AgDay Daily Recap - August 15, 2017

August 15, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
AUGUST 15, 2017


HEADLINES
HARVEST YIELDS LOOK GOOD IN THE DELTA.. PLUS NATIONAL CROP CONDITION  UPDATES FROM USDA. PLUS,  I'M MICHELLE ROOK. WHAT IS CONGRESS LIKELY TO GET DONE ON TOP AG ISSUES BEFORE THE  END OF THE YEAR? I'LL HAVE DETAILS TODAY ON AGDAY.  IN AGRIBUSINES ... MILK MARKETS. AND THE SEARCH IS ON FOR THESE  CANINES...THE PRIZE A VALUABLE KITCHEN COMMODITY. AGDAY - PRESENTED BY CHEVY SILVERADO. HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH-STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY.

CROP PROGRESS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. IT'S NICE TO BE BACK FROM MEXICO  WHERE I SPENT LAST WEEK LOOKING AT THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE NAFTA TALKS  ON U-S GRAIN TRADE TO MEXICO.  WE TALKED WITH END-USERS, GRAIN ELEVATORS AND SHIPPERS IN MEXICO TO  SEE WHAT'S AT STAKE. I'LL HAVE THOSE REPORTS STARTING ON WEDNESDAY. NOW TO TODAY'S TOP STORY.... MONDAY'S CROP PROGRESS REPORT SHOWS A TWO POINT GAIN IN OVERALL  CROP CONDITION. 62-PERCENT IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT. MOST OF THE TOP CORN STATES SAW A SLIGHT IMPROVEMENT, BUT IOWA SAW A  THREE POINT SLIDE. 61-PERCENT IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT. THAT'S NINE STRAIGHT WEEKS WHERE IOWA CORN CONDITION HAS DROPPED.  ON JUNE 19TH IT WAS 80-PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT. NOW TO SOYBEANS - THERE'S A ONE POINT DROP-OFF THIS WEEK. 59-PERCENT  IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT. WE SEE A DOWNGRADE IN ILLINOIS, IOWA, NEBRASKA AND OHIO.  IN THE SOUTH - COTTON CONDITIONS CLIMBED FOUR POINTS THIS WEEK WITH  61-PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT. AND THE PEANUT CROP SHOWING STRENGTH WITH 80-PERCENT GOOD TO  EXCELLENT...UP A POINT FROM LAST WEEK. FOLLOWING LAST WEEK'S RELEASE OF THE AUGUST CROP PRODUCTION  ESTIMATES, MANY MARKET ANALYSTS WERE WONDERING ABOUT THE VALIDITY  OF THE DATA.  IN PARTICULAR THEY WONDERED ABOUT THE APPARENT DISCONNECT BETWEEN CROP CONDITIONS REPORTED AS LOWER THAN A YEAR  AGO, BUT PROJECTED YIELDS WERE HIGHER.. ON MONDAY'S EDITION OF AGRITALK, USDA-NASS CHIEF LANCE HONIG EXPLAINED  HOW CROP CONDITIONS AND CROP PROGRESS ARE TWO DIFFERENT  REPORTS...COLLECTED BY DIFFERENT SETS OF PEOPLE AT USDA. "CROP CONDITION INFORMATION COMES FROM A LIST OF REPORTERS THAT PROVIDE THAT INFORMATION TO  US. WE'RE LOOKING AT A LOT OF COUNTY EXTENSION AGENTS, SOME OTHER USDA EMPLOYEES AND  KIND OF A MIX OF FOLKS, TYPICALLY NOT FARMERS. AD WHAT WE'RE ASKING THEM TO TELL US IS…HOW  WOULD YOU RATE THE OVERALL CONDITION OF THE VARIOUS CROPS ACROSS YOUR COUNTY. AND THAT'S A  LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT QUESTION THAN ASKING SOMEBODY WHAT DO YOU EXPECT YOUR YIELDS TO BE." HONIG SAYS FOR THE AUGUST REPORT, MORE WEIGHT IS GIVEN TO FARMER  REPORTS THAN ENUMERATOR SURVEYS BECAUSE OFTEN THERE ARE NO EARS  TO COUNT. AS WE FIRST REPORTED LAST WEEK FARMERS THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH HAVE  SEEN SOME BIG GAINS IN THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE YIELDS. MOST OF THE  STATE'S IN THAT REGION PLANTED FEWER CORN ACRES THIS YEAR, THERE-BY  LOWERING TOTAL PRODUCTION. HOWEVER FROM KENTUCKY TO GEORGIA AND FROM NORTH CAROLINA TO  LOUISIANA, FARMERS ARE SEEING IMPRESSIVE YIELD BUMPS DUE TO TIMELY RAINS. IN LOUISIANA - A STATE NOT KNOWN FOR ITS CORN PRODUCTION - YIELDS  ARE 27 BUSHELS HIGHER PER ACRE.


