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AgDay Daily Recap -January 29, 2014

January 29, 2014
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

JANUARY 29, 2014

 

FARM BILL:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. IT STILL NEEDS PASSAGE BY THE FULL HOUSE AND SENATE, AND THE PRESIDENT TO SIGN OFF, BUT THE LONG OVERDUE FARM BILL APPEARS TO BE IN THE HOMESTRETCH. MANY OF THE MAJOR FARM GROUPS ARE LENDING THEIR SUPPORT TO THE LEGISLATION. THE CORN, SOYBEAN, AND WHEAT GROUPS ARE IN FAVOR. THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU SAYS THEY'RE IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL. HOWEVER, THE DECISION NOT TO REPEAL COUNTRY OF ORGIN LABELING HAS THE LIVESTOCK AND MEAT LOBBIES READY TO FIGHT BACK.

SNAP:

ONE OF THE BIG STICKING POINTS THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS - ESPECIALLY FROM NON-FARM LAWMAKERS - DEALT WITH THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. THIS FINAL VERSION OF THE FARM BILL WOULD CUT EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS. WASHINGTON INSIDERS SAY MANY SENATE DEMOCRATS ARE LIKELY TO BE UNHAPPY WITH THE FOOD STAMPS MEASURE, WHICH CUTS ROUGHLY TWICE AS MUCH AS SENATORS APPROVED IN MAY. BUT THE CUTS ARE FAR LESS THAN WHAT REPUBLICANS PUSHED FOR ON THE HOUSE SIDE.

DAIRY:

DAIRY POLICY HAS ALSO BEEN A MAJOR STICKING POINT. AFTER REWORKING THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL, THE NEW PROGRAM WOULD DO AWAY WITH CURRENT PRICE SUPPORTS IN DAIRY AND ALLOW FARMERS TO PURCHASE A NEW KIND OF INSURANCE THAT PAYS OUT WHEN THE GAP BETWEEN THE PRICE THEY RECEIVE FOR MILK AND THEIR FEED COSTS NARROWS. BUT IT WOULD NOT INCLUDE A SO-CALLED STABILIZATION PROGRAM THAT WOULD HAVE DICTATED PRODUCTION CUTS WHEN OVERSUPPLY DRIVES DOWN PRICES

JENSON BROTHERS:

TWO COLORADO CANTALOUPE FARMERS WHO PLEADED GUILTY TO MISDEMEANOR CHARGES STEMMING FROM A DEADLY LISTERIA OUTBREAK IN 2011 WILL NOT SERVE ANY JAIL TIME. ERIC AND RYAN JENSEN HAVE BEEN SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS OF PROBATION AND SIX MONTHS OF HOME DETENTION. A JUDGE IN COLORADO ALSO ORDERED THE TWO MEN TO PAY 150-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN RESTITUTION. THEY PLEADED GUILTY LAST YEAR TO COUNTS OF INTRODUCING ADULTERATED FOOD INTO INTERSTATE COMMERCE. 33 PEOPLE DIED FROM LISTERA AFTER EATING THE MELON GROWN ON THEIR FARM.

CROP WATCH:

A WINTER BLAST IS MOVING INTO SOUTHERN U-S. THE SYSTEM STRETCHES FROM TEXAS ACROSS TO THE CAROLINAS. FOR THE REST OF US, IT APPEARS COLD WEATHER IS STAYING PUT FOR AWHILE. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS FROM THE AGDAY WEATHER-CENTER.

CHESAPEAKE APPEAL:

THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU IS KEEPING UP ITS FIGHT AGAINST THE E-P-A'S "RUN-OFF" DIET FOR THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. THE FARM BUREAU IS ASKING A FEDERAL COURT OF APPEALS TO REVERSE A LOWER COURT'S RULING ON THE TOTAL MAXIMUM DAILY LOAD. THE FARM BUREAU BELIEVES E-P-A EXCEEDED ITS CLEAN WATER ACT AUTHORITY BY MANDATING HOW NITROGEN, PHOSPHOROUS AND SEDIMENT RUN-OFF SHOULD BE ALLOCATED AMONG FARMS. THE T-D-M-L ALSO INCLUDES CONSTRUCTION SITES AND HOMEOWNERS IN THE WATERSHED. FARM BUREAU BELIEVES THE LEVELS SHOULD BE SET AND ENFORCED BY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS.

