Tag: Jim Smolik

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 »

Grain Commission Consulting RCMP on Naber Specialty Grains

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) has asked the RCMP to investigate a bankrupt Melfort, Saskatchewan-based specialty grain company. Naber Specialty Grains Ltd. (NSGL) went into receivership on June 18, 2015, owing millions of dollars to creditors, including farmers. NSGL was licensed with the CGC to operate a primary elevator at Melfort until May 8, 2015. Licensed grain companies are required… Read more »

Drawing the Line for Feed Mill Licensing

Feed companies, farmers and other stakeholders in the feed industry in Western Canada have until April 9th to share their thoughts on the proposed mandatory licensing of feed mills with the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC.) So why is the CGC looking at licensing feed mills? In 2012, two major hog producers — Puratone and Big… Read more »

Wheat School: The Producer Car Backlog and the Role of the Canadian Grain Commission

While the Canada Grain Act provides farmers with the right to order their own railcars, in reality there have been major challenges for many farmers and their administrators in securing access to producer cars for shipping grain over the last few years. One of the factors contributing to the producer car problem has been an unintended consequence of the federal government’s… Read more »