Farmers are charged $1.80 per tonne of grain delivered for inspection and weighing certification for export.
An average grower who delivered 5,500 tonnes of grain to an elevator for export in the past year would have paid about $10,000 in these user fees in just one year.
Now there's a $100 million surplus. Export volumes have been higher, but that's no reason for the government to hoard our fees. Refund the surplus and return the money back to growers.