CROP CONDITIONS IN THE SOUTH
IN THIS REPORT FROM THE LSU AGCENTER, CRAIG GAUTREAUX TELLS US HOW  GOOD THOSE CROPS LOOK...AS COMBINES ROLL. KYLE LEMOINE IS BUSY HARVESTING WHAT COULD BE HIS BEST CORN CROP. FAVORABLE CONDITIONS  THROUGHOUT THE EARLY GROWING SEASON GOT HIS CROP OFF TO A FAST START, AND HE AND OTHER  GROWERS THROUGHOUT LOUISIANA ARE REAPING THE BENEFITS OF EARLY PLANTING. KYLE LEMOINE: YOU  HAVE A CHANCE TO CATCH SOME OF THE BETTER RAINFALL THAT STILL HAPPENS IN THE EARLY SPRING, AND  THE COOLER TEMPERATURES GIVE YOU A BETTER POLLINATION ON THE CORN CROP, AND ALSO YOU KIND OF  BEAT THE INSECT PRESSURE. TIMELY AND AMPLE RAINFALL HAVE ALSO CONTRIBUTED TO HIGHER YIELDS AND REDUCED THE COSTS OF  PRODUCING THE CROP, ACCORDING TO DAN FROMME, THE LSU AGCENTER'S CORN SPECIALIST. DAN FROMME: YOU DON'T HAVE TO ROLL THAT PIPE OUT. YOU DON'T HAVE TO PUMP THAT WATER, YOU  KNOW, PUMPING COSTS. THAT'S ALWAYS A GOOD FEELING WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE TO SPEND THAT  MONEY ON WATER. NOT ALL OF THE STATE'S CORN CROP IS IRRIGATED, BUT FROMME DOES NOT BELIEVE THERE WILL BE A  SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE YIELDS OF IRRIGATED AND NONIRRIGATED FIELDS. FROMME:  CENTRAL LOUISIANA SOUTH, DOESN'T HAVE MUCH IRRIGATION, AND WHEN THAT YIELD MONITOR  IS WELL OVER 200 BUSHELS AND NOT BEING IRRIGATED, YOU GET EXCITED PRETTY QUICK. HIGH YIELDS WILL HELP OFFSET THE LOW PRICES FARMERS ARE RECEIVING FOR THEIR CORN. SOME FARMERS  ARE STORING THEIR CORN IN HOPES OF HIGHER PRICES IN THE FUTURE. LEMOINE: I THINK I'M GOING TO SIT ON MY CORN AWHILE TO SEE IF WE CAN GET A BETTER PRICE ON IT AS THE SEASON PROGRESSES. RAIN HAS SLOWED THE CORN HARVEST RECENTLY, BUT GROWERS ARE EXPECTING TO HAVE THE HARVEST  FINISHED BY THE END OF AUGUST. WITH THE LSU AGCENTER, THIS IS CRAIG GAUTREAUX REPORTING. KEEPING THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE, ACRES OF TOTAL PRODUCTION IN THOSE NINE  SOUTHERN STATES ADD UP TO JUST OVER 5 MILLION ACRES. IOWA FARMERS WILL  HARVEST ABOUT 13 MILLION ACRES.

