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USDA: Asian Rust Eventual in U.S.

posted on April 30, 2004

The Asian strain of rust fungus plaguing soybean farmers in Brazil is expected eventually to reach U.S. fields, according to ongoing risk assessments by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Government scientists now believe it is more likely the yield-slashing disease will arrive by moving across Central America and Mexico, rather than via ships carrying soybean cargoes.

Even so, as part of its risk assessment USDA is considering new precautions to ensure Brazilian soymeal exports to the U.S. this summer do not present an Asian rust threat.

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