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Op-Ed: Canada's Grain Grading System is Not Discriminatory

By Cam Goff
 
Contrary to the opinion piece published in the September 11, 2018 Financial Post (Here's the one Ottawa policy in NAFTA that even Canadian farmers think is unfair) Canada's grain grading and variety registration systems are never used to prevent American grain from being imported and sold into Canada. In fact many southern Alberta feedlots regularly import American corn and barley with no restrictions. Our system just does not allow American grain to pretend to be Canadian -- and there are good reasons for that. 
 
The American grain trading system has almost no merit or quality standards that apply to either its grain varieties or export standards. It is very much a” buyer beware” system.

49th Annual Convention (2018)

Date: 
Wed, 11/21/2018 - 19:00 - Sat, 11/24/2018 - 17:00
Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 90 - 22nd Street East, Saskatoon, SK
 
Registration is at the door 
 
Registration fees: $175: NFU delegates/members and non-members (includes spouse and dependent children under the age of 21 attending with main registrant) for entire convention
$ 85: Per day for those not attending the entire convention
$ 15: Per day for students & NFU youth (ages 14-25)
Meals are not included in registration fees.
 
For Hotel room reservations: call 1-306-244-2311 or email reservations@hgisaskatoon.com and use booking code NFUDEL.

49th Annual Convention (2018)

Unleashing the Potential of Food Sovereignty
 
Dates: November 22 - 24, 2018
Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 90 - 22nd Street East, Saskatoon, SK
Registration is at the door 
Registration fees: $175: NFU delegates/members and non-members (includes spouse and dependent children under the age of 21 attending with main registrant) for entire convention
$ 85: Per day for those not attending the entire convention
$ 15: Per day for students & NFU youth (ages 14-25)
Meals are not included in registration fees.
 
For Hotel room reservations: call 1-306-244-2311 or email reservations@hgisaskatoon.com and use booking code NFUDEL.

No to any NAFTA concessions on grain grading, says NFU

(Saskatoon) – A United States government fact sheet summarizing the agriculture-related aspects of its recent bilateral deal with Mexico suggests Canada’s unparalleled grain grading and quality assurance system is now on the NAFTA negotiating table.

Backgrounder - NAFTA renegotiation provides opening for renewed US attack on Canadian wheat grading framework

 
(Originally published July 2017) Farm press stories about the impending renegotiation of NAFTA have put Supply Management in the spotlight in recent weeks.

North American Groups call on Canada to stand up to Washington on NAFTA

North American organizations call on the Canadian government to stand up to Washington’s bullying on NAFTA, and to strike a fair trade deal
 
OTTAWA, TORONTO, MEXICO CITY, WASHINGTON - September 6, 2018 -- The political and economic climate in which Canada, Mexico and the United States began the NAFTA renegotiations in 2017 has deteriorated drastically in 2018, with Canada recently being effectively shut out. In the last week of August a tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the acronym NAFTA would be buried forever to be replaced by a new deal, the U.S.-Mexico trade agreement.
 
Organizations from Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

NFU asks CGC Commissioners to uphold farmers’ interests and Canada’s grain quality standards

(Saskatoon, July 31 2018) – On July 27, the National Farmers Union (NFU) wrote a letter to the three Commissioners of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) to express serious concerns about a proposal being developed for a new Eastern wheat class that would have no end-use quality requirements and a grading schedule that promotes selling via Identity Preserved (IP) contracts.
 
After the grain sector rejected a proposal for a new class with no parameters in 2017, the CGC set up a consultation process to review and evaluate the existing eastern wheat class structure before implementing any changes. Both the new proposal and the process involved in developing it have raised concerns serious enough that the NFU has brought them to the attention of the Commissioners.

Indigenous Solidarity Working Group

The Indigenous Solidarity Working Group (ISWG) is a subcommittee of the NFU’s International Program Committee (IPC) that was started in 2015 by NFU members who wanted to extend and deepen the NFU’s understanding of Indigenous food sovereignty and settler colonialism in Canada. We wanted to do this learning so that we can, as an organization, better act in solidarity with Indigenous peoples who are fighting to defend their territories and rights.
 
The NFU has a long-standing commitment to act in solidarity with Indigenous peoples.

Backgrounder - FAQs about the Wheat Class System

 
What is the Canadian Grain Commission?
The CGC is the federal government agency that regulates grain handling in Canada and certifies the quality, safety and quantity of export shipments of Canadian grain. It delivers grain quality assurance programs and oversees quantity assurance at export; carries out scientific research to understand all aspects of grain quality and grain safety and to support the grain grading system; and protects the rights of Canadian grain producers when they deliver their grain to licensed grain handling companies and grain dealers.

NFU letter to CGC Commissioners re Eastern wheat class

 
July 27, 2018
 
Patti Miller, Doug Chorney and Lonny McKague, Commissioners
Canada Grain Commission
600-303 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3G8
 
 
Dear Commissioners,
 
RE: Eastern Wheat Class Modernization
 
The National Farmers Union has been participating in the Eastern Wheat Class Modernization consultation process.