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Panel sets sights on South Korea

SALEM -- The Oregon Blueberry Commission May 7 approved a $373,000 budget for 2012-13 that calls for spending just under $125,000 on research and $75,000 on promotions and market development.

Part of its market development work is focused on the South Korean market.

Oregon and Korea last year signed an agreement allowing Oregon to ship fresh blueberries into Korea.

The agreement does not extend to other states.

"We're in a unique position to supply a market where people have gone crazy for blueberries," said Dalton Hobbs, an assistant director for the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

--Mitch Lies

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