This week Alliance Grain Traders (AGT) announced that they are building a durum processing plant in Regina. This is a great story for Western Canadian growers as it creates jobs, moves more grain processing into Canada and allows for future growth of the industry.
Of course the Canadian Wheat Board rhetoric had to hijack the announcements. Both sides of the issue made sure that they go their two bits in on why this was happening. I have a hard time believing that this plant is going to be built just because the single desk is being terminated. The Canadian Wheat Board Alliance claims that the plant announcement was a political stunt for a phantom plant. Both sides are not really telling the truth and are falling victim to the usual political blah blah blah.
Instead of making this a two sided political hijacking, lets just be happy and feel fortunate that there are companies willing to make investments in processing. This is a good story for Western Canadian durum growers no matter what your opinions are of the single desk, nothing more and nothing less.