Canary seed will soon become an official grain, says CGC

Responding to producer calls for change, and following consultations with stakeholders across the country, the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is implementing regulatory changes that add canary seed to the list of official grains.

Effective August 1, 2021, grain producers will benefit from the same rights, services, and protections for 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; and,
  • access to no-fee quality assessments through the CGC’s Harvest Sample Program

Doug Chorney, chief commissioner with the CGC, says they are 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.

“After successive licensee failures where canary seed growers were left empty handed, it was clear we needed to extend regulatory safeguards to the sector,” Chorney says.

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

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