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Wheat's cousin is sowing interest

By STEVE KARNOWSKI The Associated Press

This article was published March 8, 2017 at 2:11 a.m.

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Technician John Mai checks on wheat grown in a greenhouse at The Land Institute of Salina, Kan., in this file photo provided by the institute. General Mills on Tuesday announced a partnership to help commercialize Kernza, a trademark for the grain, which comes from the perennial intermediate wheatgrass plant.

A sweet, nutty-tasting new grain called Kernza is getting help from food giant General Mills, which is intrigued by the potentially big environmental benefits of the drought-resistant crop with long roots that doesn't need to be replanted every year.

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