January 17, 2006
Less red tape now means a better chance of U.S. dry bean exports to Iraq. Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson says Iraq was once the largest market for dry edible beans grown in Nebraska. But after the ousting of Saddam Hussein in 2003, Iraqs new government created a complicated system of bean packaging and payment requirements, making it difficult for U.S. bean producers to comply. But it seems theres been a breakthrough, with the Iraqi government in November issuing tender seeking bids from American processors to purchase 2000 tons of white beans.