AgDay Daily Recap - January 17, 2011

January 17, 2011 04:53 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
JANUARY 17, 2011

PORK BEEF EXPORTS:
GOOD MORNING. AS THE U.S. ECONOMY SLOWLY REBUILDS, DEMAND FOR FOOD PRODUCTS IS STARTING TO BOUNCE BACK. HOWEVER, DURING THE DOWN TURN, U.S. MEAT PRODUCERS FOUND SUPPORT IN FOREIGN MARKETS. IN NOVEMBER EXPORTS OF BEEF AND PORK HIT THEIR HIGH MARK IN MORE THAN TWO YEARS. THE LATEST NUMBERS ARE NOW OUT FROM THE U.S. MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION. PORK EXPORTS IN NOVEMBER TOTALED 177,000 METRIC TONS AT A VALUE OF $443 MILLION DOLLARS. THAT'S UP 5% OVER NOVEMBER 2009. FOR THE FIRST ELEVEN MONTHS OF 2010 PORK EXPORTS WERE UP ABOUT 2%. IN BEEF THE STORY IS EVEN BETTER. NOVEMBER BEEF EXPORTS JUMPED 32% IN VOLUME COMPARED TO NOVEMBER 2009...WORTH NEARLY 39O MILLION DOLLARS.
BEEF EXPORTS FOR THE FIRST ELEVEN MONTHS OF 2010 SURGED AHEAD 18% OVER 2009. THE MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION CALLS NOVEMBER ONE OF THE BEST ON RECORD.

THE WEEK AHEAD:
AFTER A TOUGH WEEK LAST WEEK FOR WASHINGTON LAWMAKERS, TODAY WORK STARTS ANEW. PROFARMER WASHINGTON EDITOR ROGER BERNARD JOINS US WITH A LOOK AT EXPECTATIONS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD.

SCHOOL MENUS:
AS WE FIRST REPORTED LAST WEEK, USDA UNVEILED STRICTER STANDARDS FOR MEALS SERVED THROUGH FEDERAL SCHOOL LUNCH AND BREAKFAST PROGRAMS. AND AT LEAST ONE GROWER GROUP HAS SOME CONCERNS ABOUT THE CHANGES. THE PROPOSED CHANGES WOULD ADD MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, WHOLE GRAINS, FAT-FREE AND LOW-FAT MILK TO SCHOOL MEALS. THE GUIDELINES ALSO CALL FOR LIMITED LEVELS OF SATURATED AND TRANS-FATS, SODIUM AND CALORIES. THE NATIONAL POTATO COUNCIL SAYS IT APPLAUDS USDA'S EFFORTS TO IMPROVE CHILD NUTRITION. BUT THE TRADE GROUP IS CONCERNED THE RECOMMENDATIONS CALL FOR A REDUCTION IN POTATOES, CORN AND PEAS ON THE MENU. THE SUGGESTED USDA MENU STILL SHOWS MASHED POTATOES, BUT GONE ARE TATER TOTS AND FRENCH FRIES. THE NATIONAL POTATO COUNCIL SAYS POTATOES PROVIDE POTASSIUM AND FIBER IN A DIET.

HOSPITAL SUGAR DRINKS:
NOT ONLY WILL YOU SEE CHANGES IN SCHOOL MENUS, YOU MAY ALSO SEE A DISAPPEARING ACT ON HOSPITAL MENUS. SOME MEDICAL CENTERS ARE NOW REMOVING SUGARY DRINKS FROM THE VENDING MACHINES AND CAFETERIAS. THEY SAY THOSE DRINKS ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM WHEN IT COMES TO CHILDHOOD OBESITY. CLARK POWELL HAS DETAILS IN THIS REPORT FROM NATIONWIDE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN OHIO. NATIONWIDE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL SAYS IT'S ALSO TREATING MORE KIDS FOR CAVITES RELATED TO SUGARY DRINKS. THEIR ADVICE IS TO STICK WITH WATER AND LOW-FAT MILK. IF YOU DO BUY SODA, BUY SMALLER CANS. THE HOSPITAL SAYS BUYING TWO LITER BOTTLES ONLY ENCOURAGES KIDS TO DRINK MORE.

