GFM Network News


Federal carbon tax rises despite opposition, pandemic

Ottawa not backing away from scheduled increases

Ottawa — The federal government has pushed ahead with an increase to the carbon tax despite continued calls from the agriculture sector for reprieve from the program. The price on carbon rose from $20 per tonne to $30 per tonne effective April 1. The federal Liberal government is standing firm on its commitment to increase […] Read more

GFO quits Grain Growers of Canada

Grain Farmers of Ontario flags national group's 'governance' and structure

Grain Farmers of Ontario has dropped out of Grain Growers of Canada. The Ontario organization, which represents about 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers in the province, cited a lack of representation in the national policy group. GFO publicly announced its withdrawal in a news release on Thursday, days after it informed the […] Read more


Grain groups give low marks to AgriStability tweaks

Ottawa — A recent meeting of the country’s agriculture ministers failed in providing effective support for farmers facing challenges, Grain Growers of Canada chair Jeff Nielsen says. Only minor changes were made to AgriStability, the main priority item on the agenda for the Ottawa meeting held Tuesday. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and her provincial […] Read more

Erin Gowriluk new executive director of Grain Growers

Erin Gowriluk is the new executive director of the Grain Growers of Canada. Gowriluk has an extensive background in agriculture policy. She most recently worked for Syngenta Canada and prior to that was the policy analyst for Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley. She also has worked for Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “A strong leader, […] Read more


Canadian agricultural exporters urge Trans Pacific Partnership without U.S.

The Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA), added its voice to the long list of Canadian agricultural exporters urging the federal government to achieve a trade deal with the 11 remaining Trans Pacific Partnership members. The planned summit in Vietnam next week represents a unique opportunity for Canada to take the forefront in negotiations as the […] Read more



No word on farm aid until after harvest

Livestock producers have a tax deferral option, but government waiting to see if crop insurance is adequate

Crop producers will have to wait until after harvest to find out if there is any government drought assistance, says the president of the Grain Growers of Canada. The question of additional farm aid was put to Oneil Carlier, the new NDP agriculture minister, when he attended an Alberta Wheat Commission directors’ meeting in Red […] Read more

Sustainability in the crop industry will likely mean a new way of record-keeping, says Alberta Barley vice-chair Jason Lenz.

Crop sector starts its sustainability roundtable

As with beef, producers will be asked to document their practices, but carrying the system past the grain elevator may be tricky

The push for sustainability continues — and this time, it’s hit the Canadian crop sector. “End-users are looking to have a certified or verified supply chain that goes to the farm level,” said Kara Barnes, market development co-ordinator with the Alberta Barley Commission and a best practices specialist with the Barley Council of Canada. “Just […] Read more


Producers urged to lobby feds over railway delays

Grain Growers of Canada urges members to turn up the heat on Ottawa to 
take action and push the railways to move more grain

Grain Growers of Canada is urging producers across the country to join forces in lobbying their members of Parliament for changes to the broken grain transportation system. The group is urging farmers to call their MP and talk about “the rail service issues that are personally affecting you and your farm.” “This is certainly a […] Read more

CFA comes out in full support of new farm legislation

Government now has backing of most groups for omnibus Farm Bill

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture has endorsed the contents of Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act, meaning Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has the backing of most farm groups for the legislation. CFA had already endorsed the plant breeders’ rights portion of the bill but reserved judgment on the rest until it had time to review […] Read more