AgDay Daily Recap - November 12, 2015

November 12, 2015 02:57 AM
 

Today on AgDay:
November 12, 2015

OPENING HEADLINES:
CHOPPY CATTLE MARKETS CONTINUE...
PLUS, TURKEY PRODUCERS CONTINUE TO WORK THROUGH TIGHT SUPPLIES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.
  IN AGRIBUSINESS...
I THINK WHAT THE PRODUCERS TODAY HAVE TO REALLY CONCENTRATE ON IS MAKE SURE THAT THEY PUT ON THEIR MERCHANDISING. AND THESE COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE GETTING HELP SORTING OUT THEIR CAREERS FROM THEIR HOUSING SITUATION.
Cattle  sees some strength :
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS.
CATTLE MARKETS SEEING STRENGTH DURING TRADE AT THE CME WEDNESDAY.
THE REBOUND FOLLOWS LIMIT DOWN TRADING FOLLOWING TUESDAY'S USDA SUPPLY DEMAND REPORTS.
USDA SAYS BEEF PRODUCTION IS EXPECTED TO CLIMB NEARLY 5 PERCENT (4.8) IN 2016...TO 24 POINT 91 BILLION POUNDS.
THAT NEWS PUSHING LIVE CATTLE FUTURES FOR DECEMBER TO FRESH LOWS--DOWN TO 128 PER HUNDRED TUESDAY...BEFORE SEEING A REBOUND WEDNESDAY. THE 5 AREA PRICE AVERAGE ALSO CONTINUING TO DROP OVER THE PAST WEEK-WITH PRICES SOME 30 DOLLARS LOWER THAN LAST YEAR.
THIS COMES AS CATTLE PRICES DROPPED OFF OF SUMMER HIGH IN SEPTEMBER BEFORE GETTING A BOUNCE IN MID TO LATE OCTOBER.
SOME ANALYSTS THINK THE YO-YO OF MARKET PRICES DOESN'T BODE WELL FOR CONTINUED RUNS TO THE UPSIDE.
YOU'VE GOT MORE PROBLEMS THAN JUST INCREASING BEEF SUPPLIES. YOU'VE GOT A HIGHER DOLLAR AND YOU'VE GOT INCREASING COMPETITIVE SUPPLIES. IF THE DOLLAR CAN DROP BACK MAYBE THAT WILL SWOOP UP SUPPLIES BUT RIGHT NOW EXPECT PRICES TO GO DOWN EASIER THAN HIGHER FROM HERE.
USDA reports:
USDA ALSO INDICATING INCREASING PRESSURE FROM COMPETITIVE MEATS.
IN 2016 THE DEPARTMENT FORECAST PORK TO OUT-PRODUCE BEEF YET AGAIN... IT EXPECTS 24 POINT 9-4-BILLION POUNDS--UP NEARLY 2 PERCENT OVER 2015.
USDA ALSO RAISING EXPECTATIONS FOR POULTRY PRODUCTION....AS THE INDUSTRY RECOVERS FROM THIS YEAR'S OUTBREAK OF AVIAN FLU.
AND AS LINDA RUSSELL WITH SPRINGFIELD MISSOURI AFFILIATE KY-3 SHOWS US, FARMERS IN THAT AREA STILL FEELING THE EFFECTS OF TIGHT SUPPLIES.

Avian flu means fewer fresh Thanksgiving turkeys :
THE BIRDS AT BECHARD FAMILY FARM ARE USUALLY HATCHED RIGHT HERE IN THE OZARKS, BUT NOT THIS YEAR. OUR NORMAL SUPPLIER IS HERE IN MISSOURI, AND WE CALLED THEM IN JUNE, JULY LIKE WE ALWAYS DO, AND THEY WERE LIKE, WE CANNOT SELL YOU BIRDS THIS YEAR. AVIAN FLU OUTBREAKS IN SEVERAL STATES LED TO A SHORTAGE OF YOUNG TURKEYS RIGHT WHEN THE BECHARDS NEEDED THEM. WE WERE ON THE PHONE FOR DAYS. WE FINALLY FOUND SOME IN PENNSYLVANIA. BUT THEY COULDN'T GET THEM WHEN WE WANTED THEM, SO THESE GUYS ARE ACTUALLY A LITTLE EARLY. HARDER TO FIND, AND MORE EXPENSIVE. ARMAND USUALLY PAYS UNDER 2 DOLLARS A BIRD, BUT THIS YEAR, HE HAD TO SPEND NEARLY SIX. IT'S KIND OF A RIPPLE EFFECT. THEY HAD ALL THAT DAMAGE THIS SPRING AND THEN BY THE TIME THAT GOES THROUGH THE FOOD CHAIN, IF YOU WILL, IT TAKES A WHILE FOR IT TO BE FELT AT THE FARM.
