USFR Weekly Recap - May 30, 2015, 2014, 2015, 2015

May 30, 2015 03:30 AM
 

TODAY ON USFR
MAY 30-31, 2015

HEADLINES:
 WELCOME TO U.S. FARM REPORT. I'M TYNE MORGAN, AND HERE'S WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON FOR YOU THIS WEEKEND. SURVIVING ON TRADE... WE'LL HEAD TO NORTH CAROLINA TO LEARN ABOUT AN INDUSTRY THAT DEPENDS ON KEY TRADE DEALS...WE'LL SHOW YOU WHY THE NAPA VALLEY OF TOBACCO PRODUCTION IS AT RISK. MUDDY REGULATIONS.... EPA FINALLY RELEASED ITS CLEAN WATER RULE, BUT MANY IN THE INDUSTRY SAY THE RULE ISN'T CLEAR AND EPA IGNORED FAMRERS, AND IN JOHN'S WORLD...
WHEAT CONDITIONS:
DESPITE HEAVY RAINS IN TEXAS AND THE SOUTH, AS WELL AS COOLER TEMPERATURES IN THE PLAINS, WHEAT CONDITIONS WERE STAGNANT THIS WEEK. THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SAYS 19 PERCENT IS IN POOR TO VERY POOR CONDITION, 36 PERCENT IS FAIR AND 45 PERCENT OF THE CROP IS RATED GOOD TO EXCELLENT.
LOUSIANA WHEAT:
IN LOUISIANA, IT'S THE CLOUDY AND WET WEATHER CAUSING DAMAGE TO THE WHEAT.
THE L-S-U AG CENTER SAYS FARMERS ARE EXPERIENCING ONE OF THE WORST OUTBRAKS OF SCAB DISEASE THAT EXPERTS HAVE EVER SEEN.
EU WHEAT:
THE E-U'S WHEAT CROP LOOKS TO JUST KEEP GROWING. ACCORDING TO AGRIMONEY DOT COM, EUROPEAN OFFICIALS ARE SHRUGGING OFF IDEAS THAT FRANCE COULD SEE A DROP TO ITS SOFT WHITE WHEAT YIELD.INSTEAD, EUROPE RAISED IT'S SOFT WHEAT YIELD FORECAST ACROSS THE REGION. THE EUROPEAN UNION IS THE TOP PRODUCER OF THAT TYPE OF GRAIN.
TPA:
THE SENATE WORKED LATE INTO THE NIGHT FRIDAY TO VOTE ON A HOST OF BILLS, INCLUDING TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY. THE SENATE APPROVED THE FAST-TRACK MEASURE. BUT THE FIGHT ISN'T OVER. T-P-A FACES TOUGH OPPOSITION IN THE HOUSE, FROM BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER SAYS THEY WILL TAKE THE ISSUE UP IN JUNE AFTER CONGRESS RETURNS FROM THEIR BREAK.
HIGHWAY BILL:
THERE'S ALSO MOVEMENT ON THE HIGHWAY BILL, IT MAY NOT BE A PERMANENT FIX, BUT THE SENATE PASSED A TWO MONTH EXTENSION OF SURFACE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING. ACCORDING TO THE SOY TRANSPORATION COUNCIL, THIS WILL AVOID ABURPT SUSPENSION OF HIGHWAY AND BRIDGE PROJECTS DURING THE BUSY SUMMER MONTHS.THE HOUSE BASSED AN IDENTICAL MEASURE LAST WEEK. THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS AS LONG AS CONGRESS AUTHORIZES THE FUNDING, SUFFICIENT FUNDS ARE AVAILBLE TO GET THEM TO THE MIDDLE OF THE SUMMER.
JOHN’S WORLD PITCH:
WE RECENTLY RAN A FARM JOURNAL REPORT ON THE HEALTH OF HONEY BEES, FEATURING A GROUP OF HIGH SCHOOL KIDS DOING THEIR PART TO HELP BRING BACK THE DYING POPULATION. BUT WHO'S REALLY TO BLAME IN THIS? JOHN PHIPPS DISCUSSES FROM TEH FARM.
TAG & CLOSE:
THANKS, JOHN. STILL TO COME, WE'LL HEAD TO THE SOUTH TO LOOK AT TWO SPECIALTY CROPS THAT RELY HEAVILY ON TRADE. AND FARMERS SAY IF KEY TRADE DEALS DON'T PASS, THE INDUSTRY MAY NOT SURVIVE. THAT'S COMING UP NEXT.
