AgDay Daily Recap- January 11, 2017

January 11, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JANUARY 11, 2017

HEADLINES
FARMER SENTIMENT GOES UP POST ELECTION,  BUT WILL THE ECONOMY KEEP MOODS POSITIVE. THE FIRST EXPORTS FROM  CUBA MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE U.S. IN AGRIBUSINESS...DAIRY MARKET MOVES. IF YOU TALK TO DAIRY PRODUCER NOBODIES FLIPPING CART WHEELS TELLING YOU YOU KNOW THEY'RE MAKING MONEY HAND OVER FIST.THE PACKER TV TELLS US WHAT'S TRENDS WILL BE HOT IN 2017'S KITCHENS. AND  RESEARCHERS MAY HAVE FOUND A WAY TO HELP AUTISTIC CHILDREN BATTLE  OBESITY. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY  SILVERADO.

AFBF CONVENTION WRAPS UP
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE 2017 AMERICAN FARM BUREAU  CONVENTION IS NOW IN THE BOOKS. DELEGATES HAVE THEIR MARCHING  ORDERS, WHILE AWAITING A NEW OFFICE HOLDER IN THE WHITE HOUSE...AND  COPING WITH ANOTHER DISMAL YEAR IN THE FARM ECONOMY FOR MANY. FARM BUREAU MEMBERS WERE TOLD TO EXPECT ANOTHER YEAR OF SOFT GRAIN  PRICES UNLESS THERE'S A MAJOR DISRUPTION IN OUTSIDE FACTORS, SUCH AS  WEATHER OR FOREIGN MARKETS. DR. PAT WESTHOFF - WHO IS DIRECTOR OF THE "FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL  POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE" AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI - SAYS PRICES  WILL CONTINUE TO BE BELOW AVERAGE AND PERHAPS EVEN LOWER THAN 2016. DESPITE THE GLUM OUTLOOK IN GRAINS, THE JUST RELEASED AG BAROMETER  FROM PURDUE UNIVERSITY SHOWING FARMERS ARE CONSIDERABLY MORE  OPTIMISTIC AFTER THE ELECTION. THE AG PRODUCER SENTIMENT ROSE SHARPLY TO 132. THAT'S 16 POINTS HIGHER  THAN NOVEMBER AND AND 40 POINTS STRONGER THAN OCTOBER. FARM BUREAU'S CHIEF ECONOMIST BOB YOUNG SAYS 2017 COULD PROVIDE  OPPORTUNITIES IN SOME ASPECTS OF AGRICULTURE, ESPECIALLY PROTEINS,  YOUNG DISCUSSED HIS OUTLOOK WITH AGRITALK RADIO HOST MIKE ADAMS. "I THINK A GUY COULD MAKE A CASE THAT 2017 MIGHT NOT BE BETTER BUT AT LEAST SIDEWAY. I DON'T  THINK WE NECESSARILY FALL THAT MUCH MORE. SOYBEAN OIL PRICES ARE IN THE MID 30'S WHICH  HISTORICALLY IF I HAD TALKED TO YOU ABOUT 35 CENT OIL PRICE YOU WOULD HAVE SAID NO WAY. SO I THINK THERE ARE A FEW SPOTS A GUY COULD POINT TO AND SAY MAYBE NOT SAY BAD. SOME OPTIMISM  ABOUT IMPROVEMENT IN DAIRY PRICES FOR THIS YEAR. EXACTLY SO. WE'VE SEEN BETTER EXPORT MARKETS  THERE THAT'S KINDA LIFTED OURSELVES UP EVEN THOUGH WE EXPANDED PRODUCTION. SO I JUST THINK  THERE - SURE YOU'D LIKE THINGS BETTER THAN THEY ARE, BUT THEY ARE NECESSARILY AS BLACK CLOUD AS  ONE MIGHT LIKE TO MAKE IT OUT TO BE." YOUNG SAYS THE U-S MUST CONSTANTLY INCREASE WORLD DEMAND FOR AG PRODUCTS...BUT THAT COULD BE IMPACTED BY THE STRENGTH OF THE U-S  DOLLAR. "I THINK WHEN YOU TAKE A LOOK AROUND THE WORLD, OUR ECONOMY RIGHT NOW MUST LOOK LIKE ONE OF THE BETTER ECONOMIES OUT THERE, SO IT'S NOT JUST INTEREST RATE MOVES. IT'S ALSO HOW STRONG  YOUR ECONOMY IS. WE HAVE THE WHOLE BREXIT ISSUE GOING ON, WITH THE POUND IN EUROPE AS WELL.  JAPAN CONTINUING TO DO WHAT JAPAN DOES, CHINA, WHO KNOWS WHAT HAPPENS THERE. THERE'S  POTENTIAL FOR TRADE CONFLICT AS THE ADMINISTRATION TURNS OVER. I THINK THERE'S SOME POTENTIAL YOU  ALMOST GOTTA SAY THE DOLLAR HAS TO CONTINUE TO BE THE HAVEN CURRENCY, SO WHY WOULD YOU  EXPECT IT TO CHANGE A WHOLE LOT."ONE AREA OF CONCERN FOR FARM BUREAU MEMBERS IS PROTECTING THE USE  OF THE NATION'S PUBLIC LANDS. A POLICY POSITION POINTED DIRECTLY AT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S USE OF  THE ANTIQUITIES ACT TO DESIGNATE NEARLY 6 MILLION ACRES OF LAND AS  NATIONAL MONUMENTS. FARM BUREAU ALONG WITH NATIONAL CATTLEMEN'S ARE CALLING ON CONGRESS  AND THE PRESIDENT ELECT TO BE MORE TRANSPARENT IN THE MONUMENT PROCESS. A NEW BILL HAS ALREADY BEEN INTRODUCED TO CONGRESS THAT WOULD  REQUIRE CONGRESSIONAL AND STATE APPROVAL TO DESIGNATE A NEW  MONUMENT.  ALSO AT THE FARM BUREAU CONVENTION, DELEGATES HEARD ABOUT MARKET  OPPORTUNITIES FOR U-S AGRICULTURE IF TRADE RELATIONS WITH CUBA ARE  NORMALIZED. AN ECONOMIST FROM USDA SAYS AG EXPORTS COULD INCREASE ONE BILLION  DOLLARS A YEAR, COMPARED WITH 195 MILLION DOLLARS IN 2016 SALES. PRODUCTS OF PRIVATELY RUN OR COOPERATIVE FARMS CAN BE EXPORTED TO  THE U-S.

