Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan


July 23, 2019

Canaryseed Producers Revisit Payment Protection

With ILTA Grain under creditor protection, some canaryseed producers are out large sums of money that they are unlikely to recoup. While producers of pulse crops and other grains are covered for all or at least some of their unpaid deliveries through the Canadian Grain Commission’s licencing and bonding program, canaryseed is not eligible for this support.

This is not the fault of the Canadian Grain Commission or any past or current government. The issue of producer payment protection for canaryseed has been raised with producers in the past, but there was no clear indication that a majority of producers were in favour of proceeding with a request for coverage.

“In light of the situation with ILTA Grain, the board of directors for the Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan will explore the issue again,” says Lucas Sutherland, chair of the commission and a producer from near Eston.

“Canaryseed producers are being asked to make their views known to the commission. As well, a resolution will be presented to the AGM on January 13, 2020 in Saskatoon so producers can vote on the issue.” Information will be presented on the pros and cons ahead of the vote.

Licencing and bonding is a cost to the companies buying grain and producers in the past have worried about this extra cost resulting in lower prices. As well, no official grading system has existed for canaryseed and there have been concerns about how this might change with Canadian Grain Commission involvement. As well, it appeared a couple times that the entire licencing and bonding system would be revamped.

“I’ve heard from canaryseed producers owed hundreds of thousands of dollars by ILTA Grain,” notes Kevin Hursh, executive director for the Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan. “That’s a big hit for any farm.”

Canaryseed producers should watch for more information in the upcoming newsletter and on the website –

For further information, contact:

Lucas Sutherland
CDCS chair

Kevin Hursh
CDCS executive director


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