Canadian Canola Growers Association

CCGA Celebrates 35 Years

September 30, 2019Hub Article

​​In 1984, Canada had three different prime ministers1 and a prime interest rate hovering around 12%.

  • Marc Garneau became the first Canadian in space.
  • Corey Hart wore Sunglasses at Night.
  • TSN made its television debut.
  • The first herbicide-tolerant variety of canola was registered.

​​​​Also in 1984, Prairie Canola Growers Council (PCGC) became an official administrator of the Advance Payments Program (APP) and started issuing cash advances to canola farmers in Western Canada.

This fall, Canadian Canola Growers Association (the successor to PCGC) proudly celebrates 35 years of "Helping Farmers Succeed" —​ a deeply-held commitment that's been our vision since the very start.​

With the introduction of canola in the 1970s, a group of farmers growing the crop wondered why there were cash advances for wheat, barley and oats, but not for canola. They understood the challenges of managing farm cash flow and worked together to create PCGC.

Charlie Froebe was PCGC's first general manager. In the early years, Charlie, his wife Bonnie, and two part-time employees operated PCGC from the Froebe home.

From 1984-2000, farmers could only apply for a fall advance on stored canola and an expanding list of grains. At that time, the maximum allowable APP cash advance was $250,000 with a $50,000 interest-free component.

Despite the limitations, each year more farmers used the program. Staff worked tirelessly navigating new technologies, adding commodities and improving program... (read more)

​​In 1984, Canada had three different prime ministers1 and a prime interest rate hovering around 12%.

  • Marc Garneau became the first Canadian in space.
  • Corey Hart wore Sunglasses at Night.
  • TSN made its television debut.
  • The first herbicide-tolerant variety of canola was registered.

​​​​Also in 1984, Prairie Canola Growers Council (PCGC) became an official administrator of the Advance Payments Program (APP) and started issuing cash advances to canola farmers in Western Canada.

This fall, Canadian Canola Growers Association (the successor to PCGC) proudly celebrates 35 years of "Helping Farmers Succeed" —​ a deeply-held commitment that's been our vision since the very start.​

With the introduction of canola in the 1970s, a group of farmers growing the crop wondered why there were cash advances for wheat, barley and oats, but not for canola. They understood the challenges of managing farm cash flow and worked together to create PCGC.

Charlie Froebe was PCGC's first general manager. In the early years, Charlie, his wife Bonnie, and two part-time employees operated PCGC from the Froebe home.

From 1984-2000, farmers could only apply for a fall advance on stored canola and an expanding list of grains. At that time, the maximum allowable APP cash advance was $250,000 with a $50,000 interest-free component.

Despite the limitations, each year more farmers used the program. Staff worked tirelessly navigating new technologies, adding commodities and improving program... (read more)

Election 2019: Priorities for Canada’s canola farmers

September 13, 2019Hub Article

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Canola is a triumph of Canadian innovation:

  • Grown sustainably, with environmental goals that reduce greenhouse gases, preserve soil and water health, improve air quality, and maintain biodiversity;
  • Largest source of farm cash receipts in 2018;
  • Supports 250,000 jobs across the country;
  • International exports valued at $11 billion in ... (read more)