International demand for U.S. wheat as food aid will remain strong, two regional wheat industry leaders predict.

"I think it's going to at least stay stable," said Casey Chumrau, Washington Grain Commission executive director. "Since 2016, we've seen a trend, unfortunately, of higher food insecurity and more need around the world."

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I have been covering wheat and other topics for Capital Press since 2008. Recent stories include emus, radicchio, aphids, Q&As with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, National Association of Wheat Growers president Nicole Berg of Paterson, Wash., and national FFA president Cole Baerlocher, of Colfax, Wash; and a look at umami, or savoriness, the fifth basic taste sensation. If you have a news tip, please contact me at 509-688-9923 or

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