THEIR CUSTOMERS WILL FEEL THE EFFECTS BY PAYING 20 CENTS A POUND MORE. THIS IS A BIG CHUNK OF OUR INCOME. THE BECHARDS WOULD USUALLY BUTCHER JUST IN TIME FOR THANKSGIVING, BUT BECAUSE THEY HAD TO GET THESE BIRDS EARLIER, THEY'RE ABOUT THE RIGHT SIZE NOW, SO THEY'LL BE BUTCHERED A WEEK FROM TOMORROW. WE GET PROBABLY 12 TO 15 PEOPLE. WE'LL BUTCHER 90 BIRDS IN A DAY. IT MEANS MANY OF THEIR TURKEYS WON'T BE AS FRESH AS USUAL, BUT FROZEN FOR A COUPLE WEEKS, THEN THAWED FOR THANKSGIVING. THIS IS LINDA RUSSELL REPORTING FOR AGDAY.)

Crop progress:
THANKS LINDA. COTTON PRICES STILL CLIMBING FOLLOWING USDA'S REPORT.IT SLASHED THE PRODUCTION FORECAST FOR THE YEAR. COTTON PRODUCUTION IN AT 13-POINT-THREE MILLION BALES.
THAT'S DOWN ONE PERCENT FROM LAST MONTH. AND A 19-PERCENT DROP FROM LAST YEAR. BALE SIZE WAS SMALLER TOO...DOWN 56 POUNDS PER BALE.
A NEW FORECAST BY BRAZIL SHOWS GROWERS THERE COULD SET NEW RECORDS. THIS COMES FROM BRAZIL'S AGRICULTURE MINISTRY'S CROP-FORECASTING AGENCY. THE LATEST FORECAST SUGGESTING A MORE THAN 100 MILLION TON OUTPUT, THAT'S COMPARED TO LAST YEAR'S 96 MILLION.
BRAZILIAN FARMERS INCREASING PLANTINGS OF SOYBEANS BY NEARLY 4 PERCENT AS A SLUMPING BRAZILIAN CURRENCY MAKES THE BEANS MORE COMPETITIVE ON INTERNATIONAL MARKETS.
CURRENTLY THAT BRAZILIAN SOYBEAN CROP IS ABOUT HALF PLANTED. THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE IS
CLOSER TO 60-PERCENT. EL NINO IS BRINGING THE RAIN IN SOUTH AMERICA. U-S-D-A METEOROLOGIST MARK BRUSBERG SAYS STRONG EL NINOS HAVE HISTORICALLY MEANT GOOD CORN AND SOYBEAN YIELDS IN SOUTH AMERICA.
BRUSBERG SAYS THERE WERE SOME DELAYS IN BRAZIL SOYBEAN PLANTING EARLIER, BUT FARMERS ARE MAKING-UP THAT TIME QUICKLY.
"PLANTING CONDITIONS HAVE IMPROVED RECENTLY. PARTS OF BRAZIL RECEIVED THEIR FIRST SUBSTANTIAL RAIN OF THE GROWING SEASON. SEVERAL AREAS MAYBE 2-3 WEEKS LATER THAN NORMAL. THE RAIN ENDED A VERY SERIOUS HEAT WAVE WHICH IS UNUSUAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. SO RIGHT NOW THINGS HAVE IMPROVED, BUT THEY'RE OFF TO A LATE START."
BRUBERG SAYS UNFORTUNATELY GOOD NEWS IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE USUALLY MEANS LOWER PRICES FOR U-S FARMERS.
MIDWEST FARMERS HAVE BENEFITTED FROM NICE WEATHER THIS FALL. BUT SOME GROWERS IN DIXIE ARE HAVING SOME TROUBLES. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS THE DETAILS IN CROPWATCH.
