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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

More market transparency needed

Grain act reviews trigger farmer calls for more grain sales data collection

Western grain farmers need more timely information about grain sales and exports to improve market transparency and returns to farmers, the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) says in its submission on changes to the Canada Grain Act and Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). The Agricultural Producers of Saskatchewan (APAS) and the National Farmers Union (NFU)


Mandatory Canadian Grain Commission outward inspection contentious

Mandatory Canadian Grain Commission outward inspection contentious

Some farm groups say it’s key to grain quality assurance, but the elevator association disagrees

Of all the issues concerning the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC), its role in outward inspection is one of the most contentious. The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat), Agricultural Producers of Saskatchewan (APAS) and the National Farmers Union (NFU) say in their submissions on the grain act and CGC that retaining mandatory CGC outward inspection

The Canadian Grain Commission building on Main Street in Winnipeg. (File photo)

Virtual town hall on federal Grain Act set for Friday

Time is running out on consultations, but the April 23 event gives farmers a chance to provide input

The deadline for submitting comments to the federal government’s review of the Canada Grain Act and Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is April 30, but farmers can also offer feedback at a ‘virtual’ town hall meeting this Friday. The Grain Act and its regulations provide the framework for Canada’s grain quality assurance system and it’s the

(Video screengrab from Richardson.ca)

Richardson to upgrade western Manitoba elevator

High-throughput to replace wooden crib structure at Swan River

Prairie grain handler Richardson Pioneer plans to start work this spring on a new high-throughput elevator “effectively replacing” its Swan River Valley unit in northwestern Manitoba. The Winnipeg company’s current site, on Canadian National Railway (CN) track about six kilometres north of the town of Swan River, is anchored by a wooden crib workhouse and


Big grain companies want big changes at Canada’s biggest port

Big grain companies want big changes at Canada’s biggest port

The Western Grain Elevator Association wants more say and more transparency in how the Port of Vancouver operates

Canada’s biggest grain companies want sweeping changes to how the Port of Vancouver, Canada’s biggest port, including for grain, operates. “We are trying to promote a solution that allows Canada to reach its targeted goal of $85 billion in (food and agricultural) exports by 2025,” Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association

Top: When there were thousands of elevators scattered across the Prairies, data gathering was much more difficult. Seen here the very first ‘standard’ elevator, built in 1881 in Gretna.  Main: The G3 terminal elevator in Vancouver. These kinds of sophisticated operations make data collection relatively easy today.

A century later a key data report still informs the grain trade

The Canadian Grain Commission’s Grain Statistics Weekly celebrates its 100th anniversary this year

Canada’s grain industry has changed a lot since 1921, but some things have been constant — sowing, reaping, and of course, the Grains Statistics Weekly.  The publication, whose name succinctly describes its content, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) announced recently on its website. “In a lot of ways it

Chasing grain stats in 1921

It’s hard to imagine the effort it would have taken staff at the Board of Grain Commissioners for Canada (now Canadian Grain Commission), to gather the statistics reported in what became the Grains Statistics Weekly. The number of country elevators in Western Canada peaked at 5,758 in 1933. In January 1921, when the publication began,


The great grain transportation turnaround

The great grain transportation turnaround

From bad to best, Western Canada’s grain-handling and transportation system has made huge improvements in the last 25 years

Twenty-five years ago critics claimed Western Canada had one of the worst grain-handling and transportation systems in the developed world. Yet today it’s among the best, says Canada’s grain monitor Mark Hemmes. Far from perfect, and still vulnerable to costly disruptions, including right now, the system from farm gate to terminal spout has been revamped

Doug Chorney. (Manitoba Co-operator file photo by Allan Dawson)

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. —