Idaho officials say Taiwan flour millers to sign wheat deal

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 8, 2015 at 12:11 p.m.



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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Department of Agriculture says leaders from the Taiwan Flour Mills Association are expected to sign an agreement this week supporting U.S. wheat exports for the next two years.

In a prepared statement released Tuesday, officials with the Agriculture Department and the Idaho Wheat Commission said the deal is worth $544 million. Under the agreement, the Taiwan Flour Millers Association will import more than 70,000 metric tons — about 2.5 million bushels — of U.S. wheat every month to their members.

The delegation will travel to Lewiston, Idaho on Sept. 10. They'll visit a grain terminal, wheat farm and grain elevator in the region before attending the Lewiston Roundup rodeo on Sept. 12.

Idaho Agriculture Department Director Andy Chin said Idaho exported more than $470 million worth of products to Taiwan last year.

Idaho Wheat Commission Chairman Joe Anderson says about half of Idaho's wheat crop is exported to foreign markets.

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