Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. It's only mid-October and yet many corn growing states are streaking towards the finish line and that's our top story on AgDay.
NORTH DAKOTA CROP SIZE:
In North Dakota, corn harvest is 70-points ahead. Not only is it an early harvest, it's also a sizeable one. The state's farmers are shattering corn and soybean production records. 'NASS' says 390-million bushels of corn were produced. That's a 16% jump from Septembers estimates. And 80% above last year. The soybean increase was just as impressive. Cliff Naylor says grain piles are a common site.
CALIFORNIA FEDERAL ORDER:
In our dairy today report, the debate continues over whether California should adopt federal milk marketing orders. Some producers say its time as the state's own pricing system lags behind.
A growing dairy industry means a shift in acreage in one western state. Mike has more in cropwatch.
In agribusiness today - producers are always looking for ways to maximum profits. And some of that pencil-work begins right now. Here's Al Pell.
FOOD FOR ALL:
With a membership of 75 students, nearly half of the entire high school in Ridgemont, Ohio are members of FFA. The chapter is stepping up to meet two growing challenges in its community - obesity and hunger. Their efforts are part of a new program called "FFA-Food For All". With support from 'Farmers Feeding the World' and the Howard G. Buffet foundation, the National FFA organization has provided 140 grants to FFA chapters nationwide. National Reporter Tyne Morgan introduces us to one chapter that's doing its part in providing food for all. You can learn more about the "Food For All" initiative at FFA.org". Tomorrow you'll meet the FFA chapter in Salmon, Idaho. They had to overcome some amazing odds for their project, including a devastating wildfire.
CHOCOLATE MILK SALES:
Two new studies show chocolate milk is gaining traction in the sports world as a recovery drink.
HEIFER INTERNATIONAL CATALOGUE:
And finally this morning - the folks at Heifer International think it's time to talk Christmas. Once again, Heifer is hoping that you will buy a gift that will help others in need.