AgDay Daily Recap - March 8, 2011

March 8, 2011 04:10 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
MARCH 08, 2011

EPA AG COMMITTEE:
THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE HAS SCHEDULED TWO DAYS WORTH OF HEARINGS TO LOOK AT WHAT SOME IN AGRICULTURE CALL AN "OVER-REACH" BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY. AG COMMITTEE CHAIR, FRANK LUCAS, HAS CALLED ON EPA ADMINISTRATOR LISA JACKSON TO ADDRESS THE PANEL. DURING LAST WEEK'S COMMODITY CLASSIC, LUCAS SAID EPA'S ASSAULT ON PRODUCTION AGRICULTURE MUST STOP. TWO WEEKS AGO THE REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED HOUSE VOTED TO REIGN-IN SOME OF EPA'S SPENDING. THE HOUSE APPROVED STEPS TO BLOCK EPA'S FUNDING TO INSTITUTE ITS NUTRIENT DIET IN THE CHESAPEAKE PAY. NEXT WEEK, THE AG COMMITTEE WILL FOCUS ON THAT DIET AND ITS IMPLICATIONS ON NATIONAL WATERSHEDS. ON THURSDAY OF THIS WEEK, THE COMMITTEE WILL FOCUS ON OTHER PROPOSED EPA REGULATIONS, SUCH AS LIMITING RURAL DUST AND USE OF THE FARM CHEMICAL ATRAZINE. JACKSON SAYS HER AGENCY NEEDS TO COMMUNICATE BETTER WITH FARMERS SO THEY DON'T GET FALSE INFORMATION ABOUT PENDING REGULATIONS. AT COMMODITY CLASSIC, AGRICULTURE SECRETARY TOM VILSACK SAID THE HEARINGS ARE GOOD IDEA TO CLEAR-UP ANY MIS-CONCEPTIONS.

VILSACK EPA:
MEANWHILE, VILSACK DEFENDED THE ADMINISTRATION'S EFFORTS TO EXPAND THE USE OF ETHANOL AND OTHER BIOFUELS. VILSACK WAS CRITICAL OF THE HOUSE FOR ATTEMPTING TO PREVENT EPA FROM FINISHING RULES THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR E-15. THE SPENDING BILL WOULD ALSO STOP USDA FROM SPENDING MONEY ON BLENDER PUMPS FOR ETHANOL.

BUDGET CUTS:
DURING THE LAST DAY OF COMMODITY CLASSIC, GROWER GROUPS HELD THEIR DELEGATE SESSIONS TO ADOPT POLICIES THAT WILL GUIDE THE ORGANIZATIONS. THE FOUR GROUPS THAT MAKE-UP THE CONVENTION ISSUED A JOINT STATEMENT TO ADDRESS THE NATION'S MONEY TROUBLES. IT SAID "...ANY MEANINGFUL APPROACH TO DEFICIT AND DEBT REDUCTION IN THE BUDGET MUST ENCOMPASS ALL ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS AND ALL DISCRETIONARY SPENDING - - AND NOT JUST AGRICULTURE".

NCGA DIRECT PAYMENTS:
DURING THE NATIONAL CORN GROWERS MEETING, NCGA DELEGATES VOTED TO LOOK AT OPTIONS FOR SHIFTING AWAY FROM DIRECT PAYMENTS. THE RESOLUTION APPROVED ON SATURDAY STATES THAT "NCGA SHOULD INVESTIGATE TRANSITIONING DIRECT PAYMENTS INTO PROGRAMS THAT ALLOW PRODUCERS THE ABILITY TO MANAGE RISK WHILE ASSURING FOOD SECURITY."

LIVESTOCK MARKETS:
THERE WAS AN OPIMISTIC MOOD FOR CORN GROWERS AT COMMODITY. THERE'S ALSO OPTIMISM IN THE CATTLE MARKETS, DESPITE HIGHER FEED COSTS. CLINTON GRIFFITHS TALKED WITH PRO FARMER EDITOR CHIP FLORY.

SK FTA:
AS CHIP MENTIONED, TRADE WITH SOUTH KOREA IS EXPECTED TO IMPROVE. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS URGING CONGRESS NOT TO DELAY AN IMPORTANT TRADE DEAL WITH SOUTH KOREA. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL IS REPORTING THE ADMINISTRATION'S TOP TRADE NEGOTIATOR, RON KIRK, SENT A LETTER TO LAWMAKERS SAYING HE'S READY TO HOLD DISCUSSIONS WITH THEM. THAT'S THE FIRST STEP BEFORE CONGRESS CAN FORMALLY APPROVE THE AGREEMENT. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WANTS LAWMAKERS TO APPROVE THE SOUTH KOREA DEAL WHILE IT CONTINUES NEGOTIATING OUTSTANDING TRADE AGREEMENTS WITH COLOMBIA AND PANAMA. BUT SOME LAWMAKERS HAVE THREATENED TO BLOCK THE SOUTH KOREA DEAL UNLESS THE ADMINISTRATION SENDS ALL THREE TRADE AGREEMENTS TO CONGRESS TOGETHER.

