AgDay Daily Recap - November 8, 2010

November 8, 2010 09:24 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
NOVEMBER 8, 2010

VILSACK:
THE ISSUE OF GETTING NEW FARMERS A START IN AGRICULTURE IS AN ON-GOING FOCUS IN WASHINGTON. AND THAT IS NOT LIKELY TO CHANGE. IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW FOR AGDAY, PRO FARMER'S ROGER BERNARD DISCUSSES BEGINNING FARMERS WITH AG SECRETARY TOM VILSACK. YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT ROGER'S INDEPTH INTERVIEW WITH SECRETARY VILSACK IN THE UPCOMING ISSUE OF TOP PRODUCER MAGAZINE.

KORIA FTA OBAMA:
AS PRESIDENT OBAMA SETS-OUT ON HIS TEN DAY ASIAN TOUR, AG-RELATED TRADE ISSUES COULD CROSS THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. ACCORDING TO ROGER, A DEAL ASSOCIATED WITH THE KOREAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT COULD BE ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK. THE WHITE HOUSE HOPES TO FINALIZE SOME DEALS PRIOR TO THE G-20 SUMMIT. AS YOU MAY KNOW, THE KOREA FTA IS AWAITING CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL. SOURCES TELL PRO FARMER THAT THE FTA MAY INCLUDE SOME CHANGES RELEVANT TO AUTO AND BEEF ISSUES.

USDA REPORTS:
ALSO COMING-UP THIS WEEK, USDA WILL RELEASE ITS CROP PRODUCTION AND SUPPLY-DEMAND REPORTS ON TUESDAY. THAT DATA WILL SHOW NOT ONLY THE CROP SIZE, BUT USEAGE OF THE GRAIN. YOU'LL BE ABLE TO ACCESS THOSE REPORTS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THEIR RELEASE AT www.agweb.com .

FSA ELECTION:
FARM SERVICE AGENCY ELECTIONS ARE NOW UNDERWAY IN YOUR LOCAL FSA OFFICE. THESE COUNTY COMMITTEE MEMBERS PROVIDE INPUT ON NEW DISASTER AND CONSERVATION PROGRAMS. USDA STARTED MAILING BALLOTS TO ELIGIBLE VOTERS ON FIRDAY. THE DEADLINE TO RETURN THEM IN DECEMBER 6TH. TO BE AN ELIGIBLE VOTER, FARMERS AND RANCHERS MUST PARTICIPATE OR COOPERATE IN AN FSA PROGRAM. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A BALLOT IN THE MAIL, YOU CAN GET ONE AT YOUR LOCAL USDA SERVICE CENTER. THE NEWLY ELECTED COMMITTEE WILL TAKE OFFICE ON JANUARY FIRST.

AGWEB POLL:
AND AS WE ALL STILL RECOVER FROM THE RECENT GENERAL ELECTION, THE FOLKS AT AGWEB ARE WONDERING "WHICH POLITICAL PARTY DO YOU THINK YOU MOST CLOSELY ASSOCIATE WITH?" DEMOCRAT, REPUBLICAN, TEA PARTY, OR NONE. OF COURSE, THE EDITORS REALIZE THERE ARE OTHER PARTIES OUT THERE. BUT FOR THIS UN-SCIENTIFIC POLL, IT FOCUSES ON THOSE THREE. TO VOTE, GO ONLINE TO AGWEB AND SCROLL DOWN THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE SCREEN, AND CLICK ON THE POLL. WE'LL HAVE THE RESULTS NEXT WEEK FOR YOU. HERE ARE THE RESULTS OF LAST WEEK'S AGWEB POLL QUESTION WHICH ASKED "HAVE YOU MADE YOUR SEED DECISIONS FOR 2011?" IT'S AN EVEN SPLIT BETWEEN YES AND NO. BOTH ARE ABOUT 40%. 20% OF YOU SAID "SOMEWHAT".

