The National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates submitted joint comments last week regarding the effectiveness of the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s licensing procedures for the exportation of agricultural products to Sudan and Iran.

The comments offered general support for the current procedures that allow some customers in sanctioned countries to keep receiving food. They also emphasized that U.S. wheat producers believe food should not be used as a weapon and that any new sanctions must not hinder the export of humanitarian goods and agricultural exports.

Roughly half of the wheat produced in the U.S. is exported overseas, and while Sudan and Iran do not represent large markets for U.S. wheat, they have purchased a combined 2.6 million metric tons of U.S. wheat, valued at about $736 million, over the past ten years.

The full comments can be read at