USFR Weekly Recap - May 2, 2015, 2014, 2015, 2015

May 2, 2015 03:30 AM
 

TODAY ON USFR
MAY 2-3, 2015

HEADLINES:
WELCOME TO U.S. FARM REPORT. I'M TYNE MORGAN, AND HERE'S WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON FOR YOU THIS WEEKEND.  PORT DISPUTES THERE'S MORE TROUBLE BREWING IN WEST COAST PORTS. WE HAVE AN ANALYST HERE WITH AN INSIDE LOOK AT WHAT IMPACT IT COULD HAVE ON COMMERCE. SAYING NO TO GMOS... OUR FARM JOURNAL REPORT TAKES US TO A COUNTY THAT BANNED GROWING GMOS A YEAR AGO. WE'LL SHOW YOU A FARMER WHO SAYS HE'S LOSING MONEY BECAUSE OF THE BAN, AS WELL AS INTRODUCE YOU TO A FARMER WHO IS ALL FOR IT. TRADE TALKS MADE PROGRESS THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTON. JOHN HAS HIS TAKE ON THE MEASURE FROM THE FARM.
CHINA TRADE:
MEANWHILE, AG SECRETARY TOM VILSACK IS ASKING CHINESE OFFICIALS TO EASE THEIR BANS ON U-S POULTRY DUE TO AVIAN INFLUENZA. OFFICIALS SAY CHINESE LAW REQUIRES THE FULL-COUNTRY BAN...AND NOT JUST THE INDIVIDUAL STATES WITH CASES OF AVIAN FLU.
USDA HAS ESTIMATED POULTRY EXPORTS WILL DECLINE BY 8-POINT-5 PERCENT THIS YEAR FROM AVIAN FLU AND THE U.S. DOLLAR.    
PORT DISPUTE:
MORE DISPUTES IS BREWING ON THE WEST COAST. THIS TIME IT'S THE TRUCKERS GONG ON STRIKE EARLIER THIS WEEK. HUNDREDS OF TRUCKERS WHO HAUL FREIGHT FROM THE CALIFORNIA PORTS OF LOS ANGELES AND LONG BEACH ARE UPSET WITH FOUR MAIN TRANSPORTATION COMPANIES.THEY SAY CLAIM THOSE COMPANIES ARE IMPOSING WAGE THEFT BECAUSE THE TRUCKERS ARE CONSIDRED INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS INSTEAD OF HAVING ACCESS TO A UNION. THOSE PORTS HANDLE MORE THAN 40 PERCENT OF CONTAINERIZED GOODS COMING INTO THE U-S.
ARGENTINA PORK STRIKE:
TROUBLE IS ALSO FIRING UP IN SOUTH AMERICA. THIS TIME IN ARGENINTA A PORT STRIKE IN ARGENTIA STARTED THIS WEEK. BOAT CAPTAINS AND DOCK WORKERS AT THE PORT OF ROSARIO COULD HALT SOY AND CORN SHIPMENTS, AND COULD PLAY TO FAVOR OF U-S EXPORTS. REPORTS SAY THE DISPUTE IS OVER LABOR WAGES FOR DOCKWORKERS.
PECANS:
PECAN FARMERS ARE ASKING CONGRESS FOR HELP IN AN EFFORT TO LIFT INDIA'S TARIFFS.
THE U-S PECAN GROWERS COUNCIL SAYS THE TARIFFS HAVE RESULTED IN FEW EXPORTS TO THAT GROWING NATION. THE COUNCIL SAYS TARIFFS ON PECANS ARE HIGHER THAN OTHER TREE NUTS, WHICH LIMITS THE PECAN EXPORT MARKET.
PLANTING:
U-S FARMERS MADE NICE PLANTING PROGRESS LAST WEEK. 19 PERCENT OF THE CORN CROP IS NOW IN THE GROUND, A 10 POINT JUMP FROM LAST WEEK. TWO PERCENT OF THE SOYBEANS ARE PLANTED, JUST BEHIND AVERAGE. COTTON PLANTING STILL LAGS WITH NOT A LOT OF PROGRESS LAST WEEK. 10 PERCENT IS IN THE GROUND. SUGARBEETS SEEM TO BE IN THE BEST SHAPE. NEARLY 80 PERCENT OF THE CROP IS PLANTED, WAY AHEAD OF AVERAGE. THAT PROGRESS IS DRIVEN BY FARMERS IN MINNESOTA AND NORTH DAKOTA.
