CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA— GrainsConnect Canada (GCC) and the United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative (UFA) are teaming up to offer a new pilot program for canola growers.

It gives canola growers the opportunity to maximize returns on their 2021 canola crop with a discount of up to C$12 per bag on UFA seed and C$5 per/MT above posted bids from GCC.

“GCC is focused on providing grain growers with more than just a bid,” said Warren Stow, president of GrainsConnect Canada. “Our combination of local knowledge with global insights provide more choice, more competition and more value for their grain. We’re excited to partner with UFA and extend an opportunity to their members to access global markets and receive a competitive return.”

Working with a UFA customer account manager provides growers access to canola varieties, carefully selected for growing conditions in their area, along with the supporting inputs to maximize yields. Growers also will receive a rebate of up to $12 per bag, in addition to any grower reward programs they may qualify for. Signing a production contract with GCC ensures competitive market pricing and a $5/MT premium on matching acres of canola seed.

“UFA is proud to partner with GCC, who shares similar values and a commitment to local communities,” said Scott Bolton, president and chief executive officer of UFA. “Through our joint efforts, we will be able to provide greater support and returns for local growers.”

The pilot program is currently only available through the GrainsConnect Canada Huxley terminal for the 2021 growing season.

“As a co-operative, UFA is committed to delivering exceptional value to our members,” said Rob Giguere, vice president of Commercial Agribusiness. “Each year we challenge ourselves to discover new opportunities to enhance the overall value of the products and services we provide. With the introduction of this pilot program, canola growers will receive expert advice and support from the moment they purchase seed at UFA continuing right through to market with GCC.”