Tag: canadian wheat board

We’re Not Actually Talking About Bringing Back the CWB Single Desk, Are We?

A remnant of the pro-Canadian Wheat Board movement is still alive, and still punching above its weight, even though it’s been three-and-a-half years since the federal government buried the CWB’s single desk monopoly. The latest example of the vocal minority receiving mainstream attention: “Prairie Farmers Calling for the Return of the Canadian Wheat Board” read the… Read more »

5 Fascinating (But Not Necessarily Advisable) Protests by Farmers

When most of us think of a typical protest, images of cowboy hats and tractors don’t generally come to mind. But, farmers have definitely played a role in shaping public policy (or at least garnering some attention) through protests. 1. Cows Against TPP Cows, milk, farmers and tractors hit the streets of Ottawa this week —… Read more »

G3 Global Grain Group (Bunge & SALIC Canada) Takes on Majority Ownership of CWB — Updated

Update on July 31, 2015: G3 Global Grain Group today announced the successful close of its deal to acquire a majority stake in CWB. CWB will be combined with the grain assets of Bunge Canada to form G3 Canada Limited. Ian White, CWB President and CEO, said he is “gratified” with the outcome of the CWB… Read more »

POLL: CWB Releases Steamy Ad to Get You Off the Fence

In my time with RealAgriculture.com I have seen some great ads, okay ads and some real ineffective ones.  Traditional agriculture advertising is very conservative and tends to follow the, “we don’t want to offend anyone” mantra. Well the CWB has stepped out and tried to grab your attention.  What do you think.  Does this fine… Read more »

Poll: What Percentage of the Wheat Crop Will CWB Handle?

Earlier this year the CWB (as it was still named) rolled out handling agreement announcements at Canada’s Farm Progress Show at Regina, Sask. During and after the press conference, more than a few weighed in on what percentage of the grain handle the monopoly-less board could possibly attract. Some estimated as much as 30% to… Read more »

Head Scratcher: CWB to Offer Canola Pools

Am I the only one left scratching my head over the newly minted CWB offering canola pools? Voluntary pooling is all good, if that’s what you’re in to, but I thought a very recent survey asking farmers if they’d be interested in a canola pool went over like a lead balloon. Apparently not, according to… Read more »

Brenda Lepp Comments on the Viterra – CWB Handling Agreement

The Viterra – CWB announcement today at Canada’s Farm Progress Show has definitely grabbed the attention of farmers. I was fortunate to run into Brenda Tjaden Lepp, Farmlink Marketing Solutions at the show.  Brenda attended the CWB press conference and had some strong feeling about the benefits of the announcement and the state of the… Read more »

Viterra and the CWB Sign a Grain Handling Agreement

The Canadian Wheat Board has announced that they have signed a grain handling agreement with Viterra staring August 1, 2012.  The agreement will be a compliment to the Cargill agreement that was reached previously.   The CWB – Viterra agreement will also provide the CWB with access at the port. Since the CWB does not… Read more »

The Toughest Job in Agriculture Right Now

Do you think your job is tough? Seeding and planting (lingo depending on where you live) season is a real hectic time. You get up early and go home late. The days are long but it is nothing in my mind in comparison to what the human resources department is going through at the Canadian… Read more »

Talking to Farmers: What Do You Think of the CWB Steamroller Campaign?

  The CWBs latest attempt to rally support and gain a hearing is an ad campaign designed under the name “stop the steamroller“. The print, radio and video campaign focuses on a steamroller with the caption ” This is how the Harper government harvests Canadian wheat”. The ads, paid for by CWB pool funds, were… Read more »

Wayne Easter: “Mr. Ritz is Dreaming in Technicolor.”

Earlier this week we spoke to Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz about why he thinks the elimination of the single desk will be beneficial to farmers and why he is so passionate about that position. Not everyone shares the exuberance Minister Ritz has over the new marketing landscape for wheat in Western Canada. One of… Read more »

Gerry Ritz: Who’s Steamrolling Who?

Yesterday I attended a Calgary Chamber of Commerce luncheon. This was not just any ordinary lunch because it was attended by the Calgary ag-business community and they were all there to listen to the Federal Minister of Agriculture, Gerry Ritz.  Mr. Ritz spoke to the group about why he feels so strongly regarding the coming… Read more »

Jeff Nielsen: “Why I Left The CWB Board of Directors”

The CWB board of directors takes yet another hit with its latest resignation. CWB District 2 Director Jeff Nielsen has made the decision to step down, a decision based primarily on his and what he feels are his constituents opposition to the use of pool funds in fighting the governments decision to eliminate the board… Read more »

Henry Vos: Why I Stepped Down From the CWB Board of Directors

This week Henry Vos resigned from the Canadian Wheat Board for several reasons.  I talked to him this morning so that he can get his reasons in the open and in the clear.  Whether you agree with Henry’s decision to resign, it is very visible that Henry feels strongly about his reasons and what is… Read more »

John Depape Comments on the New CWB Bill Presented in Parliament

Yesterday the Federal Conservatives released the new CWB bill which for the first time outlines it’s intentions for the CWB in a non-single desk world.   The Act includes everything from the repeal of the old act to the dissolving of the current Board of Directors including the release of Chairman Alan Oberg.  We discussed this… Read more »