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South Korea has lifted a two month old ban on Northwest potato exports - at least the ones used for potato chips. The ban imposed on potatoes grown in Washington state, Oregon and Idaho was lifted this week.

The move comes after growers agreed to take steps to insure they don’t ship potatoes infected with zebra chip disease.

Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

South Korean diplomats from their Embassy in Washington, D.C. visited the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise Wednesday.  They honored Korean War veterans while in the Northwest to promote a free trade agreement between the U.S and Korea. 

Sixty years ago, U.S. servicemen and women battled communist Chinese and North Koreans in what’s been called the Forgotten War. The war is not officially over, but a somewhat stable peace has existed in the Korean peninsula since the nation was divided in the 1950s. 

Tests results this week confirmed mad cow disease in California.  This announcement could have an economic impact on Idaho’s beef industry.