AgDay Daily Recap -April 15, 2015

April 15, 2015 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
APRIL 15, 2015

OPEN HEADLINES:
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY - PLANTING PROGRESS OFF TO A SLOW START
WHILE, WESTERN IOWA NEEDS A DRY-DOWN AVIAN FLU SPREADS IN THE UPPER MIDWEST. IN AGRIBUSINESS...YIELD POTENTIAL AND PRICES FOR CORN GROWERS. I THINK THE USDA TREND LINE YIELD CAN BE POTENTIALLY MUCH TO HIGH SHORT OF ANOTHER PERFECT GROWING SEASON, AND BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE B-TEAM AT ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST CHEESE COMPETITIONS…AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO…
LATE START:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. YOU MAY BE ANXIOUS TO HIT THE FIELDS, BUT IN MUCH OF THE CORNBELT A COLD, RAINY SPRING IS KEEPING PLANTERS PARKED FOR NOW...AND THAT'S OUR TOP STORY ON AGDAY.
180 PLANTING WESTERN IOWA:
AS WE CONTINUE OUR ANNUAL TREK ACROSS THE CORN BELT, OUR NEXT STOP ALONG INTERSTATE 80 IS IN WESTERN IOWA. MUCH OF THAT PART OF THE STATE COULD STAND FOR NICE SPRING SHOWERS. BUT NATIONAL REPORTER BETSY JIBBEN FOUND A SMALL POCKET OF THE STATE THAT'S IN NEED OF A DRY-DOWN.
WOTUS:
OPPONENTS OF EPA'S PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE CLEAN WATER ACT COULD GET HELP FROM CONGRESS TODAY. THE HOUSE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE IS SUPPOSED TO VOTE ON A BILL THAT WOULD FORCE EPA TO KILL AND REPLACE A PROPOSED RULE THAT DEFINES AREAS OF "WATER OF THE UNITED STATES". COMMITTEE CHAIR, REPUBLICAN BILL SCHUSTER OF PENNSYLVANIA, SAYS THE BILL WOULD STOP WHAT HE CALLS A FLAWED RULE. FARM GROUPS HAVE COMPLAINED ABOUT THE CLARITY OF THE RULE AS TO WHICH WATER ON A FARM WOULD BE REGULATED. LAST WEEK, EPA SENT THE PROPOSED RULE TO THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET FOR REVIEW.
COBANK FORECAST:
 A NEW QUARTERLY REVIEW FROM CO-BANK SAYS LOWER FUEL PRICES MAY BE A SILVER LINING FOR THE AG INDUSTRY IN 2015.
TEASE:
2015 STILL HAS PLENTY OF YIELD PROTENTIAL LEFT. WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT THAT COULD MEAN FOR CORN PRICES IN TODAY'S ANALYSIS.
ANALYSIS INTRO:
WHILE THERE'S NOT MUCH CORN IN THE GROUND JUST YET, THERE'S PLENTY OF POTENTIAL LEFT FOR A BUMPER CROP. BUT HOW EVERYTHING GROWS OUT IS AN ANSWER WE WON'T GET UNTIL FALL. FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL TALKS YIELD POTENTIAL AND PRICES IN THIS MORNING'S ANALYSIS.
CARGILL AND FILL:
 THE HAZLETON PENNSYLVANIA CARGIL MEAT FACILITY MAY CHURN OUT 10 MILLION POUNDS OF BEEF, PORK AND GROUND MEAT EACH MONTH--BUT WHAT ITS NOT PRODUCING IS WASTE.
THE 225-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT FACILITY JUST RECENTLY CERTIFIED AS A LANDFILL-FREE OPERATION. EMPLOYEES SET RECYCLING GOALS A COUPLE YEARS AGO AND NOW RECYCLE HUNDRED OF TONS OF WASTE...INCLUDING PLASTIC, FOOD WASTE AND OIL.
LESS THAN ONE PERCENT OF THE FACILITIES TRASH NOW GETS THROWN AWAY.
ANTIMICROBIALS:
DESPITE THE DIRE WARNINGS ON ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCES, NEW F-D-A REPORTS SHOW INSTANCES OF THE PROBLEM ON THE DECLINE IN THE MEAT AND POULTRY SECTOR.
THE 2012 RETAIL MEAT REPORT AND 2013 RETAIL MEAT INTERIM REPORT SHOWED MOSTLY DECREASING ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE TRENDS...ESPECIALLY FOR ANTIBIOTICES IMPORTANT TO HUMAN MEDICINE. IN THE KEY FINDINGS...INSTANCES OF RESISTANT SALMONELLA IN CHICKEN CONTINUES TO FALL. ITS DOWN FROM 38 PERCENT OF SAMPLES IN 2009 TO 20 PERCENT IN 2013.
INDUSTRIAL HEMP APPLICATIONS:
THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SAYS ITS GETTING INTEREST FROM FOLKS WANTING TO GROW INDUSTRIAL HEMP. THE AGENCY RECEIVING 53 APPLICATIONS FROM FARMERS HOPING TO BE APPROVED…BEFORE THAT CAN BE DONE, THE U.S. DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO APPROVE THE PROJECT. STATE OFFICIALS ARE HOPING THAT CAN HAPPEN SOON SO CROPS CAN GO IN THE GROUND THIS YEAR.
ITC CHEESE CONTEST:
WHEN YOU HOST A MAJOR COMPETITION, IT TAKES A SMALL ARMY OF VOLUNTEERS TO HELP THE CONTEST RUN SMOOTHLY.  THAT'S CERTAINLY TRUE FOR THE THE U-S AND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CHEESE CONTESTS HELD EACH YEAR IN WISCONSIN. IN THIS VIDEO PROVIDED BY THE WISCONSIN MILK MARKETING BOARD WE MEET SOME OF THESE DEDICATED WORKERS WHO ARE SIMPLY KNOWN AS THE "B" TEAM.
CLOSE:
SCHLIN-SAWG REMEMBERS THE DAY WHEN THE CONTEST NUMBERED AT 500 CHEESES. BACK THEN THEY THOUGHT THAT WAS A HUGE AMOUNT. OVER THE YEARS THE CONTEST HAS EXPANDED TO INCLUDE BUTTER AND YOGURT ENTRIES AS WELL AS EXPANDING DIFFERENT CLASSES OF CHEESE. THIS YEAR THE CONTEST SET A NEW RECORD WITH NEARLY 19-HUNRED ENTRIES FROM 28 STATES.THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.

 

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