The U.S. Department of Agriculture says U.S. wheat may now be shipped to Kenya regardless of state of origin or port of export. This now includes wheat out of the Pacific Northwest like Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Risk of flag smut kept wheat exports from the PNW states into Kenya since 2006. Moving forward, APHIS will be working with stakeholders to watch for flag smut in wheat. Bigger picture, U.S. Wheat Associates says the restriction clears unresolved issues going into an Free Trade Agreement negotiation. U.S. Wheat says a tariff advantage is needed to compete and expand wheat market share in Kenya.
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