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Hope Rises For Japan To Resume Wheat Imports

OPB | July 17, 2013 12:33 p.m. | Updated: July 17, 2013 4:43 p.m. | Pendleton, Oregon

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Agriculture officials are hoping that Japan will reopen its doors to soft white wheat from the Pacific Northwest by next month.

The East Oregonian reports the country suspended new orders, after genetically modified wheat was found growing in an Eastern Oregon field.

South Korea and Taiwan had also stopped importing U.S. western white wheat, but have now lifted their bans.

Oregon exports 85-to-90 percent of its wheat, primarily to Asian markets that have made it clear they do not want genetically modified food. 

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