A wheat grower from Montana shared his struggles with the invisible 49th parallel at Agri-Trade in Red Deer last month.

Previously, American farmers growing registered Canadian wheat varieties could only get the lowest grade when they sold their wheat in Canada.

Past President of the National Association of Wheat Growers, Gordon Stoner, farms near Outlook, Montana and says under the new NAFTA trade deal, American Farmers can now qualify for a Canadian Grain Commission Grade instead of their grain defaulting to feed.

"With NAFTA, or the USMCA as our President calls it, that will be facilitated. All my fertilizer comes from Saskatchewan, so I can see the day where I'm going to haul my wheat north and fertilizer back south."

Stoner, who farms right against the border, says Canada will still only take American wheat if it's a registered Canadian variety, which is one of the road blocks Canada still needs to address.

Stoner was a part of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association lunch at Agri-Trade which featured a panel discussion with industry representatives from both sides of the border.

 

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