Panama flour millers visiting North Dakota

6/17/2014 11:30 PM
By Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Managers from three Panama flour mills are visiting North Dakota to learn more about this year's spring wheat and durum crops.

The officials also hope to become more familiar with the U.S. wheat system from farm to mill during their visit Thursday and Friday.

Panama imports almost 90 percent of its wheat from the U.S. — buying about 4.5 million bushels annually. The North Dakota Wheat Commission says it's an important market for the state's farmers because spring wheat and durum make up nearly half of the wheat sent to the Central American country.

The mill officials will meet with Wheat Commission officials and North Dakota State University researchers in Fargo, and also tour the Northern Crops Institute and a local grain elevator.

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