USFR Weekly Recap - November , 2014, 2014, 2014, 2014

09:30AM Nov 22, 2014
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TODAY ON USFR
NOVEMBER 22-23, 2014

HEADLINES:
WELCOME TO U.S. FARM REPORT. I'M TYNE MORGAN, AND HERE'S WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON FOR YOU THIS WEEKEND WEATHER NIGHTMARES.... FROM RIVERS TO FARMS, THIS WEEK'S COLD SNAP MOVED THE MARKETS. WE HAVE COMPLETE COVERAGE. THE NEW NORMAL LIVESTOCK PRICES CONTINUE TO HIT NEW HIGHS. WE'LL GET VIEWS ON HOW LONG IT COULD LAST.  TRAINING A MAN'S BEST FRIEND OUTDOORS ON THE FARM IS ALL ABOUT YOUR HUNTING PARNTER, AND IN JOHN'S WORLD...
WATER WOES:
NOW FOR THE MARKET-RELATED NEWS...OLD MAN WINTER'S EARLY ARRIVAL IS ALREADY CREATING HEADACHES FOR MORE THAN JUST HARVEST.
COLD WHEAT:
THE COLD WEATHER ALSO SPURRED A BOOST IN WHEAT PRICES THIS WEEK. OKLAHOMA STATE'S WHEAT SPECIALIST JEFF EDWARDS SAYS HE'S NOT THAT CONCERNED ABOUT LONG-TERM DAMAGE TO THE CROP.
COLD HARVEST:
SOME FARMERS PUSHED THROUGH THE SNOW, STILL HARVESTING FIELDS, WHILE OTHERS WERE FORCED TO PARK THEIR MACHINES. AND THIS VIDEO SHOWS YOU WHY. BLOWING SNOW WITH MORE THAN A FOOT ON THE GROUND IN HOLLAND, MICHIGAN...AREA HARVEST IS BEHIND, BUT ONE FARMER SAYS HE'S OPTIMISTIC HE WILL GET IT ALL HARVESTED THIS YEAR.
COLD FEEDER CATTLE:
SINCE IT WAS A DRY COLD IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS, THE ARTIC BLAST DIDN'T PROVIDE THE TYPICAL MANAGEMENT HEADACHES FOR FEEDER CATTLE. OKLAHOMA STATE TOLD US THAT THE WEATHER DID CAUSE SOME DISRUPTIONS OF CATTLE MOVEMENT, BUT NOT ENOUGH TO IMPACT PRICES.
COLD MILK:
AND IF YOU THINK YOU HAD IT BAD THIS WEEK, BE THANKFUL YOU WEREN'T IN NEW YORK.
DAIRY TODAY SPOKE TO UPSTATE NIAGARA COOPERATIVE WHOSE FARMERS ARE HAVING TO DUMP MILK, BECAUSE HAULERS AREN'T PHYSICALLY ABLE TO GET THERE TO PICK UP MILK IT'S BEEN A LOGISTIC NIGHTMARE.THEIR WEST SENECA, NEW YORK PLANT COULDN'T ACCEPT MILK THIS WEEK, AS 5 FEET OF SNOW COVERED THE ROAD. THEY TELL US SOME TRUCKS WERE STUCK ON THE ROAD FOR MORE THAN 36 HOURS.
PITCH TO MIKE:
THOSE ARE THE HEADLINES...METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US NOW WITH WEATHER... MIKE, ALL WE'VE TALKED ABOUT IS THIS COLD WEATHER THAT WON'T BUDGE. ANY RELIEF NEXT WEEK?
TEASE ONE:
THANKS MIKE. FROM A VIEWER'S QUESTION ABOUT SOYBEAN MEAL TO MORE TALK ABOUT THE COLD WEATHER'S IMPACT ON THE MARKETS, WE'LL COVER IT ALL WHEN WE RETURN ON U-S FARM REPORT.
JOHN’S WORLD PITCH:
WELCOME BACK, IT'S TIME NOW TO HEAD TO JOHN'S FARM AS HE TRIES TO EXPLAIN THE BATTLE OVER NET NEUTRALITY.
