Declarations of grain eligibility is nothing new for western Canadian producers, however, producers in eastern Canada will need to familiarize themselves with the soon-to-be implemented process. The change comes in the wake of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), which was signed in 2018. Declaration requirements were put in place in Western Canada during the 2020-2021 crop year. The Canadian Grain…
Declarations of grain eligibility is nothing new for western Canadian producers, however, producers in eastern Canada will need to familiarize themselves with the soon-to-be implemented process.
The change comes in the wake of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), which was signed in 2018. Declaration requirements were put in place in Western Canada during the 2020-2021 crop year.
The Canadian Grain Commission says that through CUSMA, U.S.-grown grain is able to receive an official grade if moved in to Canada, and declarations are a way to assure the dependability and quality of grain at entry into the Canadian licensed grain handling system.
The grain declaration requirement was delayed a year in eastern Canada, to allow for an implementation phase.
Eastern producers need not fret though, as the process will not make wait times at terminals any more lengthy then they already are.
Producers will need to provide one declaration, once per year, to each delivery facility they use. This will not be a “per-haul procedure,” says Remi Gosselin, head of communications for the Canadian Grain Commission.
“We did not want to add additional administrative burdens to producers, we wanted to make these declarations flexible, and only a one-time thing per year, per facility. So in that way, we do have the assurances that we’re looking for, but at the same time, we’re not imposing extra paperwork on producers,” he says.
Only certain crops and varieties will need to be declared — corn and soybeans are exempt. Many producers in Ontario and points easts will not be affected by the upcoming changes.
“The two major crops that producers don’t need to worry about are corn and soybeans because they are not part of the quality assurance system. And some of these crops don’t even need to register varieties at all,” says Gosselin.
Grain that will require a variety declaration of eligibility include:
- faba beans
- mustard seed
However, producers will not need to specify what they are hauling, just that they “declare that, unless otherwise specified by me, the grain to be delivered, or sold by me, or on my behalf is of a variety eligible for the kind of grain and class (if applicable) declared by me in my dealings with the recipient of this declaration.”
Declarations of eligibility will be implemented July 1, 2022, for eastern Canada and August 1, 2022, for Western Canada. For more information or for a printable version of the declaration of eligibility, click here.
Northstar Seed Ltd., based at Neepawa, Manitoba, has signed a deal to be bought by Germany-based, Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV). Founded in 1982 by a group of alfalfa seed producers, Northstar…
Northstar Seed Ltd., based at Neepawa, Manitoba, has signed a deal to be bought by Germany-based, Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV).
Founded in 1982 by a group of alfalfa seed producers, Northstar Seed specializes in the production, marketing, and distribution of forage, turf, cover crops and native grass seed, as well as leafcutter bees and equipment.
DSV, a plant breeding and seed company with over 700 employees world-wide, is also co-owner of DL Seeds, a canola and pulse crop breeding company based near Morden, Manitoba.
The acquisition, which includes 100 per cent of the shares in Northstar, was signed April 7, and is expected to close within the coming months.
“With DSV becoming the new shareholder of Northstar Seed Ltd., we are certain that we can expand our business worldwide — a true win-win situation for both companies” noted Don Pollock and Rob Wolfe, founder and managing director of Northstar Seed, in a statement.
Through this acquisition, DSV will not only be managing its own seed multiplication areas in North America, but also gaining access to the Canadian, as well as the North and South American retail markets, thus enlarging its footprint into the Americas significantly.
The purchase price was not disclosed.
Ontarians head to the polls June 2, 2022, to elect the next premier, and Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) wants the next provincial government to focus on six priorities to support…
Ontarians head to the polls June 2, 2022, to elect the next premier, and Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) wants the next provincial government to focus on six priorities to support the growth of Ontario‘s grain and oilseed industry.
In the coming weeks, over the course of the election campaign, GFO and RealAgriculture will feature interviews with key party representatives to discuss where their party stands on each of the priorities.
The six priorities are:
- Address supply chain issues and the escalating costs of crop inputs: To sustain our food supply, our sector needs government support to address the escalating costs of fertilizer and assist in finding new sources for the future
- Increase risk management program funding by $100 million: Given the unpredictability of the last two years, we need stronger risk management programs to remain competitive and secure domestic food security
- Provide relief on carbon pricing For grain drying: Until a proven alternative to fuel-fired grain-drying can be found, we need the flexibility to invest in proven climate-smart technologies
- Accelerate the use of grain-based renewable fuels: Increasing the amount of corn ethanol in gasoline and soy renewable diesel in diesel required by the Clean Fuels Regulation will not only lower the carbon footprint of transportation fuels but support local economies and create new opportunities for grain farmers
- Invest in the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus: Investing in agricultural research will help secure domestic food security and support the next generation of sustainable farming in Ontario
- Create new growth opportunities for farmers: There are many parts to the agricultural value chain in Ontario. To create jobs and grow our sector, we need government to invest in grains and oilseed processing.
