Prairie Post (East Edition)

GGC wants grain companies to be understand­ing after disastrous year

- Contribute­d

Amid historic drought conditions, Canada’s grain growers are calling on grain companies to consider the impact that farmers face and work collaborat­ively on solutions to mitigate further harm.

“As farmers, we recognize the importance of upholding our commitment­s and honouring our contracts,” explained Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) chair Andre Harpe from his farm in Alberta’s Peace Country. “However, this year will be harder than most. We are hoping that our industry partners can commit to working with us on solutions to problems that are beyond our control.”

As part of GGC’s advocacy efforts, the organizati­on has met with the major grain companies to discuss the drought and ways in which the companies can support their customers through these trying times. Our proposals included immediate relief from administra­tion fees and penalties on grain contracts.

“We are staring at historical­ly low projection­s for yields across a lot of the prairies,” said Harpe. “To be frank, this may not allow for a full delivery on committed contracts. Any additional fees or penalties on top of that would make a down year even more punishing – for all of us.”

GGC also reminds farmers to consider their own contractua­l rights with grain handling companies and to request transparen­cy about the cost of grain replacemen­t under their contracts – which can be higher than local bid prices.

“Grain companies should be transparen­t about how those costs were measured and ensure that farmers are not forced to pay more than is actually required to acquire the grain that could not be delivered under contract,” Harpe added.

GGC has been involved in ongoing discussion­s with legislator­s, industry partners, and member organizati­ons to ensure a profitable and sustainabl­e future for the industry as a whole. The recognitio­n that Canadian agricultur­e succeeds or fails as one entity will be a core theme of advocacy efforts going forward.

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