AgDay Daily Recap -May 28, 2013

May 28, 2013 04:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MAY 28, 2013

 

FARM BILL:

GOOD MORNING I'M TYNE MORGAN, CLINTON GRIFFITHS IS ON ASSIGNMENT. I HOPE EVERYONE HAD A NICE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS MAY BE HOME FOR THE HOLDIAY, BUT PROGRESS ON MAJOR AG POLICY STILL LOOMS. ...AND THAT'S OUR TOP STORY ON AGDAY.

KEYSTONE:

JUST BEFORE DEPARTING FOR BREAK, THE HOUSE MADE SOME MOVEMENT ON THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE. THE HOUSE PASSED A BILL THAT WOULD APPROVE THE PROJECT WITHOUT NEEDING A PRESIDENTIAL PERMIT. SOMETHING THAT'S CURRENTLY REQUIRED BY LAW .  THE PIPELINE CROSSES AND INTERNATIONAL BORDER. ORIGINALLY PROPOSED IN 2008, THE 17-HUNDRED MILE PROJECT WOULD MOVE OIL FROM CANADA TO HOUSTON. THE VOTE WAS LARGELY ALONG PARTY LINES.

WHEAT REPORT:

MEANWHILE, THE DRY CONDITIONS AND ROLLERCOASTER WEATHER PATTERNS IN THE PLAINS ARE FORCING ANNUAL WHEAT PROJECTIONS LOWER.

MEAT PRODUCTION:

MEANWHILE, USDA SAYS BEEF PRODUCTION IS UP IN ALL CATEGORIES EXCEPT VEAL. RED MEAT PRODUCTION INCREASED TO 4 BILLION POUNDS IN APRIL. A 6 PERCENT INCREASE FROM A YEAR AGO. SLAUGHTER NUMBERS ALSO INCREASED TO 2.73 MILLION HEAD WITH THE AVERAGE LIVE WEIGHT 14 POUNDS HEAVIER THAN LAST YEAR. LAMB PRODUCTION ALSO CAME IN 4 PERCENT HIGHER.

AG DEATHS:

AFTER HOPEFULLY A SAFE WEEKEND, A REMINDER ON JUST HOW DANGERS THE THE AG INDUSTRY CAN BE. THAT'S WHAT A RECENT REPORT FROM THE AFL-CIO FOUND. IN 2011 THE AG SECTOR WAS THE THIRD HIGHEST IN TOTAL DEATHS AMONG ALL SECTORS IN THE NATION. 12 PERCENT OF ALL WORKPLACE DEATHS WERE IN AG. THE LABOR GROUP IS POINTING TO GAPS IN OSHA--OR THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY HAZARD ACT..AS PART OF THE REASON BEHIND THE STATISTIC.

CROP WATCH:

IN CROPWATCH THIS MORNING, WE HEAR FROM FARMERS FROM NORTH CAROLINA TO ILLINOIS AND WE'LL ALSO CHECK IN WITH COLORADO. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS FROM THE AGDAY WEATHERCENTER.

MUDDY BOOTS:

FARMERS AND RANCHERS ARE AN INVENTIVE BUNCH. YOU REALLY NEED TO BE. YOU CAN'T ALWAYS AFFORD TO SIT AND WAIT FOR A REPAIRMAN. AND WITH THOSE HANDY SKILLS YOU LEARN HOW TO MAKE SOME RATHER CREATIVE FIXES. IN TEXAS, ONE TEENAGER'S INVENTION IS MAKING LIFE A BIT EASIER FOR RICE FARMERS. CURT LANCASTER  WITH THE TEXAS FARM BUREAU HAS MORE.

SEED TREATMENT:

IN AGRIBUSINESS... IT SOUNDS LIKE THOSE COLORFUL TREATED SEEDS ARE HERE TO STAY.

ANALYSIS:

JUST A REMINDER, THERE'S WASN'T RADE YESTERDAY IN OBSERVANCE OF THE MEMORIAL DAY HOLDIAY. THE NUMBERS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN REPRESENT FRIDAYS' CLOSE.
WELL, AL PELL DIDN'T HAVE THE DAY OFF. THIS MORNING HE TALKS TO BRIAN BASTING ABOUT THE EXTREME VOLATILITY AND WHY IT WILL PERSIST.
TRACTOR:

UNIVERSITIES ARE WRAPPED UP FOR THE SUMMER. BUT BEFORE THEY LEFT, A GROUP OF UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI STUDENTS, PUT THEIR MINDS TOGETHER TO CREATE WHAT SOME ARE CALLING A TRACTOR HOT ROD. AS KENT FADDIS WITH UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI REPORTS, THE STUDENTS ARE READY TO PUT THEIR TRACTOR TO THE TEST IN AN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION.

FOOD PRINTER:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, WITH THE BOOMING WORLD POPULATION, SCIENTISTS ARE LEFT SCRATCHIING THEIR HEADS TO COME UP WITH AN ANSWER TO FEED EVERYONE. ONE ENGINEER SAYS HE'S FOUND THE SOLUTION-- A 3-D FOOD PRINTER. CONVENTIONAL FOOD WOULD BE REPLACED WITH FOOD FROM A 3-D PRINTER. HE'S GETTING A GRANT FROM NASA TO HELP WITH HIS RESEARCH. THE PRINTER WOULD HAVE OIL AND POWDER CARTRIDGES TO PRODUCE OR PRINT THE FOOD. AND IT COULD CUSTOMIZE THE FOOD BASED ON A PERSON'S DIETARY NEEDS. THE ENGINEER SAYS THE BEST PART IS IT COULD ELIMINATE FOOD WASTE, AS THE FOOD CARTRIDGES WOULD BE GOOD UP TO 30 YEARS.

APPLE DISPLAY:

FROM A LOOK INTO THE FUTURE, TO A GLIMPSE AT THE PAST. THIS DISPLAY IN U-K SHOWS THE TRANSFORMATION APPLE TREES HAVE UNDERGONE THROUGHOUT THE YEARS. FROM THE TREES ROOTS TO FRUIT, THERE'S BEEN QUITE A BIT OF CHANGE. RESEARCHERS HAVE DEVEOPLED NEW VARITIES OF APPLES TO WITHSTAND PEST AND DISEASE PRESSURE. THEY'VE ALSO CREATED APPLE VARIEITIES TO SUIT EVERYONE'S TASTE.

BRUISE FREE APPLES:

WHILE GENETICALLY MODIFIED APPLES MAY NOT HAVE BEEN SHOWCASED ON THAT DISPLAY, TWO GMO APPLE VARITIES COULD IMPROVE SHELF LIFE. RESEARCHERS SAY THEY'VE CREATED APPLES THAT DON'T BROWN OR BRUISE. THE NEWLY CREATED FRUIT COULD HIT THE MARKET AS EARLY AS THE END OF THIS YEAR.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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