AGRICULTURE and Food Minister Terry Redman will investigate all angles of the use of Genetically Modified (GM) crops during his visit to the US and Canada this month.
Mr Redman will meet and discuss the issue with growers and farm groups for and against GM crop production.
Mr Redman is using the whistlestop tour to gather current information on the international state of play for the production and marketing systems associated with GM crops and biofuels.
Mr Redman's draft itinerary of the trip shows he will meet with senior officials from the US Agriculture Department (USDA) and the US Wheat Associates, on the first leg of the trip this week.
After departing Monday, his first scheduled meeting was in Washington yesterday with the USDA chief economist Jo Glauber, followed by another meeting with USDA Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Jim Miller.
Those meetings were followed by further meetings with Austrade and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials.
During the later stages of the tour, Mr Redman and his staff will discuss GM and biofuels policy in Canada, where the majority of canola grown and exported is GM.
Those discussions will include face to face meetings with GM canola growers and non-GM canola growers in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
He will also visit Monsanto and biofuel facilities in St Louis, Missouri, in the US, and hold meetings with officials from the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association in Ottawa, Canada.
Other agricultural issues, relevant to Australia, the US and Canada, will also be targeted during the two-week tour.