Recent Blogs

June 1, 2017

Art Enns

Unreliable grain transport – the case for good policy

This week we narrowly avoided a labour disruption at CN Rail. Once again, shippers in Canada were left in limbo on the future reliability of one of our two major railways. The panic that strikes the shippers in a situation like this is a symptom of the inherent problems with our rail system. What should be a mutually beneficial partnership is one that is strongly impacted by the fact that there are only two major railways in Canada. They have ...

March 20, 2017

Jeff Nielsen

Call for farmer action: Pest Management Regulatory Agency review of Imidacloprid

On November 23, 2016, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) announced a proposed phase out of the neonicotinoid imidacloprid based on perceived risks to aquatic invertebrates. Grain Growers, along with other grain groups, has serious concerns with the methodology and narrow data set used to come to this decision. We have been actively engaged on Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Multi-Stakeholder Forum and were pleased that PMRA extended the standard 90-day consultation period to allow submissions up to March 23, 2017. As ...

February 27, 2017

Gary Stanford

Twenty years of genetically engineered crops grown in Canada

This year marks the twentieth year that we have been growing genetically-engineered or “GE” crops here in Canada. During this time, farmers, like me and my family, have experienced first-hand the benefit that these new technologies bring to my business. Ninety per cent or more of Canadian canola, corn, soybeans and sugar beets are now genetically engineered to provide better control of yield-reducing weeds and pests. This has reduced inputs across the board from lower fuel consumption to more targeted ...

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