WHEAT CONDITIONS:
DESPITE SOME RAINS LAST WEEK, WINTER WHEAT CONDITIONS DROPPED. USDA SHOWS 32 IS IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION, 9 POINTS LOWER THAN THE PREVIOUS WEEK. AND 34 PERCENT IS NOW CONSIDERED POOR TO VERY POOR. LAST WEEK, ONLY 19 PERCENT OF THE CROP WAS IN THE CATEGORY.
ACCUWEATHER:
NOW THAT PLANTING SEEMS TO BE GOING ON IN MUCH OF THE COUNTRY WITHOUT ANY MAJOR HICCUPS, IT'S A WEATHER SCARE DURING THE GROWING SEASON THAT COULD SPARK A RALLY. ACCUWEATHER'S SUMMER FORECAST SHOWS US WHAT WE CAN EXPECT.
THEY THINK WARMTH AND DRYNESS WILL EXPAND IN THE WEST. BUT THE GULF COAST COULD SEE A LOT OF MOISTURE, SPARKING CONCERNS OF FLOODING. THEY ALSO SAY WE COULD HAVE MORE 90 DEGREE DAYS THIS YEAR THAN WE DID WITH LAST YEAR'S MILD WEATHER.
TEASE ONE:
 THANKS SO MUCH, MIKE. WHEN WE COME BACK, KEVIN DULING AND BRYAH DOHERTY ARE HERE TO TALK MARKETS.
JOHN’S WORLD PITCH:
LINGERING TRADE DEALS ARE DRAWING A LOT OF ATTENTION RIGHT NOW. AS WE REPORTED EARLIER IN THE SHOW, JAPAN'S PRIME MINISTER WAS EVEN IN THE U-S THIS WEEK AND THE MAIN FOCUS WAS TRADE. BUT AGRICULTURE IS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ISSUE. JOHN PHIPPS GIVES HIS THOUGHTS ON SUCH A HIGHLY DEBATED TOPIC.
JOHN’S WORLD:
 CONGRESS IS IN THE PROCESS OF VIGOROUSLY DEBATING LEGISLATION TO INCREASE TRADE BETWEEN THE U-S AND VARIOUS REGIONS OF THE WORLD. THE ARGUMENTS ARE INTENSE AND REPETITIVE OF DISPUTES THAT HAVE EMBROILED OUR NATION FOR ITS ENTIRE HISTORY. LAST SUNDAY, GREG MANKIW, A STAUNCHLY CONSERVATIVE HARVARD ECONOMIST, WROTE AN OP-ED THAT POINTED OUT MORE OPEN TRADE WAS ONE OF VERY FEW THINGS THAT ECONOMISTS ALMOST UNIVERSALLY AGREE ON. HE ALSO MENTIONED THIS CHORUS OF APPROVAL DIDN'T SEEM TO CARRY MUCH WEIGHT. EFFORTS TO OPEN UP TRADE ARE CLEARLY GOOD FOR THE NATION AS A WHOLE, BUT ALWAYS INVOLVE SOME SECTORS BEING EXPOSED TO MORE EFFICIENT COMPETITION FROM ABROAD, EVEN THOUGH OUR STRONG INDUSTRIES BENEFIT MORE. ONE GOOD EXAMPLE IS SUGAR PRODUCTION. IF WE WERE TO HAVE TRULY FREE TRADE IN SUGAR, I DOUBT MUCH WOULD BE GROWN IN THE U-S. TOO MANY COUNTRIES LIKE BRAZIL AND AUSTRALIA SIMPLY CAN GROW IT MUCH MORE CHEAPLY. BUT I HAVE HAD EARNEST EMAILS POINTING OUT THAT MY SUPPORT FOR FREER TRADE WOULD MEAN AN END TO A WAY OF LIFE FOR THOUSANDS OF BEET GROWERS, FOR EXAMPLE. WHY AM I ATTACKING FELLOW FARMERS, THESE MESSAGES ASK. THERE IS NO HAPPY RESPONSE TO THIS. ONE CYNCAL ANSWER IS BECAUSE I DIDN'T GET REWARDS FROM THE TRADE RESTRICTIONS LIKE THOSE PRODUCERS HAVE. IN FACT, LIKE ALL U-S CONSUMERS I PAY MORE FOR SUGAR AS A RESULT. WHY SHOULD I GO TO BAT FOR THEM? JUST LIKE THE REPEAL OF A TAX BREAK IS NOT A NEW TAX BURDEN, THE END OF A GOOD DEAL IS NOT A PUNISHMENT - IT'S THE RESTORATION OF EQUAL TREATMENT. THERE IS ALSO A WELL-FOUNDED FEAR THAT WHEN MY INEFFICIENT INDUSTRY COLLAPSES FROM GLOBAL COMPETITION, MY SKILLS WON'T QUALIFY ME FOR THE OTHER JOBS IN WINNING INDUSTRIES. THIS IS A REAL PROBLEM, SO I SUPPORT GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS TO HELP WORKERS AND INDUSTRIES ADJUST TO THE NEW FACTS OF BUSINESS.  ALL GOOD DEALS CAN COME TO AN END IF THEY ARE DEPENDENT ON THE WHIMS OF ELECTED OFFICIALS. REMEMBER TOBACCO. THE BOTTOM LINE FOR ME IS FREER TRADE LOOKS A SLOW GRIND FORWARD, BUT I THINK IT WILL HAPPEN, AND AFFECT ALL OUR LIVES.
