AgDay Daily Recap -March 27, 2014

March 27, 2014 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MARCH 27, 2014

 

EPA CLEAN WATER:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THERE ARE MIXED REVIEWS ABOUT PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE CLEAN WATER ACT. ARE THEY GOOD, OR ARE THEY CUMBERSOME FOR FARMERS? A WASHINGTON-BASED ATTORNEY WITH UNIQUE KNOWLEDGE OF THE INNER WORKINGS OF E-P-A IS NOT PLEASED WITH THE NEW PROPOSED RULE. GARY BAISE WAS THE CHIEF OF STAFF FOR THE VERY FIRST ADMINISTRATION OF THE E-P-A WHEN IT WAS STARTED IN 1970. HE'S NOW IN PRIVATE PRACTICE, REPRESENTING AG INTERESTS. BAISE SPECIALIZES IN THE CLEAN WATER ACT AND DISCUSSED THE PROPOSED CHANGES WITH NATIONAL REPORTER TYNE MORGAN. THE COMMENT PERIOD HAS NOT YET OPENED, BUT BAISE ENCOURAGES FARMERS AND FARM GROUPS TO READ THE RULE AND OFFER YOUR COMMENTS TO E-P-A ONCE IT DOES.

CROP WATCH:

GOOD MORNING I'M MIKE HOFFMAN. A FARMER FROM SOUTH OF I-70 IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS SAYS HE'S BEEN OUT WALKING THE FIELDS JUST ABOUT EVERY DAY THIS WINTER. HE COMMENTED ON AGWEB THAT THE SOIL IS DRIER THAN ANY YEAR HE CAN REMEMBER IN 20 YEARS. HE SAYS THEY MIGHT GET INTO THE FIELDS TWO WEEKS EARLIER THAN NORMAL.

BEEF TODAY REPORT:

IN OUR BEEF TODAY REPORT...NO SLOWING DOWN FOR U.S. BEEF PRICES. USDA AG ECONOMIST RICKY VOLPE SAYS BEEF ROSE 4 PERCENT IN THE THIRTY DAYS FROM JANUARY TO FEBRUARY.  HE SAYS THAT'S THE BIGGEST MONTH OVER MONTH INCREASE SINCE NOVEMBER OF 2003. DROUGHT AND HIGH FEED COSTS HAVE FORCED LIQUIDATIONS IN A RECENT YEARS...INVENTORY THAT'S NOT COMING BACK ANY TIME SOON. MEANWHILE DEMAND REMAINS STRONG. VOLPE EXPECTS BEEF PRICES RISE AN ADDITIONAL 3 TO 4 PERCENT BY YEAR'S END. DROPPING CROP PRICES AND SOARING CATTLE PRICES MIGHT TURN MARGINAL LANDS BACK INTO GREEN PASTURES. WITH A LITTLE WORK AND PLANNING, FARMERS CAN DO THIS SAFELY FOR THEIR LIVESTOCK.

PROFIT BRIEFING:

THREE BIG REPORTS FROM USDA ARE COMING OUT IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS. TOMORROW IT'S THE QUARTERLY HOGS AND PIGS REPORT WHICH COULD GIVE ANOTHER INDICATION OF HOW A VIRUS IS TEARING INTO THE PORK INDUSTRY. FEWER HOGS COULD MEAN LESS OF A DRAIN ON GRAIN STOCKS WHICH COULD BE REFLECTED IN A KEY REPORT COMING OUT MONDAY. AND THEN, THERE'S THE PROSPECTIVE PLANTINGS REPORT. IN TODAY'S PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING, CHIP FLORY AND BRIAN GRETE SORT THROUGH THE POTENTIAL OF THESE REPORTS.

FIELD MESSAGE:

AN ITALIAN ARTIST HAS USED A TRACTOR TO CREATE A GIANT IMAGE OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY IN A FIELD IN VERONA, AHEAD OF THE MEETING BETWEEN POPE FRANCIS AND US PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA. THAT MEETING IS SET FOR SOMETIME TODAY. THE FOOTBALL FIELD SIZED IMAGE TOOK FIVE HOURS TO COMPLETE AND IS THE LATEST BY 'LAND ARTIST' DARIO GAMBARIN, GAMBARIN REMOVES HIS WORKS AFTER A FEW DAYS SO THE FARMLAND, BELONGING TO HIS PARENTS, CAN BE CULTIVATED AS USUAL.

ALASKAN EARTHQUAKE:

IT'S BEEN FIFTY YEARS SINCE MARCH 27TH 1964. THAT'S A DAY FOLKS IN ALASKA AREN'T LIKELY TO FORGET. THE EARTH SHOOK FOR ABOUT FIVE MINUTES AS THE CONTINENT'S BIGGEST EARTHQUAKE CAUSED DESTRUCTION OVER 500-MILES OF ALASKA.  MORE THAN 130 PEOPLE DIED FROM THE QUAKE AND SUBSEQUENT TSUNAMIS. THE AP'S JILL CRAIG HAS MORE.

RECIPE:

TODAY'S RECIPE IS FOR REFRIGERATOR BRAN MUFFINS.YOU'LL NEED FIVE CUPS SIFTED FLOUR, FIVE TEASPOONS OF BAKING SODA, TWO TEASPOONS SALT, TWO CUPS BOILING WATER, TWO CUPS WHOLE BRAN CEREAL, TWO CUPS SUGAR, ONE CUP SHORTENING, FOUR EGGS WELL BEATEN, ONE QUART BUTTERMILK AND FOUR CUPS WHOLE BRAN CEREAL BUDS. SIFT TOGETHER THE FLOUR, SODA AND SALT. POUR BOILING WATER OVER WHOLE BRAN CEREAL AND SET ASIDE. CREAM TOGETHER SUGAR AND SHORTENING IN A SIX QUART BOWL. ADD EGGS AND BEAT WELL.  BLEND IN BUTTERMILK, BRAN BUDS AND THE SOAKED WHOLE BRAN CEREAL. ADD THE DRY INGREDIENTS AND MIX WELL. TO MAKE THE MUFFINS, FILL GREATED MUFFIN PAN CUPS TWO-THIRDS FULL. BAKE AT 400 FOR 20 MINUTES. MAKES FIVE DOZEN MUFFINS.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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