AgDay Daily Recap - December 28, 2010

December 28, 2010 05:17 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
DECEMBER 28, 2010

FOOD SAFETY:
GOOD MORNING. NEW RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING FOOD SAFETY IN THIS COUNTRY ARE SITTING ON THE PRESIDENT'S DESK AWAITING HIS SIGNATURE. IT'S BELIEVED PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL SIGN THE CONGRESSIONALLY PASSED FOOD SAFETY BILL WHEN HE RETURNS FROM VACATION. IN THE MEANTIME, FOOD PRODUCERS AND MANUFACTURERS ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT JUST WHAT IT MEANS TO OPERATIONS. THE BILL WHICH PASSED BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE AUTHORIZES A MAJOR OVERHAUL OF FOOD SAFETY LAWS. IT STRENGTHENS THE ABILITY OF THE FDA TO REGULATE THE INDUSTRY BY GIVING IT THE AUTHORITY TO ORDER MANDATORY RECALLS AND SET NATIONWIDE STANDARDS FOR GROWING AND HARVESTING PRODUCE.  MEAT AND POULTRY PRODUCTS STILL REMAIN UNDER THE REGULATION OF THE USDA. THE LAW ALSO INCLUDES EXEMPTIONS FOR SMALL PRODUCERS WHO SELL DIRECT TO CONSUMERS WITHIN THEIR OWN STATE OR WITHIN 275 MILES OF WHERE IT WAS PRODUCED. THE BILL DOES SET SEVERAL SPECIFIC TIMELINES. IT GIVES THE FOOD MANUFACTURERS 18 MONTHS TO PROVIDE THE FDA WITH DETAILED PLANS FOR ELIMINATING CONTAMINATION. INSPECTIONS OF HIGH RISK FACILITIES WILL BE INSPECTED EVERY THREE YEARS. LOW RISK FACILITIES CAN PLAN ON FDA INSPECTORS EVERY FIVE YEARS. PROFARMER WASHINGTON EDITOR ROGER BERNARD HAS MORE ON THE PASSING OF THIS LEGISLATION.

PEPPER PRODUCTION:
DECEMBER AND HARVEST ARE TWO WORDS WE DON'T TYPICALLY USE IN THE SAME SENTENCE. THERE IS HOWEVER, AN EXCEPTION IN OKLAHOMA, A SPECIAL CROP OF HOT CHILI PEPPERS HAS FOUND ITS WAY TO THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE STATE. OSU'S LYNDALL STOUT WITH SUNUP TV TAKES US TO HARVEST.

QUARTERLY PIGS:
THANKS LYNDALL. FROM HOT PEPPERS TO HOT LINKS, THE USDA RELEASED ITS QUARTERLY HOG AND PIGS REPORT MONDAY. AND FOR THE 9TH STRAIGHT QUARTER, THE NUMBER OF SWINE IN THE U.S. CONTINUES TO SHRINK. BUT THE FLOOD IS SLOWING TO MORE OF A TRICKLE. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF HOGS AND PIGS IN THE U.S. IS DOWN 1% FROM A YEAR AGO. TOTAL POPULATION IS JUST OVER 64 MILLION HEAD.  THAT MAKES IT THE SMALLEST HERD IN FOUR YEARS. THE NOVEMBER PIG CROP IS DOWN SLIGHTLY AT 28.2 MILLION HEAD. WHILE THE NUMBER OF PIGS PER LITTER IS HIT A RECORD HIGH AT 9.89 FOR SEPTEMBER THRU NOVEMBER. DECEMBER TO FEBRUARY AND MARCH TO MAY INTENTIONS WERE LOWER 1-2% RESPECTIVELY.

BUTTER BUSINESS:
WHILE HOG NUMBERS ARE DOWN...BUTTER IS SOARING. BUTTER PRICES SHOT UP 25% THIS YEAR. INDUSTRY ANALYSTS SAY EXPORTS WERE BEHIND PART OF THOSE GAINS. THIS COMES FROM CORNELL'S RECENT AGRIBUSINESS ECONOMIC OUTLOOK CONFERENCE. DROUGHT AND CROP FAILURES IN EASTERN EUROPE AFFECTED MILK PRODUCTION IN THE REGION. COUNTRIES LIKE RUSSIA IMPORTED A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF BUTTER. EXPERTS WARN THE EFFECTS OF THE DROUGHT MAY BE A MIXED BLESSING, WHILE IT INCREASED DEMAND FOR BUTTER, IT’S ALSO CAUSED A SPIKE IN GRAIN AND FEED PRICES.

