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AgDay Daily Recap -May 7, 2013

May 7, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MAY 7, 2013

 

CROP PROGRESS:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. A WEEK OF RAINY, WET AND COLD CONDITIONS LED TO ANOTHER TEPID WEEK OF PLANTING PROGRESS.

IMMIGRATION:

IN WASHINGTON, THE IMMIGRATION DEBATE IS EXPECTED TO RESUME THIS WEEK. THE SENATE VERSION OF THE BILL HEADS FOR MARKUP IN THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

HORSE SLAUGHTER:

IT APPEARS THE HORSE-SLAUGHTER FACILITY IN NEW MEXICO IS STILL WAITING ON PAPERWORK. AS WE TOLD YOU LAST WEEK, VALLEY MEAT - FILED SUIT AGAINST USDA, COMPELLING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE INSPECTORS FOR THE PLANT. WITHOUT THE INSPECTORS, THE FACILITY COULD NOT OPERATE. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TOLD THE COMPANY LAST WEEK IT WOULD ISSUE A "GRANT OF INSPECTION" IN A DAY OR TWO. AGRITALK CHECKED WITH VALLEY MEAT YESTERDAY, THEY SAY THE DOJ AND FSIS ARE TELLING THEM TO EXPECT THE PAPERWORK ANYDAY OR ANY MOMENT NOW.

NEW MEXICO DROUGHT:

IF YOU THINK IT'S BEEN DRY WHERE YOU LIVE, TAKE A LOOK AT THIS? THIS IS FROM DENESE RUNYUN IN NORTH EAST NEW MEXICO--FULL DISCLOSURE HERE'S, SHE'S A COUSIN OF MINE. BUT TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT THE DROUGHT HAS DONE TO PARTS OF THAT STATE. BLOW SAND IS NEARLY UP TO THE ROOF OF THIS ABANDONED HOUSE. AND HERE CREWS ARE STRUGGLING TO KEEP SAND AND DIRT FROM OVERTAKING ROADWAYS. MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US FROM THE AGDAY WEATHER CENTER WITH A LOOK THE DROUGHT SITUATION IN NEW MEXICO.

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