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Grain Farmers push exports to Europe

Delhi News-Record 2019-07-11 22:35:09

Grain Farmers push exports to Europe

The trade mission is going to Brussels and the United Kingdom to meet buyers

Published on: July 11, 2019 | Last Updated: July 11, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

Nicole McKellar

Grain Farmers of Ontario is pushing exports to the European Union by sending a trade mission and by hosting farm journalists from Spain, Ireland, the Netherlands and United Kingdom.

The reporters will be here July 22 to 25 and will tour farms, and grain elevators “to give them an overview of what Ontario (ag) production is all about,” said Nicole MacKellar, marketing manager for Grain Farmers of Ontario.

The trade mission is going to Brussels and the United Kingdom to meet buyers.

The United Kingdom imports about 70 per cent of its feed protein and Ontario hopes to gain some of that market when the UK exits the European Union.

The EU represents the largest market for Ontario corn exports and has increased over the last three years.

“The EU is one of our biggest grain importers,” MacKellar said. “Right now we’re looking to diversify our export markets a bit in case things with China turn out poorly and the Chinese market is closed to us completely.”

Canada increased soybean exports to China after the Chinese put a tariff on soybeans from the U.S., but there have been difficulties getting timely clearances at Chinese ports. Some shipments waited so long that exporters diverted them to other markets.


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