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AgDay Daily Recap -April 22, 2013

April 22, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

APRIL 22, 2013

 

IMMIGRATION:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AFTER LAST WEEK'S EVENTS-- PROPOSED IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION IS FACING MORE SPIRITED DEBATE AS IT MOVES THROUGH THE SENATE. ONE OF THE BIGGEST BENEFACTORS OF THE SENATE VERSION OF THE IMMIGRATION REFORM PACKAGE COULD BE DAIRY FARMERS. OF THE HALF MILLION UN-DOCUMENTED FARM WORKERS IN THIS COUNTRY, AT ESTIMATED TEN-PERCENT OR ABOUT 50-THOUSAND PEOPLE, WORK IN COMMERCIAL SIZED U-S DAIRY FARMS. THIS LEGISLATION GIVES THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS A CHANCE TO STAY IN THE U-S AND WORK TOWARDS CITIZENSHIP.

FARM BILL:

HERE WE GO AGAIN, THE HOUSE AG COMMITTEE SAYS IT READY TO START MARK UP ON A NEW FARM BILL. COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN FRANK LUCAS SAYS HE PLANS TO GET STARTED MAY 15TH. THE SENATE HAD HOPED TO GET STARTED IN APRIL BUT TIME IS QUICKLY RUNNING OUT. THE CURRENT ONE YEAR EXTENSION EXPIRES ON SEPTMEBER 30TH.

DROUGHT RELIEF BILL:

ALSO IN WASHINGTON, SOUTH DAKOTA REPRESENTATIVE KRISTI NOEM HAS INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO HELP PROVIDE LIVESTOCK OWNERS WITH A SAFETY NET. THE BILL WOULD EXTEND LIVESTOCK AID PROGRAMS THAT EXPIRED UNDER THE PREVIOUS FARM BILL. THE FIVE YEAR BILL WOULD ALSO APPLY RETROACTIVELY TO COVER LOSSES FROM 2012 AND 2013.

GAS SUIT:

THE NATIONAL CATTLEMEN'S BEEF ASSOCIATION AND OTHERS FILED A PETITION IN THE SUPREME COURT CHALLENGING THE EPA. AT THE HEART OF THE PETITION, QUESTIONS SURROUNDING THE EPA'S FINDING THAT GREENHOUSE GASES ENDANGER PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE--THERE BY GIVING IT THE AUTHORITY TO REGULATE THESE GASES UNDER THE CLEAN AIR ACT. THAT INCLUDES FARMING AND RANCHING OPERATIONS. NCBA HAD A SIMILAR PETITION AT THE APPEALS COURT LEVEL DISMISSED LAST YEAR. THE CATTLEMENS BEEF ASSOCIAITON SAYS THEY HOPE THIS WILL HELP CURTAIL WHAT THEY IS AN OVERREACH BY THE EPA.

WEST TEXAS:

AN UPDATE FROM THAT HORRIFIC EXPLOSION IN THE TOWN OF WEST TEXAS. INVESTIGATORS HAVE PULLED 12 BODIES FROM THE RUBBLE AND MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TREATED FOR INJURIES.

MISSISSIPPI FLOODING:

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A FEW MONTHS MAKE. THIS IS WHAT THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER LOOKED LIKE EARLIER THIS YEAR DURING CONCERNS ABOUT LOW WATER LEVELS. TODAY, SEVEN MISSISSIPPI RIVER LOCKS BETWEEN MUSCATEEN IOWA AND NORTHERN MISSOURI ARE SET TO CLOSE DUE TO POTENTIAL FLOODING. THAT INFORMATION COMES FROM THE ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS. CLOSING THOSE LOCKS WILL BASICALLY SHUT DOWN COMMERCIAL NAVIGATION. METEOROLOGISTS SAY THE RIVER COULD SEE ITS MOST EXTENSIVE FLOODING SINCE 2008.  MIKE HOFFMAN HAS MORE IN THIS MORNING'S CROP WATCH.

CROP WATCH:

SOME OF THAT FLOOD-WATER HEADED TOWARDS THE MISSISSIPPI COMES FROM NORTHEAST IOWA. CHRIS BARRON - WHO IS A FARM JOURNAL CONTRIBUTOR - SENT THIS PHOTO FROM HIS FARM NEAR WATERLOO. IT WAS TAKEN LAST THURSDAY FARMERS WILL RECOGNIZE THE WATER INTAKE. IT'S SUPPOSE TO TAKE-IN WATER....NOT HAVE IT GUSHING OUT. CHRIS ALSO TOLD US HIS SOIL TEMPERATURE IS 19 DEGREES COOLER THAN THIS DATE LAST YEAR. AND JIM DICKRELL FROM DAIRY TODAY TOOK A BREAK FROM REPORTING. INSTEAD, HE FIRED-UP THE SNOWBLOWER TO CLEAR HIS DRIVEWAY OUTSIDE THE TWIN CITIES. THEY GOT ABOUT NINE INCHES OF FRESH SNOW LATE IN THE WEEK. WE'VE HEARD FROM MANY FARMERS IN THE UPPER MIDWEST ABOUT THE SNOW COVER AND LACK OF FIELD WORK.

FARM ROAD SAFETY:

FARMERS ARE SPENDING A LOT OF TIME IN THE FIELDS AND ON THE ROADS THIS TIME OF YEAR. AND THAT OFTEN MEANS SHARING BUSY ROADWAYS WITH MOTORISTS. ONE FARMER WHO NEARLY LOST HIS LIFE IN AN ACCIDENT URGES DRIVERS TO AWARE OF SLOW MOVING FARM EQUIPMENT. KENT FADDIS WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOUR EXTENSION HAS MORE ON WHAT FARMERS AND MOTORISTS CAN DO TO SAFELY SHARE THE ROAD.

ANALYSIS:

USDA'S CROP PROGRESS REPORT COMES OUT LATER THIS AFTERNOON. BY ALL ACOUNTS, INDUSTRY WATCHERS AREN'T EXPECTING MUCH MOVEMENT ON THE PLANTING FRONT. FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL TAKES A LOOK AT WHAT IT MEANS CROPS AND MARKETS IN THE COMING WEEKS.

STUFFED GRILLED CHEESE:

OH IT'S A FAVORITE OF ALL AGES, THE GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH. AND DID YOU KNOW, APRIL IS GRILLED CHEESE MONTH. TO CELEBRATE THE FOLKS IN WISCONSIN ARE PUTTING A CREATIVE TWIST ON THE OL' CLASSIC SANDWICH. THE WISCONSIN DAIRY NEWS SHOWS US HOW GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES ARE BEING STUFFED WITH GREAT INGREDIENTS.

WINERIES:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, CLIMATE CHANGE PROPONENTS FEAR A TEMPERATURE CHANGE COULD DRASTICALLY ALTER A POPULAR INDUSTRY ACROSS THE GLOBE.

MILK BENEFITS:

NEW RESEARCH SAYS THE GOOD OUTWEIGHS THE BAD WHEN IT COMES TO DAIRY PRODUCTS. THE SCIENTISTS LOOKED AT THE EFFECTS OF MILK AND MILK PRODUCT CONSUMPTION ON CANCER. THEY FOUND THERE'S MORE EVIDENCE SUPPORTING THE PREVENTATIVE EFFECTS OF DAIRY THAN THERE IS SUPPORTING ANY HARMFUL IMPACTS.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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