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New Fact Sheets Bring Wheat Trade Issues into Focus
November 19, 2015
ARLINGTON, Virginia – U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) have launched a series of fact sheets highlighting trade policy topics of priority for the U.S. wheat industry. The fact sheets provide a comprehensive overview of selected topics including perspectives from U.S. wheat growers. The fact sheets offer a resource for state wheat commissions, farmers and media to utilize in their own policy and educational efforts.

“There are many policies that impact U.S. wheat growers and exports,” said USW Director of Policy Dalton Henry. “These resources help break down those topics, providing clear, concise messaging. They will be a great tool moving forward in our policy programming, and for our colleagues at NAWG to use on Capitol Hill.”

To date, three fact sheets are available for download on the USW website,

Call for Grain Trade Equality at the Canadian Border

Canada allows tariff-free access to U.S. wheat and certain other foreign sources. However, imported U.S. wheat, even wheat of the highest quality, must be segregated from most Canadian wheat. It is automatically given the lowest grade established by regulation and therefore receives the lowest possible price.

More Change Needed to Rebuild Cuban Wheat Sales

Cuba’s proximity, as well as historical and cultural ties, should make it a natural trading partner for the United States. Averaging over 30 million bushels imported per year, Cuba is the largest market in the Caribbean for wheat, but the embargo locks U.S. wheat out of this market.

U.S. Wheat: A Vital Food Aid Tool

Wheat is the source of 20 percent of the world’s caloric intake and a dietary staple around the world. The U.S. wheat industry is committed to global food assistance and encourages a program that includes the full range of options to help countries attain lasting and sustainable food security.

Additional fact sheets are in development and scheduled for future release.

USW is the industry’s market development organization working in more than 100 countries. Its mission is to “develop, maintain, and expand international markets to enhance the profitability of U.S. wheat producers and their customers.” USW activities are made possible through producer checkoff dollars managed by 18 state wheat commissions and cost-share funding provided by FAS. USW maintains 17 offices strategically located around the world to help wheat buyers, millers, bakers, wheat food processors and government officials understand the quality, value and reliability of all six classes of U.S. wheat.
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