HEADLINES:
WELCOME BACK TO U-S FARM REPORT. WE HAVE MUCH MORE AHEAD. DICTATING WHAT YOU GROW. IN OUR FARM JOURNAL REPORT, WE SHOW YOU AN OREGON COUNTY THAT BANNED FARMERS FROM PLANTING GMO CROPS AND THE BATTLE IN THE COURTS TO SEE IF THE VOTE STANDS. A SHEERING SHED TURNS MUSICAL. WE'LL TAKE YOU TO AUSTRALIA TO SEE HOW THIS SHED IS KEEPING IT'S WOOL ROOTS, WHILE SHEDDING LIGHT ON A MUSICAL INDUSTRY COMING TO LIFE, AND CUSTOMER SUPPORT, JOHN REVEALS SOME OF THE BRAINS BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE COMMENTARIES.
AVIAN FLU WATER:
AFTER A FLOCK IS INFECTED, IT MUST BE DEPOPULATED TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE.  THE MINNESOTA NATIONAL GUARD IS ASSITING IN THAT EFFORT IN THEIR STATE, WHICH HAS ALSO BEEN HIT HARD BY AVIAN FLU. THE INFECTED BIRDS ARE EUTHANIZED WITH A FOAMING SYSTEM, WHICH REQUIRES A LOT OF WATER.THE NATIONAL GUARD IS HELPING TRANSPORT AND DELIVER THAT WATER TO OPERATIONS IMPACTED WITH AVIAN FLU.
NORTH DAKOTA FAIR:
IN RESPONSE, NORTH DAKOTA'S BOARD OF ANIMAL HEALTH IS TAKING EXTRA PRECAUTIONS AGAINST THE VIRUS, HAULTING ALL BIRD MOVEMENT TO SHOWS AND EXHIBITS. THE NORTH DAKOTA STATE FAIR BOARD HAS ALREADY DECIDED TO CANCEL ITS POULTRY "OPEN CLASS" COMPETITIONS.
TYSON ANTIBIOTICS:
WHILE THE INDUSTRY IS STIL IN SEARCH OF A VACCINE TO BATTLE AVIAN FLU, TYSON FOODS ANNOUCNED IT WILL STOP USING HUMAN ANTIBIOTICS ON ITS BROILER CHICKENS BY 2017.
WE REACHED OUT TO TYSON. THEY TOLD US BREEDER CHICKENS ARE A VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE BIRDS THEY RAISE.BUT WHEN ASKED IF THIS COULD SET PRECENDENT FOR OTHER MEAT SECTORS, LIKE BEEF OR PORK, THEY TOLD US THOSE DISCUSSIONS WILL HAPPEN THIS SUMMER. TYSON IS FORMING WORKING GROUPS WITH FARMERS AND COMPANIES TO DISUCSS WAYS TO REDUCE HUMAN ANTIBIOTICS IN THOSE ANIMALS, AS WELL.
