10/21/2011 04:06 EDT | Updated 12/21/2011 05:12 EST

Farmers hold demonstrations to show support for Canadian Wheat Board

Farmers showed their support for the Canadian Wheat Board at gatherings in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

A few dozen farmers joined National Farmers Union president Terry Boehm at a rail crossing in Colonsay, east of Saskatoon, to voice their opposition to federal legislation introduced this week to end the wheat board's monopoly on western wheat and barley sales and allow producers to sell to whomever they chose to seek higher prices.

Boehm says the Harper government is ignoring the will of farmers, who he says have democratically reaffirmed their support for the board in three plebiscites and in seven sets of directors' elections.

In Alberta, farmers loaded grain cars on the farmer-owned Battle River Railway in central Alberta.

They help up signs that said “Stop Harper” and “Respect Farmers, Respect our Vote."

Howard Vincett, who farms near Galahad, Alta., says farmers will be hurt by the end of the wheat board and Prime Minister Steven Harper should withdraw the legislation.