New European markets sought for Ontario grain

Grain Farmers of Ontario has started a year-long project designed to find opportunities for new grain sales in the European Union.

The project includes a trade mission with stops in Brussels and the United Kingdom to meet with agricultural organizations and potential buyers. It also is expected to welcome an incoming delegation of European agricultural journalists to Ontario to help them learn more about grain production and sustainability practices in the province.

The signing of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU has removed tariffs previously placed on Canadian corn and low protein wheat. Ontario grain farmers feel the region offers significant growth opportunities.

Sustainability is top of mind in the EU and Ontario grain production has many attributes that resonate well in the European market, says the Grain Farmers of Ontario. Those include increasing land-use efficiency, reducing soil erosion and decreasing climate impact. Additionally, Britain’s pending exit from the EU presents new opportunities for Ontario growers.

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