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AgDay Daily Recap -January 14, 2014

January 14, 2014
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

JANUARY 14, 2014

 

FARM BUREAU CONVENES:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. WITH AN UN-FINISHED FARM BILL IN WASHINGTON, THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION IS MARSHALING ITS MEMBERS TO PUSH LAWMAKERS TO FINISH THE DEAL.

MONSANTO:

IN WASHINGTON, THE U.S. SUPREME COURT SAYS IT WON'T HEAR A LAWSUIT FILED BY ORGANIC GROWERS AGAINST MONSANTO. THE ORGANIC SEED GROWERS AND TRADE ASSOCIATION FILED WHAT THEY CALL A PRE-EMPTIVE LAWSUIT AGAINST MONSANTO--HOPING TO ENSURE PROTECTIONS FROM LEGAL ACTION IF GMO TRAITS CROSS POLINATED WITH THEIR ORGANIC CROPS. A LOWER COURT THREW OUT THE CASE, RULING IN MONSANTO'S FAVOR AFTER IT PROMISED NOT TO SUE ORGANIC FARMERS FOR TRACE CONTAMINATION. THE SUPREME COURT SAID THAT DECISION IS GOOD ENOUGH AND REFUSED TO HEAR A CHALLENGE.

CORN CROP:

USDA RELEASED THE FINAL TALLY OF THE 2013 CORN CROP ON FRIDAY. AS WE FIRST REPORTED, USDA CONFIRMED IT WAS A LARGE CROP, BUT NOT AS BIG AS PREVIOUS ESTIMATES. THE CROP SAW BIGGER THAN AVERAGE YIELDS IN STATES THAT ARE OUTSIDE THE CORNBELT.

WINTER WHEAT:

AS FAR AS WINTER WHEAT SEEDINGS, USDA'S REPORT ON FRIDAY SHOWS OVERALL PLANTED ACRES IS DOWN THREE PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR. COLORADO AND MONTANA WHEAT ACRES ARE UP. BUT BETWEEN OKLHOMA AND KANSAS, THERE WAS A MILLION ACRE LOSS ACCORDING TO USDA DATA. OKLAHOMA STATE GRAIN MARKETING SPECIALIST KIM ANDERSON ISN'T SO SURE.

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