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Stephen Vandervalk president of Grain Growers of Canada

Newly-elected Grain Growers of Canada president Stephen Vandervalk of Fort Macleod standing beside one of the organization’s founding members, Macleod MP Ted Menzies, vice-president Gary Stanford and executive director Allan Ling.

Newly-elected Grain Growers of Canada president Stephen Vandervalk of Fort Macleod standing beside one of the organization’s founding members, Macleod MP Ted Menzies, vice-president Gary Stanford and executive director Allan Ling. Photo by Ray Pilon, CropLife.

Stephen Vandervalk of Fort Macleod is the new president of the Grain Growers of Canada.
Vandervalk was elected last week at the organization’s annual general meeting.
“I am honoured to serve as the president of the Grain Growers for the up-coming year,” said Vandervalk, a fourth generation farmer from Fort Macleod. “The Grain Growers remains focused on the agriculture needs of grain farmers today. Our driving principle, developed by farmers, continues to be pursuit of grower-driven, competitive agriculture trading environment based on comparative advantage and open markets.”
Each member farm organization appoints a director to the Grain Growers of Canada board, from which a four-person executive is elected.
Vice-president is Gary Stanford of the Alberta Winter Wheat Producers Commission.
The executive includes Allan Ling of Atlantic Grains Council and Irmi Critcher of the British Columbia Grain Producers Association.
“The government doesn’t owe farmers a living, but it does owe them a policy environment in which they can make a living,” Vandervalk said.
“The need for more research funding, an aggressive approach to trade talks based on sound science, federal consultations on new farm programs, and a successful rail service review, remain some of the top priorities for grain farmers across Canada,” Vandervalk added. “A positive path forward on these key issues will not only help expand agriculture for farmers, it will also expand value-added opportunities for the entire agri-food industry. “
The Grain Growers of Canada continue to also focus on innovation in the seed sector, environmental issues, as well as the burgeoning policy areas of sustainability and food safety.
Representing more than 80,000 successful wheat, barley, canola, oat, corn, pea and lentil farmers across Canada, the Grain Growers of Canada is well known as the national voice of Canadian grain farmers.

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