AgDay Daily Recap -February 10, 2014

February 10, 2014 01:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

FEBRUARY 10, 2014

 

FARM BILL:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. WITH A FEW STROKES OF THE PEN, AMERICAN FARMERS NOW HAVE MORE CLARITY ON FARM POLICY FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

EXPORTS:

THE PRESIDENT COUPLED THE FARM BILL SIGNING WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF A PLAN TO BOOST EXPORTS. THE WHITE HOUSE CALLS IT "MADE IN RURAL AMERICA'. OBAMA SAYS HE WANTS TO CONNECT RURAL BUSINESSES WITH FEDERAL RESOURCES THAT CAN HELP SELL THEIR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES ABROAD. AS PART OF THE INITIATIVE, AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT STAFF IN ALL 50 STATES WOULD BE TRAINED TO ADVISE ON EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES. LAST FISCAL YEAR, AG EXPORTS TOTALLED 141-BILLION DOLLARS.

NCBA:

OVERALL U.S. AG EXPORTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE STRONG IN 2014. THE SAME IS TRUE IN THE BEEF SECTOR...DESPITE CONTINUED CONTRACTION IN HERD NUMBERS. THAT SHRINKING U.S. HERD HAS OTHER NATIONS SEEING GREEN---AN OPPORTUNITY TO IMPORT MORE BEEF TO THE U.S. BUT A RECENT PROPOSAL REGARDING PRODUCT FROM BRAZIL HAS FOLKS WITH THE NATIONAL CATTLEMENS BEEF ASSOCIAITON TAKING A HARD LOOK.

U.S. MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION:

AND YEAR-END TOTALS FROM THE U-S MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION REVEAL BEEF EXPORTS PASSED SIX BILLION DOLLARS FOR THE FIRST TIME LAST YEAR. THAT SETS A NEW RECORD FOR VALUE. U-S BEEF EXPORTS EQUALED 13-PERCENT OF ALL BEEF PRODUCTION.
SALES TO JAPAN WERE UP 54-PERCENT IN VOLUME FOR THE YEAR.

WHEAT CONDITIONS:

WINTER WHEAT IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS HAS STRUGGLED THE PAST MONTH. BUT ALONG THE NORTHERN TIER STATES ADEQUATE SNOW PACK IS HELPING.

GRAZING IMPROVEMENT:

THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSED THE GRAZING IMPROVEMENT ACT THURSDAY. AND IT COULD REDUCE SOME OF THE RED-TAPE ASSOCIATED WITH GRAZING ON FEDERAL LANDS. ONE ASPECT OF THE BILL - IT INCREASES THE TERM OF GRAZING PERMITS FROM 10 TO 20-YEARS. PUBLIC LANDS COUNCIL PRESIDENT BRICE LEE SAYS THIS LEGISLATION WOULD GIVE RANCHERS MORE CERTAINTY THAT THEIR OPERATIONS WILL REMAIN IN BUSINESS WITHOUT FEAR OF LOSING THEIR PERMITS ON THE FEDERAL LAND. PLC IS URGING THE SENATE TO TAKE-UP THE BILL AND PASS IT WITHOUT DELAY.

CROP WATCH:

LET'S GET YOUR FIRST LOOK AT WEATHER ON THIS MONDAY MORNING. MIKE HOFFMAN IS IN THE AGDAY WEATHER-CENTER.

MACHINERY PETE:

YOUR BEST SOURCE FOR USED EQUIPMENT INSIGHT IS MACHINERY PETE. HE JOINS US FROM THE ROAD TO LOOK AT USED COMBINE VALUES.

ANALYSIS:

LATER TODAY, THE USDA IS EXPECTED TO RELEASE ITS LATEST ESTIMATES OF WORLD GRAIN STOCKS. HERE WITH A PREVIEW OF TODAY'S WASDE REPORT, FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL.

BALD EAGLES:

THE HARSH COLD WEATHER IS HELPING TO CREATE CONCENTRATIONS OF BALD EAGLES ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. THEY'RE IN SEARCH OF FISH IN ANY OPEN WATER THEY CAN FIND. JOE WILKINSON FROM THE IOWA D-N-R TAKES US TO ONE OF THE BEST PLACES IN THE MIDWEST TO SEE THOSE MAGNIFICENT BIRDS.

GMO LABELING:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, SOME AG GROUPS THINK SAFE FOOD SHOULDN'T EXCLUDE GMO'S.

SOUP AND SALAD:

NOTHING BEATS A WARM BOWL OF SOUP ON A COLD DAY. ACCORDING TO FOOD RESEARCH FIRM TECHNOMIC, SOUP REMAINS A HOT ITEM AMONG CONSUMERS. 46% OF PEOPLE SURVEYED SAY THEY VISIT CERTAIN RESTAURANTS SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE THEY LIKE THE SOUP. AND BETTER THAN HALF OF PEOPLE SAY THEY BRING SOUP FROM HOME AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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