AgDay Daily Recap - February 4, 2011

February 4, 2011 04:38 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
FEBRUARY 4, 2011

CATTLEMEN’S CONVENTION:
GOOD MORNING EVERYONE, CLINTON GRIFFITHS IS ON ASSIGNMENT AT THE 2011 CATTLE INDUSTRY CONVENTION IN DENVER. AT THAT MEETING, THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL CATTLEMEN'S BEEF ASSOCIATION WARNED THAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS ON A "REGULATORY ROLLERCOASTER" RIGHT NOW. NCBA PRESIDENT STEVE FOGLESONG SAID IN HIS OPENING REMARKS AT THE CONVENTION THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S REGULATORY OVERSIGHT HAS - QUOTING HERE - THE "POTENTIAL TO DEVASTATE RURAL AMERICA." FOGLESONG WENT-ON TO SAY THAT HE HOPES THE WHITE HOUSE WILL CONDUCT A REGULATORY REVIEW OF EPA AND OTHER AGENCIES TO PREVENT THEM FROM "REGULATING FARMERS AND RANCHERS OUT OF BUSINESS."

NCBA CLINTON:
AGDAY'S CLINTON GRIFFITHS IS AT THE NCBA CONVENTION. HE TALKED WITH FOGELSONG ABOUT THE INDUSTRY...AND THE SCRUTINY BY GOVERNMENT REGULATORS, CLINTON.

PAT ROBERTS:
A FAMILIAR FACE TO AMERICAN FARM POLICY IS BACK IN THE CENTER RING. SENATOR PAT ROBERTS OF KANSAS IS THE TOP REPUBLICAN ON THE SENATE AG COMMITTEE. WITH THE POSITION, ROBERTS IS MAKING HISTORY. HE IS THE FIRST MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO SERVE AS BOTH CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE. ROBERTS SERVED AS CHAIRMAN DURING THE 1996 FARM BILL DEBATE. AS CONGRESS STARTS HEARINGS ON THE 2012 FARM BILL, ROBERTS WILL PLAY A KEY ROLE IN ADVOCATING FOR AGRICULTURE. PRO FARMER WASHINGTON EDITOR ROGER BERNARD OFFERS HIS PERSPECTIVE. WHILE ROBERTS MOVES INTO THAT SPOT, SENATOR SAXBY CHAMBLISS - WHO ROBERTS REPLACES - WILL STILL BE A MEMBER OF THE SENATE AG COMMITTEE. AND HE PLEDGES TO BE VERY INVOLVED IN WRITING THE DETAILS OF THE NEXT U.S. FARM BILL.

ANALYSIS INTRO:
ON MARCH 31ST, USDA WILL RELEASE ITS ANNUAL PROSPECTIVE PLANTINGS REPORT. FARMERS AND MARKETERS PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THAT REPORT WHICH SHOWS HOW PLANTED ACRES COULD BE DIVVIED-UP BETWEEN THE MAJOR GRAINS THIS YEAR. IT CAN BE A MARKET MAKER-OR-BREAKER. ON TOP OF THAT, WE HAVE THE CONTINUING VOLATILITY IN THE GRAIN MARKETS. BEFORE HEADING TO DENVER, CLINTON TALKED WITH BILL BIEDERMANN OF ALLENDALE, INCORPORATED ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.

ANALYSIS:
BILL BIEDERMANN

IN THE COUNTRY; PUPPY SCHOOL:
DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. . . OR PERHAPS YOUR CHILDS' FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL? IT CAN BE A NERVOUS TIME. WELL, JUST LIKE CHILDREN, DOGS SEEM TO HAVE THE MOST EFFECTIVE LEARNING AT AN EARLY AGE. SOME YOUNG PUPS ARE GETTING THEIR FIRST TASTE OF SCHOOL AT 'PUPPY KINDERGARTEN" AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE VETERINARY SCHOOL. IN THIS REPORT FROM UT, CHUCK DENNEY SAYS HUMANS ARE ALSO A PART OF THE LEARNING. TRAINERS AT THE UT VET SCHOOL SAY IT'S NEVER TOO LATE FOR A DOG TO BENEFIT FROM OBEDIENCE TRAINING - - NO MATTER THE AGE. STILL TO COME, NEW DETAILS ON GLOBAL FOOD PRICES. PLUS, SOME OF YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT BIO-TECH FISH.

FAO FOOD PRICES:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY WORLD FOOD PRICES ARE AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH. THE UNITED NATIONS FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION'S "FOOD PRICE INDEX" ROSE 3.4% IN JANUARY. THE FAO SAYS THIS IS THE SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE MONTHLY INCREASE AND PUTS THE OVERALL INDEX AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1990. THE INDEX MEASURES MONTHLY WHOLESALE PRICE CHANGES OF 55 COMMODITIES.  CEREALS, SUGAR, DAIRY, FATS AND OIL ALL WENT UP LAST MONTH WHILE MEAT PRICES HELD STEADY. DESPITE AN INCREASE IN THE CEREALS INDEX, WHICH INCLUDES WHEAT, RICE AND CORN, IT'S STILL 11% BELOW THE ALL TIME HIGH IN 2008. FAO'S ECONOMISTS SAY IT APPEARS THE UPWARD PRESSURE ON WORLD FOOD PRICES IN NOT EASING, AND COULD PERSIST FOR MONTHS.

GE SALMON INBOX:
AND FINALLY THIS MORNING, YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT GENETICALLY ENGINEERED SALMON. AS WE TOLD YOU YESTERDAY, ALASKA LAWMAKERS SAY GE FISH COULD SEVERLY DAMAGE THE ALASKA SALMON MARKET. THEY INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO BLOCK REGULATORY APPROVAL. SENATOR LISA MURKOWSKI SAYS IT'S "COMPLETELY IRRESPONSIBLE" FOR THE FDA TO CONSIDER THE FISH WITHOUT FIRST CONSIDERING THE IMPACTS TO ALASKA'S WILD SALMON FISHERIES. A MASSACHUSETTS BASED COMPANY DEVELOPED A MODIFIED FISH. THEY TOOK GENES FROM CHINOOK SALMON AND INSERTED IT INTO ATLANTIC SALMON. JERRY FROM LAKE HAVASU CITY, ARIZONA WRITES THAT HE'S "VERY HAPPY TO SEE SENATORS FROM ALASKA WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE." JERRY - WHO IS AN ALPACA PRODUCER - SAYS "I USE TONS OF ALFALFA EACH YEAR AND HAVE INFORMED OUR HAY SOURCES THAT WE WILL NOT ACCEPT DELIVERY OF ANY GM ALFALFA." AS WE REPORTED, USDA JUST APPROVED THE PLANTING AND SELLING OF ROUND-UP READY ALFALFA. AND MARY WRITES "GMO'S ARE A GREAT THING FOR THE FARMER, BUT THEY HAVEN'T BEEN PROVEN SAFE WHEN CONSUMED. ALL GMO'S SHOULD BE LABELED SO WE CAN MAKE THE CHOICE." THANKS FOR YOUR COMMENTS. NO DOUBT THERE'S PASSIONATE DEBATE ABOUT GM ANYTHING. THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN. FOR MIKE HOFFMAN AND CLINTON GRIFFITHS, I'M AL PELL. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.
 

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