A new era sprouts for western grain farmers

The archaic, decades-long monopoly of the Canadian Wheat Board has ended with the enactment of the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act which came into effect today (Aug. 1).

The legislation fulfils an ACC policy which first arose out of Red Deer in 2001 calling upon the federal government to provide western grain farmers with the same marketing freedom that producers in Eastern Canada enjoyed.  POLICY

Farmers can now choose whether they want to sell their crops through the Canadian Wheat Board or do so themselves, as befitting the independent businesspeople they are.  CALGARY HERALD ARTICLE

Alberta’s agri-business sector has also been widely anticipating the opportunities this new open-market system offers for value-added and investment opportunities. 

In anticipation of the CWB monopoly ending, the Alberta government announced Monday it was creating two new commissions to assist producers as they enter this new era. The Alberta Wheat Commission and the Alberta Oat Growers Commission will advocate on behalf of producers and fund research and marketing projects.  CBC.CA article

ACC thanks Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz for the perseverance he displayed in guiding the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act through Parliament.

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