GOOD MORNING CLINTON. WE HAD A CREW IN CENTRAL WISCONSIN AND THEY SAW PLENTY OF STANDING-CORN. THIS FIELD IS NEAR WAUPACK-UH.`THAT'S ABOUT AN HOUR WEST OF GREEN BAY. THE STATE "NASS' REPORT SHOWS 76PERCENT OF THE STATE'S CORN IS HARVESTED. THAT'S A FEW POINTS AHEAD OF THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. STATEWIDE YIELDS ARE SAID TO BE EXCELLENT. IN TENNESSEE, RECENT RAINS HAVE BEEN PLAGUING FARMERS ABILITY TO FINISH HARVESTING ROW CROPS. CORN IS NEARLY FINISHED. BUT COTTON IS STARTING TO RUN BEHIND. AS OF MONDAY 68-PERCENT OF COTTON WAS PICKED, FIVE POINTS BEHIND NORMAL. TAKING A LOOK AT THE WEATHER MAP WELL THE BIG STORM SYSTEM MOVING THROUGH THE GREAT LAKES SPREADING A WINDY COLD FRONT OFF TO THE EAST WE'LL HAVE YOUR FORECAST COMING UP IN A FEW MINUTES.
THANKS MIKE.
TPP:
THE TRANSPACIFIC PARTNERSHIP CONTINUES TO BE DEBATED IN WASHINGTON AND ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL--USDA ROLLING A REPORT ON THE ATLANTIC AGREEMENT KNOWN AS T-TIP.
THE TRANS ATLANTIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP COULD INCREASE AGRICULTURAL EXPORTS TO THE EUROPEAN UNION BY BETWEEN AND 5 POINT 5 AND 9 POINT 6 BILLION DOLLARS.
JUST HOW BIG THE MARKET BECOMES DEPENDS ON HOW AGGRESSIVELY THE PACT REMOVES TARIFFS, QUOTAS AND NON-TARIFF MEASURES SAID THE REPORT. ANOTHER USDA REPORT TOOK INTO ACCOUNT THE IMPACT OF TRADE BARRIERS SUCH AS THE E-U'S BAN ON BEEF RAISED WITH GROWTH HORMONES OR PIGS GIVEN RACTOPAMINE.
AGRICULTURE SECRETARY TOM VILSACK IS ON HIS WAY TO CUBA WEDNESDAY. HE'S LEADING A DELEGATION OF U.S. GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN SUPPORT OF THE ADMINISTRATION'S COMMITMENT TO NORMALIZING RELATIONS.
THE PROPOSED SCHEDULE INCLUDES MEETINGS WITH CUBAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN AGRICULTURE, FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AND FOOD PURCHASING.
THE DELEGATION ALSO PLANS TO VISIT PORT FACILITIES, MARKETS AND COOPERATIVES.
Tease:
ALRIGHT WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THE PRODUCER'S MINDSET FOR STORING GRAIN.
ARE YOU A MERCHANDISER OR A WAREHOUSE. PLUS, FRESHMAN AG STUDENTS DISCOVER HOW DORMITORY LIVING COULD HELP GIVE DIRECTION TO THEIR CHOSEN CAREERS.
CME:
IN AGRIBUSINESS AFTER TUESDAY'S ROUT OF MAJOR COMMODITIES LETS SEE HOW THINGS CLOSED WEDNESDAY FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME.
WED GRAIN SAW A SLIGHTLY UP, SLIGHTLY DOWN, PRETTY MEDIOCRE TRADE. I THINK WE'RE DOWN HERE AT THE LOWER LEVELS AND LOOKING FOR SPOTS TO BUY. BEANS CAN HOLD AROUND HERE, THEY'D BE A BUY. CORN LOOKS PRETTY GOOD, 3.60-3.65, OF COURSE WHEAT RIGHT HERE, 4.85,4.90, 4,.80. ANYWHERE IN HERE IT BECOMES A BUY. WED LIVESTOCK TRADE WE GOT KINDA WHAT WE EXPECT. A LITTLE BOUNCE OFF THE BOTTOM. TRY TO PUSH UP THE LIMITS, BUT NOT GETTING THERE. OF COURSE, LIMITS ARE EXPANDED TODAY. OVERALL I THINK YOU WANT TO BE A SELLER, FEEDER CATTLE AT 177. I THINK IT'S A GREAT LEVEL, AGAIN THESE ARE NOTHING MORE THAN DEAD CAT BOUNCES. WE'RE LOOKING FOR A LOT LOWER PRICES. LIVE CATTLE I THINK YOU WANT TO LOOK AT 134 TO 135. IF WE GET BACK THERE. I DON'T EVEN THINK WE'LL GET BACK THAT FAR. AND FOR ALL MY VETERANS OUT THERE, THANK YOU SO MUCH. I SALUTE YOU. I HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT DAY. THIS IS TODD HORWITZ, BUBBA TRADING.COM COMING TO YOU FROM THE CME GROUP FLOOR IN CHICAGO.
