2011 News Archive

Growing grain in Western Canada is getting “greener”. A new sustainable agriculture report, released today at the GrowCanada Conference 2011 in Winnipeg, shows that Western Canadian farmers are producing more grain with less impact on the environment.

November 10, 2011 - Resumption of Trade Talks with South Korea Critical to Maintaining Market Access for Canadian Agri-Food Exports
Grains and oilseed producers, maltsters and canola crushers are calling on the Government of Canada to re-engage South Korea in free trade talks immediately, to ensure Canadian exports are not lost to competitors. Trade talks between Canada and South Korea have been stalled since 2008.

November 9, 2011 - Establishment of Working Group on Rail Service 
This week’s announcement by the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, which establishes the Crop Logistics Working Group on rail transportation, is another important step in implementing the recommendations coming out of Transport Canada’s Rail Service Review.

November 1, 2011 - Appointment of Facilitator Important Step in Moving Rail Service Review Forward
Earlier this week, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities announced the appointment of a facilitator to lead one of the key recommendations identified during the Rail Service Review.

September 29, 2011 - CCGA Advance Payments Program Expands with Four New Commodities
Today, the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced that beginning October 1, 2011, the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) will expand its administration capacity under the Advance Payments Program (APP) to include the issuance of cash advances for winter wheat. Beginning April 1, 2012, the CCGA will also begin issuing cash advances for spring wheat, durum and barley. The expansion to these additional commodities will be effective for the 2012-13 APP production period.

September 9, 2011 - Canola Farmers Support Cairns Group Farm Leaders’ Call for Action in International Trade Negotiations
Canada’s canola farmers are seeking ambitious progress under the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations. The statement was released on the heels of the Cairns Group Ministerial Meeting and the Cairns Group Farm Leaders meeting, which concluded in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan this week.
Effective today, the Canadian Canola Growers Association is now accepting applications for the 2011 fall cash advance program. “The Post-Harvest Advance Payment Program was established to help farmers generate cash flow from their stored crops, while giving them the flexibility to time the marketing of their grain sales,” says Rick White, General Manager.
The Canadian Canola Growers Association says that today's announcement by the federal and provincial Agriculture Ministers to provide $448 million in federal-provincial AgriRecovery funding to help farmers affected by excess moisture and flooding is welcomed news.
June 30, 2011 - Canola Farmers Welcome Biodiesel Announcement
Canola farmers from across Canada welcome yesterday’s announcement by Environment Minister Peter Kent and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, which brings into force a two percent renewable content requirement in diesel and heating fuel on July 1, 2011.
The Canadian Canola Growers Association is now accepting applications for the 2011 cash advance program. “Having the application forms and online system available earlier in the spring is one way we can provide better service to farmers who have a busy field season right around the corner,” says Rick White, General Manager.
March 21, 2011 - Canola Farmers See Constructive Progress Out of Rail Service Review Announcement
Friday’s Rail Service Review announcement by Rob Merrifield, Minister of State (Transport), and Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, is a positive step forward in resolving chronic rail service problems faced by Canadian farmers.
Canadian canola and soybean farmers strongly support the development of a domestic biodiesel industry that utilizes Canadian-grown feedstocks. The findings from a survey of more than 300 canola and soybean farmers in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario were released this week by AgCall Inc.
February 10, 2011 - Defeat of Bill C-474 Good News for Farmers
The results of yesterday’s final vote defeating Bill C-474 is good news for canola farmers who rely on the advancement of new varieties to keep them competitive in the global oilseed market. “The changes proposed in Bill C-474 would have only added ambiguity and uncertainty to our seed system with the end result being a loss of innovation and competitiveness for farmers,” says Ed Schafer, President of the Canadian Canola Growers Association.
Today’s announcement by Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Gerry Ritz and Environment Minister Peter Kent, to mandate the blending of biodiesel in diesel fuel, is welcomed news for Canada’s canola farmers. “A two percent renewable fuel mandate for diesel fuel has the potential to create new domestic demand for about one million tonnes of canola,” says Ed Schafer, President of the Canadian Canola Growers Association.