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AgDay Daily Recap -April 11, 2013

April 11, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

APRIL 11, 2013

 

PRESIDENT BUDGET:

FROM THE PRESIDENT ROLLING OUT HIS 2014 BUDGET TO FARM BILL PROPOSALS STARTING TO TAKE SHAPE, IT LOOKS LIKE DEBATES COULD HEAT UP ONCE AGAIN ON THE HILL. .AND THAT'S OUR TOP STORY ON AGDAY.

FARM BILL:

ALSO ON CAPITOL HILL, THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU HAS RELEASED ITS FARM BILL PROPOSAL. AS WE REPORTED EARLIER THIS WEEK, THE MARK-UP OF THE BILL IS EXPECTED TO TAKE PLACE IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.  AFBF CONGRESSIONAL RELATIONS SENIOR DIRECTOR MARY KAY THATCHER TOLD AGDAY'S CLINTON GRIFFITHS IT LOOKS LIKE DIRECT PAYMENTS WILL GO AWAY. WITH OPPONENTS ALREADY CONSIDERING THAT A WIN, SIGHTS ARE NOW SET ON CROP INSURANCE. AND WHILE DEEP CUTS MAY NOT OCCUR THIS YEAR, BUDGET CONTRAINTS WILL DEFINITLEY IMPACT A NEW FARM BILL.

DAIRY SECURITY ACT:

MEANWHILE, THATCHER SAYS AMERICAN FAM BUREAU ALSO SUPPORTS THE DAIRY SECRUITY ACT, SPECIFICALLY THE CONCEPT OFA GROSS MARGIN PROGRAM. BUT SOME OF ITS MEMBERS ARE CONCERNED WITH THE SUPPLY MANAGEMENT PORTION OF THE LEGISLATION. I TALKED WITH JERRY KOZAK, CEO OF NATIONAL MILK PRODUCERS FEDERATION AT THE DAIRY PRODUCERS CONFERENCE THIS WEEK. HE SAYS A HIGHLY SUBSIZED CROP INSURANCE PROGRAM WITHOUT ANY RESPONSIBILITY OF HOW MUCH MILK IS PRODUCED WOULD ONLY CREATE TOO MUCH MILK IN THE MARKET.  HE SAYS THE PROPOSED SECURITY ACT IS SIMPLE, AFFORDABLE AND WORKS.

HERD LIQUIDATION:

IN BEEF TODAY, WHILE RECENT MOISTURE HAS IMPROVED PASTURE CONDITIONS IN THE PLAINS, PERCIPITATION OVER THE NEXT TWO TO THREE MONTHS WILL DETERMINE WHETHER IT'S ENOUGH TO SAVE THE NATION'S CATTLE HERD FROM MORE LIQUIDATION.

CROP WATCH:

SNOW AND ICE IN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY THAT YOU JUST DON'T SEE AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS IN THIS MORNING'S CROPWATCH, MIKE.

TITAN MACHINERY:

IN OTHER BUSINESS NEWS, FARM EQUIPMENT SALES AREN'T SLOWING DOWN FOR TITAN MACHINERY. TITAN IS THE PARENT COMPANY OF THE CASE I-H AND NEW HOLLAND BRANDS. FOR THE YEAR ENDING JANUARY 31, THE COMPANY REPORTED A REVENUE JUMP OF 33%. THE COMPANY SAYS STRONG SALES CAME IN THE FOURTH QUARTE BUT WAS DISAPOINTED IN ITS CONTROUCTION DIVISION.  THE COMPANY SAYS THE EXPECTATIONS ARE TO CONTINUE TO GENERATE STRONG SALES GOING INTO THIS YEAR, WITH BOTH DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL GROWTH IN ITS AGRICULTURE SECTOR.

ANALYSIS:

AS WE CONTINUE TO TRY AND WRAP OUR HEADS AROUND THE BIG MOVE IN CORN LAST WEEK, AL PELL TALKS TO DUSTIN JOHNSON OF E-HEDGER TO SEE HOW FUNDS PLAYED A ROLE.

VETS ON CALL:

MANY OF YOU TOLD US HOW YOU'VE ENJOYED OUR "VETS ON CALL" SERIES. THE WEBISODES PROFILE LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARIANS THROUGH-OUT THE COUNTRY. THIS MORNING WE MEET DOCTOR TARA DONOVAN WHO PRACTICES IN CENTRAL WISCONSIN. SHE'S A FOOD ANIMAL VET FOR THE HANOR COMPANIES, A PORK PRODUCER OPERATING IN SEVEN STATES. WHEN IT COMES TO CARE, DONOVAN SAYS THE ANIMALS ARE NOT FAMILY PETS, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN YOU CAN'T CARE FOR THEM...JUST THE SAME. DOCTOR DONOVAN GREW UP ON A NEBRASKA FARM AND WAS A STATE OFFICER IN FFA. YOU CAN SEE MORE OF THE "VETS ON CALL" SERIES ON YOUTUBE.

ORGANIC BOOM:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, THERE SEEMS TO BE A GROWING APPETITE FOR ORGANIC.
AND PARENTS SEEM TO BE HUNGRY FOR IT THE MOST.

HEALTHIER CHOCOLATE:

AND IS THERE SUCH THING AS HEALTHIER CHOCOLATE. ACCORDING TO A CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK, IT CAN BE. TYPICAL CHOCOATE IS RICH WITH COCOA BEANS AND SUGAR. NOW, THE SOCIETY SAYS BY ADDING FRUIT JUICE TO THE MIX, CHOCOLATE CAN BE HEALTHIER.  IT'S WORKED IN DARK, MILK AND WHITE CHOCOLATE. RESEARCHERS HAVE USED ALL VARIATIONS OF JUICE, INCLUDING APPLE, ORANGE AND CRANBERRY. THEY SAY THE JUICE IS DILUTED BY THE CHOCOLATE, SO IT STILL HAS THAT GENUINE CHOCOLATE TASTE.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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