Thursday, January 31, 2008

Aussie Ian White to head Canadian Wheat Board

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Ian White, a veteran of Australia's grain trade, will become the next head of the Canadian Wheat Board, one of the world's largest grain exporters, Canada's agriculture minister said on Wednesday.

White, an Australian and chief executive of Queensland Sugar Ltd, joins the agency at a time when government, industry and farmers are bitterly divided over whether the CWB should keep its marketing monopoly on sales of wheat and barley from Western Canada to millers, maltsters and export markets.

White, who spoke to reporters from Brisbane, Australia, said he does not have a position on the CWB's "single desk" and did not want to prejudge the debate.

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