AgDay Daily Recap -March 31, 2014

March 31, 2014 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MARCH 31, 2014

 

ACREAGE BATTLE:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HOW WILL THE NATION'S ACREAGE BATTLE PLAY OUT THIS YEAR? WE'LL GET A BETTER IDEA LATER THIS MORNING.

HOGS AND PIGS:

ANALYSTS WONDER IF THE DEMAND SIDE OF THE LEDGER WILL REFLECT THE SHRINKING HOG AND PIG SECTOR DUE TO THE SWINE VIRUS - PEDV. USDA'S QUARTERLY HOG AND PIG REPORT RELEASED FRIDAY SHOWS U-S HOG INVENTORY DOWN THREE PERCENT FROM A YEAR AGO. BUT JUST SINCE DECEMBER THERE'S BEEN A FIVE PERCENT DECLINE. THE BREEDING INVENTORY IS UP SLIGHTLY FROM LAST YEAR.

CLIMATE POLICY:

ALSO ON FRIDAY THE WHITE HOUSE ROLLED OUT NEW CLIMATE CHANGE STEPS FOCUSED ON METHANE EMISSIONS. ITS SAYS THE USDA, EPA AND DEPARTMENT OF ENGERGY PLAN TO RELEASE A BIO-GAS ROADMAP IN JUNE. IT WILL OUTLINE VOLUNTARY STRATEGIES TO ACCELERATE THE ADOPTION OF METHANE DIGESTERS AND OTHER TECH FOR THE U.S. DAIRY SECTOR. THE GOAL IS TO REDUCE EMSSIONS FROM DAIRY'S BY 25 PERCENT BY 2020.

EPA COSTS:

MEANWHILE NEW LEGISLATION PROPOSED IN THE SENATE WOULD PROHIBITS EPA FROM FINALIZING ANY BIG REGULATIONS UNTIL IT ANALYZES THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF CURRENT REGULATIONS.THE MEASURE CURRENTLY HAS 29 COSPONSORS - INCLUDING NEBRASKA SENATOR MIKE JOHANNS. HE SAYS THE AGENCY REFUSES TO DISCLOSE THE TRUE COSTS OF ITS AGENDA ADDING IT'S TIME TO OWN UP TO ITS REAL IMPACT ON THE NATION'S ECONOMY. THE PROPOSED BILL CITES EXAMPLES BY RESEARCHERS SHOWING EPA REGULATIONS COST THOUSANDS OF JOBS.

PRAIRIE CHICKEN:

ALSO OUT OF WASHINGTON, THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE IS PLACING THE LESSER PRAIRIE CHICKEN ON ITS LIST OF THREATENED SPECIES--ONE STEP BELOW ENDANGERED.
THE BIRD POPULATION CONTINUES TO DECLINE--DOWN 50 PERCENT SINCE 2012--
THAT DECISION COULD IMPACT OIL AND GAS DRILLING, WIND FARMS AND TRANSIMISSION LINES...IN AREAS OF NATVIE HABITAT. THAT INCLUDES THE STATES OF TEXAS, OKLAHOMA, NEW MEXICO, COLORADO AND KANSAS.

CROP WATCH:

AT THIS TIME OF YEAR FARMERS ARE LOOKING AT THE CALENDAR AND SOIL TEMPERATURE WITH EQUAL ANTICIPATION. HERE'S MIKE HOFFMAN WITH CROPWATCH, MIKE.

ANALYSIS:

AS WE MENTIONED AT THE TOP OF THE SHOW, A COUPLE OF BIG REPORTS DUE OUT THIS MORNING FROM USDA. FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL JOINS US WITH LITTLE PERSPECTIVE ON THE REPORT AND HOW IT'S IMPACTED MARKETS IN THE PAST.

MACHINERY PETE:

MACHINERY PETE JOINS US NOW FOR HIS REGULAR MONDAY VISIT. HE JOINS US FROM HIS OFFICE TO TALK ABOUT SOME RECENT DEALS FOR GOOD-CONDITION HAY AND FORAGE EQUIPMENT.

FARMING 2025:

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES, OR UAV'S, HAVE BECOME A POPULAR ITEM WITHIN AGRICULTURE. BUT THE RULES AND REGULATIONS AROUND THE SYSTEMS ARE A BIT CLOUDY. LATER THIS YEAR THE F-A-A- IS EXPECTED TO PROPOSE RULES ON DRONES THAT WEIGHT LESS THAN 55 POUNDS. DESPITE THE UNCERTAINTY, NATIONAL REPORTER TYNE MORGAN MET A DRONE MAKER WHOSE BUSINESS IS TAKING OFF.

FOOD PRICES:

FOOD AT THE GROCERY STORE ISN'T GETTING ANY CHEAPER. AND ACCORDING TO USDA, DON'T EXPECT DEFLATING PRICES ANY TIME SOON.

BACON DIET DRINK:

AND FINALLY THIS MORNING...A DIET SOME OF YOU BACON LOVERS CAN GET BEHIND.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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