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AgDay Daily Recap -January 28, 2014

January 28, 2014
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

JANUARY 28, 2014

 

COLD WEATHER:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. ARCTIC AIR IS AGAIN SETTLING INTO MUCH OF THE MIDWEST. AND RESIDENTS ARE FEELING THE COLD IN THEIR HOMES AND BUSINESSES AS WELL AS THEIR POCKETS.

DAKOTA INTERSTATES:

ON SUNDAY, A BLIZZARD CLOSED ON INTERSTATES 94 AND 29 - TWO MAJOR ROUTES THROUGH THE STATE. WIND GUSTS WERE NEARLY 70 MILES AN HOUR. THE HIGHWAYS WERE RE-OPENED ON MONDAY AS VISIBILITY IMPROVED. BUT COLD IS STILL A CONCERN. THE ENTIRE STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA UNDER WIND CHILL WARNINGS AND WIND CHILL ADVISORES AS TEMPS ONLY REACHED A NEGATIVE FIVE DEGREES. LET'S CHECK IN NOW WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN TO SEE WHEN THIS ARCTIC BLAST WILL LET-UP, MIKE.

CROP WATCH:

SNOW ROLLERS ARE ON THE MOVE IN BUTLER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS ONE. IT'S ABOUT A FOOT IN DIAMETER. IT TAKES JUST THE RIGHT COMBINATION OF FACTORS TO CREATE THE PHENOMENON. IT'S BASICALLY A LARGE, CYLINDRICAL SNOWBALL THAT HAPPENS WHEN CHUNKS OF SNOW ARE BLOWN ALONG THE GROUND BY THE WIND. AND ON THE OTHER END OF THE SPECTRUM - TAKE A LOOK AT THIS PHOTO FROM CLOVIS, NEW MEXICO.  HIGH WINDS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR BLOWING COUNTLESS TUMBLEWEEDS AROUND TOWN. THIS HOUSE AS YOU CAN SEE IS COMPLETELY SURROUNDED AND IT WASN'T THE ONLY IN PLACE IN TOWN WITH THE PROBLEM. RAINS LAST SUMMER GROW THE WEEDS...MOST COMMONLY RUSSIAN THISTLE. NOW WINDS ARE NOW HELPING TO DISTRIBUTE.

CANADA EXPLOSION:

AS THE BITTER COLD SETTLED OVER THE NORTHERN PLAINS THIS PAST WEEKEND, U-S RESIDENTS NEAR THE CANADIAN BORDER WERE ASKED TO CONSERVE NATURAL GAS BY TURNING DOWN THEIR FURNACES. A NATURAL GAS PIPELINE OPERATED BY TRANSCANADA CORP EXPLODED IN THE CANADIAN PROVINCE OF MANITOBA ON SATURDAY. GAS SUPPLIES WERE SHUT-OFF TO THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS, INCLUDING IN FARGO NORTH DAKOTA. AND WHILE THE FIRE WAS PUT-OUT BY SATURDAY EVENING, THE NATURAL GAS LINE HAD TO BE SHUT-OFF SO REPAIRS COULD BE MADE.

PROPANE DEMAND:

WITH THE COLD BLAST, DEMAND ON PROPANE IS HIGH. AND AS WE'VE BEEN REPORTING, THE PRICE HAS NEARLY DOUBLED IN SOME PARTS OF THE MIDWEST. HIGH DEMAND STARTED LAST FALL IN THE CORNBELT AS THE WEATHER FORCED FARMERS TO BRING IN CORN CROPS THAT NEEDED MORE DRYING. THE PROPANE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH COUNCIL SAYS SUPPLY IS NOT THE ISSUE. IT SAYS TRANSPORTATION IS CAUSING THE BOTTLENECK. "PERC" SAYS FEDERAL AND STATE AUTHORITIES IN 30 STATES HAVE LIFTED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS TO HELP DRIVERS GET TO THE FUEL DEPOTS.

