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Japanese firm considers Eastern Oregon for azuki beans

Published on January 17, 2013 3:01AM

Last changed on January 17, 2013 8:50AM

NYSSA, Ore. (AP) -- A Japanese company is looking into the Treasure Valley in far Eastern Oregon for production of azuki beans.

Reid Saito, a Nyssa farmer who grew a successful one-acre test plot, says the beans are made into a paste used for flavorings, desserts and confections.

The Ontario Argus Observer reports (http://bit.ly/W0BEon ) officials of the unnamed company met with farmers and looked at potential facilities.

Saito says the company is looking at other regions, and the beans are grown elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada.


Information from: Argus Observer, http://www.argusobserver.com

Copyright 2013 The AP.


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