JOHN’S WORLD:
NET NEUTRALITY IS THE IDEA OF RECLASSIFYING INTERNET ACCESS AS A PUBLIC
UTILITY. IS IT A GOOD IDEA?  ONE WAY TO LOOK AT THIS IS TO DECIDE WHETHER THE INTERNET IS LIKE ELECTRICITY OR CABLE TV? WHILE IT SEEMS LIKE A CHOICE BETWEEN FREE ENTERPRISE (CABLE) AND GOVERNMENT REGULATION (ELECTRICITY), IT IS
MORE COMPLICATED.  CONGRESS DECIDED ELECTRICITY WAS IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO REQUIRE PROVIDERS TO SERVE AND CHARGE ALL CUSTOMERS EQUALLY. IMPORTANTLY
FOR RURAL AMERICANS POWER COMPANIES HAD TO INCLUDE US EVEN THOUGH
WE LOW OR NO PROFIT CUSTOMERS. CABLE TV IS A MOSTLY UNREGULATED SERVICE. MARKET FORCES ARE THE DOMINANT FACTORS IN DECIDING WHOM THEY SERVE AND HOW MUCH THEY CHARGE. THEY ALSO DECIDE WHAT DIFFERENT CHANNELS COST AND WHAT
YOUR CHOICES ARE. IN FAIRNESS, CABLE PROVIDERS HAVE TO BUILD EXPENSIVE
INFRASTRUTURE AND ARE CONSTANTLY INNOVATING. IT'S WHY THERE ARE
HUNDREDS OF CHANNELS. PROPONENTS ARGUE THIS FREEDOM TO CHARGE
WHAT THE MARKET WILL BEAR FOR DIFFERENT SHOWS SHOULD ALSO APPLY TO
DATA TRANSMISSION. THIS IS THE FAST LANE ARGUMENT FOR THOSE WHO CAN
PAY MORE. THE GENERAL PUBLIC OPPOSES DIFFERENTIAL PRICING BY OVERWHELMING
MAJORITIES. THE IDEA THAT ALL DATA TRAFFIC - MY EMAIL OR YOUR MOVIE
DOWNLOAD - SHOULD BE TREATED THE SAME IS A COMPELLING ARGUMENT.
FOR RURAL AMERICA, THE CHOICE IS EVEN MORE CLEAR, I THINK. THERE IS
INSUFFICIENT COMPETITION IN MOST CITIES, LET ALONE OUR TINY, HARD TO
SERVE POPULATION, TO MAKE UNREGUATED CARRIERS A WORKABLE SOLUTION.
REASONABLE INTERNET ACCESS IS AS CRUCIAL TO OUR FUTURE AS POWER AND
PHONES WERE A CENTURY AGO. NET NEUTRALITY REGULATION IS AN  IMPERFECT SOLUTION, BUT FOR THOSE OF US ON THE FRINGE IT BEATS THE
ALTERNATIVES.
HEADLINES:
WELCOME BACK TO U.S. FARM REPORT. WE HAVE MUCH MORE AHEAD.  IN OUR FARM JOURNAL REPORT: THE HEALTH OF THE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY LOOKS BETTER FOR 2015, BUT THE REBUILDING TIMELINE HAS MIXED VIEWS. WEIRD WEATHER: MIKE HOFFMAN TELLS US HOW LONG THE BITTER COLD WILL LAST. IN TRACTOR TALES: A GENEROUS VIEWER HAS A BIG SURPRISE. AND OUTDOORS ON THE FARM SHOWS US THE TRICKS OF TRAINING YOUR FURRY HUNTING PARTNER.
KEYSTONE:
THE SENATE VOTED AGAINST THE KEYSTONE X-L PIPELINE THIS WEEK.  AFTER THE HOUSE EASILY PASSED THE PROVISION EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE SENATE VOTE FAILED IN A 59 TO 41 VOTE.THE PIPELINE HAS BEEN WAITING APPROVAL FOR 6 YEARS TO COSS THE CANADIAN BORDER EN ROUTE FOR THE GULF COAST. CONGRESS IS EXPECTED TO TAKE UP THE ISSUE AGAIN IN JANUARY. THE PRESIDENT IS VERY VOCAL ABOUT HIS OPPOSITION TO THE PIPELINE.
WATER RULE:
EPA SECRETARY GINA MCCARTHY SAYS SHE'S MOVING AHEAD WITH THE PROPOSED WATERS OF THE U-S RULE. ACCORDING TO THE HILL, MCCARTHY SAYS SHE SURPISED WITH THE OUTPOURING OPPOSITION TO THE RULE, ESPEICALLY BY FARMERS AND AG GROUPS.
