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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

U.S., Japan confirm wheat trade deal


October 3, 2019

On the side of the U.N. Assembly, a deal was made.

“Hey, it’s fantastic. It’s gonna put us back on par with Canada and Australia. That’s what we’ve been shooting for,” said Gary Bailey, a third-generation St. John farmer and chairman of the board for Washington Grain Commission.

The deal – announced Sept. 24 from New York by the Trump administration and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — drops tariffs amounting to 55 cents more per bushel of U.S. wheat, including Whitman County western white wheat and hard red winter and spring, which Japan selects for its millers.

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