National Grain Week included talks with key individuals in Ottawa who are involved in agriculture, environment and transportation. GGC Chair Jeff Nielsen from Olds says part of the outreach last week was also talking to politicians who may not have a strong farm background and to educated them about products and answer questions.
Grain Growers of Canada members from coast to coast were in Ottawa last week for National Grain Week.
GGC Chair Jeff Nielsen from Olds says recommendations from the Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table Report released in September were discussed.
Nielsen talks about the upcoming growing season.
Nielsen adds one of the other topics at the conference included the desire to modernize the Canadian Grain Commission.
He says there is currently $90-million dollars of Canadian grain farmer's money sitting in a surplus account with no real plans for it.
Nielsen says Grain Growers have been asking to reduce the fees they charge grain producers.
He notes they are excited about the future of grain farming in Canada and are ready to work with government to achieve success.
He says Grain Growers of Canada restructured last year with key new members including: the Quebec Grain Producers, Grain Farmers of Ontario, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, and Manitoba Oat Growers.
According to Nielsen, the federal cabinet shuffle on Friday, March 1st saw former agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay move to minister of veterans affairs.
Marie-Claude Bibeau is the new agriculture minister following her post as minister of international development.