Farmers rely on overseas customer to buy crops, boost prices

From the Capital Press

Mike Miller knows how important foreign trade is to agriculture.

For him and Washington state’s 1,900 other wheat farmers, exports are the economic lifeblood. They ship more than 90 percent of their crop to overseas customers such as bakers in Japan and noodle manufacturers in the Philippines and South Korea.

The customers were hard-won.

“We realize that we have a good product. We’ve spent money for decades building a relationship and reputation. I think we’re pretty well-respected,” Miller said. Read the rest of the story here.