BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The North Dakota Wheat commission this week is hosting a delegation from North Africa.

The commission says the officials from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia want to learn about the U.S. durum export process to increase their confidence in the quality of American wheat.

The team is visiting a farm, elevator, grain inspection facility, and labs and research facilities. The team also will get an update on the supply and quality of the 2010 crop.

North Dakota leads the nation in the production of durum, the main ingredient in pasta. In the 2009-10 marketing year, nearly half of the total U.S. durum exports went to the African region.

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