HEADLINES:
WELCOME BACK TO U-S FARM REPORT. WE HAVE MUCH MORE AHEAD THIS WEEKEND.
SAVING SOUTHERN CROPS OUR FARM JOURNAL REPORT EXPLORES WHY TRADE COULD BE THE LAST LIFELINE LEFT. CLEARING UP MUDDY WATERS? WE TELL YOU WHY SOME IN AGRICULTURE THINK EPA'S JUST RELEASED WOTUS RULE IS FLAWED AND UNCLEAR, AND GOING BACK TO CULTIVATING CROPS. JOHN'S CUSTOMER SUPPORT EXPLORES WHY HIGHER EXPENSES COULD CAUSE FARMERS TO TAKE A STEP BACK IN TIME.
WOTUS:
 NOW FOR THE HEADLINES, AFTER A LONG WAIT AND HEATED DEBATE, EPA FINALLY RELEASED IT'S FINAL WATER OF THE U-S RULE. AND MANY IN AG ARE SAYING NOT MUCH HAS CHANGED AS THE RULE IS STILL MUDDY.
PRO WOTUS:
NOT EVERYONE OPPOSES THE FINAL RULE. THE CENTRER FOR RURAL AFFAIRS SAYS ITS ENCOURAGED BY IMPROVEMENTS TO PROTECT THE STREAMS AND WETLANDS THAT FORM THE FOUNDATION OF THE NATION'S WATERWAYS. UNLIKE OPPONENTS, THE CENTER SAYS EPA DID AS PROMISED BY CONSIDERING MORE THAN ONE MILLION COMMENTS THEY RECEIVED ON THOSE RULES, THEN TAKING THOSE INTO CONSIDERATION TO REFINE AND IMRPVOE THE RULE.
CALI WATER UPDATE:
AN UPDATE TO A STORY WE FIRST BROUGHT YOU LAST WEEK-- CALIFORNIA STATE WATER OFFICIALS HAVE STRUCK A DEAL WITH FARMERS TO REDUCE THEIR WATER USE BY A QUARTER.FARMERS VOLUNTEERED TO MAKE THE CUTS TO THEIR WATER RIGHTS IN THE DELTA REGION. IN EXCHANGE, FARMERS WON'T BE FORCED TO REDUCE THE REMAINING 75 PERCENT OF THE AVAILABLE WATER. THOSE VOLUNATRY RESTRICTIOSN WILL BE IN PLACE UNTIL OCTOBER FIRST.
PESTICIDE FREE ZONE:
EPA IS TAKING A STEP IN PROTECTING HONEY BEES BY PROPOSING PESTICIDE FREE ZONES.
 THE RULE RESTRICTS MAKING FOLIA APPLICATIONS WHEN PLANTS ARE IN FULL BLOOM OR COMMERCIAL HONEYBEES ARE BEING USED TO POLLINATE CROPS. THE 18-PAGE RULE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER FRIDAY.
AVIAN FLU WANING:
 THE NUMBER OF AVIAN FLU CASES MAY BE TAPERING OFF. ACCORDING TO RUETERS, U-S CHIEF VETERINARY OFFICER SAYS THE NUMBER OF CASES HAVE STARTED TO DECLINE, AND THE EPIDEMIC COULD BE OVER IN A COUPLE MONTHS. DR JOHN CLIFFORD CREDITS WARMING WEATHER PATTERNS, AS THE HEAT AND SUNLIGHT REDUCES THE VIRUS PRESENT IN THE ENVIRONMENT. BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN PRODUCERS ARE IN THE CLEAR. CASES CONTINUE TO BE CONFIRMED BY THE DAY, WITH MORE THAN 40 MILLION BIRDS ALREADY FALLING VICTIM TO AVIAN FLU.
EGG PRICES:
AVIAN FLU IS ALSO DAMAGING THE PRICE OF EGGS. ANALYSTS AT FINANACIAL FIRM GOLDMAN SACHS SAY IT'S CONSUMERS ARE ULTIMATELY GOING TO PICK UP THE TAB.
THEY'RE PROJECTING AMERICANS WILL SPEND UP TO 8 BILLION DOLLARS MORE TO BUY EGGS IN THE COMING MONTHS. THAT WOULD BE AN INCREASE OF 75 PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR. PRICES FOR WHOLESALE BREAKER EGGS REACHED $1.23 A DOZEN LAST WEEK, THE HIGHEST EVER.
