AgDay Daily Recap - August 15, 2011

August 15, 2011 06:01 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
AUGUST 15, 2011

 

MEAT EXPORTS:
GOOD MORNING. EXPORTS OF U.S. PRODUCED MEAT APPEAR SET TO ECLIPSE A RECORD IF THE CURRENT PACE CONTINUES. THAT'S THE OPINION OF THE U.S. MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION. USMEF SAYS IF THE TREND ESTABLISHED IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THE YEAR HOLDS UP, U.S. BEEF AND PORK EXPORTS ARE LIKELY TO SET SEVERAL NEW RECORDS IN 2011. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME, IT COULD BREAK THE FIVE BILLION DOLLAR MARK. FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS, U.S. BEEF EXPORTS HAVE TOTALLED 620,000 METRIC TONS, WITH A VALUE OF 2.5 BILLION DOLLARS. THAT'S 25% HIGHER IN VOLUME AND 40% HIGHER IN VALUE THAN LAST YEAR'S PACE. FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, BEEF EXPORTS MEASURED ABOUT 14% OF TOTAL U.S. BEEF PRODUCTION. USMEF SAYS THE UNITED STATES HAS ALSO RECAPTURED ITS POSITION AS THE WORLD'S LEADING BEEF EXPORTER, OUTPACING AUSTRALIA AND BRAZIL. MEANWHILE IN THE PORK LEDGER, USMEF SAYS WHEN COMPARED TO THE ALL-TIME RECORD YEAR OF 2008, THE PACE OF THIS YEAR'S PORK EXPORTS IS ON A RECORD CLIP. FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS, JUST OVER ONE MILLION METRIC TONS OF PORK HAVE GONE OUT OF OUR PORTS, THAT'S UP 14% COMPARED TO THE FIRST HALF OF 2010. THE VALUED OF THOSE PORK SHIPSMENTS IS 2.8 BILLION DOLLARS.  MORE THAN A QUARTER OF ALL U.S. PORK IS EXPORTED, MUCH OF IT TO KOREA WHOSE PORK INDUSTRY WAS DEVASTATED BY FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE.

LAMB EXPORTS:
USMEF ALSO ANALYZES LAMB PRODUCTION. COMPARED TO BEEF AND PORK, LAMB EXPORTS ARE MINISCULE. FOR INSTANCE, DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS, U.S. SHIPPED OUT 9,300 METRIC TONS. COMPARE THAT TO BEEF'S 620,000 METRIC TONS. STILL, THERE WAS A SIZE-ABLE INCREASE. USMEF SAYS U.S. LAMB EXPORTS GREW BY 59% IN VOLUME AND 31% IN VALUE FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THE YEAR. EXPORTS TO THE MAINSTAY MARKETS OF MEXICO, CANADA AND THE CARIBBEAN LED THE WAY.

FEED CONCERNS:
LIVESTOCK FACILITIES IN THE DROUGHT STRICKEN SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST ARE NOW STARTING TO WORRY ABOUT FEED. OUR PARTNERS AT DAIRY TODAY SAY SOME DAIRIES IN TEXAS ARE DOWN TO LESS THAN A 30 DAY SUPPLY OF FORAGE. EXTREME HEAT AND A LACK OF RAIN STUNTED HAY CROPS IN THE REGION. ADD IN GROWERS WHO SWITCHED TO HIGH PRICED CROPS AT PLANTING AND THE SUPPLY'S WERE ALREADY SHORT. NOW ALFALFA HAY IS SELLING FOR AROUND 300 DOLLARS PER TON, GRASS HAY OVER 200. CORN IS BEING PRICED FROM 200 TO 300 DOLLARS PER TON ON EVERYTHING FROM STRAIGHT CORN, FLAKED OR DDG'S. CORN SILAGE IS EXPECTED TO BE DOWN 30-40%. NOW MANY DAIRY'S AND OTHER LIVESTOCK OPERATIONS ARE LOOKING TO NEBRASKA, WYOMING EVEN CANADA FOR SUPPLY.

