AgDay Daily Recap - October 15, 2010

October 15, 2010 10:04 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
OCTOBER 15, 2010

E15 APPROVAL:
THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF OPINIONS ABOUT EPA'S DECISION THAT ALLOWS THE AMOUNT OF ETHANOL BLENDED INTO GASOLINE TO BE BOOSTED TO 15%. LIVESTOCK GROUPS AND THE FOOD INDUSTRY ARE ADAMANT IN THEIR OPPOSITION. THEY SAY IT WILL BOOST CORN PRICES THAT WILL FORCE SOME BEEF, DAIRY AND PORK PRODUCERS OUT OF BUSINESS. ON THE PRO-ETHANOL SIDE, THERE'S SOME DISAPPOINTMENT. AS WE FIRST REPORTED YESTERDAY, THE APPROVAL IS ONLY FOR AUTOS BUILT SINCE 2007. AGDAY'S MICHELLE ROOK TALKS TO SOME OF THE KEY PLAYERS IN ETHANOL. ETHANOL GROUPS SAY THE BIGGER VICTORY COULD COME WHEN, AND IF, EPA APPROVES 2001 TO 2006 VEHICLES LATER THIS YEAR. THOSE CARS REPRESENT NEARLY HALF THE CARS ON THE ROAD. HOWEVER, AS FAR AS 2001 AND OLDER VEHICLES, THEY'RE NOT SURE EPA WILL EVEN CONSIDER A WAIVER FOR THOSE CARS.

SOUTH KOREA FTA:
IN OTHER NEWS, THE WHITE HOUSE MAY PUT SOME ADDITIONAL PRESSURE ON CONGRESS TO APPROVE A FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH SOUTH KOREA THAT, AFTER KOREA SIGNED ITS FTA WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION LAST WEEK. THE U.S. ALREADY HAS A SIGNED FTA, BUT CONGRESS HAS YET TO VOTE ON IT. SOUTH KOREAN AMBASSADOR HAN DUCK SOO SAYS EU'S ACTION MAY EXPEDITE THE RATIFICATION OF THE U.S. AGREEMENT. PRESIDENT OBAMA IS SET TO TRAVEL TO SOUTH KOREA NEXT MONTH FOR THE G-20 ECONOMIC SUMMIT.

STATE BY STATE:
NOW HERE ARE OTHER FARM HEADLINES, STATE BY STATE, IN TEXAS USDA PLANS TO OPEN A THIRD TEMPORARY LIVESTOCK INSPECTION FACILITY ALONG THE MEXICAN ORDER. IN MARCH, USDA SUSPENDED INSPECTIONS AT USDA OFFICES LOCATED IN NORTHERN MEXICO DUE TO DRUG CARTEL VIOLENCE. BECAUSE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING TRADE, USDA OPENED TWO TEMPORARY SITES IN SOUTH TEXAS TO INSPECT LIVESTOCK COMING INTO THE U.S. IN OTHER USDA NEWS, THE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED PLANS THURSDAY TO OPEN A NEW OPERATIONS CENTER NEAR ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI. USDA SAYS IT WILL BE A CENTRALIZED DATA COLLECTION FOR "NASS". AG SECRETARY VILSACK SAYS IT'S PART OF THE AGENCY'S EFFORTS TO STREAMLINE OPERATION. IT WILL EMPLOY 100 FULL-TIME AND 300 PART-TIME EMPLOYEES. AND IN NEW YORK, SUFFOLK COUNTY IS CREATING WHAT THEY BELIEVE IS THE NATION'S FIERST PUBLIC DATA-BASE OF ANIMAL CRUELTY CONVICTS. IT'S SIMILAR TO REGISTRY FOR SEX OFFENDERS. PEOPLE CONVICTED OF ANIMAL CRUELTY WILL HAVE TO REGISTER OR FACE JAIL TIME AND FINES. THE REGISTRY WILL HAVE OPEN ACCESS TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO SEE IF ANIMAL ABUSERS LIVE NEAR BY. MORE THAN A DOZEN OTHER STATES HAVE INTRODUCED SIMILAR LEGISLATION.

ANALYSIS:
GARY WILHELMI

MARKETING RALLY:
THE TWO-DAY EVENT IS SET FOR DECEMBER 1ST AND 2ND AT THE PHEASANT RUN RESORT IN ST. CHARLES, ILLINOIS. FOR ALL THE DETAILS, GIVE US A CALL OR HEAD ONLINE TO WWW.MARKETINGRALLY.COM . I HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US.

IN THE COUNTRY; TEXAS FLOWERS:
WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT TEXAS AGRICULTURE, YOU PROBABLY THINK ABOUT CATTLE, COTTON, AND SORGHUM. BUT THE INDUSTRY IS MUCH MORE DIVERSE THAN THAT IN THE LONE STAR STATE. AGDAY REGIONAL REPORTER ERICA GOSS TAKES US TO AN UN-CONVENTIONAL FARM OUTSIDE LUBBOCK WHERE BUSINESS IS "BLOOMIN". FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT, BUT FIRST LET'S CHECK OUT THIS WEEK'S INSTALLMENT OF RUBES FRIDAY FUNNIES.

FOOD LABELING:
WOULD FRONT-OF-PACK LABELING BE MORE USEFUL IF THEY FOCUSED ON CALORIES, FATS AND SODIUM? SOME ANSWERS IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY. THE INSTITUTES OF MEDICINE JUST COMPLETED A STUDY THAT SAYS CONSUMERS WOULD GET MORE HEALTH BENEFITS IF THE FRONT LABEL HAD MORE-SPECIFIC NUTRITION FACTS. RIGHT NOW, THE LABELS ON THE FRONT OF FOOD PACKAGING ARE NOT REGULATED BY THE FDA. THE IOM SAYS A PROFILERATION OF HEALTH CLAIMS BY MANUFACTURERS CAN CONFUSE THE PUBLIC ABOUT NUTRITION INFORMATION. THE INSTITUTE SAYS IF LABEL SCHEMES ARE INTENDED TO HELP CONSUMERS MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES, IT IS IMPORTANT THEY REFLECT THE MOST COMMON HEALTH CONCERNS OF AMERICANS - - LIKE OBESITY, HEART DISEASE AND TYPE TWO DIABETES. IOM WANTS THE FDA TO REQUIRE LABELS THAT ARE CLEAR AND CONSISTENT BETWEEN FOOD MAKERS.

WATERMELON HEART:
IF YOU HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE IN YOUR FAMILY, YOU MAY WANT TO ADD WATERMELON TO YOUR DIET. FOOD SCIENTISTS AT FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY SAY WATERMELON MAY BE AN EFFECTIVE WEAPON AGAINST PRE-HYPERTENSION, WHICH IS THE PRE-CURSOR TO CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE. IT'S THE FIRST INVESTIGATION OF ITS KIND. THE RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT SIX GRAMS OF WATERMELON-EXTRACT TAKEN FOR SIX WEEKS INCREASED BLOOD FLOW THROUGH THE AORTA. BETTER BLOOD-FLOW MEANS LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE. THEY PLAN TO STUDY A MUCH LARGER GROUP OF PEOPLE IN THE NEXT ROUND OF TESTING.

 

 


 

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