October 2, 2014 - Canola Growers Consider Options with Agency Decision on Rail Service Complaint
The Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) is extremely disappointed that the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has decided it will not hear the CCGA’s Level of Service Complaint originally filed on May 26, 2014. “The CTA’s decision to not hear our complaint is a big blow to tens of thousands of Western Canadian farmers,” says Rick White, CEO of CCGA. “Many of these farmers experienced both short and long-term economic hardship resulting from the breakdown of rail service by both major railways during the 2013-14 shipping season.”
The Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) announced today a partnership between the association and the University of Saskatchewan. Under the partnership, CCGA will make a one-time, $5 million contribution to the Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources.
The Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) is pleased to welcome Dave Gallant as the new Director of Finance and Operations, effective September 2, 2014.
Earlier today the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced details of the companion regulations to Bill C-30 the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act. “Canola farmers are encouraged by the efforts that the Minister and the Government have taken in these regulations to address service problems and build more accountability and efficiency into Canada’s rail transportation system,” says Brett Halstead, President of CCGA.
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”.