Wheat acreage lowest since 1913

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A government report shows the nation's farmers planted the fewest winter wheat acres this season since 1913.

The Agriculture Department reported Tuesday that the total acres of winter wheat for 2010 is 37.1 million acres, down 14 percent nationwide from last year.

The agency blames weather, low prices and the late row-crop harvest for the decrease.

The largest acreage decreases are in Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma and Texas. A record low planting was reported in Nebraska.

Kansas, the nation's largest winter wheat producer, planted 8.6 million acres, down 8 percent from a year ago. It is the lowest planted wheat acreage in the state since 1957.

Panel to discuss raw milk in Wis.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state-appointed committee will soon consider whether raw milk should be sold in Wisconsin, and if so, under what conditions.

Secretary Rod Nilsestuen, of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, says the group will consider the legal and regulatory affects and what conditions would be required to protect public health.

Wisconsin law has required since 1957 that milk sold to consumers be pasteurized.

The group also includes dairy farmers, cheese makers, consumers and food safety professionals.

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