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Theinewsweeklyiofigrain-basedifoods / Proposed WIC changes add whole grains, reduce dairy and eggs WASHINGTON - Proposed changes to the government's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) would add whole grain products and fresh fruits and vegetables in monthly food packages distributed under the program. But amounts of dairy products, eggs and juice would be reduced. The Food and Nutrition Service (F.N.S.) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture published proposed revisions to the WIC food packages in the Aug. 7 Federal Register. Comments on the changes must be postmarked by Nov. 6. Among the many revisions to the WIC program, the F.N.S. recommended at least three servings per day of whole grain LATE bread or other whole grain products for children, pregnant women and breastfeeding women. Currently, there is no provision for whole grain products included in the program. The proposal retained breakfast cereals but required that they be whole grain and meet certain other requirements. But the proposal did not include enriched grain products, which was a concern to the grain industry. The revisions would bring WIC food packages in line with the U.S.D.A.'s Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 and largely reflect recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (I.O.M.) of the National Continued on Page 36 Senior officials Penn, Farrish to leave U.S.D.A. for private sector WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week lost two senior officials to the private sector. Dr. J.B. Penn, undersecretary of agriculture for farm and foreign agricultural services, will leave the Department at the end of August to join Deere & Company, Moline, Ill., as chief economist. Bert O. Farrish, deputy administrator for commodity operations (DACO) of the U.S.D.A.'s Farm Service Agency, resigned his position effective Aug. 11 in order to pursue a business venture in the bioenergy sector. The two departures are unrelated. Dr. Penn was named undersecretary of agriculture for farm and foreign agricultural Continued on Page 38 AUGUST 15, 2006 NEWS MERRIAM, KAS. - Operating income of the Commodity Trading and Milling Division of Seaboard Corp. in the second quarter ended July 1 rose to $18,424,000, up sharply from $7,541,000 in the second quarter of fiscal 2005. Seaboard said the operating income improvement primarily reflected fluctuation in marking to market certain derivative contracts. Division sales totaled $201,141,000, down from $272,764,000. The sales decrease primarily reflected the sale of some components of Seaboard's third-party commodity trading operations. Overall, Seaboard Corp. net income in the second quarter was $69,190,000, equal to Continued on Page 10 Seaboard milling income up sharply National average price of all wheat climbs 8c in July WASHINGTON - The national average price received by farmers for all wheat in July was $4.09 per bu, up 8c from $4.01 in June and 89c above the July 2005 average of $3.20, the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The preliminary July index for all crops was down from June but up from July 2005. The index for oil-bearing crops was down from a month ago and a year ago. Indexes for food grains and feed grains Continued on Page 39 Organic moves toward mainstream Story on Page 21 inside THIS WEEK Cargill in new biodiesel project 12 Ingredient I.B.C. seeking permanent c.e.o. Weston Foods profits hold steady Week 13 15 40

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