AgDay Daily Recap - March 3, 2011

March 3, 2011 04:04 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
MARCH 03, 2011

COMMODITY POLICY:
MANY OF THE TOP GRAIN PRODUCERS IN THE COUNTRY ARE GATHERING THIS WEEK FOR THE ANNUAL COMMODITY CLASSIC TRADE SHOW. THIS YEARS CONVENTION IS BEING HELD IN TAMPA, FLORIDA. COMMODITY CLASSIC IS A LARGE CONVENTION AND TRADE SHOW FOR GROWERS OF WHEAT, CORN, SOYBEANS AND SORGHUM. IT'S ALSO WHERE THE GROWER-GROUPS HOLD THEIR ANNUAL MEETINGS TO SET POLICY INITIATIVES. STATE LEADERS FOR EACH COMMODITY COME TOGETHER TO BRING THEIR ISSUES TO THE TABLE. SOME OF THE KEY ISSUES FACING ALL PRODUCERS WILL BE ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS AND LOOMING FEDERAL BUDGET CUTS.

CLINTON AT COMMODITY:
ABOUT 4,500 PEOPLE ATTEND THIS SHOW...SO IT'S QUITE AN UNDERTAKING. CLINTON GRIFFITHS IS ON ASSIGNMENT THIS WEEK AT THE CONVENTION AND TALKED WITH ONE OF THE ORGANIZERS, CLINTON.

BALE GRAZING:
FOR MANY RANCHERS, GETTING UP ON A COLD WINTER DAY AND FIRING UP THE TRACTOR TO FEED THE HERD IS JUST A FACT OF LIFE. BUT SOME HAVE FOUND A WAY TO GET AROUND THAT DAILY CHORE. THEY USE BALE-GRAZING ON THEIR OPERATION. RETHA COLCLASURE TELLS US ABOUT SOME OF THE BENEFITS. BROWN SAYS HE WILL BE PLANTING A CASH CROP THIS SPRING ON THAT FIELD. THAT MEANS HE HAD TO PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO WHAT WAS IN THE HAY, SO HE DOESN'T GET ANY VOLUNTEERS POPPING UP THIS PLANTING SEASON.

GLOBAL COTTON:
IN AGRIBUSINESS, THE INTERNATIONAL COTTON ADVISORY COMMITTEE PREDICTS WORLD COTTON AREA WILL RISE BY 7%IN 2011-12 IN RESPONSE TO RECORD PRICES. THE ICAC EXPECTS FARMERS WILL EXPAND COTTON PLANTINGS IN ALL PRODUCING COUNTRIES. WORLD COTTON PRODUCTION IS PROJECTED TO INCREASE BY 9%.

ANALYSIS:
BOB UTTERBACK

IN THE COUNTRY; RAPTOR REHAB:
4-H'ERS IN SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY ARE GETTING A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP REHABILITATE SOME WILD RAPTORS, LIKE FALCONS AND HAWKS. RECENTLY, THE STUDENTS ALSO HELPED AN AMERICAN BALD EAGLE RECUPERATE FROM INJURIES IT SUFFERED IN A TRAP. IN THIS REPORT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY, JEFF FRANKLIN TELLS US ABOUT THE REHAB-AND-RELEASE OF THIS SOARING SYMBOL. JEFF SAYS THE 4-H LEADERS HOPE TO GET A GRANT TO CONSTRUCT A PERMANENT RAPTOR REHAB CENTER AT THE EXTENSION OFFICE IN LETCHER COUNTY. STILL TO COME, MANY OF US MAKE GOALS TO EAT HEALTHIER AND EXERCISE MORE. BUT HOW OFTEN DO WE KEEP THAT PLEDGE? WE'LL TAKE A LOOK, NEXT IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY.

HEALTHY LIFESTYLES:
HOW OFTEN DO WE KEEP OUR PERSONAL PLEDGE TO EAT BETTER AND EXERCISE MORE? NEW RESEARCH SAYS IT'S A STRUGGLE. DETAILS IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY. THE NPD GROUP - A MARKET RESEARCH FIRM - FINDS THAT MANY ADULTS HAVE GOOD INTENTIONS TO LIVE A HEALTHIER LIFE, BUT PUTTING THEM INTO PRACTICE LAGS BEHIND. NPD SAYS 62% OF ADULTS SAY THEY INTEND TO EXERCISE REGULARLY, YET JUST 46% SAY THAT THEY ACTUALLY DO. IN THE SAME SURVEY, THEY ASKED ABOUT MEAL SIZE. 44% SAID THEY INTEND TO EAT SMALLER, MORE FREQUENT MEALS, BUT ONLY 29% ACTUALLY PRACTICE THIS. THE REPORT FINDS THAT WEIGHT LOSS AND LIVING LONGER ARE THE PRIME MOTIVATORS FOR MAINTAINING HEALTHY EATING HABITS FOR THE YOUNGER GENERATIONS. AMONG THE OLDER GENERATION, LOSING WEIGHT IS LESS IMPORTANT. THEIR REAL MOTIVATION - ACCORDING TO THE SURVEY -- IS TO FEEL GOOD AND LIVE LONGER.

 

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