AgDay Daily Recap - May 23, 2011

May 24, 2011 04:19 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
MAY 23, 2011

FARM BILL:
GOOD MORNING. THE FIRST PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR THE 2012 FARM BILL START THIS WEEK IN MICHIGAN. BUT MOST WASHINGTON WATCHERS AREN'T EXPECTING FINAL LEGISLATION UNTIL LATER THIS YEAR OR NEXT. THE FIRST FARM BILL HEARINGS ARE BEING HELD BY SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, NUTRITION AND FORESTRY CHAIRWOMAN DEBBIE STABENOW. BUT IT'S THE WASHINGTON DEBATE ON THE FEDERAL BUDGET THAT MAY HAVE THE MOST TO SAY. WITHOUT ANY IDEA OF HOW MUCH MONEY TO WORK WITH, IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO MAKE DECISIONS. THE FARM BILL IS SUPPOSEDLY SET FOR 2012.  THAT MEANS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS MAY HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO IN SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME. THE FIRST FARM BILL HEARING IS THIS THURSDAY IN WASHINGTON D.C. FORMER AG SECRETARY DAN GLICKMAN IS SLATED TO SPEAK. A SECOND HEARING WILL BE MAY 31ST IN EAST LANSING MICHIGAN.

PROPERTY LOSSES:
SWITCHING GEARS, THERE'S BEEN NO SHORTAGE OF NATURAL DISASTERS THIS SPRING. NO MATTER THE ISSUE, YOU NEED TO HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE TO PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENTS. NOT ALL INSURANCE COVERS FLOOD DAMAGE BUT PROPERTY LOSS FROM A DISASTER CAN BE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. EXTENSION SPECIALISTS SAY THE ON-SLAUGHT OF NATURAL DISASTERS THIS SPRING SHOULD BE A WAKE UP CALL FOR EVERYONE TO BE PREPARED. UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI EXTENSION FINANCE PLANNER BRENDA PROCTER URGES DISASTER VICTIMS TO CONTACT THEIR INSURANCE AGENT RIGHT WAY. PROCTER REMINDS US THAT PROPER RECORD KEEPING IS CRUCIAL. TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS OR VIDEOS OF EVERYTHING IN YOUR HOME SO THERE IS NO DISPUTE WITH YOUR INSURANCE AGENT. ALSO, PLACING IMPORTANT PAPERS IN A FIRE PROOF BOX IS A GOOD IDEA, BUT FLOOD WATERS CAN SWEEP THE BOX AWAY. THE BEST THING IS TO BACKUP RECORDS AND STORE THEM AT YOUR OFFICE OR A FAMILY MEMBER'S HOME.

HURRICANE SEASON:
HURRICANE SEASON BEGINS IN ABOUT TEN DAYS. WEATHER PROGNOSTICATORS SAY IT COULD BE A BUSY ONE. THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION SAYS AN ABOVE-NORMAL HURRICANE SEASON IN THE ATLANTIC BASIS IS AHEAD. NOAA EXPECTS 12 TO 18 NAMED STORMS, 6-10 COULD BECOME HURRICANES. HALF OF THOSE COULD BE MAJOR. MEANWHILE, PRIVATE WEATHER FIRM "EARTH NETWORKS" HAS A SIMILAR FORECAST. THEY SAY THE ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON WILL BE ABOVE AVERAGE, BUT LESS ACTIVE THAN LAST YEAR.

HORSE HERPEVIRUS:
HORSE OWNERS - ESPECIALLY IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES - NEED TO BE AWARE OF AN OUTBREAK OF A DEVASTATING DISEASE CALLED EQUINE HERPES VIRUS - ONE. IT WAS ABOUT A WEEK AGO WHEN THE DISEASE FIRST SURFACED. VETERINARY OFFICIALS BELIEVE THE OUTBREAK FIRST OCCURRED AT A MAJOR COMPETITION OF THE NATIONAL CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION. IT TOOK PLACE IN UTAH AT THE END OF APRIL AND EARLY MAY. EHV-1 IS CONSIDERED A HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS AND CAN CAUSE A VARIETY OF AILMENTS IN HORSES. THE VIRUS IS GENERALLY PASSED THRU THE AIR FROM HORSE TO HORSE. IT'S NOT, HOWEVER, CONSIDERED A THREAT TO HUMANS. HORSES IN NO FEWER THAN EIGHT STATES AND CANADA HAVE TESTED POSTIVE FOR THE DISEASE.

PREDATOR STUDY:
LIVESTOCK OWNERS IN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY ARE CONSTANTLY ON THE LOOK OUT FOR PREDATORS LIKE COYOTES AND WOLVES.  THE USDA'S NASS OFFICE SAYS NATIONWIDE FIVE AND A HALF PERCENT OF ALL CATTLE AND CALF LOSSES ARE DUE TO PREDATORS. THEY ESTIMATE THOSE LOSSES AT 98 MILLION DOLLARS. IN WYOMING ALMOST 10% OF CATTLE DIED BY PREDATOR. SOME EVIRONMENTAL GROUPS SAY PREDATORS ARE UNFAIRLY BLAMED AND THE NUMBERS ARE SMALL COMPARED TO DEATHS BY HEALTH PROBLEMS OR CALVING...ABOUT 35% OF LOSSES HAPPEN THAT WAY. BUT CATTLEMEN SAY WHILE THEY SEEM SMALL--THAT PERCENTAGE IS USUALLY A PRODUCER'S PROFIT MARGIN FOR THE YEAR.