EASTERN LIVESTOCK:
EASTERN LIVESTOCK COMPANY'S BAD CHECKS ARE STILL RIPPLING THROUGH THE CATTLE INDUSTRY. ON MONDAY THE NATIONAL CATTLEMEN'S BEEF ASSOCIATION SENT LETTERS TO THE USDA AND SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION SEEKING HELP ON BEHALF OF THE MORE THAN 740 PRODUCERS. IF YOU REMEMBER LAST MONTH EASTERN LIVESTOCK COMPANY OF NEW ALBANY INDIANA BOUGHT AND SOLD CATTLE USING HOT CHECKS. ACCORDING TO A USDA INVESTIGATION IT OWES MORE THAN 130 MILLION DOLLARS TO 743 SELLERS IN 30 STATES.  NO PAYMENT, HAS MANY PRODUCERS IN A TIGHT SPOT. THAT'S WHY THE NCBA IS ASKING THE USDA TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY ACCESS TO SHORT TERM LOW INTEREST AND OR GOVERNMENT BACKED LOAN PROGRAMS.  IT’S ALSO ASKING FOR A LIST OF SBA LOAN PROGRAMS THAT MIGHT HELP FINANCE THE FAMILY FARM.

ANALYSIS:
JIM BOWER

IN THE COUNTRY; GERMAN FORESTER:
THE OLD SAYING YOU CAN'T SEE THE FOREST FOR THE TREES, MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT MEANING IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR BOTH. THAT'S THE CASE FOR A GERMAN FORESTER LEARNING HIS TRADE ON AMERICAN SOIL. JOE WILKINSON OF THE IOWA DNR TAKES US IN THE COUNTRY AS THIS STUDENT LEARNS TO MANAGE TIMBER FOR PRODUCTION WHILE PRESERVING THAT SAME FORREST FOR THE FUTURE. THANKS JOE. STILL TO COME EATING FISH IS SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD FOR YOU...BUT RESEARCHERS SAY IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW IT’S COOKED. DETAILS NEXT IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY.

FISH FRY:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF FISH HAVE LONG BEEN REVERED BY NUTRITIONISTS. FISH ARE HIGH IN OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS WHICH HELPS LOWER YOUR RISK OF STROKE AND HAS MANY OTHER POSTIVE IMPACTS ON THE MIND AND BODY. BUT A NEW STUDY SAYS EATING FISH ISN'T AS IMPORTANT AS HOW IT’S COOKED. A STUDY FROM EMORY UNIVERSITY SURVEYED MORE THAN 21,000 PEOPLE ABOUT FISH CONSUMPTION. IT FOUND PEOPLE IN THE SOUTHEASTERN PART OF THE U.S. ATE MORE FISH PER WEEK BUT THEY ALSO ATE 30% MORE FRIED FISH. RESEARCHERS SAY EATING FRIED FISH LOWERS HEALTH BENEFITS.  THE ACT OF FRYING IS BELIEVED TO REDUCE NATURAL OMEGA-3S AND REPLACE THEM WITH COOKING OILS. ALSO, THE TYPE OF FISH THAT'S USUALLY FRIED, SUCH AS COD AREN'T AS RICH IN OMEGA 3S.

FROZEN FOOD:
AND FOOD INDUSTRY EXPERTS SAY MORE AMERICAN'S ARE GETTING THEIR FOOD ON ICE. FROM 2006 TO 2010 SALES OF FROZEN FOODS SHOT UP MORE THAN 20%. EXPERTS SAY THE TREND SHOULD CONTINUE IN 2011. IN A REPORT FROM RESEARCH FIRM PACKAGED FACTS, RETAIL SALES HIT 56 BILLION IN 2010. ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, A TOUGH ECONOMY HAS MORE PEOPLE EATING AT HOME...GOOD NEWS FOR COLD FOOD MAKERS. THE NUMBER OF NEW FROZEN FOOD AND BEVERAGE PRODUCT INTRODUCTIONS ALSO ROSE 21% IN 2010. THE BEST SELLERS, FROZEN DINNERS AND ENTREES. SALES OF FROZEN APPETIZERS AND SNACKS WERE FLAT WHILE FROZEN JUICE FELL OUT OF FAVOR WITH CONSUMERS.

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