Promoting Canadian Oats

Industry has heard from our customers that recent transportation challenges have resulted in negative impacts to Canada’s reputation as a reliable shipper of quality grains, oilseeds, and pulses. These negative impacts would be very detrimental if they occur again and become a regular occurrence. There is a need for the entire sector to ensure that the challenges with grain shipments do not happen again. The Order in Council (OIC), which establishes minimum grain volume shipments, is scheduled to expire on March 28, 2015, and consideration should be given to whether a renewed OIC would help prevent these negative impacts.

The grains, oilseeds, and pulse sector has seen tremendous growth over the last number of years. The size of last year’s crop was approximately 76.1 million metric tonnes (MMT). This is significantly less than the 97.1 MMT seen in the 2013-14 crop year but also significantly higher than the 21 year average of 68.2 MMT. Productivity and crop evolution will continue to boost yield , despite annual fluctuations. A renewed OIC should support a sector that continues to provide growth opportunities and contributes to the growing Canadian economy. This will demonstrate to our customers and to investors that Canada is committed to the agriculture sector’s growth and to creating an investment climate that is positive for the entire value chain.

The 17th Annual AGM and Conference for the Prairie Oat Growers was held December 4, 2014 in the scenic and beautiful Fairmont (Banff Springs) hotel in Banff, AB. With what could be considered one of the better turnouts of past conferences, the day was filled with informative speakers and engaging discussion.

To kick off the event, Dave Burdek, Assistant Deputy Minister to Agriculture provided greetings to the crowd on behalf of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.

The morning proved to be chalk full of information starting with Neil Blue, a market specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development speaking on oat marketing and “how to hedge the market using a variety of resources”. His presentation was informative and encompassed a great deal of marketing resources with take home points focused around the idea that price and basis remain the same, that there are ways to reduce risk using different levels of risk tolerance (i.e. diversification, flexibility, insurance, market alternatives), and that the starting point to manage risk is developing a marketing plan.

Location: Temple Gardens Mineral Spa, Moose Jaw, SK
Date: December 2-3, 2015
Phone: 1-800-718-7727

We have negotiated a rate (before taxes) of $150 per night. Please ask for the Prairie Oat Growers Association rate and reference the code 114277. Please book your rooms early as there is limited availability. Agenda will be available at a later date.

Minister Ritz,
It is a pleasure to join you today for this important occasion. Today’s announcement is historic as we update the Plant Breeders Rights Act, placing Canada on a level playing field with our international competitors under UPOV’91. This will help position Canadian farmers and plant breeders as innovators globally, while also helping to attract investment in international research, to take place here at home.

Like most farmers, I grow many crops. My farm has benefited from advancements in canola in particular and also the ability to add soybeans into the mix. Advancements in breeding have made a significant difference on my farm in terms of yield and crop diversity. For these new crop varieties, breeders have been able to use a variety of measures to foster and protect their breeding investment.

Are you interested in becoming a director or do you know someone who is?  Here are just a few of the benefits:

  • Identify and direct research for the benefit of the entire industry;
  • Increased industry knowledge;
  • The opportunity to meet a large number of influential millers, buyers, and government officials across the province, nation and globally;
  • Increased information sharing with other growers;
  • Professional development;
  • Reimbursement for all travel, honorariums for time spent on the commissions’ projects and committees.

To be eligible, a producer must have sold oats after July 31, 2013.

Deadline for nominations is December 8, 2015.

For nomination forms and further information contact:
AOGC Administration Office,
PO Box 20106, Regina, SK S4P 4J7
Telephone (306) 530-8545; Fax (306) 546-2999; Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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