FARM BILL:

WHILE THE DAIRY ASPECT OF THE FARM BILL WAS A STUMBLING BLOCK LAST WEEK, IT APPEARS MOST DIFFERENCES HAVE NOW BEEN WORKED OUT. THAT SAID THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COULD BE VOTING ON A NEW FARM BILL THIS WEEK.

COOL LABELING:

IT ALSO APPEARS THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING LAW WILL NOT BE REPEALED UNDER THE NEW FARM BILL. THE RULE REQUIRES MORE INFORMATION ON WHERE EACH OF THE PRODUCTION STEPS -- BORN, RAISED AND SLAUGHTERED -- OCCURRED.  THE NATIONAL CATTLEMEN'S BEEF ASSOCIATION WAS OPPOSED TO THE LABELING LAW.
STATE OF THE UNION:

PRESIDENT OBAMA DELIVERS HIS 6TH STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS TONIGHT. IT'S EXPECTED THE PRESIDENT WILL ATTEMPT TO STEER THE SPEECH AWAY FROM THE CONTROVERSIES THAT MARKED 2013 AND FOCUS ON GOVERNMENT POLICIES TO HELP THE AMERICANS STRUGGLING UNDER HIS WATCH. WASHINGTON ANALYSTS SAY THE PRESIDENT WILL ALSO ADDRESS SOME OF HIS KEY ISSUES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN FULFILLED, SUCH AS CLIMATE CHANGE AND IMMIGRATION REFORM.

RFS COMMENT PERIOD:

UNLESS THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY EXTENDS THE DEADLINE, THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON THE EPA'S PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE RENEWABLE FUELS STANDARD ENDS TODAY. THE LEVELS WERE SET BY CONGRESS WHEN THE STANDARD WAS APPROVED IN 2007. LAST NOVEMBER, EPA PROPOSED A REDUCTION IN THE R-F-S FOR 2014 BY A HALF BILLION GALLONS.

ANALYSIS:

THIS WEEK MAY MAKE MORE MIDWEST FARMERS YEARN FOR SPRING. IN REALITY, IT'S NOT THAT FAR AWAY. AND THE DECISION ON WHAT CROPS TO PLANT IS IN THE PENDING STAGE.
FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL DISCUSSES THE ANNUAL ACREAGE BATTLER IN THIS MORNING'S ANALYSIS.

TOP PRODUCER:

EACH YEAR, OUR CORPORATE COUSINS OVER AT TOP PRODUCER MAGAZINE HONOR ONE OF OUR NATION'S FARMERS AS TOP PRODUCER OF THE YEAR. BUT TO GET DOWN TO ONE SINGLE WINNER THEY START WITH THREE FINALISTS. THIS WEEK, WE'LL BE PROFILING THOSE FINALISTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH TOP PRODUCER SEMINAR HAPPENING IN CHICAGO. TODAY, WE'RE LEAVING THE FRIGID STREETS OF LAKE MICHIGAN TO MEET OUR FIRST FINALIST, JAY MYERS IN BALMY NORTH DAKOTA.

FOOD LABELS:

AS MORE FOLKS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE HEALTH OF THEIR FOOD, THE FDA SAYS IT'S PLANING AN OVERHAUL OF NUTRITION LABELS.

BARNS:

AND JUST A QUICK REMINDER. WE WANT TO SHOWCASE SOME OF THOSE GREAT AMERICAN BARNS THAT DOT FARM COUNTRY. WE WILL START HIGHLIGHTING THEM EACH WEEK ON AGDAY. VERY FEW STRUCTURES BETTER REPRESENT THE HISTORY OF RURAL AMERICA THAN THE BARN.  AND WE'D LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU. IF YOU HAVE A CLASSIC BARN, PLEASE SEND US A PHOTO AND SOME INFORMATION ABOUT ITS PAST. WE MIGHT SHOWCASE YOUR BARN ON AGDAY. YOU CAN MAIL IT TO US - THE ADDRESS IS ON YOUR SCREEN - OR SEND AN EMAIL WITH AN ATTACHED PHOTO AND SOME HISTORY. THAT EMAIL ADDRESS IS GREATAMERICANBARNS@AGDAY.COM.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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