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AgDay Daily Recap -January 31, 2014

January 31, 2014
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

JANUARY 31, 2014

 

DROUGHT MONITOR:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. WITH EACH PASSING DAY, THE DROUGHT DISASTER IN CALIFORNIA GROWS MORE SEVERE.

CALIFORNIA CATTLE:

CROPS AND HERDS ALIKE ARE IN ROUGH SHAPE. THE EPIC DROUGHT IS FORCING RANCHERS TO SELL THEIR CATTLE BECAUSE THEIR PASTURES ARE TOO DRY FOR GRAZING AND IT'S GETTING TOO EXPENSIVE TO FEED THEM.  WE'VE SEEN THAT SAME STORY PLAY-OUT IN TEXAS. TERRY CH-AY HAS OUR STORY FROM CALIFORNIA.

CROP WATCH:

MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US NOW WITH CROP WATCH.

LIVESTOCK DISASTER:

THE NEW FARM BILL - IF APPROVED BY THE SENATE - PROVIDES SOME RELIEF FOR STRUGGLING RANCHERS. IT RESTORES USDA'S LIVESTOCK DISASTER PROGRAMS. THOSE PROGRAMS ARE INTENDED TO HELP PRODUCERS, LIKE THE SOUTH DAKOTA RANCHERS WHO LOST THOUSANDS OF HEAD OF CATTLE BY THE FREAK OCTOBER BLIZZARD. IF PASSED BY THE SENATE, THE NEW FARM LAW WOULD COMPENSATE FARMERS AND RANCHERS FOR LOSSES IN 2012, 2013, AND SUBSEQUENT YEARS. THE LIVESTOCK INDEMNITY PROGRAM COVERS 75-PERCENT OF THE MARKET VALUE FOR EXCESSIVE LIVESTOCK LOSSES BECAUSE OF ADVERSE WEATHER.

CATTLE INVENTORY:

LATER TODAY THE USDA IS EXPECTED TO RELEASE IT'S ANNUAL CATTLE INVETORY REPORT. OUR PARTNERS OVER AT BEEF TODAY SAY ANALYSTS ARE PREDICTING NATIONAL HERD NUMBERS WILL BE DOWN FROM A YEAR AGO...BY A LITTLE MORE THAN 1 PERCENT. LAST YEAR THE USDA REPORTED 89 POINT 3 MILLION HEAD OF CATTLE IN THE U.S. THAT WAS THE LOWEST SINCE 1952.

WHEAT CONDITIONS:

MEANWHILE, WINTER WHEAT GRAZING IN OKLAHOMA IS LIMITED RIGHT NOW. THE STATE "NASS" OFFICE SAYS RANCHERS ARE PUTTING-OUT THEIR HERDS ON ONLY 22-PERCENT OF THE WHEAT CROP. USUALLY ABOUT A THIRD OF WHEAT PASTURE IS BEING USED.

PROPANE COSTS:

WHILE MUCH OF THE COUNTRY RECOVERS FROM A WEEK OF COLD AND SNOW, IT MAY TAKE LONGER FOR YOUR WALLET TO RECOVER. THE MAJOR FUELS USED TO HEAT HOMES ARE IN RECORD PRICE TERRITORY.

KANSAS SEED:

TWO AGRICULTURAL SCIENTISTS FROM CHINA - ACCUSED OF STEALING SEED TECHNOLOGY IN THE COUNTRY - WILL APPEAR BEFORE A FEDERAL JUDGE IN KANSAS TODAY.

TOP PRODUCER:

IN AGRIBUSINESS, TOP PRODUCER SEMINAR IS WRAPPING UP IN CHICAGO. 900 OF THE NATION'S TOP FARMERS AND INDUSTRY FOLKS ATTENDED THE EVENT THIS YEAR AT THE SOUTHERN TIP OF LAKE MICHIGAN. MUCH OF THE SEMINAR IS GEARED TOWARD BUSINESS MANAGEMENT, STRATEGY AND MARKETING. AND WITH LOWER PRICES IN THE GRAIN MARKETS THERE'S PLENTY TO TALK ABOUT. WHICH IS A GOOD THING FOR TOP THIRD'S OWN MARK GOLD.

FARRIER:

A HORSESHOE IS A SYMBOL OF GOOD LUCK, BUT IT ALSO HAS A MORE PRACTICAL USE OF COURSE. THAT'S TO PROTECT A BEAUTIFUL ANIMAL'S DELICATE FOOT. THE U-T COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE WORKS WITH A "FARRIER" - AN EXPERT WHO SHOES HORSES.  AS CHUCK DENNEY REPORTS, GOOD HEALTH FOR A HORSE STARTS FROM THE GROUND UP.

DROUGHT ORGANICS:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY - THE CALIFORNIA DROUGHT MIGHT MAKE IT HARDER TO BUY FULLY ORGANIC DAIRY PRODUCTS FROM THE GOLDEN STATE. PARCHED PASTURES COULD FORCE CALIFORNIA DAIRY FARMERS TO SEEK A "TEMPORARY VARIANCE" FROM ORGANIC DAIRY STANDARDS. THOSE STANDARDS REQUIRE COWS TO BE RAISED ON PASTURE FOR A CERTAIN NUMBER OF DAYS EACH YEAR. BUT PASTURES HAVE LITTLE TO NO GRASS, AND ORGANIC DAIRY FARMERS HAVE HAD TO FEED ORGANIC HAY TO THEIR COWS INSTEAD. AN ORGANIC CERTIFYING AGENCY SAYS FEDERAL OFFICIALS HAVE RELAXED THE STANDARDS AT TIMES OF DROUGHT IN OTHER REGIONS.

AIR IN FOOD:

IF YOU WANT TO EAT LESS FOOD, IT'S POSSIBLE THAT AIR COULD MAKE THE DIFFERENCE. IN THE LATEST INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GAS-STRON-OH-ME AND FOOD SCIENCE, RESEARCHERS TALKED ABOUT AERATING FOOD. THE IDEA IS TO BLEND OR WHIP AIR INTO FOOD PRODUCTS, MAKING THEM LIGHTER IN TERMS OF CALORIES. RESEARCHERS ARE STUDYING WHETHER THAT WOULD CONVINCE THE BRAIN THAT YOUR STOMACH IS FULL AND SATISFIED. THEREFORE YOU EAT LESS. SCIENTISTS SAY INTRODUCING A GAS PHASE INTO FOOD WILL AFFECT TEXTURE AND FIRMNESS, AS WELL AS APPEARANCE OF FOODS.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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