“We have observed an evolution in the way wheat is marketed to Canada’s customers,” said Kevin Auch, chairman of the AWC. “International buyers aren’t looking purely at CGC grades anymore — they’re looking at universal quality specs. Modernizing our grading system is a necessary move to ensure Alberta’s farmers receive the maximum value for the quality of wheat they produce.”
“This crop year has resulted in variable quality for farmers in Alberta and across the Prairies,” Auch said. “We want to ensure that our grading system is not severely downgrading wheat that is considered good quality milling wheat in international markets.”
The AWC said it approves of recent changes to mildew guides for a more market-based approach, but is calling for the CGC to evaluate and align Canada’s mildew guides with U.S. standards, which the commission believes better position farmers for market competitiveness. The AWC also said it is encouraging the CGC to move quickly in aligning the wheat grading system with international market demands, as well as support the adoption of technology to enable more accurate testing methods for wheat quality assessment.