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AgDay Daily Recap - October 29, 2010

October 29, 2010
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
OCTOBER 29, 2010

OIL SPILL LAND:
NEARLY A HALF MILLION ACRES OF RURAL LAND HAVE BEEN ENROLLED INTO A SPECIAL PROGRAM TO PROVIDE SAFE HAVEN TO MIGRATORY BIRDS. DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE OIL SPILL IN THE GULF OF MEXICO, USDA LAUNCHED AN EFFORT TO ENROLL THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF LAND INTO THE MIGRATORY BIRD HABITAT INITIATIVE. WILDLIFE EXPERTS SAY 50-MILLION BIRDS MIGRATE THROUGH THE SOUTHERN STATES EACH FALL AND SPRING. USDA WANTED TO CREATE ALTERNATIVE AND ADDITIONAL HABITATS FOR WATERFOWL. THERE WERE CONCERNS THAT SOME OF THE REGULAR BIRD STOPS WERE POLLUTED WITH CRUDE OIL. INITIALLY, THE AG DEPARTMENT WANTED TO ENROLL 150,000 ACRES. BUT TO DATE, THEY'VE ENROLLED 470,000. SOME OF THE LAND WAS FORMER FISH PONDS THAT ARE NO LONGER IN PRODUCTION. OTHER LAND WAS FLOODED TO PROVIDED FOOD AND HABITAT. THE CONTRACTS STRETCH FROM TEXAS TO FLORIDA AND AS FAR NORTH AS MISSOURI.

CALIFORNIA DAIRY MONITORING:
A GROUP OF CALIFORNIA DAIRY PRODUCERS ARE POOLING THEIR RESOURCES WHEN IT COMES TO CONTROLLING COSTS FOR GROUNDWATER MONITORING. IN 2007, THE STATE ADOPTED NEW COMPREHENSIVE WATER QUALITY REGULATIONS FOR ALL THE DAIRIES IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY, WHICH GOES FROM BAKERSFIELD TO SACRAMENTO. THEY'RE REQUIRED TO INSTALL AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE GROUNDWATER MONITORING WELLS. THIS WEEK, A COALITION OF PRODUCERS ANNOUNCED THE FORMATION OF A NON-PROFIT GROUP TO SHARE THOSE COSTS. THE ORGANIZERS SAY THEIR PLAN CALLS FOR FEWER WELLS IN MORE STRATEGIC LOCATIONS, BUT STILL MEETING THE STATE REQUIREMENTS. THE REGULATIONS REQUIRE DAIRIES TO DRAW AND ANALYZE SAMPLES AND SUBMIT REPORTS ON THE RESULTS. THE MAJOR BENEFIT FOR PARTICIPANTS IS SIGNIFICANT COST SAVINGS AND REDUCED RECORD-KEEPING, ACCORDING TO THE GROUP.

MIKE WALSTEN:
FARMERS LEARNED A LOT ABOUT THEIR FINANCIAL WELL-BEING FROM THE FARM CRISIS OF THE 1980'S. THOSE LESSONS MAY BE ONE REASON WHY WE'RE LESS LIKELY TO SEE THE BUBBLE BURST WHEN IT COMES TO FARM-LAND VALUES. AS WE'VE BEEN REPORTING, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FDIC RECENTLY RAISED CONCERNS THAT BANKS NEED TO BE WATCHING CAREFULLY FOR SIGNS OF INSTABILITY IN FARMLAND. WHILE AGRICULTURE HAS REMAINED GENERALLY STRONG DURING THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN, SHE WARNED TO WATCH FOR PRICE BUBBLES LIKE THOSE THAT HURT THE HOUSING AND STOCK MARKET. MIKE WALSTEN, WHO IS THE EDITOR OF LANDOWNER NEWSETTER, AND ONE OF OUR REPORTING PARTNERS, SAYS FARMERS ARE MUCH BETTER PREPARED. WALSTEN SAYS IT'S APPROPRIATE THAT FDIC KEEP PEOPLE FOCUSED ON THE HEALTH OF FARM LAND.

