AgDay Daily Recap - April 19, 2011

April 19, 2011 08:47 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
APRIL 19, 2011

ETHANOL POLICY:
ETHANOL POLICY HAS BEEN UNDER FIRE LATELY AND NOT JUST FROM THE USUAL ANTI-ETHANOL GROUPS. AS CONGRESS GOES THRU THE STRUGGLES OF BUDGET NEGOTATIONS, SOME LAWMAKERS ARE TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT ETHANOL SUBSIDIES AND TAX BREAKS LIKE VEETC. EVEN THE RECENT E-15 APPROVAL BY EPA IS UNDER SCRUTINY. SEVERAL LONG-STANDING OPPONENTS ARE USING THE REPUBLICAN'S EMPHASIS ON CUTTING FEDERAL SPENDING TO BUILD SUPPORT FOR ELIMINATING THE TAX CREDIT. AGDAY'S MICHELLE ROOK LOOKS AT THE RECENT ATTEMPTS TO SCRAP ETHANOL POLICY AND THE MEASURES ALREADY BEING TAKEN BY ETHANOL GROUPS TO PROACTIVELY SHIFT THE POLICY EMPHASIS ON THEIR OWN.

ETHANOL POLICY ROOK:
SEVERAL PRO-ETHANOL GROUPS SAY THE INDUSTRY IS READY TO TRANSITION AWAY FROM TAX CREDITS AND FOCUS ON INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT INCLUDING A PIPELINE, FLEX FUEL VEHICLES AND BLENDER PUMPS. USDA'S RURAL DEVELOPMENT DIVISION SAID LAST WEEK IT'LL BE OFFERING SOME DOLLARS TO HELP WITH THE INSTALLATION OF BLENDER PUMPS.

CROP PROGRESS:
IN THE WEEKLY CROP PROGRESS REPORT, USDA SAYS THIS YEAR'S CORN CROP IS GOING IN A LOT SLOWER THAN LAST YEAR. YET, IT'S ON PACE WITH THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. OVERALL 7% IS NOW PLANTED. LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME, 16% WAS IN THE GROUND. THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE IS 8%. NOW TO THE COTTON BELT...9% IS NOW SEEDED. THAT'S A TWO POINT GAIN FROM LAST WEEK. IT'S BEHIND THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA AND LOUISIANA LEAD THE PACK. LOOKING AT THE WINTER WHEAT CROP, THE CONDITION RATING CONTINUES TO BE THE BIG STORY. IT DROPPED ANOTHER TWO POINTS FROM LAST WEEK. 38% NATIONWIDE IS CONSIDERED POOR TO VERY POOR. IN KANSAS, 42% IS POOR TO VERY POOR. NEIGHBORING COLORADO HAS A 48% RATING AT THE LOW-END. IN TEXAS, IT'S 68%. IN OKLAHOMA 69% GETS THAT DISMAL RATING. LET'S CHECK IN NOW WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN, MIKE!

IDFA DEREGULATION:
IN OUR DAIRY TODAY REPORT, THE INTERNATIONAL DAIRY FOODS ASSOCIATION SAYS IT’S IN FAVOR OF RADICALLY DEREGULATING THE INDUSTRY. THIS COMES FROM OUR PARTNERS AT DAIRY TODAY MAGAZINE. THE IDFA PROPOSES ELIMINATING DAIRY PRICE SUPPORTS, FEDERAL ORDER MINIMUM PRICING AND IT WOULD PHASE OUT CALSS ONE FLUID MILK DIFFERENCIALS OVER THE NEXT SIX YEARS. YOU CAN GET MORE DETAILS AT WWW.DAIRYTODAY.COM .

