AgDay Daily Recap -December 11, 2012

December 11, 2012 04:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
DECEMBER 11, 2012

RURAL AMERICA:

Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. Has rural America lost its voice? That's a concerned being voiced by the nation's top advocate of agriculture...USDA secretary Tom Vilsack.

RUSSIA EXPORT:

Just days after the U.S. Senate voted to grant permanent normal trade relations to Russia, that country is set to ban imports of U.S. beef and pork.

BRAZIL:

Brazil is reporting its first case of BSE. And apparently it happened two years ago. The World Organization of Animal Health - often referred to as OIE - says a 13-year-old beef cow in southern Brazil died in December 2010.

CROP WATCH:

Parts of the dry Midwest got a very welcome blanket of snow. Mike Hoffman has details in cropwatch.

DAIRY TODAY:

In news from our partners at Dairy Today - could dairies see higher milk prices in 2013?

FERTILIZER PLANT:

In agribusiness today - a one billion dollar nitrogen fertilizer plant is now being planned for southern Indiana.  And the developers expect the facility will benefit farmers in much of the Midwest.

ANALYSIS:

Where will we be seeing grain prices head in 2013? Will they go higher than they are right now, or will they retreat? Farm Director Al Pell is here with advice on how to protect your profits.

LOUISIANA SPIRITS:

Sugarcane has some key uses. In Brazil, it's used for ethanol. Here in the states, it's ground into sugar. And in Louisiana - it's being used to make some fine distilled beverages. In this report provided by the Louisiana Farm Bureau, Kristen Oakes tells us how local cash crops are turned into cocktails. Our thanks to Kristen Oakes who's with "This Week in Louisiana Agriculture" TV.

SOYBEAN PARTNERSHIP:

In food and your family, a new partnership is hoping to speed up the integration of high oleic soybeans into America’s farm fields. It's a strategic project by the National Soy Checkoff to help build a new market for growers.

SCHOOL LUNCHES:

After much complaining and YouTube protests, the USDA has agreed to let schools feed kids more calories.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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