CROP COMMENTS
LET'S CHECK ON YOUR FIRST WEATHER IN FARM COUNTRY. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS  DETAILS IN CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING MIKE. GOOD MORNING CLINTON.  THIS MORNING'S CROP COMMENT COMES FROM LANCE FEIKERT IN BUCKLIN,  KANSAS. LANCE SENDING US PICTURES OF IRRIGATED SOYBEANS AND DRY LAND  SORGHUM. HE SAYS THE AREA NEEDS SOME MOISTURE TO FINISH OUT THE  CROPS.  THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR SAYS NEARLY 79 PERCENT OF THE STATE IS  ABNORMALLY DRY. ALMOST 24 PERCENT IN A MODERATE DROUGHT. AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.  VISIT FARM JOURNAL PRO.COM.  TRUSTED ANALYSIS, PROFESSIONAL INSIGHT. FARM JOURNAL  PRO.COM.

FARMFEST AND CONGRESS
WITH THE YEAR OVER HALF OVER CONGRESS AND THE ADMINISTRATION STILL  HAVEN'T DELIVERED ON MANY OF THE PROMISES THEY CAMPAIGNED ON LAST  FALL. THIS IS A CONCERN TO FARMERS IN MINNESOTA WHO ARE CHALLENGED BY  LOW COMMODITY PRICES, HIGH TAXES AND PROBLEMS WITH THE AFFORDABLE  CARE ACT.  MICHELLE ROOK HAS REACTION FROM THIS YEAR'S FARMFEST IN MORGAN,  MINNESOTA.  MICHELLE STANDUP - HEALTH CARE, TAX REFORM AS WELL AS AN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL WERE ALL ON  THE TO-DO LIST FOR CONGRESS FOR THIS YEAR BUT FARMERS HERE IN MINNESOTA ARE DOUBTFUL CONGRESS  WILL MAKE HEADWAY ON ANY OF THOSE ISSUES BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR.A PANEL ON RURAL HEALTH CARE LOOKED AT SOLUTIONS FOR FARMERS FACING HIGH HEALTH CARE COSTS  AND HIGH PREMIUMS, AS THEY'RE GENERALLY ON INDIVIDUAL MARKETS. EMILY PIPER, COMMISSIONER OF THE MN DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, "PEOPLE ON THE  INDIVIDUAL MARKET IN GREATER MINNESOTA THIS YEAR AND LAST YEAR HAVE REALLY STRUGGLED TRYING TO  NOT ONLY BUY HEALTH INSURANCE, BECAUSE IT'S BEEN REALLY EXPENSIVE, BUT THEN ALSO MAKING  INSURANCE AVAILABLE." GARY WERTISH, MN FARMERS UNION PRESIDENT, "YOU KNOW THE FARMERS INCOME IF IT'S A  LITTLE BIT TOO HIGH DOESN'T QUALIFY FOR THE SUBSIDIZED HEALTH CARE SO THEY ARE REALLY THE ONES  THAT ARE GETTING HIT THE HARDEST." FARMERS WANT HEALTH CARE DONE TO PAVE THE WAY FOR TAX REFORM AND GROUPS LIKE FARM BUREAU  SAY IN ADDITION TO PRESERVING SECTION 179, THEY HAVE A WISH LIST… ZIPPY DUVALL, AMERICAN FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT, "IMMEDIATE EXPENSING, HELPING THE  CAPITAL GAINS LOWER THE CAPITAL GAINS, YOU KNOW CASH ACCOUNTING THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS WE'D  LIKE TO DO AWAY WITH THE INHERITANCE TAX."MINNESOTA CONGRESSMAN TIM WALZ SAYS HE THINKS TAX REFORM NEEDS TO RESULT IN A FAIR TAX  CODE. MN CONGRESMAN TIM WALZ, "I'VE NEVER VIEWED TAX REFORM AS JUST CODE WORD FOR RAISING  OR LOWERING I ALWAYS KIND OF VIEWED IT AS SIMPLIFICATION AND FAIR REFORM SO I'M STILL OPEN TO THE  IDEA." THE PRESIDENT HAS ALSO TOUTED A $1 TRILLION INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN, AND RURAL AMERICA WANTS TO BE  INCLUDED AS ITS CRITICAL TO U.S. EXPORTS.  TOM HAAG, MN CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION, "WE ALL KNOW HOW OLD OUR TRANSPORTATION  SYSTEM IS ON OUR LOCKS AND DAMS AND EVEN SOME OF THE ROADS AND BRIDGES THAT WE HAVE." TOM SLUNECKA, MN SOYBEAN GROWERS ASSOCIATION, "THAT'S THE ONLY WAY THAT THE  UNITED STATES CAN REMAIN COMPETITIVE IS IF WE GET A SHOT IN THE ARM ON THE BUILDING OF THAT  INFRASTRUCTURE." HOWEVER, FARMERS ATTENDING FARMFEST ARE DOUBTFUL FOR MUCH PROGRESS ON ANY AG ISSUES THE  BALANCE OF 2017. BOB WORTH, MN SOYBEAN GROWERS ASSOCIATION, I FEEL THERE IS TOO MUCH UNREST AND  UNHAPPINESS OUT IN WASHINGTON D.C. AND NOBODY'S GOING TO WANT TO WORK TOGETHER. 5 SEC AT FARMFEST I'M MICHELLE ROOK REPORTING FOR AGDAY . 

