AgDay Daily Recap - March 1, 2011

March 1, 2011 02:30 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
MARCH 01, 2011

US DAIRY EXPORTS:
A HEALTHIER GLOBAL ECONOMY APPEARS BE THE RIGHT PRESCRIPTION FOR THE U.S. DAIRY INDUSTRY. THE U.S. DAIRY EXPORT COUNCIL SAYS SALES OF U.S. DAIRY GOODS LAST YEAR SHOWED BIG GAINS FROM 2009.  USDEC SAYS SALES GREW 39% OVER 2009 LEVELS. THE COUNCIL SAYS THAT INCREASE REPRESENTS 13% OF TOTAL MILK SOLIDS SOLD IN 2010. AND IT'LL PROBABLY COME AS NO SURPRISE, BUT CHINA IS A BRIGHT SPOT FOR WORLD DAIRY TRADE. THE EXPORT COUNCIL SAYS CHINA PURCHASED 320,000 METRIC TONS OF MILK POWDER LAST YEAR. THAT'S SEVEN TIMES HIGHER THAN THE AMOUNT PURCHASED IN 2008.

WHEAT TRADE:
DAIRY ISN'T THE ONLY BRIGHT SPOT IN AGRICULTURAL EXPORTS.  THE U.S. SET RECORDS ACROSS THE BOARD LAST YEAR. TODAY GROUPS LIKE THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WHEAT GROWERS HOPE TO SEE THOSE NUMBERS CLIMB THANKS TO SEVERAL PENDING FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS. NAWG AND US WHEAT ASSOCIATES SENT A LETTER EMPHASIZING TRADE TO THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.  THE GROUPS WANT MEMBERS TO KNOW HOW CRITICAL EXPORTS ARE TOTHE U.S. WHEAT INDUSTRY. LAST YEAR THE U.S. EXPORTED ROUGHLY 40% OF ITS PRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL MARKETS. GLOBALLY THAT WAS NEARLY 20% OF ALL WHEAT EXPORTS IN THE WORLD. THE GROUPS SAY GETTING FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS FINALIZED WITH SOUTH KOREA, COLUMBIA AND PANAMA HELPS PUT THE INDUSTRY IN A STRONG POSITION FOR GROWTH.

SUGARBEET CASE:
ANOTHER COURT VICTORY TODAY FOR SUPPORTERS OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS. A FEDERAL COURT IN CALIFORNIA OVERTURNED A PREVIOUS RULING TO DESTROY ABOUT 250 ACRES OF GM SUGAR BEETS. IN NOVEMBER, THE COURTS ORDERED THE DESTRUCTION OF THE SEEDLINGS. BUT THAT ORDERED WAS DELAYED. THE 9TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS SAYS THE SEEDLINGS THAT WERE PLANTED IN SEPTEMBER DO NOT POSE AN IMMINENT RISK. GENETICALLY MODIFIED SUGAR BEETS ACCOUNT FOR 95% OF THOSE BEING GROWN IN THE US. THE AG DEPARTMENT SAYS BEET SUGAR PROVIDES ABOUT HALF OF THE TOTAL US SUGAR SUPPLY. GROWERS HAVE SAID BEFORE THAT THERE'S AN INADEQUATE SUPPLY OF CONVENTIONAL SEED TO ENSURE A RELIABLE U.S. SUGAR SUPPLY IN 2011.

WOMEN FARMERS:
THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IS TRYING TO RESOLVE ALLEGATIONS OF DISCRIMINATION IN ITS LENDING PRACTICES. THE PROPOSAL IS TO SETTLE LAWSUITS BROUGHT BY HISPANIC AND WOMEN FARMERS. USDA SAYS THIS IS SIMILAR TO THE SETTLEMENT BROUGHT BY BLACK AND NATIVE-AMERICAN FARMERS. THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES UP TO 50,000 DOLLARS FOR EACH HISPANIC OR WOMAN FARMER WHO CAN SHOW USDA DENIED THEM A FARM LOAN FOR DISCRIMINATORY REASONS. A LAW FIRM REPRESENTING ONE OF THESE PLAINTIFFS SAYS IT APPRECIATES USDA RECOGNIZING DISCRIMINATION, BUT IT FEELS THERE ARE SOME SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT THE CLAIM RESOLUTION PROGRAM. IT SAYS THE PROGRAM - QUOTE - " TREATS WOMEN FARMERS FAR LESS FAVORABLY THAN GOVERNMENT SETTLEMENTS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND NATIVE AMERICAN FARMERS WHO HAVE ALSO SUFFERED DECADES OF DISCRIMINATION." THE LAW FIRM GOES ON TO SAY THAT WOMEN ARE BEING SUBJECTED TO A MORE ONEROUS PROCESS AND MORE BURDENSOME EVIDENTIARY REQUIREMENTS THAN CLAIMANTS FROM OTHER MINORITY GROUPS.

