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Q&A: GMO Wheat Discovery Rattles Oregon Agriculture

The discovery of a genetically-engineered wheat plant in Oregon is having wide ramifications. 

The price of wheat ended lower on the commodities markets Thursday.

The director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Katy Coba, says she’s concerned about the economic impact on the state.


Katy Coba is the director of Oregon’s Department of Agriculture. The plant discovered in Oregon matched modified wheat that the seed company Monsanto tested legally a decade ago. It was never approved.

Monsanto issued a statement saying it couldn’t confirm the USDA’s report that genetically engineered wheat turned up in Oregon. The company says it is waiting until it receives samples and more details.

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