CHARCOAL, PIZZA OVENS EXPORTED FROM CUBA TO U.S.
MEANWHILE, A SPECIAL FORM OF CHARCOAL USED FOR PIZZA AND BREAD OVENS  IS THE FIRST LEGAL EXPORT FROM CUBA TO THE U-S. THE NEW DEAL WAS JUST ANNOUNCED. A U-S COMPANY IS BUYING 80 TONS OF THE ARTISAN CHARCOAL THAT'S MADE  FROM AN INVASIVE WOODY PLANT. THE COMPANY OWNER IS HOPEFUL THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WILL ALLOW  THIS TRADE PRACTICE TO CONTINUE. ... I DO HOPE THE NEW ADMINISTRATION (PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP) WILL LOOK AT THIS, AT THE  OTHER DEALS THAT HAVE BEEN ACCOMPLISHED, THAT CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED, AND IF YOU BELIEVE IN  FREE TRADE, AND IN FACT IF YOU BELIEVE IN ECONOMIC PROGRESS, THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE SHOULD BE  DOING."THE CHARCOAL IS PRODUCED BY HUNDREDS OF WORKER-OWNED  COOPERATIVES ACROSS CUBA AND HAS BECOME AN INCREASINGLY PROFITABLE  EXPORT, VALUED FOR ITS CLEAN-BURNING PROPERTIES AND OFTEN USED IN  PIZZA AND BREAD OVENS.

