AgDay Daily Recap -April 28, 2015

April 28, 2015 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
APRIL 28, 2015

OPEN HEADLINES:
TODAY ON AGDAY A NEW LABOR DISPUTE AT WEST COAST SHIPPING PORTS. THE IOWA EGG INDUSTRY FACES GROWING CHALLENGES FROM AVIAN INFLUENZA IN AGRIBUSINESS...BIRD FLU SPILLS OVER TO PORK MARKETS...AG GROUPS TAKE ON THE EPA - TO PROTECT THE PRIVACY OF FARMERS AND RANCHERS AND CHIPOTLE SAYS NO TO 'GMO'S' AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.
CROP PROGRESS:
GOOD MORNING I'M BETSY JIBBEN IN FOR CLINTON GRIFFITHS. CORN PLANTING IN PARTS OF THE MIDWEST COULD GAIN STEAM THIS WEEK WITH A WARMER AND DRIER FORECAST...AND THAT'S OUR TOP STORY ON AGDAY.
I80 TEASE:
WE ARE CONTINUING OUR I-80 PLANTING TOUR THROUGH NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS TOMORROW. THE FARMERS WE VISITED SAY THEY RECEIVED AN INCH OF RAIN OVER THE WEEKEND, BRINGING THEM GOOD SURFACE MOISTURE.  THEY SAY HEAT AND SUNSHINE IS NEEDED TO MOVE THE CROP ALONG, BUT PARTS OF ILLINOIS VARIES.
EPA DATE RELEASE:
THEY FILED COURT DOCUMENTS WITH A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT. THEY WANT A LOWER COURT'S RULING OVERTURNED. IN 2013 EPA RELEASED INFORMATION ABOUT FARMERS AND RANCHERS TO SOME ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST GROUPS. THE FARM GROUPS SAY DISCLOSURE OF THE INFO IS A THREAT TO FARMER'S PRIVACY AND PUTS THEM AT RISK FOR HARASSMENT. IN SIDING WITH THE EPA, THE LOWER COURT SAYS THE RELEASED-INFORMATION COULD HAVE EASILY BEEN FOUND ON THE INTERNET.
WEST COAST LABOR:
WHILE WEST COAST PORTS AND LONGSHOREMEN TRY TO WORK THROUGH A BACKLOG OF SHIPPING CONTAINERS CAUSED BY A WORKER SLOWDOWN EARLIER THIS YEAR, A NEW LABOR DISPUTE COULD HAMPER THAT EFFORT. TRUCK DRIVERS FROM THE LOS ANGELES AND LONG BEACH PORTS ARE ON STRIKE. THE PORTS THEMSELVES ARE STILL RUNNING, BUT THE STRIKERS ARE TARGETING FOUR TRUCKING COMPANIES. THE DRIVERS ARE UPSET WITH THEIR WORKER CLASSIFICATION. ARE THEY INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS - AS THE COMPANIES CLAIM - OR ARE THEY COMPANY EMPLOYEES AND HAVE THE RIGHT TO UNIONIZE, AS THE TEAMSTERS SUGGEST.
BRAZIL STRIKE FRANK LESH:
IN EARLY MARCH, TRUCKERS AGREED TO END A STRIKE THAT BLOCKED SHIPMENTS OF FOOD, FUEL AND EXPORT GOODS. THEY ENTERED INTO NEGOTIATIONS. BUT ACCORDING TO REUTERS, TRANSPORT COMPANIES HAVE RESISTED ACCEPTING NEW FREIGHT RATES. AND GOVERNMENT-SET FUEL PRICES HAVE NOT DROPPED.
TEASE:
STILL TO COME, WE'LL CHECK ON GRAIN PRICES FROM THE CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE. PLUS, WE'LL SEE HOW PORK IS FEELING THE PRESSURE ASSOCIATED FROM THE AVIAN FLU THAT'S HITTING THE POULTRY SECTOR. ALSO, WE'LL SEE WHAT SOME FOLKS ARE SAYING ABOUT CHIPOTLE'S POSITION ON G-M-O FOODS.
AVIAN FLU:
GETTING HIT AGAIN BY THE AVIAN FLU HE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SAYS IT'S NOW INVESTIGATING FOUR "PROBABLE" CASES OF H-5-N-2. ALL FOUR CASES - INVOLVING CHICKEN OR EGG OPERATIONS - ARE IN NORTHWEST IOWA. THE CASES ARE IN SIOUX, O'BRIEN, AND OSCEOLA COUNTIES. IN ALL, ABOUT TWO AND A HALF MILLION CHICKENS WILL BE EUTHANIZED.
ANALYSIS INTRO:
MANY MARKET ANALYSTS SAY THE AVIAN FLU OUTBREAK COULD HIT THE MARKET HARDER IF THE NUMBER OF TURKEY AND CHICKENS THAT ARE CULLED GOES CONSIDERABLY HIGHER.
.PLUS WITH BLOCKED SHIPMENTS, THE DOMESTIC PROTEIN SUPPLY COULD BUILD, PUTTING PRESSURE ON PRICES. . . AND NOT ONLY FOR POULTRY TYNE MORGAN HAS MORE IN ANALYSIS.
DTR DAIRY PRICES:
 IN NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS AT DAIRY TODAY - DAIRY PRICES COULD CLIMB HIGHER AFTER SUMMER. A DAIRY MARKET ANALYST FOR WESTERN UNITED DAIRYMAN EXPECTS THOSE PRICES TO HOVER IN THE MID-15 DOLLAR RANGE THIS SUMMER. BUT THEY SHOULD PICK-UP SLOWLY THROUGH THE FALL. ECONOMIST ANNIE ACK-MOODY SAYS HOLIDAY DEMAND SHOULD PUSH PRICES CLOSER TO 17 DDOLLARS. ACK-MOODY TOLD 'DAIRY TODAY' DESPITE THE DECREASE IN MILK PRICES FROM LAST YEAR'S RECORD HIGHS, U-S DAIRIES HAVE BEEN SLOW TO RESPOND WITH REDUCED MILK PRODUCTION.
CLOSE:
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.

 

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