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AgDay Daily Recap -March 5, 2015

08:57AM Mar 05, 2015

TODAY ON AGDAY
MARCH 5, 2015

OPEN HEADLINES:
TODAY ON AGDAY - THE BIG FOOT OF A FAST FOOD GIANT SQUASHES ANTIBIOTIC USE IN "EVERYTIME WE USE A PRODUCT, WE CREATE RESISTANCE, IT'S JUST NATURE" AMERICAN FARMERS LOOK FOR MARKET POTENTIAL BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN OF CUBA. IN AGRIBUSINESS..."MEATS ARE AT THE TOP OF THE LIST WHEN IT COMES TO THE IMPACT OF THE US DOLLAR " AND FIND OUT WHY COVER CROPS AREN'T JUST FOR PRESERVING YOUR SOIL. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO…
MCDONALDS ANTIBIOTIC POLICY:
GOOD MORNING I'M BETSY JIBBEN. CLINTON GRIFFITHS IS ON ASSIGNMENT. THE WORLD'S BIGGEST FAST FOOD MAKER IS TAKING A STAND AGAINST ANTI-BIOTIC USE IN THE CHICKEN IT SERVES AND THE MILK IT SELLS....AND THAT'S OUR TOP STORY ON AGDAY.
RBST MILK:
THE FAST FOOD GIANT IS ALSO MAKING A CHANGE TO THE MILK IT OFFERS IN CHILDRENS' HAPPY MEALS. LATER THIS YEAR MCDONALDS WILL OFFER MILK JUGS OF LOW-FAT WHITE MILK AND FAT-FREE CHOCOLATE MILK FROM COWS THAT ARE NOT TREATED WITH R-B-S-T - AN ARTIFICIAL GROWTH HORMONE. MCDONALDS SAYS "WHILE NO SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE HAS BEEN SHOWN BETWEEN MILK DERIVED FROM RBST-TREATED AND NON-RBST-TREATED COWS, WE UNDERSTAND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS IMPORTANT TO OUR CUSTOMERS."
DAN THOMSON:
VETERINARY USE OF ANTIBIOTICS IS LEGAL. HOWEVER CONSUMER ADVOCATES HAVE BECOME MORE CRITICAL OF THE PRACTICE OF USING ANTIBIOTICS ON CATTLE, HOGS AND POULTRY. FOOD SUPPLIERS - LIKE TYSON - SAY THEIR CONTRACT FARMERS USE F-D-A APPROVED ANTIBIOTICS TO TREAT OR PREVENT DISEASE, BUT ONLY WHEN PRESCRIBED BY A VETERINARIAN. DAN THOMSON IS DIRECTOR OF THE BEEF CATTLE INSTITUTE AT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY. HE SAYS THE FOOD-ANIMAL INDUSTRY MUST BE GOOD STEWARDS OF THE TOOLS OR CONSUMER OPINION WILL TAKE-OVER.
ANTIBIOTICS BILL:
THE FAST-FOOD CHAIN ISN'T THE ONLY ONE STRIVING TO MAKE LIVESTOCK ANTIBIOTIC CHANGES. SOME MEMBERS OF THE SENATE ARE TOO.
CUBA AG-TOUR:
SOME MIDWEST FARMERS GO BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN OF CUBA TO LOOK AT POTENTIAL EXPORT MARKETS. A DELEGATION OF AMERICAN FARMERS AND AG GROUPS IS TOURING CUBA THIS WEEK. THE GROUP IS DOING 'GROUND WORK' IN ANTICIPATION OF THE 50 YEAR OLD EMBARGO BEING LIFTED.
HORSE IN ICE:
A DRAMATIC REMINDER ABOUT THE DANGERS OF THIN ICE…AUTHORITIES SAY ONE HORSE DROWNED AND ANOTHER HORSE WAS SAVED AFTER THE ANIMALS FELL THROUGH AN ICY POND IN FAR SOUTHERN INDIANA.THE WARRICK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THE HORSES WANDERED FROM THEIR FENCED-IN AREA AND FOUND THEMSELVES ON TOP OF THE POND BEFORE FALLING THROUGH THE ICE.FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED AND FOUND ONE HORSE STRUGGLING IN THE WATER. RESPONDERS WERE ABLE TO SAVE THAT HORSE. SHERIFF'S OFFICIALS SAY THE HORSE'S OWNER TOOK THE ANIMAL BACK TO ITS BARN AND WARMED IT UP.
TEASE:
PLENTY MORE AHEAD INCLUDING OUR DAILY STOP AT THE CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE… PLENTY WE GET CATTLE MARKET ANALYSIS FROM PROFARMER'S CHIP FLORY. LATER, WE'LL SEE HOW COVER CROPS ARE NOT ONLY GOOD FOR THE SOIL, BUT FOR YOUR HERD!
WX:
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN, MIKE A LOT OF US IS EXPERIENCING THIS COLD SNAP WILL WE WARM UP THIS WEEKEND? YES, THIS IS THE LAST SERIES OF THE COLD AIR MASSES FOR A WHILE THINGS ARE GOING TO START TO WARM UP FROM WEST TO EAST AS WE HEAD INTO THE WEEKEND SO WE WILL BE CHECKING THAT OUT. HERE IS WHAT'S GOING ON TODAY ON THE WEATHER MAP OBVIOUSLY AS YOU CAN SEE THE BIG FEATURE IS THE COLD FRONT STRETCHING FROM SOUTHEAST TEXAS ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE SOUTHEAST PART OF THE COUNTRY TO THE MID-ATLANTIC THERE IS RAIN NEAR AND SOUTHEAST OF THE COLD FRONT AVOID NORTHWEST OF IT A LONG G STRIP OF SNOW AND FREEZING RAIN THAT AREA WILL CONTINUE SLOWLY PROGRESS OFF TO THE EAST SOUTHEAST AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TODAY WE KIND OF SEE WAVES MOVING ALONG THIS FRONT OTHER THAN THAT IT'S THIS TRIPLE DOME OF HIGH PRESSURE 2 OF THEM ARE COLD HERE ONE IS HEADING NORTHEAST AND THE OTHER SETTLING TO THE SOUTHERN PLAINS THESE ARE VERY COLD NUMBERS FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR BUT RIGHT BEHIND THIS WARM FRONT THINGS START TO WARM UP FROM WEST TO EAST AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. SO AS YOU CAN SEE AS WE HEAD THROUGH TONIGHT INTO THE FIRST PART OF TOMORROW HIGH PRESSURE FROM THE EASTERN PORTIONS TO THE GREAT LAKES DOWN TO TEXAS THERE IS STILL SOME LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS BUT NOT AS NEARLY AS MUCH AS WE SAW EARLIER IN THE SEASON YOU CAN SEE MOST OF THE MOISTURE IS GONE FOR THE FAR SOUTHEAST ESPECIALLY IN FLORIDA SOME SCATTERED SHOWERS THERE OTHER THAN THAT LOTS OF HIGH PRESSURE AS YOU CAN SEE MAYBE A TOUCH OF SNOW AND RAIN IN PARTS OF DAKOTA THERE AND AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW AND INTO THE PART OF THE WEEKEND YOU CAN SEE THE COLD FRONT KIND OF START STALLING OUT IN FLORIDA SOME SCATTERED SHOWERS THUNDERSTORMS THERE A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW IN UPPER GREAT LAKES IN THE WARM FRONT. NEXT COLD FRONT TRYING TO COME SOUTHEAST THIS IS NOT GOING TO COME TOO FAR SOUTH THOUGH AS WE HEAD INTO NEXT WEEK. THERE'S A PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS LOOK AT ALL THAT MOISTURE WIDE SPREAD 1 INCH PLUS NUMBERS FROM NORTHEAST TEXAS IN THE PARTS OF WEST VIRGINIA AND PARTS OF MARYLAND AND SOUTH EAST PENNSYLVANIA. ADDING ON THE NEXT 36 HOURS NOT QUIT AS WET THE WETTEST ARE IS GOING TO BE THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES BUT OTHER THAN THAT THE MOISTURE IS GOING TO SLOWLY END FROM WEST TO EAST ACROSS THAT AREA. SNOW FALL ESTIMATES BIG TIME AMOUNTS HERE AS WELL ESPECIALLY THIS FAR SOUTH THIS LATE IN THE SEASON IN PARTS OF TEXAS THROUGH OHIO RIVER VALLEY, MISSISSIPPI VALLEY IN THE EAST ADDED ON THE NEXT 36 HOURS WILL ADD A LITTLE BIT MORE TOWARDS THE SOUTHEAST THAT COLDER AIR SETTLES IN. HIGH TEMPERATURES TODAY ONLY IN THE TEENS FOR THE GREAT LAKES AS YOU CAN SEE 30'S ALL THE WAY DOWN THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF DIXIE 29 IN MEMPHIS THAT'S VERY COLD AIR AND AS YOU CAN SEE THE COLD AIR CONTINUES TONIGHT WITH LOTS OF SINGLE DIGITS FROM THE OHIO RIVER EASTWARD AND IN THE END OF THE DAY TOMORROW I AM NOT SURE WHAT HAPPENS TO THE NUMBERS THERE. YOU CAN SEE THE COLD AIR FOR THE NORTHEAST A LITTLE BIT MILDER SHOWING UP IN THE FAR WESTERN PLAINS AND THE JET STREAM WILL SHOW THAT AS WELL. A SHOT OF COLD AIR COMING AND THEN WE KIND OF FLATTEN THINGS OUT A LITTLE ZONE FOR A WHILE AND THAT WILL ALLOW SOME PACIFIC AIR TO FLOOD MOST OF THE LOWER 48 AS WE HEAD INTO NEXT WEEK THAT IS A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT LOCAL FORECAST. FOR GALLUP NEW MEXICO A LOT OF SUNSHINE AND CHILLY HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 48 DEGREES, AND OMAHA NEBRASKA MOSTLY SUNNY BUT COLD HIGH 31 DEGREES THIS AFTERNOON AND FINALLY CHARLOTTE NORTH CAROLINA CLOUDY THAT RAIN WILL COME THROUGH HIGH OF 60 AND FOG.
CLOSE:
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.

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