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AgDay Daily Recap -October 9, 2013

October 9, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

OCTOBER 9, 2013

 

CATTLE DEATHS:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. RANCHERS IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS ARE DEALING WITH A HORRIFFIC OUTCOME FOLLOWING LAST WEEK'S BLIZZARD.

GRASSLY CBO REPORT:

MEANWHILE AMID THE SHUTDOWN IN WASHINGTON, IOWA SENATOR CHUCK GRASSLEY CONTINUE TO WORK ON FARM POLICY. HE RELEASED A GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT TUESDAY EXPOSING LOOPHOLES THE FARM BILL. THE REPORT CENTERS AROUND ELEGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND THE PHASE "ACTIVELY INVOLVED" IN FARMING.
GRASSLY SAYS THE VAGUENESS IS COSTING TAXPAYERS. FOR EXAMPLE HE SAYS FARM PAYMENTS WERE MADE TO 11 ACTIVE MANAGERS OF ONE FARM--WHO PROVIDE MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE BUT PERFORM NO LABOR. GRASLY THINGS THE LOOPHOLES SHOULD BE CLOSED. HE'S HOPING THE ISSUE WILL BE ADRESSED DURING THE FARM BILL CONFERENCE NEGOTIATIONS.

NATIONAL CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION:

THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU AND THE NATIONAL CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION ARE APPEALING A RECENT RULING REGARDING NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. BACK IN SEPTEMBER A DISTRICT COURT UPHELD THE EPA'S TOTAL MAXIMUM DAILY LOAD -- OR POLLUTION DIET --FOR THE CHESAPEAKE BAY:

REUTERS HARVEST:

WITH THE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN, ANALYSTS AT REUTERS DID THEIR OWN HARVEST SURVEY. THEY'RE PROJECTING CORN HARVEST AT 20 PERCENT COMPLETE AND SOYBEAN HARVEST AT 22 PERCENT. LAST YEAR ABOUT TWO THIRDS OF CROPS WERE CUT BY NOW.

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