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THIS WEEK ON U.S. FARM REPORT

EPISODE # 2083

JULY 13-14, 2013   

 

JOHN’S OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS. WELL, THEY DID IT. TO THE SURPRISE OF MANY - INCLUDING ME - AND THE INFURIATION OF MANY OTHERS, REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE PASSED A FOOD-FREE FARM BILL. WHILE YOU WOULD THINK THAT FARM ORGANIZATIONS WHO CONSTANTLY COMPLAINED ABOUT FOOD STAMPS IN FARM BILLS WOULD BE PLEASED, ACTUALLY, THEY WERE LIVID. THE SO-CALLED UNHOLY ALLIANCE BETWEEN URBAN FOOD-AID PROPONENTS AND THE RURAL FARM LOBBY HAS BEEN SHAKEN, AND IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN WHETHER EITHER FACTION WILL BE HAPPY WITH THE RESULT. ONE THING IS CERTAIN HOWEVER. OUR VAUNTED AG LOBBY WAS REMARKABLY INEFFECTIVE. TIME NOW FOR THE HEADLINES.....HERE'S TYNE MORGAN.

HEADLINES:

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES THE FARM BILL IS ALL FARM AND NO NUTRITION PROGRAMS. IN A VERY PARTISAN VOTE, THE HOUSE DECIDED THIS WEEK TO STRIP THE NUTRITION TITLE FROM THE FARM BILL. USDA HAS LOWERED ITS CORN PRODUCTION ESTIMATE, BUT STILL THINKS IT WILL BE A RECORD BREAKER. OVERALL, USDA'S MONTHLY WASDE REPORT PROVIDED NO BIG SURPRISES. WHEAT GROWERS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST CAN NOW GET BACK TO FOCUSING ON PRODUCING GRAIN. SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN HAVE NOW LIFTED BAN ON U.S. SPRING WHEAT IMPORTS. THE COUNTRIES BANNED IMPORTS BACK IN MAY AFTER AN OREGON FARMER FOUND ROUND UP RESISTANT VOLUNTEER WHEAT IN A FIELD. ACCORDING TO THE LATEST USDA REPORT, U.S. HAY PRODUCERS EXPECT TO HARVEST MORE ACRES THIS YEAR. THAT'S COMPARED TO LAST YEAR. GROWERS ANTICIPATE HARVESTING 56 PONT 6 MILLION ACRES OF ALL HAY--UP ABOUT 350-THOUSAND ACRES FROM 2012. MOST OF THE INCREASE WILL BE OUT EAST. IN THE WEST--WHERE CONDITIONS REMAIN DRY, ACRES AND YIELDS ARE EXPECTED TO BE DOWN.

CROP WATCH:

THANKS TYNE.  CROP WATCH LOOKS AT SOME CROP DAMAGE IN THE EASTERN CORNBELT FROM A MID-WEEK STORM. FIELDS FROM ILLINOIS TO OHIO SUSTAINED DAMAGE. JOHN BROUGHT A PHOTO FROM CHRISMAN, ILLINOIS. HE SAID THIS FIELD HAD WIND DAMAGE, BUT IT ALSO SUSTAINED DAMAGE FROM A UTILITY TRUCK TRYING TO GET TO A POWER POLE FOR REPAIRS.

ROUNDTABLE:

WE'RE OFF TO WESTERN KANSAS FOR THIS WEEK'S MARKETING ROUNDTABLE. THE MARKETING ROUNDTABLE THIS WEEK TAKES US TO DODGE CITY, KANSAS FOR THE 3-EYE SHOW.  IT'S A VERY POPULAR EXPO WITH PLENTY OF THE LATEST EQUIPMENT. OUR GUESTS INCLUDE ARLAN SUDERMAN FROM WATER STREET SOLUTIONS, CHARLIE SAUERWEIN OF WIND RIVER GRAIN AND RADIO BROADCASTER JOHN JENKINSON FROM THE AG NETWORK. LET'S HAND THINGS OVER TO FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL.

JOHN’S WORLD:

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PUTTING SOME DISTANCE BETWEEN THEMSELVES AND THEIR GOVERNMENT THE LAST FEW YEARS. CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL IS AT NEW RECORD LOWS, PRESIDENTIAL APPROVAL IS MEDIOCRE, AND IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE SOMEONE PRAISING ANY GOVERNMENT PROGRAM. RONALD REAGAN'S FAMOUS ASSERTION HAS BEEN EMBRACED BY MANY: GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM. WHILE I AM FREQUENTLY DISAPPOINTED IN ACTION FROM ELECTED OFFICIALS, THERE IS ONE TROUBLING ASPECT OF THIS DISAFFECTION THAT I DO NOT SUPPORT: THE PROBLEM IS THE CORRUPT NINCOMPOOPS IN OFFICE. I TEND TO SIDE WITH THE FRENCH HISTORIAN DE TOCQUEVILLE WHO FAMOUSLY SAID: IN A DEMOCRACY PEOPLE TEND TO GET THE GOVERNMENT THEY DESERVE. ALTHOUGH I KNOW FEW POLITICANS PERSONALLY, AND NONE CLOSELY, I CAN'T FIND A WHOLE LOT OF DIFFERENCE IN HOW THEY ACT AND HOW WE CITIZENS ACT. AMERICANS HAVE BECOME LESS TRUSTING AND MORE CYNICAL, NOT TO MENTION SELF-SERVING. WE AVOID SACRIFICE FOR THE GOOD OF THE MANY; WE THINK SHORT-TERM; AND WE NO LONGER EMBRACE THE IDEA OF COMPROMISE. UNFORTUNATELY, THESE ARE INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT TOOLS IN A WORLD OF GROWING ECONOMIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL COMPLEXITY. IF COOPERATION AND MUTUAL RESPECT ARE ABSENT IN OUR PRIVATE LIVES, WHY SHOULD WE THINK LEADERS WILL DISPLAY THEM? THE WORD OF THE DAY WHEN TALKING ABOUT GOVERNMENT IS DYSFUNCTIONAL. IF THAT IS ACCURATE, WHY DON'T WE DEMAND RESULTS RATHER THAN OUR OWN WAY? REMEMBER, THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THOSE TWO.

