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More Things to Keep You Up at Night

Considering all the recent chatter about free trade, fair trade, NAFTA, steel and aluminum quotas, etc., a farmer from eastern Montana has pointed out that perhaps the U.S. should put tariffs on Canadian spring wheat. The U.S. has always imported a significant amount of that from Canada and also durum. The flow south is easy logistically, and the border is wide open. However, it is more difficult to ship wheat into Canada because of its many restrictive rules specific to varieties, grading standards, etc. In fact, U.S. imports of Canadian spring wheat are up from 42 million bushels (1.14 MMT) in MY 2016/17 to 74 million bushels (2 MMT) in MY 2017/18, an increase of 176 percent and the second-largest import number in 20 years. Canada has b...

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