“Ontario grain farmers have the solution to many of the world problems we face that include food security, low carbon alternatives and post pandemic economic recovery,” says Brendan Byrne, chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “We need the incoming government to commit to our key policy priorities to protect our $18 billion industry that supplies world-class goods, supports employment and fuels economic growth in our communities.”
Public opinion is sometimes tough to gauge with many jumping on social media to air any slight inconvenience, which can then skew the perception of people, services, and even entire…
Public opinion is sometimes tough to gauge with many jumping on social media to air any slight inconvenience, which can then skew the perception of people, services, and even entire industries.
This is where comprehensive surveys, such as the one spearheaded by Grassroots Public Affairs, plays an important role to see how Canadians truly feel about the agriculture industry.
This is the fourth annual survey hosted by the organization and Peter Seemann, principal of Grassroots Public Affairs, and Bern Tobin caught up with him to talk about the hows and whys of the survey.
“The purpose of this survey was to take a high level look [at Canadian’s opinions]. And we’ve examined a variety of topics and issues over the years, a lot of it related to economic development opportunities. And then we went into things like the environment and trust on Canadian food. So it was really to try and take a pulse, if you will, on Canadians attitudes towards an industry.”
The results are in and many of the results are quite favourable, while others point to areas that need attention not only from industry leaders but politicians as well.
The survey shows 92 per cent of Canadians have confidence in food grown in Canada and and 74 per cent prefer to buy food grown or produced in Canada. Seemann says this is great to see domestic concern for where food comes from. He says often the focus can be on export perception – making sure Canadian grown food is valued in the eyes of our export partners – where this reminds us just how important it is that our own residents and domestic customers share the same sentiment.
Another topic of concern, or focus, is climate change and the perception Canadians have on the ag industry when it comes to sustainability. The survey results were fairly split, with 26 per cent of Canadians stating they believe current ag practices are less harmful for the environment, while 23 per cent believe they’re more harmful.
Although not overly favourable, Seemann says it does provide an opportunity to step outside the industry bubble and look at what could be done differently, or maybe where these percentages are coming from.
“We often can become focused on the critics and the groups that oppose what many will or some will call sort of big farming and lumping it as a negative approach,” says Seemann. “Our studies have shown repeatedly that the majority of Canadians when polled look at modern farming in a more positive way as what farming was done a long time ago, they do not view the contributions, overwhelmingly negative from Canadian farmers to the environment.”
Where Seemann says is the major area of, not necessarily concern, but more so importance, is the willingness for industry professionals, whether it be farmers, food processors or otherwise, to stand up and have a voice. To make politicians and decision-makers know what is needed in order for Canada’s ag industry to flourish – not only for export purposes, but also for our own domestic food security.
“Politicians will listen to Canadians when they make something known and they say that it’s important and they need action,” explains Seemann. “Farmers in the food processing industry have done a good job in ensuring Canadians food security largely is dealt with, it’ll be interesting to measure that in the next two years, if in fact, we’re going into some more challenging economic times, and inflation continues to be a big issue.”
Other results from the survey include Canadian’s opinion on animal rights groups, which was among the lowest percentage when it came to level of trust, coming it with just 10 per cent of Canadians having significant trust in that sector. For all the results from the survey, go to www.grassrootspa.ca.
The Government of Saskatchewan has signed on for another three years with the 4R nutrient stewardship program with Fertilizer Canada. This extension will allow the province to continue to develop…
The Government of Saskatchewan has signed on for another three years with the 4R nutrient stewardship program with Fertilizer Canada.
This extension will allow the province to continue to develop and deliver continued education, training, and expansion of the program.
4R stewardship is a fertilizer management strategy that focuses on the 4Rs: the right form, at the right rate, at the right time, and in the right place. The goal is to enhance environmental sustainability for producer operations by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while maintaining or increasing crop production.
“Saskatchewan is a champion of 4R Nutrient Stewardship, and each year more of our producers are strengthening their operations and our agriculture industry by adopting proven best practices such as this one,” says David Marit, Saskatchewan agriculture minister. “Cooperating with Fertilizer Canada is a powerful way to encourage more producer participation, driving growth and, most importantly, increase environmental sustainability solutions, farm-by-farm, across the province.”
Saskatchewan accounts for 46 per cent of all 4R-designated acres in western Canada.