The Canada Grain Act hasn’t had a comprehensive amendment since 1971
The Canada Grain Act is currently under consultation and representatives from the Manitoba Crop Alliance (MCA) are encouraging producers to get involved.
“We are always looking for engagement and direction from our farmers,” said Fred Greig, chair of MCA. “We are hoping to make a little extra effort to make our producers aware (the consultation) is finally happening and (we want to) hear their voice.”
The act provides framework for Canada’s grain quality assurance system and gives farmers certain protections. It also sets out the functions of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC).
The act hasn’t had a comprehensive amendment since 1971 and since that time, the Canadian grain sector has gone through many changes and it was time for an update, said a recent Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) release.
MCA staff want producers to get involved in the consultation and plan to provide feedback to AAFC on discussions that previously took place around the act that didn’t result in changes.
MCA staff plan to bring up points such as how varieties get registered and improved efficiencies that could be made with the CGC, said Greig.
“There's lots to be concerned about. (MCA is) encouraged that we can maybe positively change some of these things moving forward,” he told Farms.com.
Producers can review the discussion document online and submit feedback until April 30, 2021 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by mailing Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 1341 Baseline Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C5.
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