Swirling around in the news lately is the Canada Grain Act review, and while it’s not the sexiest subject in the realm of ag these days, it’s still incredibly important. We’re going to make it interesting for you, we promise.

Our host Shaun Haney’s on for today’s Freestyle Friday LIVE! and he’s got the docket loaded with clips on the Canada Grain Act to for review.

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SUMMARY

  • Right off the bat, the first clip is Minister Bibeau has no “pre-conceived” notions on the Grain Act
  • In the interest of the grain producers, according to Sask Wheat report
  • Sask Wheat pushing for added transparency in the grain trade in Grain Act review, interview with Brett Halstead
  • Canada Grain Commission oversight of the Grain Act
  • Third party inspections seems to be the most contentious of the issues, but so is reporting transparency
  • How wheat is re-classed, the number of wheat classes
  • What everyone agrees on: this is long overdue.
  • Grading changes and waiting on a timeline for the Grains Act review (a previous interview with Doug Chorney)
  • Third party inspections on outbound shipments? SGS comes up because it’s a global name. Would that be more expensive or cheaper, and with them doing it, can Canada keep their name regarding quality?
  • Wade Sobkowich on behalf of the Western Grain Elevator Assocation
  • International customer buying on spec does not need a CGC certificate, yet…
  • What does the U.S. have for a CGC equivalent? FGIS is difficult to compare to because they have a different system
  • After last year’s falling number debacle, Chorney has some thoughts on the matter. Sprouting is still a proxy measurement.
  • More timely sales reporting. Sale to “destination unknown” isn’t quite good enough. Chances of market manipulation and not just price discovery
  • Back to number of wheat classes for a second: there’s general agreement that there are too many, but is moving to fewer classes better or worse for farmers?
  • Some of these stances are very deep-rooted; generations of discussion
  • It’ll be easier for the government to say, let’s leave things as they are
  • If nobody’s answering your questions, reach out to us! You can email Shaun at [email protected], or on Twitter or Instagram or give us a shout on the listener line: 1-855-776-6147

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