Wheat group applauds end of monopoly
Members of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers are celebrating the end of the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly power.
About 200 members gathered in Moose Jaw, Sask., for their annual convention.
The federal government has passed legislation to end the board's monopoly over prairie wheat and barley sales.
"It's something that they took away from me, that's the part of the business I enjoy, is marketing my grain," Kurt Freitag, a member of the wheat growers association, told CBC News. "It's tough to grow [but] once it's in the bin, that's where the fun starts."
The association has lobbied for years for changes to Western Canada's marketing regime.
Bernie Sambrook, a farmer from Manitoba, said he is looking forward to a new way of doing things.
"I don't know how to describe it," Sambrook said. "When you fight for something for so long, and when you're passionate about it for so long. Let's put it this way, I'm very thankful."
The monopoly power of the board is set to end Aug. 1.
The timing has raised questions about what farmers will do with their wheat until that date.
"Will we have, you know, loads of trucks waiting at the elevator door as of August 1st?" Cherilyn Nagel, of the wheat growers association, asked. "That can very well happen, so the sooner that we can talk about that and start to mitigate that problem the easier it's going to be."