AgriBusiness:
HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK, DON ROOSE, U.S. COMMODITIES. DON, LET'S TALK ABOUT STORAGE. WE TALKED ABOUT THIS QUITE A BIT, BUT WE HAVE PUT A LOT OF STORAGE IN PLACE AND WE WERE TALKING OFF CAMERA ABOUT HOW PEOPLE USE THAT STORAGE, WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE A SPECULATOR WITH OR WHETHER OR NOT THEY USE IT AS A WAREHOUSE. WHAT DO YOU SEE OUT THERE?> EXACTLY, CLINTON. THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT, BECAUSE RIGHT NOW WE HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF ON FARM STORAGE AND I THINK WHAT THE PRODUCERS TODAY HAVE TO REALLY CONCENTRATE ON IS MAKE SURE THAT THEY PUT ON THEIR MERCHANDISING HAT AND NOT USE THE BIN BASE AS A SPECULATIVE TOOL.> WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?> YEAH, EXACTLY. I THINK WHAT...IF YOU HAVE STORAGE OUT HERE WHICH YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE GETTING A RETURN ON IT, SO IF THE BASIS IS TIGHT AND THE BASIS IS STARTING TO NARROW IN A LOT OF AREAS, THE EAST IS GOING TO BE TIGHTER THAN THE WEST FIRST, IF THE BASIS IS RIGHT, YOU START TO LOOK AT DOES IT MAKE SENSE TO MOVE THE GRAIN?  IF THERE IS NOT ENOUGH CARRY IN THE CORN OR SOYBEAN MARKET THEN YOU HAVE TO SELL IT--TAKE YOUR OWNERSHIP IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION. FOR EXAMPLE ON SOYBEANS BETWEEN JANUARY AND MARCH WHEN YOU HAVE 4 CENT CARRY YOU CAN'T HOLD, SO IF THE BASIS IS RIGHT YOU HAVE TO SELL THE BEANS. SAME THING IN CORN, WHEN YOU HAVE AN 18 CENT CARRY FROM EAST TO JULY, IF THE BASIS IS TOO STRONG YOU HAVE TO SELL IT. BUT IF YOU STILL WANT TO MAINTAIN OWNERSHIP, YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR OWNERSHIP. IF YOU DON'T WANT MARGIN CALL EXPOSURE GO INTO SOME KIND OF AN OPTION STRATEGY BULL CALL SPREADS IN THE MONTH THAT YOU THINK CAN GO UP THE MOST AT THE SAME TIME, MAYBE JULY. AT THE SAME TIME, IF YOU WANT TIGHT OWNERSHIP YOU CAN GO IN AND BUY THE FUTURES MARKET, MAYBE PUT A CAP BY SELLING THE CALL ABOVE IT. I THINK YOU CAN PULL OUT THE TOOL CHEST AND START TO USE ALL THE TOOLS THAT ARE IN THERE TO YOUR ADVANTAGE, BUT DON'T LET YOUR STORAGE SPACE BE A NEGATIVE FOR YOU WHEN YOU ARE TRYING TO IN THESE TIGHT MARGINS TO TRY AND GET A RETURN ON YOUR INVESTMENT.> NOT JUST A HOLE THAT YOU THROW THINGS IN AND REALLY DON'T DO ANYTHING WITH. > REAL QUICK, TALK ABOUT BASIS VERSUS WEST. SOUND LIKE IT IS GOING TO DIFFERENT?> YEAH, IT IS. I TELL YOU, WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT CENTRAL ILLINOIS BEING IN THE UPPER TEENS AND THE WESTERN CORN BELT IN THE 30S YET ON CORN IT JUST TELLS YOU THAT ALWAYS WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE BASIS THE TIGHTEST AREAS DRAW FIRST AND THEN WE WILL SEE HOW FAR IT GOES WEST. ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI WHERE AN OPTION BASIS IS ON CORN. PROBABLY THE WEST THE BEST BASIS IS PROBABLY BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR AND MAYBE FOR THE WHOLE YEAR. > ALL RIGHT, THANKS TOM APPRECIATE THAT. WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK WITH MORE AGDAY RIGHT AFTER THE BREAK.
