AgDay Daily Recap - September 16, 2011

September 16, 2011 08:15 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
SEPTEMBER 16, 2011

INFRASTRUCTURE:
PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ADDRESS TO THE NATION ABOUT WAYS TO CREATE JOBS AND JUMP-START THE ECONOMY INCLUDED 100-BILLION DOLLARS OF GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS. AGRICULTURE IS KEENLY AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD ROADS, STRONG BRIDGES AND MODERN LOCKS DAMS ON RIVERS.

OBAMA SPEECH:
DURING HIS ADDRESS BEFORE CONGRESS, THE PRESIDENT CALLED ON LAWMAKERS TO PASS THE "AMERICANS JOB ACT" RIGHT NOW. HE SAYS IT WOULD BE A "JOLT FOR THE STALLED ECONOMY." THE PRESIDENT SAYS FIXING THE NATION'S HIGHWAYS AND RIVER SYSTEMS IS PART OF THE PLAN. OF COURSE, THE JOBS ACT COMES WITH A HEFTY PRICE TAG - ABOUT 447-BILLION DOLLARS. SO, HOW IT GETS PAID FOR IS THE CENTER OF MUCH DEBATE.

INFRASTRUCTURE BUDGET:
FARM GROUPS HAVE BEEN CALLING ON WASHINGTON FOR MUCH NEEDED UPGRADES TO THE NATION'S HIGHWAYS, WATERWAYS, AND RAILROADS. THEY ARE A VITAL LINK FOR AMERICAN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS TO GET TO EXPORT MARKETS. BECAUSE OF THAT IMPORTANCE, OUR PARTNERS AT FARM JOURNAL MEDIA WILL BE PUTTING ADDITIONAL ATTENTION TOWARDS INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE MONTHS TO COME. SENATOR KLOBUCHAR SAYS LAWMAKERS ARE ALSO LOOKING AT THE IDEA OF A TRANSPORTATION BANK WHERE A PRIVATE-PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP WOULD HELP FUND SOME OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS. RECENTLY I TALKED WITH ALAN KEMPER, PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION, ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGES IN THIS COUNTRY. INFRASTRUCTURE IS ALSO GETTING ATTENTION ON A GLOBAL SCALE. ACCORDING TO A REPORT IN REUTERS, FINANCE MINISTERS FROM THE G-20 WILL MEET NEXT WEEK TO DISCUSS BOOSTING INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING. THE LEADERS SAY THAT'S A KEY ELEMENT IN INCREASING AGRICULTURAL OUTPUT.

LIVESTOCK GROUPS AT WASHINGTON:
MEANWHILE PLANS TO HELP IMPROVE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE ETHANOL INDUSTRY ARE COMING UNDER FIRE FROM THE LIVESTOCK SECTOR. PRO-ETHANOL GROUPS ARE PUSHING FOR FEDERAL DOLLARS TO BE SPENT ON ADDITIONAL FLEX-FUEL PUMPS AT SERVICE STATIONS. PRODUCERS FROM BEEF, PORK AND POULTRY GROUPS TESTIFIED BEFORE A HOUSE AG SUB-COMMITTEE ON WEDNESDAY. THEY SAID FEDERAL ETHANOL POLICIES ARE HURTING THEIR ABILITY TO GET AFFORDABLE FEED. WHILE THE HEARING FOCUSED ON THE GRAIN SUPPLY, ONE TURKEY PRODUCER SAID THE ETHANOL INDUSTRY SHOULD BE PROFITABLE ENOUGH PAY FOR ITS OWN INFRASTRUCTURE.

BAYER R&D:
IN AGRIBUSINESS BAYER SAYS IT’S PLANNING TO DOUBLE DOWN ON RESEARCH AND DEVLEOPMENT. THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY IT WILL DOUBLE SPENDING ON BIOSCIENCE AND RESEARCH.  BAYER SAYS ITS AGRICULTURE UNIT WILL BE SPENDING A HALF BILLION DOLLARS BY 2015. IT’S PART OF A GROWTH PLAN FOR THE GERMAN BASED DRUGS AND CHEMICAL MAKER. BAYER EXPECTS SALES OF SEEDS, TRAITS AND CROP PROTECTION PRODUCTS FOR FRUITS AND VEGETABLES TO HIT 4.1 BILLION DOLLARS BY THE YEAR 2020. IT ALSO PLANS TO STOP SELLING CLASS-ONE INSECTICIDES BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR.

ANALYSIS:
GARY WILHELMI

IN THE COUNTRY; RIVER CLAMMING:
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR FAVORITE RIVER OR STREAM IS HEALTHY? ONE WAY IS TO DIG-UP RARE MUSSELS - OR CLAMS. WHAT'S INSIDE THOSE HARD-SHELLED CREATURES IS A CRITICAL WATER-QUALITY INDICATOR. IN THIS REPORT FROM THE IOWA DNR, JOE WILKINSON PADDLES ALONG AS CLAMMERS FEEL THEIR WAY ALONG THE RIVER BOTTOMS. THANKS JOE. JOE SAYS THE CLAMMING TEAMS FOUND SPECIMENS FROM MORE THAN A DOZEN MUSSEL SPECIES IN THIS ONE RIVER. THAT DATA WILL HELP BIOLOGISTS DETERMINE BEST PRACTICES TO IMPROVE THE ODDS OF SURVIVAL. UP NEXT, COTTONSEED IS LOOKING TO BECOME MORE THAN

EDIBLE COTTON SEED:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY THIS MORNING...WE KNOW ABOUT COTTON YOU WEAR BUT WHAT COTTON YOU EAT? SCIENTISTS SAY THAT'S POSSIBLE THANKS TO NEW VARIETIES THAT ARE TOXIN FREE. COTTON SEED CONTAINS GOSSYPOL--A NATURAL TOXIN PRODUCED BY GLANDS IS FOUND IN MOST VARIETIES MAKING ALL OF THE PLANT'S TISSUE, EVEN THE SEEDS INEDIBLE BY HUMANS AND MOST ANIAMLS. WHILE IT’S USED IN LIMITED SUPPLY IN SOME CATTLE FEEDS--COTTON SEEDS JUST AREN'T WORTH MUCH. WELL NEW RESEARCH IS LOOKING AT GLANDLESS GOSSYPOL FREE COTTON VARIETIES WHICH MAY ONE DAY OPEN THE DOOR TO NEW USES. BECAUSE THE PLANTS ARE DUAL PRODUCERS-- OF BOTH LINT AND SEEDS--THE CROP BECOMES MORE VALUEABLE.  GOSSYPOL FREE COTTON COULD BE USED FOR THINGS LIKE COOKING OILS, MAKING GRANOLA BARS, COTTONSEED BUTTER, AND OF COURSE ANIMAL FEED.

POTATO EXPORTS:
AND FINALLY THIS MORNING, SWEET SUCCESS FOR U.S. POTATOS ON THE EXPORT MARKET. THE U.S. POTATO BOARD SAYS EXPORTS OF AMERICAN SPUDS AND POTATO PRODUCTS SET RECORDS IN FISCAL YEAR 2010 AND 2011. EXPORTS TOTALED ABOUT ONE POINT 3 BILLION DOLLARS AND ALMOST ONE POINT FOUR MILLION METRIC TONS. ALL TOLD NEARLY 16% OF THE TOTAL U.S. PRODUCTION LEFT AMERICAN BORDERS.

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