Immediate calls for action by the Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) include changes to the AgriStability program and expanding the interest-free portion of Advance Payments Program to all commodities. On Tuesday, May 14th GGC asked the federal government to develop a strategy to address an increasingly unpredictable trade environment affecting the incomes of grain farmers across Canada.
The Grain Growers of Canada are urging the federal government to step things up when it comes to recent trade disruptions.
GGC Chair Jeff Nielsen farms near Olds. He says this is a non-partisan issue and Canadian farmers need government support to ensure we are well positioned to weather this storm.
Last week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged that China's blocking of Canadian canola is politically motivated.
Nielsen says the GGC want to have a level playing field throughout the world.
He notes their organization continues to advocate for producers, but wants more movement on the file.
As for canola production this growing season, Nielsen says he cut back a bit.
According to Nielsen, Canada's Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau met briefly with her Chinese counterpart in Japan. He adds, hopefully that is a step forward to send a delegation over to China.
A hit & run incident on the Sunchild First Nation during the early morning hours of Friday, May 17th has claimed the life of a 39 year old mother of five. Rocky Mountain House RCMP are seeking information from anyone who may have seen this incident which occurred on the main road, about 2.2 kilometres west of the school road.
Airdrie RCMP are investigating a car jacking which occurred in Crossfield. A 16 year old male reported that his vehicle was taken by two males with a firearm on Saturday at about 11:55am. Police say the victim was approached by two males, one of which allegedly produced a handgun.
Didsbury council approved the town's 2019 tax rate bylaw during the regular meeting on Tuesday, May 14th. Mayor Rhonda Hunter says there will be a 2% decrease for the business community on the non-residential side. As for residential ratepayers, there is a 2% increase. Hunter adds the assessments overall in the community are down compared to last year, generally due to the economic outlook in Alberta. Non-residential ratepayers will save about $70 in taxes compared to last year, following a discussion with the Didsbury Chamber according to Mayor Hunter.