AgDay Daily Recap -December 23, 2013

December 23, 2013 03:57 AM
 

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.

MACHINERY PETE:

MONDAY MORNING MEANS MACHINERY PETE IS HERE. TODAY HE JOINS US FROM THE HOME OFFICE TO TALK ABOUT USED PLANTER VALUES.

ANALYSIS:

AS 2013 WRAPS UP--AND WITH THE WEATHER FRIGHTFUL, NEXT YEAR'S PLANTING SEASON IS ALREADY LOOMING LARGE. FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL, DISCUSSES PLANNING FOR 2014 IN THIS MORNING'S ANALYSIS.

CHICKEN FOUND:

TIS THE SEASON FOR CHRISTMAS MIRACLES--AND ONE--ALBEIT SMALL-- MAY HAVE JUST HAPPENED IN IOWA. A MAN THERE FOUND 30 BUTCHERED CHICKENS ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.  PROMPTING A SEARCH ON FACEBOOK FOR THE RIGHTFUL OWNER.   TURNS THE UNLIKELY DISCOVERY INTO A HOLIDAY MIRACLE.

FRESH PRODUCE:

IN FOOD AND YOUR AMILY, THE PRICE OF EATING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES CONTINUES TO RISE. THAT COMES FROM NEW REPORT AT FRESH-PLAZA DO COM.

EU CLONES:

ACROSS THE POND, THE EUROPEAN UNION PROPOSED A DRAFT LAW YESTERDAY THAT WOULD BAN THE PRACTICE OF FARM-ANIMAL CLONING. A SIMILAR PROPOSAL WAS REJECTED BY LAWMAKERS IN 2011. IF APPROVED,  CLONING IN COMMERCIAL FARMING WOULD BE BANNED WITHIN THE 28-NATION BLOC FOR FIVE YEARS. IT WOULD ALSO PROHIBIT THE SALE AND IMPORT OF FOOD SUCH AS MEAT OR MILK FROM CLONED ANIMALS. HOWEVER IT WOULD STILL BE LEGAL TO IMPORT AND SELL FOOD FROM THE OFFSPRING OF CLONES.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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