AgDay Daily Recap - January 18, 2011

January 18, 2011 08:30 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
JANUARY 18, 2011

ENVIRONMENT REGS:
GOOD MORNING. FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS AGRICULTURE HAS BEEN ON THE DEFENSE. WITH DEMOCRATS CONTROLLING THE WHITE HOUSE AND BOTH CHAMBERS OF CONGRESS, THEY HAVE BEEN ON A MISSION TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF GOVERNMENT REGULATION, SUCH AS WITH THE CAP AND TRADE BILL. WHEN THAT EFFORT FAILED, GOVERNMENT AGENCIES LIKE EPA, DECLARED THEY WOULD REGULATE GREENHOUSE GASES BY THEIR OWN AUTHORITY. HOWEVER, THERE IS A NEW CONGRESS IN TOWN AND AGDAY'S MICHELLE ROOK TELLS US FARMERS ARE HOPEFUL THAT WILL MEAN A SLOW DOWN IN THE AMOUNT OF NEW REGULATIONS FACING THEIR INDUSTRY. THE PENNSYLVANIA FARM BUREAU ALSO JOINED THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION IN THE LAWSUIT AND STALLMAN WAS HOPEFUL THAT MANY OTHER AG ENTITIES WOULD SIGN ON AS THE LEGAL ACTION WENT FORWARD. SENATOR MIKE JOHANNS OF NEBRASKA ALSO SENT A LETTER TO SENATE AG COMMITTEE CHAIR DEBBIE STABENOW ASKING HER TO MAKE OVERSIGHT OF EPA A GOAL FOR THE UPCOMING SESSION OF CONGRESS.

EMISSION DATA:
MEANWHILE, THE EPA IS RELEASING DATA COLLECTED DURING A TWO YEAR STUDY OF LARGE ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATIONS. THE NATIONAL AIR EMISSIONS MONITORING STUDY LOOKS AT AIR QUALITY ON AND AROUND LIVESTOCK FARMS. THE STUDY WAS HEADED-UP BY AL HEBER. HEBER IS A PROFESSOR OF AG AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING AT PURDUE UNIVERSITY. HEBER AND HIS TEAM COLLECTED DATA FROM 2,300 SENSORS ON 14 FARMS IN EIGHT STATES. THE RESEARCH INCLUDES DAIRY, PORK AND POULTRY BARNS AND MANURE LAGOONS. WITH THE BASELINE DATA COLLECTED, THE EPA WILL USE THE INFORMATION TO DEVELOP FORMULAS TO HELP FARMERS ESTIMATE THEIR FARM EMISSIONS.

STATE BY STATE:
IN OTHER FARM NEWS HEADLINES, STATE BY STATE, INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING FOR CLUES AS TO WHAT CAUSED THE DEATH OF 200 COWS IN PORTAGE COUNTY, WISCONSIN. THE FARM OWNER SAYS HE'S WORKING WITH A VETERINARIAN TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF THE ANIMAL ILLNESS. SAMPLES OF THE DEAD BOVINES ARE AT THE STATE DIAGNOSTIC LAB FOR FURTHER TESTING. IN KANSAS, THE DEPARTMENT OF AG HAS GRANTED AN EXEMPTION WHICH ALLOWS LAND OWNERS TO USE ATV'S TO APPLY PESTICIDES TO KILL PRAIRIE DOGS. LAST FALL, EPA APROVED THE USE OF THE CHEMICAL, BUT SAID IT HAD TO BE DELIVERED BY WALKING THE FIELDS AND PASTURES. NOW THE STATE SAYS MECHANICAL MEANS ARE FINE. AND IN IOWA, DUPONT SAYS IT WILL BUILD A CELLULOSIC ETHANOL PLANT IN THE CENTRAL PART OF THE STATE. THE COMPANY, WHICH OWNS PIONEER SEED, SAYS THE FACILITY WILL USE CORNCOBS AND STALKS AS A FEEDSTOCK. DUPONT IS LOOKING AT TWO POSSIBLE COUNTIES TO BUILD THE ETHANOL PLANT.

