A Virginia producer will supply the soybeans used to make a fermented breakfast food in Japan.
Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the new export agreement Wednesday between Montague Farms in Center Cross and Tokyo importer Sun-Tommy International Co.
Montague Farms has a huge footprint in Virginia, contracting with other growers for more than 15,000 acres of field crops. The soybean so coveted by the Japanese is used in natto, the breakfast food that is considered a delicacy there.
Montague must meet strict standards demanded by the Japanese, including the size, shape and color of the soybean. The soybeans also must not be genetically modified.
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