U.S. Farmers Lobby for Iraqi Rice Contract Until a trade embargo cut them off a decade ago, U.S. farmers were the biggest suppliers of rice to Iraq. Now U.S. rice farmers want to sell to Iraq again, but Vietnam was awarded the lucrative rice contract in a deal with the interim Iraqi government. American farmers say Asian rice is inferior, and Vietnam should not beat out a coalition partner. NPR's Kathy Lohr reports.
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U.S. Farmers Lobby for Iraqi Rice Contract

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U.S. Farmers Lobby for Iraqi Rice Contract

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Until a trade embargo cut them off a decade ago, U.S. farmers were the biggest suppliers of rice to Iraq. Now U.S. rice farmers want to sell to Iraq again, but Vietnam was awarded the lucrative rice contract in a deal with the interim Iraqi government. American farmers say Asian rice is inferior, and Vietnam should not beat out a coalition partner. NPR's Kathy Lohr reports.