LEGACY TEASE:
COMING UP THURSDAY, IT'S TIME FOR OUR MONTHLY EDITION OF LEAVE A LEGACY. IT'S A SPECIAL MILESTONE FOR US, AS WE LAUNCH THE SECOND SEASON OF THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM. ON THURSDAY, WE VISIT THE HUDYE FARMS IN SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA. STARTED IN 1947, THE FARMING OPERATION HAS WITNESSED AMAZING GROWTH IN BOTH CANADA AND THE U.S. WE'LL HEAR FROM THE PATRIARCH OF THE FAMILY, PLUS THE SONS WHO TOOK THE OPERATION TO A NEW LEVEL. WE'LL ALSO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH GREG MOES - A SOUTH DAKOTA DAIRY PRODUCER AND ONE OF OUR CASE STUDY FAMILIES. WE'LL SEE HOW THE LEGACY PROCESS IS WORKING FOR HIM. AND SEE HOW LAND VALUES CAN IMPACT YOUR SUCCESSION PLAN. JOIN KEVIN SPAFFORD ON THURSDAY FOR LEAVE A LEGACY.

ANALYSIS:
JIM BOWER

IN THE COUNTRY; KY ARTIST:
LIVING IN RURAL AMERICA ISN'T A MANDATE TO LIVE WITHOUT THE ARTS. IN FACT MANY OF THIS COUNTRY'S MOST CREATIVE MINDS SEEK THE SOLITUDE OF THE COUNTRY. IN NORTHERN KENTUCKY ALONG ON THE OHIO RIVER, THE COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE HAS MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR THOSE ARTISTS TO HAVE A PLACE TO DISPLAY AND SELL THEIR ARTWORK. JEFF FRANKLIN FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY HAS THE STORY. THANKS JEFF. ARTISTS ARE ALSO PLANNING TO GET AN ART STUDIO IN THE BUILDING LATER THIS YEAR...A PLACE TO CREATE NEW WORK AND TEACH OTHERS TO DO THE SAME. FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT.

SALMONELLA TEST:
SALMONELLA TAINTED EGGS ROCKED THE EGG INDUSTRY LAST YEAR.  MORE THAN A HALF BILLION WERE RECALLED. IN TODAY'S FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY A COMPANY SAYS IT'S CREATED A NEW FASTER TEST FOR SALMONELLA. LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORP JUST GOT THE THUMBS UP FROM THE FDA. IT'S TEST ALLOWS USERS TO DETERMINE IF EGGS CONTAIN SALMONELLA IN JUST 27 HOURS RATHER THAN THE CONVENTIONAL 10 DAY TURN AROUND TIME...MAKING IT NEARLY TEN TIMES FASTER. THE TEST WAS DEVELOPED WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE. IT WILL HELP EGG COMPANIES MEET NEW FEDERAL EGG TESTING GUIDELINES.

WHOLE GRAINS:
A NEW SURVEY SAYS MOST AMERICAN'S THINK THEY'RE GETTING ENOUGH WHOLE GRAINS...YET ONLY 5% ACTUALLY HIT THE DIETARY TARGET. THIS COMES FROM GENERAL MILLS AND A SURVEY OF MORE THAN 1,000 ADULTS. 2005 DIETARY GUIDELINES SAY EVERYONE OVER AGE NINE SHOULD GET THREE SERVINGS OF WHOLE GRAINS PER DAY.  THE RESEARCH FINDS CONSUMERS ARE CONFUSED BY WHAT CONSTITUTES WHOLE GRAIN...TERMS LIKE ENRICHED FLOUR OR MULTIGRAIN DOES NOT ALWAYS MEAN WHOLE GRAIN. THERE IS A WHOLE GRAIN STAMP TO HELP MARK MANY OF THOSE PRODUCTS.

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