BEEF PRODUCTION:
THANKS MIKE. FOR WEEK'S WE'VE BEEN DISCUSSING THE RISING PRICES FOR BEEF CATTLE. BUT THAT'S NOT THE ONLY THING GOING UP...SO ARE THE COSTS TO PRODUCE THEM. TOBIE BLANCHARD WITH THE LSU AGCENTER IS HERE WITH HOW RISING FEED AND FERTILIZER COSTS ARE AFFECTING THE INDUSTRY. THANKS TOBIE. UP NEXT IN AGRIBUSINESS, AL PELL DISCUSSES CROP INSURANCE......WITH PREMIUMS SET, HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE THIS TOOL PROVIDES THE PROPER PROTECTION. AND AS WINTER STARTS TO WIND-DOWN, A COLORFUL PALATE SYMBOLIZING THE RE-BIRTH OF SPRING COMES ALIVE IN CALIFORNIA. WE'RE HEADED TO THE BLOSSOM TRAIL, LATER ON AGDAY.

CROP MARGINS:
IN AGRIBUSINESS THIS MORNING...ECONOMISTS AT PURDUE UNIVERSITY SAY WHILE GRAIN PRICES ARE UP...SO ARE COSTS. BUT TOGETHER PROFITS STILL COME OUT AHEAD. THE RESEARCHERS SAY THE GAP BETWEEN GROSS REVENUES AND PRODUCTION COSTS REMAINS LARGE...ENSURING GOOD PROFITS. SINCE OCTOBER, FERTILIZER AND DIESEL FUEL PRICES HAVE GONE UP...THE SAME IS EXPECTED FOR INSURANCE PREMIUMS. HOWEVER, PESTICIDE AND GRAIN DRYER FUEL PRICES ARE DOWN. AFTER RUNNING THE NUMBERS, CORN SOYBEAN ROTATIONS REMAIN THE MOST PROFITABLE CROPPING SYSTEM.

ANALYSIS:
REGGIE GRIFFITHS

IN THE COUNTRY; BLOSSOM TRAIL:
THE SUBTLE SIGNS OF SPRING ARE WORKING THEIR WAY INTO THE LANDSCAPE ACROSS AMERICA. WHILE MOSTLY IN THE SOUTH AND ALONG THE COASTS...THERE IS HOPE WINTER WILL END. IN CALIFORNIA THE ROAD OUT OF WINTER'S GLOOM CAN BE FOUND ALONG THE BLOSSOM TRAIL. A DRIVE THROUGH THE COUNTRY THAT MATCHES NATURES PAINT BRUSH WITH THE DAWN OF A NEW SEASON. TRACEY SELLERS OF CALIFORNIA COUNTRY TAKES US THROUGH THIS SPRING TIME TRADITION IN THE GOLDEN STATE. THANKS TRACY. TRACEY SAYS THE CALIFORNIA BLOSSOM TRAIL LASTS ABOUT SIX WEEKS. STILL TO COME, LIFE ON THE FARM MAY HELP YOUR KIDS AVOID A SERIOUS RESPIRATORY DISEASE. DETAILS NEXT IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY.

ASTHMA:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY THERE APPEARS TO BE INCREASING EVIDENCE THAT GROWING UP ON FARM IS GOOD FOR YOU. A NEW STUDY SAYS CHILDREN WHO GROW UP ON FARMS ARE LESS LIKELY TO DEVELOP CHILDHOOD ASTHMA. THE STUDY WAS DONE IN GERMANY AND PUBLISHED IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE. IT SHOWS THE RISK OF ASTHMA WAS REDUCED BY AS MUCH AS 51% FOR CHILDREN LIVING ON FARMS. THE RESULTS ECHO SIMILAR STUDIES DONE ELSE WHERE. RESEARCHERS BELIEVE THE DIVERSITY AND EXPOSURE TO DIFFERENT MICROBES MAY OFFER PROTECTION AGAINST THE DISEASE.  SERVERAL OF THOSE FARM FRIENDLY MICROBES WERE ALSO IDENTIFIED AS POSSIBLE LEADS FOR ASTHMA PREVENTION.

PISTACIOS:
AND A STUDY OUT OF TEXAS SUGGESTS EATING PISTACIOS MAY HELP WARD OFF CANCER. THE DATA PRESENTED AT A RECENT CANCER PREVENTION CONFERENCE SAYS A DIET THAT INCORPORATES A DAILY DOSE OF PISTACIOS MAY HELP REDUCE THE RISK OF LUNG AND OTHER CANCERS. PISTACIOS ARE RICH IN VIATAMIN E...AND HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO OFFER PROTECTION AGAINST CERTAIN FORMS OF CANCER.

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