AgDay Daily Recap - December 20, 2010

December 20, 2010 02:28 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
DECEMBER 20, 2010

TAX MEASURES:
PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED THE TAX INCENTIVES PACKAGE ON FRIDAY. . . AND FOR SOME IN AGRICULTURE THERE'S A CHRISTMAS BOW ON IT. IT INCLUDES EXTENSIONS OF ETHANOL AND BIODIESEL TAX CREDITS. IT ALSO KEEPS THE ESTATE TAX FROM RETURNING TO PREVIOUS LEVELS. PRO FARMER WASHINGTON EDITOR ROGER BERNARD HAS OUR STORY.

CALIFORNIA CAP AND TRADE:
CALIFORNIA REGULATORS ADOPTED THE FIRST LARGE-SCALE CAP-AND-TRADE PROGRAM IN THE U.S. THE STATE AIR RESOURCES BOARD VOTED 9-1 TO ADOPT RULES, SCHEDULED TO START IN 2012. THOSE RULES PLACE LIMITS ON GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS. THE CAP AND TRADE RULES ARE PART OF THE STATE'S CLEAN ENERGY LAW, WHICH MANDATES A REDUCTION IN GREENHOUSE GASSES TO 1990 LEVELS BY THE YEAR 2020. THE CAP-AND-TRADE COMPONENT OF THE LAW WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ABOUT 20% OF THE TOTAL GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTIONS. THE MEASURE ALLOWS UTILITIES AND REFINERIES TO BUY CARBON CREDITS.

AGWEB POLL:
THANKS MIKE, HERE ARE THE RESULTS FOR LAST WEEK'S AGWEB POLL. THE QUESTION WAS "WHAT'S THE WORST CHRISTMAS PRESENT AGRICULTURE COULD RECEIVE THIS YEAR". 47% OF YOU SAID A DROUGHT FROM LA NINA. ABOUT A QUARTER OF YOU SAID "NO ETHANOL TAX CREDIT". AS WE REPORTED, THOSE CREDITS WERE EXTENDED. AND ABOUT 20% SAID A RECORD CROP IN SOUTH AMERICA WOULD BE A BAD PRESENT FOR U.S. PRODUCERS. AND HERE'S THE BRAND NEW AGWEB POLL QUESTION. THE EDITORS ASK "ARE YOU PLANNING TO MAKE ANY EQUIPMENT PURCHASES IN THIS TAX YEAR TO EASE YOUR TAX BURDEN?" YES....NO...OR NOT SURE YET. GO TO www.agweb.com AND SCROLL DOWN THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE SCREEN TO FIND THE PLACE TO CAST YOUR VOTE.

CORN YIELDS:
IN AGRIBUSINESS, THE BIGGEST CORN YIELD IN THE COUNTRY DIDN'T COME FROM THE CORNBELT THIS YEAR. THE WINNER IS FROM VIRGINIA. THE NATIONAL CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION JUST RELEASED THE RESULTS OF ITS ANNUAL CORN YIELD CONTEST. THERE ARE EIGHT DIFFERENT CATEGORIES IN THE CONTEST. THEY INCLUDE TOP YIELDS IN IRRIGATED AND NON-IRRIGATED LANDS, AS WELL AS STRIP-TILL CATEGORIES. THERE IS NO OVERALL WINNER. BUT WHEN YOU JUST LOOK AT THE OVERALL YIELD, THE TOP GROWER IS DAVID HULA FROM CHARLES CITY, VIRGINIA. HE AVERAGED 368.4 BUSHELS AN ACRE ON HIS PLOTS. ACCORDING TO NCGA, THE FIELD IS IN THE NO-TILL-STRIP TILL-IRRIGATED CATEGORY. HULA PLANTED PIONEER TO GET THESE YIELDS.
NCGA SAYS THERE WERE MORE THAN 7,000 ENTRIES. THAT'S 2% MORE OVER LAST YEAR. THE 24 WINNERS IN EIGHT PRODUCTION CATEGORIES HAD VERIFIED YIELDS AVERAGING MORE THAN 300 BUSHELS AN ACRE.  THE WINNERS WILL BE HONORED AT THE 2011 COMMODITY CLASSIC IN MARCH.

