AgDay Daily Recap -May 9, 2014

May 9, 2014 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MAY 9, 2014

 

DROUGHT MONITOR:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AS A WEATHER SYSTEM WORKS ITS WAY ACROSS THE MIDWEST, THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWS DRYNESS BEGINNING TO CREEP ITS WAY BACK INTO THE COUNTRY.

CORN BELT:

MEANWHILE IN THE CORN BELT, WHERE PLANTING IS HOT AND HEAVY, DROUGHT CONDITIONS IMPROVED THIS WEEK. IN AN AREA FROM MISSOURI, IOWA AND MINNESOTA THROUGH OHIO AND KENTUCKY, NEARLY 80 PERCENT OF THE REGION IS DROUGHT FREE.
MOST OF THE CHALLENGES ARE RELEGATED TO THE FAR WESTERN PARTS OF THAT TERRITORY.

EL NINO:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE UPPING THE LIKLIEHOOD OF AN EL NINO WEATHER PATTERN THIS SUMMER. ITS GIVING THE PHENOMENON A MORE THAN 65 PERCENT CHANCE--THAT'S UP FROM 50 PERCENT IN APRIL. EL NINO PATTERNS CAN CAUSE DROUGHT IN PLACES LIKE AUSTRAILIA AND SOUTHEAST ASIA WHILE BRINGING RAINS TO THE SOUTHWESTERN U.S.

DISASTER ASSISTANCE:

THE WEST, SOUTHWEST AND SOUTHERN PLAINS COULD USE THE RAIN. THE USDA PROVIDING AN UPDATE ON ITS FARM BILL IMPLEMENTATION--INCLUDING LIVESTOCK DISASTER PROGRAMS. AS OF MAY FIRST, SECRETARY VILSACK SAYS THE DEPARTMENT RECEIVED SOME 33-THOUSAND APPLICATIONS.  AND SO FAR HAS PAID OUT MORE THAN 16 MILLION DOLLARS IN ASSISTANCE.

FARM BILL IMPLEMENTATION:

THE SECRETARY RELEASED HIS FARM BILL UPDATES DURING A SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE HEARING. SENATOR CHUCK GRASSLEY QUESTIONED VILSACK ON THE PORTION OF THE BILL WEEDING OUT WHO'S CONSIDERED A FARMER AND WHO ISN'T. WITH THE NEW LAW, ONLY THOSE ACTIVELY ENGAGED FARMERS WILL BE ABLE TO RECEIVE PAYMENTS. DURING the NEGOTIATION PROCESS, HOWEVER, THE CONFEREES CUT OUT SOME OF THE WORDING, MAKING THAT PORTION OF THE FARM BILL A LITTLE GRAY. AND NOW GRASSLEY SAYS IT'S UP TO VILSACK TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT THE LEGISLATION IS INTENDED TO DO.

LOCAL FOOD:

THE LOCAL MOVEMENT RAGING ACROSS THE COUNTRY IS ONE THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE WANTS TO TAKE PART IN. THURSDAY, AGRICULTURE SECRETARY TOM VILSACK ANNOUNCED A 78 MILLION DOLLAR INVESTEMNT IN LOCAL FOOD.  FROM FARMERS MARKETS AND FOOD HUBS TO PROCESSING FACILITIES, THE DEPARTMENT BELIEVES THE MONEY WILL HELP GIVE LOCAL FARMERS MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO GROW.  THE AVAILABLE F UNDS ARE PART OF THE 2014 FARM BILL.

CROP WATCH:

AS WE MENTIONED EARLIER, A FLURRY OF PLANTING IS TAKING PLACE THIS WEEK. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS ON FARMERS WELCOMING THE SUNSHINE IN CROPWATCH.

VERMONT FOOD LABEL:

THE NATION HAS ITS FIRST FOOD LABELING LAW. THE GOVERNOR OF VERMONT SIGNING THE LEGISLATION THURSDAY.

MEAT PRICES:

SPEAKING OF HIGH FOOD COSTS, THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU WARNS GRILLING SEASON IS LIKELY TO COST MORE THIS SUMMER.

NEW YORK PIGLETS:

MEANWHILE, YOU WON'T SEE ANY SOWS OR PIGLETS AT THE NEW YORK STATE FAIR THIS SUMMER. THAT'S BECAUSE THE OFFICIALS ARE BANNING THAT EXHIBITIION THIS YEAR DUE TO P-E-D-V. NEW YORK STATE VETERINARIAN DR. DAVID SMITH SAYS CONSIDERING HOW FATAL THE DISEASE CAN BE, IT'S TOO DANGEROUS TO ALLOW THAT MANY ANIMALS IN FROM ALL ACROSS THE STATE. SO, IN AN EFFORT TO CONTROL THE EXPANSION OF THE DISEASE, AS WELL AS THE HEALTH OF THE ANIMALS, OFFICIALS JUST DECIDED TO DO AWAY WITH THAT POTION OF THE FAIR ALL TOGETHER.

MOSAIC JOB CUTS:

U.S. FERTILIZER PRODUCER MOSAIC CO. PLANS TO CUT 500 JOBS IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.
IT'S PART OF A PLAN TO DROP $500 MILLION IN COSTS OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS,  THE JOBS WILL BE SHED THROUGH LAYOFFS, ATTRITION, EARLY RETIREMENT AND CUTTING BACK ON CONTRACTORS.

PROFIT BRIEFING:

U-S-D-A IS SET TO RELEASE IT'S NEXT SUPPLY AND DEMAND REPORT LATER TODAY. FROM THE POSSIBLY TIGHT WHEAT SUPPLIES TO THE EXPORTS VERSUS IMPORTS BATTLE IN SOYBEANS, OUR PARTNERS AT PROFARMER DISCUSS IT ALL IN TODAY'S PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING.

BEER RESEARCHER:

AFTER HOT DAY OF MOWING MANY FOLKS LIKE TO KICK BACK WITH A COLD ONE. BUT DID YOU KNOW YOU'LL GET MORE FLAVOR IF YOU DRINK IT FROM A GLASS. UC DAVIS BREWING SCIENCE PROFESSOR CHARLES BAMFORTH IS KNOWN AS THE "POPE OF FOAM." HE EXPLAINS THE TECHNICAL SIDE OF WHAT HE CALLS A SYMPHONY OF SUDS.

RECIPE:

TODAY'S FROM THE FARM FAVORITES IS A QUICK AND EASY DESSERT, PERFECT WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A LAST MINUTE TREAT TO SERVE.

BARNS:

TODAY'S GREAT AMERICAN BARN IS A CLASSIC STRUCTURE STILL STANDING IN SOUTHWEST INDIANA. THIS ROUNDBARN WAS BUILT IN 1908 BY THOMAS SINGLETON OF DAVIESS COUNTY.
ROUND BARNS ARE CERTAINLY A RARITY THIS DAY AND AGE. THE ROOF IS SELF SUPPORTING. AND THEY ARE BUILT TO WITHSTAND POWERFUL STORMS. ACCORDING TO A BOOK SHOWCASING INDIANA'S ROUNDBARNS, AUTHOR JOHN HANOU  SAYS HEIGHT AND SIZE WOULD MAKE THESE ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS STAND OUT IN ANY INDIANA CORNFIELD. THEY WERE EXPENSIVE TO BUILD SO TYPICALLY THEY WOULD BE FOUND ON WEALTHIER FARMS.  HANOU WROTE BY THE LATE 1920S, FARM PRICES WERE DROPPING, AND FEW FARMERS HAD MONEY TO BUILD ANYTHING LET ALONE THESE SHOWCASE BARNS. OUR THANKS TO CINDY BARBER - WHO GREAT-GRANDFATHER - BUILT THIS GREAT AMERICAN BARN.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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