“War­riors for Wheat” – A Proud His­tory of the Wheat Growers Chap­ter 3 – Fair Trade; Free Trade

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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.

Chap­ter 3 – Fair Trade; Free Trade dis­cusses the his­tory and de­vel­op­ment of the trade agree­ments that im­pact the in­ter­na­tional trade of wheat and other grains and oil seeds. The role that the Cana­dian Wheat Board played in these agree­ments meant that many wheat growers felt that their in­come was lower than it should have been.

Dur­ing this time, strong re­la­tion­ships with their US coun­ter­parts were also es­tab­lished. These re­la­tion­ships helped to bridge some of the po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences that had evolved. The ac­tive in­volve­ment of farm­ers from both sides of the bor­der in ne­go­ti­a­tions both sped up the fi­nal re­sult as well as a stronger agree­ment for every­one.

Sev­eral ad­vo­cacy po­si­tions in­clud­ing the shar­ing of reg­u­la­tory sci­ence re­search, re­sulted in im­proved long-term po­si­tions for both the Cana­dian and Amer­i­can farm­ers.

“War­riors for Wheat de­picts the voices of rea­son from grain farm­ers all across the prairies. Many of the ad­vo­cacy po­si­tions that we have taken his­tor­i­cally have since re­sulted in bet­ter agri­cul­ture pol­icy,” stated Clay­ton Koty­lak, Saskatchew­an Di­rec­tor.

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