We are writing on behalf of the Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA) members regarding the recent decision by Richardson Pioneer that they will be concentrating on sourcing Canadian oats that have not been treated with pesticides applied as a pre-harvest aid. They have indicated that this decision is due to perceived customer concern and that to meet these requirements, Richardson has chosen to source oats that are not treated with a pre-harvest desiccant for its milling operation.
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