 WHILE NOTHING IS FINAL, MCCARTHY SAID TTHIS WEEK SHE'S CONFIDENT EPA WILL FINALIZE THE RULE SOON.
MAUI GM BAN:
THE NOVEMBER ELECTION WAS A BLOW TO A COUPLE AG COMPANIES. VOTERS DECIDED TO BAN THE GROWTH OF GMO CROPS IN MAUI COUNTY, HAWAII WHERE MONSANTO AND DOW HAVE SEED RESEARCH AND PRODUCTION SITES. BUT NOW A JUDGE IS ORDERING TO HALT IMPLEMENTING THAT BAN UNTIL HE HEARS ARGUMENTS…
OREGON GM BAN:
JACKSON COUNTY OREGON PASSED A SIMILAR LAW EARLIER THIS YEAR.  TWO FAMILY FARMS IN THE COUNTY ARE FILING SUIT, SEEKING FINANCIAL COMPENSATION FOR HAVING TO DESTROY THEIR GMO ALFALFA CROPS BY JUNE. THE FARM SAYS THAT CREATES 2 MILLION DOLLARS IN POTENTIAL LOSSES AND COULD PUT THEM OUT OF BUSINESS.
MCDONALDS POTATOES:
AND REMEMBER THOSE NEWLY APPROVED GENETICALLY MODIFIED POTATOES WE TOLD YOU ABOUT WEEK. THE ONES THAT ARE ENGINEERED TO BRUISE LESS AND PRODUCE LESS OF A CANCER CAUSING COMPOUND WHEN FRIED. MCDONALDS'S STEPPING OUT SAYING IT WILL NOT SOURCE GMO POTATOES FOR ITS STORES. THE COMPANY THAT MADE IT, JR SIMPLOT, IS A MAJOR SUPPLIER TO MCDONALDS.
WEATHER PITCH:
THAT'S IT FOR NEWS...METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN NOW HAS EXTENDED FORECAST. LET ME GUESS MIKE. IT'S GOING TO BE COLD.
CUSTOMER SUPPORT:
EACH WEEK IN OUR U-S FARM REPORT INBOX WE RECEIVE BOTH COMPLIMENTS AND COMPLAINTS. BUT THERE'S ONE COMPLAINT THAT SURFACES QUITE A BIT. SO, JOHN WANTS TO CLEAR THE AIR WITH THE NUMBERS. JOHN.
OUTDOOR ON THE FARM:
IT'S TIME NOW TO HEAD OUTDOORS ON THE FARM. TODAY PART 1 OF A 3-PART SERIES FROM THE HAWK-EYE STATE…WE BEGIN WITH PUPPY CAMP ON THE GROUNDS OF ARROWHEAD KENNELS. TODD STERRETT GIVES EMILY FLORY SOME ADVICE ON HOW TO GET A NEW PUP READY FOR THE HUNT
NEXT WEEK:
NEXT WEEK, WE HAVE OUR ANNUAL HARVEST OF THANKS SPECIAL. WE'LL MEET A MAN WHO HAD 18 THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF HIS CROP STOLEN. DESPITE THE LOSS, HE SAYS WITH GOOD YIELDS AND PRIME CONDITIONS, HE HAS A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR THIS YEAR.
NEXT UP:
WHEN WE COME BACK, TRACTOR TALES AND OUR COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE..
TRACTOR TALES:
LAST WEEK WE ANNOUNCED THE BIG WINNER IN JOHN'S TRACTOR GIVEAWAY. AND IN TRUE RURAL AMERICAN FASHION, JOHN'S GENEROSITY SPARKED ANOTHER ACT OF KINDNESS. SO, AL HAS SOME EXCITING NEWS. TYNE, WE DON'T HAVE JUST ONE WINNER. WE NOW HAVE TWO WINNERS OF OUR TRACTOR GIVEAWAY.
CHURCH SALUTE:
TODAY'S COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE GOES TO THE TRINITY LUTHERN CHURCH IN FREISTATT, MISSOURI. THE CONGREGATION DATES BACK TO 1874 WHEN GERMAN IMMMIGRANTS ESTABLISHED ROOTS...FROM THE FOUNDING FAMILIES, THE COMMUNITY GREW, BUILDING THEIR LIVES AROUND THE CHURCH AND EVEN ESTABLISHED A SCHOOL. 140 YEARS LATER, THE CHURCH STILL SITS IN RURAL MISSOURI WITH A SCHOOL SERVING CHILDREN FIRST THROUGH EIGHTH GRADE. OUR THANKS TO BETTY SAWYER FOR SHARING THEIR STORY...
