AgDay Daily Recap -March 22, 2013

March 22, 2013 05:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MARCH 22, 2013

 

CONTINUING RESOLUTION:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE MEAT AND POULTRY INDUSTRIES ARE APPLAUDING CONGRESS THIS MORNING. BOTH CHAMBERS APPROVED LEGISLATION THAT AVERTS FURLOUGHING USDA MEAT INSPECTORS.

DEALING WITH DROUGHT:

WHILE A LARGE PORTION OF THE EASTERN HALF OF THE U-S IS NOW DROUGHT- FREE, PRODUCERS IN THE WEST STILL STRUGGLE TO FIND RAIN. NATIONAL REPORTER TYNE MORGAN WRAPS UP HER DEALING WITH DROUGHT SERIES BY GIVING US THE PICTURE TODAY.

CROP WATCH:

FROM DROUGHT TO FLOODING, IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE IN FOR A WILD SPRING IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS IN THIS MORNING'S CROP WATCH.

CASE PLANTER:

IN MACHINERY MINUTE WE GET A LOOK AT THE NEW CASE I-H PRECISION DISC 500 SINGLE DISC AIR DRILL. THIS PLANTER IS FOR SMALL GRAINS INCLUDING SOYBEANS, WHEAT, AND RICE. IT HAS VARIABLE RATE HYDRAULIC METERING AND INCLUDES SECTION CONTROLS.
BUT IT'S THE ROW UNITS THAT REALLY STANDOUT.

DOW RECORD:

IN AGRIBUSINESS ITS MARCH MADNESS AND IT LOOKS LIKE THE DOW HAS CAUGHT THE FEVER. WEDNESDAY IT HIT ANOTHER RECORD HIGH. THAT'S THE EIGHTH TIME THIS MONTH. THE DOW IS UP 11 PERCENT SO FAR THIS YEAR. ALTHOUGH IT DID CLOSE LOWER ON THURSDAY. ON THRUSDAY THE DOW FINISHED HIGHER, AFTER SPENDING MOST OF THE DAY IN NEGATIVE TERRITORY.

PROFIT BRIEFING:

IN THIS WEEK'S PRO FARMER PROFIT BRIEFING, OUR EXPERTS SAY THE PROTEIN SECTOR IS WATCHING THE WEATHER VERY CLOSELY. LATE PLANTINGS CAN MEAN ADDED PRESSURE TO FEED COSTS. JOINING US FROM THE PROFARMER STUDIOS IS SENIOR MARKET ANALYST BRIAN GRETE AND NEWS EDITOR JULIANNE JOHNSTON.

URBAN GARDENING:

NEW ORLEANS - AND ESPECIALLY THE FRENCH QUARTER - IS KNOWN FOR ITS WORLD CLASS CUISINE. TO GET THE INGREDIENTS TO MAKE THOSE SPECIAL MEALS, CHEFS RELY ON LOCAL FARMERS OUTSIDE THE CITY. BUT THERE'S ALSO A GROWING TREND TO PICK THOSE FRESH FOODS FROM A GARDEN IN THE URBAN SETTING. TOBIE BLANCHARD HAS DETAILS IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE LSU AGCENTER. CITY FOLKS MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT THEIR LOCAL EXTENSION OFFICE. BUT THAT'S A GREAT PLACE TO LEARN ABOUT STARTING A GARDEN.

ASPARTAME MILK:

IN THE SEARCH FOR HEALTHIER FLAVORED MILK, THE DAIRY INDUSTRY IS CONSIDERING OTHER SWEETENERS. RECENTLY THE MILK PRODUCERS FEDERATION ASKED THE FDA TO ALLOW THE USE OF THE SWEETENER ASPARTAME WITHOUT PUTTING IT ON THE LABLE.

RESTAURANT BIZ:

WITH HOPES OF AN IMPROVING ECONOMY, AMERICA'S RESTAURANTS SAW AN INCREASE IN SALES LAST YEAR. AND SOME OF THE BIGGEST GAINERS WERE SANDWICH SHOPS.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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