AgDay Daily Recap -May 14, 2015

May 14, 2015 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
MAY 14, 2015

OPEN HEADLINES:
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY NEW NUMBERS ON BEE LOSSES IN THIS COUNTRY PLUS RESEARCH THAT HOPES TO TURN THAT RISK AROUND. WASHINGTON GRIDLOCK APPEARS TO LOOSEN ON TRADE AUTHORITY FOR THE PRESIDENT. IN AGRIBUSINESS...A LOOK AT WORLD TRADE EVERYTHING IS PRICING DOLLARS AROUND THE WORLD SO IT MAKES US UNCOMPETITIVE A STAGGERING DECLINE IN ORANGE PRODUCTION, AND THE COLLECTING TRASH THE OL' FASHIONED WAY IN VERMONT, AND TRYING TO GET A TRADE DEAL DONE. WATCH AGDAY AT 8 EASTERN ON RFD. AGDAYBROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO…
BEE NUMBERS:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HONEY BEES POLLINATE AN ESTIMATED 15 BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF CROPS EACH YEAR IN THE U.S. BUT THE HEALTH OF THESE IMPORTANT COLONIES CONTINUES TO A CONCERN.
BEE HEARING:
THAT WAS PART OF THE DISCUSSION AT THE HOUSE AG SUBCOMMITTEE ON BIOTECHNOLOGY, HORTICULTURE AND RESEARCH ON WEDNESDAY. THE GROUP MET TO REVIEW FEDERAL COORDINATION AND ITS RESPONSE TO POLLINATOR HEALTH PROBLEMS. USDA'S ACTING CHIEF ECONOMIST, ROBERT JOHANSSON AND FOLKS FROM EPA WERE ON HAND SHARING THE LATEST BEE POPULATION NUMBERS.
BEE NUMBERS:
ACCORDING TO AN ANNUAL SURVEY OF BEEKEEPERS, PRELIMINATRY DATA SHOWS THE U.S. LOST 42 PERCENT OF IT'S MANAGED HONEY BEE COLONIES. THAT'S UP ROUGHLY 8 PERCENT COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS YEAR...AND THE SECOND HIGHEST LOSS EVER. BUT FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THE BIGGEST LOSSES CAME DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS. WINTER LOSSES SHOWING CONTINUED IMPROVEMENT FOR ITS SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR.
BEE RESEARCH:
WITH LOSSES REMAINING HIGH ON AN ANNUAL BASIS THERE'S AN ASSERTED EFFORT IN THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY TO FIND REAL SOLUTIONS.
CROP WATCH:
SOME PARTS OF THE CORNBELT ARE SURPRISINGLY DRY. AND MUCH OF TEXAS IS SURPRISINGLY WET. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS THE DETAILS IN CROPWATCH.
TPA:
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL IS VOWING TO GIVE TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY ANOTHER SHOT AT PASSAGE.  POLTICO DOT COM IS REPORTING THAT SENATE LEADERS HAVE REACHED A DEAL TO MOVE FORWARD WITH SO-CALLED 'FAST TRACK" TRADE LEGISLATION.
WOTUS:
MEANWHILE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES APPROVED A BILL THAT WOULD SEND E-P-A BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD OVER ITS PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE CLEAN WATER ACT.
THE HOUSE VOTEED 261 TO 155 TO WITHDRAW THE PROPOSED "WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES" RULE…MANY MAINSTREAM FARMER GROUPS ARE OPPPOSED TO THE CHANGES. THEY SAY THE RULE IS NOT CLEAR IN WHAT BODIES OF WATER, ESPECIALLY ON FARMS AND RANCHES THAT WOULD FALL UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE GOVERNMENT.
TEASE:
UP NEXT A DISCUSSION ON WORLD CURRENCY AND THE IMPACT TO U.S. MARKETS AND TRADE.
 ORANGE PRODUCTION:
 ALSO FROM USDA, NEW DATA SHOWS HOW CITRUS GREENING CONTINUES TO SEVERELY SQUEEZE THE FLORIDA CITRUS INDUSTRY. USDA'S FORECAST FOR THE FLORIDA ORANGE CROP IS 96-AND-A HALF MILLION BOXES. THAT'S DOWN  FIVE PERCENT FROM THE PREVIOUS ESTIMATE AND EIGHT PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR'S FINAL TALLY. USDA SAYS THIS YEARS FORECAST REPRESENTS A 60-PERCENT DECLINE SINCE THE PEAK OF ORANGE PRODUCTION IN 1997. FLORIDA'S DEPARTMENT OF AG SAYS THESE NUMBERS ILLUSTRATE HOW SEVERLY CITRUS GREENING IS DEVASTATING THE 10-BILLION DOLLAR CITRUS INDUSTRY.
ITC GARBAGE HORSES:
THE AVERAGE GARBAGE TRUCK RUNS ON 300 HORSEPOWER, BUT ONE VERMONT SERVICE IS GETTING THE JOB DONE THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY: TWO HORSEPOWER. DRAFT HORSES PULL A TRASH COLLECTION CARRIAGE AS THEY CLIP-CLOP THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOODS OF MIDDLEBURY. WALTER RATLIFF HAS DETAILS.
CLOSE:
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.

 

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