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USFR Weekly Recap - February 21, 2015, 2014, 2015, 2015

09:30AM Feb 21, 2015

TODAY ON USFR
FEBRUARY 21-22, 2015

HEADLINES:
WELCOME TO U.S. FARM REPORT. I'M TYNE MORGAN, AND HERE'S WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON FOR YOU. A LATE SPRING?  WE HAVE OUR SPRING FORECAST...FROM NOT ENOUGH MOISTURE TO TOO MUCH, WE'LL TELL YOU WHAT AREAS WILL BE PRIME TO PLANT, AND WHAT AREAS WILL PLAY THE WAITING GAME ONCE AGAIN. IT'S LEAVE A LEGACY..."SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A GUINEA PIG, BUT WE ENJOY IT." WITH A PASSION TO CREATE CHANGE, WE'LL SHOW YOU THEIR AWARD-WINNING DAIRY OPERATION, AND IN JOHN'S WORLD...
MORE SOY:
THAT SUPPORTS A RECENT BLOOMBERBG SURVEY, SHOWING ANALYSTS THINK WITH THE CURRENT PRICE RATIO, SOYBEAN ACRES WILL WIN OUT, HITTING A NEW RECORD. BLOOMBERG SURVEYED A GROUP OF ANALYSTS, THEY SAY FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE 1970S, CORN PLANTING WILL DECLINE FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR.
INDIA WHEAT:
MEANWHILE, THE WHEAT SUPPLY SITUATION IS GETTING BIGGER ACROSS THE WORLD.
THAT'S AS INDIA, THE WORLD'S SECOND-LARGEST WHEAT GROWER, IS SITTING ON WHAT THEY'RE SAYING IS A RECORD CROP. FARMERS ARE EXPECTINGT TO HARVEST 95 POINT 8 MILLION METRIC TONS,. THAT'S COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 95 POINT 9.
WEST COAST:
ONE ITEM PROVIDING PRESSURE TO MEATS RIGHT NOW IS THE CURRENT WEST COAST PORT LABOR DISPUTE, IMPACTING A TOTAL FO 29 PORTS. AND NOW THE U-S LABOR SECRETARY IS INVOLVED. SECRETARY TOM PEREZ MET WITH BOTH SIDES.SOURCES SAY HE MADE IT CLEAR THAT THE DISPUTE IS HAVING A VERY NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY, IN TERMS OF BOTH JOBS AND TRADE. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS SAY IF WE HAVE A TOTAL SHUTDOWN, IT COULD COST THE U-S ECONOMY 2 BILLION DOLLARS A DAY.
PITCH TO MIKE:
THOSE ARE THE HEADLINES...METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US NOW WITH WEATHER... MIKE, SPEAKING OF THE WEST COAST, I HEAR THEY'RE EXPERIENCING A WARM FRONT-- MUCH DIFFERENT THAN OUR FRIENDS TO THE EAST.
TEASE ONE:
THANKS MIKE. USDA THINKS WE'LL PLANT 89 MILLION ACRES OF CORN THIS YEAR. BUT DO OUR ANALYSTS AGREE? WE'LL FIND OUT NEXT. TOMMY GRISAFI AND BRIAN SPLITT JOIN ME NEXT.
JOHN’S WORLD PITCH:
JOHN IS TURNING INTO OUR IN-HOUSE NUTRIONIST THIS WEEKEND ON THE SHOW. IT'S ALL ABOUT CHOLESTEROL. HE JOINS US NOW FROM THE FARM.
TAG & CLOSE:
THANKS, JOHN. IF THIS SPRING IS ANTYHING LIKE THE START TO THE YEAR, WE'RE IN FOR A WET SPRING. SO, WHAT DOES THE PLANTING FORECAST ENTAIL? THAT'S OUR FARM JOURNAL REPORT AFTER THE BREAK.
HEADLINES:
WELCOME BACK TO U-S FARM REPORT. WE HAVE MUCH MORE AHEAD THIS WEEKEND…WAITING GAME- IT COULD BE ANOTHER SLOW START TO PLANTING. OUR FARM JOURNAL REPORT COVERS TEH SPRING OUTLOOK. LEAVE A LEGACY- WE MEET AN IMPRESSIVE CALIFORNIA DAIRY CHURNING OUT 2 AND HALF MILLION POUNDS OF CHEESE A DAY. BUT WHAT'S MORE IMPRESSIVE IS THEIR STORY.  TRACTOR TALES- A SPECIAL MOLINE ONLY IN PRODUCTION A FEW YEARS, AND IN CUSTOMER SUPPORT-- A VIEWER'S QUESTION ABOUT THE NATIONAL DEBT IS SO INTENSE, IT WILL TAKE TWO WEEKS TO ANSWER.
PORK PRICES:
NOW FOR THE NEWS, 2015 IS TAKING A TURN FOR PORK PRODUCERS. WHAT WE THOUGHT WOULD BE A YEAR OF EXPANSION AND PROFITABLITY IS NOW LOOKING TO BE THE YEAR OF BREAK-EVEN.
IMMIGRATION:
THE PRESIDENT'S IMMIGRATION PLAN IS FACING A ROADBLOCK. IT WAS SET TO GO IN EFFECT WEDNESDAY, BUT NOW IT'S DELAYED.  A FEDERAL JUDGE IS TEMPORARILY BLOCKING THE PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ACTION WHICH WOULD SAVE MILLION OF IMMIGRANTS FROM DEPORTATION.THE JUDGE RULED THAT THE 26 STATES THAT FILED THE LAWSUIT WOULD QUOTE, SUFFER IRREPARABLE HARM, END QUOTE, WITHOUT A PRELIMINARY INJUCTION.
