TODAY ON AGDAY
NOVEMBER 30, 2012
Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. Drought isn't releasing it’s strangle hold on American agriculture just yet. The latest drought monitor is our top story on AgDay.
That dry weather has many producers pining for a new Farm Bill. But as lawmakers squabble over the fiscal cliff, there's no clear picture - at this point - of the Farm Bill. Washington insiders tell AgDay that any savings from the Farm Bill would go towards paying for fiscal cliff legislation. We talked with Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley who prefers a standalone piece of legislation for farm policy, but tying it into fiscal cliff policy is possible.
Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas has been re-elected to a second term as Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. The House Republican Conference re-elected the lawmaker from Oklahoma. He was re-elected to an 11th term in Congress during the general election.
CROP INSURANCE PREMIUMS:
If you use crop insurance, this may be good news. Premium rates are going to drop for many farmers in the Midwest and mid-south. However, other states won't be so lucky. USDA's risk management agency is updating the rates for six major crops.
Nationwide harvest has nearly wrapped-up. Mike Hoffman has details on a few locations where work is still underway, in cropwatch.
LSU WINTER WHEAT: