Grower Requested Own Use (GROU) Program
The Grower Requested Own Use (GROU) program allows farmers to import
the U.S. version of the Canadian registered products. The GROU
products must be purchased and imported by growers for their own use on
their land, and for that growing season only.
The five products include
early-and late-season uses for growers throughout Canada. Three of these products (Touchdown, Banvel II and Roundup Weathermax)
have significant fall uses in a wide range of agricultural commodities
including cereals, pulses, canola, soybeans, corn, and potatoes for
preharvest application and weed burndown. These products are eligible
for importation and use during the 2007 growing season. The growing
season is based on product label information. The remaining products are
widely used herbicides with very broad applications that will be of use
to growers in many different commodity sectors next spring.
- What is the process for submitting new
candidate products for importation under the GROU program?
A GROU nomination committee has been formed and is working on
selecting candidate products for consideration in the 2008
program. The committee comprises the Grain Growers of Canada,
Canadian Canola Growers Association, Canadian Horticultural Council,
Pulse Canada, and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. Its
purpose is to accurately represent the national interests of Canadian
producers in selecting products for the GROU program.
The basis for including a product on the GROU eligibility list will
be determined by the Committee. Pricing information, potential use
volumes, and competitiveness issues will be considered for each
candidate. Information regarding newly-selected products will be
made available on the website as products are identified.
Growers should discuss potential GROU-eligible products with their
representative organizations. The grower organizations will then
share this information with other selection committee members when they
meet to select new products.