The Real Outcome of the CWB Travelling Road Show – Jeff Nielsen

The Canadian Wheat Board has been travelling across Western Canada meeting with farm organizations and farmers to discuss the future of the CWB. Well at least thats what the intent was. In reality according to CWB District two Director, Jeff Nielsen the outcome was more of a lobby to grasp on to the single desk model.

In my discussion with Jeff his candidness is a result of his frustration with the lack of intention to adapt to the new realities of August 2012. As we have discussed previously on RealAgriculture.com, the lack of willingness to think about life after the single desk is concerning.  What also is bizarre is some of the groups that have attended the sessions across the three provinces.  For example the Communist Party of Canada attended in Alberta and was handing out information and recruiting members.  some of the other concerns and interesting points at the Alberta meetings was the same people asking the same questions at all three meetings.  Hmmmm…….

Please listen to my interview with Jeff Nielsen and let me know what you think about the travelling road show and the plebiscite results coming soon.

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Shaun Haney

Shaun grew up on a family seed farm in Southern Alberta. Haney Farms produces, conditions and retails wheat, barley, canola and corn seed. Shaun Haney is the founder of RealAgriculture.com. @shaunhaney

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Ken Coles

Why is this issue so politically based????????? Show me some data / market research that more clearly tells the impact of both maintaining the status quo and market choice.

What are the financial implications of change? Does it make sense?

Does anyone really understand what’s going on? Guess what, if people don’t understand the implication of change then they are going to support the status quo.

Signed,

Truely Perplexed!

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Andy

That is a refreshing view from a director. Thanks Shaun and Jeff!

Lots of interesting things in that interview. Commies, membership signups, the same people at multiple events, and distortion of the issues all really show how much of a traveling circus the CWB meetings really were.

I didn’t get to the one nearest to me because I was swathing canola.

Seems to me that harvest was about the worst time that these meetings could have been held. They are held before the plebiscite results, so not much direction could be given without knowing that.

They were held at a time when the poor (late), semi-retired or (and??) small farmers were the almost the only ones who could attend.

I have recently been bombarded with CWB ads on the radio that spell out that “all profits are returned to the farmer, less marketing costs.” I wonder how this traveling road show equates to a marketing cost…

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Denis Laughton

I have for quite some time had a list of 8 “Pearls of Wisdom” posted by my desk–a couple of which I think apply here;
Emotion is no substitute for logical analysis.
Another interpretation of someone being single minded is that they are incapable of having another thought.
It sounds to me that the CWB had the opportunity to be part of the change and they chose not to participate.

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Allan

When the government got rid of the Crow rate, they claimed “value added” industry would grow and thrive, pasta plants would pop up left, right and center. The only one that lost here was the farmer. Producer car loading sprung up to try and maintain profitability. I didn’t see First nation’s people lose their monthly treaty cheques because the government dictated to give them a one time payout in lieu of monthly subsistence and abolish their treaty rights. The Crow rate was a guarantee to the farmer in perpetuity too, signed and adopted by the rail comanies! Are the farmer’s better off without it?

Now, they preach “marketing freedom”, freedom to choose where you market your grain! The farmers will make more money! You can even truck your grain across the border, the Americans will welcome you! What a laugh!

Peasant farming is coming. You will buy your seed and inputs from XYZ Grain Company and sell it right back to him – patent pending – and you will like it! The only difference is we don’t have river systems and close ports to sell through like the Americans have. We have winters, ice and snow and logistical nightmares which will put us at a huge disadvantage to those marketing similar products south of the border!

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