Grain Growers Of Canada Press Release

As a poor harvest looms, farmers ask for compassion – not further
hardship – from industry partners
Sept. 2, 2021 (Ottawa, ON) – Amid historic drought conditions, Canada’s grain growers
are calling on grain companies to consider the impact that farmers face and work
collaboratively on solutions to mitigate further harm.
“As farmers, we recognize the importance of upholding our commitments and honouring
our contracts,” explained Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) chair Andre Harpe from his
farm in Alberta’s Peace Country. “However, this year will be harder than most. We are
hoping that our industry partners can commit to working with us on solutions to
problems that are beyond our control.”
As part of GGC’s advocacy efforts, the organization has met with the major grain
companies to discuss the drought and ways in which the companies can support their
customers through these trying times. Our proposals included immediate relief from
administration fees and penalties on grain contracts.
“We are staring at historically low projections for yields across a lot of the prairies,” said
Harpe. “To be frank, this may not allow for a full delivery on committed contracts. Any
additional fees or penalties on top of that would make a down year even more punishing
– for all of us.”
GGC also reminds farmers to consider their own contractual rights with grain handling
companies and to request transparency about the cost of grain replacement under their
contracts – which can be higher than local bid prices.
“Grain companies should be transparent about how those costs were measured and
ensure that farmers are not forced to pay more than is actually required to acquire the
grain that could not be delivered under contract,” Harpe added.
GGC has been involved in ongoing discussions with legislators, industry partners, and
member organizations to ensure a profitable and sustainable future for the industry as a
whole. The recognition that Canadian agriculture succeeds or fails as one entity will be
a core theme of advocacy efforts going forward.
For more information, contact:
Cole Christensen
Communications Consultant