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USFR Weekly Recap - JUNE 21-22, 2014

June 21, 2014

USFR JUNE 23, 2014 KEYSTONE XL: THE KEYSTONE X-L PIPLEINE IS GETTING NEW LIFE. THE SENATE ENERGY COMMITTEE APPROVED A PROJECT WEDNESDAY THAT REMOVES THE PRESIDENTIAL APPROVAL PROVISION OF THE PIPELINE. THE FATE OF THE PROJECT THAT WOULD RUN ALL THE WAY FROM CANADA TO TEXAS IS STILL UNCLEAR. PROJECT SUPPORTERS ARE WORRIED SENATE MAJOIRTY LEADER HARRY REID WILL STOP THE BILL BEFORE IT REACHES THE SENATE FLOOR. ETHANOL BUSHES: MEANWHILE, ETHANOL PRODUCTION IS RAMPING UP. THE U-S ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION'S WEEKLY REPORT SHOWS THE AMOUNT OF ETHANOL PRODUCED IN ONE WEEK REACHED A NEW RECORD. PLANTS CRANKED OUT 972 THOUSAND BARRELS PER DAY. THAT BEATS THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 963 THOUSAND. CROP UPDATE: DESPITE REPORTS OF TOO MUCH RAIN IN AREAS, OVERALL CROP CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO BE IMPRESSIVE. USDA SAYS 76 PERCENT OF THE CORN CROP IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT, UP A POINT FROM LAST WEEK. THE SOYBEAN CROP DROPPED A POINT THIS WEEK, RATED 73 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT. ABOUT HALF OF THE U-S COTTON IS IN THE BEST CATEGORY, A SLIGHT IMPROVEMENT IN A WEEK. PASTURE: AND OVER HALF THE COUNTRY'S PASTURE AND RANGE IS NOW CONSIDERED GOOD TO EXCELLENT. OBVIOUSLY IN THE WEST, CONDITIONS ARE ROUGH. IN NEVADA, 30 PERCENT IS RATED GOOD TO EXCELLENT AND 30 PERCENT POOR TO VERY POOR. BUT IN CALIFORNIA, THREE-QUARTERS OF THE STATE'S PASTURES ARE IN THE TWO WORST CATEGORIES. ONLY 5 PERCENT IS CONSIDERED GOOD. NOTHING IS VIEWED AS EXCELLENT. TAG & CLOSE: COMING UP IN OUR NEXT HALF HOUR, A GROUP OF VETERANS PROVE THERE IS A BALANCE BETWEEN RESILIENCE AND THERAPY WHEN IT COMES TO SPORTS. STAY WITH US - THE SECOND HALF OF U-S FARM REPORT IS COMING RIGHT UP. PED VACCINE: THANKS, JOHNTHE FIGHT AGAINST A DEADLY PIG VIRUS ISN'T GOING AWAY. BUT NOW PRODUCERS FINALLY HAVE A TOOL TO COMBAT THE DISEASE. AND IT'S IN THE FORM OF A VACCINE. NEW YORK PED: MEANWHILE, SOME STATES SAY THE VACCINE CAN'T GET THERE SOON ENOUGH. THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HAS REACHED OUT TO HARRISVACCINES TO EXPEDITE THE USE OF THE VACCINE IN THE STATE EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE NEW YORK STATE FAIR ANNOUNCED THEY WERE ELIMINATING ALL SWINE AND PIGLET EXIBITS THIS YEAR, IN THE HOPES OF STOPPING THE SPREAD OF P-E-D. OFFICIALS SAY THAT BAN IS STILL IN PLACE. BAD WEATHER: A PAIR OF DEADLY TORNADOES RIPPED THROUGH NORTHEAST NEBRASKA THIS WEEK. THE STORM DEMOLISHED PILGER, A RURAL NEBRASKA TOWN HOME TO ONLY 350 RESIDENTS. IT CRUMPLED GRAIN BINS AND HOMES. NEBRASKA GOVERNOR DAVE HEINEMAN HAS DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR THE SMALL TOWN. FLOODING: MOTHERN NATURE GAVE SOUTH DAKOTA A LITTLE MIX OF EVERYTHING THIS WEEK. MULTIPLE TORNADOES ALSO HIT SOUTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY. BUT