Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. The Senate takes big steps to finish its version of the Farm Bill before lawmakers take their next summer vacation...
While at the G-20 Summit in Mexico, President Obama announced the US and the other countries negotiating the trans-pacific partnership have extended an invitation to Canada to join the trade negotiations. Yesterday, a similar invitation went out to Mexico. As the top market for US beef, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association says it welcomes Canada to the TPP. But the National Pork Producers Council has some concerns.
Powerful storms late last week in the Texas panhandle took a big toll on the cotton crop. The Texas Agri-life Extension just released some acreage estimates. Mike Hoffman has that and more in cropwatch.
HARVEST OF BEAUTY:
As of Monday, 48% of the nation's winter wheat crop has been harvested. That's 32% ahead of normal. And Oklahoma is all but done at 96% complete. This morning I continue our series Harvest of Beauty, a look at this year's wheat harvest through the southern plains. We traveled south and west to Watonga, Oklahoma where the work is a family affair.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year. It's sponsored by the International Dairy Foods Association and our partners at Dairy Today.
With the lingering drought in a large portion of the eastern cornbelt, some analysts are wondering if USDA's forecast for a national corn average of 166 bushels can "hold water". Farm Director Al Pell has more in analysis.
ADULT ICE CREAM:
Many Americans love to eat ice cream, especially children. But there's a brand of ice cream made in California where the server may ask to see your ID card. That's because beyond its basic ingredient of milk, there's also some liquor. In this report provided by California Bountiful TV, Tracey Sellers says the "skies the limit" for Silver Moon.
CHINESE FOOD SAFETY:
In food and your family - the Chinese government is vowing to improve its food safety regulations.
CHILDHOOD OBESITY STUDY:
So how are your skills in the math arena? A new study out of Missouri says a child’s weight may be related to their math abilities.