News & Updates

Latest News

  • December 1, 2014
    • Commercial Grain Trade FAQs added: Commercial Grain Trade FAQs is a selection of questions and answers (QandA) designed to help Canadian and U.S. commercial grain-related companies with marketing and deliveries across the border.  See the FAQs or full document for more information.
  • June 5, 2014
    • Australian, Canadian and U.S. Groups Reconfirm Commitment to Innovation and Biotechnology in Wheat: Sixteen organizations in the Australia, Canada and the United States representing producers and millers together publicly confirmed support for innovation in wheat, including the future commercialization of biotechnology. The statement, which lays out shared commitments for the responsible advancement of biotech traits and other breeding advancements in wheat, comes five years after an original document was signed. This new pledge welcomes the addition of broad-based groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union to a wide coalition of wheat organizations in the three countries. See full article for more information.
  • May 22, 2014
    • New tool: The Forecasted Border Wait Times tool is intended to help travellers, who are either visiting Canada or who are returning home from the U.S., plan their drive through any one of Canada’s 26 busiest border crossings before leaving for the long weekend.
  • February 10, 2014
    • Canadian Wheat Board privatizes: The Canadian Wheat Board, for decades a powerhouse in North American agriculture, is gone. In its place is the still-evolving CWB.  Whether that’s good or bad, or somewhere in between, depends on who you ask. What is clear is that agriculture on the Canadian prairies — and on the Northern Plains in the U.S. — will never be quite the same.  See full article for more information.
  • January 9, 2014
    • Cross border trade study released: A new study, released by the Canada-U.S. Task Group, a group of Canadian and U.S. non-profit and trade organizations, documents the commercial flow of grain from the United States to Canada. The study addresses U.S. and Canadian trade volume, handling and processing practices for more than 15 commodities traded between the United States and Canada.  The analysis was provided to the Canadian and U.S. governments as input in the consultations for the development of phytosanitary measures under Canada’s proposed Grain Import Framework (D-12-05). For more information, see full press release.
  • December 11, 2013
    • Deregulation of soybean cyst nematode:  The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is deregulating soybean cyst nematode (Heterodera glycines) and, as of November 25, 2013, will no longer be enforcing import requirements related to this plant pest. These changes affect: soybean seed; potatoes and potato articles; root crops, vegetables with attached roots, and mushrooms; and plants and plant parts for planting. Implementation of related changes to the Automated Import Reference System and Permits to Import will proceed in stages, depending on the commodity. The CFIA’s information webpage on soybean cyst nematode provides more details on the changes and timelines for implementation.
  • December 5, 2013
  • August 21, 2013
    • Regulation of Seed in Canada: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is Seeking Public Comments by Nov. 30 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Canadian Grain Commission have collaborated on an Options Paper that describes the current crop variety registration system in Canada and outlines some potential options for modernizing and streamlining the system. Four potential options are presented in the paper, with varying levels of direct involvement and oversight by private industry and the federal government.
  • August 1, 2013
  • March 26, 2013
    • Celebrating U.S. and Canadian Agricultural Trade On March 26, the Canada-U.S. Grain and Seed Trade Task Group, hosted a symposium and reception at the Canadian Embassy celebrating U.S. and Canadian agricultural trade. The symposium provided an update on U.S. and Canada grain and seed trade and covered topics such as: a current assessment of cross border trade; trade progress and policy report from the Canada-U.S. Task Group; and an update on related trade policies from Canadian and U.S. government officials. Two presentations from the event are available for review. One from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) covered “Grain Import Framework: Invasive Pests in the Grains,” and provides and overview of the agency’s proposed regulatory approach to protecting Canada’s agricultural resource base by preventing entry of invasive pests via the grain pathway. The other, from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, provides an overview of the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act in the presentation “Marketing Freedom in Canada: What it Means for the U.S. Grain Industry.”
  • March 10, 2013
    • AAFC Marketing Freedom in Canada Seminars – North Dakota, Minnesota and Montana – March 14, 15, and 21, 2013 Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has announced they will hold three seminars titled “Marketing Freedom in Canada: What it Means for the U.S. Grain Industry”: In Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 14, 2013; Minot, North Dakota in March 15, 2013; and Great Falls, Montana on March 21, 2013. The seminars are designed to provide an overview of how grain trade can occur in the marketing environment created by the passage of Canada’s Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act in 2012 and to allow attendees to pose questions to Canadian and U.S. industry representatives. The seminars will also highlight the work of the Canada-U.S. Grain and Seed Task Group, which hosts this site.
  • October 10, 2012
    • CFIA Issues Draft Phyotsanitary Requirements for Imports of U.S. Grain The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a new import policy, D-12-05, describing the phytosanitary import requirements for grain (non-propagative) of field crops including pulses, oilseeds, cereals (other than barley, oats, rye, triticale, and wheat), forages, and special crops from the continental United States. CFIA has invited stakeholder comments on the policy, which are due November 5, 2012.
  • August 28, 2012
    • U.S. End-Use Certificate Program Suspended  The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) published a final notice of Suspension of End-Use Certificate Program Requirements for wheat from Canada on Friday, August 24, 2012.  The notice states that, effective August 31, 2012, FSA will suspend indefinitely the regulation requiring end-use certificates and tracking of wheat produced in Canada that enters the United States. This action is being taken in response to the discontinuation of Canada’s end-use certificate program. As a result of these changes, importers and end- users of Canadian produced wheat are no longer required to provide FSA end-use certificates or consumption and resale reports on wheat produced in Canada. The full notice is linked above
  • July 30, 2012
    • Canadian and U.S. Grain Sectors Prepare for New Marketing Environment Wheat, durum, and barley producers in Canada and the United States are asking important questions about cross-border trade following the removal of the mandatory marketing requirement for western Canadian farmers on August 1. A new website, launched today by a working group of Canadian and U.S. non-profit and trade organizations, hopes to provide some answers.