PROTEIN EXPORTS
DESPITE A STRENGTHENING DOLLAR, U.S. PORK EXPORTS SET A FRESH MONTHLY RECORD IN NOVEMBER. THE U.S. MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION SAYS PORK EXPORTS WERE 24 PERCENT  HIGHER THAN A YEAR AGO. THAT BEATS A PREVIOUS RECORD SET BACK IN 2012. NOVEMBER EXPORTS ACCOUNTED FOR 28 PERCENT OF PORK PRODUCTION IN  THE MONTH. BEEF EXPORTS WERE ALSO UP--20 PERCENT HIGHER YEAR OVER YEAR. IT WAS THE LARGEST VOLUME TO LEAVE THE U.S. SINCE JULY OF 2013.

SOUTH KOREA ACCEPTING U.S. EGGS
ALSO ON THE PROTEIN SIDE, SOUTH KOREA HAS AGREED TO ACCEPT EGGS  FROM U.S. PRODUCERS. THIS THE FIRST TIME THAT MARKET HAS EVER BEEN OPEN TO U.S. EGG  PRODUCERS. THE WORST OUTBREAK OF AVIAN FLU IN SOUTH KOREAN HISTORY HAS SEVERELY  IMPACTED THE POULTRY INDUSTRY THERE. MORE THAN 30 MILLION BIRDS HAVE BEEN CULLED SINCE NOVEMBER..MOST OF  THEM EGG LAYING HENS. THE NEWS IS WELCOME HERE IN THE U.S. WHERE PRODUCERS CONTINUE TO  FACE AN OVERSUPPLY OF EGGS AND FALLING PRICES.

CROP COMMENTS
CROP COMMENTS IS POWERED BY RESICORE HERBICIDE FOR CORN, FROM  DOW AGROSCIENCES. HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE FLED HOMES IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA AS  A MASSIVE WINTER STORM PACKING HEAVY RAIN, STRONG WINDS AND  LIGHTNING CAUSED MUDSLIDES AND WIDESPREAD FLOODING. THE RUSSIAN RIVER IN CALIFORNIA'S SONOMA COUNTY AND THE TRUCKEE RIVER  NEAR RENO, NEVADA, OVERFLOWED THEIR BANKS. OFFICIALS SAY BOTH  WATERWAYS COULD STAY AT THE FLOOD STAGE FOR DAYS. MUDSLIDES CAUSED ROAD CLOSURES ACROSS THE REGION, INCLUDING ALONG MAJOR HIGHWAYS. THERE'S ALSO HEAVY SNOW IN THE SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS BEING  MEASURED IN FEET, NOT INCHES. THE BACK-TO-BACK STORMS ARE PART OF AN "ATMOSPHERIC RIVER" WEATHER  SYSTEM THAT DRAWS PRECIPITATION FROM THE PACIFIC OCEAN. THAT KIND OF  SYSTEM, ALSO KNOWN AS THE "PINEAPPLE EXPRESS," POSES CATASTROPHIC  RISKS FOR AREAS HIT BY THE HEAVIEST RAIN. 2017 IS STARTING LIKE 2016 ENDED - WITH HEAVY ECONOMIC LOSSES RELATED TO THE WEATHER. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS IN CROP COMMENTS, MIKE. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. AN OFFICE AT THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOPHERIC ADMINISTRATION JUST  RELEASED ITS ANNUAL TALLY OF "BILLION DOLLAR DISASTERS" IN THIS COUNTRY.  IT SAYS DURING 2016 THE U-S HAD 15 WEATHER DISASTERS WITH LOSSES  EXCEEDING THAT BENCH MARK. TOTAL LOSSES WERE OVER 46-BILLION DOLLARS. THEY'VE CONDUCTED THIS STUDY FOR 37 YEARS. AND LAST YEAR WAS ITS  SECOND HIGHEST NUMBER OF BILLION DOLLAR DISASTERS. FOUR OF THE  EVENTS WERE INLAND FLOODING - LIKE WHAT WE SAW IN LOUISIANA. AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE WEATHER MAP TODAY BOY YOU CAN SEE A LOT OF SYSTEMS AFFECTING US AND THEY ARE GOING TO CONTINUE FROM WEST TO EAST WE’LL TIME THOSE OUT FOR YOU COMING UP BUT FIRST HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL CHECK IN ON DAIRY MARKETS AND DISCUSS WHERE  MILK PRICES MAY BE HEADED IN THE NEW YEAR. AND LATER, HOT TRENDS IN FOOD FROM OUR PARTNERS OVER AT THE PACKER.   THEY SAY PURPLE CAULIFLOWER MAY FIND ITS WAY TO YOUR PLATE IN 2017. AND, A DISCOVERY THAT COULD HELP CHILDREN WITH AUTISM LOSE  WEIGHT....USING A COMMON DRUG FOR ANOTHER CONDITION. WITH MARKET PRICES CONSTANTLY CHANGING, IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHERE CURRENT PRICES  STAND. GET MARKET PRICES DELIVERED RIGHT TO YOUR MOBILE PHONE, JUST TEXT MARKETS TO 31313 TO  GET STARTED! 

