Promoting Canadian Oats

"Cautiously optimistic" is how Jim McCarthy, President and CEO of the North American Millers Association, described the sentiments of the oat millers following the difficult year in 2013-14 when US processors were unable to get to Canadian oats. In a panel moderated by Robynne Anderson, the long term impacts on the oat business were discussed. It was acknowledged that the failure of the grain transportation system will mean that European oats will have a foothold in the market for years to come. However, the situation has seen more steady shipments that have helped catch up the shortfalls from last winter. Lorne Boundy of Paterson Grain provided a frank assessment of the challenges oats face to provide the margins for grain handlers and the need to get more access to freight services. It is clear handlers, railways and millers will need to think about capacity and efficiency gains.

Bruce McFadden of Quorum Corporation, Canada's Grain Monitor, explained that data is starting to flow from the new initiatives to monitor shipments to southern corridors. Monthly data will soon be available, but it will lack destination specific data that allows proper assessment of rail car turnarounds. The Prairie Oat Growers Association will be calling vigorously for increased transparency on the numbers and inclusion of additional data so the Grain Monitor can do its work.

Robynne Anderson and Connor Rosine of Emerging prepare to present at the Prairie Oat Growers Association annual meeting in Banff.
Robynne Anderson and Connor Rosine of Emerging prepare to present at the Prairie Oat Growers Association annual meeting in Banff.

Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, AB
December 4, 2014

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POGA’S 17th ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Banff Springs Hotel (Fairmont)
Banff, Alberta

Agenda*

8:00am Registration and Breakfast- Meet our sponsors and enter the draw for $100 worth of FREE OAT GROCERIES
8:45am Welcome and Introduction – Art Enns, POGA President
8:50am Minister of Agriculture - Greetings from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
9:00am Oat Marketing 101 – How to hedge on the market using a variety of resources – Neil Blue, Market Specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
10:00am Oat Market Outlook - Randy Strychar, President, Ag Commodity Research
10:30am Coffee Break
11:00am Assessing North America Crop Weather Trends for 2015 - Drew Learner, President, World Weather Inc.
12:00 noon Soup and sandwich lunch – tour the sponsor’s displays
12:45pm POGA Annual General Meeting: Art Enns, POGA President
1:15pm University of Alberta research project “Optimizing Oat Yield, Quality and Standability in Central Alberta”- Sheri Strydhorst, Agronomy Research Scientist, University of Alberta
1:45pm Transportation Impediments – Robynne Anderson, President, Emerging Ag
2:30pm Coffee Break
3:00pm Panel Discussion on Grain Transportation: Issues facing oat farmers and other members of the oat value chain:
Mark Hemmes: Grain Monitor, Quorum Corporation
Lorne Boundy: Trader, Paterson Grain
Jim McCarthy: President & CEO, North American Millers Association
Moderator: Robynne Anderson, Emerging Ag
5:00pm Wrap-up and Adjourn – Art Enns, POGA President
5:45pm Social Hour
6:30pm Dinner and speaker: Life is What you Make it: A Personal Story of Adversity and Adventure – Leona Dargis, Motivational Speaker; Young Leader in Agriculture and 2011 Canadian Nuffield Scholar
8:00pm Adjourn

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program is a federal government program that encourages research and development by providing tax-based incentives. By using levy contributions to finance research and development work that benefits Western Canada oat producers, The Saskatchewan Oat Development Commission and the Manitoba Oat Growers Association are able to participate in this program and distribute these tax-based incentives to producers.

The program gives registered oat producers access to investment tax credits (by means of cash refunds and/or reduction to taxes payable) for their levy contributions that are spent on qualifying research.

For 2013, Saskatchewan producers may claim 28.6% of their levy contributions as a qualifying SR&ED expenditure on their federal tax return.

For 2013, Manitoba oat producers may claim 20.2% of their levy contributions as a qualifying SR&ED expenditure on their federal tax return.

Investment tax credits may be claimed by filing form T2038(IND) for farm individuals or T2SCH31 for farm corporations.

Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA) President Art Enns presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture regarding Bill C-30 (the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act) on April 1, 2014. The transportation crisis has affected many shippers so Bill C-30 is an important interim step but must be part of long term measures that address the needs of all shippers. POGA and the Grain Growers of Canada join with many other organizations in recommending a series of amendments to Bill C-30 and specific elements to be included in the subsequent regulatory package, including the needs to get oats moving to US markets.

President Enns also addressed the Senate Agriculture Commitee on May 14, 2014.

Read the brief POGA and the Grain Growers of Canada submitted to the House of Commons >>
Read the speech by Art Enns, President of POGA, to the House of Commons >>
Read the speech by Art Enns, President of POGA, to the Senate >>

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