The present government’s fact-finding panel designed to determine whether the Canadian Wheat Board could survive in a dual marketing environment, and commissioned by this same government’s former ag minister, reported strongly that the CWB could not survive.
Without the CWB we will go from one seller (our CWB) and hundreds of buyers in 70 countries around the globe – the ideal situation if you are into getting the best price at all – to tens of thousands of sellers and three to four extremely shrewd buyers, the ideal situation for the lowest price possible. Nothing you can buckle down and do there.
This can seriously harm farmers who grow grains other than wheat and malt barley as all the grain prices generally move in parallel for the most part.
Faced with this dilemma, an anti-wheat boarder will usually state that we have to learn to work together as farmers and neighbours to put larger volumes of like-quality grain together to extract a higher price from the market by circumventing the line companies (let them handle it and arrange shipping of course) and sell direct to destination buyers.
Give me that right at least, they say. Of course that is exactly what their very own CWB is already doing for them with more volume, precision and expertise than any group could ever muster, so it becomes clear that anti-CWB individuals don’t know what they want, are unclear of the existing process and are believing the collection of half truths being told them by the entities looking for cheaper grain.
The majority of farmers are in no mood to have the minority of unknowing farmers, entities with a vested interest in cheaper grain and ill-informed politicians take away any more financially beneficial choices. Exercise your vote.
Andrew Dennis,Brookdale, Man.