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AgDay Daily Recap -January 30, 2014

January 30, 2014
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

JANUARY 30, 2014

 

FARM BILL:

GOOD MORNING I'M AL PELL IN FOR CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE FARM BILL MOVES TO THE NEXT STEP AS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES APPROVES THE MEASURE. NOW THE LEGISLATION MOVES TO THE SENATE FOR A FINAL VOTE. BUT THAT'S NOT EXPECTED UNTIL NEXT WEEK. UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS FARM POLICY SPECIALIST JONATHAN COPPESS IS CONFIDENT THE MEASURE WILL GET THROUGH THE SENATE.

PAYMENT LIMITS:

ONE THING NOT INCLUDED IN THIS FARM BILL IS PAYMENT LIMIT REFORM. THOSE LIMITS WERE INCLUDED IN THE ORIGINAL VERSIONS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE FARM BILLS, BUT STRIPPED FROM THIS FINAL VERSION. IT'S AN IMPORTANT ISSUE TO IOWA SENATOR CHUCK GRASSLEY. GRASSLEY SAYS HIS MEASURE WOULD PLACE A HARD CAP ON THE FARM PAYMENTS AN INDIVIDUAL FARMER COULD RECEIVE IN A YEAR AND CLOSE LOOPHOLES IN THE FARM PAYMENT PROGRAM.

EGG MEASURE:

ANOTHER AMENDMENT THAT DID NOT MAKE THE CUT IS SO-CALLED 'KING AMENDMENT'. THAT LEGISLATION WOULD PREVENT STATES, LIKE CALIFORNIA, FROM IMPOSTING THEIR OWN ANIMAL WELFARE STANDARDS ON FARM GOODS TRANSPORTED FROM OTHER STATES. FOR EXAMPLE, EGGS PRODUCED IN IOWA COULD NOT BE SHIPPED TO CALIFORNIA IF IOWA DOES NOT REQUIRE PRODUCERS TO USE ENHANCED CAGE STANDARDS.

BEEF TODAY REPORT:

AS WE FIRST REPORTED YESTERDAY ONE OF THE MAJOR CATTLE GROUPS IN THE COUNTRY CAME OUT AGAINST THIS VERSION OF THE FARM BILL. CALLING IT FLAWED POLICY, THE NATIONAL CATTLEMEN'S BEEF ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL OPPOSE THE LEGISLATION. NCBA SAYS IT WORKED WITH LAWMAKERS FOR THREE YEARS ON THE FARM BILL. BUT THE CATTLE GROUP SAYS THE MEASURE DOES NOT ADDRESS ANY OF THEIR PRIOIRTY ISSUES. THE PRIMARY ISSUE BEING THE MANDATORY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING LAW. NCBA BELIEVES KEEPING M-COOL IN THE FARM BILL WILL LEAD TO RETALIATORY TARIFFS.
STATE OF THE UNION:

PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK HIS STATE OF THE UNION MESSAGE ON THE ROAD WEDNESDAY. HE SPOKE AT A COSTCO WAREHOUSE IN MARYLAND TO PROMOTE HIGHER MINIMUM WAGES. THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE WILL RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE FOR NEW FEDERAL CONTRACT WORKERS TO 10-DOLLARS-TEN CENTS. OBAMA SAID NO ONE WHO WORKS FULLTIME SHOULD EVER HAVE TO RAISE A CHILD IN POVERTY. HE SAID HE'S CHOOSING TO MAKE 2014 A YEAR OF ACTION BECAUSE TOO MANY AMERICANS ARE STRUGGLING JUST TO GET BY. OBAMA IS CALLING ON CONGRESS TO RAISE THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE FOR ALL WORKERS. THE PRESIDENT ALSO REITERATED HIS STATE OF THE UNION PLEDGE THAT IF CONGRESS WON'T ACT, HE WILL DO WHAT HE CAN TO EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES USING AN EXECUTIVE ORDER.

CROP WATCH:

IT'S A BIG MESS IN THE SOUTH AS THE SNOW AND COLD THAT PUMMELED OVER THE WEEKEND TREKKED SOUTH. HERE'S MIKE HOFFMAN WITH CROPWATCH.

TOP PRODUCER:

FARMING ALONG THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI RIVER CAN BE BOTH REWARDING AND CHALLENGING. BUT IT'S A LIFE AND A LIVELYHOOD JOE ZUMWALT HAS GROWN TO LOVE.
HE'S OUR THIRD FINALIST FOR TOP PRODUCER OF THE YEAR WHICH IS AWARD BY OUR PARTNERS AT TOP PRODUCER MAGAZINE. OUR OWN CLINTON GRIFFITHS HAS HIS STORY FROM WARSAW ILLINOIS.

CHICKEN WINGS:

THE BIG FOOTBALL GAME IS JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS AWAY. WHAT'S ON YOUR PARTY MENU? CHANCES ARE IT INVOLVES CHICKEN WINGS. THE NATIONAL CHICKEN COUNCIL SAYS MORE THAN SEVEN PERCENT OF THE ENTIRE YEAR'S CHICKEN WING CONSUMPTION TAKES PLACE DURING THE SUPER BOWL. THE N-C-C SAYS AMERICANS WILL GOBBLE-UP MORE THAN ONE-POINT-TWO-FIVE BILLION WINGS. THAT'S A SEVEN PERCENT JUMP FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE CHICKEN COUNCIL SAYS WHILE U-S GROCERY STORES NORMALLY SELL BETWEEN SIX MILLION AND EIGHT MILLION WINGS WEEKLY, THAT NUMBER JUMPS TO 14 MILLION IN THE WEEK LEADING TO THE SUPER BOWL.

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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