AgDay Daily Recap - November 12, 2010

November 12, 2010 03:50 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
NOVEMBER 12, 2010

EHTANOL USE:
IN OCTOBER ETHANOL PRODUCTION SET A RECORD. BUT RAISING GRAIN PRICES AND SHRINKING SUPPLIES HAS SOME ECONOMISTS CALLING CURRENT PRODUCTION LEVELS UNSUSTAINABLE. THE MOST RECENT USDA REPORT PROJECTS US CORN CARRYOVER AROUND 800 BILLION BUSHELS. THAT'S THE LOWEST SURPLUS IN 15 YEARS. CURRENTLY ETHANOL PRODUCERS ARE PROCESSING MORE THAN 13 MILLION BUSHELS OF CORN DAILY. BUT HOW LONG CAN IT LAST? TODD GLEASON FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS TALKS WITH ONE ECONOMIST WHO SAYS AT THE CURRENT PACE, THERE'S NOT ENOUGH CORN TO GO AROUND. THANKS TODD. GOOD SAYS ONE THING THAT MAY CHANGE PRODUCTION IS THE ETHANOL BLENDERS TAX CREDIT. IT’S SET TO EXPIRE AFTER THE FIRST OF THE YEAR. HE SAYS AS GRAIN PRICES RISE, SO DOES THE PRICE OF ETHANOL...IT’S NOW CLOSE TO OR HIGHER THAN GAS PRICES. WITHOUT THE CREDIT, CURRENT ETHANOL PRICES MAKE BLENDING IT INTO GASOLINE A LOSING PROPOSITION.

DAIRY CONFERENCE:
WHATEVER ROLE ETHANOL MAY PLAY IN HIGHER CORN PRICES DIRECTLY IMPACTS THE BOTTOM LINE OF LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS. THAT WAS A POPULAR TOPIC THIS WEEK AT THE ELITE PRODUCER BUSINESS CONFERENCE HOSTED BY OUR PARTNERS AT DAIRY TODAY MAGAZINE. WITH THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN AND HIGHER FEED COSTS, PRODUCERS ARE LOOKING FOR ANSWERS. SWANSON SAYS TOO MANY PRODUCERS RELY TOO HEAVILY ON MARKETING EXPERTS. HE SAYS PRODUCERS MUST TAKE FULL OWNERSHIP TO EVERY PART OF THEIR BUSINESS - WHETHER IT'S GETTING THE BEST PRICE FOR MILK OR BUYING THE GRAIN TO FEED THE HERD.

STATE BY STATE:
HERE ARE SOME OTHER FARM HEADLINES - - STATE BY STATE. IN ARIZONA, THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR HAS FINED A YUMA COUNTY FARM FOR USING CHILD LABOR. INVESTIGATORS FOUND SEVEN CHILDREN AGES 9 TO 13 WORKING ON THE PROPERTY THIS SUMMER DURING OKRA HARVEST. THE FARM IS BEING FINED 48,000 DOLLARS IN CIVIL PENALTIES. IN NORTH CAROLINA, THE STATE'S COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE SAYS LAWMAKERS CAN GO FIND MONEY SOMEWHERE ELSE. GOVERNOR BEVERLY PERDUE ASKED STATE AGENCIES TO PROVIDE A LIST OF WAYS TO CUT COSTS. BUT COMMISSIONER STEVE TROXLER SAYS HIS GROUP ALREADY RUNS EFFICIENTLY--OPERATING WITH NEARLY THE SAME BUDGET FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS. HE SAYS ITS BETTER TO WAIT UNTIL THE STATE GOVERNMENT GETS REORGANIZED--FOLLOWING THE RECENT ELECTIONS. AND IN MONTANA...RANCHERS ARE A BIT SKEPTICAL OVER THE STATE'S LATEST PLAN TO PROTECT CATTLE AND DOMESTIC BISON HERDS FROM CONTRACTING BRUCELLOSIS. THE PLANS REQUIRES PRODUCERS IN FOUR SOUTHWEST COUNTIES TO VACCINATE AND TEST FOR THE DISEASE EVERY YEAR. RIGHT NOW THE STATE HELPS COVER THE COST FOR TESTING. BUT WITH STATE BUDGETS IN TROUBLE, THERE'S CONCERN THE LEGISLATURE WON'T CONTINUE TO FUND THE PROGRAM.

ANALYSIS:
GARY WILHELMI

IN THE COUNTRY; FARM TO FORK:
ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THE COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE HAS BEEN TRYING TO EDUCATE KIDS IN URBAN SETTINGS ABOUT THE SOURCE OF THEIR FOOD. FOR THE PAST FEW DECADES, THERE'S BEEN A GROWING DIS-CONNECT BETWEEN THOSE TWO SIDES OF SOCIETY. BUT WITH A GROWING INTEREST IN "BUYING LOCAL", THERE SEEMS T O BE A SLIGHT SHIFT. IN THIS REPORT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY, JEFF FRANKLIN SAYS 4TH GRADERS ARE LEARNING ABOUT "FARM TO FORK".  THANKS JEFF. JEFF SAYS SIGMON FARMS IS KNOWN FOR HAVING A VARIETY OF HOME GROWN PRODUCTS. THEY ALSO PRODUCE ALFALFA, CATTLE, HOGS AND GOATS. FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT. BUT FIRST IT'S TIME TO CATCH-UP ON THE LATEST WORK OF FARM JOURNAL HUMOR-OLOGIST AND SYNDICATED CARTOONIST LEIGH RUBIN.

HEALTHY MENU ITEMS:
IN TODAY'S FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, HEALTHY EATERS OFTEN SAY IT’S HARD TO STICK WITH THEIR HEALTHY PLAN AT A RESTAURANT. IN FACT NEARLY HALF OF CONSUMERS SAY THEY WANT HEALTHIER MENU ITEMS.  THE PROBLEM IS ONLY 25% OF PEOPLE ACTUALLY CONSIDER ORDERING HEALTHY FOOD WHEN THEY EAT OUT. THIS COMES FROM A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY FOOD INDUSTRY CONSULTING FIRM TECNOMIC. THE REPORT SAYS CONSUMER'S EATING BEHAVIOR IS SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT AT HOME THAN AWAY FROM HOME. TWO OUT OF FIVE SAY THEY EAT VERY HEALTHY AT HOME. NOW RESTAURANTS MUST FIGURE OUT WHY THAT BEHAVIOR DOESN'T TRANSLATE TO THE AWAY FROM HOME EXPERIENCE.

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