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AgDay Daily Recap -April 29, 2013

April 29, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

APRIL 29, 2013

 

FLOODED FIELDS:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AFTER ANOTHER WILD WEATHER WEEK, FARMERS IN THE NATION'S MIDSECTION ARE HOPING FOR MILDER WEATHER TO FINISH OUT THE MONTH.

CROP PROTECTION SUIT:

A U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE HAS THROWN OUT A LAWSUIT FILED BY AN ACTIVIST GROUP AGAINST THE EPA. THE SUIT CLAIMED THE AGENCY VIOLATED THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT BY NOT CONSULTING WITH THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICES ABOUT POTENTIAL IMPACTS OF PESTICIDES AND CROP PROTECTION PRODUCTS. THE DISMISSIAL IS CONSIDERED A VICTORY FOR THE EPA BUT IT'S WORKING TO DETERIMINE IF STEPS CAN BE TAKEN TO AVOID FUTURE LITIGATION. THE LAWSUIT ALLEGED NEARLY 400 CROP PROTECTION PRODUCTS MAY HAVE HARMED PROTECTED SPECIES, DESPITE BEING SCIENTIFICALLY EXAMINED AND APPROVED BY FEDERAL REGULATORS.

IMMIGRATION:

MEANWHILE, MORE MOVEMENT IS HAPPENING ON THE IMMIGRATION FRONT. CONGRESSMAN BOB GOODLATTE OF VIRGINIA HAS INTRODUCED SEPARATE BILLS, VERSUS ONE COMPREHENSIVE PIECE OF LEGISLATION.  THE FIRST IS AN AG GUESTWORKER BILL, NAMED H-R 1773. GOODLATTE SAYS IT AIMS TO PROVIDE AMERICAN FARMERS WITH A WORKABLE AND ACCESSABLE TEMPORARY AG GUESTWORKER PROGRAM. GOODLATTE SAYS IT REMOVES THE RED TAPE FROM THE CURRENT GUEST WORKER PROGRAM, AND STREAMLINES ACCESS TO A RELIABLE WORKFORCE, WHILE PROTECTING FARMERS FROM LAWSUITS. MEANWHILE, GOODLATTE, ALONG WITH TEXAS CONGRESSMAN LAMAR SMITH, HAS ENTRODUCED A BILL THAT WOULD EXPAND E-VERIFY. H-R 1772 IS A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT THE CONGRESSMEN BELIEVE WOULD HELP SOLVE THE ISSUE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. THEY SAY THE BILL ENSURES JOBS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE TO THOSE AUTHROIZED TO WORK IN THE STATS.

FARM BILL:

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID SAYS HE WANTS THE CHAMBER TO VOTE ON A NEW FARM BILL NEXT MONTH. THE MEANS THE AG COMMITTEE WOULD NEED TO GET STARTED THE FIRST WEEK OF MAY FOLLOWING THEIR RECESS. HOUSE PLANS TO START MARK UP ON THE 15TH.

CROP INSURANCE:

ALSO ALONG FARM BILL LINES, THERE'S EXPECTATIONS CROP INSURANCE WILL BE TARGETED. AS OF LAST WEEK INDEMNITY PAYMENTS FOR THE 2012 SEASON-- INCLUDING ONE OF THE WORST DROUGHTS IN U.S. HISTORY-- HAVE TOTALED 17 BILLION DOLLARS. NOW SOME IN CONGRESS SAY ITS PAYING TOO WELL. PREVIOUSLY APPROVED SENATE AMENDMENTS TIED CONSERVATION COMPLIANCE TO CROP INSURANCE AND REDUCED PAYMENTS TO FARMERS WITH A GROSS INCOME OVER 750-THOUSAND DOLLARS. THOSE AMENDMENTS AND OTHERS ARE EXPECTED THIS TIME AROUND.

WEST TEXAS LAWSUIT:

PRESIDENT OBAMA SPOKE LAST WEEK AT A MEMORIAL FOR FOLKS IN THE SMALL TOWN OF WEST TEXAS. THIS FOLLOWING A MASSIVE EXPLOSION AT A RETAIL FERTILIZER FACILITY ON APRIL 17TH, THAT BLAST DECIMATED THE AREA AND KILLED 14 PEOPLE.  A 15TH PERSON DIED SHORTLY AFTER BEING TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. THE FIRST LAWSUITS HAVE BEEN FILED IN CONNECTION WITH LAST WEEK'S EXPLOSION. THE LEAD ATTORNEY SAYS THERE ARE MORE THAN 20 PLAINTIFFS SO FAR AND MORE ARE JOINING.

