AgDay Daily Recap - January 3, 2011

January 3, 2011 02:26 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
JANUARY 3, 2011

WTO:
GOOD MORNING, WE BEGIN A NEW YEAR...ALL EYES ARE AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. 2010 MEASURED AS ONE OF THE MOST PROFITABLE YEARS EVER FOR THE INDUSTRY. HELPING DRIVE THAT SUCCESS...WORLD EXPORTS. BUT NOT ALL TRADE FOUND A FIRM FOOTING. 2010 SAW A BUMMPY RELATIONTSHIP BETWEEN THE U.S. AND RUSSIA ON THE AGRICULTURAL FRONT. NOW AS WE HEAD FOR 2011, RUSSIA IS LOOKING TO JOIN THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION. RUSSIA NOW HAS BACKING FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION TO JOIN THE WTO. IT'S A MEMBERSHIP MOSCOW HAS SOUGHT FOR THE LAST 17 YEARS. THE COUNTRY'S 1.2 TRILLION DOLLAR ECONOMY IS THE LARGEST NOT CURRENTLY INCLUDED IN THE TRADE GROUP. IT'S ALREADY PROMISED EXPORT AND TARIFF CONCESSIONS WHICH SHOULD CLEAR THE WAY FOR APPROVAL FROM THE 153 MEMBERS OF THE WTO. PROFARMER'S WASHINGTON EDITOR ROGER BERNARD HAS MORE ON THE IMPACT TO AMERICAN AGRICULTURE.

BISON DEMAND:
THANKS CINDI. COLD WEATHER DOESN'T SEEM TO BOTHER THE BISON ROAMING AMERICA'S PLAINS. WHICH IS A GOOD THING SINCE CONSUMER DEMAND FOR THE ANIMALS CONTINUES TO RISE. THE LEAN MEAT OF BISON IS A HOT COMMODITY THESE DAYS...WITH GROUND BISON SELLING FOR ABOUT 7 DOLLARS A POUND. IT HASS BECOME A FAVORITE OF HEALTH CONSCIOUS CONSUMERS. YET PRODUCERS ARE STRUGGLING TO KEEP UP WITH DEMAND. LAST YEAR ONLY ABOUT 92,000 WERE PROCESSED IN THE U.S.--BEEF DOES MORE THAN THAT IN A DAY.  HIGH HEIFER PRICES ARE ALSO MAKING IT HARD TO INCREASE PRODUCTION. ACCORDING TO THE U.S.D.A THERE ARE CURRENTLY 4,500 RANCHES RAISING NEARLY 200,000 BISON IN THE U.S. A FAR CRY FROM THE LESS THAN A THOUSAND THAT REMAINED ABOUT A CENTURY AGO.

WIND TURBINES:
FROM BISON TO THE BUFFALOS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO.  THAT SCHOOL JUST RELEASED THE EARLY FINDINGS OF A STUDY LOOKING AT WHETHER WIND TURBINES BENEFIT CROP PRODUCTION.  SO FAR RESEARCHERS BELIEVE THE ENORMOUS SPINNING BLADES OF THE TURBINE ARE HELPING CORN AND SOYBEAN CROPS STAY COOLER...AND LESS LIKELY TO SEE FUNGAL PROBLEMS. THE AIR MOVEMENT MAY ALSO HELP IMPROVE THE CROP'S ABILITY TO PULL CARBON DIOXIDE FROM THE AIR AND SOIL.

CORN COLLEGE:
WITH THE POPULARITY OF FARM JOURNAL CORN COLLEGE. . . AND BECAUSE OF THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR CORN. . . FARM JOURNAL IS TAKING THE EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS OUTSIDE THE CORN BELT. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, IT'S BEING OFFERED IN THE SOUTH. FIRST STARTED FOUR YEARS AGO, CORN COLLEGE IS A SPECIAL CLASS LED BY FARM JOURNAL FIELD AGRONOMISTS. IT OFFERS HANDS-ON TRAINING ON HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR BOTTOM LINE, BY LEARNING NEW TECHNIQUES TO BE USED IN THE FIELD. OBVIOUSLY, THERE ARE DIFFERENT CHALLENGES FOR CORN GROWERS IN THE SOUTH. OUR EXPERTS HAVE CREATED A CUSTOMIZED CURRICULUM FOR THE SOUTHERN FARMER. CORN COLLEGE FOR THE SOUTH TAKES PLACE ON JANUARY 7TH AND 8TH IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA IN CONJUNCTION WITH AG-CONNECT EXPO. WE'LL PUT A LINK ON OUR HOMEPAGE. YOU CAN ALSO GET THE INFORMATION BY GOING TO WWW.AG-CONNECT.COM AND CLICKING ON THE EDUCATION TABS.

ANALYSIS:
JIM BOWER

IN THE COUNTRY; SEED PROGRAM:
WE CAN FIND CREATIVE SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS, BUT IT TAKES EFFORT AND TEAM-WORK. THAT'S ONE OF THE IDEAS BEHIND AN INNOVATIVE PROGRAM IN MANY TENNESSEE SCHOOLS - - WHERE KIDS BENEFIT FROM BRAIN TEASERS COMBINED WITH PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES. IN THIS REPORT FROM UT, CHUCK DENNEY TELLS US ABOUT "SEED" - WHERE FAILURE OFTEN LEADS TO SUCCESS. CHUCK SAYS THE PROGRAM IS BASED ON MATERIALS FROM THE NATIONAL "DESTINATION IMAGINATION" PROGRAM. WE'LL ALSO PUT A LINK ON OUR WEBSITE. STILL TO COME, THE TROUBLING TREND OF PRE-TERM BABIES. . .AND WHAT'S BEING DONE TO STOP THEM. DETAILS IN AG FOR YOUR HEALTH.

AG FOR HEALTH:
IN AG FOR YOUR HEALTH, RESEARCHERS ARE LOOKING FOR CLUES AS TO WHY SO MANY BABIES ARE BEING BORN SO EARLY. ONE OUT OF EVERY EIGHT BABIES WILL BE BORN PRE-MATURELY... AND THAT COULD LEAD TO SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS DOWN THE ROAD. IN THIS REPORT FROM NATIONWIDE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, CLARK POWELL TELLS US ABOUT A NEW PROGRAM THAT COULD PUT AN END TO THIS PUZZLING PROBLEM. THIS DATABASE OF MEDICAL INFORMATION WILL START AT NATIONWIDE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL. EVENTUALLY, IT COULD INCLUDE PARENTS AND BABIES FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. THAT INFORMATION WILL HELP DOCTORS BETTER-PREDICT PROBLEMS AND DEVELOP THERAPIES TO TREAT PRE-MATURE BABIES.

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