WINNIPEG — A new website has been launched to help Canadian and U.S. wheat and barley producers find their way in the new open- market environment that begins Wednesday.
The website, http://canada-usgrainandseedtrade.info, was launched today by a working group of Canadian and U.S. non-profit and trade organizations.
The groups said grain farmers on both sides of the border have been asking a lot of questions as they prepare for the end to the Canadian Wheat Board’s long-time monopoly over the sale of Canadian-grown wheat, durum and barley, and the move to an open-market system.
They said the legislated change will create opportunities for Canadian and U.S. producers to move grain across the border in both directions.
"The site will help producers better understand how to navigate through these changes and market their grain across the border," said Richard Phillips, executive director of the Grain Growers of Canada.
"Key questions are answered for U.S. and Canadian producers, including how to find a buyer, how wheat will be graded, and requirements for cross the border," added Shannon Schlecht, director of policy with the U.S. Wheat Advocates.
The groups said visitors to the website site can also submit their own questions and comments.