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Wheat Growers Support Free Trade

(Jason Scott & Levi Wood via Manitoba Co-Operator)

Since the end of the Canadian Wheat Board’s government monopoly control over the marketing of western Canadian wheat, there has been a great deal of change in the Canadian wheat industry and positive modernization of many regulations. One of the most significant changes to come from marketing freedom for wheat farmers has been the growth in sales of Canadian wheat into the U.S. market.

Currently, Canadian farmers delivering wheat into the U.S. receive equitable treatment with grain grown south of the border. However, because of legislation and regulation that existed for years before the marketing freedom changes came to Western Canada, U.S. producers who currently deliver wheat into Canada automatically receive the lowest grade, regardless of the quality or variety of grain, even if the variety is registered in Canada.

Our organizations, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association and U.S. Wheat Associates, have been working together to urge the House of Commons to address open, cross-border wheat trade, and we support updating the law to ensure wheat is treated consistently on both sides of the border. Click here to read more.

Levi Wood is president of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association and is a wheat farmer in Saskatchewan. Jason Scott is chairman of U.S. Wheat Associates and is a wheat farmer in Maryland.