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SPOKANE, Wash. -- The state Department of Agriculture says alfalfa seed and plant samples taken from an Eastern Washington farm have turned up a low level of genetic modification.

The agency said Friday that the samples showed a low-level presence of a genetic trait called Round-Up Ready, meaning they are able to tolerate the well-known herbicide.

The testing was ordered after a hay farmer who intended to grow alfalfa that was not genetically modified had his crop rejected by a broker that said it found evidence of genetically modified pesticide resistance.

The state says Round-Up Ready alfalfa is approved for use by the federal government. The state says it is in discussions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to determine if any further action is warranted.

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