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS AFTER A MIXED DAY MONDAY, LETS SEE HOW MARKETS MOVED  ON TUESDAY. FOR THAT WE HEAD TO THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. GRAIN MARKETS HERE IN CHICAGO MIXED IN A TWO SIDED TRADE ON TUESDAY.  FOR THE MARKET WAS MOSTLY HIGHER TODAY. THE CORN MARKETS SAT LOWER  IN A VERY TIGHT RANGE FOR MOST OF THE SESSION SAME THING WITH THE  WHEAT MARKET. YA KNOW THE THINGS THAT WE'RE TRACKING HERE ARE FEW.  FIRST WE GOT SOUTH AMERICAN WEATHER. WE'VE GOT SOME ISSUES IN  NORTHERN BRAZIL. IT'S BEEN A LITTLE TOO DRY THERE. SOME AREAS OF  ARGENTINA BEEN A LITTLE TOO WET BUT ON THE WHOLE WE'VE GOT A PRETTY  FAVORABLE GROWING SITUATION FOR MOST OF SOUTH AMERICA. AS A MATTER  OF FACT THE BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT HAD THEIR CROP PRODUCTION REPORT  OUT THIS MORNING. THEY INCREASE THEIR ESTIMATES FOR BOTH CORN AND  SOYBEANS. SO LOOKING FOR FOR A RECORD SOYBEAN CROP CERTAINLY IN  BRAZIL AND SOMEWHERE NEAR A RECORD CORN CROP IN BRAZIL. LIVESTOCK  MARKETS HERE IN CHICAGO SHARPLY HIGHER ON TUESDAY. THE CATTLE MARKET  POSTING DOUBLE DIGIT GAINS. LIVE CATTLE AND FEEDER CATTLE BOTH NEAR  LIMIT UP AT ONE POINT IN TIME SO VERY VERY STRONG TRADE HERE. I THINK A  LOT OF THIS HAS TO DO WITH WEATHER WHICH HAS BEEN DETRIMENTAL TO THE  WEIGHT GAIN AND DETRIMENTAL TO THE CATTLE. UH IN PARTICULAR WE'VE GOT  ICE STORMS THAT ARE PROJECTED TO HIT A LOT OF THE PLAINS LATER THIS WEEK. AND INTO THIS COMING WEEKEND. SO  I THINK WE DO HAVE SOME SOME KIND OF  A WEATHER MARKET ON OUR HANDS HERE AND TO SOME EXTENT. AGAIN JOE VACLAVIK STANDARD GRAIN FROM THE FLOOR OF CME GROUP.

