News Release: Sask Wheat supports the Canadian Grain Commission’s Surplus Investment Framework
Saskatoon (August 1, 2018) – The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) is pleased to see the Canadian Grain Commission’s (CGC) Surplus Investment Framework outlined today as it will address areas important to Saskatchewan’s grain producers.
“The CGC is making positive steps in the use of the surplus,” said Laura Reiter, Sask Wheat Chair. “Under this framework, the CGC will be able to provide new and enhanced services for producers that will not only benefit producers but also Canada’s grain system and international reputation for growing high-quality wheat.”
The Surplus Investment Framework was created based on feedback from a consultation the CGC conducted in the spring of 2017. The framework has three areas of focus:
- Strengthening safeguards for producers;
- Investing in grain quality assurance; and
- Enhancing science and innovation in the grain sector.
One specific program the CGC has targeted for improvement as part of the Framework is the Harvest Sample Program. The Harvest Sample Program allows wheat producers to have a sample of their grain analyzed by the CGC, from which producers receive a report on the protein content and an unofficial grade of the wheat sample.
The enhanced Harvest Sample Program will now include information on DON (deoxynivalenol) levels and the falling number for the wheat sample.
“We’re glad to see that the Harvest Sample Program will be enhanced,” says Reiter. “It is a valuable program as it provides information that producers can use to get a fair price for their wheat.”
Sask Wheat looks forward to further consultations with the CGC on the development of other initiatives within the Surplus Investment Framework that could benefit Saskatchewan wheat producers and Canada’s wheat industry.
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