Stephen Vandervalk

Many farmers are still celebrating the passage of Bill C-18 last week.

"The changes will mean a new invigorated organization," says Stephen Vandervalk, President of Grain Growers of Canada. "Western farmers will now have the chance to branch into different kinds of wheat specialty markets.  We can all focus on the highest quality product for the highest return, rather than limiting ourselves to average prices."

Vandervalk notes there's still a lot of work to do in the coming months, particularly when it comes to the checkoff for wheat and barley research, and the creation of an organization for market development.

"We need to set up market development commissions, a wheat council of Canada -similar to other successful industries like pulse and canola, and iron out research issues," he says.

"I call on all farmers today, regardless of what side they were on, to set aside past differences, and work together for the future.  Farmers, grain elevators, malting companies, flour mills, grain companies and consumers are all counting on us to work together."