Ag News: Florida Orange Forecast Reduced and U.S. Pork Going to India
**The USDA’s January forecast reduced its estimate for Florida Orange production while holding Florida Grapefruit production steady for the 2021-22 season.
www.morningagclips.com reports, the forecast projected 44.5 million boxes of Florida Oranges, down 1.5 million from December.
Projections for boxes of Florida Grapefruit remained the same at 4.1 million.
Estimates for Florida specialty citrus are down 100,000 boxes bringing the forecast to 800,000 for the season.
**The FDA says it is proposing new rules to safeguard the food supply while also simplifying regulations and testing that govern agricultural water use.
The FDA said it hopes to update the Food Safety Modernization Act, which sets standards for growing, harvesting, packing and storing fruits and vegetables.
The FDA says it wants to clarify pre-harvest water testing regimens to make it easier for farmers to comply.
**The National Pork Producers applaud the announcement that U.S. pork exports are on their way into India, the second-most populated country.
NPPC President Jen Sorenson says, after decades of work, a market that had been closed to U.S. pork is getting opened, and we look forward to the new access.
India has a population of 1.26 billion people, which means a significant market opportunity.
U.S. Meat Export Federation President Dan Halstrom says his group has many industry contacts in India that are excited for this opportunity.