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Review of CWRS and CPSR wheat classes to begin

May 8, 2015, Winnipeg, MB - Stakeholders expressed strong support in their responses to the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) proposal to protect the quality, consistency and end use performance of the Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) and Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) wheat classes.

The CGC received 45 formal written submissions from a range of stakeholders representing more than 150 commodity and producer organizations, industry organizations, government departments, domestic and international wheat customers, grain handlers and marketers, plant breeders, and seed companies and growers.

As a result, a review of the varieties assigned to the CWRS and CPSR wheat classes will be initiated immediately. Letters will be sent to CWRS and CPSR variety owners requesting that they indicate, before the end of May 2015, their intention to complete additional trials or to transition their variety to a different class.

Further decisions regarding the modernized wheat class system will be announced once the Canadian Grain Commission has reviewed further information and input regarding market demand, and has determined an appropriate class and transition period for identified varieties that do not meet the criteria for CWRS or CPSR wheat.

An interim wheat class will be put in place for the Faller and Prosper wheat varieties, which recently received interim registration from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and could include the ND Elgin wheat variety, which was supported for interim registration by the Prairie Grain Development Committee (PGDC) if it becomes registered by the CFIA. This will allow the Canadian Grain Commission to assess the viability of a new wheat class before making a decision on the permanence of the class.