AgDay Daily Recap - December 30, 2010

December 30, 2010 02:47 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
DECEMBER 30, 2010

CHESEPEAKE NUTRIENT LOAD:
GOOD MORNING. THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY SAYS AFTER 25 YEARS AND VERY FEW RESULTS, IT'S STEPPING UP EFFORTS TO CLEAN UP THE CHESAPEAKE BAY WATERSHED. THE AGENCY SAYS IT'S PUTTING THE SIX STATE AREA ON A POLLUTION DIET. THAT MEANS EVERYTHING FROM STORM WATER RUNNOFF TO AGRICULTURE WILL BE REQUIRED TO MEET NEW TARGETS FOR NITROGEN, PHOSPHORUS AND SEDIMENT. THE EPA JUST RELEASED IT'S PLAN...ALL 4,100 PAGES WORTH...CALLING IT THE LARGEST CLEAN WATER INITIATIVE IN THE WORLD. IT CALLS FOR A 25% REDUCTION IN NITROGEN. 24% REDUCTION IN PHOSPHORUS AND ANOTHER 20% IN SEDIMENT. AND IT WANTS IT DONE BY THE YEAR 2025. FARMING OPERATIONS WERE SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED IN PENNSYLVANIA AND WEST VIRGINA WITH AN EMPHASIS ON CONCENTRATED ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATIONS. AN EPA SPOKESMEN SAYS THE USDA HAS INCLUDED IN THE FARMBILL AROUND 700 MILLION DOLLARS OVER FIVE YEARS TO HELP AGRICULTURE COMPLY WITH THE NEW CHESAPEAKE WATERSHED REGULATIONS. THOSE NOT COMPLYING, THE EPA SAYS CAN EXPECT ENHANCED OVERSIGHT.

PESTICIDE DRIFT:
WHILE INPUTS ALONG THE CHESAPEAKE BAY WATERSHED REMAIN UNDER A MICROSCOPE SO IS A PESTICIDE APPLICATOR IN CALIFORNIA.  THE STATE'S SIXTH APPELLATE DISTRICT COURT SAYS AN ORGANIC GROWER CAN SUE FOR PESTICIDE DRIFT. A GROWER NEAR SANTA CRUZ, SAYS SOME OF HIS ORGANIC DILL CROP WAS REJECTED BY WHOLE FOODS GROCERY DUE TO PESTICIDE RESIDUE. HE TRACKED IT DOWN SAYING IT CAME FROM DRIFT OFF A NEIGHBORING FIELD. THE GROWER SUED THE PESTICIDE APPLICATOR AND WON A MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT.  THE APPLICATOR--WESTERN FARM SERVICE-- APPEALED ON GROUNDS IT HAD SPRAYED LEGALLY AND THEREFORE THE FARMER HAD NO RIGHT TO SUE. NEITHER COURT AGREED AND THE RULING STANDS. IT'S BEING CALLED A PRECEDENT-SETTER BECAUSE IT HOLDS AN APPLICATOR LIABLE EVEN IF NO LAWS ARE BROKEN.

HONEY BEES:
PESTICIDES MAY BE ONE PIECE OF A COMPLEX PUZZLE CAUSING COLONY COLLAPSE DISORDER IN HONEY BEES. THE USDA JUST RELEASED ITS 2010 PROGRESS REPORT. IT SAYS LOSSES ARE ACCELERATING. THE REPORT FINDS THAT COLONY LOSSES HAVE INCREASED TO 34% UP FROM 29 JUST YEAR AGO. BUT MORE AND MORE STUDIES ARE POINTING TO A COMBINATION OF CAUSES. TESTS HAVE FOUND HIGHER INCIDENCES OF VIRUSES, PATHOGENS, PESTICIDES AND PARASITES IN CCD COLONIES THAN THOSE WITHOUT THE DISORDER.

ANALYSIS:
JIM BOWER

IN THE COUNTRY; ROBOTIC MILKING:
WORKING IN THE DAIRY INDUSTRY HAS ALWAYS BEEN JUST THAT....WORK. COWS NEED MILKING DAY AND NIGHT, 365 DAYS A YEAR.  AUTOMATIC MILKERS HAVE MADE IT EASIER ON THE HANDS BUT THE WORK STILL REQUIRES SOME HAND-ON EFFORT. BUT THAT MAY BE CHANGING THANKS TO NEW ROBOTIC TECHNOLOGY. FRANK WAUGH FROM AFFILIATE WNDU WENT TO MARSHALL COUNTY INDIANA TO SEE THESE ROBOTIC MILK MAIDS AT WORK. THANKS FRANK. WITH THE AROUND THE CLOCK MILKING, NORBERT FARMS HOPES TO SEE A 10 TO 15% INCREASE IN PRODUCTION. STICK AROUND, WE'RE WATCHING PORTION SIZES...FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT.

SMART HOLIDAY PORTIONS:
HOLIDAYS ARE TOUGH FOR ANYONE TRYING TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT, BUT IT CAN BE DONE - - DETAILS IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY. MANY OF US MAKE A GOAL TO LOSE WEIGHT IN THE NEW YEAR. BUT WE STILL HAVE ANOTHER BIG HOLIDAY FULL OF FATTY FOODS AND SNACKS TO GET THROUGH. IN THIS REPORT FROM THE LSU AGCENTER, TOBIE BLANCHARD HAS SOME IDEAS ON HOW YOU CAN ENJOY THE HOLIDAY MEALS. . . AND NOT FEEL DEPRIVED. THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN. COMING UP TOMORROW, WE'LL HAVE A SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY. WE'LL RE-VISIT SOME OF OUR FAVORITE "IN THE COUNTRY" STORIES. WE HOPE YOU JOIN US AS WE SHOWCASE THE PEOPLE AND PLACES THAT MAKE RURAL AMERICA SO SPECIAL.

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