Updated: March 13, 2019


Following the 2016 US election of President Trump, he moved to renegotiate NAFTA, resulting in the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). As of March 2019, the agreement has not been ratified by the three countries.

The Issues

Under NAFTA, Canadian wheat being moved to the US was graded appropriately, whereas US wheat moving to Canada was only graded as feed. Depending upon the year, approximately 50k tonnes are delivered into Canada verses 3.5 to 5 million moving south to the US.

Canadian growers have far more to lose if this inequity is not resolved and the border is either closed or Canadian wheat if graded as feed quality.

Our Position

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is supportive of the USMCA.

What We Are Doing

Wheat Growers Celebrate the Implementation of the USMCA Agreement

CALGARY, AB: As we enter the half-way point of 2020, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers are relieved to support the implementation of the long awaited USMCA. Twenty-twenty has been a challenging year for many people, farmers and businesses, but agriculture can be the cornerstone of a rebuilt economy. “Neighbours trading with neighbours, that’s what the […]

New NAFTA a win for agriculture, but protectionist sentiment still poses threat to industry: expert

Canadian agriculture groups are urging federal politicians to move quickly to ratify the new NAFTA deal currently before the House of Commons.

Wheat Growers Support the Removal of Steel and Aluminum Tariffs; Now We Must Approve the USMCA

CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers are pleased that the Canadian and American governments have reached an agreement to remove the tariffs on steel and aluminum. “These tariffs only had the potential to drive up the costs of agriculture equipment and standing in the way of the approval of the United States Mexico Canada […]

Don’t Forget Trade, Please

"As Washington whispers about collusion and Ottawa sinks into a scandal that will dominate the media for months pre-election, the economies of the United States and Canada continue to hum along. But I’m concerned they will face disruption if we fail to confront the turmoil that’s brewing in our trading partnership," begins Cherilyn's op-ed piece.

US gains easier access to Canadian wheat market

The new North American trade deal gives US wheat easier access to Canada but it is not expected to result in a large influx of US wheat. The agreement allows US wheat to be treated the same as Canadian wheat in the Canadian grain grading system.

New Trade Agreement Requires Changes To Canada’s Grain Act

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association sees the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement as a good step forward for Canada. One change impacting the wheat sector is that any registered wheat varieties grown on either side of the border would be recognized in the other country.

United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement a Trade Agreement that Supports Free Market Wheat

CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is supportive of the attention that grain – specifically wheat – has under the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement. "Congratulations to the Canadian trade negotiators. This agreement affirms what the Wheat Growers have been advocating for several years, namely that registered wheat varieties on either [...]

A Call for True Free and Fair Trade

CALGARY, AB: For over two years, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers (WCWG) have worked with the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and US Wheat Associates (USWA) and have called for equality in Canadian grain grading. Canadian wheat moving south across the border receives the appropriate grading and pricing. American grain moving north is only […]

NAFTA Letter to American, Canadian and Mexican Government Officials

CALGARY, AB: Dear President Trump, Prime Minister Trudeau, President Pena Nieto, Ambassador Lighthizer, Minister Freeland, and Minister Guajardo, The undersigned organizations represent the wheat supply chain of the United States, Canada and Mexico. We understand the need to modernize the decades old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to better reflect new trade needs that […]

Easing US wheat’s entry into Canada called priority

Restricting US wheat imports while Canada enjoys unrestricted access to the United States was a major topic of conversation at a recent farm conference. 

Complaints about Canadian grading of US wheat justified: Gifford

It’s a trade irritant that St. Francois Xavier farmer and Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association director Gunter Jochum fears could lead to the U.S. blocking Canadian wheat imports.

Wheat Growers call for Action on Cross-Border Wheat Trade

CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association are concerned with respect to the open wheat market and cross-border trade with the United States, and we call on the Government of Canada to take action to harmonize regulations and ensure the free flow of wheat between Canada and the United States. A United States Senator moved […]