AgDay Daily Recap -February 21, 2014

February 21, 2014 01:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

FEBRUARY 21, 2014

 

AG OUTLOOK:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. RECORD HIGH GRAIN PRICES MAY BE A THING OF THE PAST. THAT'S THE FORECAST COMING OUT OF THIS YEAR'S USDA AGRICULTURAL OUTLOOK FORUM GOING ON IN WASHINGTON D.C.

CENSUS OF AG:

WE'RE GETTING A SNAPSHOT THIS MORNING OF THE CHANGING FACE OF AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. THE AG DEPARTMENT RELEASED THE PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF THE 2012 CENSUS. IT'S CONDUCTED EVERY FIVE YEARS.

PESTICIDE SAFETY:

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY IS PROPOSING SOME CHANGES TO RULES THAT PROTECT FARM WORKERS FROM PESTICIDE EXPOSURE.

XL PIPELINE:

IN WHAT MAY BE A DELAY IN THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE, A NEBRASKA JUDGE STRUCK DOWN A LAW ALLOWING THE PIPELINE TO PROCEED THROUGH THE STATE. THE JUDGE SAYING THE GOVERNOR'S APPROVAL OF THE ROUTE WAS BEYOND HIS AUTHORITY AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN MADE THE NEBRASKA PUBLIC SERVICE COMISSION.

CROPWATCH:

WHEAT STRUGGLES IN THE PLAINS AND FLOODING PROBLEMS IN THE MIDWEST. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS IT COVERED IN CROPWATCH.

PEDV UPDATE:

AN UPDATE ON THE SCOPE OF THE PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIAREAH VIRUS OUTBREAK. USDA SAYS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF NEW CASES TO START THE MONTH TOTALED 272, THAT'S DOWN FROM THE RECORD SETTING NUMBER OF 301 AT THE END OF JANUARY.  TOTAL NEW CASES SINCE APRIL OF LAST YEAR IS NOW ABOVE 35-HUNDRED. HALF OF U.S. STATES NOW HAVE AT LEAST ONE CONFIRMED PEDV CASE.

IMMIGRATION IMPACT:

A NEW REPORT COMMISSIONED BY THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION MAKES SOME STAGGERING CLAIMS ABOUT THE IMPACT OF IMMIGRATION REFORM. THE REPORT SAYS REFORMS THAT FOCUS SOLELY ON ENFORCEMENT--AND NOT WORKING PROGRAMS--WOULD RAISE FOOD PRICES BY 5 TO 6 PERCENT IN JUST 5 YEARS. IT ALSO SAYS PRODUCTION WOULD BY SOME 60 BILLION DOLLARS. THE HARDEST HIG SECOTORS--FRUIT PRODUCTION, ESTIMATED TO FALL BY 30 TO 60 PERCENT. VEGETABLES 15 TO 30 PERCENT AND THE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY'S PRODUCTION COULD ALSO SEE DECLINES OF NEARLY 30%. AFBF SAYS IMMIGRATION REFORM NEEDS TO INCLUDE A REDESIGNED GUEST WORKER PROGRAM. CALIFORNIA GRAPE GROWER WENDY MOORE SAYS SHE AGREES.

PROFIT BRIEFING:

USDA MADE 'A' MAJOR CHANGE TO ITS CORN LEDGER IN THE LATEST SUPPLY-AND-DEMAND REPORT. THEY PUSHED CORN EXPORTS HIGHER THAN THE MARKET EXPECTED.

EAGLES:

LAST WEEK WE TOOK VIEWERS TO THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, ALONG THE IOWA BORDER, TO SEE BALD EAGLES IN FLIGHT. DOZENS UPON DOZENS OF THOSE MAGNIFICENT BIRDS ARE THERE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF OPEN WATER NEAR LOCKS AND DAMS. THEY CAN CATCH FISH IN THE EXPOSED WATER.. A SIMILAR THING IS HAPPENING ALONG THE MICHIGAN COASTLINE OF LAKE ERIE. EVEN THOUGH MOST OF THAT LAKE IS FROZEN, WARM WATER FROM A POWER PLANT IS ATTRACTING HUNDREDS OF EAGLES. MIKE HOUSEHOLDER HAS OUR STORY THIS MORNING FROM MONROE, MICHIGAN.

GRASS FED COWS:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF BUZZ ABOUT GRASS FED BEEF IN THE LAST FEW YEARS..BUT A NEW SURVEY ASKS ABOUT TASTE.

BARNS:

THERE'S A ROCK-SOLID BARN STANDING ALONE IN NORTHEAST KANSAS. BUT BECAUSE OF SOME UNIQUE FEATURES, IT GETS LOTS OF VISTOR. AL PELL HAS DETAILS OF THIS GREAT AMERICAN BARN.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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