Producers have mixed feelings on the collapse of CWB monopoly

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Farmer Vaughn Crone shares his thoughts about the good and the bad of the collapse of the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly at the Farming for Profit conference at the Heritage Inn on Monday.

By Lisa Goudy

Farmer Vaughn Crone views the collapse of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) monopoly as a way for increased competition.

“Competition — it’s a good thing. There’s nothing wrong with a little competition,” said Crone who farms six miles north of Moose Jaw. “What we have to remember as farmers we’re entering an era now where it’s not dump, deliver and drive away. The reality is … storage will become king.”

Crone was one of the speakers at the final day of the 19th annual Farming for Profit Conference on Monday at the Heritage Inn. There were presentations about the good and the bad points about the end of the CWB monopoly, which was declared by the federal government with the passing of Bill C-18. It will take effect Aug. 1.

Since participation with the CWB will be voluntary, Crone said the open market situation for wheat and barley sales might increase wheat diversity.

“It might give the opportunity for some research,” said Crone. “On the bad side of this, being able to market your own grain is it’s one more market to watch instead of delivering your grain and price pooling through the year.”

“It’s about when they are going to need our grain, not when we want to deliver it,” he added.

For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Canadian Wheat Board, Heritage Inn, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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