TEASE
MILK MARKETS ARE KEEPING IT INTERESTING HEADING INTO FALL. WE'LL TAKE A CLOSER LOOK COMING UP IN AGRIBUSINESS. IN OUR DAIRY REPORT - CHANGES IN U-S POLICY INVOLVING A VERY SPECIFIC  MILK PRODUCT AT THE CENTER OF A TRADE SPAT. AND CANINES ARE GETTING A SECOND CHANCE...AND YOU MIGHT NOT BELIEVE  WHAT THEY'RE SEARCHING FOR.

AGRIBUSINESS
IN AGRIBUSINESS IT WAS A BUMPY START TO THE WEEK FOR SOYBEANS. LETS  GET DETAILS FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. TYNE MORGAN JOINS US AGAIN TODAY FOR A CLOSER LOOK AT DAIRY MARKETS  INCLUDING CHEESE PRICES...IT'S TODAY'S ANALYSIS. HERE NOW WITH MIKE NORTH OF COMMODITY RISK MANAGEMENT GROUP MIKE YOU KNOW WE HAD  SEEN IMPRESSIVE BUTTER PRICES IMPRESSIVE CHEESE PRICES KIND OF. WHERE DO WE STAND AT THIS  POINT IN AUGUST. AUGUST IS STILL IN THE SAME PLACE WE WERE BACK THIS SPRING WHERE THE MARKET  IS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO BALANCE OUR DOMESTIC INVENTORIES WHICH ARE LARGE AGAINST THIS  WORLD MARKET THAT'S MAINTAINED SOME GOOD PREMIUM VALUES. SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT CHEESE  SPECIFICALLY THE BLOCK PRICE JUST MADE A MOVE UP TOWARDS 178. IT'S NOW RETRACED BACK  TOWARDS THE 160S AND THE REALITY IS THE BLOCK MARKET IS TRYING TO KIND OF BE THE GO BETWEEN  BETWEEN THE BIG BARREL INVENTORY AND ITS LOWER PRICES. AND THE BIG WORLD VALUES THAT ARE  TRADING 180 190 AND THE MARKET IS GOING TO REMAIN TORN FOR A LONG TIME BECAUSE OUR  DAIRYMEN CONTINUE TO PRODUCE MORE MILK AND WE CONTINUE TO SHOW BIG INVENTORIES BUT  SEASONALLY WE'RE IN A PLACE TO WHERE BUYERS ARE RAMPING UP FOR THE HOLIDAYS. AND SO WE'VE  SEEN A LITTLE BIT OF WILLINGNESS BY THE BUYERS TO COME TO OUR MARKETS. THAT'S WHAT PROVIDED  THE BIG RUN AND CHEESE IN LATE JULY WE'RE LIKELY DUE FOR SOME MORE OF THAT AS WE HEAD  TOWARDS FALL IN A FEW BUYERS PUSH THE PANIC BUTTON TO GET THEIR HANDS ON INVENTORY. SO WE'RE  LOOKING FOR SOME HIGHER PRICES I THINK SPORADICALLY BUT THEY'RE NOT VERY LIKELY TO BE LONG LIVED.  EXACTLY. WHAT IMPACT IS THIS HAVING ON PRICES MOVING FORWARD I MEAN DO YOU THINK THAT WE  PEAKED OR BECAUSE SEASONALLY WE TYPICALLY WILL RAMP HIGHER DO YOU THINK THERE'S STILL SOME  MORE TO MOVE HIGHER IN THE PRICE. I THINK THERE'S SOME ROOM TO MOVE HIGHER IN THE NEAR TERM  IF YOU LOOK AT 2018 VALUES. THEY'VE BARELY CHANGED AT ALL AND THAT IS THE MARKET SAYING HEY  YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU WANT IN THE FRONT END BUT WE ARE STILL LOOKING AT BIG INVENTORIES ON THE  BACK END AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO RUN VALUES VERY HIGH. SO 1660 AVERAGES FOR THE FIRST HALF OF  2018. THE LAST PART OF 2017 RIGHT NOW IS LOOKING AT VALUES AROUND 1680. WE WERE AT 1730  JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO. SO THAT'S KIND OF THE MARKET THAT WE'RE IN. I SEE US MAYBE TRADING  BACK TO