ROOK CARBON FOOTPRINT:
A PUSH BY CONSUMERS FOR MORE SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION THAT LOWERS GREENHOUSE GASES IS PUSHING RETAILERS TO CONSIDER LABELING FOOD PRODUCTS BASED ON THEIR CARBON FOOTPRINT. THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY IS TRYING TO GET AHEAD OF THIS TREND BY LOOKING AT WAYS TO LOWER THEIR CARBON FOOTPRINT AND PORK PRODUCERS HAVE TAKEN THE LEAD. AS A RESULT THEY RECENTLY RELEASED NEW COMPUTER SOFTWARE TO HELP PRODUCERS FIND THE HOT SPOTS IN THEIR OPERATIONS AND REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS. AGDAY'S MICHELLE ROOK LOOKS AT HOW IT WORKS AND THE BENEFIT TO CONSUMERS. PORK PRODUCERS CAN RECEIVE A FREE COPY OF THE CARBON FOOTPRINT CALCULATOR BY CONTACTING THE NATIONAL PORK BOARD OR NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL.

ANALYSIS:
BILL BIEDERMANN

IN THE COUNTRY; BUFFALO COMEBACK:
MANY PEOPLE KNOW THEM ONLY FROM HISTORY BOOKS. BISON OR BUFFALO WERE ALL BUT ELIMINATED FROM THE PLAINS OF THE UNITED STATES. BUT WE NOW KNOW WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM - ON SMALL RANCHES ACROSS TEXAS. IN THIS REPORT FROM TEXAS FARM BUREAU, NATHAN SMITH SAYS THE ICONIC ANIMAL IS MAKING A SLOW, BUT STEADY COMEBACK. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RANCH AND ITS OTHER FACILITIES, CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE - - WWW.BUFFALOVALLEYEVENTCENTER.COM. FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT.

FARMER’S MARKETS GROWING:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY THIS MORNING, FARMER'S MARKETS CONTINUE TO BUILD RANKS ACROSST THE COUNTRY. ACCORDING TO THE USDA MORE THAN ONE-THOUSAND NEW MARKETS HAVE STARTED IN THE PAST YEAR. THE 2011 DIRECTORY NOW LISTS MORE THAN 7,100 FARMERS MARKETS IN THE U.S. THAT'S UP ABOUT 17% YEAR OVER YEAR.  MORE LOCAL MARKETS MEAN MORE COMPEITION IN THE PRODUCE AISLE.  TODAY ABOUT 12% OF FARMER'S MARKETS ACCEPT SNAP MONEY, FORMERLLY KNOWN AS FOOD STAMPS. LAST YEAR THAT PROGRAM SPENT ROUGLY 7 AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS AT FARMER'S MARKETS.  THE AVERAGE PURCHASED TOTALED ABOUT 17 DOLLARS.

SPICY FOOD METABOLISM:
AND IF YOU'RE AT A FARMER'S MARKET YOU MIGHT WANT TO BUY SOME CHILE PEPPERS OR OTHER NATURAL SPICES. A NEW STUDY SAYS THERE'S EARLY INDICATION THAT SPICY FOODS MAY BOOST METABOLISM. THE STUDY DONE AT PENN STATE WAS REPORTED IN THE JOURNAL OF NUTRITIION. IT FOUND A COMBINATION OF SPICES LIKE CINNAMON, PAPRIKA, CURY, OR GARLIC HELPED REDUCE INSULIN AND TRIGLYCERIDE LEVELS AFTER EATING. THE RESEARCHERS FED A CONTROL GROUP TWO MEALS, ONE NORMAL AND THE OTHER SPICY. AFTER FOUR HOURS OF BLOOD TESTS, THE RESULTS SHOW THAT ADDING THE SPICES SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED INSULIN AND TRIGLYCERIDE RESPONSES TO THE MEAL...ALTHOUGH THERE WAS NO EFFECT ON GLUCOSE LEVELS.  THE RESEACHERS SAY THE CONCENTRATED SPICES AND HIGH ANTIOXIDANT LEVELS ARE LIKELY BEHIND THE RESULTS.

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