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AgDay Daily Recap -February 13, 2013

February 13, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
FEBRUARY 13, 2013

STATE OF THE UNION:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE COUNTRY TUNED IN LAST NIGHT HEAR THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN FOR MOVING THE COUNTRY FORWARD. AND IT'S JUST THE BEGINNING OF ANOTHER YEAR OF FURIOUS DEBATES IN WASHINGTON.

IMMIGRATION:

THE PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE ARE WORKING TO PASS COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM THIS YEAR. IT'S AN ISSUE THE NATIONAL CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION IS PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION TO. THEY SAY IT NEEDS TO BE A TWO PRONGED APPROACH...POLICY REFORM AND BORDER SECURITY. ON THE POLICY SIDE, NCBA SAYS CATTLE INDUSTRY WORKERS DIFFER FROM OTHERS IN THE INDUSTRY. WOODALL SAYS SOME PROPOSALS INCLUDE MAKING USDA RESPONSIBLE FOR AGRICULTURAL WORKER PROGRAMS. HE SAYS ON ONE HAND, AT LEAST USDA UNDERSTAND THE INDUSTRY'S NEEDS, BUT ON THE OTHER, IT WOULD REQUIRE MANY MORE RESOURCES TO MANAGE A NATIONAL SYSTEM.

MEAT INSPECTORS:

THE USDA SECRETARY'S COMMENTS ON FURLOUGHING MEAT INSPECTORS IS DRAWING CRITICISM FROM THE MEAT INDUSTRY.

FARM INCOME FORECAST:

YESTERDAY WE REPORTED SEVERAL OF USDA'S LONG RANGE FORECASTS FOR AGRICULTURE. INCLUDED IN THE LIST, WAS U.S. FARM INCOME. THE REPORTS SAYS FARM INCOME IS EXPECTED TO HIT ITS HIGHEST LEVEL IN 40 YEARS, TOPPING 128 BILLION DOLLARS. THAT WOULD MAKE IT THE HIGHEST SINCE 1973. USDA'S PREDICTION ASSUMES A REBOUND IN CROP PRODUCTION THIS YEAR. HOWEVER, IT ALSO SHOWS INCOMES DROPPING OFF AFTER 2013, BELOW THE 100 BILLION MARK AND STAYING THERE THROUGH THE NEXT DECADE.

NEW CROP:

WE CONTINUE THE NEW CROP SERIES THIS MORNING AS NATIONAL REPORTER TYNE MORGAN TAKES US TO MEET A UNIQUE YOUNG MAN IN SOUTHEASTERN WISCONSIN. IN HIS MID-30S, MICHAEL DANIELS HAS ALREADY BEEN FARMING FOR TWO DECADES. WHAT STARTED AS A FAMILY ENDEAVOR-- CHANGED, WHEN AT THE AGE OF 26, HE BECAME THE SOLE OPERATOR. AND AS YOU'LL SEE, GROWING WITH DIGNITY IS A MAINSTAY ON THE FARM.

CROP WATCH:

PARTS OF THE COUNTRY ARE DIGGING OUT SNOW OR PICKING UP AFTER TORNADOS BUT OUT WEST, IT'S DRY. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS OUR FIRST LOOK AT FARM COUNTRY WEATHER IN THIS MORNING'S CROP WATCH.

ANALYSIS:

IF THERE'S NO REPEAT OF LAST YEARS DROUGHT, AND U-S CORN GROWERS PRODUCE A BIG CROP THIS YEAR, WE COULD SEE A DROP IN PRICES.  AND THAT'S WHEN COUNTRIES WILL GO SHOPPING TO FILL THEIR GRAIN RESERVES. TYNE RETURNS NOW WITH ANALYSIS.

CATTLEMAN:

AS THE NATION'S CATTLEMEN HEAD HOME THIS WEEK, MANY ARE PREPARING FOR THE START OF CALVING SEASON AND THE RETURN OF GREENER PASTURES. IN ILLINOIS, A 3RD GENERATION CATTLEMAN SAYS RAISING CALVES IS A PASSION AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THAT WITH HIS FAMILY. HR STROUD TELLS HIS STORY IN THIS PIECE FROM THE ANGUS ASSOCIATION. THANKS TO THE ANGUS ASSOCIATION FOR THAT REPORT.

HORSE MEAT:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, A MEAT IDENTITY CRISIS IS UNDERWAY IN EUROPE. FOOD PRODUCTS LABLED 100 PERCENT BEEF HAVE BEEN FOUND TO CONTAIN HORSE MEAT AND PORK.

BIRTH RATE:

2011 SEEMED TO BE THE YEAR OF RECORDS, FROM A HISTORIC DROUGHT IN TEXAS TO FLOODS IN THE NORTH. THE C-D-C JUST ANNOUNCED A NEW RECORD SET IN 2011-- A HISTORIC LOW IN BIRTH RATES.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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