THAT 17 AND A QUARTER TO 1750 WHEN WE GET THERE THAT BECOMES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR  DAIRYMEN AND ONE THAT SHOULD BE ADDRESSED. SO NOT MUCH ABOUT 1730 THOUGH IT WILL BE VERY  DIFFICULT GIVEN THAT WHERE WE'RE AT WITH WAVE VALUES AND THIS ONGOING FLUX AND GAS PRICES. ALL  RIGHT. THANKS SO MUCH MIKE WE APPRECIATE IT.STAY WITH US WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN  JUST A MINUTE. 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN MIKE IT'S GOOD TO BE LOOKING  AT A FORECAST HERE IN THE U.S. AGAIN I'LL TELL YOU WHAT THE FORECAST WAS IN MEXICO. HOT HOT  AND MOSTLY HUMID. THAT LOOKS LIKE THERE COULD BE SOME STORMS FOR FOLKS IN THE WESTERN  PLAINS. YEAH AND THAT COULD BE SOME GOOD NEWS FOR SOME OF THAT AREA. NO QUESTION ABOUT  THAT. SO AS WE START TODAY YOU CAN SEE THIS STALLED OUT FRONT ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST INTO THE  SOUTH CENTRAL PLAINS AND THEN THE NEXT COLD FRONT COMING IN. SO WHEN YOU PUT THE MAPS INTO  MOTION FIRST OF ALL YOU'LL NOTICE IT'S NOT GOING TO AFFECT ANYBODY ALONG THE SHORE. IT'S GOING TO  STAY WELL OFFSHORE. NO REAL ISSUES EXCEPT FOR SHIPPING BY LATER TODAY WE'LL SEE SOME AREAS OF  SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE DAKOTAS. THAT'S FANTASTIC BECAUSE MOST OF THAT AREA IS AT  LEAST IN A MODERATE DROUGHT IF NOT WORSE. AND THEN YOU CAN SEE SCATTERED SHOWERS AND  THUNDERSTORMS DOWN ALONG THE FRONT IN EASTERN NEW MEXICO WESTERN TEXAS. SCATTERED  SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS KIND OF IN THE HEAT BUT TO THE SOUTH OF THAT FRONT THERE THE THAT  HAS STALLED OUT ACROSS TENNESSEE NOW HEADING THROUGH TONIGHT. WE'RE GOING TO SEE A  CONTINUATION OF SHOWERS AND STORMS ESPECIALLY ALONG THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THIS COLD FRONT  MOVING ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS. WARM FRONT SOMETIMES WE'LL HAVE SOME BIG ACTIVITY NOT  REALLY SHOWING THAT AT THIS POINT AND THEN HEADING THROUGH THE DAYTIME HOURS TOMORROW. SEE  EVEN MORE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS BUBBLING UP IN THE HUMID PART OF THIS STORM SYSTEM  AND IN THE NORTHERN HALF OF THIS COLD FRONT SO REALLY THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE PLAINS IS GOING TO  BE A PRETTY GOOD RAINMAKER AND A LOT OF THAT AREA DOES NEED IT. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT  PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS WE'VE SEEN SOME PRETTY HEAVY AMOUNTS IN  SOME COMPLEXES ACROSS PARTS OF ARKANSAS AND SOME OF THOSE SURROUNDING STATES LIKE  NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI ADDED IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS YOU WILL NOTICE HOW OUR MODELS PUTTING DOWN  SOME PRETTY DECENT AMOUNTS IN SOME AREAS ANYWAY ACROSS THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE PLAINS.  