FOR ALL YOUR RISK MANAGEMENT AND TRADING NEEDS, CALL ONE OF THE U.S. COMMODITIES SPECIALISTS AT 800-247-4071.
National weather:
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY, METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE, WEDNESDAY WAS A PRETTY ROUGH DAY IN MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. THURSDAY NOT SO MUCH B BUT COOLER. NOT SO MUCH. IT IS A STRONG COLD FRONT THAT WILL BRING LOTS OF WIND, BUT ESPECIALLY UP CLOSER TO THE AREA OF LOW PRESSURE. AND IN FACT, THERE ARE HIGH WIND WATCHES AND WARNINGS ALL AROUND THIS STORM SYSTEM ITSELF. IT WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE OFF QUICKLY TO THE NORTHEAST. AND THEN INTO THE NORTHEAST PORTIONS OF GL LATER TODAY COLD FRONT TO THE SOUTH. YOU'LL NOTICED NOT A LOT OF MOISTURE ALONG IT. IT WILL NOT BE NEARLY AS ACTIVE AS YESTERDAY AS IT CAME ACROSS THE PLAIN STATES. AND SO WE'LL JUST SEE SOME SPOTTY SHOWERS AND TSTORMS ALONG THE FRONT. MOST OF THE RAINS WILL BE NEAR THE AREA OF LOW PRESSURE. AND YES, THAT'S SOME DECENT SNOW COMING INTO THE WEST SIDE INTO WIS. PARTS OF WIS GONNA GET SOME DECENT SNOW THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS. HIGH PRESSURE FROM TX ALL THE WAY TO THE NORTHWEST,. PROVIDING DRY WX EXPECT FOR WESTERN WA, THAT NEXT COLD FRONT IS ALREADY COMING IN. TONIGHT IT WILL BEGIN TO SPREAD FURTHER EAST. RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOW THAT WAY. AND YOU'LL NOTICED BY TOMORROW AM THERE'S RAIN ACROSS MOST OF MICH AND EASTERN GREAT LAKES. AND NEW ENGLAND. BUT SNOW OVER MUCH OF WISCONSIN. THAT ALL COMES TO AN END AS WE HEAD THRU THE DAY TOMORROW AND WE'LL START TO SEE PARTLY SUNNY SKIES AWAY FROM THE LAKES ANYWAY AS WE HEAD THROUGH TOMORROW AFTERNOON. ALRIGHT LET'S LOOK AT PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS. LOTS OF IT ALONG THE TRACK OF LOW PRESSURE.
YOU CAN SEE FROM IOWA UP INTO WISC. AND THERE HAVE BEEN SOME AREAS THAT GOT DECENT RAIN WITH THESE HEAVIER THUNDERSTORMS ALONG THE COLD FRONT. BUT AS YOU CAN AS WE ADD ON TH NEXT 36 HOURS ALMOST NOTHING ALONG THIS COLD FRONT. BUT WILL CONTINUE TO ADD SOME IN THE GREAT LAKES, ESPECIALLY IN WSIC AND HUGE AMOUNTS IN PARTS OF WESTERN WASHINGTON. OUR COMPUTER MODEL IS SUGGESTING A HALF FOOT OR MORE IN SOME AREAS. THAT'S A PRETTY IMPRESSIVE SYSTEM THERE. THERE ARE THE SNOW AMOUNTS THE PAST 24 HRS, MOSTLY IN OR NEAR NEBRASKA, BUT MOST OVER THE NEXT 36 HRS WILL BE OVER NORTHEAST MINNESOTA AND NORTHERN PORTIONS OF WISC, WESTERN U.P. OF MICHIGAN. HIGH TEMPS TODAY ARE GOING TO BE ON THE CHILLIER SIDE. LOWS TONITE YOU CAN SEE DROPPING INTO THE 30S AND 40S OVER A HUGE PORTION OF THE CORN BELT. STILL 50S, 60S AS YOU GET TO THE GULF COAST. THEN HIGH TEMPS TOMORROW AFTERNOON INTO THE 60S FROM OKLA SOUTHWARD, BUT ITS CHILLIER THAN THAT THE FARTHER NORTH OF COURSE. THESE ARE MORE TYPICAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. THE WARMTH HAS BEEN THE UNUSUAL PART. THERE'S THE JET STREAM AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE REST OF TODAY AND INTO TOMORROW. THE TROUGH DIGS IN BUT GOES AWAY. LOOK WHAT REPLACES IT. A RIDGE FOR 2-3 DAYS AGAIN BEFORE THE TROUGH BEGINS TO COME EASTWARD. NOW IT'S SHOWING A CUTOFF INTO THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK. THAT COULD SLOW THIS SYSTEM DOWN, PRODUCE A LOT OF MOISTURE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW LET'S LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS.
