AgDay Daily Recap -January 10, 2014

January 10, 2014 01:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

JANUARY 10, 2014

 

TYSON PORK:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. ONE OF THE BIGGEST PLAYERS IN PORK PRODUCTION WANTS ITS SUPPLIERS TO THINK "RESPONSIBLE FOOD PRODUCTION" WHEN RAISING HOGS.

NPPC REAX:

IN RESPONSE, THE NATIONAL PORK BOARD MAINTAINS ITS POSITION IN THAT THERE ARE NUMEROUS WAYS TO PROVIDE PROPER HOUSING AND CARE FOR SOWS. EACH HOUSING SYSTEM HAS WELFARE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES THAT MUST BE CONSIDERED BY A FARMER. ALSO THE PORK BOARD SAYS CURRENTLY THERE ARE NO APPROVED DRUGS FOR THE USE OF PAIN MITIGATION IN PIG FARMING. THE GROUP SAYS VIDEO MONITORING CAN BE A USEFUL TOOL, BUT IT WILL BE EXPENSIVE. THE PORK BOARD SAYS COMPREHENSIVE CARETAKER TRAINING IS KEY TO MAKING IMPROVEMENTS.

FARM BILL:

IN WASHINGTON, A MEETING OF ALL FARM BILL NEGOTIATORS IS STILL EXPECTED THIS WEEK BUT THERE REMAINS SOME UNCERTAINTY AROUND THE BILL. THE FOUR PRINCIPAL NEGOTIATORS ARE STRUGGLING TO RESOLVE THE REMAINING DIFFERENCES.  FIGHTS OVER PAYMENT LIMITS, COUNTRY-OF-ORIGIN MEAT LABELING AND DAIRY REFORMS WILL LIKELY SEE MORE DISAGREEMENT IN THE FULL CONFERENCE COMMITTEE.

ETHANOL EXPORTS:

WHILE THE EPA CONSIDERS LOWERING THE MANDATED AMOUNT OF ETHANOL BLENDED INTO U.S. CRUDE, EXPORTS OF THE BIOFUEL ARE ON THE RISE. THE U.S. SHIPPED 82 MILLION GALLONS IN NOVEMBER--MUCH OF IT TO CANADA, THE PHILIPPINES AND BRAZIL. HOWEVER CHINA ALSO TOOKS ITS FIRST DELIVERY SINCE 2002. TOTAL EXPORTS ARE UP 54 PERCENT FROM OCTOBER.

DOG EXPORTS:

MEANWHILE, EXPORTS OF THE ETHANOL BY-PRODUCT, DRIED DISTLLERS GRAINS, ALSO SET A NEW MONTHLY RECORD IN NOVEMBER. THE U.S. SHIPPED MORE THAN A MILLION METRIC TONS--16 PERCENT MORE THAN OCTOBER-- SLIGHTLY MORE THAN HALF OF IT WENT TO CHINA.

TRAIN SHIPMENTS:

THIS WEEK'S EXTREME COLD ALSO TOOK ITS TOLL ON THE NATION'S SHIPPING LINES. THE SOY TRANSPORTATION COALITION TELLS US THE BIG 2013 HARVEST ALREADY HAD RAILROADS STRESSED AND THE EXTREME COLD IS MAKING IT WORSE. FOR EXAMPLE A ROUND TRIP FROM MINNESOTA OR IOWA TO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST USUALLY TAKES 12 DAYS, ITS NOW TAKING 18 TO 22. DELAYS ALSO AFFECT BIOFUEL FACILITIES. PORTIONS OF THE ILLINOIS AND MISSISSIPPI RIVERS HAVE BEEN NARROWED TO BARGE TRAFFIC DUE TO ICE. WHY DOES IT MATTER? 80 PERCENT OF U.S. SOYBEAN EXPORTS HAPPEN BETWEEN SEPTEMBER AND FEBRUARY--AHEAD OF SOUTH AMERICAN PRODUCTION.

CROP WATCH:

WHILE WE FOCUSED A LOT OF ATTENTION THIS WEEK TO THE COLD AND SNOW THAT BLANKETED THE NATION, THERE'S ALSO A CONTINUING CONCERN ABOUT DROUGHT.
METEOROLOGIST CINDI CLAWSON HAS DETAILS FROM THE AGDAY WEATHER-CENTER.

SESAME PRODUCTION:

FARMERS IN PARTS OF THE ARKANSAS DELTA HAVE A NEW CROP TO GROW ON SOME OF THEIR MARGINAL GROUND. SESAME SEEDS - WHICH LIKE HOT WEATHER - HAVE LOW INPUT COSTS AND SHOULD PROVIDE A NICE SUPPLEMENTAL INCOME TO THEIR OPERATIONS. KEN MOORE HAS DETAILS IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE ARKANSAS FARM BUREAU.

CRUDE PRODUCTION:

THE NATION'S ENGERGY INFORMAITON ADMINISTRATION SAYS IT EXPECTS U.S. CRUDE OIL PRODUCTION REMAIN ON A GROWTH TREND FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS. IN 2013 THE U.S AVERAGED 7 AND A HALF MILLION BARRELS OF OIL A DAY. THAT'S THE HIGHEST RATE OF PRODUCTION SINCE 1989. ITS EXPECTING MORE THAN 9 MILLION BARRELS A DAY BY 2015. MOST OF THAT GROWTH IS EXPECTED IN TEXAS, NORTH DAKOTA AND A HANDFULL OF OTHER STATES.

PROFIT BRIEFING:

LATER THIS MORNING USDA WILL RELEASE SEVERAL KEY GRAIN REPORTS, INCLUDING THE FINAL TALLY FROM THE 2013 CROP. THE AG DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO OFFER ITS VIEW OF THE WINTER WHEAT PLANTINGS. TO SORT IT ALL OUT, PROFARMERS CHIP FLORY AND BRIAN GRETE JOIN US FROM THE PROFARMER STUDIOS FOR THIS WEEK'S PROFIT BRIEFING.

WINTER HATS:

BRUTALLY COLD WEATHER HAS GRIPPED MOST OF THE NATION THIS WEEK. NORTH DAKOTA HAS BEEN ONE OF THE HARDEST HIT WITH WIND CHILLS OF FIFTY AND SIXTY BELOW ZERO AND TEMPERATURES OF TWENTY-FIVE AND THIRTY BELOW, SO A WARM WINTER HAT IS CRUCIAL FOR PREVENTING FROSTBITE. ONE WOMAN WITH A BIG HEART AND NIMBLE FINGERS HAS MADE IT HER MISSION TO MAKE SURE THE STATE'S KIDS ARE PROTECTED FROM JACK FROST WHEN THEY HEAD OUTSIDE. CLIFF NAYLOR FROM AGDAY AFFILIATE KFYR REPORTS.

SUSTAINABLE BEEF:

HOW IMPORTANT IS ITS THAT YOUR BIG MAC COME FROM SUSTAINABLE BEEF? APPARENTLY ITS IMPORANT ENOUGH THAT MCDONALDS PLANS SOME MAJOR CHANGES TO ITS BEEF SUPPLY.

GMO LABELING LAW:

RATHER THAN FIGHT GMO LABELING LAWS STATE BY STATE THERE'S NOW A PUSH FOR A FEDERAL APPROACH. THE GROCERY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION IS CALLING FOR AN INDUSTRY FRIENDLY LAW WITH A VOLUNTARY FEDERAL STANDARD. THE GMA SAYS THEY THINK IT WOULD BE MORE RESPONSIBLE THAN A PATCHWORK OF 50 DIFFERENT LAWS.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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