AND IS GOING TO ADD A LITTLE BIT ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE PLAINS AND SOME DECENT  AMOUNTS THROUGHOUT THE SOUTHEAST INTO THE CAROLINAS. SO THAT APPEARS TO BE THE WETTEST  AREAS OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON GO BACK INTO THE 90S IN  A LARGE AREA FROM KANSAS SOUTHWARD. STILL COMFORTABLE THOUGH THE NORTHERN PLAINS GREAT  LAKES INTO THE NORTHEAST. LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT GOING TO DROP OFF PRETTY GOOD AGAIN. YOU  CAN SEE A LOT OF 50S IN THE NORTHERN TIER OF STATES BUT THERE THERE'S THAT ONE LITTLE SECTION THAT  DOES WARM UP LOWS OF ONLY 70S IN OMAHA. THAT'S PRETTY MUGGY FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR AND  AT MUGGINESS CONTINUES MAINLY SOUTH OF THAT FRONT FOR THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE COUNTRY. A LITTLE  BIT COOLER FARTHER NORTH. SO HERE'S THE JET STREAM. WE ARE GETTING INTO A TRANSITION PERIOD WE'RE  SEEING THAT TROUGH MOVE AWAY SO THAT ALLOWS A LITTLE BIT MORE HEAT TO COME EAST BUT YOU'LL  NOTICE WE STILL TRY TO HAVE THESE LITTLE TROUGHS GOING FROM WEST TO EAST ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SO  NOT THE BIG TROUGH IN THE EAST ANYMORE BUT WE DO HAVE SOME CHANGES COMING. BUT THE RIDGE  TRIES TO BUILD BACK BY NEXT WEEK INTO THE WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS  THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. WE HAD TO CLOVIS NEW MEXICO.  FIRST OF ALL PARTLY SUNNY A LATE DAY THUNDERSTORM POSSIBLE HIGH AROUND 90 HERE ON SOUTH  DAKOTA. MORE HUMID AN AFTERNOON STORM AROUND HIGH OF 76 AND XENIA OHIO PARTLY SUNNY  WARM AND HUMID HIGH OF 85. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK - THE FDA RELAXES A POLICY THE DAIRY INDUSTRY HAS PUSHED TO CHANGE FOR  20 YEARS.  PLUS RESCUE DOGS ARE PUT TO THE TEST... WHAT THEY'RE TRAINED TO FIND  WILL FETCH TOP DOLLAR. FIND OUT WHAT IT IS, LATER ON AGDAYT.

DAIRY REPORT
THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION IS EASING ITS POLICY ON SOME  DOMESTIC MILK PRODUCTS - IT'S A  CHANGE THE DAIRY INDUSTRY HAS BEEN PUSHING FOR 20 YEARS. BUT  TRADE TENSION WITH CANADA BROUGHT IT TO THE FOREFRONT. BETSY JIBBEN JOINS US NOW WITH MORE DETAILS.  EARLIER THIS YEAR, CANADA CHANGED ITS POLICY AND STOPPED IMPORTING  ULTRA FILTERED MILK PRODUCTS, ALSO KNOWN AS U-F MILK FROM THE UNITED  STATES. IT LEFT MANY U.S. DAIRIES - AND PROCESSORS LIKE GRASSLAND DAIRY  PRODUCTS SCRABLING AT FINDING A HOME FOR ITS PRODUCT. NOW, THE FDA IS RELAXING DOMESTIC STANDARDS SO THE PRODUCT CAN BE  USED MORE IN THE UNITED STATES. BEFORE, UF MILK PRODUCTS COULD ONLY BE PRODUCED AT A HANDFUL OF  CERTAIN CHEESE PLANTS IN THE U.S., IT COULDN'T BE TRANSFERRED TO  MULTIPLE LOCATIONS AND HAD STIPULATIONS ON LABELING. NOW INDUSTRY  LEADERS SAY FEWER REGULATIONS MEAN THE PRODUCT CAN BE TAKEN TO  MULTIPLE PLANTS, IT