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THIS WEEK ON U.S. FARM REPORT

EPISODE # 2062

FEBRUARY 16-17, 2013 

 

 

JOHN’S OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS. SO FAR MY MARKETING PLAN FOR 2013 IS NOT EXACTLY WORKING OUT LIKE I HOPED. A FEW UNEXPECTED PRICE TURNS CONFOUNDED MY PREDICTIONS. THE LAST FEW YEARS HAVE EXPANDED OUR VISION OF WHAT CAN HAPPEN, AND HAVING THE FIRST POPE IN SIX HUNDRED YEARS RESIGN THIS WEEK CERTAINLY REINFORCES THIS OUTLOOK. WITH TIGHT GRAIN STOCKS, CLIMATE QUESTIONS, PERPLEXING POLITICS AT HOME AND ABROAD, AND A COMPLEX GLOBAL FINANCIAL SYSTEM, THIS COULD TRULY BE THE YEAR TO ASK: WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? JUST DON'T EXPECT A HELPFUL ANSWER. TIME NOW FOR THE HEADLINES, HERE'S TYNE MORGAN.

HEADLINES:

THANK YOU JOHN AND HELLO EVERYONE. IT APPEARS THE CORN BELT COULD BE GEARING UP FOR ANOTHER DRY SUMMER, BUT NOT AS INTENSE. COMPETITION FROM OTHER COUNTRIES AND OTHER CROPS WILL RESULT IN A MUCH SMALLER U-S COTTON CROP IN 2013. U.S. MEAT WON'T BE HEADED FOR RUSSIA. THAT COUNTRY SUSPENDED ALL IMPORTS OF U.S. MEAT ON MONDAY, CITING CONCERNS OVER THE FEED ADDATIVE RACTOPAMINE. ADDING RUSSIA HAS REFUSED TO DISCUSS THE SAFETY OF RACTOPAMINE AND SUSPENDED MEAT IMPORTS. AG LEADERS SAY THIS RAISES ABOUT RUSSIA'S COMMITMENT TO THE GLOBAL TRADING SYSTEM.

CROP WATCH:

CROP WATCH THIS WEEK BEGINS IN KANSAS.

ROUNDTABLE:

WE'RE OFF TO LOUISVILLE AS OUR PANEL OF MARKETING EXPERTS GATHER AT THE NATIONAL FARM MACHINERY SHOW.

JOHN’S WORLD:

I WILL BE MISSING IN ACTION FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AS I TAKE AN UNEXPECTED TRIP. ABOUT A YEAR AGO, AN OLD FRIEND FROM MY DAYS IN NATIONAL CORN GROWERS INVITED ME TO SEE HIS FARM IN AFRICA. WALLIE HARDIE FROM NORTH DAKOTA WAS THE PRESIDENT BACK IN THE DAY, AND AS I HOPE MANY OF YOU FIND OUT, ONE OF THE WONDERFUL BENEFITS FROM PARTICIPATING IN COMMODITY OR PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET TO KNOW PEOPLE WHO WILL HAVE SIGNFICANT IMPACT ON OUR PROFESSION IN THE FUTURE. WALLIE HAS BECOME INVOLVED THROUGH A STORY WAY TOO LONG TO DETAIL NOW IN FARMING OPERATIONS IN MOZAMBIQUE AND TANZANIA. IF YOU ARE NOT TOTALLY SURE WHERE THOSE COUNTRIES ARE DON'T BE EMBARRASSED, I WAS A LITTLE VAGUE MYSELF. AFTER I GET BACK I WILL TREAT YOU ALL TO THAT DREADED EXPERIENCE OF SOMEONE ELSE'S TRAVEL PHOTOS. ON THE WAY, I WILL BE STOPPING IN SOUTH AFRICA TO TRY TO GET A GLIMPSE OF A NATION ON THE ECONOMIC BRINK, ACCORDING TO MANY ECONOMISTS. THIS LARGEST ECONOMY IN AFRICA HAS RICH AND VARIED AG HISTORY, BUT A VERY TROUBLED OUTLOOK. AFRICA COULD BE THE LAST FRONTIER FOR FARMLAND, AND VARIOUS AG VENTURES ARE SPRINGING UP THERE IN SOME OF THE POOREST NATIONS ON EARTH. BRITS, AMERICANS, CHINESE, AUSTRALIANS, INDIANS, AND OTHERS ARE ACTIVE IN EASTERN AFRICA. WALLIE'S VENTURE IS UNIQUE BOTH IN PURPOSE AND EXECUTION, AND WHEN HE ASKED ME DOWN, I STARTED GETTING MY SHOTS. A LOT OF THEM. YOU CAN FOLLOW MY TRAVELS ON MY BLOG ON OUR HOMEPAGE. I'LL SEE YOU IN TWO WEEKS.

