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Bob Larson Sept. Nat'l Fruits & Veggies Month and DFA's Plant-based Beverage
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Program: The Agribusiness Update
Date: September 05, 2019

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From the Ag Information Network, I'm Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**The Produce for Better Health Foundation is challenging consumers to eat more produce in September, National Fruits and Veggies Month.

According to thepacker.com, the theme for the month, "Have a Plant ... Food Rooted in a Better Mood," reflects the PBH's consumer call to action, Have a Plant.

The program aims to inspire consumers with realistic steps to connect eating fresh produce with feeling happier and healthier.


**Farmers have mixed reactions About Dairy Farmers of America producing Plant-based products.

Last month, Live Real Farms, owned by DFA, introduced a new product that is 50% lactose-free milk and 50% plant-based beverage. Because of that, some dairy farmers are upset the nation's largest cooperative would enter the plant-based business. Others say this product will help fluid milk sales.

A poll of 335 producers on MilkBusiness.com found 86% of producers don't think a dairy cooperative should produce plant-based beverage products.


**President Trump and his cabinet officials have decided to retain the 31 biofuel blending waivers granted to small refineries ... for now.

That's according to reports from the Farm Journal's Jim Wiesemeyer who tells agweb.com, the administration will take steps to make up for those lost biofuel volumes.

A plan under development would encourage the use of gas containing 15% ethanol and increase the amount of conventional renewable fuels used in those mandates by 500 million gallons.


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