Perdue Makes Appointments and Wheat Bucks Grain Decline
**Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announces the appointment of Carmen Rottenberg and Paul Kiecker to key leadership positions within the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. Rottenberg has been named Administrator of FSIS and Kiecker the Deputy Administrator.
Rottenberg most recently served as Deputy Administrator for FSIS, and as Acting Deputy Under Secretary for USDA's Office of Food Safety.
Kiecker has been serving as Acting Administrator for FSIS since August.
**The USDA is predicting production declines this year for corn and soybeans, the nation's two most valuable crops, while the all-wheat harvest is expected to jump by 5 percent.
According to Agri-Pulse, the May forecast of USDA's World Ag Supply and Demand Estimates, reports the total U.S. wheat crop for the 2018-2019 marketing year is estimated at 1.821 billion bushels, up 5 percent from the prior year, due to greater harvested area and slightly higher yield.
The all wheat yield is projected at 46.8 bushels per acre, up slightly from 2017/18.
**News that a recent White House meeting resulted in a commitment to allow year-round sales of 15% ethanol blends was tempered by a reported plan to reallocate Renewable Identification Numbers from exempted renewable fuel volumes using exported ethanol gallons.
Agwired.com reports, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley tweeted after the meeting, the devil will be in the details of the plan to be worked out between EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue.