AgDay Daily Recap -September 19, 2012

September 19, 2012 05:57 AM

SEPTEMBER 19, 2012


Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. The government says the "pain at the pump" is going to continue and that's our top story on AgDay.


In other energy news - one of the big wind-turbine companies says it will lay-off more than 600 workers because of the uncertainty over a production tax credit. The federal subsidy expires at the end of the year. Siemens Energy announced the layoffs yesterday at its plants in Iowa, Kansas and Florida. The company blames Congress for failing to renew an energy tax credit. The biggest cuts will come from its plant in Fort Madison, Iowa. About 400 people build wind turbine blades at the site. Siemens says there's been a significant drop in new wind turbine orders due to the sluggish economy.


 As the September 30th Farm Bill deadline draws closer, legislators are under a time crunch to get it passed. According to Ohio State University economist Matt Roberts, the past few farm bills derived from the Asian financial crisis. That situation caused low prices and weak demand but he says this year the drought is taking center stage.


As if the drought wasn't enough this year, many farmers are dealing with additional pest pressure.

The mild winter didn't help control the bugs. One in particular is getting a foothold. Chuck Denney has details in this report from the University of Tennessee.


It's not pests, but an aggressive weed that's causing problems for some farmers out west. Mike Hoffman has details in cropwatch.


In agribusiness today - Cargill is upping its efforts to produce more canola oil. The company  announced plans to construct a canola refinery in Saskatchewan, Canada. It will produce food-grade canola oil for North America. Cargill already runs a canola crushing facility in the town of Cavet, which opened in 1996. Saskatchewan is Canada’s largest canola-producing province. Cargill expects the addition to be operational by the 2014 canola harvest.


Each year the World Dairy Expo recognizes dairy farmers with extraordinary dedication to the industry. And for the last 4 four years at least one of those honorees has been from the dairy state. This morning, the Wisconsin dairy news introduces us to the 2012 dairy industry person of the year. Thanks for that and congratulations to Doctor Mcguirk. And I’m hoping to meet her and many others this year at World Dairy Expo. I'll be attending and bringing providing coverage from the event in Madison next month.


In food and your appears big or small Americans are still getting too much sodium. New research says kids and teens are eating just as much as adults.


Whether it's fly spray in the barn or degreaser in the shop, spray bottles are a common tool for most of us. But if you have small kids, those handy bottles may be dangerous. Studies show it's the one type of container most likely to injure young children. Clark Powell with Nationwide Children's Hospital, shows us how researchers are working to improve those statistics.



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