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AgDay Daily Recap -June 17, 2013

June 17, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

JUNE 17, 2013

 

WEATHER DISATERS:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. TWO MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR WEATHER DISASTERS TOOK IT'S TOLL ON THE U-S LAST YEAR , ONE OF WHICH HIT TOO CLOSE TO HOME FOR MANY FARMERS AND RANCHERS.

WET SPRING:

NOAA ALSO RELEASED ITS SUMMARY OF MAY AND OVERALL SPRING WEATHER CONDITIONS.
THIS ISN'T NEWS TO OUR IOWA VIEWERS, BUT THE MONTH OF MAY GOES DOWN AS THE WETTEST ON RECORD FOR THE STATE.

WATER RESCUE:

ALSO IN IOWA - A DARING WATER RESCUE. EMERGENCY RESPONSE CREWS HAVE BEEN CREDITED FOR RESCUING A GIRL AND TWO WOMEN FROM A PARTIALLY SUBMERGED SUV IN NORTHERN IOWA. THIS HAPPENED WEDNESDAY NIGHT FOLLOWING AN INTENSE LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS THAT MOVED THROUGH THE MIDWEST. IOWA STATE POLICE SAY HEAVY RAIN FROM THE STORM CAUSED THE SUV TO GO OFF THE ROAD AND INTO A FLOODED DITCH. AGDAY AFFILIATE KTTC-TV WAS THERE AS THE WATER RESCUE UNFOLDED. EMERGENCY CREWS RESCUED THE YOUNG GIRL THRU A FRONT WINDOW AND THEN THE GIRL AND FIREFIGHTER WERE HOISTED TO SAFETY.

TEXAS SUNFLOWERS:

CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF DROUGHT HAS FORCED MANY TEXAS FARMERS TO MAKE THE MOVE TO MORE DROUGHT TOLERANT CROPS. AS ED WOLFF FROM THE TEXAS FARM BUREAU TELLS US, IT'S ONE CROP'S DEEP ROOTS, THAT MAKES IT SUCH A GOOD FIT IN PARCHED SOILS.

CROP WATCH:

JUST LIKE THE SUNFLOWER CROP, MANY CORN AND SOYBEAN ACRES ARE GETTING A LATE START. CINDI CLAWSON HAS DETAILS IN THIS MORNING'S CROPWATCH.
GMO WHEAT:

NOW FOR AN UPDATE ON THE G-M-O WHEAT FOUND IN AN OREGON FIELD. MONSANTO OFFICIALS TELL US USDA HAS YET TO PROVIDE THE COMPANY WITH SAMPLES OF THE WHEAT FOR TESTING. LATE FRIDAY, THE AG DEPARTMENT UPDATED AGDAY ON THE G-E WHEAT INVESTIGATION. USDA SAYS IT HAS NOT FOUND NOR BEEN INFORMED OF ANYTHING THAT WOULD INDICATE THAT THIS INCIDENT AMOUNTS TO MORE THAN A SINGLE ISOLATED INCIDENT IN A SINGLE FIELD ON A SINGLE FARM.  USDA SAYS INVESTIGATORS TALKED WITH THE FARMER WHO DISCOVERED THE WHEAT, THE FARMER'S SEED SUPPLIER AND OBTAINED SAMPLES OF THE 2012 WHEAT HARVEST. USDA SAYS THE GRAIN TESTS SHOWED NO PRESENCE OF G-E MATERIAL.

STINK BUG:

FRUIT AND VEGETABLE GROWERS ARE ON ALERT, AS WARNINGS SHOW THIS SUMMER'S STINK BUG INVASION WILL BE THE WORST EVER. AND NOW FEDERAL LAWMAKERS ARE ANSWERING IN WASHINGTON. THE HOUSE PASSED A BILL LAST WEEK, DEMANDING USDA TO MAKE THE BUG AS ITS PUBLIC PEST NUMBER ONE. LAWMAKERS WANT TO SEE THE AGENCY SPEED ITS EFFORTS TO KILL THE BUGS. THE STINK BUG HAS ALREADY INVADED 39 STATES.

SUPREME COURT WATER:

IN AGRIBUSINESS, WATER RIGHTS CAN LEAD TO EMOTIONAL DEBATE AND OFTEN END AT THE COURTHOUSE. IN THE PAST 10-DAYS, THERE HAVE BEEN THREE MAJOR RULINGS IN THIS COUNTRY. THIS WEEK THE U-S SUPREME COURT REJECTED A TEXAS CLAIM THAT IT HAS A RIGHT TO CROSS THE BORDER WITH OKLAHOMA TO TAP INTO THE RED RIVER.  THEY ARE PART OF A FOUR-STATE PACT ALL WITH SHARED WATER RIGHTS.  BUT A TRIBUTARY SERVING OKLAHOMA HAS BETTER QUALITY WATER. AND THAT'S WHAT TEXAS WANTED ACCESS TO.

SMITHFIELD PROFITS:

SMITHFIELD FOODS' NET PROFITS FELL 63 PERCENT ON LOST EXPORTS TO CHINA AND RUSSIA. THIS COMES AFTER A CHINESE COMPANY ANNOUNCED PLANS TO PURCHASE SMITHFIELD A FEW WEEKS AGO. SMITHFIELD ATTRIBUTES LOSSES TO BOTH CHINA AND RUSSIA BANNING PORK EXPORTS BECAUSE OF RACTOPAMINE. THE COMPANY SAYS A WEAKER YEN ALSO DAMPENED PORK EXPORTS TO JAPAN.

ANALYSIS:

USDA MADE NO CHANGES TO ITS HARVESTED CORN ACRES LAST WEEK IN THE SUPPLY AND DEMAND REPORT. THIS CONTRADICTS MANY ANALYST'S PROJECTIONS. AL PELL HAS MORE IN THIS MORNING'S ANALYSIS.

VETS ON CALL:

DOCTOR JENN NIGHTINGALE IS A ROOKIE VETERINARIAN. BUT ANIMAL MEDICINE WAS NOT HER FIRST CALLING. ACTUALLY SHE WENT TO COLLEGE TO BECOME AN ARCHITECT. BUT SOMETHING KEPT GNAWING AT HER. SOMETHING INSIDE TOLD HER TO RETURN TO SCHOOL AND BECOME A VET. NOW SHE'S FULFILLING THAT LIFE-LONG DREAM IN UPSTATE NEW YORK. DOCTOR NIGHTINGALE TELLS US ABOUT HER JOURNEY IN THIS SPECIAL REPORT WE CALL "VETS ON CALL." JENN'S MENTOR IS DOCTOR PETE OSTRUM. WE RAN HIS STORY A FEW MONTHS AGO. YOU MAY REMEMBER THAT DOCTOR OSTRUM HAS A UNIQUE PAST. HE PLAYED "CHARLIE" IN THE CLASSIC WILLY WONKA MOVIE.

MAINE GMO LABELING:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, MAINE'S HOSUE OF REPRESENTATIVES JUMPED ON THE G-M-O LABELING WAGON, PASSING LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE GENETICALLY MODIFIE FOOD PRODUCTS TO HAVE SPECIAL LABELS. THIS IS ONE STEP CLOSER FOR THE ENTIRE NORTH EAST REGION TO REQUIRE LABELS.

MEATLESS MONDAY:

FROM THE EAST COAST TO THE WEST, JUST MONTHS AFTER LA SCHOOLS ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR MEATLESS MONDAY, ANOTHER MAJOR CITY IS FOLLOWING SUIT.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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