Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. Lean Hog contracts saw a nice run Wednesday on the Chicago board of trade. Even as many experts predict the market is reaching its top. However, world demand for US Pork remains strong. Exports continue to outpace last year's record setting run.
The Senate may soon consider legislation granting Russia permanent normal trade relations.
It's part of the process in allowing Russia to join the world trade organization.
TEXAS PANHANDLE ROW CROPS:
Many called the southern plains drought of 2011 a 100 year drought. According to the Texas Agrilife extension, the total price tag of last year's dry weather hit 7.6 billion dollars. In row crops, cotton took the biggest loss totaling more than 2 billion dollars alone. Agday's national reporter Tyne Morgan takes us to one area where farmers are dusting off the disaster, planting seed, and hoping for a better year.
As part of the Farm Bill negotiations, Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska has introduced an amendment banning the EPA from using aerial surveillance over cattle ranches and feed lots.
When you think of crops that are produced in Iowa, corn and soybeans are probably the first two that come to mind. But there's a business in Hinton, Iowa that produces another green crop - asparagus. Specifically, pickled asparagus. Al Joens from Agday affiliate KTIV in Sioux City says the business started with one man's desire to share a secret recipe that he thought was just too good to keep in the family. It's not all about pickling profits for the Asparagus Guy. Trent is a retired Air Force man.
FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY:
An Israeli scientist who pioneered an innovative way of bringing water to crops in arid and dry-land regions was named the winner of the 2012 World Food prize. From hunger to gluttony--New York is seeking to expand its forbidden food bans.