2ND HALF

JOHN’S OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS. I THINK IT HAS TO DO WITH THE HEIGHT OF THE SUN, AND THE LENGTH OF THE DAYLIGHT HOURS, BUT ABOUT THIS TIME OF YEAR, I DRIVE MY FAMILY NUTS WITH VISIONS OF SPRING BEING RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. WE FARMERS ARE SOLAR-POWERED WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, SO MAYBE IT'S NOT SURPRISING TO RESPOND TO MORE PHOTONS, ESPECIALLY AFTER WHAT HAS BEEN A REMARKABLY GRAY WINTER. A LITTLE HINT OF WARMTH IN THE BREEZE, A CLEAR SKY, AND BREAKFAST IN THE DAYLIGHT ARE ALL I NEED TO TURN MY THOUGHTS TO PLANTING, AND OTHER PREMEDITATED ACTS OF AGRICULTURE. AND THE FACT I'M NOT EVEN CLOSE TO BEING READY. LET'S GET STARTED WITH THE HEADLINES AND TYNE MORGAN.

HEADLINES:

THANK YOU, JOHN. THE PRESIDENT GAVE HIS STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS THIS WEEK. MANY PROPOSED POLICIES IN THE ADDRESS COULD DIRECTLY IMPACT THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE. THE AG SECRETARY'S COMMENTS ON FURLOUGHING MEAT INSPECTORS IS DRAWING CRITICISM FROM THE MEAT INDUSTRY. ON MONDAY SECRETARY TOM VILSACK WARNED HOW SEQUESTRATION, OR MANDATORY BUDGET CUTS, COULD IMPACT HIS DEPARTMENT. HE TOLD OUR PARTNERS AT AGRITALK SIX THOUSAND FOOD-SAFETY AND MEAT INSPECTOR JOBS WOULD BE FURLOUGHED TEMPORARILY SHUTTING DOWN PLANTS. MEANWHILE, U-S BEEF AND PORK EXPORTS HIT RECORD HIGHS LAST YEAR, TOPPING THE RECORD PREVIOUSLY SET IN 2011. THE U-S MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION SAYS PORK EXPORTS ROSE 3 POINT 5 PERCENT, TOPPING 2 POINT 2-5 METRIC TONS. BEEF EXPORTS WERE UP 2 PERCENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR. SPEAKING OF PORK, THE AROMA OF BACON FILLED THE AIR LAST WEEKEND IN DES MOINES, IOWA AS THOUSANDS GATHERED TO CELEBRATE THE POPULAR PORK PRODUCT. WELCOME TO THE "BLUE RIBBON BACON FESTIVAL", HELD AT THE IOWA STATE FAIRGROUNDS. THE ANNUAL EVENT FEATURED MORE THAN 10-THOUSAND POUNDS OF BACON SERVED IN UNUSUAL WAYS. THAT'S IT FOR NEWS...METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US NOW WITH THE NATIONAL FORECAST.

VETS ON CALL:

YOU MAY REMEMBER THE 1971 FILM CLASSIC - WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. THE LITTLE BOY - CHARLIE BUCKET - DESPERATELY WANTED ONE OF THE FIVE GOLDEN TICKETS TO ENTER THE MAGIC CANDY FACTORY. WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW IS THAT LITTLE BOY - NAMED PETER OSTRUM - DID NOT PURSUE A FILM CAREER AS AN ADULT. IN FACT, HE TOOK A DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT PATH. IN THIS SPECIAL REPORT WE CALL "VETS ON CALL", MEET DOCTOR PETE OSTRUM - NOW A VETERINARIAN IN UPSTATE NEW YORK.

BAXTER BLACK:

THIS WEEK WE'RE OFF TO BAXTER BLACK'S ARIZONA RANCH TO FIND OUT WHY COWBOYS - REAL COWBOYS - USE A 60 FOOT ROPE.

TRACTOR TALES:

FOR OUR TRACTOR ENTHUSIASTS THIS WEEK, WE HEAD WEST WITH THE CENTRAL MONTANA FLYWHEELERS GROUP.

CHURCH SALUTE:

TODAY'S COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE GOES TO LITTLE CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH IN EPPS, LOUISIANA. LITTLE CREEK WAS FOUNDED IN 1944. ABOUT A YEAR LATER, THE CONGREGATION HAD ERECTED A CHURCH THAT REMAINS THERE TODAY. THE CHURCH IS SURROUNDED BY BEAUTIFUL OAK AND CEDAR TREES. CHURCH MEMBERS TELL US THAT MAKES FOR A PICTURE- PERFECT BACKDROP FOR OLD-TIME CHURCH DINNERS. THE FAMILIES SAY WHILE MEMBERSHIP IS SMALL IN NUMBERS - THEY ARE LARGE IN LOYALTY. CONGRATULATIONS TO LITTLE CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH OF EPPS, LOUISIANA.

MAILBAG:

TIME NOW FOR OUR WEEKLY LOOK INSIDE THE FARM REPORT MAILBAG. AS I EXPECTED, I RECEIVED SEVERAL STRONGLY WORDED DISAGREEMENTS WITH MY SUGGESTION THAT WE ARE NOT USING HELPFUL METAPHORS TO UNDERSTAND OUR NATION'S DEBT.

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