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AgDay Daily Recap -April 5, 2013

April 5, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

APRIL 5, 2013

 

LAND VALUES:

LAND PRICES CONTINUE TO SURGE, INCLUDING AREAS OUTSIDE THE TRADITIONAL CORNBELT. AND THAT'S OUR TOP STORY ON AGDAY.

ELEVATOR FIRE:

A GRAIN BIN EXPLOSION IN CENTRAL, NEBRASKA THIS WEEK HAS LEFT ONE PERSON INJURED.  THAT'S ACCORDING TO OUR AGDAY AFFILIATE IN GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA.

GRAIN BIN SAFETY:

THE RISK IS THERE YEAR-ROUND - GRAIN BIN ENTRAPMENTS. FARMERS WILL GET INTO A HURRY AND NOT TAKE THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS TO KEEP THEM SAFE ONCE THEY CLIMB INSIDE.  IN ARKANSAS, FIRST RESPONDERS AND FARMERS ATTENDED A TRAINING SESSION WHERE THEY LEARNED HOW TO RESCUE VICTIMS OF GRAIN BIN ENTRAPMENTS AND SAFETY PROCEDURES TO PREVENT THEM. KEN MOORE HAS DETAILS FROM ARKANSAS FARM BUREAU.

DROUGHT MONITOR:

THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWS MUCH OF THE CENTRAL PLAINS STILL PARCHED FOR MOISTURE. A FRONT PASSED ACROSS THE SOUTH AND LEFT UP TO A COUPLE INCHES OF RAIN IN PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. THE WIDESPREAD RAIN WAS WELCOMED IN MANY PASTURES AND FOR FORAGE PRODUCTION IN OKLAHOMA. BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, THE MAJORITY OF CATTLE COUNTRY REMAINS IN INTENSE DROUGHT.

CROP WATCH:

LET'S CHECK IN NOW WITH MIKE HOFFMAN FOR TODAY'S CROPWATCH. HE JOINS US FROM THE AGDAY WEATHER-CENTER. GOOD MRONING MIKE.

ACQUISITION:

IN AGRIBUSINESS, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS DECIDED TO ALLOW J-B-S TO ACQUIRE TWO U-S BASED X-L FOUR STAR BEEF PLANTS. THE TWO X-L FOUR STAR BEEF PLANTS ARE LOCATED IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA AND NAMPA, IDAHO. AS WE REPORTED BACK IN DECEMBER, THE NATIONAL FARMERS UNION, ALONG WITH 40 OTHER AG ORGANIZATIONS, SENT A LETTER TO THE D-O-J ASKING THE DEPARTMENT TO EXTEND ITS INVESTIGAITON OF THE AQCUISITION.THE LETTER VOICED CONCERNS OVER THE MERGER REDUCING COMPETITION AND SERIOUSLY HARMING BOTH CATTLE RPDOUCERS AND CONSUMERS.

PROFIT BRIEFING:

ANOTHER USDA GRAIN REPORT - AND ANOTHER MARKET SHOCKER. LAST WEEK'S RELEASE OF THE GRAIN STOCKS REPORT SHOWED A CONSIDERABLE INCREASE OF THE AMOUNT OF CORN STILL IN STORAGE. THE MARKET TUMBLED LIMIT DOWN IN RESPONSE. HERE TO SORT-OUT THE NUMBERS AND DECIPHER WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE MARKETING-SEASON AHEAD IS PROFARMER EDITOR CHIP FLORY AND SENIOR MARKET ANALYST BRIAN GRETE. THEY JOIN US FROM THE PRO FARMER STUDIOS.

4H MENTORING:

A TRUE MENTOR IS A VALUABLE FRIEND - SOMEONE TO HELP US WITH THEIR EXPERIENCE, WISDOM AND KINDNESS. TENNESSEE 4H'ERS ARE LEARNING HOW TO BE A MENTOR TO YOUNGER CHILDREN IN A SPECIAL PROGRAM. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE UT INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE, CHUCK DENNEY SHOWS US HOW ANYONE CAN BE A MENTOR, NO MATTER THEIR AGE.  THANKS, CHUCK. CHUCK SAYS THE 4-H MENTORING GROUP IN THIS AREA HAS ALSO MADE FIRST AID KITS FOR A HOMELESS SHELTER, AND BUILT DOG HOUSES FOR THE LOCAL HUMANE SOCIETY.

BEEF LABEL PROPOSAL:

LABELS ON PORK AND BEEF COULD SOON GET A FACELIFT. AND IT'S ALL AIMED AT MAKING PURCHSING MEAT EASIER FOR CUSTOMERS.

DINNING OUT TRENDS:

MEANWHILE, A NEW STUDY SHOWS AMERICANS MAY BE DINING OUT LESS. WHETHER IT'S GRABBING A QUICK BITE TO EAT FOR BREAKFAST, OR EATING AT YOUR FAVORITE FINE DINING ESTABLISHMENT, HARRIS INTERACTIVE SAYS EVEN THOUGH IT'S LESS, AMERICANS STILL EAT OUT... A LOT. OF THOSE SURVEYED, 26% SAY THEY EAT AT FAST FOOD RESTAURANT CHAINS LESS FREQUENTLY THAN 6 MONTHS AGO. AND THE MOST POPULAR TYPE OF FOOD? AMERICAN. FOLLOWED BY ITALIAN AND THEN MEXICAN FOOD.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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