Canaryseed Commission Urges Caution When Marketing Crop

Canaryseed is not listed as an official grain in the Canada Grain Act, so farmers selling the crop have no protection from the Canadian Grain Commission’s licensing and bonding program.

The Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan (CDSC) issued a notice on Monday reminding producers about payment risk, while singling out a Melfort-based specialty crop buyer.

The commission says Naber Specialty Grains Ltd. is in arrears on levy payments to the commission, despite numerous requests for payment. The CDSC’s directors and management have also “received reports from producers unable to receive payment from Naber Specialty Grains in a timely manner.”

The CDCS notes Todd Naber was a principle in Naber Seed & Grain Co. Ltd — which entered receivership while owing many producers for grain in 2002 — and is a principle in Naber Specialty Grains Ltd.

The commission also points out it has no jurisdiction in contract or payment disputes, but says it wants to alert producers to the situation. According to the Canadian Grain Commission’s website, Naber Specialty Grains Ltd. is still licensed as a primary elevator.

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