AgDay Daily Recap - November 22, 2010

November 22, 2010 02:29 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
NOVEMBER 22, 2010

SENATE AG STABENOW:
MICHIGAN'S DEBBIE STABENOW IS SET TO CHAIR THE U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, NUTRITION AND FORESTRY. SHE'LL TAKE OVER FOR ARKANSAS SENATOR BLANCHE LINCOLN WHO LOST HER RE-ELECTION BID THREE WEEKS AGO. AS WE REPORTED THE CHOICE CAME DOWN TO STABENOW OR NORTH DAKOTA SENATOR KENT CONRAD. UNDER HER REIGN, THE COMMITTEE WILL BE WRITING A NEW FARM BILL. BUT AS AGDAY'S MICHELLE ROOK TELLS US, THAT'S NOT THE ONLY CHALLENGE. FARM GROUPS SAY THEY'LL BE BUSY EDUCATING THE LARGE NUMBER OF FRESHMAN REPRESENTATIVES ABOUT AGRICULTURE.

ETHANOL:
IT APPEARS THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY WILL DELAY A DECISION ON WHETHER GASOLINE BLENDED WITH 15% ETHANOL IS SAFE FOR OLDER VEHICLES. THE RULING WOULD APPLY TO CARS AND LIGHT TRUCKS BUILT BETWEEN 2001 AND 2006. LAST MONTH THE EPA APPROVED THE HIGHER BLENDS IN CARS BUILT SINCE 2007. ACCORDING TO REUTERS, THE EPA WANTS UP TO ONE MORE MONTH OF TESTING ON THE EFFECTS OF E-15 GASOLINE ON ENGINES. THE RENEWABLE FUELS ASSOCIATION SAYS THE DELAY IS UNDERSTANDABLE. RFA SAYS IT BELIEVES THE FUEL TESTING TO DATE CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES THE EFFICACY OF E15 AS A MOTOR FUEL.

ANGUS WINTER GRAZING:
CATTLE GROWERS AROUND THE COUNTRY ARE PREPARING FOR COLDER WEATHER. NUTRITIONISTS REMIND PRODUCERS NOT TO FORGET THE FEED. AS SUMMER PASTURES TURN BROWN PRODUCERS WILL ONCE AGAIN ROLL OUT THE FEED TRUCK. BE IT HAY OR SUPPLEMENT, CATTLE NEED THE EXTRA EFFORT TO MAINTAIN BODY CONDITION DURING THE WINTER MONTHS. RECENTLY I SPOKE TO A NUTRION EXPERT AT THE AMERICAN ANGUS ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL CONVENTION OF DELEGATES IN LOUISVILLE. SHE SAYS WHEN IT COMES TO WINTER FEEDING, IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW YOUR HERD AND YOUR FEED. IF YOU FEED HAY IN BIG BALES, EXPERTS SAY CATTLE PREFER THE OFTEN HIGHER QUALITY CENTER OF THE BALE RATHER THAN THE EDGE. IT’S RECOMMENDED PRODUCERS UNROLL THE BALE TO MAKE SURE EVEN THE TIMID COWS GET A CHANCE AT EATING QUALITY FORAGE.

HARVEST OF THANKS:
THIS WEEK FAMILIES WILL GATHER TO GIVE THANKS FOR THE MANY BLESSINGS WE HAVE. FOR RURAL AMERICA, THOSE BLESSINGS ARE FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND A BOUNTIFUL CROP. ONCE AGAIN, WE'RE TAKING TIME TO CELEBRATE THE BEST THAT AMERICAN AGRICULTURE HAS TO OFFER. THIS THANKSGIVING, WE HOPE YOU JOIN US FOR "HARVEST OF THANKS". WE'LL PROFILE GROWERS FROM INDIANA, KANSAS, NEBRASKA, NORTH DAKOTA. PLEASE JOIN US THURSDAY.

ANALYSIS:
ANDY SHISSLER

IN THE COUNTRY; TEXAS VITICULTURE:
WINE GRAPES THAT FLOURISH IN CERTAIN PARTS OF EUROPE JUST MIGHT EXCEL IN WEST TEXAS. RESEARCHERS AT TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY ARE EVALUATING WINE GRAPES AT A RESEARCH VINEYARD NEAR LUBBOCK. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY TECH, LESLIE CRANFORD HAS DETAILS FROM THE LONE-STAR STATE. THANKS LESLIE. NEXT, FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY LOOKS AT A NEW TEST THAT COULD SPEED-UP TESTING WHEN IT COMES TO A SALMONELLA OUTBREAK. IT'S AN IMPORTANT TOOL IN FOOD SAFETY, NEXT ON AGDAY.

SALMONELLA TESTING:
SOMETIMES, THERE IS SUCH A THING AS A BAD EGG. DETAILS ABOUT A NEW TEST TO SPOT SALMONELLA IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY. A UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI FOOD SCIENCE RESEARCHER CREATED A NEW DNA TEST THAT WILL HELP THE POULTRY INDUSTRY FIND CHICKEN AND EGGS CONTAMINATED WITH THE BACTERIA BEFORE IT GETS TO MARKET. MU CREATED THE NEW TEST METHOD THAT'S MUCH FASTER...RESULTS WITHIN 12 HOURS COMPARED TO FIVE DAYS WITH TRADITIONAL METHODS. SALMONELLA CURRENTLY CAUSES MORE FOOD POISONING IN THE U.S. THAN ANY OTHER ILLNESS, ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL. THE MU RAPID SALMONELLA TEST CAN DETERMINE IF A RECALL OF EGGS OR POULTRY IS ACTUALLY NECESSARY. THE NEW METHOD ADDS A DYE TO THE DNA SAMPLE BEFORE IT'S TESTED. DEAD CELLS ABSORB THE DYE LEAVING BEHIND THE LIVE SALMONELLA FOR DETECTION. THE MU RESEARCHER HOPES THE POULTRY INDUSTRY WILL ADOPT THE NEW SAFEGUARD TESTING METHOD. THE CDC ESTIMATES THAT ABOUT 400 PEOPLE DIE EACH YEAR FROM SALMONELLA INFECTIONS.

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