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U.S. Growers Again Sell Rice to Iraq
After trying for more than a year, American rice growers are finally selling rice to Iraq.

Iraq purchased 60,000 metric tons of U.S. rice, the Agriculture Department said Thursday. Based on average price in the region, the sale could be worth $10 million to $19 million, depending on the type of rice and other factors.

"Not only is the size of the sale significant, but it also marks the return of American rice to the Iraqi market," Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said.

Growers hope "that this is the first of many more export sales to this key market," said Lee Adams, chairman of the USA rice federation.

Iraq was once the No. 1 market for U.S. rice, buying 345 metric tons annually before the 1991 Gulf War. Johanns noted that Iraq was also a top market for corn, wheat, feed ingredients and wood.

U.S. rice growers had been upset at losing sales to other countries, especially when Iraq bought rice from Vietnam, which did not belong to the U.S.-led coalition that ousted Saddam Hussein.

Several farm-state lawmakers reprimanded the White House last year, while the coalition was still in charge.

"We wouldn't let it go. I took every opportunity I could to be obnoxious," said Republican Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (news, bio, voting record), whose Missouri district has rice growers.

Emerson said she worries about U.S. rice farmers losing sales to Cuba, which has been a growing market.

"Having the Iraqi market pick up some of that slack is critical. Hopefully, it's just the beginning," she said.
MGR Archive 10.4.2005
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