The Grain Growers of Canada, representing over 80,000 successful Canadian farmers, is very pleased with an October 7 announcement of construction of a durum plant in Regina. Alliance Grain Traders Inc. is building their first pasta facility in Canada due in large part to the opportunities presented with the Government of Canada's move to end the monopoly powers of the Canadian Wheat Board.

President of the Grain Growers of Canada, Steven Vandervalk, was delighted with the news:

Vandervalk says they'd "like to recognize and thank Prime Minister Harper and Minister Gerry Ritz for their strong leadership and commitment to bring marketing choice to both processors and to farmers in Western Canada", adding "it's time to stop exporting jobs."

Alliance is a publicly traded Canadian company. It's one of the largest pasta and pulse processors in the world, and has over a half-billion dollars in annual sales.