Tag: Canadian Grain Commission

CGC has recommended reduced user fees for 2017-18 crop year (amended)

Editor’s note: The earlier version of this story said the federal government had approved a reduction in user fees for the 2017-18 crop year earlier this week, according to the commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission. However, a senior CGC communications staff member has since informed us the commissioner “misspoke,” and that the commission is… Read more »

Canola School: Free Lunch, Mouse Poop, and Tough Lessons on Overwintered Canola Pt. 2

You can’t really blame mice and deer from taking a bite out of overwintering canola swaths — your crop is literally a giant buffet for them. And, of course, animals have never heard the saying “don’t poop where you eat,” and so, to add insult to injury, not only has overwintered canola been downgraded by… Read more »

Grain Commission Proposes 24 Percent Cut to User Fees

The Canadian Grain Commission has come out with a plan to cut its user fees by 24 percent as of August 1, 2017. In the April 22nd edition of Canada Gazette, the CGC proposed reducing the amount charged for its official inspection and weighing services by $0.44 per tonne or just under $10 million (from August 1, 2017… Read more »

Canola School: Free Fatty Acids & Funky Colours — Understanding What Happens to Over-Wintered Canola Pt. 1

The unprecedented amount of canola left in the field over winter in Saskatchewan and Alberta has producers and processors trying to figure out the value of this crop. Very little research has been done previously on the impact of snow and over-wintering on canola quality, says Veronique Barthet, oilseed research scientist at the Canadian Grain… Read more »

Wheat School: Figuring Out What To Do With The CGC’s $107 Million User Fee Surplus

$107 million (and counting) in surplus funds collected from farmers and grain shippers — how should it be used? The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is seeking input from farmers and the grain industry on what should be done with its growing surplus from user fees collected over the last four years. “We’ve been hearing lots of… Read more »

CGC Proposes New Eastern Wheat Class

The Canadian Grain Commission has begun a consultation on its proposal to introduce a new eastern wheat class. Wheat industry stakeholders including grain handlers, processors, marketers, breeders and producers are invited to provide their input until May 20, 2017. The Canadian Grain Commission is proposing to develop a Canada Eastern Special Purpose class. This class would allow… Read more »

Grain Commission Seeking Input on Lower User Fees and Potential Uses of $107 Million Surplus

The Canadian Grain Commission formally launched consultations today on a proposed reduction to its user fees. The CGC is also seeking input on potential uses of its $107 million surplus. The proposal and discussion period come less than three weeks after new commissioners took the reins of the federal department that regulates the grain industry. Patti Miller, Doug Chorney and Lonny… Read more »

Chorney, McKague Appointed to Grain Commissioner Roles

The appointees for the second and third highest-ranking roles at the Canadian Grain Commission have been chosen, according to a federal government website. The Governor in Council Appointments page lists East Selkirk, Manitoba-area farmer Doug Chorney as the future appointee for assistant chief commissioner, and Ogema, Saskatchewan-area farmer Lonny McKague as the future commissioner. Chorney… Read more »

Canola Council President Readies for Move to Grain Commission

The Canola Council of Canada has started its search for a new president, following the announcement of Patti Miller’s upcoming departure. Canola Council president since 2012, Miller has been appointed chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission, starting February 13. She sat down with us at CropSphere in Saskatoon last week to reflect on her… Read more »

Wheat Growers Call for Refund on Grain Commission User Fees

The Canadian Grain Commission’s large surplus from user fees over the last few years needs be drawn down and returned to farmers, says the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. The group has launched a petition, noting that since 2013, the CGC has accumulated at least $100 million from the roughly $1.80/tonne in fees charged to… Read more »

Patti Miller Appointed Chief Commissioner of the CGC

Update: This story originally stated Miller’s appointment begins March 13, 2017, but according to the ag minister’s office, there was an error in the order posted by the Privy Council. As noted in the minister’s official announcement on January 3, Miller’s appointment begins February 13, 2017. The president of the Canola Council of Canada is moving… Read more »

Pulse School: Majority of Lentils In Top Two Grades: CGC Survey

The wet weather during the 2016 growing season and harvest took a toll on lentil crop quality in Western Canada, but more than half the crop samples submitted to the Canadian Grain Commission’s harvest survey still fell in the top two grades. “For green lentils, we’re seeing 11.2 percent grading number one and 49.2 percent number… Read more »

Wheat School: The Fusarium Story of 2016

The rain that helped Western Canadian farmers grow big wheat yields in 2016 also created some quality problems that are complicating the marketing of the 31.7 million tonne crop. Almost half (48.6 percent) of the Canada Western Red Spring wheat samples received by the Canadian Grain Commission in its voluntary harvest sample program were downgraded… Read more »

Who’s Going to Run the Canadian Grain Commission?

Update, as of Dec. 6: The offices for all three commissioners at the Canadian Grain Commission are empty. The offices for the top three positions at the Canadian Grain Commission — the government department that regulates the country’s grain industry — will be vacant as of next week. The chief commissioner’s chair has been empty since Elwin Hermanson’s appointment expired… Read more »

Mildew Standards Loosened for Western Canadian Milling Wheat

Mildew doesn’t impact the milling qualities of wheat as much as it affects appearance, according to a two-year study conducted by the Canadian Grain Commission. For this reason, the CGC says it’s allowing an increased presence of mildew in milling wheat classes in Western Canada effective immediately. The commission initiated the study after extensive downgrading… Read more »