The majority of Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission members at the group’s annual meeting in Saskatoon on Wednesday voted in favour of a resolution to join Cereals Canada.
The commission is notably absent from the list of producer organizations that are already members of the national group that aims to “ensure a profitable and vibrant future for all links in the cereals value chain.” Producer groups in Cereals Canada include the Manitoba Wheat & Barley Growers Association, the Alberta Wheat Commission, the BC Grain Producers Association, Grain Farmers of Ontario, the Federation des producers de cultures commerciales du Quebec and the Atlantic Grains Council.
“All the other major players in the wheat industry are at the table at Cereals Canada and Saskatchewan needs to be as well,” says Corey Loessin, a grower from Radisson, Saskatchewan, in the interview below. Loessin introduced the resolution, citing Cereals Canada’s work in maintaining market access and market development.
One of the main concerns expressed by farmers opposed to joining Cereals Canada is the structure of Cereals Canada’s board of directors, which is split three ways between farmers, life science companies and grain companies. Questions about the cost of joining the national body were also raised at the AGM.
The SaskWheat board has one year to consider and respond to the resolution.