Immediate calls for action by the Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) include changes to the AgriStability program and expanding the interest-free portion of Advance Payments Program to all commodities. On Tuesday, May 14th GGC asked the federal government to develop a strategy to address an increasingly unpredictable trade environment affecting the incomes of grain farmers across Canada.
The Grain Growers of Canada are urging the federal government to step things up when it comes to recent trade disruptions.
GGC Chair Jeff Nielsen farms near Olds. He says this is a non-partisan issue and Canadian farmers need government support to ensure we are well positioned to weather this storm.
Last week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged that China's blocking of Canadian canola is politically motivated.
Nielsen says the GGC want to have a level playing field throughout the world.
He notes their organization continues to advocate for producers, but wants more movement on the file.
As for canola production this growing season, Nielsen says he cut back a bit.
According to Nielsen, Canada's Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau met briefly with her Chinese counterpart in Japan. He adds, hopefully that is a step forward to send a delegation over to China.