AgDay Daily Recap -December 4, 2012

December 4, 2012 04:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
DECEMBER 4, 2012

FARM BILL UPDATE:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. NEGOTIATIONS ON THE FISCAL CLIFF ARE HEATING UP AS TIME IS RUNNING SHORT. THE LATEST GOP PROPOSAL INCLUDES AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS.

RIVER LEVELS JOBS:

IF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER SHUTS DOWN FOR BARGE TRAFFIC BECAUSE OF LOW WATER LEVELS, HOW MANY JOBS COULD BE AT RISK?  ONE TRADE GROUP SAYS IT COULD  BE IN THE THOUSANDS.

AG CENSUS:

GETTING AN ACCURATE COUNT OF JOBS IS AN IMPORTANT FOCUS OF THIS YEAR'S 2012 CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE. DONE EVERY FIVE YEARS BY NASS,  THE CENSUS IS A COMPLETE COUNT OF ALL U.S. FARMS AND RANCHES AND THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THEM. CENSUS FORMS ARE HITTING MAILBOXES THIS MONTH, AND USDA ENCOURAGES ALL FARMERS TO PARTICIPATE. USDA IS ALSO CONDUCTING A CONSERVATION SURVEY. USDA'S BOB ELLISON EXPLAINS WHY.

CROP WATCH:

LET'S TURN TO WEATHER ON THIS TUESDAY MORNING. MIKE HOFFMAN IS IN THE AGDAY WEATHER-CENTER.

MORNINGSTAR:

IN DAIRY NEWS - THE NATION'S LARGEST DAIRY PROCESSOR IS SELLING OFF SOME OF ITS PROPERTIES. DEAN FOODS ANNOUNCED IT WILL SELL ITS MORNINGSTAR FOODS DIVISION TO SAPUTO INCORPORATED. SAPUTO IS THE LARGEST DAIRY PROCESSOR IN CANADA.  DEAN SAYS THE DEAL IS PRICED AT ONE-AND-A HALF BILLION DOLLARS. ONCE GOVERNMENT REGULATORS APPROVE, THE DEAL SHOULD CLOSE BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR. MORNINGSTAR EMPLOYS TWO THOUSAND PEOPLE IN NINE STATES. SAPUTO HAS 10-THOUSAND WORKERS.

INDIANA RAW MILK:

THE STATE OF INDIANA HAS TAKEN A STEP TOWARDS CLARIFYING THE STATE LAW ON THE SALE OF RAW - OR UNPASTEURIZED - MILK. THE INDIANA BOARD OF ANIMAL HEALTH RELEASED THE RESULTS OF ITS STUDY OF THE DAIRY PRODUCT. IN 2011 LAWMAKERS INSTRUCTED THE BOARD TO COME-UP WITH A PLAN BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE WERE GETTING AROUND THE CURRENT INDIANA LAW.  THEY WERE GETTING RAW MILK FROM DAIRY FARMERS THROUGH COW OR HERD SHARE ARRANGEMENTS. THE INDIANA BOARD BELIEVES CONSUMING RAW MILK IS DANGEROUS, BUT THEY'RE LEAVING THE POLITICS TO THE LAWMAKERS. DAIRY TODAY EDITOR JIM DICKRELL HAS DETAILS.

ANALYSIS:

CONSUMERS ARE IN FOR STICKER SHOCK AT THE MEAT COUNTER IN 2013. ACCORDING TO THE AP, THAT'S WHAT CATTLEFAX VICE PRESIDENT RANDY BALCH TOLD KANSAS LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS. HE EXPECTS MEAT PRICES TO GO 5 TO 8% HIGHER, REGARDLESS WHETHER ITS BEEF PORK OR CHICKEN. HE ALSO SAYS DROUGHT IS HAVING A SERIOUS EFFECT ON THE NATIONS CATTLE HERD. BLACH BELIEVES BY THE USDA'S NEXT INVENTORY REPORT, CATTLE NUMBERS WILL BE DOWN BY 1 MILLION HEAD. TYNE MORGAN HAS MORE ON THE CATTLE MARKET IN THIS MORNING'S ANALYSIS.

TEXAS YOUNG FARMER:

A SOUTH TEXAS FARMER WHO TURNED AN OLD RICE FARM INTO ONE OF THE STATE'S LARGEST CATFISH OPERATIONS TOOK HOME TOP HONORS THIS WEEKEND AT THE STATE'S ANNUAL FARM BUREAU CONVENTION. BOWERS CURRENTLY HAS 38, EIGHT-ACRE CATFISH PONDS NEAR INEZ. HE HOPES TO ADD ADDITIONAL FISH, LIKE BASS OR FRESHWATER SHRIMP, IN THE FUTURE. THEY WILL COMPETE AGAINST YOUNG FARMERS AND RANCHERS FROM OTHER STATES DURING THE NATIONAL FARM BUREAU CONVENTION NEXT MONTH. TOMORROW, WE'LL MEET A PECAN GROWER WHO'S ALSO WINNING AWARDS.   FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT.

RESTAURANT PERFORMANCE:

BASED ON RESTAURANT BUSINESS, IT APPEARS THE ECONOMY IS NOT TURNING AROUND. AND THAT COULD CREATE NEW PROBLEMS FOR LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS WHO RELY ON THAT MARKET.

VEGGIE INTEREST:

ARE YOU HOSTING A DINNER PARTY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON? IF YOU WANT THE GUESTS TO HAVE A FEW COMPLIMENTS FOR THE COOK, BE SURE TO INCLUDE VEGETABLES ON THE TABLE.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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