AgDay Daily Recap -March 3, 2014

March 3, 2014 01:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MARCH 3, 2014

 

FARM BILL:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. WHILE IT TOOK YEARS FOR LAWMAKERS TO APPROVE A NEW FARM BILL...NOW THE 'REAL' WORK BEGINS - IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LAW.

CALIFORNIA RAIN:

HEAVY RAINS FELL IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LATE LAST WEEK --RAISING THE CHACE OF DANGEROUS MUDSLIDES. RECENT WILDFIRES HAVE LEFT MOUNTAINSIDES EXPOSED AND WITHOUT VEGETATION. FRIDAY FOLKS IN THE FOOTHILLS NEAR LOS ANGELES WERE BEING EVACUATED DUE TO RAIN. SOME PLACES SAW UP TO FIVE INCHES OF RAIN LAST WEEK ALONE.

CROP WATCH:

IT'LL BE A LONG, SLOW RECOVERY FROM DROUGHT. AND THERE'S NOT MUCH HELP COMING FROM SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS IN CROPWATCH.

OIL BOOM:

IS MISSISSIPPI AND LOUISIANA THE NEW NORTH DAKOTA? OIL COMPANIES ARE HOPING TO HIT THE JACKPOT IN THE TUSCALOOSA MARINE SHALE FORMATION, WHICH COULD HOLD 7 BILLION BARRELS.  A FIND LIKE THAT COULD HAVE A SERIOUS IMPACT ON COMMUNITIES BIG AND SMALL. REPORTER KELLY DASCHLE SAYS SOME LOCALS ARE ALREADY FEELING THE BOOM.

MACHINERY PETE:

DO YOU REMEMBER THE VERY FIRST TRACTOR YOU EVER OPERATED? MANY OF YOU DO.
AS TIME MARCHES ON, IT SEEMS THE "NEW" CLASSICS ARE MODELS FROM THE 1960'S AND 70'S WITH LOW NUMBER OF HOURS. AS HE DOES EVERY MONDAY, MACHINERY PETE JOINS US FROM HIS HOME OFFICE WITH HIS LATEST FIND.

PEDV FREE STATE:

WASHINGTON STATE SAYS ALL SWINE ENTERING THE STATE NEEDS TO HAVE EVIDENCE THE ANIMALS ARE FREE OF P-E-D-V. THE RULE GOES INTO EFFECT IMMEDIATELY AND SET TO LAST AT LEAST 120 DAYS. AT LAST COUNT PEDV HAS SPREAD TO HALF OF U.S. STATES SINCE FIRST ARRIVING LAST APRIL.

KANSAS MILK:

USDA'S LATEST MILK PRODUCTION REPORT SAYS KANSAS IS THE FASTING GROWING PRODUCER IN THE U.S. PRODUCTION GREW MORE THANT 7 PERCENT IN 2013 ALONE. KANSAS MILK IS NOW WORTH NEARLY 600 MILLION DOLLARS...PUMPED FROM 137-THOUSAND COWS.

ANALYSIS:

SOFTENING GRAIN PRICES ISN'T JUST TAKING ITS TOLL ON PROJECTED INCOMES FOR 2014.
IT'S ALSO WEIGHING ON LAND VALUES. NATIONAL REPORTER TYNE MORGAN JOINS US ONCE AGAIN FROM COMMODITY CLASSIC WITH A CLOSER LOOK.

4H VIDEO CLUB:

IT'S A CLEVER AND EFFECTIVE WAY TO SHOW OTHERS HOW YOU SEE THE WORLD - THROUGH THE LENS OF A VIDEO CAMERA. THAT'S THE GOAL OF SOME TENNESSEE 4-H YOUTH WHO PRODUCE THOUGHT-PROVOKING AND OFTEN FUNNY VIDEOS. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE U-T INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE, CHUCK DENNEY SHOWS US SOME OF THE WORK OF THESE MEDIA MASTERS.

WIC ASSISTANCE:

LATE LAST WEEK, USDA ANNOUNCED CHANGES TO ITS WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN PROGRAM. ALSO KNOWN AS WIC.

CHOBANI:

CHOBANI GREEK YOGURT HAS BENEFITTED DAIRY PRODUCERS BY CREATING MORE DEMAND FOR THEIR MILK. BUT THE COMPANY NOW COULD FACE THE SCORN OF THOSE SAME PRODUCERS. THE YOGURT MAKER HAS COME-OUT AGAINST A SO-CALLED "AG GAG" BILL IN IDAHO. ACCORDING TO OUR PARTNERS AT DAIRY TODAY, THE BILL WOULD STRENGTHEN TRESPASS LAWS AS A WAY TO PROTECT FARMERS FROM UNDERCOVER CAMERAS USED BY ANIMAL ACTIVIST GROUPS. UNDER-COVER ACTIVISTS COULD BE PROSECUTED IF THEY PUBLISH VIDEO OF DAIRY FARMS WITHOUT THE OWNER'S PERMISSION. IT'S ALREADY PASSED THE IDAHO HOUSE AND SENATE. IT'S NOW AWAITING THE GOVERNOR'S ACTION. CHOBANI'S CEO SAYS HE WANTS ANIMAL PRODUCTION TO BE TRANSPARENT, SO HE'S ENCOURAGING IDAHO'S GOVERNOR TO VETO THE BILL. BUT THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE IDAHO DAIRYMEN'S ASSOCIATION SAYS CHOBANI IS TURNING IT'S BACK TO ALL DAIRYMEN.

KIDS GREEK YOUGURT:

AND WHILE PARENTS HAVE ENJOYED THE GREEK YOGURT CRAZE...IT'S BEEN LITTLE TOUGHER SALE TO KIDS. DANNON YOGURT IS ROLLING OUT GREEK YOGURT THAT'S LESS TART AND WHIPPED INTO A MOUSSE LIKE TEXTURE. THE NEW FORUMLATION STILL CONTAINS ABOUT TWICE THE AMOUNT OF PROTEIN AS TRADITIONAL YOGURT.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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