Western Grain Elevator Association

Western Grain Elevator Association

December 09, 2011 14:22 ET

Western Canadian Grain Sector Preparing for New Marketing Environment

Western Grain Elevator Association Appears Before Senate Committee

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 9, 2011) - The Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA) appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry today, who are currently meeting on Bill C-18, the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act.

"Industry shares the Government's goal of ensuring a smooth transition to an open market," said Wade Sobkowich, Executive Director of the WGEA. "We are preparing for the passage of Bill C-18, but to ensure an orderly transition to an open market, certainty is the most important principle in establishing marketing freedom for wheat and barley. Any process requiring stakeholders to guess at or interpret their rights and obligations prior to and after August 1, 2012, will lead to significant market confusion and will therefore be detrimental to the transition."

"Whether acting as a direct agent of the CWB or others, or in direct partnership with farmers in meeting end-use customer needs, grain companies will be prepared to handle as much wheat and barley as farmers produce within a competitive marketplace," concluded Sobkowich. "With the passage of this Bill, industry participants will have that required certainty and be able to fully commit resources towards creating the final framework required for an open market, not to mention producers now determining their seeding and contracting intentions for 2012."

The Western Grain Elevator Association is an association of seven farmer-owned, public, and private grain businesses operating in Canada, collectively handling over 90% of western Canada's bulk grain exports.

Contact Information

  • Western Grain Elevator Association
    Wade Sobkowich
    Executive Director
    +1 (204) 942-6835