Promoting Canadian Oats

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.

POGA’s submission to the review panel of the Canada Transportation Act highlights the need to have a system that is Fair, Responsive, Effective and Transparent. That includes the ability to move for a broad range of crops and markets, including corridors that move grain south. Read the Submission Document (PDF, 565KB)

Robynne Anderson presented the POGA view on grain transportation at CropSphere January 2015. Highlighting the fact that oat transportation remains challenged and that trucking has helped to make up continued shortfalls in rail shipments, she reviewed the key elements of the CTA Review Submission (PDF, 565KB) made by POGA. In particular, she called for more work by commodity groups to build upon existing consensus to provide coherence in policy discussions as the review progresses. View the presentation (PDF, 299KB)

"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.

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