announcement or news release, but shortly after it


Feds launch consultations on Canada Grain Act

Review to run until April 30

The federal government is now officially canvassing the grains sector on upgrades to Canada’s grain regulatory system. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, speaking Tuesday to Saskatchewan crop organizations’ virtual CropSphere conference, announced the feds’ current Canada Grain Act review has entered its consultation stage, running until April 30. The government said it wants feedback from grain

Doug Chorney is the Canadian Grain Commission’s new chief commissioner. He was appointed assistant chief commissioner in 2017 and had been acting chief since June.

Praise for Canadian Grain Commission staff during pandemic

Doug Chorney used his family history to underscore the importance of hope in these tough times

Hope is a powerful state of mind, important now as ever. That’s the message Doug Chorney delivered to Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) staff in a speech Dec. 17. At the time he was the CGC’s acting chief commissioner; Dec. 21 he was appointed chief. “In 1903 my grandfather came to Canada from Poland as a

Canola samples tested by the Canadian Grain Commission suggested overwintered canola from last year can still be processed into 
good-quality oil.

Overwintered canola can still have value, but process it quickly

Grain commission released the results of a study it did on canola seeded in 2019 and harvested this spring

Some of the unharvested canola that overwintered in 2019-20 was worth harvesting and processing based on research led by Véronique Barthet, the program manager for oilseeds with the Canadian Grain Commission’s (CGC) Grain Research Laboratory. “Grain handlers and processors had concerns about free fatty acid levels in overwintered canola crops,” Barthet said in a CGC


Doug Chorney (left) is the Canadian Grain Commission's new chief commissioner. He was appointed assistant chief commission in 2017 and had being acting chief since June. KAP general manager Patty Rosher (right) was appointed assistant chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission Dec. 21, 2020.

CGC’s Doug Chorney promoted to chief, Patty Rosher appointed assistant chief commissioner

In addition to its regular work, the grain commissioner and grain act are under review

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) has a new chief and assistant chief commissioner. Doug Chorney, the CGC’s acting chief commissioner, has been promoted to chief and Patty Rosher, general manager of the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) since March 2019, is the new assistant chief commissioner. Both appointments were announced by Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude

Former KAP president promoted at CGC

KAP GM to replace Chorney as CGC's assistant chief

The acting chief commissioner for Canada’s grain handling regulator has formally levelled up to the chief’s role, while the GM of Manitoba’s general farm group replaces him at the second seat. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau on Monday appointed Doug Chorney — an agricultural engineer and grain and oilseed grower at East Selkirk, Man. —

Grain, oilseed exports well ahead of year-ago

Chinese demand up substantially for Canada's crops

MarketsFarm — Canadian grain exports continue to run at a very solid pace, with canola, wheat and barley movement-to-date all up substantially on the year. Total exports of Canada’s major grains and oilseeds as of Nov. 29 came in at 18.9 million tonnes, according to Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) data. That’s up by nearly five



Suspended pulse crop handlers partly reinstated

Companies can't buy or receive more grain from growers

Three suspended pulse and special crop handling and processing companies are again licensed to move Canadian grain — but not to buy any. The Canadian Grain Commission announced Monday it has reinstated the licences for Globeways Canada Inc. and its subsidiaries: Canpulse Foods Ltd., a pulse and canary seed processor at Kindersley, Sask., and Global