The chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) has announced her retirement three years into a six-year appointment. With 35 years in the agriculture industry behind her, Patti Miller says she felt as though it was time. “You know, I think you get to a certain stage in your life and you start evaluating… Read More

On today’s show — recorded live from the Lethbridge studio — you’ll hear: Top ag news of the day with news lead Jessika Guse; An update from the Canadian Federation of Agriculture’s AGM with Ontario field editor, Lyndsey Smith; and Patti Miller, chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission, on her decision to step down… Read More

The chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is stepping down from the post. Patti Miller will be leaving the federal department that regulates Canada’s grain industry in June, according to the federal agriculture minister’s office. “As Commissioner Patti Miller is retiring, I would like to thank her for her service to Canada,” says… Read More

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) says that producers who were not paid for grain delivered to ILTA Grain Inc. will be 100 per cent compensated through the CGC’s Safeguards for Grain Farmers Program. The grain company was granted creditor protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) in July of 2019. “The Canadian Grain Commission… Read More

Besides the weather, the issue of falling number discounts is a major frustration this fall for farmers in Western Canada. As farmers started to deliver grain to the elevator this fall, some were finding out that their delivery contracts included discounts based on falling number. Many farmers are asking whether this is legal under the… Read More

Whether it’s the USMCA, ‘new NAFTA’, CUSMA, or something else entirely, the trade agreement between Canada, U.S. and Mexico is making big news this week, and it’s back in our news at the top of the show. Then, host Shaun Haney guides us through conversations on: The direction we need to move in marketing our… Read More

Close to a month has passed since ILTA Grain Inc. was granted creditor protection by British Columbia’s Supreme Court, due to its financial difficulties. This left many producers frustrated as some still had contracts with the company. In fact, the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) has heard from more than 200 producers since the creditor protection… Read More

Should falling number and deoxynivalenol (DON) become official grain grading factors? The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) wants to know what you think. Right now, both are not official grading factors in the statutory Canadian grading system for any type of crop. According to a news release, DON and falling number have increasingly played a critical… Read More

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is updating the way peas and lentils are graded, saying that the change ensures Canada continues to provide customers with the superior product they have come to expect and maintains Canada’s competitive advantage in world grain markets. As of August 1, only registered varieties of peas and lentils will be eligible… Read More

The Canadian Grain Commission has announced its first expenditure to draw down its $100-plus million user fee surplus that it collected from farmers from 2013 to 2017. The CGC says it will invest $4 million over the next five years in enhancing its Harvest Sample Program. Producers who submit wheat samples to the program starting… Read More

The way Western Canadian wheat is graded for frost/heat stress and mildew will be changing slightly on August 1, 2018. Until now, if both grading factors were present in a sample of grain, they were assessed together based on standard samples that visually showed the effect of both factors. The Canadian Grain Commission says recent… Read More

The Canadian Grain Commission has announced it is moving five more Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat varieties to the new Canada Northern Hard Red (CNHR) wheat class due to these varieties not meeting gluten requirements for Western Canada’s flagship CWRS class. After hearing concerns about gluten strength from customers, the Grain Commission tightened the… Read More

$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

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

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


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