Montana Wheat Farmers Turn to USMCA to Open Canadian Grain Market
Wheat groups are hopeful agreement will address Canadian grain rules
There are times when the grain prices at Montana Hi-Line elevators are so low that trucking wheat to Canada seems appealing, or would be if trade terms were better, reports The Fairfield Sun Times.
Montana wheat has never flowed freely across the Canadian border. That’s because Canada’s list of wheat varieties doesn’t include any that Montana farmers grow.
Varieties not on the list are graded as “feed wheat,” meaning they’re officially recognized as fodder for livestock, but not for bread or pasta.
Wheat groups are hopeful the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, often referred to as NAFTA 2.0, will address Canadian grain rules.