The recent ruling by Justice Douglas Campbell stating that Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz “breached his statutory duty” by proceeding with Bill C-18 before holding a vote among eligible farmers is raising some questions about law vs politics. Judge Campbell’s ruling puts the Canadian justice and political systems at odds and in some murky waters. The… Read More

CropWeek 2010 - What is the Canadian Wheat Boards Stance on WTO and GM Wheat

I talked to Dustin Gosnell, Director of Strategic Planning and Corporate Policy,  Canadian Wheat Board about GM wheat and the CWB’s position on the latest WTO issues. Agricultural trade issues are really sensitive and controversial issues right now.  Never mind the trade issues that North America has with China and the other BRIC countries but the… Read More

CropWeek 2010 - How The Canadian Wheat Board Manages Grain Transportation Logistics

I find that the grain logistics system in Canada is under a lot of criticism quite often.  I have heard several people in the last twelve months say to me that our rail handling system needs to be fixed.  So far, I have heard a lot of “the system is broken” but not of a… Read More

Canadian Wheat Board Election Controversy -- Siemenssays.com

Harry Siemens of SiemensSays does a great job in the following article and podcasts to bring to light the controversy over who has or hasn’t reported their donor list in the past CWB elections.  Harry interviews former board candidate Rolf Penner, Ian Craven of Meyers Norris Penny and Larry Hill, Canadian Wheat Board Chair. Get… Read More

The board of directors of Sask Wheat is today announcing Blair Goldade as the successful applicant to lead Sask Wheat as its new executive director. Goldade will replace Harvey Brooks, who is retiring from the position this fall after seven years at the helm of the producer group. “Blair comes to the role with extensive… Read More

Dr. Harvey Brooks, long-serving general manager of the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat), has announced his retirement. Brooks served as the general manager for Sask Wheat since 2014, and has seen the development of the organization from start-up commission to its full operations today. During Brooks’ tenure, Sask Wheat has matured into a major… Read More

Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has announced appointments for the top two spots at the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). Selkirk, Man.-area farmer Doug Chorney has been promoted to chief commissioner, effectively immediately and for a three-year term. Chorney, who was appointed assistant chief commissioner in 2017, has been serving as acting chief commissioner since June… Read More

The Canadian Wheat Research Coalition (CWRC) — a collaboration of the Alberta Wheat Commission, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, and Manitoba Crop Alliance — is committing over $22.6 million to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) for a core breeding agreement over a five-year term. The group says the agreement ensures that farmers will benefit from new… Read More

The amalgamated Cereals Canada, formed through the merger of Cereals Canada and the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi), has announced its first board of directors, as well as executive and governance committees. Todd Hames, who represents the Alberta Wheat Commission and farms near Lloydminster, Alta., will sit as chair. The board also includes: Jean-Marc Ruest,… Read More

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association has announced Manitoba farmer Gunter Jochum will serve as its new president. Jochum was unanimously elected at a March board meeting and replaces Saskatchewan farmer Levi Wood. “I’m honoured to have the trust of the Wheat Growers board of directors to represent this dedicated group of people. Wheat Grower… Read More

The Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) used to be a big player in the field of offering government-backed cash advances. The changes to the CWB’s structure and its transition to a private company created an administrative vacuum which 30 or so other groups that currently offer the cash advance have been working to fill. Recently, another… Read More

Canadians and Americans share the largest border in the world which creates similar opportunities and challenges for farmers no matter where they reside in relation to the 49th parallel. When the Canadian Wheat Board’s single desk fell, Western Canadian growers looked forward to some of the same free market opportunities that American growers in Montana… Read More

 

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