Hawks-Broncs 'N Hogs...& Farm Bill
This could be the week we see a farm bill passed. Reports from yesterday suggested that House and Senate ag leaders and their staffs have wrapped up the final details of the farm bill - and the House should vote on the bill Wednesday morning. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced the House will go into session at 9 a.m. Wednesday - with no morning business - and then consider an abortion bill and a possible vote on the farm bill.
Not only will there be a battle for the ball this weekend as the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos take to the field but it is also Ground Hog Day. USDA meteorologist, Mark Brusberg says for the first time, weather could play a major role in the game.
BRUSBERG: They're also playing for the first time in a cold weather climate so it's going to be interesting to see if Phil sees his shadow, is there a storm going through? Is that going to be a snowy or rainy Super Bowl so I think that if they get a good sunny day they might have more games up north but a good sunny might mean that Phil sees his shadow and we get 6 more weeks of winter so it's conundrum. You don't know who to root for this time.
Now with today's Food Forethought, here's Lacy Gray.
Pine beetles have been voraciously chewing through our nation's forests for decades killing trees and leaving behind wood that has a unique blue stain caused by the fungus carried by the beetles. This wood has been for the most part left unused by the timber industry, but recent work with the wood by innovative entrepreneurs has proven to be quite successful. Because the beetle-kill wood seems to be harder than its natural counterpart and has a unique blue stain it is being used to make unique furniture and even skis. Other opportunities have been incorporated for the beetle-kill wood as well, such as WoodStraw, a product made for erosion control. Used successfully in the Pacific Northwest, WoodStraw helps prevent erosion after disturbances such as wildfire and construction work. A bonus is it can be locally sourced, is cheaper than other common products such as coconut-based fiber blankets, and it can be made from almost any part of the tree. Those utilizing the beetle-kill wood know that this is not a solution to the large problem of pine beetle infestation, instead they are aiming to raise awareness of the crisis through their work with the wood.
Thanks Lacy. That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.