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GMO Wheat Update

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News broke on Wednesday that genetically modified (GMO) wheat had been discovered in an Oregon field. Everyone is wondering how the seeds got there, since GMO wheat has not been approved for Oregon’s commercial farmers.

Regardless of the source, the consequences could be dire for Oregon’s wheat farmers and exporters. The Oregon Department of Agriculture director, Katy Coba, told OPB earlier this week she’s concerned about the economic impact this could have on the state. South Korea and Japan have already suspended some imports of wheat from the Pacific Northwest.

Are you a wheat farmer? Do you have a connection to Oregon’s agricultural industry? What questions do you have about GMO wheat popping up in Oregon?

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