PA FARM SHOW:
ONE OF THE LARGEST INDOOR AGRICULTURE SHOWS IN THE COUNTRY HAS NOW WRAPPED-UP IN THE KEYSTONE STATE. FINAL ATTENDANCE FIGURES ARE NOT YET IN, BUT ORGANIZERS EXPECT A HALF MILLION PEOPLE ENJOYED THE 95TH ANNUAL PENNSYLVANIA FARM SHOW. PENNSYLVANIA DOESN'T HAVE A STATE FAIR DURING THE SUMMER-TIME, LIKE MOST STATES. INSTEAD, IT ROLLS-OUT THE RED CARPET IN JANUARY AT THE FARM SHOW FAIRGROUNDS IN HARRISBURG. THE ENTIRE SHOW IS UNDER A 24 ACRE COMPLEX OF SHOW RINGS AND EXHIBITION HALLS.  THERE ARE MORE THAN 6,000 ANIMALS AND 10,000 COMPETITIVE EXHIBITS ON DISPLAY DURING THE EIGHT DAY RUN OF THE SHOW. AGRICULTURE IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST INDUSTRIES IN THE STATE, SO PENNSYLVANIA'S DEPARTMENT OF AG IS TRYING TO CONNECT CONSUMERS WITH PRODUCERS. ONE OF THE BIGGEST ISSUES FACING PENNSYLVANIA AGRICULTURE IS THE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED "POLLUTION DIET" STANDARDS SET BY THE EPA. WE'LL TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE ISSUE AND SEE HOW PRODUCERS PLAN TO ADDRESS THIS NEW CHALLENGE.

AGWEB POLL:
NOW HERE ARE THE RESULTS OF LAST WEEK'S AG WEB POLL QUESTION. THE EDITORS ASKED "WHAT IS MOST LIKELY THE BIGGEST STORY OF 2011 GOING TO BE?" 44% OF THOSE WHO VOTED SAID IT'LL BE THE RECORD PRICE LEVELS FOR GRAINS. ABOUT 9% THINK IT'LL BE A BEAR MARKET FOR GRAINS, 5% EXPECT IT'LL BE USDA'S ACTION ON BIOTECH CROPS. AND 41% SAID IT'LL SOMETHING ELSE. THANKS FOR TAKING PART IN THE AGWEB POLL.

EQUIPMENT SALES:
IN AGRIBUSINESS, TODAY IS MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, SO GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND THE MARKETS ARE CLOSED. IN OTHER NEWS...EQUIPMENT SALES CONTINUED TO BE ROBUST THROUGH THE END OF 2010. ACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATION OF EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS' DECEMBER SALES OF ALL TRACTORS IN THE U.S. WERE UP MORE THAN 20% COMPARED TO THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR. FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE TRACTORS WERE THE BIG WINNER UP 40%. IN 2010 AS A WHOLE, FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE TRACTORS JUMPED NEARLY 3O%. COMBINE SALES WERE ALSO UP IN DECEMBER RIGHT AROUND THE 4O% MARK.

ANALYSIS:
BOB UTTERBACK

IN THE COUNTRY; WINTER PARK USE:
MIDWINTER IS OFTEN THE LEAST ENTICING TIME TO ENJOY THE OUTDOORS. BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN YOU HAVE TO LOCK YOURSELF INSIDE. WHILE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ARE DIFFERENT MANY OF THE COUNTRIES STATE PARKS, AND RECREATION AREAS REMAIN OPEN....PROVIDING A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO STRECH YOUR LEGS AND TRY SOMETHING NEW. JOE WILKINSON OF THE IOWA DNR HAS A FEW IDEAS ON MAKING CABIN FEVER A TERM OF THE PAST. THANKS JOE.  STILL TO COME ON AGDAY, U.S. HONEY PRODUCERS WANT TO GIVE CONSUMERS PROOF OF PRODUCT..I'LL EXPLAIN COMING UP ON FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY.

HONEY LAUNDERING:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY THIS MORNING...IT'S CALLED HONEY LAUNDERING. MOVING HONEY FROM A HIGHLY TARIFFED COUNTRY TO A COUNTRY WITH LOWER IMPORT DUTIES SO IT CAN BE SHIPPED TO THE U.S. FOR MORE PROFIT. THIS IS A MAJOR PROBLEM FOR U.S. HONEY PRODUCERS AS THEY SEEK TO SURVIVE GLOBAL COMPETITION. HONEY GROWERS SAY ONE OF THE BIGGEST OFFENDERS IS CHINA. THAT COUNTRIES’ HONEY IS SUBJECT TO ANTI-DUMPING DUTIES IN ORDER TO KEEP AND PROTECT U.S. PRODUCTION. BUT AMERICAN BEE KEEPERS ARE AFRAID CHINESE HONEY IS SIMPLY BEING MOVED OR RE-LABLED WITH ANOTHER COUNTRY'S NAME. SOME ESTIMATES SAY THE U.S. LOST MORE THAN 100 MILLION DOLLARS TO ILLEGAL HONEY IMPORTS LAST YEAR.  ALSO, REPORTS CONTINUE TO COME IN ABOUT HONEY BEING COMBINED WITH PRODUCTS LIKE CORN SYRUP. A GROUP OF US HONEY COMPANIES HAVE FORMED, TRUE SOURCE HONEY, AND APPOINTED A THIRD PARTY TO PERFORM AUDITS AND VERIFY COUNTRY-OF-ORIGIN.

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