Regional forecasts:
 FIRST OFF, DEMING NEW MEXICO, PARTLY TO MOSTLY SUNNY, TODAY HIGH TEMP OF 63 DEGREES. WAUSAW, WISCONSIN, CLOUDY, WINDY AND COLD, A SHOWER POSSIBLE. HIGH OF 46. AND FLORENCE, SC, MIX OF CLOUDS AND SUN. HIGH OF 77.
Tease:
STILL TO COME ON THIS THURSDAY EDITION OF AGDAY, THE F-D-A PREPARES TO DEFINE THE WORD NATURAL AS IT APPLIES TO FOOD LABLES. AND YOU MAY HAVE PROBLEMS WITH FERAL HOGS ON YOUR LAND. BUT WHAT ABOUT FERAL BUFFALO!
IT'S A REAL BIG PROBLEM IN THE LAND DOWN-UNDER.

Amidst record droughts, wildfires, U.S. Forest Service fights to restore nation’s forests:
THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE SAYS IT CONTINUES TO WORK ON RESTORATION OF THE NATION'S FORESTS.
A REPORT SAYS THE PACE OF THE WORK IS UP 9 PERCENT SINCE 2011. THE PROGRESS COMES IN THE FACE OF MOUNTING CHALLENGES INCLUDING RECORD DROUGHTS, WILDFIRES AND THE INCREASING PERCENTAGE OF THE AGENCY'S BUDGET SPENT ON FIGHTING THOSE WILDLAND FIRES.
THE REPORT SAYS AT LEAST 65 MILLION NATIONAL FOREST ACRES ARE IN NEED OF RESTORATION WORK.
THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION WILL PUBLISH A FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE THURSDAY SEEKING COMMENT ON HOW IT COULD DEFINE THE TERM "NATURAL" USED ON FOOD LABELS IN STORES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. TO DATE FDA HAS NOT DEFINED WHAT CLASSIFY'S AS A "NATURAL" PRODUCT. THE GROCERY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION IS ASKING THAT THE DEFINITION INCLUDE FOODS WITH GENETICALLY MODIFIED INGREDIENTS. THE FDA SAYS THE ADMINISTRATION IS WORKING WITH USDA'S AGRICULTURE MARKETING SERVICE AND FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE TO EXAMINE THE USE OF "NATURAL" ON FOOD LABELS. ITS ALSO CONSIDERING AREAS FOR COORDINATION BETWEEN FDA AND USDA ON THE ISSUE.
Australia faces water buffalo woes:
FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN AUSTRALIA HAVE A PROBLEM WITH A "FERAL" SPECIES. AND IT'S NOT FERAL HOGS LIKE IN THIS COUNTRY. INSTEAD, IT'S OUT-OF-CONTROL WATER BUFFALO. THEY ARE WREAKING HAVOC IN WETLANDS IN THE NORTH OF AUSTRALIA.
AN AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITY RESEARCHER HAS DEVELOPED A BUFFALO-PROOF G-P-S COLLAR TO TRACK THE CREATURES' MOVEMENTS.