2ND HALF JOHN’S OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS. IT'S COUNTY FAIR TIME FOR MANY OF YOU, AND I HOPE YOU HAVE WONDERFUL WEATHER AND AMPLE VISITS WITH SELDOM SEEN ACQUAINTANCES.  BUT I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO TALK WITH ALL OF YOU FOLKS OUT THERE OF A CERTAIN AGE - IF YOU HAVE AN ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH AND YOU STILL BRUSH BACK AND FORTH OUT OF HABIT, YOU'RE WHO I NEED TO SPEAK TO. MY ADVICE IS THIS: NO MATTER HOW DESPERATELY YOUR GRANDCHILD BEGS YOU, DO NOT - I REPEAT - DO NOT JOIN THEM ON EVEN THE TAMEST MIDWAY RIDE. REMEMBER, YOUR EARS BARELY MANAGE HEARING THESE DAYS, LET ALONE BALANCE.  IN FACT, EVEN WATCHING THE RIDES MAY BE A BAD IDEA. DON'T ASK ME HOW I KNOW THIS.

HEADLINES:

THANKS JOHN AND HELLO EVERYONE. EIGHT MEATPACKER AND LIVESTOCK GROUPS ARE TAKING THEIR OBJECTIONS OVER MANDATORY PACKAGE LABELING TO COURT. A NEW DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HOURS OF SERVICE RULE WENT INTO EFFECT JULY FIRST. AND IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO MAKE A BIG IMPACT ON LIVESTOCK HAULERS. THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION IS STEPPING UP EFFORTS TO STOP THE EPA FROM RELEASING PERSONAL INFO ABOUT FARMERS AND RANCHERS. THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IS NOW RE-OPEN ONE WEEK AFTER A TOWBOAT SUNK NEAR NEW ORLEANS. THE SUBMERGED BOAT FORCED THE COAST GUARD TO CLOSE THE IMPORTANT SHIPPING CHANNEL FOR SEVERAL DAYS.

WORLD PORK:

HOURS OF PRACTICE, GROOMING AND MENTAL PREPERATION TAKE PLACE BEFORE STEPPING FOOT IN THE SHOW RING. AND IT'S ALL TO HELP EXHIBITORS SHINE WHILE THE JUDGES EYES ARE ON YOU. DURING WORLD PORK EXPO, TYNE MORGAN CAUGHT UP WITH AN IMPRESSIVE OHIO YOUTH, WHO'S PASSION OUTSIDE THE RING, HELPS HER EXCEL WHEN IT'S SHOW-TIME.

TEXAS SUNFLOWERS:

CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF DROUGHT HAS FORCED MANY TEXAS FARMERS TO MAKE THE MOVE TO MORE DROUGHT TOLERANT CROPS. AS ED WOLFF FROM THE TEXAS FARM BUREAU TELLS US, IT'S ONE CROP'S DEEP ROOTS, THAT MAKES IT SUCH A GOOD FIT IN PARCHED SOILS. ACCORDING TO U-S-D-A, COLORADO, KANSAS AND NORTH AND SOUTH DAKOTA ACCOUNTED FOR 87 PERCENT OF TOTAL U-S SUNFLOWER ACREAGE LAST YEAR. ABOUT HALF THE CROP IN COLORADO AND KANSAS IS RATED AS FAIR. IN THE DAKOTAS, THE CROP IS MOSTLY GOOD TO EXCELLENT.

TRACTOR TALES:

FOR TRACTOR TALES THIS WEEK WE HEAD TO THE THUMB OF MICHIGAN.

CHURCH SALUTE:

TODAY'S COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE GOES TO THE CEDAR LAKE METHODIST CHURCH IN HERKIMER COUNTY, NEW YORK. THE CHURCH WAS ORGANIZED IN 1813. AARON GOODIER WAS ONE OF THE FIRST SETTLERS IN THE AREA. HE WAS AN ORDAINED DEACON IN THE CHURCH. IT TOOK ABOUT 20 YEARS, BUT A CHURCH BUILDING WAS FINALLY ERECTED. UNFORTUNATELY FIRE DESTROYED THE CHURCH IN 1858. BUT THE CONGREGATION DECIDED TO REBUILD. AND THAT NEW CHURCH STILL STANDS TODAY. CEDAR LAKE METHODIST FEATURES A RECESSED ENTRY FLANKED BY TWO PILLARS. THE CHURCH SPIRE HOLDS THE BELL THAT WAS INSTALLED IN 1885. PASTOR SHARON RANKINS-BURD CURRENTLY LEADS THE CONGREGATION. OUR THANKS TO THE HOAGY FAMILY FOR SHARING THE HISTORY OF CEDAR LAKE METHODIST CHURCH OF CLAYVILLE, NEW YORK.

MAILBAG:

TIME NOW FOR OUR WEEKLY LOOK INSIDE THE FARM REPORT MAILBAG. A FAMILIAR ARGUMENT FOR MAINTAINING OUR SUGAR PROGRAM WAS SUGGESTED BY LARRY BETHKE FROM AMERICAN FALLS, IDAHO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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