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Union Farmer Quarterly: Fall 2011

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Canadian Wheat Board

Our Board, Our Business
On December 16, 2012, Bill C-18, the Act to end the single desk, farmer-controlled Canadian Wheat Board, became law in spite of a December 9 Federal Court ruling that the Bill had been introduced contrary to the rule of law. On April 15, 2015 Agriculture Minister Ritz announced that the remaining assets of the CWB would be given to G3, a partnership of Bunge and SALIC, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund (download a PDF version of the CWB Comparison Chart).


Saskatoon, Sask. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling the consultation process on CWB dismantlement being conducted by the working group formed by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, a sham. “This was a classic attempt to try and legitimize hasty and destructive decisions. It was no accident that these meetings were held behind closed doors, and were held in the middle of the busiest time of the year for farmers. What is the rush?,“ asked NFU President Terry Boehm.

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Saskatoon, Sask. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) offers its deepest condolences to the family of NDP leader Jack Layton, following his passing this morning. Mr. Layton will be remembered as a tireless leader, who never strayed from his fight for social justice for each and every Canadian. “Jack Layton was a good friend of the Canadian farmer, and a fervent defender of the Canadian Wheat Board and supply management. He will be sorely missed by the NFU,” stated NFU President Terry Boehm.

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Union Farmer Quarterly: Summer 2011

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Saskatoon, Sask. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) is very impressed by the standing room only crowd that attended the public meeting held by the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) in Regina last night. “There was clearly a feeling among farmers that we can do something about what the federal government is trying to do to the CWB. We farmers know that the CWB is ours, and we aren’t going to just sit by idly while the government attempts to dismantle it,” stated NFU Region 6 (Saskatchewan) Coordinator Ed Sagan.

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What YOU can do to save the CWB!


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Producer Cars and Short Lines

This column was written by the late Paul Beingessner in 2008. The relationship between the CWB’s single desk authority and the survival of producer car option and the short line railways are not necessarily well understood by everyone. Now that farmers are in a position to vote on the single desk for wheat and barley in the CWB’s plebiscite, it is a good time to review Paul’s insightful article.

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Built by generations of farmers, the Canadian Wheat Board must not be lost to right-wing ideology

Op Ed by Terry Boehm

The Canadian Wheat Board at its most basic level is Western Canadian wheat and barley farmers’ marketing agency. Farmers pay for its operations and direct it through a majority of farmer elected directors (ten are elected and five are appointed by the government). There is no cost to the government. All it requires to function for farmers’ and Canadians’ advantage is legislation that grants the authority to market wheat and barley through a single desk.

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When the Canadian Wheat Board went down Down Under

By Cathy Holtslander
Director of Research and Policy, National Farmers Union

By now prairie wheat and barley producers should have their ballots for the Canadian Wheat Board plebiscite which asks whether they want to keep the single desk marketing system for their crops. It is a good time to hear about how Australia’s wheat board single desk ended, and how that has worked out for farmers and grain companies.