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Washington pulp mill plans to turn straw into paper
PENDLETON, Ore. — A pulp mill is under construction in southeast Washington that plans to give farmers in the state and in eastern Oregon another option to sell their leftover wheat straw. The East Oregonian reports that Columbia Pulp began construction late last month on a new plant near Starbuck, Washington, which will make wood-free pulp for paper products. The mill will pay for farmers' straw that might otherwise be burned or plowed into the ground.