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Government of Canada to Support Grain Growers of Canada to Promote Canadian Wheat Worldwide

Grain Growers of Canada receives funding to help grain industry remain competitive and profitable.

(Calgary, Alberta) –Today, the Government of Canada made a $100,000 investment to the Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) that will open up new global markets and increase access to international markets for Canadian wheat and wheat products.

Member of Parliament Earl Dreeshen, made the announcement today, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz at the GGC fall Board meeting. This investment falls under the AgriMarketing Program, an initiative under Growing Forward 2.

"This investment will allow the industry to strengthen wheat exports and develop new and emerging markets for Canadian wheat," says Gary Stanford, Vice-President of the GGC and Director with the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC). "New marketing changes mean that farmers have an opportunity to sell many classes of wheat to the world and there are a number of new marketing opportunities on the horizon for Canadian wheat," adds Stanford.

The AgriMarketing Program application is a collaborative effort between the Grain Growers and the AWC. This investment will help the Grain Growers to coordinate a national wheat marketing plan and AWC will ensure the benefits to growers are maximized. This new investment will also open the door to more trade missions, allowing AWC and the Grain Growers to take producers to the end markets to meet the buyers purchasing Canadian agriculture products.

"Connecting the farmer with the buyer and establishing that relationship is very important in business today," explains Jeff Jackson, AWC Markets Manager. "Canada is known for its consistent quality and connecting the product back to the farmer is key to strengthening current market opportunities, and developing new markets."

Canada produces four per cent of the world's wheat supply (30 million tonnes), and it is the third-largest wheat exporter in the world, exporting 70 per cent of its wheat production. In 2012, Canadian wheat brought $6 billion to the farm gate.

The Grain Growers represents Canadian farmers’ interests on the international level to ensure the best possible market access for our products. The GGC is an umbrella organization with 14 provincial and regional grower groups from across the country involved in the grain, pulse and oilseed sectors. Representing tens of thousands of successful wheat, durum, barley, canola, oat, corn, pea, lentil, rye and triticale farmers, the Grain Growers is well known as the national voice of Canadian grain farmers.

For more information please contact:

Amanda Ryan
Communications Manager
P. (403) 219-7902 C. (587) 777-6344
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The Alberta Wheat Commission is a producer-directed organization representing the interests of and serving as a single voice for all of Alberta’s 11,000 wheat producers.