AgDay Daily Recap -December 18, 2013

December 18, 2013 03:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

DECEMBER 18, 2013

 

STOLEN SEED TECH:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. NEW INFORMATION REGARDING TWO FEDERAL CASES STEMMING FROM ALLEGED ATTEMPTS TO STEAL SEED TECHNOLOGY AND SENDING IT TO CHINA.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IS ON THE LIST OF TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED AS U.S. AG SECRETARY TOM VILSACK TRAVELS THIS WEEK TO CHINA. TALKS THAT ARE ALSO LIKELY TO INCLUDE THE APPROVAL OF VARIETIES OF BIOTECH CORN. CHINA HAS REJECTED AT LEAST THREE SHIPLOADS OF CORN THEY SAY CONTAIN GRAIN WITH TRAITS NOT APPROVED IN CHINA.  VILSACK IS ATTENDING THE TRADE MISSION WITH THE U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE AND THE COMMERCE SECRETARY.

TPP CONCERNS:

MEANWHILE A GROUP OF SENATORS ARE URGING SECRETARY VILSACK AND TRADE REPRESENTATIVE MICHALE FROMAN TO STAND STRONG FOR U.S. PORK IN THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP.. THAT'S THE MESSAGE FROM THIRTY-ONE SENATORS WHO WROTE A RECENT LETTER REGARDING JAPAN, VIETNAM AND AUSTRALIA. THE LETTER SAYS THOSE COUNTRIES HAVE ERECTED NON-TARIFF BARRIERS TO U.S. PORK.  THE RESULT COULD HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON U.S. PRODUCERS.

FARM BILL:

MEANWHILE EVEN WITH THE HOUSE OUT OF POCKET UNTIL THE NEW YEAR THERE'S PLENTY OF POLITICAL JOCKEYING GOING ON AROUND A NEW FIVE YEAR FARM BILL.

CROP WATCH:

WE TURN NOW TO METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN -- WHO JOINS US FROM THE AGDAY WEATHER CENTER WITH THIS MORNING'S CROP WATCH.

COTTON MARKETS:

IN AGRIBUSINESS TODAY - 2014 COULD BRING A TURNAROUND FOR COTTON ACREAGE. AS PRICES FOR CORN, SORGHUM, AND WHEAT SINK, ACRES COULD SHIFT INTO COTTON AT LEAST IN TEXAS. OUR PARTNERS AT AGWEB POSTED A STORY ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR INCREASED ACREAGE. JOHN ROBINSON - A COTTON SPECIALIST WITH TEXAS A-AND-M - SAYS COTTON ACRES IN 2014 COULD INCREASE TO 11 MILLION FROM THE 10-POINT-THREE MILLION ACRES THAT WE SAW THIS YEAR. AGWEB SAYS U-S COTTON ACRES BEGAN DROPPING FROM PREVIOUS-YEAR LEVELS IN 2007 AND HIT A LOW IN 2009. PRICES BEGAN RISING IN 2010 AND THEN PEAKED AT MORE THAN TWO DOLLARS A POUND IN 2011. THOSE RISING PRICES ENCOURAGED SOME SHIFTING OF ACRES INTO COTTON IN 2010 AND 2011, BUT BY 2012, COTTON ACRES HAD ONCE AGAIN GIVEN WAY TO OTHER CROPS.

EXERCISE:

REGULAR EXERCISE--IT'S WHAT ALL OF US SHOULD BE DOING. BUT FOR PEOPLE WITH PHYSICAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL CHALLENGES, EXERCISE IS DIFFICULT TO PURSUE. KENT FADDIS WITH UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI EXTENSION HAS MORE ON A PROGRAM THAT HELPS THESE PEOPLE LEAD HEALTHIER LIVES.

BANANA DISEASE:

80 PERCENT OF THE WORLD'S BANANAS ARE IN DANGER OF BEING LOST TO BOTH PESTS AND DISEASE.

THAT'S THE WARNING COMING FROM SOME OF THE GLOBES BIGGEST SUPPLIERS.

EZ PASS FAST FOOD:

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT FAST FOOD COULDN'T GET ANY FASTER...INNOVATIONS MAY BE JUST DOWN THE ROAD.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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