For the first time, the Canadian wheat Board's export marketing practices in third country markets will be subjected to a thorough investigation by U.S. officials who have a strong background in export marketing and trade, thanks to a decision announced today by the U.S. Trade Representative. The USTR announced that they will initiate an investigation into Canada's monopoly state trading enterprise, at the specific request of the North Dakota wheat Commission.

U.S. wheat Associates (USW), the National Association of wheat Growers (NAWG) and the wheat Export Trade Education Committee (WETEC) thanked U.S. Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky for her decision, and offered congratulations to the North Dakota wheat Commission for their strong arguments in filing the petition for a formal USTR investigation into the CWB's pricing and selling tactics.

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