AgDay Daily Recap -January 7, 2013

January 7, 2013 04:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
JANUARY 7, 2013

FDA FOOD SAFETY:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROPOSED NEW FOOD SAFETY RULES THAT FOCUS ON MAKING FARMS AND FOOD PROCESSORS MORE ACCOUNTABLE FOR REDUCING FOOD BORNE ILLNESSES.

BELTWIDE COTTON CONFERENCES:

THE FIRST BIG FARM MEETING OF THE YEAR GETS UNDERWAY TODAY. THE 2013 BELTWIDE COTTON CONFERENCES ARE BEING HELD IN SAN ANTONIO TEXAS.

BIOREACTOR:

FOR DECADES SCIENTISTS HAVE BEEN WORKING ON WAYS TO REDUCE RUN-OFF FROM THEIR FARMLAND. NOT ONLY DOES IT MAKE SENSE ENVIRONMENTALLY, BUT IT'S ALSO A GOOD BUSINESS DECISION. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, TODD GLEASON TELLS US HOW ONE RESEARCHER IS TRYING TO PREVENT NITRATE LOSSES FROM POURING OUT OF FIELD TILE.

INDIANA RULES:

IN THE STATE OF INDIANA, FARMERS AND APPLICATORS HAVE A NEW SET OF FERTILIZER APPLICATION RULES TO FOLLOW. THE CHANGES GO INTO EFFECT AS OF FEBRUARY 16TH AND INCLUDES STAGING AND APPLICATON RESTRICTIONS FOR BOTH INORGANIC OR COMMERCIAL FERTILIZERS AND MANURE. FOR INSTANCE IT REQUIRES FERTILIZER THAT'S APPLIED WITH SINGLE PASS INCORPORATION, MUST BE KEPT 500 FEET FROM PUBLIC WATER SUPPLIES, 25 FEET FROM SURFACE WATER 50 FEET FROM WATER WELLS. THERE ARE ALSO RECORD KEEPING REQUIREMENTS.

CAFO RULE:

THE COMMENT PERIOD FOR THE SECTION 610 REVIEW OF EPA'S 2003 CAFO RULE HAS BEEN EXTENDED FOR 60 MORE DAYS. EPA MADE THE DECISION LAST WEEK. THE NEW DEADLINE IS MARCH 1, 2013. MISSOURI SENATOR AND CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE URGED EPA TO EXTEND THE DEADLINE LAST FALL, SAYING HE DIDN'T THINK THE ORIGINAL DECEMBER 30TH DEADLINE GAVE LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS ENOUGH TIME TO MAKE MEANINGFUL COMMENTS.

CROP WATCH:

WORK TO KEEP AN IMPORTANT WATERWAY OPEN IS PROGRESSING BETTER THAN EXPECTED. THAT'S THE PROGNOSIS FROM THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS REGARDING THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. THAT MEANS TOW COMPANIES SHOULD BE ABLE TO KEEP OPERATING SOUTH OF ST. LOUIS. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS FROM THE AGDAY WEATHER-CENTER, MIKE.

USDA REPOORTS:

IN AGRIBUSINESS TODAY - USDA WILL RELEASE SEVERAL KEY PRODUCTION FIGURES ON FRIDAY. THESE INCLUDE QUARTERLY GRAIN STOCKS AND WINTER WHEAT ACREAGE ESTIMATES. THESE WILL BE THE FIRST MAJOR REPORTS RELEASED BY THE AG DEPARTMENT AT A LATER TIME. AS YOU MAY REMEMBER, USDA SAID IT WOULD START RELEASING THE MARKET SENSITIVE REPORTS AT NOON EASTERN TIME. THE LATER RELEASE IS DUE TO THE LONGER TRADING DAYS CONDUCTED BY THE EXCHANGES.

ANALYSIS:

THE MARKET RESPONDS AT A LIGHTNING-QUICK PACE. SOMETIMES THOSE MARKET MOVES ARE RESPONDING TO NEWS OF THE DAY. BUT THAT'S NOT ALWAYS THE BEST MOVE. DETAILS IN THIS MORNING'S ANALYSIS WITH AL PELL.

PORK AWARDS:

THIS WEEK WE'RE TAKING A CLOSE LOOK AT FARM FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO ARE PRIMARILY PORK PRODUCERS. THE FOUR FAMILIES - FROM IOWA, OKLAHOMA, MINNESOTA AND PENNSYLVANIA - HAVE BEEN NAMED WINNERS OF THE 2012 ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDS AWARD. THE AWARD IS PRESENTED BY THE NATIONAL PORK BOARD. EACH FAMILY IS NOTED FOR DEMONSTRATING A FIRM COMMITENT TO SAFEGUARD THE ENVIRONMENT AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES. WE BEGIN WITH REED FAMILY FARMS IN OTTUMWA, IOWA. CINDY CUNNINGHAM FROM THE PORK BOARD HAS OUR PROFILE. THIS IS THE 18TH YEAR FOR THE AWARDS. THEY WILL BE PRESENTED AT THE NATIONAL PORK INDUSTRY FORUM IN MARCH.

SLEEPY DRIVING:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, IF YOU'VE DOZED OFF BEHIND THE WHEEL OF A VEHICLE, YOU AREN'T ALONE. A NEW STUDY SHOWS MORE THAN 4% OF DRIVERS ADMIT THEY'VE FALLEN ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL.

GRUMPY MEN:

DO YOU REMEMBER THE MOVIE "GRUMPY OLD MEN"? RESEARCH SHOWS THERE IS A MEDICAL REASON SOME MEN GET GRUMPIER AS THEY AGE.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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