Tag: John De Pape

Wheat Market Transparency — How can it be fixed? Or does it need fixing?

In theory, price transparency is required for a free market to be efficient. In reality, farmers like to know they’re getting a fair value for their grain. A lack of transparency was seen by some producers as one of the reasons why the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly needed to be dismantled. That wish was granted… Read more »

New Western Canadian Grain Price Transparency Project Launched

The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) has teamed up with FARMCo, a grain marketing consulting firm, to head up a large-scale project designed to “improve farmers’ ability to make well-informed marketing decisions and maximize the value of their crops.” The Crop Data and Price Reporting project will lead to the development of a web-based tool that… Read more »

John DePape Comments on Conservatives Vote to End the CWB Single Desk

Today the Harper government voted in the House of Commons to end the CWB’s single desk right on Western Canadian grains. With a vote of 153-120 the Conservatives have come through on the one promise that has been hotly debated in many coffee shops across the country.Today’s vote does not end the controversy but it… 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 »

Friday is CWB Plebisite D-Day – Get Your Popcorn Ready

“Get You Popcorn Ready” — Terrell Owens, when with the Dallas Cowboys With the result of the plebiciste being released on Friday, the next week is going to be very interesting. Based on the results the CWB will have to engage the next step in their campaign to save the single desk in Western Canada…. Read more »