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U.S. rice growers want to sell to Iraq
American rice growers are upset they do not have favored status on food sales to Iraq, especially after losing a potential sale to Vietnam, which was not a member of the U.S.-led coalition that ousted Saddam Hussein.

"We give a contract for rice to a foreign country, when the sons and daughters of our farmers and our own people are going to war? I don't get it," said Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

The irritation level grew when the U.N. World Food Program issued a tender this month for an additional 152,500 metric tons of rice to be shipped in April and May.

"We just think what's fair for Halliburton ought to be fair for us," said Paul Combs, a rice farmer from Kennett, Mo. "It's a growing market, and it's a market for rice that we grow here. We just thought it was wrong that Vietnam got in on the deal."

Today's Daypass sponsored by New York Times Halliburton Co., which Vice President Dick Cheney once headed, has won billions of dollars in contracts to help rebuild Iraq and to supply U.S. troops.

Several farm-state lawmakers reprimanded the White House for the 70,000-ton purchase from Vietnam. They have not gotten a response from the administration to their letter last month.

"It's very frustrating, particularly given the fact that rice is a staple of the Iraqi diet," Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., said after questioning Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman about the policy at a committee hearing in February.

MGR Archive 16.3.2004
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