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Saskatchewan crop commissions to push for mandatory export sales reporting and carbon recognition

By: Kelvin Heppner

January 13, 2021

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Saskatchewan’s crop commissions are going to be pushing for mandatory grain export reporting, as well as continuing their effort to have farmers rewarded for sequestering carbon, following their 2021 annual general meetings this week.

SaskCanola, Sask Wheat, SaskBarley, SaskFlax, SaskOats, and Saskatchewan Pulse Growers hosted their annual meetings in a virtual version of the annual CropSphere conference on Tuesday.

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Similar resolutions calling for mandatory national reporting of export sales — similar to export volume reporting requirements in the U.S. — were introduced and passed at five of the six meetings, with the exception being the oat commission meeting, which required a 30-day notice for resolutions.

The export reporting motions call for all sales over a minimum volume “to be reported daily, to be compiled weekly, and released in a timely fashion” to provide producers with information for marketing their crops.

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Saskatchewan Pulse Growers members also passed a separate, but similar resolution to lobby for mandatory reporting of domestic pulse crop sales.

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In the U.S., exporters are required to report sales of over a dozen different commodities each week. Daily reporting is also required when an exporter sells 100,000 metric tons or more of wheat, corn, grain sorghum, barley, oats, soybeans, soybean cake or soybean meal, or 20,000 metric tons or more of soybean oil to a single destination in a single day. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

A second resolution to have farmers recognized and rewarded for carbon sequestration was also introduced and approved at the same five meetings. The resolution gives commissions the mandate to lobby governments to have farmers recognized and rewarded for carbon removal, correlated to carbon prices set by government.

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