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AgDay Daily Recap -February 21, 2013

February 21, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
FEBRUARY 21, 2013

FARM NUMBERS:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE NUMBER OF FARMS IN THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES TO SHRINK...BUT THE SIZE CONTINUES TO GROW.

CATTLE FARM NUMBERS:

WE CONTINUE OUR LOOK AT FARM NUMBERS IN OUR BEEF TODAY REPORT. ACCORDING TO USDA, THE NUMBER OF OPERATIONS WITH CATTLE IN 2012 WAS 915-THOUSAND. THAT'S DOWN ABOUT 1% FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR. BEEF COW OPERATIONS MAKE UP THE MAJORITY OF THAT WITH 729-THOUSAND. MILK COW OPERATIONS WERE DOWN 3%.

SOUTHEAST CATTLE:

ACCORDING TO THE LATEST CATTLE INVENTORY REPORT, THE U.S. HERD CONTINUES TO MOVE NORTH AND WEST. A BIG REASON FOR THAT... FEED AVAILABILITY. AT THE CATTLE INDUSTRY MEETING IN A TAMPA FEW WEEKS AGO, I ASKED THE QUESTION WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO SEE GROWTH EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI.

CROP WATCH:

SNOW COVERED MUCH OF THE MIDDLE U.S. WEDNESDAY. AND IT CONTINUES IN PLACES TODAY. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS OUR FIRST LOOK AT FARM COUNTRY WEATHER IN THIS MORNING'S CROP WATCH.

NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL:

THE NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL IS ACCUSING THE E-P-A OF VIOLATING THE TRUST OF AMERICA'S PORK PRODUCERS. THE TRADE GROUP SAYS EPA RELEASED PERSONAL - AND POSSIBLY BUSINESS INFORMATION OF PORK PRODUCERS TO THREE ACTIVIST GROUPS, INCLUDING THE NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL. NPPC SAYS IT'S CONCERNED THESE GROUPS WILL USE THE CONFIDENTIAL INFO FOR WHAT THE TRADE GROUP LABELS AS AN "EXTREMIST AGENDA". AGDAY WAS UNABLE TO GET A RESPONSE FROM EPA.

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