AgDay Daily Recap - January 11, 2011

January 11, 2011 06:42 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
JANUARY 11, 2011

CHESAPEAKE LAWSUIT:
THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE EPA IN RESPONSE TO ITS PROPOSED REGULATION OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY WATERSHED. LAST WEEK, EPA PUT THE SIX STATES IN THE WATERSHED ON A NUTRIENT DIET WHICH WOULD CALCULATE TMDL'S OR TOTAL MAXIMUM DAILY LOADS FOR POLLUTANTS. THE NEW POLLUTION DIET SEEKS TO REDUCE NITROGEN BY 25%, PHOSPHORUS BY 24% AND SEDIMENT BY 20%. WHILE EPA'S ACTION DIRECTLY IMPACT FARMERS LOCATED IN THE CHESAPEAKE WATERSHED, THE FARM BUREAU IS CONCERNED IT LEADS THE WAY FOR SIMILAR RULES ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER BASIN. FARM BUREAU BELIEVES EPA IS EXCEEDING ITS AUTHORITY. THE CLEAN WATER ACT SAYS STATES HAVE THE POWER TO REGULATE WATER QUALITY STANDARDS, NOT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THE SUIT WILL BE FILED IN FEDERAL COURT IN PENNSYLVANIA. THE PENNSYLVANIA FARM BUREAU HAS SIGNED ON AS A PLANTIFF AND MORE GROUPS ARE EXPECTED TO JOIN IN THE FIGHT GOING FORWARD. PARRISH SAYS THEY HOPE THE LEGAL EFFORT STOPS OR LEAST SLOWS EPA FROM IMPOSING THIS OR OTHER BURDENSOME ENVIRONMENTAL RULES ON AGRICULTURE.

AG-CONNECT:
DESPITE THE SNOW AND ICE THAT HIT ATLANTA THIS WEEK AGCONNECT EXPO WAS DEEMED A LARGE SUCCESS. IN ITS SECOND YEAR, THE SHOW BRINGS IN EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS FROM ACROSS NORTH AMERICA. ORGANIZERS SAY THE NUMBER OF EXHIBITORS AND ATTENDEES WAS UP. THAT COULD HAVE BEEN DUE, IN PART, TO THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU HOLDING ITS ANNUAL MEETING AND TRADE-SHOW IN CONJUNCTION WITH AG-CONNECT. THE ASSOCIATION OF EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS MANAGES THIS EXPO. AS YOU WOULD EXPECT, THAT MEANS PLENTY OF NEW EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY. AEM SAYS IT'S ALSO ABOUT BUILDING BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS. IN ADDITION TO FARM BUREAU'S MEETING, O'BRIEN SAYS THERE WERE MANY OTHER AGRICULTURAL GROUPS THAT HELD THEIR KEY MEETINGS DURING THE EXPO. AG-CONNECT WILL NOW SWITCH TO A BI-ENNIAL SCHEDULE - HELD EVERY OTHER YEAR. IT WILL BE OPPOSITE LARGE AG TRADE SHOWS HELD IN EUROPE. THE NEXT AG-CONNECT WILL BE HELD IN TWO YEARS IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA.

US MEXICO TRUCKING:
THE NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL SAYS IT'S ENCOURAGED BY A PLAN THAT COULD JUMP-START NEGOTATIONS OVER A CROSS-BORDER TRUCKING DISPUTE BETWEEN THE U.S. AND MEXICO. AS WE FIRST REPORTED YESTERDAY, THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION RELEASED A TWO-PAGE CONCEPT PAPER THAT OUTLINES STRONGER SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR MEXICAN TRUCKS DRIVEN ON U.S. HIGHWAYS. IN 2009, CONGRESS CUT OFF FUNDING FOR THE PROGRAM THAT ALLOWED UP TO 100 MEXICAN TRUCKING COMPANIES TO SEND THEIR TRUCKS AND DRIVERS INTO THE U.S. THAT MOVE VIOLATED PART OF THE 1994 NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT. MEXICO RETALIATED BY IMPOSING TARIFFS ON U.S. GOODS, INCLUDING SOME AG PRODUCTS. THOSE TARIFFS TALLIED ABOUT 2.5 BILLION DOLLARS. THE NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL SAYS MEXICO IS ITS LARGEST VOLUME EXPORT MARKET AND MEXICO'S RETALIATION HURT U.S. PORK PRODUCERS. UNDER THE PROPOSAL, MEXICAN TRUCKING COMPANIES AND THEIR DRIVERS WOULD HAVE TO BE VETTED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. EACH MEXICAN TRUCK WOULD BE INSPECTED FOR COMPLIANCE WITH U.S. SAFETY AND EMISSION STANDARDS. IT ALSO REQUIRES ENGLISH PROFICIENCY TESTS AND KNOWLEDGE OF U.S. TRAFFIC LAWS OF MEXICAN DRIVERS. PRO FARMER WASHINGTON EDITOR ROGER BERNARD SPELLS OUT WHAT THIS PROPOSAL COULD MEAN.

