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Subject: Re: Farm to table Date: 1/17/2013 1:28 PM
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Nice to see the farm fresh food get the nod. Farm to table certainly is a hot topic but faces continued alarming challenges.

From the USDA at year end:

About 80 percent of agricultural land experienced drought in 2012, which made the 2012 drought more extensive than any since the 1950s.
http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/in-the-news/us-drought-2012-f...

And from my market report this morning:

With the unusually warm fall pushing crops weeks ahead of schedule followed by weeks of freezing morning temperatures and below average daytime highs we are looking at an extended period of light supplies and questionable quality.

This is an industry wide problem in the western growing regions affecting all growers and shippers…. be prepared for shortages and loading delays as growers struggle with yields and quality in upcoming supplies.


Short term challenges might drive some missed earnings but long term, all companies are in the same boat. I’m on the look out to add to my natural food companies.

Though you also might be interested in…

A great highlight of this year’s trends/milestones:
http://grist.org/food/the-year-in-food-and-farming/

Best,

K
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