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Published July 12, 2009, 01:24 PM

N.D. Wheat Commission marking 50 years

BISMARCK (AP) — As the North Dakota Wheat Commission marks its 50th anniversary, its chairman says it’s important for wheat growers to be involved in trade policies.

BISMARCK (AP) — As the North Dakota Wheat Commission marks its 50th anniversary, its chairman says it’s important for wheat growers to be involved in trade policies.

Commission Chairman Harlan Klein also chairs a trade policy committee for U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers. He said wheat producers need to make sure they have a competitive advantage and continued access to markets.

Administrator Neal Fisher said wheat continues to be North Dakota’s leading crop.

The North Dakota Wheat Commission was created by the Legislature in 1959, when wheat production in the state averaged 100 million bushels. The commission said the state’s total wheat production today averages around 300 million bushels and U.S. wheat exports have reached 1.3 billion bushels.

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