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AgDay Daily Recap - October 22, 2010

October 22, 2010
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
OCTOBER 22, 2010

VILSACK BIOFUELS:
AGRICULTURE SECRETARY TOM VILSACK LAID OUT SOME KEY ELEMENTS OF HIS ADMINISTRATION'S POSITION ON BIOFUELS IN A SPEECH BEFORE THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB. PART OF HIS COMMENTS FOCUSED ON THE BIOMASS CROP ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. VILSACK SAID USDA WILL PUBLISH A FINAL RULE TO IMPLEMENT B-CAP. THE PROGRAM'S INTENDED TO ENCOURAGE FARMERS TO GROW MORE BIOMASS CROPS, LIKE SWITCHGRASS. IT WOULD ALSO PAY FARMERS TO GATHER CROP RESIDUE DURING HARVEST. AND IT WOULD PAY LANDOWNERS FOR FOREST WASTE. THE BIOMASS COULD BE USED FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF BIOFUEL. ON WEDNESDAY.PRO FARMER WASHINGTON EDITOR ROGER BERNARD HAD AN EXCLUSIVE ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEW WITH SECRETARY VILSACK WHERE THEY DISCUSSED - AMONG MANY TOPICS - BIOFUELS.  ACCORDING TO REUTERS NEWS SERVICE, USDA PLANS A HALF BILLION DOLLARS IN SUBSIDIES OVER THE NEXT 15 YEARS TO HELP FARMERS GROW BIOMASS CROPS. THE SECRETARY ALSO ANNOUNCED A JOINT FIVE-YEAR PROJECT WITH THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION TO DEVELOP AVIATION FUEL FROM FOREST AND CROP RESIDUES AND OTHER "GREEN" FEEDSTOCKS IN ORDER TO DECREASE DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL.

ROOK SOY FOODS:
THANKS CINDI. IN OTHER NEWS THIS MORNING, MEXICAN CONSUMERS ARE INCORPORATING MORE SOY-BASED FOODS INTO THEIR DIETS. IT'S AN INEXPENSIVE SOURCE OF PROTEIN IN A COUNTRY THAT HAS A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS. AGDAY'S MICHELLE ROOK TOURED MEXICO WITH A GROUP OF U.S. SOYBEAN GROWERS TO SEE HOW FOOD MAKERS IN THAT COUNTRY ARE EXPANDING THE USE OF U.S. SOYBEANS. VILLANOVA SAYS THE GOVERNMENT IS ALSO REQUIRING ALL VENDING MACHINES BE REMOVED FROM SCHOOLS TO HELP DECREASE CHILDHOOD OBESITY. SHE SAYS THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR FOOD MAKERS TO OFFER HEALTHIER OPTIONS FROM PRODUCTS MADE WITH SOYBEANS.

ANALYSIS:
GARY WILHELMI

IN THE COUNTRY; TURF STUDY:
THE WEEKEND IS HERE. YOU MAY HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME TO CATCH TONIGHT...OR COLLEGE GAME TOMORROW. WHEN WATCHING THOSE GAMES, HOW OFTEN DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE TURF? SCIENTISTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE ARE TRYING TO PROTECT THOSE BALL-PLAYERS WHEN THEY HIT THE GROUND. IN THIS REPORT FROM THE UT INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE, CHUCK DENNEY SAYS WHETHER THE TURF IS NATURAL OR SYNTHETIC, ALL ATHLETES DESERVE A SOFT LANDING. CHUCK SAYS ERIC BERRY IS ALSO HELPING IN THE RENOVATION OF A PLAYING FIELD WHERE HE USED TO PLAY AS A YOUNGSTER IN HIS HOMETOWN OF ATLANTA. FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT. BUT BEFORE WE HEAD TO THE COMMERCIAL BREAK, HERE'S OUR REGULAR INSTALLMENT OF RUBES FRIDAY FUNNIES.

OBESITY COSTS:
WE KNOW THERE'S AN OBESITY PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY, BUT JUST HOW MUCH IT'S COSTING THE NATION MAY SURPRISE YOU. DETAILS IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY. A NEW STUDY BY THE NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH PUT SOME ASTOUNDING FACTS ON THE TABLE.
THE STUDY'S AUTHORS CLAIM THAT THE HEALTH CARE COST OF OBESITY COULD BE AS HIGH AS 168-BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR. TO PUT THAT IN CONTEXT, THAT'S 17% OF TOTAL MEDICAL CARE COSTS IN THE UNITED STATES. EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE ESTIMATED THE COST AT 147-BILLION. THE RESEARCHERS SAY THEIR HIGHER ESTIMATES ARE IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT HELPS INSURANCE COMPANIES AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES DETERMINE IF VARIOUS ANTI-OBESITY PROGRAMS WORK. MORE THAN A THIRD OF THE US POPULATION IS NOW OBESE, AND NEARLY THE SAME PROPORTION AGAIN IS OVERWEIGHT.

COUPON USE:
IN OTHER NEWS...ARE YOU STILL USING COUPONS AT THE GROCERY STORE? ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE WWW.FOODNAVIGATOR.COM , THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE USING COUPONS HAS CONTINUED TO INCREASE DURING 2010. IN 2009, COUPON USE JUMPED 27% FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR. DURING THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, MORE THAN 2.5 BILLION COUPONS HAVE BEEN USED BY SHOPPERS. BUT THAT'S A LONG WAY FROM THE PEAK USE IN 1992, WHEN SHOPPERS USED NEARLY EIGHT BILLION COUPONS.

CONTACT PAGE:
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