Wheat growers seek open market with Canada
February 01, 2012 | 05:46 PM
The National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates each passed a resolution this week calling for an open border with Canada that provides reciprocal bilateral wheat trade.
For decades, western Canadian wheat farmers have sold their grain through the Canadian Wheat Board. Under a law Canada passed in December, the CWB is supposed to lose its grain marketing monopoly, but that law is now being challenged in the Canadian courts.
The United States is routinely Canada’s top wheat export market, but if Canada’s market becomes open that could affect the ways wheat moves into the United States.
“We believe that in an open market, some Canadian wheat will move to U.S. country elevators near the border,” said Gordon Stoner, a Montana wheat farmer who serves as the head of the USW/NAWG Joint International Trade Policy Committee, in a news release.