Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. One of the nation's largest producers of meat and poultry plans to scrutinize its suppliers to insure animals are getting humane treatment.
A waiver decision for the renewable fuels standard is now in the hands of the EPA. October 11th marked the final day for comments on a request to waive the biofuels mandates. Governors from Arkansas and North Carolina originally petitioned the waiver, while leaders in other states joined in support or opposition. The last time EPA considered even a partial waiver back in 2008, it got more than 15-thousand comments.
CATTLE ON WHEAT:
Support for waiving the RFS comes mostly from livestock producers concerned about the cost of feeding animals during the current widespread drought. With winter looming winter feed continues to be top of mind for cattle producers. In the southern plains, winter wheat pastures are starting to emerge. Oklahoma producers expect a slightly better situation than last year, especially after recent widespread showers. Livestock experts say even with high cattle prices, stockers on winter wheat can still pencil out. Peel also says now is the time most cattlemen make culling decisions. And this year shouldn't be any different. He expects the most of the cull cows to move to market in the next six weeks.
Now to meat exports which showed a slump in volume in August. The U.S. Meat Export Federation released its monthly analysis.
Despite weekend rains, drought in the western cornbelt is still a big problem. Mike Hoffman has more in cropwatch.
In agribusiness today - we've watched closely as dairy margins put a strangle hold on producers. Many are making some tough decisions when it comes to efficiencies in the herd. Farm Director Al Pell has more in analysis.
FOOD FOR ALL FLORIDA:
The numbers are sobering - it's estimated some 50-million American’s were food insecure at some point in 2011. That’s why 3 organizations teamed up to create "Food For All", an effort to fight hunger on the front lines. With support from Farmers Feeding the World and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the National FFA organization has provided 140 grants to FFA chapters nationwide to fight hunger. Over the next five days we'll learn first-hand how those chapters are making a difference in their communities. Our first stop – Cedar Key, Florida. Tyne Morgan takes us there. You can learn more about the " Food For All " initiative at FFA.org". Again, we'll be showcasing FFA chapters like this one all week, in advance of the National FFA Convention.
FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY:
In food and your family, the USDA is expecting a better crop of oranges this growing season. A new study about the cancer-fighting benefits of fruits and vegetables sheds some light on just how much they can help. The research is published in the journal of food and chemical toxicology. The scientists said an estimated 20-thousand cancers could be prevented if half of all Americans simply increased their consumption of fruits and vegetables by a single serving each day. The study also examined potential cancer risk from pesticide residues. The study concluded the difference between the health benefits and risk estimates should give consumers confidence in eating conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables.