AgDay Daily Recap -August 14, 2013

August 14, 2013 04:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

AUGUST 14, 2013

 

ZILMAX:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. ANIMAL HEALTH CARE COMPANY MERCK DEVELOPS AN ACTION PLAN TO ADDRESS CONCERNS BY ONE OF ITS BIGGEST CUSTOMERS - TYSON FOODS.

CHIPOTLE CHANGES:

MEANWHILE IT APPEARS BURRITO-MAKER, CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL, IS CHANGING SOME OF ITS POLICIES REGARDING BEEF TREATED WITH ANTIBIOTICS. ACCORDING TO A REPORT IN BLOOMBERG, CHIPOTLE WILL START ALLOWING THE USE OF BEEF TREATED WITH ANTIOBIOTICS IF IT WAS USED TO TREAT AN ILLNESS. PREVIOUSLY, THE RESTAURANT CHAIN HAD 'ZERO TOLERANCE' FOR ANY BEEF THAT HAD BEEN ON ANY ANTIBIOTICS - WHETHER TO PREVENT DISEASE OR HELP GAIN WEIGHT. BLOOMBERG SAY THE CHANGE WAS DUE TO A SUPPLY SHORTAGE OF BEEF BROUGHT ON BY DROUGHT THE PAST THREE YEARS.

DROUGHT LINGERS:

WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE NATIONAL FIGURES OF PASTURE AND RANGE CONDITIONS, YOU SEE A DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENT FROM LAST YEAR. DURING THE 2012 DROUGHT, JUST 17 PERCENT OF PASTURE AND RANGE WAS CALLED GOOD TO EXCELLENT. THIS YEAR, IT'S UP TO 45-PERCENT. BUT THE WESTERN STATES REMAIN IN TOUGH SHAPE. THE LATEST "NASS" REPORT SHOWS 95-PERCENT OF CALIFORNIA PASTURELAND IN POOR TO VERY POOR SHAPE. ARIZONA IS 58-PERCENT. IT'S 69-PERCENT IN NEVADA.

NEW MEXICO DROUGHT:

IN NEW MEXICO, THE DRYEST STATE IN THE UNION, 67 PERCENT OF PASTURES ARE EITHER POOR OR VERY POOR. THAT STATE IS EXPERIENCING ONE OF IT'S WORST DROUGHTS IN HISTORY. IRRIGATION WATER IS DRYING UP. FARMS AND PASTURES ARE BURNED TO CRISP. I'M WITNESSING THIS FIRST HAND THROUGH THE EYES OF MY FAMILY. MY PARENT'S RANCH IS JUST OUT OF TUCUMCARI NEW MEXICO. AND AS I FOUND OUT --THE DUST BOWL DAYS AREN'T NECESSARILY A MEMORY.

CROP WATCH:

CROPWATCH TODAY SHOWS SOME IMPROVEMENT IN THE "SHOW ME " STATE. BUT BIG DELAYS IN THE DAIRY STATE. METEOROLOGIST CINDI CLAWSON JOINS US FROM THE AGDAY WEATHER-CENTER. GOOD MORNING CENTER.]

ANALYSIS:

IN AGRIBUSINESS TODAY, GRAIN MARKETS RETREATED OFF THEIR BIG GAINS MONDAY.
USDA'S CROP ESTIMATES INDICATE U.S. GRAINS ARE ON TRACK FOR A RELATIVELY GOOD YEAR. HOWEVER SOME AREAS HAVE STRUGGLED WEATHER WISE. FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL JOINS US FROM THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK WITH A LOOK AT CROP INSURANCE AND MAKING SURE TO DO THE MATH.

CLIMBING ROBOT:

STICKING WITH SCIENCE - TAKE A LOOK AT THIS. A SIX-LEGGED ROBOT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA IS NO LONGER BOUND BY THE OBSTACLES THAT HAVE RESTRICTED ITS KIND FOR YEARS. THE RESEARCHERS DEVELOPED A ROBOT THAT CAN JUMP OVER GAPS AND CLIMB LEDGES. IT'S CALLED THE X-REX-LITE. IT'S BUILT FROM LIGHTWEIGHT CARBON FIBER. BEING SO LITE-WEIGHT, THE "BOT" USES LESS POWER WHICH HELPS MAKE IT MORE MANEUVERABLE.

3 LEGGED DONKEY:

SCIENTISTS AT AUBURN UNIVERSITY ARE HELPING A MINIATURE DONKEY "TAKE A STAND", AGAINST A BIRTH DEFECT. EMMA THE MINI-DONKEY HAD A DEFORMED LEG. SHE COULD GET AROUND, BUT HER FUTURE WAS NOT VERY PROMISING. THAT'S WHEN RESEARCHERS CAME-UP WITH A SOLUTION - SURGERY AND A PROSTESIS!.
MAT FRIEDMAN HAS OUR STORY.

TAYLOR FARMS:

FOLLOWING THE OUTBREAK OF A FOOD BORNE ILLNESS A CALIFORNIA BASED SALAD      SUPPLIER IS SHUTTING DOWN THE DIVISION THAT'S APPARENTLY RESPONSIBLE.

BUTTER COW:

AND AN ACTIVIST VEGAN GROUP IS CLAIMING RESPONSIBILITY FOR VANDALIZING THE IOWA STATE FAIR'S BUTTER COW. THE GROUP IOWANS FOR ANIMAL LIBERATION SAY A TEAM HID IN THE AG BUILDING SATURDAY NIGHT. THEN BROKE INTO THE REFIGERATED ROOM AND POUR RED PAINT OVER THE COW. FAIR OFFICIALS HAD THE RED STAINED BUTTER REMOVED FROM THE SCULPTURE QUICKLY AND MOST VISITORS NEVER SAW THE VANDALISM. THE COW,MADE WITH ABOUT 600 POUNDS OF BUTTER HAS BEEN A PART OF THE FAIR SINCE 1911.

MOVE ON RALLY:

AND THE BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO FACE OPPOSITION. NOW ADVOCACY GROUP, MOVE-ON, KNOWN MOSTLY FOR IT'S FORAYS INTO POLITICS--HAS LAUNCHED IT'S OWN GMO LABELING CAMPAIGN. MOVE-ON SAYS IT HAD A NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION LAST WEEK--WHERE 130-THOUSAND PEOPLE IN 35 CITIES SHOWED UP. A FEW DAYS AGO SEVERAL AGRICULTURAL AND BIOTECH COMPANIES ROLLED OUT THEIR OWN PRO-GMO WEBSITE TO ENGAGE CONCERNED CONSUMERS IN CONVERSATION THAT SITE IS GMOANSWERS.ORG.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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