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AgDay Daily Recap -March 18, 2013

March 18, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MARCH 18, 2013

 

PRESIDENT’S ENERGY PLAN:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. FROM BUYING FUEL, TO DRILLING FOR OIL AND GAS, FROM ETHANOL PRODUCTION TO HARNESSING THE WIND, ENERGY IS BIG BUSINESS IN RURAL AMERICA.

NATURAL GAS:

THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN SEEKS TO INVEST 40 MILLION DOLLARS IN NATURAL GAS DRILLING RESEARCH. THIS WHILE PLACES LIKE NORTHERN PENNSYLVANIA, CONTINUE TO SEE A NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION BOOM THANKS TO NEW TECHNOLOGY LIKE FRACKING. THE AP'S LEE POWELL EVEN FOUND DRILLING RIGS WIRED FOR REMOTE CONTROL FROM A THOUSAND MILES AWAY.

KEYSTONE:

NOT MENTIONED IN THE PRESIDENT'S ENERGY PLAN, THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE. THAT PROJECT WOULD ALLOW CANADA TO SEND MORE THAN 800-THOUSAND BARRELS OF OIL A DAY TO REFINERIES IN TEXAS. LAST WEEK, A BILL HIT THE SENATE THAT WOULD GIVE 'CONGRESS' THE POWER TO APPROVE THE PIPELINE. WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN JAY CARNEY SAYS THAT DECISION ISN'T UP TO CONGRESS..IT BELONGS WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RECENTLY GOT AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSEMENT SHOWING THE PIPELINE WOULD NOT CAUSE ANY HARM. STATE OFFICIALS ARE EXPECTED TO MAKE A DECISION BY AUGUST...ALTHOUGH THE PROJECT HAS BEEN PENDING FOR FOUR YEARS.

INFRASTRUCTURE:

ALSO IN WASHINGTON, A FOUR PERSON BIPARTISAN TEAM IS ROLLING OUT A NEW INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING PROPOSAL. THE GROUP INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO BOTH HOUSES THAT ALLOWS PRIVATE INVESTORS TO FUND IMPROVEMENTS OF THE NATIONS' LOCKS AND DAMS. CURRENTLY THE AMRY CORP ESTIMATES A 60 BILLION DOLLAR BACKLOG IN OUTSTANDING PROJECTS. THIS INFRASTRUCTURE ISN'T GETTING ANY YOUNGER.

MERRIGAN RESIGNS:

USDA'S DEPUTY SECRETARY KATHLEEN MERRIGAN IS LEAVING HER POST. SHE'S BEEN A BIG PROPONENT OF THE KNOW YOUR FARMER KNOW YOUR FOOD PROGRAM AND WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE ORGANIC INDUSTRY.

CROP WATCH:

FIELD WORK IS PICKING UP IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. BUT IN THE CORNBELT, IT'S GOING TO BE AWHILE. CINDI CLAWSON HAS DETAILS IN CROPWATCH.

ANALYSIS:

DO YOU EVER WATCH MARKETS AND SCRATCH YOUR HEAD? ALL OF THE DATA POINTS ONE WAY BUT THE TICKER GOES THE OPPPOSITE. THOSE MOVES MAY BE DRIVEN BY BIG MONEY MOVERS. AL PELL TALKS WITH MIKE FLOREZ ABOUT THE ISSUE IN THIS MORNING'S ANALYSIS.

COFFEE PAINTER:

CALL IT...GO JUICE, THE MORNING WAKE UP CALL, A CUP OF JOE, OR SLICE OF HEAVEN. NO MATTER WHAT YOU CALL IT MORE THAN 50 PERCENT OF AMERICANS DRINK COFFEE ON A DAILY BASIS - EVERYTHING FROM BLACK TO ESPRESSO TO LATTES.  BUT THIS WEEK TEXAS COUNTRY REPORTER BOB PHILLIPS FOUND A BARISTA WHO USES HER DRINKS TO STIR UP A TOUCH OF CREATIVITY.

HEALTHIER AMERICANS:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, THE STATISTICS ON CHILDHOOD OBESITY ARE MIND-BLWOING.
USDA SAYS TODAY, NEARLY ONE IN THREE CHILDREN IN THE U-S ARE EITHER OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE. AND THEY ARE FIGHTING TO CHANGE THAT.

COLLEGE MILK:

AND THE IMPORTANCE OF DRINKING MILK DOESN'T STOP AFTER CHILDHOOD. AT LEAST THAT'S ACCORDING TO A UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS PROFESSOR OF FOOD SCIENCE AND NUTRITION. A NEW STUDY SHOWS COLLEGE- AGE KIDS WHO DON'T DRINK OR EAT AT LEAST THREE SERVINGS OF DAIRY EACH DAY ARE THREE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP METABOLIC SYNDROME. THE PROFESSOR SURVEYED COLLEGE STUDENTS AND ONLY ONE IN FOUR SAID THEY CONSUME THAT MUCH DAIRY.

 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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