DRONE REGS:
WE'RE ANOTHER STEP CLOSER TO LEGALLY USING DRONES IN AGRICULTURE.THE FAA UNVEILING PROPOSED RULES THAT WOULD PROVIDE SOME BASIC REGULATIONS ON WHO CAN FLY DRONES, AND IN WHAT CONDITIONS.THE FAA'S DRAFT APPEARS TO MAKE IT RELATIVELY SIMPLE FOR REAL ESTATE AGENTS, AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS, AND FARMERS TO FLY DRONES FOR WORK. OPERATORS WOULD NEED TO PASS A WRITTEN PROFICIENCY TEST, REGISTER THE DRONE AND PAY ABOUT 200 DOLLARS IN FEES. BUT FLIERS WOULDN'T NEED A FULL PILOT'S LICENSE OR HAVE TO DEMONSTRATE FLYING SKILLS. THESE PROPOSED RULES STILL NEED A PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT PERIOD--EXPECTED TO LAST THROUGH 2017.
TRAIN REGS:
ANOTHER TRAIN CARRYING CRUDE OIL DERAILED THIS WEEK, CAUSING A MASSIVE EXPLOSTION IN WEST VIRGINIA. THIS IS SPARKING NEW CONVERSATIONS AROUND THE NEED FOR INCREASED RULES ON HOW MUCH TANKER CARS CAN LEGALLY CARRY. THE WHITE HOUSE IS ALREADY REVIEWING DRAFT REGULATIONS FROM TEH TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT, WHICH THEY SAY IS AIMED AT IMPROVING THE SAFETY OF TRAINS CARRYING CRUDE. U-S RAILROADS SHIPPED 415 THOSUAND CARLOADS OF OIL LAST YEAR. THAT'S A HUGE JUMP FROM THE 10 THOUSAND SHIPPED IN 2008.
SYGENTA COUNTERSUIT:
SYNGENTA MAY FILE A COUNTERSUIT AGAINST FARMERS AND EXPORTERS SUING THE COMPANY OVER IT'S AGRISURE VIPTERA SEED. ACCORDING TO REUTERS, THE TRAIT KNOWN AS MIR-162 IS BLAMED FOR DISRUPTING TRADE TO CHINA LAST YEAR...WHEN IT WAS NOT YET APPROVED FOR IMPORT INTO THAT COUNTRY. MORE THAN 750 FARMERS AND BUSINESSES ARE SEEKING COMPENSATION FOR DAMAGES AFTER CHINA'S REJECTED MULTIPLE SHIPMENTS CONTAINING THE TRAIT.
SPRING FORECAST FARM JOURNAL REPORT:
THANKS MIKE. OUR VIEWERS IN THE SOUTH ARE ALREADY PREPARING FOR PLANTING, WHILE FARMERS IN THE MIDWEST ARE LOOKING AHEAD, TRYING TO SEE IF THEY'LL GET TO PLANT ON TIME THIS YEAR. OUR METEROLOGISTS ARE ALSO LOOKING DOWN THE ROAD.. REVEALING THEIR SPRING OUTLOOK FORECAST…NATIONAL REPORTER, BETSY JIBBEN, HAS THIS WEEK'S FARM JOURNAL REPORT.
CUSTOMER SUPPORT:
TODAY'S CUSTOMER SUPPORT IS SUCH A BIG TOPIC; JOHN IS TAKING TWO WEEKS TO GIVE HIS ANSWER. HE'S HERE WITH PART 1 NOW.
TEASE:
WE'LL LOOK FORWARD TO THAT, JOHN. UNTIL THEN, YOU CAN SEND YOUR QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS TO US AT MAILBAG AT U-S FARM REPORT DOT COM OR SEND US THOSE ON FACEBOOK OR TWITTER. WHEN WE COME BACK,
LEGACY INNOVATIVE DAIRY:
EACH YEAR DAIRY TODAY MAGAZINE AND THE INTERNATIONAL DAIRY FOODS ASSOCIATION TEAM UP TO NAME THE INNOVATIVE DAIRY FARMER OF THE YEAR. THIS YEAR, THE HONOR GOES TO THE AHLEM FAMILY AND HILMAR JERSEY'S DAIRY. IN THIS LEAVE A LEGACY REPORT, WE'LL SEE HOW ONE FAMILY UTILIZES THE LATEST TECHONOLGY FOR ITS INNOVATINS IN ANIMAL CARE. HERE'S BETSY JIBBEN.
TRACTOR TALES:
THIS G900 WAS IN PRODUCTION FOR 3 YEARS STARTING IN 1967. ORIGINALLY, THIS TRACTOR WOULD HAVE COST AROUND 8,000 DOLLARS BRAND NEW.
CHURCH SALUTE:
TODAY'S COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE GOES TO THE WATERLOO RIDGE LUTHERAN CHURCH IN SPRING GROVE, MINNESOTA. FOUNDED IN 1867, THE CONGREGATION IS LOOKING FORWARD TO CELEBRATING THEIR 150TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2017. THE CURRENT STRUCTURE WAS BUILT IN 1912. CHURCH MEMBERS TELL US THE BEAUTIFUL ALTAR PAINTING OF THE RESERRECTION WAS TRANSFERRED FROM THE ORGINIAL CHURCH, TO THEIR CURRENT HOME. YOU CAN SEE THAT PAINTING HERE. OUR THANKS TO JIM AND LOIS TOLLEFSRUD FOR SHARING THEIR STORY…
GOODBYE:
FOR JOHN, AL AND MIKE, I'M TYNE MORGAN. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING U-S FARM REPORT. BE SURE TO JOIN US RIGHT HERE AGAIN NEXT WEEK, AS WE WORK TO BUILD ON OUR TRADITION. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, EVERYONE.

 

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