- The single desk is responsible for export feed barley prices NOT being translated to the domestic market.This means that the local price of barley to the local feed lot or feed mill stays lower than it would otherwise. Farmers end up selling barley locally for a lot less than they would otherwise. This costs farmers a lot of money. If the CWB used a system to translate the price better (better price transparency) then all farmers would get higher prices, and grain companies would make no more than they do now handling CWB barley.
- The single desk (and pooling) is responsible for a low initial payment and poor movement which, combined, has created financial hardships on durum producers. Because of the lack of cash flow, many durum farmers sold high quality durum into the local feed market. Now the CWB is scrambling for high quality durum for offshore sales; one vessel has been in Vancouver since Sept 19th and is still waiting for durum. The demurrage bill will be in the millions and will be paid for by farmers. If the CWB provided better upfront pricing and more flexible delivery options, this would not have happened.
- Price comparisons show the pool returns are consistently below THE LOWEST daily prices over a crop year that the US farmer can sell at. Even if the US farmer sells at the lowest price he sees all year, he still gets more than Western Canadian farmers.