STATE BY STATE:
HERE ARE TODAY'S STATE BY STATE HEADLINES. OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR BRAD HENRY IS ASKING AG SECRETARY VILSAK TO DESIGNATE ALL 77 OKLAHOMA COUNTIES A FEDERAL DISASTER. THE GOVERNOR SAYS EXTREME WEATHER AND DROUGHT CONDITIONS CAUSED SERIOUS PROBLEMS FOR THE STATE'S AG INDUSTRY. IF APPROVED IT MAKES OKLAHOMA PRODUCERS ELIGIBLE FOR LOW-INTEREST LOANS TO COVER LOSSES CAUSED BY THE WILD WEATHER. IN NORTH CAROLINA THE STATE IS CELEBRATING ITS SWEET SUCCESS WITH SWEET POTATOS.  THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES HAS DECLARED NOVEMBER SWEET POTATO MONTH. NORTH CAROLINA PRODUCES NEARLY 50% OF THE COUNTRY'S YAMS. THIS YEAR FARMERS GREW 50,000 ACRES WORTH MORE THAN 175-MILLION DOLLARS. AND IN PENNSYLVANIA, STATE OFFICIALS SAY THERE'S NO SIGN OF A SEVERE FRUIT TREE VIRUS. AT ONE TIME PLUM POX COVERED NEARLY 300 SQUARE MILES AND FORCED THE DESTRUCTION OF 1,700 ACRES OF THE STATE'S ORCHARDS. STATE OFFICIALS SAY RECENT CHECKS CONFIRM PENNSYLVANIA IS STILL FREE OF THE BLIGHT...ALTHOUGH A COUPLE OF NURSERY'S REMAIN UNDER QUARANTINE FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER COUPLE OF YEARS.

MARKETING RALLY:
IN AGRIBUSINESS, TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO REGISTER FOR THE 2010 MARKETING RALLY. THE TWO DAY SESSION TAKES PLACE AT PHESANT RUN RESORT IN ST. CHARLES, ILLINOIS ON DECEMBER FIRST AND SECOND. WE'LL HAVE 16 OF THE BEST GRAIN MARKETERS IN THE COUNTRY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS, INCLUDING TODAY'S ANALYST MIKE NORTH OF FIRST CAPITOL AG. GO TO WWW.MARKETINGRALLY.COM TO LEARN MORE. AND NOW HERE'S AL.

ANALYSIS:
MIKE NORTH

IN THE COUNTRY; GRILLING CHAMPS:
WITH MILD TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE COUNTRY EVERYONE IS TRYING SQUEEZE IN A FEW MORE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES. THAT INCLUDES FIRING UP THE BARBEQUE. BUT GRILLING GREATNESS ISN'T JUST FOR GROWNUPS. 4-HERS IN ONE TENNESSEE TOWN ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR AWARD WINNING MEAT COOKING SKILLLS. CHUCK DENNEY INVITES US TO DINNER IN THIS REPORT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE. THANKS CHUCK THE HENRY COUNTY TEAM WILL SOON REPRESENT TENNESSEE AT A NATIONAL GRILLING CONTEST IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY. COMING UP ON AG FOR YOUR HEALTH, SAFETY DURING HUNTING SEASON REQUIRES PAYING ATTENTION ON THE GROUND AND IN THE AIR. I'LL EXPLAIN AFTER THE BREAK.

HUNTING SAFETY:
THIS TIME OF YEAR MILLIONS OF HUNTERS FAN OUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN SEARCH OF GAME LIKE DEER, TURKEY OR PHEASANT.  UNFORTUNATELY, SOME OF THEM WILL END UP IN THE HOSPITAL....A VICTIM OF A HUNTING ACCIDENT. IN TODAY'S AG FOR YOUR HEALTH, IF YOU THINK GUNS ARE MOSTLY TO BLAME, YOU'D BE WRONG. CLARK POWELL EXPLAINS IN THIS REPORT FROM OHIO STATE'S UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER. HUNTERS ARE REMINDED TO FOLLOW STATE LAWS WHEN IT COMES TO THE PROPER SAFETY GEAR, SUCH AS PUTTING ON YOUR BLAZE ORANGE.

CONTACT PAGE:
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