AgDay Daily Recap -February 4, 2014

February 4, 2014 01:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

FEBRUARY 4, 2014

 

DROUGHT:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. WHILE PORTIONS OF THE MIDWEST AND EAST GET MORE SNOW TODAY, FARMERS IN OTHER AREAS WISH SOME OF THAT MOISTURE WOULD COME THEIR WAY. FROM CALIFORNIA TO TEXAS, DROUGHT IS PERSISTING OR INTESIFYING.
AND THAT WEATHER IS TAKING ITS TOLL ON THE NATION'S CATTLE HERD WHICH IS AT THE LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 1951. LIVESTOCK EXPERTS SAY IF RANCHERS STARTED REBUILDING TODAY, IT WOULD TAKE UNTIL AT LEAST 2016 TO REBUILD NUMBERS BACK TO PRE-DROUGHT LEVELS. NATIONAL REPORTER TYNE MORGAN TAKES US TO SOME TEXAS RANCHERS TO SEE IF THEY ARE EYEING REBUILDING THIS YEAR.

CALIFORNIA WATER CRISIS:

FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN CALIFORNIA ARE FEELING WHAT TEXAS PRODUCERS HAD TO DEAL WITH. CALIFORNIA IS IN ITS THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR OF DROUGHT. STATE OFFICIALS ON FRIDAY ANNOUNCED THEY WILL NOT ALLOCATE WATER TO AGENCIES THAT SERVE 25 MILLION PEOPLE AND NEARLY ONE MILLION ACRES OF FARMLAND. THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES SAYS THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN THE 54-YEAR HISTORY OF THE STATE WATER PROJECT THAT SUCH AN ACTION HAS BEEN TAKEN.

CROP WATCH:

CALIFORNIA IS GROUND-ZERO FOR DROUGHT RIGHT NOW, BUT SOME PLACES IN THE MIDWEST ARE DEALING WITH ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS AS WELL.

KEYSTONE PIPELINE:

WITH YET ANOTHER OBSTACLE REMOVED FOR THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE, OPPONENTS ARE PRESSING FORWARD WITH A LAWSUIT TO CHALLENGE THE PROJECT. LAST WEEK, THE STATE DEPARTMENT SAID IT HAS NO MAJOR OBJECTION TO THE TRANS-CANADA PIPELINE WHICH WOULD TRANSPORT CRUDE OIL FROM CANADA TO TEXAS.

FARM BILL:

LATER TODAY, THE SENATE IS SCHEDULED TO VOTE ON THE 2014 FARM BILL. THE HOUSE APPROVED IT LAST WEEK. THE BILL ENDS DIRECT PAYMENTS FOR FARMERS, BUT EXPANDS CROP INSURANCE OPTIONS AND CREATES A PERMAMENT LIVESTOCK DISASTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND FUNDS A LIVESTOCK GROSS MARGIN INSURANCE PROGRAM FOR DAIRY PRODUCERS.

MILK DEMAND:

MEANWHILE, THE GLOBAL DAIRY DEMAND OUTLOOK CONTINUES TO BE PROMISING. THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE U-S DAIRY EXPORT COUNCIL. THE COUNCIL SAYS CHINA IS PURCAHSING MILK PRODUCTS AT UNPRECEDENTLED LEVELS. AND THAT BUYING PUSH IS SUPPORTING PRICES HEADING INTO FEBURARY. THIS IS DESPITE 18 OF 28 COUNTRIES REPORTING MILK PRODUCTION INCREASES IN THE SEPTEMBER THROUGH NOVEMER TIME PERIOD. NEW ZEALAND REPORTED A 6% INCREASE FROM A YEAR GO. THE NETHERLANDS UP NEARLY 8%. AND IRELAND'S PRODUCTION ROSE ALMOST 13 PERCENT FROM THE YEAR PRIOR

ANALYSIS:

A COMPARATIVE LOOK AT THE ROUGH YEARS OF THE PAST COMPARED TO WHAT'S AHEAD IN 2014. JERRY GULKE JOINS ME IN ANALYSIS.

NANOTECH:

LSU AGCENTER RESEARCHERS ARE WORKING WITH TINY PARTICLES, CALLED NANOPARTICLES, TO HELP IMPROVE MEDICAL AND AGRICULTURAL ISSUES.  LSU AGCENTER CORRESPONDENT TOBIE BLANCHARD TALKS WITH TWO SCIENTISTS WORKING IN NANOTECHNOLOGY

WORLD FOOD FUNDING:

THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAM SAYS ITS HAVING TO SCALE BACK ITS ASSISTANCE IN A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES. THE U-N PROJECT SAYS IT HAS A 1 BILLION DOLLAR FUNDING GAP.

KIDS SODAS:

AND SHOULD RESTAURANTS STOP SERVING SODA TO CHILDREN?

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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