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Partners in Innovation, a coalition of farmer, industry and value chain organizations is pleased to welcome the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) to its membership. CCGA joining Partners in Innovation this week brings the active coalition membership to 19. 

July 10, 2014 - Stay of Default Extends Deadline for Repayment on 2013-14 Cash Advances

Earlier today Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced a Stay of Default for the 2013-14 Advance Payments Program affecting grain farmers in Western Canada.  The Stay extends the current repayment deadline of September 30, 2014 to March 31, 2015 for cash advances issued by the Canadian Canola Growers Association.


June 13, 2014 - Reaching Milestone in South Korea Trade Agreement

Yesterday’s tabling of the final text of Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) is an important milestone for canola farmers.


May 30, 2014 - Bill C-30 Receives Royal Assent

Canola farmers welcomed the news that Bill C-30 the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act, has received Royal Assent. The bill was introduced into the House of Commons on March 27, and received Royal Assent yesterday.


May 26, 2014 - Canola Growers File Level of Service Complaint with Canadian Transportation Agency

The Canadian Canola Growers Association has filed a Level of Service Complaint with the Canadian Transportation Agency, contending that Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway did not fulfill their common carrier obligations for the movement of Western Canadian grains and oilseeds this crop year.


May 1, 2014 - Panel Findings Open Door to Canola-Based Products in Quebec

Yesterday’s panel ruling under Canada’s Agreement on Internal Trade will provide canola-based dairy alternatives with access to the Quebec market and create new opportunities for processing and marketing of Canadian-grown canola.


April 8, 2014 - Bill C-30 Passes Important Hurdle with Inclusion of Key Amendment

Bill C-30 the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act passed an important hurdle yesterday when the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food concluded its hearings on the Bill with one key amendment included. “This amendment is absolutely critical,” says Rick White, CEO of the Canadian Canola Growers Association.


March 27, 2014 - New Legislation Responds to Farmers’ Rail Service Concerns

Yesterday’s introduction of Bill C-30 the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act by Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is welcomed news for canola farmers as it confirms the Government’s ongoing commitment to address both short and long-term service problems with Canada’s rail transportation system.


March 11, 2014 - South Korea Trade Agreement Keeping Canola Competitive

Canola farmers welcome today’s announcement on the successful conclusion to the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement negotiations.  “South Korea is an important export market for canola and we applaud the Government of Canada for bringing this agreement to conclusion,” says Rick White, CEO of the Canadian Canola Growers Association.


March 7, 2014 - A Breath of Optimism for Canola Farmers Unable to Ship Grain

Canola farmers breathed an optimistic sigh of relief today as Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced temporary measures to compel Canada’s two major railways to move increasingly more western Canadian grain to export positions.


March 5, 2014 - CCGA Elects New Executive during AGM

Canadian canola farmers elected their representatives to the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) board of directors during the organization’s annual general meeting held in Winnipeg on February 21, 2014. Brett Halstead from Nokomis, Saskatchewan was elected to serve as President and Jack Froese from Winkler, Manitoba as Vice-President. 

January 14, 2014 - Ag Industry Players Partner with Government to Invest in Supply Chain Improvements

Growing Forward 2 funds are supporting a coalition of farmers and members of the trade to work on a long term strategy aimed at increasing the competitiveness and efficiency of the industry. Canola, wheat, pulse and soy growers, as well as representatives from the
grain, oilseed, pulse and special crops trade are coming together for the first time to make a targeted investment into transportation policy.


January 10, 2014 - Canola Growers Embrace New 2025 Industry Targets

Canada’s canola farmers are enthusiastic about the future growth opportunities presented in the canola industry’s new strategic plan, “Keep it Coming 2025”.


December 20, 2013  - Agriculture Growth Act Includes Benefits for Farmers

Bill C-18 the Agricultural Growth Act as recently introduced into Parliament.  The bill amends nine separate pieces of agriculture-related legislation including those affecting seeds, fertilizers, feeds, cash advances and more.


October 18, 2013 - Canada’s Canola Farmers Support Conclusion to CETA

Canada’s canola farmers encourage federal and provincial governments across Canada to quickly conclude the Canada-Europe Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which earlier today reached agreement in principle by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso.


September 5, 2013 - Jan Dyer Joins CCGA as Director of Government Relations

The Canadian Canola Growers Association is pleased to welcome Jan Dyer to the newly created position of Director, Government Relations. She will begin her new role when CCGA’s Ottawa office opens in early October.


