PORTLAND, Ore. - Japan has agreed to resume importing Northwest soft white wheat two months after a genetically modified rogue strain of the crop appeared in an Oregon farmer's field.
The news was met with cheers by regional and national wheat growers.
The Oregon Wheat Commission has maintained since the rogue strain was discovered that it was limited to one field. Federal investigators said they've found no other cases.
According to translated remarks the commission provided from Japan's minister of agriculture, Japan will begin to accept U.S. Western wheat again on Aug. 1 and soft white on Aug. 7.
Japan will test U.S. imports for genetically modified wheat for an undisclosed period of time.
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