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Published June 10, 2014, 01:22 PM

Mont. seminar will examine CWB changes

The old Canadian Wheat Board is gone, and that means new opportunities and challenges for Montana farmers.

By: Jonathan Knutson, Agweek

The old Canadian Wheat Board is gone, and that means new opportunities and challenges for Montana farmers.

A June 16 seminar in Havre will give Montana producers a chance to learn more about how they’re affected by changes at the CWB. The now-privatized Winnipeg, Manitoba-based CWB lost its marketing monopoly on Canadian wheat and barley in August 2012, but continues to market crops such as wheat, durum, barley and canola to customers around the world.

Lola Raska, executive vice president of the Montana Grain Growers Association, tells Agweek that her organization worked with the Canadian Consulate General in Denver to organize the June 16 seminar. Both U.S. and Canadian officials will speak at the event, which will look at issues such as rail transportation and differences in grading and varieties in the two countries.

“We’ll see how things have improved and what we need to work on,” she says.

Her organization says the seminar will:

•Provide an overview of how grain trade can occur in the new marketing environment.

•Allow farmers to ask questions of Canadian and U.S. industry representatives.

•Discuss issues of interest such as grain transportation.

•Highlight the work of the Canada-U.S. Grain and Seed Task Group: www.canada-usgrainandseedtrade.info.

The seminar is from 1 to 3 p.m. at the TownHouse Inn. There’s no registration fee.

More information: pamela.rose@international.gc.ca or 303-718-4772.

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