Canary Seed to Become an Official Grain in Canada

by | Jun 9, 2021 | Business, Crops

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Canary seed will be designated as an official grain under the Canada Grain Act as of Aug. 1, 2021, a June 9 news release from the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) says.

“After successive licensee failures where canary seed growers were left empty handed, it was clear we needed to extend regulatory safeguards to the sector. We’re very pleased to be able to offer canary seed growers the rights and services provided by the Canada Grain Act and help ensure they are fairly compensated for their deliveries,” Doug Chorney, CGC chief commissioner says in the release.

The CGC is implementing regulatory changes which will add canary seed to the list of official grains as of Aug. 1, 2021. This comes following farmers calls for changes and consultations, the release notes.

Grain producers will benefit from the same rights, services and protections on their canary seed crop as they do for other regulated grains, including:

  • the right to have their canary seed assessed for grade and dockage following official grading standards at time of delivery
  • the right to dispute their grain’s assessment at a licensed primary grain elevator at the time of delivery through the CGC’s Subject to Inspector’s Grade and Dockage service
  • payment protections through the CGC’s Safeguards for Grain Farmers Program
  • access to no-fee quality assessments through the CGC’s Harvest Sample Program

The CGC has consulted with canary seed handlers and growers to determine the grade and quality specifications for this crop, the release says. A grade determinant table along with a moisture chart will be added to the CGC’s website in July 2021.

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