Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. Congress returns to Washington today with a full plate for the remainder of 2012.
Congress is back to work today. And so is USDA. The AG department's "NASS" office was closed on Monday for Veterans Day. That means the weekly crop progress report was not issued yesterday afternoon. Of course, harvest is wrapping-up quickly, so the updates won't show big changes when it comes out later today.
Harvest is wrapping up over a large portion of the country. However some farmers are still bringing in crops. And they're offering some of their field comments. Mike Hoffman joins us with cropwatch.
It's been the promise of Presidents for decades now...to make the U.S. Energy independent. Now it appears that goal is within grasp thanks to new technology and newly discovered oil reserves.
Thousands of out-of-state workers looking for employment are pouring into the western North Dakota oil fields, creating a boomtown atmosphere in many cities and towns. Those energy laborers are not all from out-of-state. Many are former state residents who are now able to return home because of the surplus of high paying jobs. In this report from affiliate KFYR, Cliff Naylor reports on a couple who saw opportunities at home in North Dakota.
In agribusiness today - tractor sales were strong last month according to the latest data from the association of equipment manufacturers. Their monthly flash report shows total tractor sales were up 29% from the same month last year. Year to date, they're up 10% over 2011.
KANSAS CITY BOARD OF TRADE:
The Chicago Mercantile Group announced last month it will acquire the Kansas City Board of Trade, pending final approval by KCBT's shareholders. The purchase means hard red winter wheat and soft red winter wheat will be under one roof.
Grains closed down Monday. December wheat was down 28-and-three-quarters. But generally speaking wheat has been on an upswing. Farm Director Al Pell takes a look in this morning's analysis.
Three years ago the Kentucky 4H started a new program to help rehabilitate injured raptor birds - like eagles and hawks. Even though they can be nursed back to health, not all of the birds can return to nature. In this report provided by the U-K College of Agriculture, Jeff Franklin tells us how the captive birds are getting the best care possible in a program simply called "forever friends." 4Her's must be 14 to participate in the raptor rehabilitation program which includes feeding the birds, cleaning their pens and learning how to handle them safely. A permit is required to operate the raptor rehab center because the program is federally controlled.
In food and your family the owner of a California fertilizer company is headed to federal prison. He pled guilty earlier this year for selling organic fertilizer that contained ingredients not approved for organic growing.
New research indicates mom might have been wrong about eating between meals.