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Agrimarketing : January February 2012
30 Agri Marketing January/February 2012 GRAIN MARKETING LEGISLATION: CHANGE IS COMING CAMA Manitoba recently hosted a panel discussion on the introduction of "An Act to reorganize the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) and make consequential and related amendments to certain Acts" (Bill C-18). Although subject to the outcome of pending legal challenges, this controversial new legislation is slated to take effect August 1, 2012, eliminating the CWB's single-desk system and creating an open market for western Canadian wheat and barley. Led by Dr. Don Zasada, former Deputy Minister of Agriculture for the province of Manitoba, the panel of industry experts included Brian Hayward, President of Aldare Resources; Brad Vannan, President/ CEO of ICE Futures Canada, Inc.; Brenda Tjaden Lepp, Chief Analyst for FarmLink Marketing Solutions; and Art Stacy, Agribusiness Lawyer with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman (TDS Law). The speakers provided insights and discussed potential impact from the grain handling, commodity trading, marketing consulting and legal perspectives. The panelists agreed that the fundamental changes this legislation brings will provide the opportunity to all players in the industry to evolve in order to uphold Canada's critical role in the global grain trade. They also stressed the importance of building on Western Canada's long tradition of successful agri- marketing both through the CWB and with non-board crops. Originally tabled in mid-October and receiving Royal Assent on December 15, the federal government is making every effort to enact this new legislation as scheduled. However, on December 7, Justice Douglas Campbell of the Federal Court of Canada ruled that the Minister Responsible for the CWB broke the law by failing to comply with the requirements of Section 47.1 of the Canadian Wheat Board Act before taking steps to dismantle the single-desk on wheat and barley. The federal government has proceeded, despite this ruling. Currently pending legal action filed with Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench asks that enactment be suspended until the requirements of Section 47.1 are fulfilled. Whether or not they take effect by August 2012, changes are coming for the Canadian grain marketing system and all industry members must equip themselves and their customers for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. 2011 HONOUR ROLL RECIPIENT At the Best of CAMA 2011 event in Banff, Alberta, CAMA Manitoba was pleased to name Darrell Friesen of Golden West Media as the 2011 Honour Roll inductee. Friesen's been a CAMA member for over ten years and Chapter Treasurer since 2007. He plays a key role in promoting CAMA among rural members and values the opportunities that it presents for his staff and others. Friesen is very actively involved in the Chapter 's program development and operations. He is a valued board member and a strong contributor to the building and advancement of our Association. AM UPCOMING EVENTS March 7, 2012 CAMA ON Meeting at London Farm Show Producer Panel Discussion --- "Technology tools used on the farm" CAMA UPDATE MANITOBA NEWS Darrell Friesen, is awarded the 2011 Honour Roll certificate on behalf of the Chapter from CAMA Manitoba President, Barbara Chabih.
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