A Third of Fruits and Vegetables Never Eaten and Hog Inventory Higher

A Third of Fruits and Vegetables Never Eaten and Hog Inventory Higher

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, this is your Agribusiness Update.

**Some 30% of harvested fruits and vegetables worldwide are never eaten due to damage, spoiling or appearance.

Now researchers at UC Davis, are studying ways to extend shelf life to help California tomato growers avoid postharvest crop loss.

Newly published research examines changes in tomatoes at the molecular level and the findings may help establish optimal tomato handling and storage guidelines to reduce food loss and waste.

**USDA proposed amendments to all 11 Federal Milk Marketing Orders, and national ag groups shared their reaction.

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says they’ve called for FMMO reform since 2021 and convened a successful first-of-its-kind industry-wide forum in 2022.

Duvall says we’re pleased with the intent to return the

Class 1 skim milk prices to the “higher-of” formula as we wanted, but Farm Bureau is disappointed in changes benefiting processors without regard for struggling dairy producers.

**The U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1 was 74.5 million head, up 1% from a year earlier.

USDA says breeding inventory, at 6.01 million head, was down 3% from last year and down slightly from the previous quarter.

Market hog inventory, at 68.5 million head, was up 2%.

The March-May pig crop, at 34 million head, was up 2%.

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