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Farmers struggle for political power replaced by producer s struggle to gain control over impersonal market forces & resist growing of industrial/commercial enterprises. Process of institutionalization included establishment of canadian wheat board & dev. of regulatory regime in dairy industry. Coming together of producers & agricultural processing involved shared perspective of needs for general increase in agriculture prices & ending volatility competition that threatened them. Key problem for processors was overproduction of agricultural commodities [threatened profitability] Till 30 s govt. believed that private grain trade was best for marketing the number 1 agriculture commodity. Farmers against this b/c they would end up having to sell their wheat for cheaper so that they aren t left with any leftovers. Bill to create wheat board gave them power to take over all grain elevators in prairie provinces & to exercise control over movement of grain between provinces and oversea [eventually power was reduced]

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