AgDay Daily Recap -December 12, 2013

December 12, 2013 03:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

DECEMBER 12, 2013

 

FDA ANTIMICROBIAL:

GOOD MORNING I'M TYNE MORGAN. IN FOR CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE GOVERNMENT IS TAKING NEW ACTION TO PHASE OUT THE USE OF ANTIBIOTICS IN ANIMAL AGRICULTURE.

COLD COWS:

MEANWHILE LIVESTOCK ARE AT RISK IF THEY ARE EXPOSED TOO LONG TO THESE WICKEDLY COLD TEMPERATURES MUCH OF THE COUNTRY IS FACING THIS WEEK. ONE OF THE COLDEST SPOTS IN THE COUNTRY WAS RUGBY, NORTH DAKOTA.  YESTERDAY MORNING, THE WIND CHILL TEMPERATURE READ 42 DEGREES BELOW ZERO. THE AIR TEMPERATURE WAS MINUS 22. CLIFF NAYLOR FROM AGDAY AFFILIATE KFYR SHOWS US HOW RANCHERS ARE HELPING THEIR HERDS SURVIVE THE EXTREME COLD.

TYSON:

CONTINUING OUR BEEF TODAY COVERAGE, RANCHERS WHO RAISE MEAT FOR TYSON MUST MEET ANIMAL WELFARE REQUIREMENTS IF THEY WANT TO SUPPLY TO TYSON FOODS NEXT YEAR.

DAIRY WORKERS:

MEANWHILE, A WISCONSIN DAIRY FARM IS COMING UNDER FIRE AFTER AN UNDERCOVER VIDEO SHOWED ANIMAL ABUSE ON THE FARM. WEISE BROTHERS FARM RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING THEY WERE SHOCKED AND SADDENED BY THE ABUSE. THE FARM IMMEDIATELY FIRED THE TWO WORKERS INVOLVED IN THE ANIMAL ABUSE. THE VIDEO WAS RELEASED BY MERCY FOR ANIMALS. BOTH NESTLE AND DIGIORNO PIZZA SAYS THE COMPANIES WON'T USE ANY MILK PRODUCTS FROM THAT FARM.

WHEAT PROJECTIONS:

CANADA AND OTHER COUNTRIES KEEP UPPING THEIR WHEAT FORECAST, BUT THE INTERNATIONAL GRAINS COUNCIL SAYS THAT WON'T CONTINUE THROUGH NEXT YEAR.

FARM BILL:

YESTERDAY WE BROUGHT YOU A STORY ON THE FARM BILL DEBATE. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID SAID HE WOULD NOT SUPPORT AN EXTENSION.

BRAZIL:

MEANWHILE, TRADERS' EYES ARE ON THE POTENTIALLY HUGE CROP COMING OUT OF BRAZIL. PORTIONS OF BRAZIL RECEIVED RAINS THIS WEEK, IMPROVING SOIL MOISTURE IN EARLY-PLANTED CROPS. BUT SOYBEAN RUST CONTINUES TO BE A CONCERN, AS IT WAS CONFRIMED IN THE FIRST COMMERCIAL SOYBEAN FIELD. RUST HAD ALREADY BEEN DETECTED, BUT UNTIL LATE LAST WEEK, THE DISEAS WAS JUST IN VOLUNTEER SOYBEANS. CORN EARWORM IS ALSO A PROBLEM FOR SOME BRAZILIAN FARMERS, BUT INSECTICIDES HAVE BEEN LARGELY SUCCESSFUL IN MINIMIZING THE DAMAGE OF THE PEST.

ANALYSIS:

IN TODAY'S ANALYSIS, LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME SOME ANALYSTS PROJECTED A CATTLE CYCLE HIGH IN 2013. IT HAPPENED EARLY IN THE YEAR, BUT DIDN'T STAY FOR LONG. SO WILL WE SEE THAT NOW IN 2014? PROFARMER'S  JULIANNE JOHNSTON WEIGHS IN.

SANTA CLAUSE SCHOOL:

IF YOU WEREN'T BORN INTO THE CLAUS FAMILY, JUST HOW DO YOU BECOME SANTA CLAUS? WELL, THER'S ALWAYS SANTA SCHOOL. MIKE HOUSEHOLDER WITH THE ASSOCIATIED PRESS INTRODUCES US TO MORE THAN 100 KRIS KRINGLERS ARE WHO ATTAINING THEIR LIFELONG DREAM AND BEING NAMED SANTA.

ASPARTAME:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY - EUROPEAN REGULATORS ARE GIVING THE GREENLIGHT FOR USE OF THE ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER KNOWN AS ASPARTAME. THE SUGAR SUBSTITUTE HAS PLENTY OF CRITICS.

PECAN SHELLS:

MEANWHILE, RESEARCHERS SAY THERE MAY BE SOME ADDED BENEFITS TO PECANS. IN THIS CASE, THE PART YOU NORMALLY THROW AWAY. SCIENTISTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS SAYS EXTRACTS FROM PECAN SHELLS MAY BE EFFECTIVE AT PROTECTING MEATS FROM LISTERIA GROWTH. THE MIGHT PROVIDE AN ALL-NATURAL, ORGANIC ANTI-MICROBIAL FOR MEAT PROCESSING. THIS COULD BE AN IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT IN A STATE THAT RELIES HEAVILY ON THE POULTRY INDUSTRY.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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