BISMARCK (AP) -- The manager of North Dakota's state-owned flour mill says he has not yet had to buy wheat from Canada.
Vance Taylor got permission from the state Industrial Commission to buy Canadian wheat if it was needed for the mill because of a tight domestic supply. That prospect upset North Dakota wheat farmers who spent years fighting Canadian wheat shipments they said were unfairly priced. Canadian officials denied the allegations.
Taylor got word to farmers and elevators that he was looking for supplies, and he said the response has been good.
"We've been getting lots of calls from all over the state, and we are finding some wheat and we've been buying wheat," Taylor said. "So far, we haven't had to buy any wheat from Canada and the way it's going, it looks like there's a good chance we probably won't have to."
The mill, in Grand Forks, has had to bring in more rail cars than usual, he said.
"We've gone to the western side of the state. We've had to bring in more rail cars than we normally do ... But it's working, and so far we're getting through," he said.
Taylor said the state-owned mill grinds between 1.5 million bushels and 2 million bushels of wheat a month, depending on the time of year.