AgDay Daily Recap - July 15, 2011

July 15, 2011 05:13 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
JULY 15, 2011

ANTIBIOTIC BAN ROOK:
GOOD MORNING EVERYONE. CLINTON GRIFFITHS IS OFF FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS. WE BEGIN WITH THE DEBATE OVER ANTIBIOTIC USE IN FARM ANIMALS. IT'S NOT A NEW FIGHT. OPPONENTS CLAIM PRODUCERS OVER-USE LIVESTOCK DRUGS. THEY SAY IT'S LED TO ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE IN HUMANS. PRODUCERS SAY ANTIBIOTICS ARE AN IMPORTANT TOOL TO KEEP THE HERD HEALTHY...BEFORE DISEASE STRIKES. AGDAY REGIONAL REPORTER MICHELLE ROOK HAS THEIR STORY. THE LEGISLATION TO BAN ANTI-BIOTIC USE IN LVIESTOCK CONTINUES TO BE INTRODUCED IN NEARLY EVERY SESSION OF CONGRESS BY REPRESENTATIVE LOUISE SLAUGHTER OF NEW YORK. HOWEVER, NPPC SAYS IT'S UNLIKELY THE MEASURE WILL GAIN ANY TRACTION THIS YEAR.

DEAN FOODS:
IN NEWS FROM OUR REPORTING PARTNERS AT DAIRY TODAY MAGAZINE. DEAN FOODS COMPANY ANNOUNCED AN AGREEMENT WITH A GROUP OF DAIRY PRODUCERS WHICH ACCUSED THE COMPANY OF PRICE FIXING. THE CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT ACCUSED DEAN FOODS OF ANTI-COMPETITIVE PRACTICES TO LOWER FARM MILK PRICES. UNDER THE PROPOSED SETTLEMENT, DEAN AGREES TO PAY THE PRODUCERS 140 MILLION DOLLARS OVER A FIVE-YEAR PERIOD. ABOUT 7,200 PRODUCERS ARE COVERED IN THE AGREEMENT. THE COMPANY DOES NOT ADMIT WRONG-DOING. ACCORDING TO DAIRY TODAY, THIS AGREEMENT DOES NOT SETTLE THE RELATED SUIT AGAINST DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA CO-OP. THAT PORTION OF THE LAWSUIT IS SET FOR TRIAL NEXT MONTH.

DAIRY REFORM:
REPRESENTATIVE COLLIN PETERSON - WHO IS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOUSE AG COMMITTEE - HAS FLOATED AN IDEA ON HOW TO REFORM DAIRY PROGRAMS. IT'S NOT REALLY A PIECE OF LEGISLATION, INSTEAD IT'S WHAT HE CALLS A "DRAFT" TO GET THE DISCUSSION ROLLING.  PETERSON SAYS MANY OF DAIRY PROGRAMS WERE ESTABLISHED 60 YEARS AGO AND DO NOT REFLECT HOW THE INDUSTRY HAS CHANGED, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO EXPORT MARKETS. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE HAS SCORED THE PROPOSAL, AND FOUND THAT THE LOWER COVERAGE RATE IS NECCESSARY IN ORDER TO KEEP THE COST OF THE PROGRAM AT OR BELOW CURRENT EXPENDITURS FOR DAIRY PROGRAMS. FORMAL INTRODUCTION OF THE LEGISLATION IS EXPECTED IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS AND PRIOR TO CONGRESS' AUGUST RECEST. OUR PARTNERS AT DAIRY TODAY SAY PETERSON'S DRAFT IS SIMILAR TO ONE PROPOSED BY THE NATIONAL MILK PRODUCERS FEDERATION. BUT THERE ARE DIFFERENCES. YOU CAN LEARN MORE AT WWW.DAIRYTODAY.COM.

CLEAN WATER:
THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS PASSED A BILL LIMITING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S ROLE IN PROTECTING WATERS FROM POLLUTION. THE BILL BARS EPA FROM OVERRULING STATES ON WATER QUALITY DECISIONS. LAST YEAR, EPA SET NUTRIENT RUNOFF LEVELS FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA. THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SET LEVELS FOR INDIVIDUAL STATES. THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU SAYS EPA IS OVERSTEPPING ITS BOUNDS BY DOING SO.  THE BILL PASSED THE HOUSE BY A 239-184 VOTE, BUT OUR PARTNERS AT PROFARMER SAY IT'S UNLIKELY THE DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED SENATE WOULD APPROVE SIMILAR LEGISATION.

ANALYSIS:
GARY WILHELMI

IN THE COUNTRY; STORM SHELTER:
WHEN TORNADO WARNINGS ARE ISSUED, MANY PEOPLE HEAD TO THE STORM SHELTER FOR SAFETY. FOR SOME FOLKS, THAT COULD BE THE BASEMENT. FOR OTHERS, IT MIGHT BE A ROOT CELLAR. AND YET FOR OTHERS, IT MIGHT BE THE MOST INTERIOR ROOM OF THEIR HOME. SOMETIMES, THAT'S JUST NOT ENOUGH PROTECTION. THAT WAS CERTAINLY THE CASE IN JOPLIN, MISSOURI WHICH WAS DEVASTED BY A MASSIVE TORNADO. AS THOSE FAMILIES START TO RE-BUILD THEIR HOMES, MANY WILL BE ADDING A SAFE ROOM. KENT FADDIS HAS DETAILS IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI. THANKS KENT. YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT SAFE ROOMS ON THE MISSOURI EXTENSION WEBSITE – WWW.EXTENSION.MISSOURI.EDU. UP NEXT...CAN THE FOOD YOU EAT AFFECT HOW WELL YOU BREATH? SOME ANSWERS IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY.

SOY ASTHMA:
TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT HOW SOY CAN AFFECT ASTHMA... IN THIS MORNING'S FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY. THE AVERAGE ASTHMA PATIENT SPENDS THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR IN MEDICAL COSTS TO CONTROL IT. BUT A NEW NATIONAL STUDY IS UNDERWAY TO TEST AN INEXPENSIVE ALTERNATIVE. IN THIS REPORT FROM OHIO STATE MEDICAL CENTER, CLARK POWELL SAYS THOSE PATIENTS MAY WANT TO THANK A SOYBEAN FARMER! CLARK SAYS THE SOY STUDY WILL INCLUDE ASTHMA PATIENTS WHO ARE AT LEAST TWELVE YEARS OLD. IT'LL BE CONDUCTED IN A DOZEN STATES. RESULTS ARE EXPECTED IN THE NEXTCOUPLE OF YEARS.

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