Western Canadian wheat and barley farmers will have the freedom to market their grain as they choose once The Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act (Bill C-18) passes.
The Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act will give western Canadian grain farmers the right to choose how they sell their wheat and barley, says Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. Our government is delivering on our long-standing promise to give western Canadian grain farmers marketing freedom, just as they have when selling their canola or pulses.
The legislation tabled on October 18, 2011, will remove the monopoly of the Canadian Wheat Board and give marketing choice to all farmers. Farmers will have the choice of whether to sell on an open market or through a voluntary CWB. The legislation will allow an interim Canadian Wheat Board to act as a voluntary marketing entity, supported by the federal government while it transitions to full private ownership. The legislation will also immediately allow farmers and companies to forward contract for the delivery of grain after August 1, 2012.
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