AgDay Daily Recap - December 14, 2010

December 14, 2010 05:11 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
DECEMBER 14, 2010

NUTRITION BILL:
LEGISLATION TO FEED MORE LUNCHES AND DINNERS TO IMPOVERISHED CHILDREN AT SCHOOL IS NOW LAW. PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED THE CHILD NUTRITION ACT ON MONDAY. ACCOMPANIED BY HIS WIFE, OBAMA SIGNED THE BILL AT AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN WASHINGTON D.C.
THE 4.5 BILLION DOLLAR MEASURE EXPANDS FREE SCHOOL MEALS FOR LOW-INCOME STUDENTS. IT ALSO GIVES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MORE AUTHORITY ON WHAT FOODS ARE ALLOWED IN SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAMS. FEDS WILL DETERMINE WHAT PRODUCTS MAY BE SOLD IN VENDING MACHINES, LUNCHLINES AND FUNDRAISERS DURING SCHOOL HOURS. SUPPORTERS SAY THE LAW IS NEEDED TO FEED MORE HUNGRY CHILDREN IN FAMILIES HURT BY THE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES FELT ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THEY ALSO SAY HEALTHIER EATING WILL STEM THE RISE OF HEALTH CARE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH CHILDHOOD OBESITY. OPPONENTS SAY THE MEASURE IS TOO EXPENSIVE AND IS AN EXAMPLE OF GOVERNMENT OVER-REACH. ACCORDING TO USDA, THE ACT WILL BE PAID FOR BY REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF MONEY BUDGETED FOR THE NATION'S FOOD STAMP PROGRAM, KNOWN AS "SNAP".

WINTER WEATHER:
A POWERFUL WINTER STORM HAS MUCH OF THE MIDWEST AND EAST COAST STILL DIGGING OUT. THE SNOWSTORM DUMPED MORE THAN 20 INCHES OF SNOW IN PLACES AND PUSHED TEMPERATURES INTO THE TEENS. THE COLD SNAP AND HEAVY SNOWS ARE MAKING IT TOUGH ON LIVESTOCK. PRODUCERS ARE WORKING HARD TO KEEP CATTLE FED AND FROZEN WATER TANKS OPEN. SHIPPING ANIMALS IS SLOWER STILL. THE SNOW PACKED ROADS ARE REDUCING SHIPMENTS TO PROCESSING FACILITIES. THAT'S PUSHING PRICES HIGHER. AS EARLY AS LAST WEEK, SPECULATORS STARTED PAYING MORE AT THE MARKET IN ANTICIPATION OF REDUCED ANIMALS WEIGHTS AND TIGHTENING SUPPLIES.

FLORIDA FREEZE:
IN FLORIDA GROWERS ARE PREPARING FOR MORE COLD WEATHER. TEMPERATURES ARE THREATENING TO DROP BELOW FREEZING THROUGH WEDNESDAY. THAT NEWS SENT ORANGE JUICE MARKETS TO NEW HIGHS. FLORIDA GOVERNOR CHARLIE CRIST HAS DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR CITRUS GROWERS. THAT DECLARATION ALLOWS THE SUNSHINE STATE TO EASE TRUCKING RESTRICTIONS....MEANING LARGER GROWERS CAN PICK TREES AND OVERLOAD SEMIS IN ORDER TO GET FRUIT SHIPPED AND OUT OF HARMS WAY. STATE LEADERS SAY THESE EXTREME TEMPERATURES COULD CAUSE A MAJOR DISASTER. ORANGE JUICE PRICES CLIMBED TO NEAR $1.67 A POUND.

FMD:
THANKS MIKE. IN OTHER NEWS...SCIENTISTS CALL IT THE MOST ECONOMICALY DEVASTING DISEASE IN THE WORLD. NOW THEY'RE MAKING NEW BREAK THROUGHS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE...IT INFECTS CLOVEN HOOFED ANIMALS. USDA SCIENTISTS AT PLUM ISLAND, NEW YORK SAY THEY'VE DISCOVERED HOW THE VIRUS MOVES AS IT BEGINS THE INFECTION. AS FMD ENTERS THE NOSE WITHIN SIX HOURS IT MOVES TO THE BACK OF THE THROAT. SCIENTISTS BELIEVE THAT KNOWLEDGE COULD LEAD TO NEW VACCINES AND CONTROL METHODS.

