AgDay Daily Recap - March 22, 2012

March 22, 2012 03:17 AM

MARCH 22, 2012

Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. In the newest version of a proposed budget plan, agriculture would feel even deeper cuts....and that's our top story on AgDay. House budget committee chairman Paul Ryan released his budget plan for fiscal year 2013. It calls for cuts in agricultural programs and the nation's food stamp program. It includes 33-billion dollars in cuts in ag spending over the next ten years. That proposed amount is ten billion higher than what the super committee had proposed late last year. Ryan's proposal targets "direct payments" and federally-subsidized crop insurance. And those recommendations come as no surprise to farm groups. 23-billion - and not 33 billion - remains the starting point of negotiation on the senate side of the farm bill discussions.

In a related matter, Senator Grassley and South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson re-introduced legislation that would place a hard cap on farm payments to 250,000 dollars for a married farm-couple.

In our Beef Today report there are signs that U.S. beef producers have started the early stages of herd expansion as beef supplies remain very short. That's the opinion of Purdue agricultural economist Chris Hurt. Beef cow numbers have dropped by 9% since 2007. Last year alone, they dropped by 3%. Much of that drop was due to the lingering drought in the southwest. Producers had already reduced their herds in recent years because of higher feed costs. Hurt says strong finished-cattle prices and moderating feed costs are encouraging some producers to start the expansion. He says feed prices could come down even more if crop yields are good this year.

A herd of bison is now roaming an Indian reservation in northeast Montana. And that's upsetting to a group of cattle ranchers. On Tuesday, a judge ruled against a group of cattle producers who were trying to block the move. Indian tribes and conservation groups say they've been working for 20 years with state and federal governments to get buffalo back on these lands. On Wednesday 63 bison from Yellowstone National Park were re-located to Fort Peck, Montana. This herd had been held at a facility for five years to make sure they are disease-free. The tribes hope to restore wild bison to the plains. Not everyone is happy with the arrival. The Montana Stock Growers Association says it's disappointed with the agreement between the state and the tribe. MSGA says it worked with the state legislature on a measure that would require a herd management plan. But the Stock Growers group says it never got a chance to review the plan before it was signed. Cattlemen are concerned on how the re-introduction of bison into the state could impact cattle grazing rights.

From north to south. In Louisiana salt water is contaminating surface water making rice farming difficult. Recent rains are helping alleviate the problem, but as LSU Agcenter's Tobie Blanchard reports, regular rains must continue in order to solve the problem.

Jim Bower

In just a couple weeks, the Hollywood epic War Horse hits DVD shelves across the country. And while that movie galloped its way to success in theatres, there's truth behind the silver screen. Cliff Naylor from affiliate KFYR-TV traveled to historic Fort Keogh in Miles, Montana where a century ago, these battle ready steeds were bred and trained. Thanks Cliff. Steven Spielberg's War Horse comes out on DVD April 3rd. Up next, can smelly food help you eat less...details in Food and Your Family. I'll be right back.

In Food in Your Family we're do you start the day? According to the NPD Group, a leading market research company, many Americans have a beverage but no food. NPD Group found 43% of consumers ages two and up have a beverage in the morning but nothing with it. 24% have a small mini meal and 21% a full complete meal.
They also found about 40% of people eat or drink two or more times on a typical morning. The group says morning meals are seeing a shift in consumer habits smaller more frequent eating events.

And a new study from the Danes, found your sense of smell may trick people into eating less. Dutch researches found smelly foods cause people to eat smaller bites. Over time, this could lead to people consuming fewer calories. It also found a person feels fuller faster if the meal has a strong aroma. The researchers believe flavor intensity of smelly foods impacts the self-regulatory mechanism in the body, causing them to want to eat less.

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