OBVIOUSLY WE'RE WORKING WITH BIG DANGEROUS ANIMALS, POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS ANIMALS. WE'RE WORKING WITH VERY POTENT CAPTURE DRUGS AND WE'RE WORKING IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT POTENTIALLY IS UNPREDICTABLE.
THE RESEARCHERS SHOOT A TRANQUILIZER FROM THE SAFETY OF A HELICOPTER. ONCE THE ANIMAL IS UN-CONSCIOUS THEY PLACE THE TRACKING DEVICE AROUND ITS NECK.
AN AERIAL SURVEY IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY ESTIMATED THE WILD BUFFALO POPULATION TO BE ALMOST 98-THOUSAND STRONG -THAT'S MORE THAN ONE BUFFALO PER SQUARE KILOMETRE.
Tease:
NEXT WE'LL SEE HOW COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE GETTING A BETTER IDEA ABOUT CAREERS IN AGRICULTURE BY LIVING IN THE SAME DORMITORY.
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In the country:
S'MORES AND SATSUMAS WERE ON THE MENU FOR AN EVENING AWAY FROM CAMPUS FOR A GROUP OF LSU FRESHMEN STUDYING AGRICULTURE.
THE STUDENTS TOURED A RESEARCH FACILITY GIVING THEM A VIEW OF FARMING IN AN URBAN SETTING. LSU AGCENTER'S TOBIE BLANCHARD TOOK THE TOUR TOO AND HAS THIS REPORT.
FRESHMEN IN THE LSU COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE LEFT THE CLASSROOM FOR A CORN MAZE. THE STUDENTS LIVE IN THE AGRICULTURE RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE AND TOURED BURDEN MUSEUM AND GARDENS IN BATON ROUGE AS PART OF AN AGRICULTURE EXPERIENCE. THE STUDENTS LEARNED ABOUT RESEARCH ON THE PROPERTY WHILE ENJOYING THE SATSUMA HARVEST.
THIS IS REALLY PEACEFUL AND NICE. IT'S FAMILIAR TO ME. AND I'VE NEVER EATEN A SATSUMA BEFORE, EVEN THOUGH I'M FROM HERE WHICH WAS FUN.
BURDEN IS SITUATED ON 440 ACRES IN THE HEART OF BATON ROUGE. IT INCLUDES THE LSU AGCENTER BOTANIC GARDENS, THE LSU RURAL LIFE MUSEUM AND WINDRUSH GARDENS. THIS TIME OF THE YEAR
THE AGCENTER CREATES A CORN MAZE THAT DRAWS THOUSANDS OF VISITORS DURING OCTOBER.
IT PROVIDES THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE URBAN COMMUNITY TO COME TO A RURAL SETTING AND EXPERIENCE A LITTLE BIT OF AGRICULTURE AND HAVE FUN AT THE SAME TIME.
BURDEN IS JUST ONE OF SEVERAL FIELD TRIPS STUDENTS IN THE RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE GET TO TAKE. DURING THEIR YEAR IN THE PROGRAM, STUDENTS ARE EXPOSED TO A COMPREHENSIVE VIEW OF WHAT AGRICULTURE HAS TO OFFER. THE GOAL OF THE RESIDENCE COLLEGE IS TO BROADEN THEIR HORIZONS, CONFIRM THEIR CAREER CHOICES OR TO OFFER THEM NEW IDEAS.
WE DON'T HAVE TO BE A FARMERS. WE DON'T HAVE TO BE A VET. WE CAN BE IN TEXTILES, ECOLOGY, ANYTHING WE WANT. THEY ARE GIVING US A BROAD SPECTRUM OF WHAT WE CAN BE. THE EVENING CONCLUDED WITH A BONFIRE AND A TRIP THROUGH THE MAZE. WITH THE LSU AGCENTER,THIS IS TOBIE BLANCHARD REPORTING.
Closing:
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN. FOR MIKE HOFFMAN, AND ALL OF US AT AGDAY. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY.
I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. BE SURE TO TUNE IN FOR THE NEXT EDITION OF AGDAY. WE'LL BRING YOU THE LATEST NEWS THAT AFFECTS THE BOTTOM LINE OF FARMERS AND RANCHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. PLUS, MIKE HOFFMAN HAS HIS FARM COUNTRY FORECAST.
JOIN US WEEKDAYS FOR AGDAY.

 

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