Wheat trade

Wheat farmers are hoping for trade deals with Canada and Mexico to be quickly ratified to facilitate an agreement with Japan.

SPOKANE — U.S. and Washington wheat industry representatives hope trade deals with Japan, Mexico and Canada can be worked out before they get caught up in politics between President Donald Trump and Democrats.

Ben Conner, vice president of policy for U.S. Wheat Associates, provided an update by conference call to the Washington Grain Commission board during their meeting March 7 in Spokane. U.S. Wheat is the overseas marketing arm for the industry.

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Field Reporter, Spokane

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 mweaver@capitalpress.com

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