AgDay Daily Recap -May 21, 2015

07:57AM May 21, 2015

TODAY ON AGDAY
MAY 21, 2015

OPEN HEADLINES:
TODAY ON AGDAY - USDA'S LATEST TURKEY FORECAST MAY BE FOR THE BIRDS. WE'LL TELL YOU WHY ONE COMPANY IS QUESTIONING A BOOST IN PRODUCTION THIS YEAR. IN AGRIBUSINESS...OPPONENTS DIG-IN ON THE DEBATE OVER TRADE NEGOTIATIONS. OREGON VOTERS MAKE THEIR MARK IN THE DEBATE OVER GMO'S, AND CAN CANOLA BE A MONEY MAKER FOR FARMERS IN THE BLUEGRASS STATE? AGDAY BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.
TPA LATEST:
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL WANTS DEBATE OVER THE TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY BILL TO BE OVER. MCCONNELL FILED FOR CLOTURE IN THE SENATE, WHICH WOULD END DEBATE OVER THE SO-CALLED "FAST TRACK". THIS MEASURE IS ONE OF THE FEW ISSUES WHERE MCCONNELL AND MOST OTHER SENATE REPUBLICANS ACTUALLY AGREE WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA. MANY IN THE PRESIDENT'S OWN PARTY, INCLUDING MINORITY LEADER HARRY REID, ARE OPPOSED TO T-P-A, AS IT'S WRITTEN. DEMOCRATS ARE PUSHING FOR SEVERAL AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL.
TPA ASA:
 MEANWHILE, SOME AG ASSOCIATIONS DON'T SUPPORT THE ENTIRE BILL EITHER. THE AMERICAN SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION SAYS WHILE THE SENATE SPENT NUMEROUS HOURS REVISING THE BILL, THEY DO NOT SUPPORT THE LATEST VERSION. A-SAA SAYS THE LATEST LEGISLATION REPRESENTS A BROAD RANGE OF INTERESTS AND IS TOO CONTROVERSIAL.  INSTEAD ASA WANTS A BILL THAT'S MORE STRAIGHT FORWARD, SO MORE LAWMAKERS CAN SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION. ASA CONTACTS TOLD AGDAY 'THE CLEAREST PATH IS A BILL WITH NO AMENDMENTS.'
JOHN KERRY TRADE:
 MCCONNELL WANTS TO FINISH T-P-A, SO LAWMAKERS CAN THEN MOVE FORWARD ON THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP TRADE DEAL. THE T-P-P IS A TOP PRIORITY FOR THE ADMINISTRATION. IT INVOLVES 12 NATIONS EXCLUDING CHINA - THAT BORDER THE PACIFIC OCEAN.
BENTON COUNTY ANTI GMO RESULTS:
AN OREGON COUNTY OVERWHELMINGLY VOTED DOWN AN ANTI-GMO MEASURE THAT WOULD HAVE PROHIBITED THE GROWTH OF GMOS AND GMO-BASED RESEARCH.
FDA ANTIBOTICS:
THE F-D-A IS MOVING TO COLLECT MORE INFORMATION ON ANTIBIOTICS USED IN ANIMALS THAT BECOME MEAT. IT'S AN EFFORT TO STEM ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT DISEASES. THE AGENCY PROPOSING A RULE THAT REQUIRES DRUG COMPANIES TO COLLECT SALES INFORMATION BROKEN DOWN BY WHICH ANIMALS ARE USING THE ANTIBIOTICS.  THAT WOULD EXPAND CURRENT LAW THAT NOW REQUIRES COMPANIES TO REPORT THE OVERALL VOLUME THEY SELL ANNUALLY FOR USE IN FOOD-PRODUCING ANIMALS.
BTR EL NINO AUSSIE:
IT LOOKS AS THOUGH EL NINO COULD BRING A UNIQUE DRY-NESS TO AUSTRALIA, IMPACTING BOTH LIVESTOCK AND GRAIN. AGRI-MONEY.COM REPORTS EL NINO HAS A HISTORY OF BRINGING IN DRY-NESS TO EASTERN AUSTRALIA. THAT COULD MEAN HIGHER GRAIN PRICES DUE TO LOWER YIELDS. ON THE CATTLE SIDE, AUSTRIALIA'S FEED SUPPLIES ARE ALREADY CONSIDERED 'THIN. EL NINO COULD FURTHER TIGHTEN FEED SUPPLIES. PLUS PASTURE LAND WILL LIKELY DECLINE AS WELL.
BTR COW FRIENDSHIP:
SCIENTISTS IN AUSTRALIA ARE STUDYING SOCIAL BEHAVIORS AND COW FRIENDSHIPS IN CATTLE IN ORDER TO BOOST REPRODUCTIVE RATES.  RESEARCHERS ARE USING SPECIAL COLLARS AS TRACKING DEVICES TO OBSERVE A COW'S SOCIAL LIFE WITHIN THE HERD…THAT INCLUDES MATURNAL BEHAVIOR AND HOW COWS ARE 'LOOKING AFTER' OTHER COWS.THEY'VE DISCOVERED WHEN COWS ARE CALVING, THEY SPEND MORE TIME WITH OTHER MOTHERS.  THE GOAL IS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND BREEDING PURPOSES.
MILK PRODUCTION:
BACK IN THIS COUNTRY - THE MIDWEST CONTINUES ITS RAPID MILK EXPANSION, WHILE THE NATION'S TOP MILK PRODUCER DROPS FOR THE FIFTH STRAIGHT MONTH. USDA'S MONTHLY MILK PRODUCTION REPORT SHOWS OVERALL, U.S. MILK PRODUCTION ROSE ONE-POINT-SEVEN PERCENT ABOVE YEAR-EARLIER LEVELS. STATE BY STATE SOUTH DAKOTA IS UP NEARLY TEN PERCENT. AS WE'VE REPORTED, SOUTH DAKOTA OFFICIALS HAVE MADE A BIG PUSH TO HELP GROW THE SOUTH DAKOTA MILK INDUSTRY. IN ADDITION TO EXPANDED HERDS, THE STATE HAS ALSO ATTRACTED NEW PROCESSORS ESPECIALLY ALONG THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE STATE. JOINING THE LIST OF BIG GROWTH - KANSAS IS UP NEARLY SEVEN PERCENT, MICHIGAN UP SIX AND A HALF PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR'S LEVELS. BUT CALIFORNIA SAW ANOTHER DECLINE THIS MONTH - DOWN MORE THAN TWO PERCENT.
MILK MAN TEASE:
SPEAKING OF MILK - ONE OF THE MOST COVETED BOTTLES OF MILK IN THE COUNTRY WILL BE AWARDED THIS WEEKEND.
CLOSE:
THE CANOLA OILSEED PLANT IN KENTUCKY IS ONLY CRUSHING THE SEEDS FOR NOW AND SENDING THE PRODUCT TO GEORGIA FOR PROCESSING INTO OIL. A SECOND PHASE OF THE FACILITY WILL INCLUDE INCREASING THE PLANT'S CRUSHING CAPACITY AND BUILDING A VEGETABLE OIL REFINING PLANT EXPECTED TO BE OPEN IN EARLY 2017. THAT'LL DO IT FOR US TODAY. THANKS FOR TUNING-IN.

 

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