November 10, 2014

Grain Growers Bring Canadian Crops to the World

OTTAWA, November 10, 2014 – Speaking at the Global Grain Geneva Conference in Geneva, Switzerland this week, Grain Growers of Canada President Gary Stanford will highlight the strength of Canada’s grain export market as well as the vital importance of Free Trade Agreements like the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union.

Mr. Stanford’s session, entitled “Canadian Grain Trade Strategy” is scheduled for Nov. 13, 2014 at 11:30 am Central European Time at the Intercontinental Hotel, Geneva, Switzerland.

“Canada is the fifth largest exporter of agriculture and agri-food products in the world,” said Mr. Stanford. “That is why it is so important that grower groups represent Canada at such international events and show the world what we have to offer.”

Under CETA, the Government of Canada is creating new and historic opportunities in the EU for agricultural exporters from across the country. When CETA comes into force, almost 94 per cent of EU agricultural tariffs lines will be duty-free. This has a beneficial impact for Canadian grain farmers as they look for new markets and expanded revenue streams.

Mr. Stanford will also discuss life in the new grain marketing freedom environment. International audiences are particularly interested in the market effects of ending the single-desk monopoly. As a lifelong family farmer Mr. Stanford will speak first-hand to his experiences and those of the members of the Grain Growers of Canada.

The Grain Growers of Canada provides a strong national voice for over 50,000 active and successful grain, oilseed and pulse producers through its 14 provincial and regional grower groups, representing wheat, durum, barley, canola, oat, corn, soybean, pea, lentil, rye, and triticale farmers from across Canada. Our mission and mandate is to pursue a policy environment that maximizes global competitiveness and to influence federal policy on behalf of independent Canadian grain farmers and their associations.

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