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Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) inspection specialist Usman Mohammad demonstrates how inspectors use CGC grade standard samples to assist in grading grain consistently.  PHOTOs: ALLAN DAWSON


Subjective? Not exactly

Western Canada’s wheat-grading system is probably more objective than you think

For 40 years Western Canada’s grain industry has dreamed about the black box — an affordable machine that would take a handful of wheat and quickly and accurately spit out its end-use quality on the elevator driveway. Like flying cars and cellulosic ethanol, it’s just around the corner, but never arrives. The black box is

Nominations open Nov. 1 for wheat and barley association directors

Nominations open Nov. 1 for wheat and barley association directors

The election will be held at the 
MWBGA’s annual meeting Feb. 15, 2018, 
but advance ballots are also available

Nominations to fill three positions on the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association’s (MWBGA) board of directors open Nov. 1 and close Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m. Incumbent MWBGA chair Fred Greig of Reston intends to stand for election, he said in an email. The other two incumbents are Dylan Wiebe of Altona and Justin


Stand up for our grain grading system

Stand up for our grain grading system

It would be a mistake to alter the Canadian Grain Act to allow U.S. grain to enter our system

In 2014, a longtime advocate for grain trade deregulation and a former researcher for the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association was quoted in the ag press as saying, “I don’t remember one serious conversation about market power and the dangers it imposed.” Apparently that conversation still hasn’t happened for the farmers who are lobbying to

WCWGA searching for new executive director

Robin Speer, who has had the job since Nov. 2, 2015, joined CN Rail last month

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association (WCWGA) is seeking a new executive director. Robin Speer, who took over the job from Blair Rutter Nov. 2, 2015, joined CN Rail in mid-September as manager for public affairs in Saskatchewan. Speer said in his new position he will work with Saskatchewan municipalities, industry organizations, city and provincial officials. “I will

KAP advisory council delegates debated nine resolutions July 13 in Brandon, including one that calls on KAP to investigate the consequences and possible penalties for American farmers who misrepresent grain they deliver to a Canadian elevator.

KAP wants U.S. farmers held accountable for misrepresented grain

Delegates want to know if the same penalties apply to U.S. farmers who break the rules

The Americans are pushing for their wheat to be graded the same as Canadian wheat when delivered to a Canadian elevator. That prompted a resolution to the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) to investigate the consequences and possible penalties for American farmers who misrepresent grain they deliver to a Canadian elevator. “The reason we brought this


KAP is frustrated with the Manitoba government’s lack of information on a 
made-in-Manitoba carbon tax, KAP general manager James Battershill told delegates at KAP’s advisory council meeting in Brandon July 13.

KAP frustrated by lack of detail on Manitoba’s carbon tax

A new Manitobans Against Carbon Taxes Coalition is pressuring the 
provincial government to join Saskatchewan to fight the tax

Frustration is growing over a lack of information on Manitoba government’s carbon tax. “We are a little bit sick and tired of starting to negotiate and discuss this issue in a vacuum without information from the province on what it is looking at,” Keystone Agricultural Producers’ (KAP) general manager James Bat­ters­hill told KAP delegates at

CGC assistant chief commissioner Doug Chorney says the new fees 
are intended to be set at a cost-recovery level.

Grain commission fee cuts take effect Aug. 1

It’s official — Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) fees will drop substantially at the start of the new crop year. Effective Aug. 1 the CGC will cut its fees for official export inspection charge from $1.70 per tonne to $1.35, and the weighing charge to seven cents per tonne from 16 cents, the CGC said in

grain cars

Grain sector likes transportation act changes

Time will tell, but the industry says the Bill C-49 changes should lead to better grain service

After decades of complaining about poor rail service for grain, western farmers and shippers say Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act, is close to what they’ve been asking for. Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA), which represents Western Canada’s major elevator companies, said it includes most of the changes it


MacAulay not saying if he’ll fix U.S. wheat-grading irritant

MacAulay not saying if he’ll fix U.S. wheat-grading irritant

The U.S. and Canadian grain sectors agree American wheat delivered to Canada should be eligible for the same grades if the variety is registered in Canada — but will it take U.S. trade action to make it happen?

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay has heard the Canadian grain sector’s request to fix a trade irritant over grading imported American wheat, but isn’t saying if he’ll do anything about it. Given United States President Donald Trump’s bellicose anti-trade comments, followed last month by Montana Sen. Jon Tester’s resolution to the U.S. Senate’s finance committee,

Canada’s wheat industry wants the federal government to amend the Canada Grain Act so deliveries from the U.S. are treated the same way Canadian ones are, to prevent raising the ire of President Donald Trump.

Canada’s grain sector wants to keep wheat off Trump’s hit list and preserve open border

That’s why it’s pushing Ottawa to change the grading system to accommodate 
American wheat delivered to Canadian elevators

[Updated May 10, 2017] With Canadian softwood lumber and dairy already in President Donald Trump’s crosshairs, there are fears United States could soon go after Canadian wheat. The Americans have long complained Canadian wheat has enjoyed unfettered access to the U.S. market under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but charge Canadian regulations discriminate against