AgDay Daily Recap - November 11, 2010

November 11, 2010 03:02 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
NOVEMBER 11, 2010

VETERANS DAY:
ON THIS VETERAN'S DAY, IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO THINK ABOUT HOW AMERICA'S FARMERS ARE HELPING DURING THIS TIME OF WAR. A NUMBER OF PRODUCERS FROM AG-INTENSIVE STATES HAVE DEPLOYED TO AFGHANISTAN IN SPECIAL NATIONAL GUARD UNITS CALLED AGRI-BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TEAMS, OR ADT'S. EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE NATIONAL GUARD UNITS UNDERWENT SPECIAL TRAINING AT PURDUE UNIVERSITY IN INDIANA. THE FARMER-SOLDIERS WERE LEARNING TECHNIQUES ON FRUIT PRODUCTION, LIVESTOCK AND IRRIGATION. THEIR MISSION OVERSEAS IS TO PROVIDE AG TRAINING TO LOCAL FARMERS AND AFGHAN UNIVERSITIES WITH A GOAL TO IMPROVE AND INCREASE FOOD PRODUCTION. THIS GROUP IS FROM IOWA NATIONAL GUARD'S SEVEN-34TH ADT. IMPROVING AG-SERVICES IS AT THE CORE OF THEIR MISSION. THE 734TH ARRIVED IN AFGHANISTAN IN AUGUST. THEIR DEPLOYMENT WILL LAST WELL INTO NEXT YEAR. CAPTAIN PETER SHINN, WHO IS WITH THIS UNIT, IS A FORMER NEWS REPORTER FOR BROWNFIELD AG NETWORK. HE'S POSTING UPDATES ABOUT THE UNIT ON THEIR WEBSITE. WE'LL BE SURE TO PUT A LINK TO THAT ON WWW.AGDAY.COM .

GIPSA RESEARCH:
A NEW STUDY JUST OUT FROM INFORMA ECONOMICS SAYS THE USDA'S NEW GIPSA RULE COULD COST THE COUNTRY BILLIONS. GIPSA STANDS FOR THE GRAIN INSPECTION, PACKERS AND STOCKYARDS ADMINISTRATION. THE USDA IS LOOKING TO CHANGE OR ADJUST MARKETING AGREEMENTS AND PRODUCTION CONTRACTS IN THE MEAT INDUSTRY. THE INFORMA STUDY SAYS THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE RULE IS SIGNIFICANT. IT ESTIMATES 23,000 PEOPLE WOULD LOSE THEIR JOBS, THE U.S. GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT WOULD FALL ONE AND HALF BILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR, AND TAX REVENUES WOULD DROP BY NEARLY 360 MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY. THIS IMPACT ANALYSIS WAS DONE AT THE REQUEST OF THE NATIONAL MEAT ASSOCIATION, THE NCBA, THE NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL AND THE NATIONAL TURKEY FEDERATION. WE'LL HAVE A LINK TO IT ON OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.AGDAY.COM UNDER SHOW INFO.

KS GRAIN GLUT:
HARVEST IS FINISHING UP AROUND THE COUNTRY AND IN KANSAS, IT'S BEEN A GOOD ONE. DRY WEATHER AND SOLID YIELDS HAVE PRODUCERS PLEASED, BUT IT’S ALSO CAUSING STORAGE PROBLEMS THROUGHOUT THE STATE. AS WE'VE TOLD YOU, GRAIN ELEVATORS ARE OUT OF ROOM AND PUTTING THE CROP THE ONLY PLACE THEY CAN...OUTSIDE. KIM HYNES EXPLAINS IN THIS REPORT FROM AFFILIATE KWCH. THE GREAT BEND CO-OP HAS ABOUT A HALF MILLION BUSHELS PILED OUTSIDE. IT DOESN'T EXPECT TO MAKE ROOM FOR ALL OF IT UNTIL JANUARY.