DIESEL EMISSIONS ACT:
DRIVERS OF BIG TRUCKS OR ANYTHING WITH A DIESEL ENGINE KNOW HOW MUCH DIFFERENT MODERN ENGINES ARE THAN JUST A DECADE AGO. THE BIGGEST CHANGE IS HOW CLEAN THESE POWER PLANTS BURN.  THANKS TO NEW CLEAN DISEL TECHNOLOGY AND ULTRA-LOW SULFUR FUEL, EMISSIONS ARE GREATLY REDUCED. AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WANTS TO KEEP THAT PROGRESS GOING...WITH THE DIESEL EMISSIONS REDUCTION ACT. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS SIGNED ANOTHER FIVE YEAR EXTENSION. ORGINIALLY CREATED IN 2005, NEARLY A HALF-BILLION DOLLARS HAS BEEN SPENT RETROFITTING OR MODERNIZING OLDER DIESEL ENGINES. THE EXTENSION PLEDGES THE SAME INVESTMENT OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

CROP INSURANCE:
THANKS MIKE. IF THE WEATHER DOESN'T PAN OUT THIS YEAR, HOPEFULLY YOU HAVE CROP INSURANCE TO HELP EASE THE FINACIAL PAIN. BUT THAT PAIN MAY START EARLY..WITH THE INSURANCE PURCHASE PRICE. KANSAS STATE AG ECONOMIST ART BARNABY SAYS THE COST OF CROP INSURANCE CONTRACTS ARE SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER.  HE SAYS HIGHER GRAIN PRICES ARE BEHIND THE JUMP. THAT MAY PUSH SOME PRODUCERS TO CUT DOWN PREMIUMS BY ELIMINATING THE REVENUE SIDE OF THE CONTRACT...OPTING FOR YIELD ONLY. BARNABY SAYS A BETTER MOVE IS BUY THE REVENUE CONTRACT...AND THEN SELL THE OPTIONS IN THAT CONTRACT TO THE BOARD OF TRADE.

PIONEER DANISCO:
IN AGRIBUSINESS, THE PARENT COMPANY OF PIONEER IS ADDING A NEW COMPANY TO ITS PORTFOLIO. DUPONT SAYS IT HAS REACHED AN AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE DANISCO. DANISCO IS A DENMARK-BASED COMPANY THAT FOCUSES ON BIOFUELS, ENZYMES AND SPECIALTY FOOD INGREDIENTS. DUPONT SAYS THE DEAL IS VALUED AT 6.3 BILLION DOLLARS. THE TWO COMPANIES ALREADY RUN A JOINT VENTURE IN BIOFUELS PRODUCTION.

ANALYSIS:
ANDY SHISSLER

IN THE COUNTRY; BREAD OF LIFE:
AS FEWER FAMILIES LIVE AND RAISE CHILDREN IN THE RURAL CORNERS OF AMERICA...OLD HOUSES HAVE BEEN LEFT BEHIND AS MARKERS OF FORMER SMALL TOWN GLORY. TODAY WE'RE TRAVELING TO EASTERN KENTUCKY, WHERE A FORMER SCHOOL BUILDING HAS FOUND A SECOND LIFE AS AN OUTREACH FOR HUNGRY FAMILIES IN THE REGION. JEFF FRANKLIN, FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY REPORTS WHILE THE NEED IS GREAT IT BECOMES EVEN MORE MAGNIFIED IN THE WINTER MONTHS. THANKS JEFF. THIS SPRING THE JOHNSON COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE PLANS TO TEACH CLIENTS ABOUT GARDENING AND CANNING PRODUCE. STILL TO COME THIS MORNING..WHICH WOULD YOU PREFER, TO EAT BEEF OR BUGS? WE'LL TELL YOU WHAT SOME SCIENTISTS ARE RECOMMENDING COMING UP.

FOOD PRICES:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT RISING FOOD PRICES. NOW A YEARLY FOOD PRICE SURVEY SAYS COSTS ARE UP BUT ONLY ABOUT 2%. EACH YEAR THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION RELEASES ITS MARKET-BASKET SURVEY. IT TRACKS THE COST OF 16 FOOD ITEMS THAT CAN BE USED TO PREPARE ONE OR MORE MEALS. IT INCLUDES THINGS LIKE BACON, EGGS, WHOLE MILK, BREAD AND DELI HAM. IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 2010, THE COST FOR THOSE ITEMS HIT $46.97. THAT'S UP 80 CENTS OR ABOUT 2% OVER THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 2009.

BUGS VS BEEF:
AND IF A GROUP OF DUTCH RESEARCHERS HAD IT THEIR WAY WE'D BE ADDING INSECTS TO THE FOOD PYRAMID. THE TEAM CLAIMS GREEN HOUSE GASES PRODUCED BY INSECTS ARE MUCH LESS THAN SWINE AND CATTLE. THIS IS ON A PER POUND BASIS...1,300 POUNDS OF INSECTS PRODUCES ABOUT HALF AS MUCH GREEN HOUSE GAS AS 1,300 POUND OF STEER. THAT HAS THEM SUGGESTING AN ECO-FRIENDLY WORLD SHOULD EAT BUGS RATHER THAN BEEF. THE LIST OF POSSIBILITIES INCLUDES CRICKETS, MEALWORMS, LOCUST AND COCKROACHES. I BELIEVE I'LL STICK WITH THE STEAK.

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