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Dalrymple praises farmers in signing wheat sale to Taiwan

BISMARCK -- As North Dakota pockets about $485 million over the next two years in wheat sales to Taiwan, Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Wednesday it's largely due to technology and the strong relationship between the United States and Taiwan.

"Technology has been key to success in North Dakota agriculture," Dalrymple said Wednesday. "We have remained competitive in the world markets in competition with all wheat-producing countries."

Members of a Taiwan delegation joined Dalrymple and North Dakota Wheat Commission Chairman Francis Leiphon in signing a letter of intent to purchase 62.5 million bushels of North Dakota wheat in 2014 and 2015 as part of Taiwan's commitment to purchase 9 million metric tons of U.S. wheat, soybeans and corn worth about $4 billion.

Leiphon said the purchase is, "a good partnership the state of North Dakota can be proud of."

Jack Yang, director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Kansas City, said the agreement is very significant in many ways.

"The bilateral, cultural relationship has once again been renewed," he said. "We believe it will keep U.S.-Taiwan economic missions strong."

The United States has been exporting to Taiwan for the last 50 years, which is among the top three export markets for U.S. hard red spring wheat.

Mike Nowatzki

Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.