STATE BY STATE:
CHECKING HEADLINES STATE BY STATE NOW. IN MICHIGAN STATE OFFICIALS SAY ITS HAD ONE OF THE WORST EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS OUTBREAKS IN DECADES. VETERINARIANS COUNT 133 CASES WITH ALL BUT FOUR HORSES DYING FROM THE MOSQUITO BORNE DISEASE. THERE IS A VACCINE BUT OFFICIALS SAY A POOR ECONOMY HAS HORSE OWNERS CUTTING BACK. IN OHIO AG OFFICIALS ARE ENCOURAGING MORE PEOPLE TO FARM FISH. THEY SAY DEMAND IS GROWING AND OHIO IS PERFECTLY SUITED FOR AQUACULTURE. STATE LEADERS POINT OUT SEAFOOD IS THE NUMBER TWO TRADE DEFICIT IN THE U.S., SECOND ONLY TO OIL. FISH FARMERS CURRENTLY OPERATING IN OHIO SAY THE STATE SHOULD OFFER GRANTS AND LOW-INTERST LOANS TO HELP NEW PRODUCERS GET STARTED. AND IN WYOMING, NEW LEGISLATION MAY COST CATTLE GROWERS MORE MONEY. THE PROPOSED STATE LAW WOULD ASSESS AN ADDITIONAL ONE DOLLAR PER HEAD CHARGE TO HELP FUND A STATE BEEF CHECKOFF. CATTLEMEN IN WYOMING CURRENTLY PAY A DOLLAR PER HEAD TO THE NATIONAL BEEF CHECKOFF PROGRAM. THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION WOULD COLLECT AN ADDITIONAL ONE DOLLAR FEE ALL OF WHICH WOULD GO TO THE WYOMING BEEF COUNCIL.

CHINA AGCO:
IN MACHINERY MINUTE, AGCO ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK IT WILL OPEN ITS THIRD MANUFACTURING OPERATION IN CHINA. THE COMPANY SAYS CHINA IS THE WORLD'S LARGEST FARM EQUIPMENT MARKET, SO THIS OFFERS TREMENDOUS GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES. AGCO SAYS FARM CONSOLIDATION AND GOVERNMENT POLICIES ARE DRIVING AN INCREASING DEMAND IN THE HIGHER HORSEPOWER TRACTOR AND COMBINE SEGMENT.

AEM FLASH REPORT:
HERE IN THE U.S., AN IMPROVING ECONOMY IN THE AG SECTOR APPEARS EVIDENT IN THIS MONTHS AEM SALES REPORT. THE ASSOCIATION OF EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS SAYS SALES OF ALL TRACTORS IN THE U.S. FOR OCTOBER 2010 WERE UP 20-PERCENT COMPARED TO THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR. FOR THE YEAR, ALL TRACTOR SALES ARE UP 4%.  THERE WAS A DRAMATIC JUMP IN FOUR WHEEL DRIVE TRACTOR SALES, UP 82% IN A MONTH-TO-MONTH COMPARISON. FOR THE YEAR, A 27% HIKE

ANALYSIS:
MIKE NORTH

IN THE COUNTRY; WILD BIRDS:
WITH WINTER KNOCKING AT THE DOOR, IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY TO GET A JUMP ON WINTER BIRD-FEEDING. MANY OF US ENJOY WATCHING WILD BIRDS THROUGH THE COLD WINTER MONTHS. IN THIS REPORT FROM THE IOWA DNR, JOE WILKINSON HAS SOME TIPS ON HOW PEOPLE CAN ATTRACT FEATHERED-VISITORS TO YOUR BACKYARD. JOE RECOMMENDS THAT IF YOU'RE A BEGINNING-BIRD ENTHUSIAST THAT YOU GO TO A SPECIALTY BIRD-FEEDING STORE. THEY HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE TO HELP EXPLAIN WHAT SORT OF FEED WORKS IN YOUR AREA TO ATTRACT CERTAIN BIRDS. FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS UP NEXT.

TOMATOES SUPERFOOD:
IF YOU WANT TO BE HEART-HEALTHY, DON'T FORGET TO EAT YOUR TOMATOES. DETAILS IN THIS MORNING'S FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY. CONAGRA FOODS - WHICH OF COURSE SELLS A LOT OF TOMATO PRODUCTS - - PRESENTED RESEARCH FINDINGS THIS WEEK EXPLORING THE BENEFITS OF TOMATOES TO YOUR HEART. RESEARCHERS HAVE KNOWN FOR SOME TIME THE BENEFITS OF LYCOPENE, WHICH IS FOUND NATURALLY IN TOMATOES. NOW, SCIENTISTS THINK THERE'S A DISTINCT COMBINATION OF NUTRIENTS IN THE RED FRUIT WHICH CAN HAVE A VERY BIG IMPACT ON HEART DISEASE PREVENTION. ACCORDING TO A STUDY REPORTED IN THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION, LYCOPENE ABSORPTION IS TWO TO THREE TIMES GREATER IN CANNED TOMATO PRODUCTS THAN RAW TOMATOES. THE STUDY ALSO SAYS CALORIE FOR CALORIE, TOMATOES CONTAIN TWICE THE POTASSIUM OF BANANAS AND ORANGE JUICE.

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