Representatives of Alberta Barley, Alberta Canola, Alberta Pulse and Alberta Wheat (nicknamed Team Alberta), along with the Grain Growers of Canada traveled to Ottawa on April 11-14 to bring the farmer’s voice to the federal government on four key areas: transportation, trade, research, and sustainability. I was fortunate to be one of the farmers who participated in this outreach because I learned government policy is made by those who are present. Farmers have very little clout individually to influence government policy, but collectively we can make a difference.
Earlier today, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Canola Council of Canada (CCC) president Patti Miller held meetings with key grain industry organizations in Tokyo, including the Japan Oilseed Processors Association (JOPA). The meetings focused on the importance of Japan as a canola customer, food security and the importance of ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in both countries.
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The most significant change over the past week was a dramatic increase in protein ingredient prices across the Prairies as a result of the strengthening US soybean futures markets .
Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAuley say they’ll work with parliament to postpone the repeal of certain provisions of the Canada Transportation Act for one year.