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AgDay Daily Recap -December 12, 2014

08:57AM Dec 12, 2014

TODAY ON AGDAY
DECEMBER 12, 2014

OPEN HEADLINES:
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY LAST MINUTE DRAMA IN WASHINGTON, COULD MEAN BIG CHANGES TO THE NATION'S WATERWAY TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS. THE NUMBER OF SMALL DAIRY HERDS CONTINUES TO SHRINK. IN AGRIBUSINESS...A CLOSER LOOK AT USDA SUPPLY DEMAND REPORT. WELL IT'S GOING UNDER 400 BUT I DON'T HAVE A MAGICAL NUMBER A GREAT AMERICAN BARN MARKED WITH MARKETING MEMORABILIA. AND AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY CHEVY SILVERADO 2014 NORTH AMERICAN TRUCK OF THE YEAR.
INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. PLENTY OF DRAMA IN WASHINGTON AS LEGISLATORS WORK TO FINALIZE SPENDING AND APPROPRIATIONS BILLS…AND THAT'S OUR TOP STORY ON AGDAY.
TATERS:
ALSO IN THAT APPROPRIATONS BILL...CHANGES TO USDA'S FOOD SYSTEMS. WE TOLD YOU YESTERDAY ABOUT ADDED FLEXIBILITY FOR SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAMS. GIVING SOME DISTRICTS MORE TIME TO ADOPT WHOLE GRAINS AND SODIUM RULES... IT ALSO ALLOWS WHITE POTATOES TO BE PURCHASED BY USERS OF THE WIC PROGRAM. CURRENTLY WIC VOUCHERS CAN USED FOR FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, BUT NOT WHITE POTATOES.
DAIRY COW CHANGES:
USDA TAKING A LOOK AT THE MAKEUP OF THE NATION'S DAIRY HERDS…IT FINDS SMALL HERDS CONTINUES TO SHRINK.
JOE GLAUBER:
THE USDA'S CHIEF ECONOMIST, JOE GLAUBER SAYS HE'S RETIRING. THE 30 YEAR VETERAN GETTING WARM SEND OFF FROM AG SECRETARY VILSACK. HE SAYS OF GLAUBER, NO ONE HAS A HIGHER LEVEL OF CREDIBILITY ON ISSUES IMPACTING THE AG ECONOMY. THE USDA DEPUTY CHIEF ECONOMIST ROBERT JOHANSSON WILL ASSUME THE DUTIES OF CHIEF.
CALI STORM:
ONE OF THE BIGGEST STORMS IN FIVE YEARS IS ROLLING THROUGH THE GOLDEN STATE.
CALIFORNINA GETTING POUNDED BY HEAVY RAINS AND HIGH WINDS. SOME AREAS SEEING BETWEEN 4 AND 8 INCHES OF RAIN...THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LOST POWER AND SCHOOLS WERE CANCELED. WHILE THE STORM WON'T SOLVE DROUGHT ISSUES, CITRUS GROWERS SAY THE RAIN WILL HELP INCREASE THE SIZE OF FRUIT. MORE NOW FROM METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN…HE HAS TODAY'S CROPWATCH.
TEASE:
STILL TO COME WE HAVE OUR MORNING STOP AT THE CHICAGO BOARD FOR TRADE FOR GRAIN MARKETS. PLUS THE WEEKLY PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING DECIPHERS THE LATEST SUPPLY-AND-DEMAND REPORT FROM USDA.
PROFIT BRIEFING:
USDA'S SUPPLY AND DEMAND ISSUED ON WEDNESDAY SHOWS A BIT SMALLER GRAIN SUPPLY AS DEMAND PUSHES HIGHER. IN THIS MORNING'S PROFIT BRIEFING, OUR PARTNERS FROM PROFARMER SORT THROUGH THE DETAILS.
TEASE:
STILL TO COME, A GREAT AMERICAN BARN FROM CENTRAL MICHIGAN...
GAB NEW ERA CHIP:
IF YOU LIVE IN THE COUNTRY, CHANCES ARE YOU HAVE GIVEN DIRECTIONS TO YOUR FARM OR HOUSE BY USING LANDMARKS AND NOT STREET SIGNS. A GREAT AMERICAN BARN IN PORTLAND, MICHIGAN HAS SUCH A JOB.
GAB TAG:
AND WE'D LOVE TO SHOWCASE YOUR BARN ON AGDAY AS WELL! SEND US A FEW PICTURES TO THE ADDRESS ON YOUR SCREEN. YOU CAN ALSO EMAIL THE PICS AND BARN INFO TO "GREAT AMERICAN BARNS AT AGDAY DOT COM".
YAMAHA GIVEAWAY:
AND DON'T FORGET TO ENTER YOUR NAME TO WIN THIS YAMAHA VIKING SIDE BY SIDE. WE WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER NEXT FRIDAY. THIS YAMAHA VIKING CAN HANDLE THE ROUGHEST TERRAIN - EVEN WITH CHIP FLORY AT THE WHEEL. TO REGISTER TO WIN, GO TO AGDAY-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON THE YAMAHA VIKING BILLBOARD. NOW SOME OF YOU TOLD US YOU COULDN'T SEE THE YAMAHA BILLBOARD. IF THAT'S THE CASE, YOU MAY HAVE AN AD BLOCKER ON YOUR BROWSER. YOU MUST 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO ENTER.
ITC CHRISTMAS BOXES:
AN IMPORTANT HOLIDAY MESSAGE FOR ANY YOUNG PERSON TO LEARN IS THAT THIS SEASON IS ALL ABOUT GIVING TO OTHERS, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN NEED. SOMETIMES WE GIVE GIFTS, BUT WE ALSO GIVE OUR TIME. AND IN SOME INSTANCES, WE CAN DO BOTH. REPORTING FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, CHUCK DENNEY SHOWS US SOME COLLEGE-AGE 4-HERS AND HOW THEY'RE HELPING CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD.
CLOSE:
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.

 

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