Tag: Levi Wood

Farm groups asking Ottawa to intervene in looming rail strike

Prairie grain farmers are urging the federal government to take action to prevent workers with CP Rail from going on strike as early as this weekend. A strike now would only add to the problems with grain movement this crop year. Around 3,000 conductors and engineers who are members in the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, as… Read more »

Trade and transportation top of mind at Wheat Growers meeting in DC

With NAFTA negotiations underway, talk of new tariffs, and the relationship between Canada and the U.S. at a critical juncture in its history, the U.S. capital was an appropriate setting for the Western Canadian Wheat Growers’ 48th annual convention this week. The current trade and transportation issues, which are tied together in driving the export-based… Read more »

Wheat Grower Groups in Canada and the U.S. Support Open Cross-Border Trade

This is an op-ed submitted by Levi Wood, Saskatchewan wheat farmer and president of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association; and Jason Scott, U.S. Wheat Associates chair and Maryland wheat farmer. Since the end of the Canadian Wheat Board’s government monopoly control over the marketing of western Canadian wheat, there has been a great deal… Read more »

Farmers, Farm Groups Oppose Increased Burden of Carbon Tax

Farmers and farm groups are voicing concerns about the impact the carbon tax announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will have on farming and food production in Canada. Trudeau said the government will require provinces meet a minimum federal price on carbon of $10 per tonne in 2018, rising to $50 per tonne in 2022. The… Read more »

New Orleans Visit a Reminder of the North American Nature of the Grain Industry

A group of farmers from across Western Canada headed down to New Orleans last week to not only take in the annual Commodity Classic farm show, but also attend the Western Canadian Wheat Growers’ annual convention. Now why would a prairie farm group hold its annual meeting in the southern U.S.? (It just happens the… Read more »