AgDay Daily Recap - November 17, 2011

November 17, 2011 04:55 AM

NOVEMBER 17, 2011

The days are quickly counting down for the super committee to release their plan for cutting the deficit by 1.2 trillion dollars. Their deadline is next Wednesday. Various committees, including agriculture, are giving their recommendations to the gang of 12. Agday's Michelle Rook says this could lead to an unprecedented way of writing the farm bill. Before the final plan can be submitted to the super committee it also has to be scored by the congressional budget office. House ag ranking member Colin Peterson said the score that came back on Tuesday from CBO exceeded the threshold set by the super committee and so they still have some trimming to do to the bill.

In our Beef Today report, the Department of Labor is still taking comments on a proposed regulation that makes it illegal for kids 16 or younger to work on a farm or ranch that doesn't belong to their parents. The fifty page rule is finding critics who say it’s preventing parents and grandparents from teaching kids valuable skills. The language says that only a son or daughter can work on a parent’s personal farm or ranch. For work off the parents property youngsters are limited--included are rules like no working with intact male cattle, horses or swine. No assisting in animal husbandry that might inflict pain, like branding, breeding, dehorning etc. And no hired kids herding animals on horseback. The comment period at the department of labor ends December first.

The USDA's monthly cattle on feed report comes out Friday. Allendale expects the number of cattle on feed to be about 3% higher than last year.  Placements are projected down 4 percent on tighter supplies.

And the number of cattle imported to the U.S. is expected to be smaller in 2011. The latest estimate puts the number at just over 2 million head--down about 10 percent from last year.

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One of the key reasons we started "Outdoors on the Farm" was to show you how land-owners are finding ways to create the perfect balance between nature's creatures and the land they thrive on. Sometimes - however - that balance doesn't always produce the most desired results. Pro Farmer editor Chip Flory takes us to Minnesota Lakes, Minnesota for our story. Tomorrow on our final stop, Chip takes us Outdoors for a turkey hunt with Country music star, Justin Moore. Find out how this team of hunters did on this northern Michigan property.

In food and your family how much time do you spend eating or drinking on an average day. A new study from the Department of Agriculture says for most American's it’s about two and half hours per day. The report looked at people age 15 and older over three years. Of that two and half hours eating or drinking only about half of that time was spent doing it as the primary activity. The rest of the time people ate or drank while doing something else, like watching TV, driving or working. About 11% of the population spent at least 4 and a half hours eating or drinking. The study also found obese individuals spent more than 3 hours a day watching television.

And you know avocado's as green. A dark green skin and light green innards--great for dips and salads. Now food scientists say crushing the avocado seed along with air generates an orange color that may one day find uses as natural food coloring. The Penn State study was published in the Journal Food Science. The discovery may provide value added opportunities for avocado growers and processors.

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