Your voice in the grain grading system

Posted: February 22, 2012

Did you know that as a grain producer, you can help shape Canada’s grain grading system?

While the Canadian Grain Commission is mandated by the Canada Grain Act to set grain standards and specifications, we rely on input from all parts of Canada’s grain industry, including grain producers like you to help us set those standards and specifications.

You can bring grain grading issues forward for discussion through the Western Standards Committee. The committee meets each year in the spring and fall to discuss grading issues and to make recommendations to the Canadian Grain Commission about grain grades and specifications.

The Western Standards Committee makes recommendations based on careful study and review of grading issues. The committee works to:

  • Make sure changes to the grading system reflect the interests and concerns of all stakeholders in Canada’s grain sector, including producers.
  • Constantly review Canada’s grading system so that it continues to be relevant to the grain sector and to buyers of Canada’s grain.

The committee is made up of members drawn from all parts of Canada’s grain industry, including 12 grain producers who represent the interests of all Western producers. You can contact any member about your grading issue and they will tell you how your issue will be addressed.

The Western Standards Committee uses its sub-committees to gain information about grading issues for specific types of crops. There are four sub-committees: Wheat, Barley and Other Cereals, Oilseeds and Pulse. Again, members are drawn from all parts of the grain industry including producers.

Each sub-committee studies issues about its crops and advises the Western Standards Committee about specific crop-related concerns. The sub-committees also bring forward concerns about the grading system from the point of view of specific crops and gather input from all affected stakeholders.

To find out how to contact members of the Western Standards Committee or any of its sub-committees, go to www.grainscanada.gc.ca/gscommittee-comiteng/wgsc-cngo-eng.htm.

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