HORMEL ORGANIC:
 HORMEL THINKS THE AVIAN FLU OUTBREAK WILL START EATING INTO THEIR PROFITS, BUT THAT'S NOT STOPPING THE FOOD COMPANY FROM MAKING A BIG PURCHASE. HORMEL FOODS ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK IT'S BUYING OGANIC PROCESSED MEATS MAKER, APPLEGATE FARMS, FOR 775 MILLION DOLLARS. APPLEGATE CLAIMS THEIR MEATS ARE RAISED HUMANELY WITHOUT ANTIBIOTICS OR HORMONES.
TEXAS FLOODING:
FOLKS IN TEXAS JUST CAN'T CATCH A BREAK. ELEVEN INCHES OF RAIN FEL IN 24 HOURS IN HOUSTON, BRINGING THE NATION'S FOURTH LARGEST CITY TO A HALT, AND JUST OUTSIDE OF AUSTIN IN HAYS COUNTY, THE BLANCO RIVER LEFT ITS BANKS. YOU CAN SEE THE DEVASTATION LEFT BY THE FAST MOVING WATER. VIEWER KASEY MOCK SENT US SOME PHOTOS OF THE AFTERMATH. THIS RAIN IS PROVING FATAL FOR SOME, AND IT'S ALSO CREATING CHALLENGES FOR FARMERS. MANY HAVE CROPS UNDER WATER AND ARE STALLED IN GETTING THIS YEAR'S COTTON CROP IN THE GROUND.
HURRICANE OUTLOOK:
FOR THE FARMERS ALONG THE COAST, THERE'S SOME GOOD NEWS OUT OF NOAA. THE AGENCY IS PREDICTING A BELOW NORMAL HURRICANE SEASON THIS YEAR. BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THOS AREAS ARE IN THE CLEAR. EL NINO IS SUPRESSING THE HURRICANE SEASON THIS YEAR, BUT THEY ARE STILL CALLING FOR THREE TO SIX HURRICANES. NOAA THINKS WE'LL SEE ZERO TO POSSIBLY TWO MAJOR HURRICANES.
WEATHER PITCH:
THAT'S IT FOR NEWS...METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US NOW WITH WEATHER. MIKE, SEEMS LIKE WE COULD BE IN FOR A FAIRLY TAME HURRINCANE SEASON.
FARM JOURNAL REPORT TAG:
THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY HAS SEEN QUITE THE CHANGE IN THE PAST 10 YEARS. IN 2004, CONGRESS PASSED A 10 BILLION DOLLAR TOBACCO BUYOUT BILL, WHICH DESTROYED THE INDUSTRY'S QUOTE AND PRICE SUPPORT PROGRAM. THAT PROGRAM HAD BEEN IN PLACE SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION. THE MOVE FORCED SOME OF THE SMALLER GROWERS OUT OF BUSINESS, AND IT'S BEEN A GAME OF CONSOLIDATION EVER SINCE. UP NEXT, WE'RE OFF TO JOHN'S FARM.
CUSTOMER SUPPORT:
SOME IN FARMING ONLY KNOW THE DAYS OF ROUNDUP. THEY'VE NEVER HAD TO WALK FIELDS AND PULL WEEDS BY HAND OR TILL. THOSE DAYS THAT WERE ONCE A DISTANT MEMORY COULD IT NOW BE THE NEW WAY OF FARMING. HERE'S JOHN.
 TRACTOR TALES:
MIKE TURNER USES THIS CLASSIC MASSEY ON HIS PROPERTY FOR JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING. IT'S ALSO A SPECIAL PIECE OF HISTORY FOR HIM AS HE REMEMBERS HIS DAD USING IT ON THE FARM.
CHURCH SALUTE:
TODAY'S COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE GOES TO ST JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH OF VERGAS, MINNESOTA. LOCATED IN THE NORTHWEST PORTION OF THE STATE SURROUNDED BY THE MINNESOTA'S GORGEOUS LAKES…THE CHURCH GOT ITS START IN 1915, WITH ONLY SIX CHARTER MEMBERS. JUST THIS MONTH, MEMBERS HELD A CELEBRATIONT O HONOR THEIR FOREFATHERS AND THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE HELD TRUE TO GOD'S WORD OVER THE PAST 100 YEARS. OUR THANS TO THE CONGREGATION 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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