Window open wider for comment on CGC licensing moves

Facing “requests from stakeholders,” the Canadian Grain Commission has granted them a 12-week extension on its deadline for comments on plans to license feed mills, producer car loading sites and grain agents.

The deadline, previously June 3, is now Aug. 31, the commission said in a release Friday.

Input is being sought from producer railway car loading facilities, grain agents (companies that work for licensed grain companies by taking in grain for them), feed mills, grain growers, producer groups, “current licensees” and other industry stakeholders. Its consultation document is available online.

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While the CGC is accepting comment on any concerns stakeholders deem relevant, the commission said it’s particularly interested in views on “producer payment protection and any other new or existing requirements as it relates to these proposals.”

The commission is also seeking input on proposals for continued licensing exemptions for “small, on-farm” feed mills, which wouldn’t be licensed, based on the volume of grain they purchase from producers.

The CGC also wants thoughts on whether 5,000 tonnes is an “appropriate” threshold to exempt those small on-farm feed mills from licensing.

“If you believe it is not appropriate, please provide a suggested threshold with rationale,” the commission said on its website.

Among the other questions the commission poses to stakeholders, it asks them to consider “what licensing requirements should be applicable to agents, producer car loading facilities or feed mills? How would the proposal affect you or the interests of the organization you represent? Is there an alternative approach that we have not considered that you would like to propose?”

The CGC already licenses primary country elevators, whose owners are required to post security to cover what is owed to farmers for their grain.

While proposals to license commercial-scale feed mills have won some support from producers, some growers who use producer car loading sites fear some site operators might fold if licensing requirements become too burdensome. — AGCanada.com Network

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