ND state mill may switch to CAN wheat
North Dakota wheat growers are disappointed that a state-owned mill may buy
grain from Canada. The North Dakota mill was build to benefit the (wheat)
producers of North Dakota, not the Canadians said Byron Richard, a Belfield
farmer who is president of the North Dakota Grain Growers
"We're a large exporter of wheat. I find it a little inconceivable,
perhaps, that we can't find enough bushels within our own state to feed our
state mill," Richard said Wednesday.
Domestic wheat will run
Vance Taylor, the mill's general manager, commented that the
mill has not yet bought Canadian hard red spring wheat or durum. It will not do
so unless U.S. supplies are exhausted, he said. Grain industry analysts believe
it is possible that domestic wheat will run out this year.
"We don't plan
to buy any Canadian grain unless we absolutely have to," he said. "It's been
said out there that it's a price issue, that (the state mill) wants to buy
Canadian grain because it's cheaper. That is absolutely not
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