Tag: Canadian Grain Commission

Wheat School: Not all bushels are the same

The bushel is a critical unit in grain farming. It’s used to describe volume in many contexts, including a crop’s yield per acre, the amount of grain that fits in a truck or bin, and as a fundamental piece of information in grain sales contracts. But not all bushels are the same. More specifically, a… Read more »

Pulse School: CGC urges growers to submit harvest samples

When marketing your peas, lentils, or any other crop, it can be helpful to have a third-party assessment showing the grade, protein content and other attributes of what you’re selling. Every year the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) looks for samples from farmers from across Canada as a part of its Harvest Sample Program. The program, which… Read more »

Grain Commission confirms reduced user fees as of August 1

The Canadian Grain Commission has confirmed its user fees will be reduced as of August 1, 2017, in an effort to minimize further accumulation in the CGC’s user fee surplus. “Reducing these fees means that millions of dollars will remain in the grain sector, where it can benefit producers and grain handling companies,” notes Patti… Read more »

CGC to reduce 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. A senior CGC communications staff member has since informed us the commissioner “misspoke,” and that the commission is still… 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 »