CROP WATCH:
WELCOME BACK TO CROPWATCH, ALL OF OUR PHOTOS THIS WEEK COME FROM FACEBOOK. MIKE, I'VE BEEN BEHIND, SOME OF THESE WERE SENT A FEW WEEKS BACK. KEN ZAHM OF MARNE, MICHIGAN SAYS THERE'S A LOT OF CORN YET TO BE HARVESTED IN HIS AREA. HE PERSONALLY HAS ABOUT 900 ACRES TO GO AND 6-10" OF SNOW WERE FALLING AS HE POSTED THIS PICTURE TO OUR PAGE. MIKE I WAS UP IN MICHIGAN THIS WEEK. I'LL HAVE A PICTURE LATER. AND IT DEFINITELY FELT AND LOOKED LIKE WINTER. OH, NO DOUBT. FELT LIKE THE DEAD OF WINTER. STEWART FARMS PARTNERSHIP IS IN NORTHERN AND CENTRAL ILLINOIS. THEY SENT US THESE GREAT SHOTS OF HARVEST. HE SAID CORN AND BEAN YIELDS WERE ABOVE AVERAGE THIS YEAR. BUT JUST LIKE OTHER FARMERS THIS YEAR, THE WET FALL IS PUSHING BACK LIME APPLICATON AND TILLAGE WORK. YOU CAN SEE MORE OF THESE NEAT PICS AT STEWART HYPHEN FARMS DOT COM. ELEVEN YEAR OLD CADEY AND HER 15 YEAR OLD SISTER CAYLAN ARE 4-H MEMBERS IN GRAYSON COUNTY, TX. THEY HAVE PURCHASED AN OLD FEED STORE AS THEIR PROJECT. THEY ARE NOW BUYING AND SELLING PECANS. HOW COOL IS THAT?! ENTREPENUERSHIP AT ITS FINEST...HERE IS ANOTHER AWESOME PICTURE. IT'S OF JAXSON STANDING ON THE LEVEE WATCHING HIS PAPA HARVEST DOWN IN THE BOTTOMS IN SIBLEY MISSOURI. JAXSON SPENT ALMOST THE ENTIRE HARVEST THIS YEAR IN THE COMBINE WITH PAPA. HE IS A 100% LIL FARM BOY. MAKAELA TOLD AS SOON AS THEY GET HOME FROM FARMING, ALL THE DOES IS PLAY WITH HIS JOHN DEERE TRACTORS TO HARVEST THE "FIELDS" IN THEIR LIVING ROOM. SO CUTE I CAN SEE THE CARPET RIGHT NOW. AND ONE MORE PHOTO. THIS IS WHAT HTE COOL KIDS DO, THEY TAKE SELFIES. SO THIS IS A SELFIE OF ME UP IN HOLLAND MICHIGAN. AND MIKE I KNOW YOU DON'T THINK I WORK ANYMORE NOW THAT I'M HOST OF FARM REPORT. ALL I DO IS STAND IN TEH STUDIO. BUT I ACTUALLY SHOT VIDEO THIS WEEK. A FOOT OF SNOW IT WAS BLOWING. IT WAS FREEZING. A SNOW PLOW WENT BY LUCKILY I GOT OUT OF THE WAY IN TIME, AND A SELFIE. YEAH, AND THE COOL KIDS USE HASHTAGS NOW. SO, HASHTAG, SNOWMEGGEDON HASTAG, GLAD WE AREN'T IN BUFALO NEW YORK. I HAVE A FEELING THOSE TWO ARE USED A LOT, SO THEY'LL HAVE TROUBLE FINDING YOUR PICTURES. AND YOU SAID THAT BUFFALO NEW YORK. THAT WAS ALL LAKE EFFECT SNOW? THAT WAS PURE LAKE EFFECT COMING RIGHT DOWN LAKE ERIE. JUST PERFECT WIND DIRECTION FOR 36 TO 48 HOURS RIGHT ON THE SAME SPOT. JUST DOWN THE ROAD ON EITHER SIDE THEY HAD LITTLE SNOW. AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO'VE NEVER EXPERIENCED LAKE EFFECT SNOW, IT'S SERIOUS BUSINESS. NO DOUBT. IT CAN COME DOWN TWO TO THREE INCHES AN HOUR FOR A WHILE.

 

 

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