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AgDay Daily Recap -May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MAY 22, 2013

 

FARM BILL:

GOOD MORNING I'M TYNE MORGAN. CLINTON GRIFFITHS IS ON ASSIGNMENT. AS THE SENATE DEBATES THE FARM BILL THIS WEEK, THE WHITE HOUSE IS ENCOURAGING LAWMAKERS TO MAKE BIGGER CUTS TO CROP INSURANCE.

IMMIGRATION:

MEANWHILE, IMMIGRATION REFORM IS MAKING ITS WAY OUT OF COMMITTEE. IT'S EXPECTED ON THE SENATE FLOOR IN JUNE. AND WHILE SEVERAL AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN PROPOSED THUS FAR, THE 844 PAGE BILL REMAINS LARGELY UNTOUCHED. SECRETARY VILSACK SAYS HE HOPES THE MEASURE WILL MAKE IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

DRONE LAW:

AS MORE PEOPLE EXPLORE WHAT'S COMMONLY KNOWN AS DRONES, IT'S PROJECTED AGIRULCTURE COULD BECOME A MAIN USER OF THE UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES, OR UAVS.
IT'S ALSO STIRRING DEBATE ON THE NEGATIVE AFFECTS THESE COULD HAVE ON FARMERS AND RANCHERS.

MOORE, OKLAHOMA:

AMONGST THE RUBBLE OF MOORE, OKLAHOMA, THERE IS 'SOME' GOOD NEWS. OFFICIALS HAVE LOWERED THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO DIED IN MONDAY'S DEVASTATING STORM.
EARLY YESTERDAY, THE DEATH TOLL WAS AS HIGH AS 51, BUT IT WAS LOWERED TO 24, INCLUDING NINE CHILDREN. THEY WERE LOWERED WHEN IT WAS DETERMINED SOME OF THE VICTIMS WERE COUNTED TWICE. HOWEVER, THOSE NUMBERS COULD CONTINUE TO CHANGE.  ONE THING IS CERTAIN IS THE SHEAR POWER OF THE TWISTER AT ABOUT 200 MILES AN HOUR. HOSPITAL OFFICIALS SAY THEY'VE TREATED MORE THAN 200 PATIENTS, INCLUDING OVER 70 CHILDREN, SINCE A TORNADO RIPPED THROUGH THE OKLAHOMA CITY SUBURB.

JOPLIN ANNIVERSARY:

MEANWHILE, TODAY MARKS THE TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE JOPLIN, MISSOURI TORNADO. IT IS STILL THE COUNTRY'S DEADLIEST SINGLE TORNADO IN DECADES. 161 PEOPLE DIED WHEN THAT STORM HIT OM MAY 22ND, 2011. MORE THAN A THOUSAND PEOPLE WERE INJURED. THOUSANDS OF HOMES AND BUILDINGS WERE DESTROYED INCLUDING SIX SCHOOLS. THAT STORY WAS CATEGORIZED AS AN E-F-FIVE. OFFICIALS FROM JOPLIN ARE SENDING A SUPPORT TEAM TO MOORE, OKLAHOMA TO HELP THAT CITY IN THESE EARLY DAYS OF RECOVERY.

CROP WATCH:

THERE'S A HUGE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BOTH ENDS OF THE GREAT PLAINS WHEN TALKING ABOUT MOISTURE. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS FROM THE AGDAY WEATHER-CENTER. WHEAT AND PASTURE:

AS HE MENTIONED, PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHERN PLAINS ARE STRUGGLING TO FIND MOISTURE. THIS IS IMPACTING THE NATION'S WHEAT CROP.

BEEF PRICES:

IT'S BETTER NEWS FOR LOUSIANA CATTLE PRODUCERS WITH ALMOST HALF OF THE STATE'S PASTURES IN GOOD CONDITION. JUST AS COOKS GETTING READY FOR GRILLING SEASON, BEEF PRICES ARE ON THE RISE. LSU AGCENTER CORRESPONDENT TOBIE BLANCHARD REPORTS THAT SEVERAL FACTORS ARE CAUSING THE INCREASE.

TOBACCO BIOFUEL:

IN AGRIBUSINESS TODAY - THERE MAY BE A NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR TOBACCO GROWERS. BIOFUEL RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKELEY HAVE ENGINEERED TOBACCO PLANTS TO PRODUCE OILS THAT CAN SERVE AS BIOFUELS . USE OF TOBACCO FOR CIGARETTE PRODUCTS IS DECREASING IN THE UNITED STATES. TOBACCO GROWERS ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ELSE TO DO WITH THEIR CROP.

ANALYSIS:

WHILE LIVESTOCK PRICES ENDED MOSTLY HIGHER YESTERDAY, GRAIN FUTURES HAVE BEEN ANYTHING BUT STEADY. IN TODAY'S ANALYSIS, AL PELL SAYS FEED USERS SHOULD PLAY IT SMART.

CHICKEN CLASS:

LEARNING FOR KIDS CAN HAPPEN ANY TIME - EVEN AFTER THE SCHOOL DAY HAS ENDED. U-T EXTENSION WORKS IN AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS IN COMMUNITIES AROUND THE STATE WITH A GOAL OF IMPROVING GRADES. CHUCK DENNEY SHOWS US HOW SCIENCE IS TAUGHT IN A MAKESHIFT BARNYARD...IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE. UT EXTENSION HOSTS AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM IN ABOUT A DOZEN COUNTIES STATEWIDE. THEY HOPE TO EXPAND THAT NUMBER.

OMEGA 3 SAUSAGES:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, IF YOU'RE FAVORITE MORNING MEAL COMES WITH A SIDE OF SAUSAGE, RESEARCHERS ARE WORKING TO MAKE YOUR BREAKFAST EVEN HEALTHIER.

SPOILING FRUIT:

MOST OF US HAVE HAD THAT FEELING WHEN WE OPENED THE FRIDGE. THAT FRESH FRUIT YOU JUST BOUGHT A WEEK AGO IS ALREADY SPOILING. WELL, RESEARCHERS HAVE FOUND A NEW WAY TO PRESERVE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES FROM SPOILING SO QUICKLY. A STUDY PUBLISHED IN CHEMICAL REVIEW JOURNAL, SAYS RESEARCHERS FOUND BY REMOVING THE INVISIBAL GAS THAT CAUSES SPOILING, FOOD STAYS FRESH LONGER. THE METHOD IS CALLED PHOTOCATALYIS. A CATALYST AND LIGHT WORK TOGETHER TO REMOVE ETHYLENE, THE INVISIBAL GAS, BY TURNING IT INTO CARBON DIOXIDE AND WATER.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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