ANALYSIS:
ANDY SHISSLER

LEAVE A LEGACY:
COMING UP THIS WEEK WE HAVE TWO SPECIAL PROGRAMS WE DON'T WANT YOU TO MISS. COMING UP THURSDAY, WE HEAD TO NORTH DAKOTA FOR A SPECIAL EDITION OF LEAVE A LEGACY. LEGACY-HOST KEVIN SPAFFORD DEVOTES THE ENTIRE HALF HOUR TO CARL LARSON. CARL STARTED HIS FARM IN 1965. OVER THE YEARS HE'S ADDED A LARGE AMOUNT OF ACREAGE, A GRAIN FACILITY, SEVERAL JOHN DEERE DEALERSHIPS, AND OTHER BUSINESS VENTURES. WORDS MAY NOT ADEQUATELY DESCRIBE CARL'S PASSION FOR THE BUSINESS. WE'LL ALSO VISIT WITH CARL'S SONS TO DISCUSS THEIR ROLE IN KEEPING CARL LARSON FARMS GOING FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. JOIN US FOR LEAVE A LEGACY ON THURSDAY. AND THEN ON FRIDAY MORNING, WE HOPE YOU GATHER-UP THE FAMILY AND JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL PRESENTATION OF "CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY.” WE'LL SHOW YOU SOME SPECIAL WAYS THAT RURAL AMERICA CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAY. ONE OF OUR FEATURES TAKES US TO CENTRAL INDIANA WHERE THE DULL FAMILY HAS BEEN GROWING CHRISTMAS TREES FOR 25 YEARS. ON ONE SPECIAL WEEKEND THEY BRING IN SOME BIG, BEAUTIFUL DOGS TO HELP MAKE THE TREE-CUTTING EXPERIENCE EVEN MORE ENJOYABLE. THE "NEWFIES" ACTUALLY HELP BRING THE TREES FROM THE FOREST. BUT THERE'S MUCH MORE TO THIS STORY THAN THEIR WORK IN THE SNOW. PLUS, I VISIT A REINDEER RANCH WHERE THEY'RE HELPING TO TRAIN THE NEXT GENERATION OF RANCHERS. JOIN US THIS FRIDAY MORNING - CHRISTMAS EVE - FOR CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY.

IN THE COUNTRY; OK CHRISTMAS:
AMERICANS WILL BUY NEARLY 30 MILLION REAL TREES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON...MORE THAN DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF FAKE TREES. THAT MEANS CHRISTMAS TREE FARMS ARE A BUSY PLACE RIGHT NOW. MORE FAMILIES GET THOSE REAL TREES FROM A CHOOSE AND HARVEST FARM THAN ANYWHERE ELSE. IN THIS REPORT FROM OKLAHOMA STATE'S SUNUP TELEVISION PROGRAM, LYNDALL STOUT TAKES US BEHIND THE SCENES AT ONE FARM NEARLY FORTY YEARS IN THE MAKING. STILL TO COME, IF YOU HOPE TO SHED A FEW POUNDS, STAY TUNED. WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW LOSING SLEEP MAY KEEP YOU FROM LOSING WEIGHT. AG FOR YOUR HEALTH IS NEXT.

HEALTH NO SLEEP:
IN AG FOR YOUR HEALTH...IF YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTION IS TO LOSE WEIGHT IN 2011, YOU'RE NOT ALONE. MILLIONS OF PEOPLE MAKE THAT PLEDGE EVERY YEAR RIGHT ABOUT NOW. HEALTH EXPERTS SAY IF YOU PLAN TO GET TO THE GYM MORE OFTEN IN THE NEW YEAR, YOU NEED TO GET TO BED ON TIME. CLARK POWELL TELLS US WHY IN THIS REPORT FROM OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER. DOCTOR KINDRICK SAYS MOST ADULTS NEED AROUND EIGHT HOURS OF SLEEP PER NIGHT. IF YOU NEED TO ADD MORE SLEEP, DO IT GRADUALLY. GO TO BED 15 MINUTES EARLIER FOR A WEEK. THEN ADD 15 MINUTES IN FOLLOWING WEEKS UNTIL YOU BUILD-UP A LONGER NIGHTS SLEEP.

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