War­riors for Wheat” – A Proud His­tory of the Wheat Grow­ers Chap­ter 1 – As the Crow Flies…Ready for Bat­tle

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The West­ern Cana­dian Wheat Grow­ers are cel­e­brat­ing their 50th an­niver­sary in 2020. As a part of their cel­e­bra­tion ac­tiv­i­ties, the his­tory of the past 25 years has been de­scribed in a book, “War­riors for Wheat”. Over the next sev­eral weeks, each chap­ter will be high­lighted.

In Chap­ter 1 – As­theCrowFli­es…Ready forBat­tle, the his­tory of the Crow Rate is ex­am­ined. Orig­i­nally in­tended to help move wheat to mar­ket, the Crow Rate reached the end of its use­ful­ness at a time when the fed­eral gov­ern­ment was at­tempt­ing to re­duce the deficit.

The Wheat Grow­ers brought for­ward strong pol­icy that sup­ported mar­ket driven so­lu­tions. As the Pres­i­dent and Di­rec­tors changed in 1998 at the an­nual con­ven­tion, the Board fo­cused on three pri­or­i­ties: 1) farm­ers hav­ing the op­tion of us­ing or not us­ing the Wheat

Board; 2) cre­at­ing in­cen­tives and penal­ties for the grain trans­porta­tion sys­tem to meet com­mit­ments on mov­ing grain; and 3) end­ing in­ter­na­tional trade sub­si­dies.

“War­riors for Wheat” is a tes­ta­ment to the many peo­ple that have moved been ac­tively en­gaged and en­sured that these pri­or­i­ties moved for­ward over the next sev­eral years,” stated Clay­ton Koty­lak, Saskatchew­an Di­rec­tor.

Cel­e­brat­ing its 50th An­niver­sary in 2020, the West­ern Cana­dian Wheat Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion is a vol­un­tary farmer-run ad­vo­cacy or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to de­vel­op­ing pub­lic pol­icy so­lu­tions that strengthen the prof­itabil­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity of farm­ing, and the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try as a whole. The 50th an­niver­sary book, “War­riors For Wheat” is avail­able on­line: https://wheat­grow­ers.ca/war­riors-for-wheat/

For­mor­e­in­for­ma­tion,plea­se­visit: wheat­grow­ers.ca

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