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AgDay Daily Recap -January 8, 2014

January 8, 2014
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

JANUARY 8, 2014

 

POLAR COLD:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AREAS OF THE COUNTRY SOCKED WITH RECORD-SETTING COLD TEMPERATURES ARE HOPING FOR A SLIGHT REBOUND TODAY TOWARDS NORMAL.

TAMING MOTHER NATURE:

TODAY WE CONTINUE OUR TAMING MOTHER NATURE SERIES. LAST YEAR IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE EMOTIONS FARMERS EXPERIENCE DURING TRYING YEARS. TODAY, NATIONAL REPORTER TYNE MORGAN SHOWS US THE TOOLS FARMERS USE TO MITIGATE THE WEATHER EXTREMES.
CROP WATCH:

LET'S CHECK IN NOW WITH CINDI CLAWSON. SHE HAS OUR FIRST LOOK AT FARM COUNTRY WEATHER.

SMITHFIELD FOODS:

THE WORLD'S LARGEST PORK PRODUCER IS ASKING THAT ITS CONTRACT GROWERS JOIN THE COMPANYS' EFFORTS TO PHASE OUT THE USE OF GESTATION STALLS. SMITHFIELD FOODS ANNOUNCED IN 2007 THAT ITS COMPANY-OWNED FARMS WOULD CONVERT TO GROUP HOUSING FOR PREGNANT SOWS. NOW IT'S RECOMMENDING CONTRACT GROWERS DO THE SAME THING. SMITHFIELD SAYS IT WANT CONTRACTORS TO CONVERT WITHIN TEN YEARS. FOR THOSE WHO DO, SMITHFIELD WILL OFFER CONTRACT EXTENSIONS. FOR THOSE FARMERS WHO DON'T, SMITHFIELD SAYS EXTENSIONS ARE LESS LIKELY.

WISCONSIN TAIL DOCKING:

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