July 2, 2013 - Rail Service Legislation Becomes Law

Bill C-52, the Fair Rail Freight Service Act, received Royal Assent on June 26, fulfilling the Government’s commitment to bring forward legislation aimed at improving rail service for industries that rely on it to transport their product, including agriculture and the canola industry.


March 12, 2013 - CCGA Welcomes New Board Member During AGM

Canadian canola farmers elected their representatives to the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) board of directors during the organization’s annual general meeting held in Winnipeg on March 6, 2013.


March 4, 2013 - CCGA Accepting Early Applications for Pre-Harvest Cash Advance

Today, CCGA began accepting cash advance applications for the 2013-14 Advanced Payments Program. “This is the third year that we have accepted applications ahead of the April 1st program start date,” says Rick White, General Manager of CCGA.  “By doing so, we provide farmers time to complete their cash advance applications before the busy field season begins."


December 11, 2012 - Rail Legislation Important Milestone in Balancing Commercial Relationships between Railways and Shippers

Today’s introduction of the Fair Rail Freight Service Act bill by the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food is an important milestone in balancing the commercial relationship between the railways and the 43,000 farmers who ship their canola overland by rail.


November 5, 2012 - Canada’s Vegetable Oil Industry Sustains Record Setting Growth (VOIC Release)

Canada’s canola and soybean based vegetable oil industry is thriving as it meets escalating domestic and international demand for healthful vegetable oil.


October 23, 2012 - CGC Legislation a Good First Step but Modernization is Imperative

Grain and oilseed farmers are pleased to see the Government of Canada is moving forward with progressive changes that will update the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) and the Canada Grain Act.


October 10, 2012  - Trans-Pacific Partnership Creating Opportunities for Canola Farmers

Canola farmers see Canada’s official acceptance into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations as an opportunity to improve the competitiveness of Canadian farmers and help them to pursue trade opportunities within the Pacific region.


October 2, 2012 - Cash Advances for Newly Planted Winter Cereal Crops Available October 1st

Farmers planting winter cereals can now apply for a 2013-14 cash advance on their newly seeded winter wheat or fall rye.


June 26, 2012 - Canola Farmers Encouraged by Government's Commitment to Rail Legislation

Last week the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, released Jim Dinning's final report on the Rail Freight Service Review Facilitation process.


June 19, 2012 - Canola Farmers Pleased with Support for Entry into Trans-Pacific Partnership

Canada’s canola farmers are encouraged by today’s statement from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, announcing that the current membership of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) supports Canada’s entry into the negotiations.


May 23, 2012 - CCGA Calls for Labour Minister to Quickly Resolve Potential CP Rail Strike

The Canadian Canola Growers Association requested that the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour, find a quick resolution to the potential strike at Canadian Pacific Railway. Over 43,000 canola farmers rely heavily on export sales. A strike will inevitability result in canola backing up in elevators and crush plants, adding to Canadian farmers' grain handling costs and affecting their ability to manage cash flow.


April 27, 2012 - Concluding Canada-EU Trade Agreement Key Priority for Canola Industry

Canada’s canola industry is encouraged by steps being taken by the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and the Government of Canada, to conclude negotiations on the Canada-EU Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement.


March 25, 2012 - Canada-Japan Free Trade Agreement Enhances Trade Opportunities for Canola Farmers

Today’s announcement by Prime Minister Harper that Canada and Japan will begin negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement is welcomed news for Canada’s canola farmers.

March 9, 2012 - New Board of Directors and Executive at CCGA
Canadian canola farmers elected their representatives to the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) board of directors during the organization’s annual general meeting held in Ottawa on March 7, 2012.


March 1, 2012 - CCGA Accepting Cash Advance Applications: Wheat, Durum and Barley New in 2012

Today, the Canadian Canola Growers Association began accepting applications for the 2012-13 cash advance program.  “Having the application forms available early in the spring is just one way we can help farmers who will soon be facing a busy field season,” says Rick White, General Manager of CCGA.


February 22, 2012 - New Health Claim Delivers Healthy Fats Message to Consumers While Creating Opportunities for Canadian Canola

A new health claim that advises Canadians to replace dietary sources of saturated fats with polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats found in vegetable oils to lower cholesterol, is exciting news for Canada’s canola farmers and the entire Canadian canola industry.