CHIPOTLE:
CHIPOTLE SAYS IT'S GMO-FREE. THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK IT COMPLETELY ELIMINATED GMO'S FROM ITS FOODS. THE FAST FOOD CHAIN HAD ALREADY PHASED OUT MOST GMO PRODUCTS, BUT MADE FINAL CHANGES TO ITS TORTILLAS. CHIPOTLE DID RECEIVE PRAISES FROM SOME, BUT SEVERAL NEWS STORIES FOLLOWED THE ANNOUNCEMENT CRITICIZING CHIPOTLE'S DECISION, INCLUDING FROM THE L-A TIMES AND WASHINGTON POST. THEY SAY THE REAL PROBLEM IS CHIPOTLE'S DECISION ISN'T BASED ON SCIENCE. AND IF THEY TRULY WANTED TO ELIMINATE ALL GMOS, THEY WOULD NEED TO GO AS FAR AS REMOVING POP MACHINES.
VERMONT GMO LAW:
THE VERMONT LAW THAT REQUIRES LABELING OF GMO FOODS STANDS FOR NOW, DESPITE BACKLASH FROM FOOD INDUSTRY GROUPS. A FEDERAL JUDGE DENIED A REQUEST BY THE GROCERY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION TO BLOCK IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LABELING LAW. THE JUDGE 'DID' ACKNOWLEDGE THE LAW NEEDS MORE SCRUTINY. THE G-M-A SAYS IT'S DISAPPOINTED AND IS WORRIED THE COUNTRY WILL END-UP WITH A 50-STATE PATCHWORK OF ANTI-GMO LAWS.
CALIFORNIA GREENHOUSE GAS:
CALIFORNIA FARMERS COULD FACE MORE CUTS, BUT THIS TIME IT'S IN THE FORM OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS. CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT, CALLING IT THE MOST AGGRESSVIVE BENCHMARK BY A GOVERNMENT IN NORTH AMERICA. THE 40 PERCENT CUTS BY 2030 WILL HIT SECTORS LIKE AGRICULTURE, ENERGY AND STATE AND LOCAL GOVERMENTS. BROWN SAYS IT'S A VERY HIGH BAR, BUT A BAR THE STATE MUST MEET.
AVACADO DRONES:
THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION RECENTLY HINTED THAT IT WOULD EASE RESTRICTIONS ON SMALL U-A-V'S FOR COMMERCIAL USE. BUT SOME IN AGRICULTURE ARE ALREADY FINDING WAYS TO PUT THE TOOL TO GOOD USE.  IN WHAT MAY SEEM AS AN UNUSUAL TEAM, DRONES ARE TEAMING UP WITH DOGS TO SAVE AVOCADO TREES FROM DESTRUCTION IN FLORIDA. THE THREAT IS FROM A BEETLE THAT SPREADS A DISEASE BELIEVED TO HAVE COME FROM ASIA CALLED LAUREL WILT. IT'S ALREADY KILLED HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF AVACADO TREES.
TEASE:
THANKS, JOHN. WHAT ONCE WAS THE HOME TO SHEEP SHEARING HAS NOW TURNED INTO A MUSICAL VENUE IN THE LAND DOWN UNDER. THAT STORY IS NEXT.
SHEARING SHED:
FARM SHEDS ARE HUBS OF RURAL LIFE DOWN UNDER. NOW SOME OF THE FARM-LIFE STORIES ARE BEING TOLD THROUGH MUSIC…SHEARING SHEDS - YOU MIGHT CALL THEM BARNS - ON THE ISLAND OF TASMANIA HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY CONVERTED INTO MUSICAL VENUES.  HERE, THE TAMBER {TIMBRE) OF MUSIC MEETS THE TIMBER AND TIN OF A SHEARING SHED.
TRACTOR TALES:
TYNE, WE TRAVEL TO NORTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS FOR A SERIOUS MOLINE COLLECTOR.
 THIS TRACTOR HAS BEEN IN THE FAMILY FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS BUT DOESN'T SEE MUCH WORK THESE DAYS. THE OWNER SAYS THEY JUST LIKE TO SHOW IT OFF.
CHURCH SALUTE:
TODAY'S COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE GOES TO THE ST JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH IN TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN. SURROUNDED BY FRUIT TREES AND GRAPE VINES, THE CHURCH WAS BUILT IN 1881. AFTER THE ORIGINAL CHURCH WAS DESTROYED BY FIERCE WEATHER, A NEW STRUCTURE WAS BUILT IN 1908. JUST RECENTLY, IT WAS COMPLETELY RENONVATED INTO THE BEAUTIFUL CHURCH BUILIDNG THAT STANDS TODAY. THEY TELL US THE CHURCH HAS BEEN ACTIVE IN THE SAME AREA FOR MORE THAN 130 YEARS. OUR THANKS TO MARY LYON 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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