STATE BY STATE:
THANKS MIKE. NOW HERE ARE SOME OTHER FARM-STATE HEADLINES. IN NEW YORK, CORNELL UNIVERSITY RECEIVED AN 80-MILLION DOLLAR GIFT FROM ONE OF ITS ALUMS WITH ROOTS IN AGRICULTURE. DAVID ATKINSON GREW-UP ON A FARM AND GRADUATED FROM CORNELL'S AG SCHOOL IN 1960. HE WENT ON TO BUILD A FORTUNE ON WALL STREET. ATKINSON WANTS PART OF THE MONEY TO BE USED ON RESEARCH TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY IN AGRICULTURE, MEDICINE, AND ENERGY.  IN MINNESOTA, STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY SEVEN PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN SERIOUSLY ILL AFTER CONSUMING RAW MILK AND OTHER DAIRY PRODUCTS FROM A FARM PREVIOUSLY UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR ALLEGED HEALTH VIOLATIONS. THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS THE PEOPLE REPORTED THE SOURCE OF THE MILK AS HARTMANN FARMS IN SIBLEY COUNTY. IN A SEPARATE CASE, MINNESOTA OFFICIALS SAY THE HARTMANN'S FARM HAS BEEN IMPLICATED IN AN OUTBREAK OF E-COLI IN MAY AND JUNE. AS PART OF THAT INVESTIGATION, THE FARM WAS ORDERED TO STOP SELLING RAW MILK UNTIL SANITARY CONDITIONS IMPROVED.

SUGARCANE HARVEST:
HURRICANES AND HEAVY RAINS AFFECTED SUGARCANE HARVESTS IN RECENT YEARS. BUT THE LACK OF TROPICAL STORMS HITTING THE GULF THIS SUMMER AND FALL HAVE LED TO A GOOD HARVEST. TOBIE BLANCHARD HAS THIS UPDATE IN A REPORT FILED BY THE LSU AGCENTER.

ANALYSIS:
GARY WILHELMI

IN THE COUNTRY; CORN MAZE:
HALLOWEEN IS THIS WEEKEND. FOR FARMERS WHO MAKE AGRI-TOURISM A PART OF THEIR OPERATION, IT CAN MEAN BIG BUCKS. IT'S NO LONGER JUST A PUMPKIN STAND. GROWERS ARE USING THEIR CORNFIELDS TO CREATE SPECTACULAR, IF NOT SPOOKY, MAZES. CHUCK DENNEY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE GETS-UP THE NERVE AND TAKES US INTO ONE CORN FIELD THAT'S FULL OF CREATURES OF THE NIGHT. STILL TO COME, FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY...BUT FIRST, HERE'S OUR REGULAR KICKOFF TO THE WEEKEND - - RUBES FRIDAY FUNNIES. OUR FRIEND, LEIGH RUBIN PROVIDES THESE TO US EACH WEEK.

HEALTHY PUMPKIN:
IF YOU PICK-UP A PUMPKIN FOR HALLOWEEN THIS WEEKEND, DON'T FORGET TO PICK-UP AN EXTRA PUMPKIN, OR SQUASH, FOR EATING. THEY ARE PACKED-FULL OF HEALTH BENEFITS. PUMPKINS PRACTICALLY ANNOUNCE THEIR HEALTHFUL BENEFITS. WHEN YOU CARVE A JACK-O-LANTERN, YOU PROBABLY GET A PRETTY GOOD IDEA THAT PUMPKIN IS PACKED-FULL OF HIGH FIBER. ACCORDING TO A KANSAS STATE EXTENSION AGENT EVERY ONE-CUP SERVING OF PUMPKIN HAS JUST 49 CALORIES AND 3 GRAMS OF FIBER. AND BECAUSE THE ORANGE COLOR OF THE GOURD, THEN YOU KNOW IT'S A GOOD SOURCE OF BETA CAROTENE.  BETA CAROTENE HELPS REDUCE THE RISK OF CANCER AND HEART DISEASE.

CLINTON BABY:
AND FINALLY THIS MORNING, WE'RE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE AGDAY FAMILY HAS JUST EXPANDED. CLINTON GRIFFITHS AND HIS WIFE MARYBETH ARE THE PROUD PARENTS OF A HAPPY AND HEALTHY BABY GIRL. SHE WAS BORN WEDNESDAY, WEIGHING SEVEN POUNDS AND ONE OUNCE. CLINTON SAYS MOM, BABY AND BIG-BROTHER ARE ALL DOING WELL. AS YOU MIGHT EXPECT, CLINTON IS TAKING OFF A COUPLE OF DAYS TO HELP AROUND THE HOME.

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