Montana Farmers, Senator Tester Fight For Fair Prices

by Taylor Chase

In March President Obama will be meeting with the new Prime Minister of Canada, and one possible topic of discussion could be Montana farmers.

This week Senator Jon Tester wrote the President, asking him to discuss with the Prime Minister trade disparities in wheat exports. Right now, when American wheat is shipped across the border, it’s automatically downgraded to feed, which means huge monetary losses for growers. But when Canadian wheat comes to the US, it’s counted as a higher quality.

Farm representatives hope Senator Tester’s letter will be a reminder to those in Washington of an issue that’s plagued Montana farmers for decades.

Right now Montana wheat growers export more wheat to Canada than any other country.