DAIRY BILL:

AS TALK OF A NEW FARM BILL FIRE BACK UP, DISCUSSIONS OVER THE DAIRY PORTION OF THAT BILL ARE HEATING UP. BOB GOOD-LET OF VIRGINIA AND DAVID SCOTT OF GEORGIA ARE ROLLING OUT A NEW BILL THAT OFFERS MARGIN INSURANCE PROTECTION BUT WITHOUT PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT CONDITIONS...LIKE THOSE FOUND IN THE CURRENTLY PROPOSED DAIRY SECURITY ACT. THE ACT WILL NOW BE CONSIDERED BY THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE.  NATIONAL MILK PRODUCERS FEDERATION CEO JERRY KOZAK SAYS THIS IS PROCESSORS' ATTEMPT TO HAVE ACCESS TO TAXPAYER-SUBSIDIZED CHEAP MILK.

MILK PRODUCTION:

MEANWHILE, USDA'S NASS OFFICE RELEASE 2012 MILK PRODUCTION UMBERS. INSPITE OF DROUGHT AND HIGH FEED COSTS, U.S. DAIRY'S INCREASED PRODUCTION BY 2 PERCENT. THE RATE OF MILK PER COW CAME IN AT 21-THOUSAND 700 POUNDS PER ANIMAL. THAT'S MORE THAN 350 POUNDS PER COW HIGHER THAN 2011. MILK MONEY TOTALED 37 BILLION DOLLARS--DOWN FROM 2011.

MEAT PRODUCTION:

COMMERCIAL RED MEAT PRODUCTION CONTINUES TO FALL. NASS SAYS THE U.S. PRODUCED NEARLY 4 BILLION POUNDS IN MARCH. BUT THAT'S DOWN 4 PERCENT COMPARED TO A YEAR AGO. BEEF WAS DOWN 6 PERCENT, WHILE LIVE WEIGHTS WERE UP.

CROP WATCH:

IF FIELDS DRY OUT, FARMERS ARE READY TO GET STARTED PLANTING. IN A FEW PLACES TRACTORS ARE ALREADY RUNNING. MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US WITH DETAILS IN THIS MORNING'S CROP WATCH.

LENDING:

THE BEEF BUSINESS HAS BEEN A TOUGH ONE IN MUCH OF THE MIDWEST THIS YEAR. ACCORDING TO THE FEDERAL RESERVE, COMMERCIAL BANKS ARE LENDING LIVESTOCK OPERATORS MORE MONEY THIS YEAR. A SURVEY OF THE FIRST QUARTER FOUND BANK LENDING FOR LIVESTOCK PURCHASES ROSE TO ITS HIGHEST LEVEL IN ALMOST A DECADE...PUSHED MOSTLY BY HIGH FEEDER CATTLE PRICES. THE SURVEY ALSO FOUND STRONG SUPPORT FOR FARMLAND VALUES. FARMLAND IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN AT RECORD LEVELS IN 2013.

ANALYSIS:

FROM CATTLE TO GRAINS, MARKETS CONTINUE TO BE AN INTERESTING WATCH. AL PELL JOINS US FROM THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK THIS MORNING WITH A CLOSER LOOK AT WHAT'S MOVING MARKETS AS WE HEAD INTO MAY.

CALIFORNIA GREENS:

WHAT'S PACKED FULL OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS AND GIVING CHEFS A GROWING APPETITE? IN CALIFORNIA, IT'S DARK LEAFY GREENS. CALIFORNIA BOUTNIFUL'S TRACY SELLERS INTORUCUES US TO THE MINDS AND HANDS BEHIND SAN MIGUEL PRODUCE.  THEY'RE GIVING CHEFS EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT. SHE SAYS NO MATTER HOW BIG THE OPERATION GETS, THEIR ROOTS STAY THE SAME. THEY JUST WANT TO PROVIDE AN EASY AND HEALTHY OPTION FOR AMERICANS' DIETS.

NEW YORK FOOD WASTE:

ONE CITY IS CRACKING DOWN ON FOOD WASTE. AND IT'S THROUGH RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING --SOME RESTAURANTS ARE VOWING TO STOP TOSSING OUT SO MUCH FOOD.

SUGAR DRINKS:

AND AS MORE STUDIES FOCUS ON THE IMPACT OF SUGARY DRINKS, IT LOOKS LIKE THE LINK TO DIABETES IS GETTING STRONGER. RESEARCHERS AT IMPERIAL COLLEGE IN LONDON SAY 12 OUNCES OF SUGARY SOFT DRINKS A DAY MEANS A 22% INCREASED CHANCE OF TYPE 2 DIABETES.  WHEN THE STUDY CONSIDERED BODY MASS AND TOTAL ENERGY INTAKE, IT DROPPED TO 18%.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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