Canola has been the #1 source of farm revenue from crops for over a decade, earning $8.6 billion in farm cash receipts in 2019.
Farmers prosper when there are programs to help manage uncontrollable risks, giving them the confidence to invest in their operations.
Growth opportunity: Restore AgriStability coverage immediately to 85% of historical reference margins with no Reference Margin Limits.
From extreme weather to international trade restrictions and rail disruptions, canola farmers are facing increased volatility and uncertainty. They rely on Business Risk Management (BRM) programs to help manage risks beyond their control. Immediate solutions and focused investment are required to improve programming and provide farmers with effective tools to manage these risks.
Ensuring BRM programs reflect the risks of modern farming will position farmers for economic stability for their rural economies and sustain the agricultural sector as a driver of the Canadian economy. Establishment of an industry-government technical working group that allows farm groups to actively participate in BRM data and impact analysis will provide a forum to ensure programming remains relevant and effective.
Farmers prosper when there is a regulatory environment that fosters investment in innovation.
Growth opportunity: Resource and mandate federal regulatory bodies to make efficient, science-based decisions that enable farmers to stay competitive with the most up-to-date crop protection products and seed varieties.
Canola is a hallmark “Made in Canada” success story, first developed by Canadian scientists in the 1970s. Over five decades, the canola industry was built from a foundation of innovation, industry-government partnership, and a science-based regulatory process. Innovations, including no tillage cropping and disease or pod shatter resistant canola, provide solutions to food system and sustainability challenges. Safe adoption of new agricultural innovations will continue to make Canadian canola farmers competitive and relevant.
Farmers need regulatory bodies to assess new seed varieties created through plant breeding innovation in a timely manner, and more effective processes for re-evaluating crop protection products. Having access to the latest innovations will enable canola farmers to meet sustainability targets while improving yields, increasing our competitiveness in a global marketplace, and further contributing to Canada’s economic growth.
Over 90% of canola grown in Canada is exported to customers all over the world and rail is the only practical means to move it to port.
The industry relies on efficient, predictable and timely rail service, as do export customers who need to know that they can trust Canadian canola to arrive as expected. When railways can’t deliver on service, or transportation is otherwise halted, farmers and customers are directly affected.
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Since 1984, Canadian Canola Growers Association has been at the forefront of driving change for canola farmers, representing their interests on national and international agricultural issues, programs and policies. The association has been an administrator of the Advance Payments Program for 35 years, providing cash advances to help farmers better market their crops and finance their operations. The Advance Payments Program is a federal loan program administered by CCGA. It offers Canadian farmers marketing flexibility through interest-free and low-interest cash advances.
CCGA is governed by 10 farmer directors who represent Canada’s provincial canola associations.