SOY WHEAT EXPORTS:
IN AGRIBUSINESS NEW DATA SHOWS SOME U.S. GRAIN EXPORTS AREN'T AS ROBUST AS PREDICTED. SHIPMENTS OF BOTH SOYBEANS AND WHEAT ARE TRAILING USDA FORECASTS.

ANALYSIS:
ANDY SHISSLER

IN THE COUNTRY; WOMEN IN AG:
WHEN WE SAY FARMER--TOO OFTEN IT'S CONSIDERED A MALE CENTERED REFERENCE. WOMEN HAVE ALWAYS HELD AND IMPORTANT PLACE IN AGRICULTURE AND TODAY THAT POSITION IS GETTING EVEN MORE PROMINENT. IN TENNESSEE A NUMBER OF WOMEN ARE TAKING ON A GREATER ROLE IN RUNNING THE FAMILY FARM OR DEVELOPING THEIR OWN AGRI-BUSINESSES. CHUCK DENNEY FROM THE UT INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE SHOWS US HOW RURAL ECONOMIES BENEFIT WHEN NEW BUSINESS LEADERS EMERGE. THANKS CHUCK. UP NEXT NEW RESEARCH INTO A DIET HIGH IN DAIRY AND AL PELL RETURNS WITH OUR AGDAY INBOX.

DAIRY HEART ATTACK:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY THERE'S GOOD NEWS FOR DAIRY LOVERS.  A NEW STUDY SHOWS PEOPLE WHO HAD A HEART ATTACK WERE NO MORE LIKELY TO HAVE EATEN A LOT OF DIARY FAT THAN PEOPLE WHO HAD NOT EXPERIENCED A HEART ATTACK. THAT MAY GO AGAINST CONVENTIONAL WISDOM--WHICH TELLS US HIGH FAT DAIRY, LIKE BUTTER, CREME AND CHEESE--RAISES CHOLESTEROL AND PUTS A PERSON AT RISK FOR HEART DISEASE. BUT THE STUDY, FUNDED BY THE U.S. NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH, SAYS PEOPLE WITH HEART PROBLEMS ARE ALSO MORE LIKELY TO HAVE OTHER RISK FACTORS LIKE SMOKING, EXERCISING LESS AND HAVING MORE FAT AROUND THEIR WAIST. RESEARCHERS SAY IT'S NOT THAT DAIRY FAT IS HARMLESS--BUT OTHER "DAIRY-PROVIDED" NUTRIENTS-- LIKE CALCIUM AND VITAMINE D-- MAY HELP PROTECT THE HEART.

AGDAY INBOX:
WHAT'S THE BIGGEST CAUSE OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY? THERE ARE VARYING OPINIONS. WHAT ROLE DOES CHOCOLATE MILK HAVE IN THE DEBATE? AL PELL HAS SOME RESPONSES FROM THE AGDAY INBOX.  RECENTLY, THE LOS ANGELES SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCED PLANS TO BAN FLAVORED MILK FROM THEIR SCHOOL CAFETERIAS. THEY BELIEVE THE SUGAR IN CHOCOLATE MILK IS ONE OF THE REASONS KIDS ARE GETTING FAT. OTHER SCHOOLS ARE CONSIDERING A SIMILAR BAN. THE MILK INDUSTRY SAYS IF YOU REMOVE FLAVORED MILK FROM SCHOOL, MANY KIDS WILL CHOOSE NOT TO DRINK THE OTHER OPTION - WHITE MILK...AND THEN THEY LOSE THE NUTRIENT VALUE. THERE WAS NO SHORTAGE OF OPINIONS FROM OUR VIEWERS...AND MOST SAID CHOCOLATE MILK IS NOT THE PROBLEM. FROM OUR FACEBOOK PAGE... SHANDA THORNTON SAYS "ONE CARTON OF CHOCOLATE MILK A DAY IS NOT WHAT IS MAKING CHILDREN "CHUBBY". NOT PRACTICING MODERATION AND WELL BALANCED MEALS AT HOME IS." SHELLIE-CRAMER-RISNER WRITES "THE KIDS NEED TO MOVE, THEY NEED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. IF THEY HAD TO CLEAN OUT THE BARN LIKE I DID AS A KID THEY WOULD APPRECIATE THE TIME THEY GOT TO SIT IN FRONT OF THE TV. LEAVE THE CHOCOLATE MILK IN THE SCHOOLS!" JANICE TUCKER SAYS "IF CHOCOLATE MILK IS REMOVED, THEN THE SODA POP AND CANDY NEEDS TO BE REMOVED AS WELL. KIDS THAT DON'T PARTICIPATE IN SPORTS OR HAVE FARM CHORES DON'T GET THE EXERCISE THAT THEY NEED" AND ANGELA BOX OFFERED HER SUGGESTION " LOW - OR - NO FAT CHOCOLATE MILK AT SCHOOL MAY BE THE ONLY MILK SOME CHILDREN DRINK...PERSONALLY I THINK THEY SHOULD OFFER SOY CHOCOLATE MILK FOR THOSE LACTOSE INTOLERANT CHILDREN." BY THE WAY, FLORIDA HAD CONSIDERED BANNING CHOCOLATE MILK IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, BUT HAS SINCE BACKED AWAY. CLINTON.

CONTACT PAGE:
THANKS AL. WE VALUE YOUR OPINION ON THIS, OR ANY OTHER TOPIC. CONTACT US BY PHONE, EMAIL OR JOIN THE CONVERSATION ON FACEBOOK.


 

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