AgDay Daily Recap - October 17, 2011

October 17, 2011 03:58 AM

OCTOBER 17, 2011

Good morning. The challenge has been issued to the next generation - how do you confront the hunger challenges of tomorrow? That was the focus of this year’s World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa. The annual conference brings together world leaders, policy makers and CEO's from the top food-making companies in the world. The gathering also honored two men who led the drastic reduction of hunger in their countries. The world food prize laureates this year are John Kufuor the former president of Ghana and Luis Lula da Silva, the former president of Brazil. Both men worked to improve food security in their nations. Clinton Griffiths has details from the symposium.

Thanks Clinton. In other news, government nutrition programs could get pared-back from their current levels as a way to reign-in federal spending. The leaders of the senate and house agriculture committees appear set to offer their recommendations on how to cut ag-spending to the so-called super committee. The suggested cuts include four billion from the nutrition programs such as "snap", or what use to be called food stamps. Those programs make up the largest share of USDA spending - at least 75%. According Pro-Farmer Washington consultant, Jim Wiesemeyer, both ag committees are poised to recommend 23 billion in net agriculture spending cuts over 10 years. Wiesemeyer says the 23 billion net cut is just a recommendation. Super committee members could always plug in a higher figure for the agriculture panels to meet.

If the forecast is true, it appears U.S. farmers will plant even more corn next year. Memphis-based Informa Economics has updated its forecast for the 2012 growing season. The analytical firm is projecting farmers will plant 93-million acres of corn. That's down about a million acres from their September guestimate, but still 1.3 million above this current year. Informa also expects soybean acreage will be up. Their revisions put the soy crop at 77 million, up more than a million from an earlier forecast and two million above this year. All wheat is pegged at 57 million, up two million over this year. And cotton is supposed to reach 12 million. That's nearly three million less than this year.

Brian Basting

There are few people or industries that are more in-tune with the weather than farmers. And there's probably no farmer more in-tune with the weather than Michigan fruit-grower Herb Teichman. Herb was recently honored by the national weather service for his commitment to the agency. A commitment than runs for five decades. Frank Waugh from AgDay affiliate WNDU-TV in South Bend, Indiana tells us rain or shine, herb takes his measurements daily - without exception. Thanks frank. And good job Herb.  Up next, do you ever get bad back pain? Up next, we'll tell you how a new video game could help determine your treatment. Ag for your health is next.

Farmers and ranchers are no strangers to back-pain. One in four Americans suffers from it. And the cost of treating them is skyrocketing. Some experts say not all back pain is the same - and in many cases, treatment can be avoided all together. To prove their point, they're using a group of nurses and a video game. Clark Powell has details in this report from Ohio State University Medical Center. Ohio State researchers spent more than a decade developing the computers that build the 3-D models of a person's spine. That's all the time we have this morning. We're glad you tuned in.

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