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South Korea looks at Hill County organics


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Hill County organic rancher Jody Manuel, left, and translator Isidor Yu, right, listen to International Organic Inspectors Association Director Margaret Scoles talk during a tour of Manuel's organic farm and ranch operation by members of South Korean agricultural agencies.

The South Korean government sent six organic agricultural officials to Montana this week to look at U.S. organic crops, livestock and related processing regulations, with the final leg of the tour being on a ranch just south of Havre.

"Bottom line - how does the U.S. ensure that Korean consumers can trust that organic products are really organic?" International Organic Inspectors Association Executive Director Margaret Scoles said was what the officials were looking at. "It is more about how we implement the national organic program."

Scoles labeled the trip as "bridge-building," not ruli...

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