Oregon farmers cheer Japan’s decision to resume purchases of GM wheat

| | August 5, 2013
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Drought, crop prices, and equipment breakdowns are still on the list of troubles for Oregon’s wheat farmers, but Japan’s agricultural ministry announced Tuesday that it will resume buying western white wheat from the Pacific Northwest — a crop valued at up to $500 million a year to Oregon farmers.

The announcement ended months of uncertainty for growers in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The discovery of genetically modified wheat plants growing in an Oregon field this spring had threatened to shut down their biggest export market; for now, however, this is one less uncertainty for wheat farmers as they approach this year’s harvests.

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