AgDay Daily Recap - March 14, 2012

March 14, 2012 04:30 AM

MARCH 16, 2012


Good morning, I'm Clinton Griffiths. Much of the nation continues to see un-seasonably warm and mild weather conditions...welcome news for cattle producers in the northern plains, and that's today's top story on AgDay. During the past three winters, North Dakota cattlemen would be facing brutal weather - like blizzards, flooding, and arctic-cold temps - during the calving season. Not only is it difficult for the farmer, but it can also put the newborn animal at risk. Cliff Naylor from KFYR-TV shows us how the birthing process this season has been nearly carefree for North Dakota producers.

U.S. red meat exports have a tough act to follow after a record-setting year in 2011, but they're off to a solid start. The U.S. Meat Export Federation says pork exports increased double digits in the first quarter with beef exports holding steady. Total January pork export volume increased 28% with sales volume increasing 158% to China alone. Although beef exports held steady with the record setting export pace, volume increased 14%. U.S. Meat Export Federation President Philip Seng says diversifying the beef market is still key in 2012. Seng says he remains optimistic that japan will expand access for products this year. Currently the U.S. is under limitations to Japan, which was the top beef importer in 2003.

Many of us rely on others to create new inventions that in turn help us be more efficient.
In our ongoing Future of Farming series, AgDay's National Reporter Tyne Morgan shows us a new innovation center that's providing students the tools to create solutions of their own. Sending your kids off to college can be a very nerve wracking time. Will they adjust to college well? Are they going to study and pass those college exams? And the big question -- will it pay off after they graduate by landing a good job? At one university, students are surpassing expectations and securing a bright future, even before they graduate this spring. Daily plans to return to the family farm after graduation this spring with hopes to expand the family's vegetable operation, including sweet corn production. So those three guys, in their younger 20's created the remote control tractor on their own? Yes, from developing the concept to actually fabricating it, they are doing it all. What's even more impressive is each of those Purdue students, have at least 2 different majors and multiple minors at the University. These are some bright guys with a bright future...thanks Tyne.

Jim Bower

Teenagers are some of the most active consumers in our economy-- spending more than 200 billion dollars a year. But what about their decision-making when it comes to spending that money? Chuck Denney with the University of Tennessee got a lesson from this next generation of shoppers. Thanks Chuck. From shopping for it eat it, Food and Your Family is next.

In Food and Your Family, residents in Kansas can now look at food inspection reports online to check the safety of restaurants. Kansas will post the inspections of restaurants on the state's department of ag website. Last year the Ag Department conducted 23,000 inspections.

Has a stressful day at work ever been soothed by a flurry of eating at home? If so you're not alone. According to researchers in Finland, women who are stressed at work are more likely to find comfort in food. Their results were reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Scientists followed 230 women and those who say they were burned out at work --also were likely to have a habit of emotional eating--or eating when stressed, anxious or depressed.

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