Farmers in Western Canada will be going through a big change come August. The end of the Canadian Wheat Board’s single desk will open up a whole new landscape to producers. It’s a landscape that some farmers are unsure about and other farmers are excited for. For those who land on the unsure side of the fence, it’s important to have some idea how this change will play out for them. While there is no certain way of knowing until things actually start to happen, we can look to similar situations for some ideas.
One of those similar situations was the end of the single desk monopoly in Australia. Geoff Honey was there when the Australian government ended the AWB single desk system. Geoff is with Grain Trade Australia and was at Cropwwek 2012 to talk about the similarities of the two situations as well as the differences and talked about the current state of the wheat marketing system in Australia following the transition to an open market. I spoke to him at Cropweek 2012 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
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