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AgDay Daily Recap -January 21, 2014

January 21, 2014
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

JANUARY 21, 2014

 

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. FARMERS IN CALIFORNIA ARE TAKING SOME BIG FINANCIAL HITS... AS THEY DESPERATELY WAIT AND HOPE FOR RAIN WHICH APPEARS TO BE NO WHERE IN SIGHT.

CROPWATCH:

ANOTHER COLD BLAST IS HEADING TOWARDS THE NATION'S MIDSECTION. BUT THE REAL PROBLEM FOR WHEAT GROWERS IN THE GREAT PLAINS IS LACK OF MOISTURE. AND WINDS AREN'T HELPING. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS THE DETAILS IN CROPWATCH.

EXPLOSION:

A STILL-UNFOLDING STORY IN OMAHA. FIREFIGHTERS HAVE BEEN CAREFULLY SEARCHING AN ANIMAL FEED PROCESSING PLANT IN NEBRASKA AFTER AN EXPLOSION MONDAY CAUSED A PARTIAL COLLAPSE. IT TOOK PLACE AT THE INTERNATIONAL NUTRITION PLANT. NEARLY 40 PEOPLE WORK THERE. TEN PEOPLE WERE INITIALLY SENT TO THE HOSPITAL FOR INJURIES. THE OMAHA FIRE CHIEF SAID THE SEARCH IS DELICATE BECAUSE OF THE RISK OF MORE DEBRIS FALLING ON ANYONE INSIDE.

FARM BILL:

SOMETIME NEXT WEEK, WE COULD KNOW MORE ABOUT THE LATEST NEW FARM BILL COMPROMISE REGARDING DAIRY POLICY. AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT PROFARMER WASHINGTON INSIDE JIM WEISMEYER IS HEARING. HE TOLD OUR PARTNERS OVER AT AGRITALK THAT AN ANNOUCMENT IS LIKELY WHEN CONGRESS RETURNS NEXT MONDAY.

LUCAS FOR SENATE:

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IS REPORTING THAT HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE CHAIR FRANK LUCAS COULD BE A CANDIATE FOR TOM COBURN'S SENATE SEAT. COBURN'S STEPPING DOWN FROM DUE TO HIS BATTLE WITH CANCER.  ANOTHER OKLAHOMA CONGRESSMAN - REPUBLICAN JAMES LANKFORD - TOLD THE A-P THAT HE'S THROWING HIS HAT IN THE RING. THE PRIMARY FOR COBURN'S SEAT IS SLATED FOR JUNE 24TH - WITH A GENERAL ELECTION SET IN NOVEMBER.

ARKANSAS PEANUTS:

ARKANSAS GETTING A CHANCE TO BECOME A PEANUT STATE. USDA ISSUING A PROPOSED TO RULE ADDING ARKANSAS AS A PRIMARY PEANUT PRODUCING STATE. THIS WOULD ALLOW GROWERS TO BE PART OF PEANUT PROMOTION, RESEARCH AND INFORMATION ORDER. A STATE HAS TO GROW 10-THOUSAND TONS OF PEANUTS EVERY YEAR FOR THREE YEARS. IF APPROVED ARKANSAS WOULD ALSO GET A SEAT ON THE NATIONAL PEANUT BOARD.

TENNESSEE TOBACCO:

TENNESSEE HAS BEEN A BIG TOBACCO-PRODUCING STATE, BUT IN RECENT YEARS ACREAGE HAS DROPPED SIGNIFICANTLY. STILL FARMERS GROW IT, AND U-T AGRESEARCH HAS EXPERIMENTAL TOBACCO CROPS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION FOR PRODUCERS. IN WINTER, FARMERS "STRIP" TOBACCO - PULLING LEAVES FROM STALKS BY HAND. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, CHUCK DENNEY SHOWS US THIS OLD-TIME PRACTICE, AND TALKS ABOUT TOBACCO'S FUTURE.

JENSEN BROTHERS:

TWO BROTHERS WHO PLEADED GUILTY IN CONNECTION TO A DEADLY FOOD BORNE ILLNESS OUTBREAK ARE BACK IN COURT FOR SENTENCING. THE JENSEN BROTHERS--WHO'S COLORADO GROWN CATELOPE CAUSE 147 ILLNESSES AND KILLED MORE THAN 30 PEOPLE BACK IN 2011--ARE AWAITING A JUDGES RULING.

LAND PRICES:

FARM CREDIT SAYS PRICES FOR FARMLAND ARE STARTING TO LEVEL OFF. PRESIDENT MARK JENSEN SAYS FOR EXAMPLE, IOWA LAND VALUES FINISHED 2013 UP JUST THREE PERCENT---AFTER FALLING NEARLY THAT MUCH IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS OF THE YEAR. OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, IOWA FARM LAND PRICES ARE UP 98 PERCENT. JENSEN SAYS NEBRASKA ENDED THE YEAR 8 PERCENT HIGHER BUT GAINED LESS THAN ONE PERCENT OF THAT IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS.

ANALYSIS:

IT'S BEEN A ROCKY COUPLE OF MONTHS FOR CORN AND DRIED DISTILLERS GRAINS BOUND FOR CHINA. THAT COUNTRY HAS REJECTED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TONS OF GRAIN--DUE TO UNAPPROVED GMO TRAITS. BUT NOT EVERYONE THINKS THAT'S THE WHOLE REASON. NATIONAL REPORTER TYNE MORGAN JOINS US FROM THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK WITH MORE.

ANN’S APPLEBUTTER:

AS YOU GET READY TO PREPARE BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, HOW ABOUT SOME BISCUITS SLATHERED WITH APPLE BUTTER? DID YOU KNOW IT TAKES HOURS TO COOK APPLE BUTTER TO THE CORRECT COLOR AND CONSISTENCY? SHERRI MCKINNEY FROM THE VIRGINIA FARM BUREAU TAKES US BEHIND THE SCENES OF ONE SHOP.

SUNLIGHT:

IS A LITTLE SUNSHINE GOOD FOR YOUR SOUL--TURNS OUT IT MAY ALSO BE GOOD FOR YOUR HEART.

NON GMO:

POST THE MAKER OF BREAKFAST CEREALS SAYS IT IS PLANNING TO ROLL OUT A NON-GMO VERSION OF STAPLE--GRAPE NUTS. THE COMPANY SAYS THE BOX WILL INCLUDE A NON-GMO PROJECT SEAL--CONFIRMING THE RECIPE AND SUPPLIERS DO NOT HAVE GMO INGREDIENTS. WITH THAT SEAL, IT'S ALSO PLANNING TO ADD MORE NON-GMO OPTIONS TO THE MENU IN SHORT ORDER. THIS FOLLOWS ON THE HEELS OF GENERALS MILL ANNOUNCEMENT TO MAKE CHEERIOS GMO FREE.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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