AGRIBUSINESS
HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK WE HAVE BRIAN DORHETY STEWART  PETERSON OUR GUEST GLAD TO HAVE YOU HEAR BRIAN LET'S TALK ABOUT  THESE DAIRY MARKETS IT'S SOMETHING YOU FOLLOW PRETTY CLOSELY OUT OF  WISCONSIN BUT BOY IT'S BEEN IT'S BEEN AN INTERESTING LATER HALF OF 2016  NOW AS WE GO INTO 2017. IT HAS YOU KNOW LOOKED PRETTY TOUGH FOR  AWHILE. IT DID. THEN PRICES RECOVERED AND THEY RECOVERED ON THE HEELS  OF DECLINING WORLD PRODUCTION INCREASING WORLD DEMAND AND THE  IRONIC PART ABOUT THIS FOR THE AMERICAN PRODUCER IS WE ACTUALLY  INCREASED PRODUCTION HERE IN THE U.S. ABOUT 2% THIS YEAR. THAT  PROBABLY DOESN'T ALWAYS WORK OUT FOR US RIGHT. WELL IT'S WORKED OUT  NOW. IT HAS THIS TIME. IF YOU TALK TO DAIRY PRODUCER NOBODIES FLIPPING  CART WHEELS TELLING YOU YOU KNOW THEY'RE MAKING MONEY HAND OVER  FIST BUT THERE'S STATUS QUO THEY'RE HOLDING TOGETHER THEY'RE  BECOMING EFFECTIVE MORE EFFICIENT YOU'RE SEEING SOME AGAIN SOME  SMALLER MOVE OUT BIGGER IS PROBABLY ADDING BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE  BIG PICTURE WHAT I'M A LITTLE CONCERNED ABOUT IS THE RUN UP INT HE  DOLLAR THIS YEAR WE SAW CATTLE DAIRY AND PORK ALL MOVE UP WITH THE  DOLLAR INCLUDING SOYBEANS WHICH IS ODD THE MORE THE DOLLAR WENT UP  THEY WENT UP RIGHT WITH IT BUT THERE'S ALWAYS A CATCH UP PHASE DEMAND  DOESN'T SHIFT OVER NIGHT WHEN THE DOLLAR MOVES UP BUT IT MAY SHIFT  OVER 3 OR 6 MONTH WINDOW SO I'M A LITTLE BIT CONCERNED ON THAT SO FROM  A DAIRY PRODUCER'S PERSPECTIVE RECOGNIZE THAT WHAT GOES DOWN COMES  UP WE SAW THAT AND WHAT GOES UP CAN GO DOWN SO LOOK AHEAD TO THE  YEAR YOU'VE GOT SOME REALLY GOOD OPPORTUNITIES TO SELL A QUARTER TO  HALF YOUR MILK OR MORE BY A CALL AGAINST IT GET YOURSELF POSITIONED SO  THAT YOU'RE WELL PREPARED IN CASE PRICES TIP OVER AGAIN WE TALK ABOUT  THE THIS BEFORE THE SPEED AT WHICH MARKETS TIP OVER IS ALWAYS  LIGHTNING FAST AND IT'S LIKE TRYING TO CATCH A FALLING KNIFE IT'S HARD TO  DO THAT. ABSOLUETLY REAL QUICK YOUR EXPECTATIONS PRODUCTION 2017 YOU  THINK WE'LL KEEP ADDING TO THIS TO THIS HERD. YEAH ALL NUMBERS SEEM TO  POINT TO ONE TO TWO PERCENT INCREASE IN PRODUCTION THERE'S AT  PRESENT WITH CHEAP FEED THERE'S NO REASON TO EXPECT A PULL DOWN ON  THAT THERE'S PLENTY HAY PLENTY CORN PLENTY PASTURE AVAILABLE THOSE  THINGS MAY CHANGE SPRING AND SUMMER BUT RIGHT NOW EXPECTATIONS ARE  INCREASED PRODUCTION. ALRIGHT THANK BRIAN APPRECIATE IT WE'LL BE BACK  WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE. TO DISCUSS MARKETING STRATEGIES CALL 800-334-9779 OR VISIT STEWART- PETERSON.COM.