Recent Updates to FAQs

  • December 1, 2014
    The Commercial Grain Trade FAQs have been added and can be found here.
  • September 17, 2012
    The Seed Trade FAQs covering both U.S. and Canadian trade has been added and can be found here.
  • August 3, 2012
    New question and answer added to the “Crossing the Border” section of the FAQs A new question, “Where can I find current and additional information related to border crossing?” has been added to both the Canadian and U.S. FAQs in the “Crossing the Border” section.  The answer can be found through this link.

 

  • The answers to the following questions on the website have been updated to be consistent with the downloadable FAQ:
    • What other deductions can I expect from my settlement for U.S. Grain delivered to Canadian grain facilities?
    • What other deductions can I expect from my settlement for Canadian grain delivered to U.S. grain facilities?
      • Answer: Assuming all specifications of the contract are met and other than the applicable assessment made for the marketing promotion programs for wheat and other commodities that are paid for by producers growing wheat in the U.S. and/or selling wheat at U.S. (checkoffs), we are not aware of any common or additional deductions from the contracted price.
    •  Downloadable FAQs edited and updated to reflect website edits and updates The downloadable FAQs for the Canada and U.S. Grain Producer Paths and full Grain Producer Module have been updated to reflect the above changes to the website.
  • July 30, 2012
    Memorandum No. 2012-06 – Elimination of Section 71 end-use certificates The coming into force of the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act repeals the requirement for end-use certificates for imports of wheat from the United States. As you are aware, an end-use certificate form is completed by a person importing wheat, declaring that the wheat is imported for consumption in Canada and is consigned directly to a milling, manufacturing, brewing, distilling or other processing facility for consumption at that facility. Given this, the references to end-use certificates in Section 71 of the Canada Grain Regulations and the actual end-use certificate forms in Schedule 6 of the Canada Grain Regulations are obsolete and have been repealed.