AgDay Daily Recap -November 14, 2012

November 14, 2012 04:57 AM

NOVEMBER 14, 2012


Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. Just like harvest, the USDA crop progress report is quickly coming to an end for another season.


As harvest comes to a close, farmers across the U.S. have had another rollercoaster year. From the drought and heat this summer to hurricanes this fall, as AgDay National Reporter Tyne Morgan tells us, crops have been resilient and yields are a pleasant surprise.


Some areas of the upper plains are getting badly needed moisture. Mike Hoffman has details in crop watch.


Thanks Mike. A group of governors issued a warning Tuesday about the risk of losing tax breaks for wind energy. Governors representing both sides of the political aisle are urging congress to renew an expiring subsidy. Republican Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber a Democrat - spoke on behalf of a group of governors which support wind turbines. The production tax credit expires at the end of the year. It costs the federal government about a billion dollars a year. With Republican lawmakers looking to further tighten the budget belt, supporters of this tax credit face an uphill battle


The latest data from the commerce department shows the U.S. trade deficit narrowed to 41 billion dollars in September. That improvement is based upon continuing strength in exports of U.S. AG products. Farm Director Al Pell takes a closer look in analysis.


No doubt the heat and the drought, the storms and the hurricanes have added stress to life on the farm.
Our days are full of hassles, deadlines and demands from all directions. For many people stress is a way of life, but it can also lead to serious health problems. Kent Faddis with the university of Missouri extension tells us about a new program helping people tame a stressful schedule. The MU extension program was honored nationally for its unique approach to reducing the stress in people's lives.


In food and your family, as more of this country's population moves from rural to urban areas, the disconnect between farmers and consumers becomes even greater. A new survey shows even with fewer consumers knowing someone who produces their food, they still believe agriculture can increase production while conserving the land.


And turkey time is getting close, while many of still get out the roasting pan, more and more American’s pull out a fryer.



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