WEATHER
AGDAY WEATHER - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE LIBERTYLINK SYSTEM, A SIMPLY BETTER SOLUTION FROM  BAYER. WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH MIKE HOFFMAN MIKE A PINEAPPLE EXPRESS OUT WEST JUST  BRING IN STORMS THAT IS A TERM A LOT OF FOLKS USE COMING RIGHT FROM HAWAII BASICALLY AND COMING   STRAIGHT ACROSS THE PACIFIC AND WE HAVE ONE MORE COMING ON LAND AND I PROBABLY SHOULDN'T  SAY JUST ONE MORE BECAUSE THERE 'S THAT LEAST ONE MORE BEYOND THAT AND THEY JUST KEEP  COMING. BUT HE CONCEIVED A STRING OF STORM SYSTEMS WELL THIS ONE OVER WESTERN PORTIONS OF  THE GREAT LAKES ACTUALLY CAME OUT OF WESTERN CANADA. KIND OF FOLDED ITSELF INTO THIS FLOW OF THE  STORM. SO LET 'S PUT THE MAPS INTO MOTION LIGHT SNOW MOVING ACROSS THE UPPER MIDWEST INTO  THE GREAT LAKES. RAIN RETURNING THROUGH THE OHIO VALLEY INTO THE LOWER GREAT LAKES. WITH THAT  WARM FRONT AND THEN THE NEXT STORM SYSTEM OF BRINGING IN SOME MORE OF RAIN ALONG THE COAST  MOUNTAIN SNOWS WE'LL  JUST CONTINUE TO MEASURE THE SNOW IN THE SIERRA NEVADA'S IN FEET NOT INCH IS IS THAT SNOW CONTINUES TO COME DOWN AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE NIGHTTIME HOURS  TONIGHT AND INTO THE FIRST PART OF THE DAY TOMORROW YOU CAN SEE A STRING OF SHOWERS FROM NEW  ENGLAND ALL THE WAY DOWN IN THE NORTHEAST TEXAS. A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW INTO  THE GREAT LIKES AND  SOME DECENT SNOWS FROM THE SIERRA NEVADA'S IN OF THE CENTRAL ROCKIES WITH RAIN IN PARTS OF  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOR A CHANGE AND THEN WE HAD THROUGH THE DATA MINING SEE THOSE  SHOWERS MOVE RIGHT THROUGH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COULD BE A DECENT AMOUNT OF RAIN FOR YOU  FOLKS AND SHE'LL SEE A WHOLE LOT BUT THEN THE SNOW CONTINUES TO SPREAD EASTWARD ACROSS  COLORADO AND SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF WYOMING. THE COLD FRONT NOT MOVING TOO QUICKLY HERE BUT  THAT 'S GOING TO SPREAD SOME SHOWERS ACROSS THE OHIO AND TENNESSEE RIVER VALLEYS INTO THE  NORTHEAST. SO PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES THAT TWENTY FOUR HOURS THESE AMOUNTS ACROSS THE GREAT  LAKES VERY HEAVY AMOUNTS SOME OF THIS IS MELTED SNOW OBVIOUSLY IN THE WEST BUT ADDING IN  THE NEXT THIRTY SIX HOURS WERE JUST GOING TO KEEP ADDING SOME TO THE OHIO VALLEY AND THE  GREAT LAKES WAS SUMMER IS ENDING UP WELL OVER AN INCH MAYBE TWO OVER A THREE DAY PERIOD THERE AND THEN YOU CAN SEE A MUCH OF CENTRAL AND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA JUST CONTINUING TO GET SOME MORE MOISTURE AND OF COURSE THAT PROBABLY WILL CAUSE  SOME MUDSLIDES IN TIMES THAT 'S THE SITUATION. SNOWFALL ESTIMATES PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS I  MEAN IN THE NEXT THIRTY SIX WERE GOING TO KEEP BATTING UNTIL THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OUT WEST  AND A TOTAL LOW THE SAME AMOUNT THERE FROM MINNESOTA INTO NORTHERN PORTIONS OF MICHIGAN 'S  HIGH JUMP THURSDAY MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE THERE STILL AREN'T BIG AIR IN THE FAR NORTHERN STATES  BUT MOST OF US HAVE BEEN FLOODED WITH PACIFIC CARE SO IT IS MILDER THAN WE'VE SEEN LOW  TEMPERATURES TONIGHT GOING TO BE THE SAME IDEA BELOW ZERO IN THE FAR NORTHERN PLAINS BUT  SIXTIES FROM THE OHIO RIVER SOUTHWARD ANY AGENCY THAT 'S A DIVIDING LINE THERE BETWEEN THE  ARCTIC AIR IN A MILD AIR CONTINUES. THERE 'S A JET STREAM AGAIN SEE ONE MORE SHOT OF ARCTIC AIR  FROM THE NORTHERN PLAINS AND THEN EVEN YOU FOLKS WARM UP SO WE'LL SEE EVERYTHING IN THE  LOWER FORTY EIGHT GETTING FLOODED WITH A PACIFIC AIR FOR A WHILE AND THAT MEANS THE JANUARY  THAW FOR MOST FOLKS THAT 'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW LET 'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. WE'LL HEAD TO  FARMINGTON NEW MEXICO FIRST OF ALL CLOUDY AND CHILLY A SHOWER POSSIBLE HIGH OF FORTY NINE.  GALVESTON TEXAS BREEZY WITH TIMES OF SUN AND CLOUDS. HIGHS SEVENTY THREE AND HARTFORD  CONNECTICUT MIX OF SUN AND CLOUDS AND MILDER HIGH ALL THE WAY UP TO THE FORTY FOUR.

