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AgDay Daily Recap -December 23, 2013

December 23, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

DECEMBER 23, 2013

 

BSE ANNIVERSARY:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS.  FOR THE U-S BEEF INDUSTRY, TODAY MARKS A MILESTONE IT WOULD RATHER FORGET. FORTUNATELY FOR THE U-S BEEF INDUSTRY THE NUMBER OF CONFIRMED B-S-E CASES IN THIS COUNTRY IS LIMITED TO FOUR. THE LAST CASE WAS APRIL 2012 WHEN USDA CONFIRMED A CASE IN A DAIRY COW FROM CENTRAL CALIFORNIA. BUT USDA SAYS THE CARCASS WAS NEVER INTENDED FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.

OIL TRAINS:

AS TRAINS INCREASINGLY CARRY HUGE VOLUMES OF FLAMMABLE CRUDE OIL ACROSS THE U.S., RURAL COMMUNITIES BISECTED BY RAILROADS WORRY ABOUT SAFETY IN THE WAKE OF A DEADLY TRAIN CRASH AND TANKER EXPLOSION IN CANADA. CINDY SHARP WITH THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HAS DETAILS.

AMBASSADOR BAUCUS:

WELL KNOWN, AG COUNTRY SENATOR--MAX BAUCUS OF MONTANA--APPEARS TO BE POISED TO TAKE ON THE ROLL OF AMBASSADOR. PRESIDENT OBAMA IS EXPECTED TO NAME BAUCUS THE NEXT AMBASSADOR TO CHINA. EARLIER THIS YEAR HE ANNOUNCED HE WOULD NOT SEEK A SEVENTH TERM IN CONGRESS. PROFARMER'S JIM WIESEMEYER SAYS THE APPOINTMENT ALLOWS THE STATE'S GOVERNOR TO FILL BAUCUS' SEAT IN THE SENATE-- GIVING THE NEW SENATOR THE ROLL OF INCUMBANT DURING THE 2014 ELECTION.

CROP WATCH:

THE BENCHMARK FOR MASSIVE CROP YIELDS CONTINUES TO PUSH HIGHER AND HIGHER. AND THE CORN-GROWING CONTEST IS NO EXCEPTION.  MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS FROM THE AGDAY WEATHER-CENTER, MIKE.

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