AgDay Daily Recap - February 21, 2011

February 22, 2011 03:16 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
FEBRUARY 21, 2011

CHESAPEAKE:
THE HOUSE IS CURRENTLY DEBATING A CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT WOULD FUND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THROUGH MARCH FOURTH. THE MEASURE INCLUDES ABOUT 600 AMENDMENTS. SEVERAL WOULD SPECIFICALLY IMPACT AGRICULTURE. THERE ARE AT LEAST THREE AMENDMENTS THAT WOULD AFFECT ETHANOL. FOR INSTANCE, ONE SIMPLY BLOCKS THE USE OF E-15 - THE HIGHER ETHANOL BLEND - WHICH EPA APPROVED LAST MONTH. OTHER AMENDMENTS WOULD BLOCK USDA FROM SPENDING MONEY ON BUILDING-UP INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ETHANOL, LIKE BLENDER PUMPS AT GASOLINE STATIONS. OTHER AMENDMENTS LIMIT FUNDING FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY IN ITS EFFORTS TO REGULATE NUTRIENT RUN-OFF. ANOTHER STOPS EPA FROM IMPLEMENTING RUN-OFF STANDARDS IN FLORIDA WHICH WERE ISSUED LATE LAST YEAR. WHILE YET ANOTHER ATTACHMENT WOULD BLOCK EPA FROM IMPLEMENTING A WATER POLLUTION "DIET" FOR THE CHESAPEAKE BAY WATERSHED.  IN DECEMBER, EPA ANNOUNCED ITS TOTAL MAXIMUM DAILY LOAD OF NUTRIENTS ALLOWED INTO THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. THE STANDARDS ARE FOR THE SIX WATERSHED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. SPECIFICALLY, IT SETS THE AMOUNT OF NITROGEN, PHOSPHOROUS, AND OTHER SEDIMENTS ALLOWED INTO THE BAY AND THE RIVERS THAT FEED IT. ONE OF THOSE RIVERS IS THE SUSQUEHANNA, WHICH PROVIDES HALF OF ALL THE FRESH WATER FLOWING INTO THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. IT ALSO RUNS THROUGH THE HEART OF PENNSYLVANIA FARM COUNTRY. PENNSYLVANIA HAS A LARGE DAIRY INDUSTRY, WITH MORE THAN A BILLION DOLLARS IN SALES ANNUALLY. COMING UP TOMORROW, WE'LL TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CHESAPEAKE DIET AND THE IMPACT IT COULD HAVE ON THE STATE OF PENNSYLANIA'S DAIRY INDUSTRY.

WEEK AHEAD RESOLUTIONS:
THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTON, CONGRESS WILL CONTINUE ITS WORK ON THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION. AND AS PRO FARMER WASHINGTON EDITOR ROGER BERNARD REMINDS US, THOSE 600 AMENDMENTS WERE JUST ON THE "HOUSE" SIDE OF THE CAPITOL.

EXPORTS VILSACK:
AG SECRETARY TOM VILSACK TESTIFIED AT A HOUSE AG COMMITTEE HEARING LATE LAST WEEK ABOUT 2010'S RECORD U.S. EXPORTS AND FARM INCOME. ECONOMISTS PUT NET FARM INCOME AT 79-BILLION DOLLARS IN 2010, WHILE AG EXPORTS...BUILT THE TRADE SURPLUS TO 41-BILLION DOLLARS. U.S. MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION PRESIDENT KEITH MILLER SAYS STRONG PORK AND RECORD CATTLE EXPORTS HELPED THE U.S. ACHIEVE THE EXPORT MILESTONE DRIVEN BY FOREIGN ECONOMIC GROWTH. U.S. BEEF EXPORTS HIT A RECORD 4-BILLION DOLLARS IN 2010. PORK EXPORTS JUST MISSED BEATING ITS 2008 RECORDS FOR VOLUME AND VALUE.

CATFISH:
IN AGRIBUSINESS THE MARKETS ARE CLOSED TODAY DUE TO THE PRESIDENT'S HOLIDAY. THE TICKER AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN REFLECTS THE CLOSE ON FRIDAY. IN OTHER NEWS...THE USDA IS DELAYING A DECISION ON A NEW CATFISH INSPECTION PROGRAM. IT’S SEEKING MORE COMMENTS ON THE PROGRAM WHICH WOULD INCREASE INSPECTIONS OF ASIAN CATFISH BEING IMPORTED INTO THE U.S. THE PROPOSED ON-SITE INSPECTIONS WERE INCLUDED IN THE 2008 FARM BILL.
COUNTRIES LIKE VIETNAM SAY THE RULES COULD RUIN TRADE RELATIONS...CALLING IT PROTECTIONISM. SOUTHERN CATFISH FARMERS HAVE STRUGGLED IN RECENT YEARS TO COMPETE WITH THE CHEAPER IMPORTED FISH.

ANALYSIS:
MARK GOLD

OUTDOORS ON THE FARM; KIDS HUNT:
LAST WEEK'S WARM UP HAS OUTDOORSMEN ITCHING FOR THE SUSTAINED WARMTH OF SPRING. TODAY WE'RE GOING OUTDOORS ON THE FARM WITH PRO FARMER EDITOR CHIP FLORY. HIS SON THOMAS TAKES US TO THE NEBRASKA PHEASENTS FOREVER CHAPTER FOR A LESSON IN MENTORING THE NEXT GENERATION OF HUNTERS. THANKS GENTLEMEN. COMING UP A BUSY LIFESTYLE MAY MEAN FEWER MEALS AND MORE SNACKS. FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY AFTER THE BREAK.

BUSY LIFE SNACKING:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY THIS MORNING, DOES YOUR LIFE LEND ITSELF TO THREE SQUARES. ACCORDING TO A NEW REPORT, HECTIC LIFESTYLES ARE DRIVING CONSUMERS TO EAT MORE QUICK SNACKS THAN FULL BLOWN MEALS. THE REPORT FROM GLOBAL INDUSTRY ANALYSTS OR GIA SAYS THE BLURRED LINE BETWEEN MEALS AND SNACKS WILL LIKELY GET WORSE. THAT HAS THE GLOBAL SNACK FOOD MARKET POISED FOR CONTINUED GROWTH. IT’S EXPECTED TO BE WORTH 334 BILLION DOLLARS IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS.

HEAT RESISTANT CHOCOLATE:
AND DON'T EXPECT TO FIND HEAT RESISTANT CHOCOLATE ANYTIME SOON. IN FACT, YOU MAY NOT HAVE EVEN KNOWN THAT WAS IN THE WORKS. FOR YEARS RESEARCHERS HAVE TRIED TO RAISE THE MELTING POINT OF CHOCOLATE...WHICH IS CURRENTLY JUST UNDER 93 DEGREES.
ACCORDING TO A STUDY OF HISTORICAL RESEARCH...SCIENTISTS WORKING ON THE IDEA HAVE STUGGLED TO MAINTAIN CHOCOLATES TRADITIONAL TASTE AND TEXTURE. THE STUDY BELIEVES WITH MORE INTENSE RESEARCH THE FORMULA MAY ONE DAY BE CRACKED.

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