TEASE
WE'LL CHECK ON FOOD TRENDS FOR THE NEW YEAR FROM THE FOLKS OVER AT  THE PACKER. AND A NEW DISCOVERY COULD HELP KIDS WITH AUTISM IN THE BATTLE AGAINST  OBESITY. AG FOR YOUR HEALTH LATER ON AGDAY.

PACKER TV
ON THE PACKER TV....A NEW SURVEY FROM THE ORGANIC TRADE ASSOCIATION  SHOWS MILLENNIALS ARE BIG BUYERS OF ORGANIC FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. THE 18 TO 34 YEAR OLDS ARE NOT JUST FEEDING THEMSELVES BUT THEIR  ENTIRE FAMILIES. MILLENNIALS NOW ACCOUNT FOR HALF OF ALL U.S. PARENTS AND MAKE UP THE  LARGEST ORGANIC BUYERS. 77 PERCENT OF MILLENNIALS SAY THEY ARE "WELL-INFORMED" ABOUT ORGANIC  FOODS. WHAT'S GOING TO BE THE HOT FOOD TRENDS THIS YEAR?  THE FOLKS AT THE  PACKER GOT THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM FRIEDA'S SPECIALTY PRODUCE COMPANY  IN CALIFORNIA.    FRIEDA'S IS EXPECTING THE HUMBLE RADISH TO MAKE A RESURGENCE THIS  YEAR TO HOME KITCHENS. ALSO, WATCH FOR PURPLE COLORED VEGETABLES - WITH PURPLE CAULIFLOWER  LEADING THE CHARGE. SOME CONSUMERS ARE REDUCING THEIR CARBOHYDRATES BUT THEY STILL LIKE  THEIR PASTA.  SO FRIEDA'S SAYS SPAGHETTI SQUASH AND OTHER HARD  SQUASHES WILL RISE IN POPULARITY. AND UNIQUE TROPICAL FLAVORS, LIKE STAR FRUIT AND LEMONGRASS ARE  SHOWING-UP MORE OFTEN IN THE KITCHEN. IT WAS JUST A COUPLE YEARS AGO WE WERE TALKING ABOUT A WORKER STRIKE  ON THE WEST COAST. THE PORT OF OAKLAND APPARENTLY MADE UP FOR LOST TIME IN 2016. THE PORT SAYS LOADED CONTAINER VOLUMES HIT AN ALL TIME HIGH LAST YEAR. IT HANDLED ROUGHLY ONE POINT 8 MILLION LOADED 20 FOOT CONTAINERS--UP  MORE THAN 7 AND A HALF PERCENT. MORE THAN HALF OF THOSE CONTAINERS WERE FROM EXPORTS.

