AgDay Daily Recap - June 18, 2012

June 18, 2012 05:57 AM

JUNE 18, 2012


Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. A restaurant chain known for its "country-style" is taking a stand against a certain 'style' of pork production. Cracker Barrel is just the latest food business to come-out against gestation stalls. McDonalds, Wendy’s, and grocers like Kroger and Safeway announced their plans earlier this year.That topic was the big buzz at this year’s World Pork Expo. Agday Regional Reporter Michelle Rook reports on how this trend could dramatically change the pork industry.


Agriculture is a key piece of Texas' economy. As Agday's National Reporter Tyne Morgan wraps up her travels in the Texas panhandle, she shows us why empty wells could result in empty towns.


In the western cornbelt, some farmers have gotten decent rain. Still others are running their pivots nearly non-stop. Cindi Clawson has more in Cropwatch.


In agribusiness today - while there's growing concern about this year’s corn crop, the real fireworks may come in the old crop corn. Farm director Al Pell has more in analysis.


The concept of helping small farmers get the word-out about their farm products on the internet has really caught on. Several years ago the University of Illinois Extension created a website called The Market Maker. Since then, 17 other states have jumped on board. In this report from Mississippi State Extension, Amy Taylor tells us how its' working in the magnolia state.


In food and your family - the Food and Drug Administration says the shellfish sanitation program in South Korea isn't doing its job. So the FDA is now warning Americans not to eat shellfish from that country. Last year, there were several outbreaks of Novo-Virus in South Korea. The FDA says it's holding discussions with South Korean health officials to fix the problem and will announce when the ban is over.


It may be the day after Father's Day but there's still time to honor the man of the house.

You-Gov brand-index just released a study of 11-hundred brands. Here's the top of the heap from dad's perspective. Number 1: M&M's is the top perceived brand by fathers 2: Subway, 3: the Snickers candy bar followed by, Sony, Planters Nuts Cheerios,, Bose, Johnson and Johnson and finally, Lowes. Not on the list but most improved among father's impressions this year--restaurant chain Hooters finds itself gaining ground.



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