AgDay Daily Recap -December 10, 2013

December 10, 2013 03:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

DECEMBER 10, 2013

 

BUDGET DEAL:

GOOD MORNING I'M TYNE MORGAN IN FOR CLINTON GRIFFITHS. NOT A LOT OF CHRISTMAS CHEER IS BEING SPREAD AROUND WASHINGTON D.C. WITH LAWMARKERS UNDER A SHORT DEADLINE TO GET MAJOR LEGISLATION PASSED. .AND THAT'S OUR TOP STORY ON AGDAY.

IMMIGRATION REFORM:

WHILE ITEMS LIKE GETTING A BUDGET PASSED AND STRIKING A COMPROMISE WITH FOOD AND FARM LEGISLATION HAS TAKEN CENTER STAGE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., IMMIGRATION REFORM TALKS HAVE GONE RATHER QUIET. IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE, BUT IT'S BEEN 5 MONTHS SINCE THE SENATE PASSED IT'S VERSION OF THE BILL. EVEN THOUGH IT'S NOT MAKING HEADLINES, DAIRY PRODUCERS AND LEADERS ARE STILL FOCUSED ON GETTING A COMPREHENSIVE BILL PASSED NEXT YEAR. AFTERALL,  THREE-FIFTHS OF THE DAIRY INDUSTRY COUNTS ON IMMIGRANT LABOR. AND THAT'S WHY PRODUCERS SAY IMMIGRATION IS AT THE TOP OF THEIR LIST IN 2014.

MILK PRICES:

MEANWHILE, PRODUCERS ARE LOOKING AT MILK SURPLUS GOING INTO 2014 DUE TO A LARGE MILK SUPPLY BOTH DOMESTICALLY AND GLOBALLY.

NORTH DAKOTA COLD:

THIS BANK SIGN IN BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA SAYS IT ALL. THAT ARCTIC BLANKET STILL COVERS MUCH OF THE COUNTRY. THOSE BLUE SKIES MEAN NO CLOUD COVER TO HELP HOLD-IN EARTH'S HEAT. THE FIVE BELOW REGISTERED DURING THE HOT PART OF THE DAY.

FARTHER EAST IN FARGO, OUR AFFILIATE SAYS WIND CHILL TEMPS ON MONDAY MORNING WERE 30 BELOW ZERO. IN LANGDON, NEAR THE CANADIAN BORDER, WINDCHILL WAS 42 BELOW.

CITRUS FREEZE:

THE ARTIC AIR IS ALSO HANGING OVER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY NOT USED TO THESE FRIGID TEMPS. THAT INCLUDES CALIFORNIA AND THE STATE'S 2 BILLION DOLLAR CITRUS INDUSTRY. ACCORDING TO CALIFORNIA CITRUS MUTUAL, GROWERS IN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SPENT NEARLY 7 MILLION DOLLARS ON LABOR AND ELECTRICITY IN JUST THE FIRST TWO DAYS OF THE BITTER TEMPS. AVACOADOS ARE ALSO SUSEPTIBLE TO THE COLD TEMPS. MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US NOW FOR CROPWATCH WHERE HE HAS MORE EVIDENCE OF THE ICY IMPACT ON AG.

CROP WATCH:

GOOD MORNING TYNE. WE DON'T WANT TO MAKE LIGHT OF THE ICE, SNOW AND COLD WE'VE BEEN DEALING WITH SINCE LAST WEEK. OBVIOUSLY IT'S DANGEROUS. BUT THE STORM HAS CREATED SOME PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES. DENISE RUNYUN SENT THESE PICTURES FROM NEW MEXICO THAT WERE TAKEN OVER THE WEEKEND. DENISE SAYS ICE COATED EVERYTHING IN THAT NORTHEASTERN CORNER OF THE STATE. HOWEVER THE SUN CAME OUT AND ALL OF IT MELTED BY 3:30 IN THE AFTERNOON. SHE SAYS RANCHERS WERE BUSY BREAKING ICE FOR CATTLE HERDS. AND FROM MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE MARJORY WALKER SENT THIS PHOTO FROM HER BACKYARD. MARJORY WORKS FOR THE NATIONAL COTTON COUNCIL.  YOU CAN SEE THE ICE BUILD-UP ON HER CREPE MYRTLE TREE. THOSE BERRIES USUALLY BECOME FLOWERS. THEIR OFFICES WERE CLOSED LAST FRIDAY BECAUSE OF THE ICE STORM. BUT THEY WERE OPEN ON MONDAY, HOPEFULLY THINGS ARE GETTING BACK TO NORMAL.

JAPAN GROWTH:

IN AGRIBUSINESS, JAPAN REPORTS THIRD QUARTER GROWTH HAS SLOWED MORE THAN INITUALLY PROJECTED. G-D-P EXPANDED 1 POINT 1 PERCENT FROM THE PREVIOUS QUARTER. IT WAS ORIGINALLY PROJECTED TO HIT 1 POINT 9 PERCENT.

JAPAN DAIRY:

JAPAN IS THE FIFTH LARGEST IMPORTER OF U-S DAIRY PRODUCTS. THE COUNTRY RANKS BEHIND MEXICO, CHINA, CANADA AND SOUTH KOREA.  FROM JANUARY THROUGH OCTOBER, JAPAN PURCHASED 249 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF U-S DAIRY PRODUCTS, WHICH ACCOUTNS FOR 4 AND A HALF PERCENT OF TOTAL DAIRY EXPORT SALES.

ANALYSIS:

IN TODAYS' ANALYSIS, WE DIVE INTO THE DAIRY OUTLOOK FOR 2014. WHILE GLOBAL DEMAND LOOKS PROMISING, A MILK SURPLUS IS A BEARISH FACTOR. I CAUGHT UP WITH NAOMI BLOHM WITH STEWART PETERSON LAST WEEK TO DISCUSS WHAT TO EXPECT AS WE HEAD INTO THE NEW YEAR.

CHILDREN:

AS THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS EVIDENT BY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS LINING the STREETS, TENNESSEE YOUTH ARE BRINGING IN THE HOLIDAYS IN A MEANINGFUL WAY. IT'S CALLED "OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD". AS CHUCK DENNEY SHOWS US, 4-HERS IN TENNESSEE ARE TAKING TIME TO GATHER ITEMS FULL OF TOYS AND NECESSITIES TO HELP KIDS IN OTHER COUNTRIES IN NEED, IN HOPES TO SPREAD CHRISTMAS SPIRIT ALL YEAR LONG.

MANDELA:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, AS PEOPLE ACROSS THE GLOBE CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF NELSON MANDELA, FORMER SOUTH AFRICA PRESIDENT, LEADERS IN THE FOOD INSDUSTRY ARE PAYING TRIBUTE TO HIS PASSION OF THE RIGHT TO FOOD.

LAB EGGS:

ALSO IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, THIS MAY LOOK LIKE A FRESH EGG YOU HAD FOR BREAKFAST this MORNING, BUT THIS EGG DIDN'T COME FROM A CHICKEN. IT WAS MADE IN A LAB. HAMPTON CREEK FOODS OUT OF SILICON VALLEY SAYS THEY WANT TO CHANGE THE WAY PEOPLE EAT. THE COMPANY CLAIMS BY USING PLANTS, INSTEAD OF ANIMALS, THEY ARE PRODUCING FOOD WITH LESS GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, LESS WATER AND SAY IT'S A MORE AFFORDABLE WAY OF PRODUCING FOOD.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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