TEASE
UP NEXT - SEE HOW A WELL-KNOWN DRUG USED TO FIGHT TYPE TWO DIABETES  MAY HELP CHILDREN WITH AUTISM.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA'S BX AND L SERIES COMPACT  TRACTORS - AVAILABLE NOW WITH A SIX-YEAR LIMITED POWERTRAIN WARRANTY.   LEARN MORE TODAY AT YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER. THE RATE OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER HAS SHOT UP 119  PERCENT SINCE THE YEAR 2000.  MANY OF THOSE CHILDREN TAKE MEDICATIONS  TO CONTROL THEIR SYMPTOMS, BUT THOSE MEDS OFTEN CAUSE CONSIDERABLE  WEIGHT GAIN. CLARK POWELL TELLS US ABOUT A STUDY AT THE OHIO STATE WEXNER MEDICAL  CENTER WHICH MAY PROVIDE NEW OPTIONS FOR PARENTS. IT'S BEEN 10 YEARS SINCE THE F-D-A FIRST STARTED APPROVING  MEDICATIONS TO HELP TREAT IRRITABILITY IN CHILDREN WITH AUTISM. SO FAR,  TWO DRUGS HAVE BEEN APPROVED - BOTH SHARING SIMILAR SIDE EFFECTS.  "ONE OF THE ISSUES WE FACE WITH THE MEDICINES IS THAT THEY CAUSE, THEY  CAN CAUSE, INTENSE CRAVING FOR FOOD."  THAT'S LIKELY CONTRIBUTING TO A  TROUBLING TREND.2 TEENS WITH AUTISM ARE 30 PERCENT MORE LIKELY TO BE  OBESE THAN THOSE WITHOUT IT - AND PRESCHOOLERS ARE 60 PERCENT MORE  LIKELY TO BE OBESE.  SO, DOCTOR MICHAEL AMAN (AY-MIN) OF THE OHIO STATE  UNIVERSITY WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER'S NISONGER CENTER CAME UP WITH A  POSSIBLE SOLUTION. IN A NEW STUDY, HE GAVE ONE GROUP OF CHILDREN WITH  AUTISM A PLACEBO AND ANOTHER A DRUG NORMALLY USED TO CONTROL TYPE 2  DIABETES. USING THE DRUG METFORMIN - CHILDREN LOST AN AVERAGE OF 6  POUNDS, THEIR BMI WAS CONSIDERABLY LOWER AND THEIR WAISTS WERE  SMALLER. "THE TENDENCY FOR THE TWO GROUPS TO DIFFER IN A WAY BECAME  VISIBLE AFTER ABOUT 8 WEEKS. AND BECAME GREATER AND MORE VISIBLE  BETWEEN 8 WEEKS AND 16 WEEKS." DOCTORS SAY MEDICATIONS TO HELP  CONTROL THE MOOD OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM ARE OFTEN PRESCRIBED AS  EARLY AS AGE 5. WITHOUT SOMETHING TO OFFSET THE APPETITE THAT COMES  WITH THEM, SOME PATIENTS COULD FACE DECADES OF DEALING WITH WEIGHT  PROBLEMS. "ALTHOUGH NONE OF US LIKES TO USE MORE MEDICINES THAN IS  ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY, IN THIS CASE IT'S A GOOD RESOLUTION. AT OHIO STATE  WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER, THIS IS CLARK POWELL REPORTING. DOCTORS SAY OTHER BENEFITS OF METFORMIN ARE THAT IT'S BEEN AROUND  FOR DECADES, IS PROVEN TO BE SAFE, AND IN THIS STUDY CAUSED ONLY MILD  OR NO SIDE EFFECTS IN CHILDREN.  ANOTHER GROUP OF CHILDREN IN THE  STUDY WHO TOOK A PLACEBO SHOWED NO WEIGHT LOSS AND NO CHANGE IN  THEIR B-M-I.

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR ALL OF US AT AGDAY, I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY. HIGH STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY, THE CHEVY  SILVERADO IS THE OFFICIAL NEWS GATHERING VEHICLE OF AGDAY TELEVISION.

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