Carbon taxes, public trust, farm leadership, and good hats — a LIVE! with Daryl Fransoo

Daryl Fransoo, grain farmer at Glaslyn, Sask., and Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association (WCWGA) director joins us for today’s LIVE! to talk farm policy, public trust, and more!

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  • Grain farmer at Glaslyn, Sask. Brother just joined and harvested his first crop
  • Public policy is a family thing for Fransoo
  • Where does the interest in policy come from? Around the kitchen table. APAS had a mentorship program that got him involved, too.
  • Did the pandemic change the way Fransoo farmed? Agriculture has come out of it ok.
  • Clean Fuel Standard. Going to take time to get the actual numbers. Will producers have to bear some costs?
  • Carbon tax? Against it from day one. It just doesn’t work for farmers in Canada. We’re environmentally friendly, sequestering carbon, but we’re getting punished for it.
  • How do we get government to listen? That’s a billion dollar question. It falls on deaf ears time and time again.
  • What about locally? In Saskatchewan, the government has been amicable with farmers, and they’ve been working against the carbon tax. We’ll see how it goes.
  • What about a carbon exchange?
  • Responsible Grain. It’s not new, but people are tuning in now. Fransoo has questions. Are the consultations going to be enough?
  • Public trust, transportation, TFWs, 11 or 12 directors all have their specialties and projects that they want to work on
  • Transportation, blockades weren’t helpful for farmers. Containers? If there’s a shortage, it becomes really harsh for farmers.
  • Using the word sustainability, and people’s reactions. There’s no specific definition and the “goalpost always moves”. Where does it end?
  • When can we expect to see the basis broken down on our grain tickets (transport, handling, demurrage)?
  • “We need more farmers making good decisions for farmers”
  • So how can farmers get involved? When there are consultations, get involved, run for a board position.
  • What’s the future of grain grading in terms of automated and quantitative and less qualitative dockage factors?
  • Barley, hard red spring maybe going into the crop rotation, nothing too different. Fransoo’s area is very limited, so agronomically it’s a challenge. Dealing with a really short growing season
  • Fransoo sat on the DoMoreAg board. He’s seeing the stigma with mental health starting to disappear in agriculture. “Keep propping people up”

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