The National Farmers Union is conducting a farmer survey to learn more about how grain growers are being treated when they deliver grain to a country elevator.
“The NFU is starting to hear repeated stories of grain farmers being dissatisfied with their treatment by elevator companies,” said NFU president Jan Slomp.
“We are hearing stories that farmers are being baited to deliver their grain with good grades and then switched to lower grades when they get there,” he said.
“So we have launched this survey to determine the extent of the problem.”
The online survey is open to all farmers at www.surveymonkey.com/r/NFU-Grain-2017.
The NFU says submissions will be kept confidential and results will be aggregated for reporting purposes.
“This will allow the NFU to determine how widespread this problem has become in view of the Canadian Grain Commission’s reduced regulatory role,” said Slomp.
“The … commission’s mandate to protect farmers still exists, and the survey results will allow us to promote solutions for any problems that are identified.”