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Theinewsweeklyiofigrain-basedifoods Folate levels in women declining; greater fortification to be sought WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - New government data showing an 8% to 16% drop in folate levels in young women is "very disturbing" and should prompt fortification of grain products at higher levels, according to the March of Dimes. Fortification with folic acid has been shown to help prevent neural tube defects (N.T.D.s). The March of Dimes' comments followed the Jan. 5 release of a detailed report on folate status in women of childbearing age published in the "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report," a publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.). As part of their study, C.D.C. researchers, led by Dr. Joseph Mulinare, measured the folate levels in the blood of about 4,500 non-pregnant women between the ages of 15 and 44 from 1999-2000 through 2003-04. LATE Their findings showed significant declines in folate levels across the three major ethnic groups in the United States, marking the first time a decline has been seen since the government mandated the fortification of enriched grains with folic acid in 1998. The largest decrease, 16%, was noted among non-Hispanic whites, although non-Hispanic black women continued to be the ethnic group with the least folate in their blood, the C.D.C. said. The C.D.C. said changes in laboratory techniques or sampling biases between survey periods were unlikely to account for the declines in folate levels in the report, instead pointing to several possible explanations, including: * Changes over time in the proportion Continued on Page 28 Scoring widest gains since 2000, grain-based foods shares at peak Rebounding solidly following an abysmal performance in 2005, the Grain-Based Foods Share Index rose sharply in 2006, posting its widest gains in six years. At 11542.79, the Grain-Based Foods Share Index, compiled by Milling & Bak- 19.2% -10.7% 14.7% 3.0% -4.9% 35.5% 3.6% -28.0% 30.8% -1.4% 26.9% 15.7% Grain-Based Foods Share Index percentage change '95 '96 '97 '98 '99 '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 ing News, rose 1,856 points, or 19%, closing at the highest year-end level ever. It was the widest gain for the index since a 36% "contrarian" gain in 2000 at the end of the Internet boom. While broad market averages also advanced solidly in 2006, none of the leading indexes outscored the 19% grain-based foods share rise. The Dow Jones average of industrial shares rose 16%, the Nasdaq composite was up 10%, the S.&P.500 was up 14% and the Russell 2000 was up 17%. The Grain-Based Foods Share Index easily beat the S.&P. 500 Consumer Staples sector gain of 12%. Grain-based foods outgained most of the other S.&P. sectors as well, including Materials, up 16%; Consumer Discretionary, up 17%; Health Continued on Page 18 inside JANUARY 16, 2007 / NEWS WA S H I N G T O N - The National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Jan. 12 estimated winter wheat area planted for harvest in 2007 at 44,089,000 acres, up 3,514,000 acres, or 9%, from 40,575,000 acres a year ago. It was the largest winter wheat area since 45,384,000 in 2003 and compared with 42.3 million acres as the recent five-year average. The average pre-report trade estimate was 44.2 million acres. Acreage of hard red winter wheat was estimated Continued on Page 8 Winter wheat acres up 9% Bounteous snowfall boon for 2007 hard red winter crop prospects KANSAS CITY - Late December snowfall across the western Plains that snarled travel plans for thousands during the holidays and wreaked havoc for livestock farmers has created the best winter weather conditions in memory for hard red winter wheat growers. Precipitation totals in portions of western Kansas were as great as 8 inches in areas that have been plagued by dryness in recent years. As impressive as rain and snowfall totals were at several stations, most beneficial was the span of the coverage, cutting through the heart of winter wheat growing areas of the Southwest. In Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska and Colorado, few significant wheat-growing Continued on Page 12 THIS WEEK New whole wheat bread varieties offered Pace of ethanol construction misjudged 10 17 Ingredient Three promoted at Mennel Milling 29 Week sponsored by 30

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