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Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 29, 2011 - Today, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced that the Harper Government will ensure that Western Canadian grain farmers are given the freedom to choose whether to sell grain on the open market or through the Canadian Wheat Board.

Minister Ritz confirmed to those gathered at the Grain Growers of Canada's summer meeting, that the Harper Government wants to work with the grain industry to find positive, constructive solutions for moving the sector toward a brighter economic future.

Currently, barley and wheat grown in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and the Peace River region of British Columbia must be marketed through the Canadian Wheat Board's single desk if destined for export or domestic human consumption.

Minister Ritz concluded that all farmers, right across the country, should be able to position their businesses to capture the marketing opportunities - both global and domestic - that are open to them, and that the Government of Canada is very proud to be leading the way towards the future prosperity of Canada's agriculture sector.

For more information, media may contact:

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
613-773-7972
1-866-345-7972

Meagan Murdoch
Director of Communications
The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
613-773-1059

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