BEFORE THAT, SHEETS OF RAIN DROPPED MORE THAN 10 INCHES OF RAIN IN THE SIOUX FALLS AREA. AND NOW HOUSES AND FARM GROUND ARE JUST SUBMERGED UNDER WATER. THESE ARE SOME OF THE DEVESTATING FLOOD PHOTOS TAKEN AROUND HUDSON, SOUTH DAKOTA AND ROCK VALLEY, IOWA. DROUGHT OUTLOOK: SOUTH DAKOTA MAY HAVE RECEIVED TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING, BUT RAINS COULD CONTINUE TO BENEFIT THE PLAINS AND SOUTHWEST. NOAA'S LATEST DROUGHT OUTLOOK SHOWS SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN STATES LIKE KANSAS, OKLAHOMA AND NEW MEXICO THROUGH THE END OF SEPTEMBER. NOAA ALSO SEES THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS GETTING MORE RELIEF. HOWEVER, DROUGHT WON'T LET UP IN THE EASTERN PORTION OF THE STATE, ALONG WITH CALIFORNIA AND WESTERN NEVADA. WORLD FOOD PRIZE: THE NEWEST RECIPIENT OF THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED. PLANT SCIENTEST DR SANJAYA RAJARAM {SAN-JAY-UH RAHJ-UH-RAHM} WILL BE HONORED THIS FALL FOR HIS WORK IN WHEAT. FOLLOWING IN FOOTSTEPS OF THE FATHER OF THE GREEN REVOLUTION, DR. NORMAN BORLAUG, RAJARAM'S RESEARCH HELPED INCREASE WORLD WHEAT PRODUCTION BY MORE THAN 200 MILLION TONS. BACON LOVE: AND TO END ON A LIGHTER NOTE, IT'S NO SECRET SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST SMITTEN WITH BACON. WITH BACON ROSES, BACON ICE CREAM AND OTHER GOODIES ON THE MARKET TODAY, CONSUMPTION OF THE MEAT HAS SKYROCKETED. N-P-D GROUP WHO DOES VARIOUS RESEARCH SAYS CONSUMERS ATE 1 POINT 1 BILLION SERVIINGS OF BACON IN JUST ONE YEAR. THAT'S A BIGGER BITE, UP 6 PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR. PICH TO JOHN: THAT'S IT FOR NEWS...METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US NOW WITH THE NATIONAL FORECAST. USFR REOPEN: YOU'RE WATCHING US FARM REPORT, WITH HOST JOHN PHIPPS, FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL, NATIONAL REPORTER TYNE MORGAN AND METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. US FARM REPORT, THE SPIRIT OF THE COUNTRYSIDE. BOOTS ON THE GREEN: SOME OF YOU MAY GOLF FOR PLEASURE. OTHERS FOR THERAPUETIC RELIEF. FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS, A RECREATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAM HAS BEEN HELPING VETERANS ENJOY A GAME THEY NEVER THOUGHT THEY'D BE ABLE TO PLAY AGAIN. KENT FADDIS WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI EXTENSION INTRODUCES US TO A GROUP OF MEN WHO PROVE THERE'S NO BATTLE TOO BIG TO FIGHT WHEN YOU HAVE ENOUGH DETERMINATION. NEXT WEEK: NEXT WEEK, GRAB YOUR NETS, BECAUSE WE'RE GOING FISHING. WE'LL MEET AN EIGHTH GENERATION LOBSTERMAN TO SEE WHAT IT TAKES TO FARM ON THE EAST COAST. EXPERIENCE THEIR UNIQUE WAY OF LIFE, NEXT WEEK ON LEAVE A LEGACY. BAXTER TEASE: BUT UP NEXT, GENEROSITY CAN BE CONTAGIOUS. BUT IT CAN ALSO BACKFIRE. BAXTER BLACK EXPLAINS WHEN HE JOINS US RIGHT AFTER THE BREAK. BAXTER BLACK: WELCOME BACK. CHILVARY MAY NOT BE DEAD, BUT SOMETIMES, IT CAN GO WRONG. BAXTER BLACK IS HERE TO