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Source: U.S. Wheat Associates news release

Flour millers in Taiwan have relied for many years on U.S. farmers to supply most of the wheat they import. Competition exists, however, and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) knows that it is important to keep the Taiwan milling industry informed about the quality and value of U.S. wheat.

That is why USW is bringing four milling executives to the United States July 6 to 15, 2014, with assistance from the North Dakota Wheat Commission, Nebraska Wheat Board, Oregon Wheat Commission and California Wheat Commission. The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service also provided funding for this trade team event.

"This visit will help us demonstrate the quality of the U.S. hard red spring (HRS), hard red winter (HRW) and soft white wheat these millers want to produce flour for healthy wheat foods," said USW Country Director Ronald Lu, who will accompany the team.

"The millers are also looking forward to learning more about U.S. hard white (HW) wheat. They currently can only import Australian white wheat that is specifically positioned for use in noodle flour and they hope to encourage farmers and grain handlers in the United States to produce more HW."

This team will see a wide range of the U.S. wheat industry on this visit. In Fargo, ND, the focus is on HRS. Over three days in Nebraska, the team will see how farmers, breeders and seed producers are working to improve HRW and HW yield and quality.

The millers will be able to see wheat move by rail and barge to export elevators in Portland, OR, where the Federal Grain Inspection Service independently inspects and certifies that the wheat being shipped meets purchase contract specifications. Finally in Woodland, CA, the California Wheat Commission will demonstrate the unique characteristics of the HRW and HW wheat grown in the state.

USW is the industry's market development organization working in more than 100 countries. Its mission is to "develop, maintain, and expand international markets to enhance the profitability of U.S. wheat producers and their customers."

The activities of USW are made possible by producer checkoff dollars managed by 19 state wheat commissions and through cost-share funding provided by USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service. For more information, visit or contact your state wheat commission.

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