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Oregon Farmers Optimistic about Wheat Sales with Japan

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PENDLETON, Ore. - With the harvest underway, representatives for Northwest wheat growers say they're optimistic that Japan could resume buying their grain.

Japanese groups suspended sales after a farmer in Eastern Oregon found unapproved genetically modified wheat in a field.

South Korea and Taiwan also halted purchases of western white wheat, but have since resumed buying.

A spokesman for the trade group U.S. Wheat Associates says a Japanese agency has tested 1.2 million metric tons of U.S. Wheat, but hasn't found any GMO material.

Wheat farmers gained optimism last week when Japan purchased more than 24,000 metric tons of club wheat, a type of western white wheat primarily grown in Oregon and Washington State.

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