WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA — The Canadian Grain Commission has (CGC), the federal agency responsible for establishing and maintaining Canada's grain quality standards, released feedback it received on the proposal to license feed mills in Western Canada. CGC said that licensing feed mills would extend payment protection to grain producers who sell grain to feed mills.

CGC said that stakeholders expressed concerns about issues such as how licensing feed mills would affect the industry and the need to avoid adding unnecessary costs to business and producers.

The CGC said it will use the feedback gathered during the consultation as it develops a more focused proposal for licensing feed mills.

The CGC held a consultation from Feb. 9 to April 9 on its proposal to license western Canadian feed mills. The intent of the consultation was to collect information and assess the nature of the feed mill industry in western Canada.

The Canadian Grain Commission received 43 formal written submissions representing a range of stakeholders including 53 feed mills and commodity and producer organizations.

A summary of stakeholder feedback can be found here: