VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Port of Vancouver has signed a deal to start hauling agricultural goods from North Dakota to the West Coast in rail cars that otherwise would come back empty after transporting supplies for the oil industry.

The port signed an agreement Wednesday with North Dakota's Agriculture commissioner.

The deal is meant to help North Dakota farmers get their wheat and other crops to Asian and Latin American markets.

The first rail cars with agricultural products will roll into Vancouver in September.