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AgDay Daily Recap -December 4, 2012

December 4, 2012
 
 

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.

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