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Canadian Grain Commission Invests Surplus Funds in the Harvest Sample Program

Canadian producers will have access to even more information on the quality of their harvest thanks to enhancements to the Canadian Grain Commission’s Harvest Sample Program.

Beginning in the 2018-19 crop year, producers who participate in the Harvest Sample Program will receive falling number and deoxynivalenol (DON) results for their wheat samples at no cost. With this additional information in hand, producers will be better able to market their crop to ensure the best return for their farms.

These enhancements to the Harvest Sample Program will be funded for the next five years through the investment of $4 million from the Canadian Grain Commission’s accumulated surplus. This is the first step in the Canadian Grain Commission’s plan to invest $90 millionthrough a Surplus Investment Framework that will strengthen safeguards for producers, improve grain quality assurance programs and enhance grain quality science and innovation.

“We are pleased to announce a key investment in the Harvest Sample Program,” said Patti Miller,
Chief Commissioner, Canadian Grain Commission. “It’s an important tool that makes data available to promote the sale of Canadian grain, helps producers ensure the best return for their crops, and contributes to research on grain grades and the end-use quality of Canadian grain.”

The Canadian Grain Commission is committed to working with grain sector stakeholders to ensure enhancements to programs and services deliver clear benefits to producers and add value to the sector into the future. In the coming months, the Commission will consult with grain sector stakeholders to develop more detailed proposals within the Surplus Investment Framework.

“The Canadian Grain Commission will invest surplus funds in programs and activities will meet the evolving needs of the grain sector for years to come,” Miller said. “We look forward to working with stakeholders to maximize the value of surplus investment initiatives.”

Quick facts

  • The Harvest Sample Program is a voluntary program that offers free analytical services to Canadian grain producers and grain companies.
  • The Canadian Grain Commission uses samples to generate annual crop quality data and to conduct research that support market access for Canadian grains.

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