ANALYSIS:
SUE MARTIN

FARM MOM:
NO OFFENSE TO DAD, BUT DOES YOUR MOM KEEP THE FARM RUNNING? DOES SHE HELP WITH PLANTING, KEEP THE BOOKS, RUN THE KIDS, PREPARE THE MEALS, VOLUNTEER FOR CLUBS...THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. IF SO, SHE IS ELIGIBLE TO BE "FARM MOM OF THE YEAR." ONCE AGAIN, MONSANTO AND "AMERICAN AGRI-WOMEN" ARE LOOKING FOR THE FARM-MOM OF THE YEAR. TO BE ELIGIBLE, THE MOM MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD AND WORK ON A WORKING FARM OR RANCH. ANYONE CAN SUBMIT A NOMINATION, BUT KEEP YOUR ENTRY TO 300 WORDS OR LESS. AND THEY MUST BE RECEIVED BY MAY 8TH. FIVE REGIONALWINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN MID-MAY. AND THEN THEY'LL COMPETE FOR TOP HONORS THROUGH AN ON-LINE POLL. FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO WWW.AMERICASFARMERS.COM .

IN THE COUNTRY; IOWA ARCHERY:
AS WINTER ENDS, MUCH OF YOUR ATTENTION MAY BE FOCUSED ON HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS, SUCH AS BASKETBALL OR WRESTLING. BUT WHAT ABOUT ARCHERY? OVER SIX HUNDRED YOUNG ARCHERS HELPED DETERMINE STATE CHAMPS IN IOWA RECENTLY. AND IT WASN'T JUST FOR HIGH SCHOOL EITHER. SOME OF THE FINEST SPORTSMEN IN JUNIOR HIGH AND GRADE SCHOOL ALSO COMPETED. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE IOWA DNR, JOE WILKINSON TALKS WITH SOME OF THE YOUNG SPORTSMEN ABOUT A LIFE SKILL THAT WILL LAST WELL PAST THEIR SCHOOL DAYS. STILL TO COME, A RECALL OF A POPULAR PEANUT BUTTER. PLUS, BERRY PICKING TIME IN THE SUNSHINE STATE.  FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT.

PEANUT BUTTER RECALL:
A POPULAR PEANUT BUTTER IS UNDER RECALL BECAUSE IT MAY BE CONTAMINATED WITH SALMONELLA. THE MAKER OF "SKIPPY" ANNOUNCED THE RECALL OF ITS REDUCED-FAT PEANUT BUTTER VARIETIES - BOTH THE CREAMY AND SUPER CHUNK SPREADS. NO OTHER SKIPPY BRANDS ARE PART OF THE RECALL. THE PEANUT BUTTER HAS BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO 16 STATES. THE FDA SAYS THE RECALLED PRODUCT IS IN THE 16.3 OUNCE PLASTIC JARS. THERE IS A "BEST IF USED-BY DATES" ON LABEL. THOSE DATES RANGE FROM MAY 16TH-THRU THE 21ST. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, YOU CAN CALL 800-453-3432. THE COMPANY SAYS NOBODY HAS REPORTED AN ILLNESS.

FL STRAWBERRY:
STRAWBERRY HARVEST IS UNDERWAY ACROSS THE SOUTH. INSPITE OF COLD WEATHER THIS WINTER, MANY GROWERS ARE EXPECTING A GOOD SEASON. WISH FARMS IN PLANT CITY FLORIDA MARKETS AND GROWS ABOUT 1500 ACRES OF STRAWBERRIES. THE RUBY RED FRUIT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE LOCAL ECONOMY. IN FACT, PLANT CITY IS HOME TO THE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL GOING ON THIS WEEK. FARMERS AT WISH SAY AS TOUGH AS THIS WINTER WAS IT WAS ACTUALLY BETTER THAN LAST YEAR. FLORIDA RANKS SECOND BEHIND CALIFORNIA IN STRAWBERRY PRODUCTION. IT GROWS ABOUT 15% OF THE TOTAL CROP. BY THE WAY, THE FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL IS NOW UNDERWAY IN PLANT CITY. IT RUNS THROUGH THE 13TH.

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