Tag: Western Canadian Wheat Growers

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 »

Situation critical: new rail legislation needed now, say farm groups

As the volume of grain backed up on farms in Western Canada grows, proposed transportation legislation that could help grain shippers address poor rail service remains stalled in the Senate. As it’s written right now, Bill C-49 — originally introduced in the House of Commons last spring — would give grain shippers the right to… Read more »

Wheat Growers seeking new executive director

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is starting the process of finding a new executive director. Robin Speer has moved on to become the manager of public affairs for CN Rail. Speer joined the Wheat Growers in fall 2015, replacing long-time executive director Blair Rutter. Priorities for the member-funded organization during Speer’s tenure included speaking… Read more »

New coalition against carbon tax brings message to Manitoba Legislature

Four groups concerned the Manitoba government’s carbon tax plan will “negatively impact the provincial economy, and do little to reduce Manitoba’s greenhouse gas emissions” have formed a coalition to oppose the plan. The coalition includes the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and AxeTheCarbonTax.ca. They held… Read more »

U.S. Senator aims at Canadian grading rules for American wheat

While much of the attention in the last few weeks on the Canada-U.S. trade file has been focused on well-publicized trade irritants like dairy and softwood lumber, a U.S. Senator has introduced a resolution asking President Trump to address how U.S. wheat is treated in Canada. The resolution brought forward by Montana Senator Jon Tester last… 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 »

Carbon Taxes Could Perversely Punish Farmers — Stephen Vandervalk

With governments across the country talking about putting a price on carbon, there’s serious concern that policy-makers will end up taxing and raising costs for a group of people who have made significant progress in and are already achieving the intended outcome of sequestering carbon: farmers. “I don’t think we’ve done a very good job… 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 »

Transportation Act Recommendations Seen as a Mix of Positives, Red Flags and Vague Wording

Back in the winter of 2013-14 when Western Canada’s grain industry was bogged down in a massive rail backlog, the upcoming review of the Canada Transportation Act was viewed as an opportunity to improve the way the rail system moves grain. The review process began in May of 2014 and the final report written by… Read more »

Wheat Growers Hire New Executive Director as Rutter Steps Down

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association has hired a new executive director as Blair Rutter has stepped down from the position. Rutter joined the Wheat Growers in 2005 and led the organization in advocating for ending the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly, while pushing for improved market access, a less restrictive variety registration process and improved… Read more »

Farmers, Take Note: PGR Use Must Be Declared at Delivery for 15/16 Crop Year

Most grain elevators in Western Canada are going to be asking producers to declare whether they used a plant growth regulator containing chlormequate chloride when delivering this year’s crop. If the answer is yes, they’re going to reserve the right to not accept delivery of the grain. All the companies that are members in the Western Grain Elevator… Read more »

Western Wheat Growers President Talks About Legal Action Against the CWB

When the initial court challenge by the Canadian Wheat Board was launched against the federal government you knew it wouldn’t go unanswered. The first of those legal responses was launched this week by the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. The reasoning behind it stems from the CWB’s use of pool funds to launch their suit… Read more »

Review of the CWB Election – Kevin Bender, WCWGA

The Canadian Wheat Board election results are in and we didn’t even need a drum roll. The election was quiet before hand and even quieter after the results. Is there anything to take away from this election of the CWB?  Was this election as boring as it seemed and will voter eligibility changes come next?… Read more »