EXPLAIN. TRACTOR TALES: JOHN: AL, WHERE ARE YOU TAKING US THIS WEEK? AL: JOHN, WE'RE HEADING UP TO MICHIGAN FOR A 1929 JOHN DEERE GP. CHURCH SALUTES: TODAY'S COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE GOES TO THE TIMBER RIDGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN LEXINGTON, VIRGINIA. THE CHURCH WAS STARTED IN 1727 BY SCOTTISH-IRISH SETTLERS MAKING THEIR WAY INTO THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY. ONE REVERAND ORGANIZED 5 NEW CHURCHES, INCLUDING TIMBER RIDGE. IN 1756 A BEAUTIFUL STONE STRUCTURE WAS BUILT, SYMBOLIZING THE FIRM FOUNDATION THE CONGREGATION HAS WITH GOD. AND TODAY, TIMBER RIDGE IS JUST ONE OF TWO COLONIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH BUILDINGS STILL STANDING WEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS. OUR THANKS TO ELDRIDGE AND MARY ANN PULTZ FOR SHARING THEIR STORY. MAIL BAG: TIME NOW FOR OUR WEEKLY LOOK INSIDE THE FARM REPORT MAILBAG...FIRST LET ME OFFER A HEARTFELT THANK YOU FOR ALL THE THOUGHTFUL E-MAILS REGARDING MY EXPLANATION OF MY MILITARY EXPERIENCE LAST WEEK. ONE OF THEM CAME WITH A P.S.: "CAN YOU IMAGINE WHERE WE'D BE IF WE'D TAKEN ALL THE MONEY WE'VE SPENT ON OIL WARS AND PUT IT TOWARD ALTERNATIVE ENERGY?" THAT'S FROM BETHANY COX. YOUR COMMENT PROMPTED ME TO DO SOME RESEARCH, BETHANY, AND I DISCOVERED MY OWN ESTIMATES OF THE COST OF OUR IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN CONFLICTS WERE NOT EVEN CLOSE. I KNEW WE WERE TALKING OVER A TRILLION DOLLARS, BUT RECENT ESTIMATES PLACE IT SOMEWHERE IN THE REALM OF FOUR TO SIX TRILLION DOLLARS. AT LEAST TWO TRILLION OF THAT ADDED RIGHT ON TO OUR DEFICIT, AS WELL. IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER, HOWEVER REPUGNANT IT MAY SEEM, THAT THIS GOVERNMENT DEFENSE EXPENDITURES CREATED A LOT OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY. IF YOU WORK FOR DEFENSE CONTRACTOR LIKE LOCKHEED OR BLACKWATER, BUSINESS HAS BEEN VERY GOOD. THE MOST TELLING COST IS JUST NOW UNFOLDING. LAST WEEK THE HOUSE PASSED INCREASED FUNDING FOR THE VETERAN'S ADMINISTRATION THAT COULD DOUBLE OUR VETERAN'S HEALTH. ALL TOLD IT COULD ADD FIFTY BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR. WHETHER THIS COST IS OFFSET REMAINS TO BE SEEN. IT IS PAINFUL TO RECALL THAT A WHITEHOUSE STAFFER WAS FORCED TO RESIGN IN 2002 FOR PREDICTING THE IRAQ WAR COULD COST TWO HUNDRED BILLION. LOOKING AT IRAQ TODAY IT IS CLEAR THERE ARE SOME THINGS MONEY CAN'T BUY AND SOME PROBLEMS WAR CAN'T SOLVE. CONTACT: AS ALWAYS, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU, SEND COMMENTS TO MAILBAG-AT-U-S-FARM-REPORT-DOT-COM OR FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER. RFD PROMO: THIS WEEKEND ON U-S FARM REPORT… DRIVING UP ETHANOL PRODUCTION, THE U-S SETS A NEW RECORD... TWIN TWISTERS RAGE ACROSS RURAL NEBRASKA, AND WE'LL MEET VETERANS WHO PROVE THEARAPUTIC RELIEF COMES WHEN BOOTS ARE ON THE GREEN. JOIN ME THIS WEEKED ON R-F-D.

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