Oct. 13 AM Live Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

The USDA estimates farmers will have 866 million bushels of corn at the end of next summer.

Last month's forecast was 672 million bushels.

The bigger surplus could bring down corn prices, which soared to record levels in June because of limited supplies.

Corn is an ingredient in everything from animal feed to cereal to soft drinks, so cheaper corn could ease food prices.

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It could be a federal crime to mislabel products as containing maple syrup.

Vermont senator Patrick Leahy wants to create a new federal felony offense and increase sentences for people who intentionally mislabel maple products.

The move came after FDA investigators found a man selling fake Vermont maple.

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Some of farming's best have been honored at the Big Fresno Fair.

Jon Marthedal was named agriculturalist of the year by the Greater Fresno Area Chamber Of Commerce.

It presented him with the award yesterday at the fairgrounds.

He farms about 700 acres of grapes, and blueberries in the Easton-Fowler area.

Marthedal began his career with sun-maid growers in 1978 and became chairman in 1999.

"California agriculture, California products are recognized for their outstanding quality. Once you experience that, it just becomes a part of your heart and soul," Marthedal said.

Allied Grape Growers was named Ag Business of the Year for its involvement with over 80 ag and wine organizations across the state.

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