OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA — The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) announced on Nov. 1 that it has joined the Grain Growers of Canada (GGC), which will now represent 90,000 grain farmers across Canada.

Established in 2013, Sask Wheat provides leadership in identifying and supporting research, market development, and advocacy to maximize profitable and sustainable wheat production for its 24,000 farmer members in Saskatchewan. 

“Joining GGC reinforces our commitment to working with key industry stakeholders to develop a focused approach to national priorities and ensure the views of Saskatchewan growers are heard in Ottawa,” said Brett Halstead, chair of Sask Wheat. “By working together, we can help deliver the conditions that Canada’s hard-working grain farmers need to continue the growth of our sector and protect the economic viability of the family farm.” 

Earlier this year, GGC announced its partnership with Sask Wheat on its Road to 2050 climate solutions initiative. GGC and Sask Wheat are jointly focused on improving on-farm sustainability and the competitiveness of Canadian agriculture on both the domestic and international front.  

“Sask Wheat is a provincial leader in research and market development who has strengthened their province's competitive advantage through prioritizing their members’ interests,” said Andre Harpe, chair of GGC. “Adding their voice to the table means that we are an even stronger advocate for grain farmers.

“We believe that this move demonstrates Canadian agriculture’s desire to come together and drive innovation, profitability and sustainability for our farmers – and our sector as a whole.”