KOREA FMD:
SOUTH KOREA IS CURRENTLY FIGHTING A MAJOR FOOT AND MOUTH OUTBREAK IN THE SOUTHEASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY. ANOTHER NEW CASE IS NOW CONFIRMED INSPITE OF QUARANTINE EFFORTS. SO FAR THE COUNTRY HAS REPORTED 45 SUSPECTED CASES OF FMD. THE QUARANTINE AREA CONTINUES TO EXPAND. OFFICIALS SAY NEARLY 150,000 HEAD OF LIVESTOCK HAVE BEEN DESTORYED.

ANALYSIS:
JIM HEMMINGER

IN THE COUNTRY; TREE FARM:
CHRISTMAS IS LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY. FOR TREE GROWERS, THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN THEY MAKE THEIR MONEY. THERE'S A LOT RIDING ON THE FOUR WEEK PERIOD AFTER THANKSGIVING. THAT'S ONE REASON WHY TREE GROWERS DO WHAT THEY CAN TO CREATE AN ENJOYABLE FAMILY ATMOSPHERE. IF THEY CAN CREATE A LASTING MEMORY, THE FAMILY IS LIKELY TO RETURN FOR REPEAT BUSINESS. AGDAY'S WES MILLS HAS OUR STORY. THANKS WES. A CHRISTMAS TREE PROMOTION BOARD APPOINTED BY USDA WOULD ADMINISTER THE FUNDS GENERATED THRU THE CHECKOFF. THE DULL'S OFFER SOMETHING ELSE THAT'S SPECIAL ON THEIR FARM - - NEWFOUNDLAND DOGS HELP PULL CUT-TREES UP TO THE BARN. NOT ONLY IS IT FUN FOR THE KIDS, BUT IT RAISES AWARENESS. SOME OF THESE DOGS ARE RESCUED FROM ABUSIVE HOMES, OR FAMILIES COULDN'T AFFORD THEM ANY LONGER. WE'LL HAVE THAT STORY FOR YOU ON A SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY, COMING UP ON CHRISTMAS EVE. WILL YOUR KIDS EAT CEREAL WITH LESS SUGAR AND THAT CUP OF COFFEE MAY COST YOU MORE. FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT.

CEREAL:
PARENTS LOOKING TO REDUCE SUGAR IN THEIR KIDS DIETS SHOULD START WITH BREAKFAST. IN TODAY'S FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY...A NEW STUDY FROM YALE UNIVERSITY SAYS PARENTS SHOULD OFFER KIDS LOW SUGAR CERALS FOR BREAKFAST. STUDIES SHOW THEY'LL EAT IT. RESEARCHERS LOOKED AT NEARLY 100 SCHOOL-AGED KIDS WHILE THEY WERE AT SUMMER CAMP. HALF WERE GIVEN SUGARY CERALS, THE OTHER'S GOT LOW-SUGAR CEREAL. BOTH COULD ADD MORE SUGAR OR FRUIT IF THEY WANTED. THE RESULTS...THE LOW SUGAR KIDS ADDED MORE SUGAR BUT ALSO MORE FRUIT. HOWEVER, THE SUGAR CERAL EATERS ENDED UP EATING ALMOST TWICE AS MUCH REFINED SUGAR.  RESEARCHERS SAY KIDS WILL EAT HEALTHIER ESPECIALLY IF PARENTS OFFER FRESH FRUIT AND A LITTLE EXTRA SUGAR.

COFFEE PRICES:
AND YOU MAY NEED A CUP OF COFFEE FOR THIS NEXT STORY. COFFEE IS ABOUT TO GET MORE EXPENSIVE. HEAVY RAINS ARE CAUSING FLOODING, THREATENING CROPS, DAMAGING ROADS AND DELAYING SHIPMENTS IN COLOMBIA. IT'S THE WORLD'S SECOND LARGEST PRODUCER OF COFFEE BEANS BEHIND BRAZIL. THE USDA'S FOREIGN AG SERVICES SAYS LA NINA IS TO BLAME FOR THE UNUSUALLY WET WEATHER. COFFEE PRICES ARE UP MORE THAN 50 PERCENT THIS YEAR.

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