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New cross-border grain trade website

Staff / A new website has been established to help address questions farmers in Canada and the U.S. have over the new grain-marketing environment.

The website, www.can ada-usgrainandseedtrade.info, provides a detailed frequently asked questions (FAQs) section and industry news. Visitors can also submit comments and additional questions through the website, which was formed by Grain Growers of Canada, U.S. Wheat Associates, Canada Grains Council and the North American Export Grain Association.

“The new grain-marketing environment is good news for wheat, durum, and barley producers on both sides of the border,” said Richard Phillips, executive director of the Grain Growers of Canada. “The site will help producers better understand how to navigate through these changes and market their grain across the border.”

Export licences will not be needed to deliver or market wheat, durum, or barley from Canada, but U.S. and Canadian grain crossing the border will still be subject to the respective and applicable customs and import regulations, such as phytosanitary requirements.

“People on both sides of the border have many questions on the new marketing changes and their implications,” said Dennis Stephens, executive secretary of the Canada Grains Council. “We focused on starting to answer those questions on grading, contracts, and pricing, among others, to provide transparency and facilitate cross-border trade.”

Pulse growers urged to consider residue regulations

Staff / Canadian pulse growers should consider international market regulations before using a desiccant, or harvest management product, says the organizations that represent pulse producers across the Prairie provinces.

Alberta Pulse Growers, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, and Manitoba Pulse Growers are urging growers to review the international maximum residue limits (MRLs) set by regulatory agencies for the harvest management products they are using. With over 90 per cent of Canadian pulses being exported across the world, ensuring international acceptance of pulse crops is essential to a grower’s bottom line, according to Leanne Fischbuch, executive director for the Alberta Pulse Growers.

“Producers who don’t take MRLs into account when they desiccate their crops run the risk of reducing their marketing options later,” said Fischbuch.

The three grower groups have also prepared a chart that shows the market considerations when using common desiccants and harvest management tools on pulse crops for the 2012 season. While growers should still consult with their processors, this chart provides a basis for choosing the right desiccant or harvest management tool for acceptance into Canada’s main export markets.

In some markets, the MRLs are very low, but the provincial grower groups, alongside Pulse Canada and other industry partners, are working on harmonizing these limits internationally in an effort to ensure Canadian growers remain competitive in the global marketplace.

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