ANALYSIS:

IN AGRIBUSINESS...OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS CORN MARKETS SAW A NICE POST HARVEST BOUNCE...OFTEN GIVING FARMERS A CHANCE TO SELL THAT GRAIN IN THE BIN. IT'S A BOUNCE WE HAVEN'T SEEN YET. FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL DISCUSSES MARKET ACTION FOR CORN AND WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE COMING MONTHS DURING TODAY'S ANALYSIS.

100 IDEA:

FARMERS AND RANCHERS ARE CLEVER AND CREATIVE. THEY DON'T HAVE TIME TO WAIT FOR A REPAIRMAN. BY THE NATURE OF THE WORK THEY BECOME MISTER - OR MISSES - FIXIT. SO THIS MORNING WE ARE LAUNCHING A NEW SEGMENT CALLED 100-DOLLAR IDEAS. WE ARE WORKING WITH OUR CORPORATE COUSINS AT FARM JOURNAL MAGAZINE WHICH ALREADY SHOWCASES FARMERS WHO COME-UP WITH SOME GREAT FIXES. OUR FIRST WINNER IS KEVIN GRADERT  FROM SIBLEY, IOWA. YOU MAY HAVE READ THE ARTICLE IN FARM JOURNAL THIS MONTH. HE'S GOT A BIG WORKSHOP, AND DIDN'T WANT TO WALK BACK AND FORTH.  KEVIN DEVELOPED A VERY STURDY AND PORTABLE WORKBENCH MADE OUT OF A BOWLING ALLEY. THAT'S RIGHT - A BOWLING ALLEY. KEVIN TALKED WITH FARM JOURNAL'S PAM FRETWELL ABOUT HIS IDEA. CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO KEVIN GRADERT - WHO IS ACTUALLY A 'DOUBLE YOUR MONEY WINNER' SO HE WINS 200-DOLLARS. IF YOU HAVE A 100-DOLLAR IDEA, BE SURE TO SUBMIT IT TO FARM JOURNAL. THE ADDRESS IS ON YOUR SCREEN AND IN THE MAGAZINE. YOU CAN ALSO SUBMIT YOUR IDEA ONLINE AT AGWEB-DOT-COM-FORWARD SLASH-IDEAS.  RULES APPLY - FOR INSTANCE THESE MUST BE ORIGINAL CONCEPTS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN PUBLISHED BEFORE.

TOP PRODUCERS:

ABOUT A THOUSAND OF THE NATION'S FARMERS ARE MEETING THIS WEEK IN CHICAGO FOR THE ANNUAL TOP PRODUCER SEMINAR. PART OF THAT EVENT INCLUDES THE NAMING OF THE TOP PRODUCER OF THE YEAR. IT'S AN HONOR CHOSEN FROM THREE QUALIFIED FINALISTS  TUESDAY WE MET, JAY MYERS OF NORTH DAKOTA.  TODAY OUR SECOND NOMINEE TAKES US TO GREGORY SOUTH DAKOTA TO MEET A FARMER THAT WENT FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS TO TENDING SOME 30-THOUSAND ACRES.

NEW HAMPSHIRE GMO:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY - THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE WILL NOT BE REQUIRING FOOD LABELS THAT POINT-OUT G-M-O INGREDIENTS. AT LEAST FOR NOW. THE NEW HAMPSHIRE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES VOTED TO DENY A BILL THAT WOULD HAVE REQUIRED LABELS ON FOODS CONTAINING GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS THROUGHOUT THE STATE. THE VOTE WAS 185-TO-162 TO BLOCK THE LABELING. NEW HAMPSHIRE IS JUST THE LATEST STATE TO DISCUSS FOOD LABEL LEGISLATION FOLLOWING HIGH PROFILE BALLOT INITIATIVES IN CALIFORNIA AND WASHINGTON.

AIR IN FOOD:

IF YOU WANT TO EAT LESS FOOD, IT'S POSSIBLE THAT AIR COULD MAKE THE DIFFERENCE. IN THE LATEST INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GAS-STRON-OH-ME AND FOOD SCIENCE, RESEARCHERS TALKED ABOUT AERATING FOOD. THE IDEA IS TO BLEND OR WHIP AIR INTO FOOD PRODUCTS, MAKING THEM LIGHTER IN TERMS OF CALORIES. RESEARCHERS ARE STUDYING WHETHER THAT WOULD CONVINCE THE BRAIN THAT YOUR STOMACH IS FULL AND SATISFIED. THEREFORE YOU EAT LESS. SCIENTISTS SAY INTRODUCING A GAS PHASE INTO FOOD WILL AFFECT TEXTURE AND FIRMNESS, AS WELL AS APPEARANCE OF FOODS.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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