DT NAFTA TRUCKING:
THE US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, RELEASED DETAILS OF ITS PLAN TO ALLOW LONG-HAUL, CROSS-BORDER TRUCKING BETWEEN THE U.S. AND MEXICO. CROSS BORDER TRUCKING IS A REQUIREMENT OF NAFTA. DAIRY GROUPS ARE APPLAUDING THE PROPOSAL WHICH WOULD ALLOW MEXICAN TRUCKING COMPANIES OPEN ACCESS TO U.S. ROADS AND OFFER THE SAME FOR AMERICAN DRIVERS IN MEXICO. DAIRY EXPORTS WERE TARGETED BY RETALITORY TARIFFS, WHEN THE U.S. CANCELED ITS PREVIOUS TRUCKING PROGRAM A FEW YEARS AGO.  MEXICO IS THE AMERICAN DAIRY INDUSTRY'S LARGEST EXPORT MARKET.

DT DEAN FOODS DAIRY PLANT:
FOOD INDUSTRY GIANT, DEAN FOODS IS LOOKING FOR BUYERS FOR A WISCONSIN MILK PLANT. IT'S PART OF A SETTLEMENT OF AN ANTI TRUST LAWSUIT FILED BY THE U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. IN 2009 DEAN'S BOUGHT FOREMOST FARMS USA DIVISION. THE ATTORNEYS GENERAL IN WISCONSIN, ILLINOIS AND MICHIGAN SAY THE ACQUISITION REDUCED COMPETITION IN THE SALE OF MILK TO SCHOOLS AND OTHER BUYERS.  RATHER THAN FIGHT THE SUIT, DEANS HAS OFFERED TO SELL 170-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT DIARY PROCESSING FACILITY AND THE GOLDEN GUERNSEY AND LA VACA BONITA BRANDS.

ANALYSIS:
BOB UTTERBACK

IN THE COUNTRY; FIRST TEE:
RURAL AMERICA IS HOME TO SOME OF THE BEST OUTDOOR RECREATION IN THE WORLD. AND THAT INCLUDES THE LUSH GREEN FAIRWAYS, AND CLOSE CUT GREENS OF THE GOLF COURSE. IT'S A SPORT PARTICIPANTS CAN PLAY FOR A LIFETIME WHILE LEARNING THE RULES OF RESPECT AND HONESTY. LSU AGCENTER'S TOBIE BLANCHARD HIT A COURSE IN BATON ROUGE WHERE FAMILIES WERE LEARNING THE GAME AND IT'S VALUES THANKS TO A LITTLE HELP FROM 4-H. THANKS TOBIE. OPERATION MILITARY KIDS IS A NATIONWIDE 4-H EFFORT. MOST OF THE TIME, YOU CAN GET DETAILS FROM A LOCAL EXTENSION OFFICE. FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT.

SALT HYPERTENSION:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, WE'VE KNOWN FOR YEARS THAT SALT CAUSES HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE...OR HYPERTENSION. THIS MORNING, RESEARCHER BELIEVE THEY NOW KNOW WHY. NEW RESEARCH FROM CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY AND KENT STATE CONFIRMS THAT SALT INCREASES BLOOD PRESSURE-- IN SOME PEOPLE --BECAUSE IT'S HARDER FOR THE CARDIOVASCULOR SYSTEM TO MANAGE BOTH BLOOD PRESSURE AND BODY TEMPERATURE. THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM IS IN CHARGE OF BOTH. RESEARCHERS FOUND WHEN SALT-SENSITIVE PEOPLE INGEST SALT, BLOOD PRESSURE GOES UP BUT THE BODY'S CORE TEMPERATURE REMAINS THE SAME.

BACON PERFUME:
AND SPEAKING OF SALTY...BACON HAS LONG BEEN KNOWN FOR ITS SALTY GOODNESS. NOW A COMPANY IS LOOKING TO CAPITALIZE ON ITS AROMA. FARGGINAY--HOPFULLY I SAID THAT RIGHT-- RECENTLY RELEASED ITS BACON SENTED COLOGNE. IT COMES IN TWO VARIETIES, BACON CLASSIC WITH A HINT OF MAPLE AND BACON GOLD--MORE OF A CITRUS SMELL. THE COMPANY INSISTS IT IS FOR REAL AND THE AROMA'S ARE WHAT THE INDUSTRY CALLS SOPHISTICATED.

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