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September 12, 2019

Canada’s political leaders need a plan to support our farmers

Grain farmers across Canada are calling on the leaders of all parties to share their plans to re-open markets for agricultural trade

OTTAWA (September 12, 2019) - Now that the federal election cycle has officially begun, Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) is urging political leaders to share their party’s plan to address the market access challenges facing Canada’s export-oriented agriculture sector.

“We are just weeks away from choosing a new federal government and we have yet to hear anything concrete ...

January 30, 2018

GGC statement on the latest round of NAFTA talks

January 30, 2018 - Last week, Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) President Jeff Nielsen was in Montreal for the latest round of NAFTA talks. Mr. Nielsen took part in events including a press conference with agriculture producers from Canada, the US and Mexico as well as a roundtable with Parliamentary Secretary Andrew Leslie.

“It is very important to ensure that we have producer voices at trade negotiations as 90% of Canadian farmers have a lot to lose if these talks fail, and so ...

November 3, 2017

Statement: Grain Growers of Canada encourage Canada to take leadership role on TPP-11

“Like most of the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector, grain farmers are reliant on export markets for the continued success and growth of our industry. Grain Growers of Canada strongly encourages the Government of Canada to play a leadership role in the upcoming negotiations for what is now The Trans-Pacific Partnership-11 (TPP-11). The nations involved in this potential trading bloc represent some of our most lucrative and fastest growing markets for grains, pulses, and oilseeds.

Several of Canada’s trade ...

June 1, 2017

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 ...

October 31, 2016

Signing of CETA means expanded markets for Canadian grain

OTTAWA, October 31, 2016 – The Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) welcomes the signing of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union (EU) this past weekend. This agreement, seven years in the making, is the first multilateral trade deal signed by the EU and another nation.

The ratification process will put CETA up for approval in the parliaments of all included nations. Canada is not wasting any time with the announcement by Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland that the agreement ...

October 20, 2015

Grain Growers congratulate Liberal Party on their election success

OTTAWA, October 20, 2015 – Grain Growers of Canada president Gary Stanford, and Executive Director Bryan Rogers, issued the following statement today on the results of Canada’s 42nd General Election:

“Grain Growers of Canada wish to extend our congratulations to the Liberal Party and Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau on their decisive victory yesterday. They ran an excellent campaign, and as they begin the transition to government we are confident of their understanding and recognition of the importance of agriculture to Canada’s ...

October 5, 2015

Grain Growers welcome benefits of TPP deal

OTTAWA, October 5, 2015 – Grain Growers of Canada is pleased that negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have been successfully concluded.

“We are excited that the Trans-Pacific Partnership has been completed,” said Gary Stanford, President of Grain Growers of Canada. “This agreement promises to provide substantial gains for Canada’s grain sector and the agricultural industry as a whole.”

The TPP will offer a variety of new trade opportunities for Canada’s agricultural sector, while keeping us on a level playing field ...

December 3, 2014

Grain Growers look forward to implementation of Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

OTTAWA, December 3, 2014 - The Grain Growers of Canada today welcomed the Government of Canada’s announcement that the Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act has received royal assent coinciding with the passage of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) ratification bill in the South Korean Parliament.

“South Korea is a valuable market for Canadian grain producers,” said Gary Stanford, President of the Grain Growers of Canada. “The January 1, 2015 implementation timeline will allow the benefits of this trade agreement to be ...

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 ...

October 28, 2014

Grain Growers of Canada urge passing of Bill C-18

OTTAWA, October 28, 2014 – Appearing before the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food this morning, Grain Growers of Canada strongly encouraged the passing of Bill C-18 the Agricultural Growth Act.

The bill’s proposed amendments to the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act (PBR) will align Canadian legislation with the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties (UPOV’91). This is important for ensuring Canadian farmers have access to the newest seed varieties and will create a regulatory environment that will encourage investment in ...

March 11, 2014

Trade deal with South Korea will broaden markets for Canadian farmers

OTTAWA, March 11, 2014 - The Grain Growers of Canada today congratulated Prime Minister Stephen Harper for concluding negotiations on the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA).

“South Korea is a valuable market for Canadian farmers,” said Gary Stanford, Grain Growers of Canada President, from Singapore. “Grain Growers has supported the trade negotiations from the beginning, as we see significant gains in export sales opportunities for grains and oilseeds producers and a boost for the overall economy.”

With tariffs for agricultural exports to ...

December 9, 2013

Grain Growers of Canada pleased with WTO progress

CALGARY, AB, Dec. 9, 2013 - The Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) congratulates Canada’s lead trade negotiators at the World Trade Organization (WTO) this weekend, where a deal was reached in Bali, Indonesia on Saturday. Dubbed the “Bali Package,” this is the first sign of success since the current round of negotiations began in 2001.

“Canadian farmers should take heart, the WTO is alive, back on track and it looks like it is once again coming through for farmers and the agricultural ...

October 18, 2013

New Canada-Europe trade deal: more market opportunities for farmers

October 18, 2013 – “New markets for our crops are absolutely essential to Canadian farmers so we applaud the federal government on bringing the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) to a successful conclusion,” says Stephen Vandervalk, President of the Grain Growers of Canada from his farm in Fort Macleod, Alberta. “Opening a new market of 500 million consumers will mean big gains for farmers and that’s the reason why the Grain Growers has strongly supported CETA from the beginning.”

With Canada’s ...

March 6, 2013

Grain Growers of Canada pleased with Canada – Japan talks

The Grain Growers of Canada are in Japan this week along with Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. A full grains delegation is accompanying the Minister on
this trade mission: the Grain Growers, the Canola Council of Canada, the Canadian Wheat Board and the Canadian Grain Commission. A significant meat delegation is also on this trade mission to Japan including Canadian Pork International, Canadian Meat Council Canada Beef Inc. and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.
“We have had a couple excellent days ...


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