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Statement by Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman on the USTR Decision in Section 301 Investigation of the Canadian Wheat Board Feb. 15, 2002

Release No. 0053.02
FAS PR 0056-02

Alisa Harrison (202) 720-4623

"I applaud the decision made by U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick to seek relief for U.S. wheat farmers from the trading practices of the Canadian Wheat Board. The findings from the Section 301 investigation clearly establish that the trade-distorting practices of the Canadian Wheat Board and the country’s restrictions on imports of wheat are detrimental to the U.S. wheat industry.

"USDA supports the immediate actions outlined in the decision, which will help move us towards removing this long-standing barrier in U.S.-Canada relations. We are committed to working with Ambassador Zoellick and his team to permanently reform monopoly state trading enterprises during the World Trade Organization negotiations. WTO negotiations should produce disciplines that will force fundamental reform of such organizations, which is the best way to permanently assure that U.S. producers are treated fairly in the world market."



Link to the USTR Press Release on Action Against the Canadian Wheat Board

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