REDUCE HAULING COSTS, AND INCREASES CHEESE YIELD. IN AN EMAIL, THE FDA SAYS - "THE FDA IS TAKING THIS ACTION NOW DUE TO RECENT CHANGES IN SOME  EXPORT MARKETS THAT HAVE CAUSED THE U.S. DAIRY INDUSTRY TO  EXPERIENCE AN OVERSUPPLY AND PRICING CHALLENGES WITH DOMESTICALLY  PRODUCTED UF MILK." THE WISCONSIN CHEESE MAKERS ASSOCIATION PRAISING THE ANNOUNCEMENT  STATING - "THERE'S BEEN AN OVERSUPPLY OF MILK IN THE U.S. FOR OVER A  YEAR, CAUSING REAL FINANCIAL STRESS FOR DAIRY FARM FAMILIES. THIS  DECISION CAN LEAD TO MORE PRODUCTION OF FLUID ULTRAFFILTERED MILK AND  FIND NEW MARKETS FOR OUR ABUNDANT MILK SUPPLIES."  SOME DAIRY EXPERTS SAY WHILE THE CHANGE HAS TO DEAL WITH TRADE, THEY  DON'T THINK THE MOVE WAS MADE INTENTIONALLY THIS WEEK DURING THE  START OF NAFTA TRADE NEGOTATIONS. I DONT THINK THIS HAS TOO MUCH TO DO WITH TRADE NEGOTATIONS THAT ARE JUST ABOUT TO START. I  THINK IT'S MORE MEANS OF PROVIDING SOME RELIEF FOR THOSE FEW PLANTS WHO MADE THIS PRODUCT  AND HAD BEEN SELLING IT INTO CANADA. BECAUSE NOW, THEY HAVE THE POSSIBILITY OF SELLING  DOMESTICALLY.STEPHENSON SAYS IT'S HARD FOR HIM TO SEE WHERE THIS GIVES THE UNITED  STATES AN EDGE IN TRADE NEGOTIATIONS.  STEPHENSON SAYS IF MORE PLPANTS CAN MANUFACTURE THE PRODUCT, IT CAN BE MOVED TO OTHER PLANTS WHICH DONT' HAVE ENOUGH MILK.HE  SAYS FOR  EXAMPLE, CALIFORNIA HAS THE PLANTS AND IS CAPABLE OF TAKING MORE MILK,  AND THEY MAY ACTUALLY WANT THE PRODUCT. THANKS BETSY. A NEW REPORT BY THE MIGRATION POLICY INSTITUTE SAYS THE NUMBER OF  UNDOCUMENTED FARM WORKERS IS FALLING. IT LOOKED AT DATA FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND FOUND THAT FROM  THE YEAR 2000 TO 2014-- UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS IN THE AG SECTOR FELL  FROM 55 PERCENT OF WORKERS TO 47 PERCENT. THE SHIFT MOSTLY ATTRIBUTED TO A DROP IN IMMIGRATION FOLLOWING THE 2008  RECESSION. INDUSTRY GROUPS SAY BELIEVE THAT NUMBER IS STILL SHRINKING. THE REPORT ALSO FINDING THAT U.S. FARM WORKERS ARE NOW MOSTLY  MEXICAN-BORN MEN, AND ROUGHLY HALF OF FARM WORKERS RECEIVED  MEDICAID, FOOD STAMPS OR OTHER BENEFITS IN 2014.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK - TRAINING TO TRACK DOWN TRUFFLES. IT'S A HIGH- DOLLAR DELICACY IN THE LAND DOWN UNDER.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA'S M5 SERIES - BRINGING NEW  LEVELS OF COMFORT TO HARD WORK.  LEARN MORE AT KUBOTA.COM, OR VISIT  YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER TODAY.  EDIBLE TRUFFLES - THE FUNGUS VERSION AND NOT THE CHOCOLATE KIND -  ARE  HELD IN HIGH ESTEEM IN MANY EUROPEAN KITCHENS. AND NOW THEY'RE  EARNING A REPUTATION IN THE LAND DOWN UNDER...WITH THE HELP OF RESCUE  DOGS. THESE RESCUE DOGS HAVE BEEN TRAINED TO BECOME TRUFFLE HUNTERS. THE FUNGI FETCH ABOUT THREE THOUSAND AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS PER KILO.  THAT'S ABOUT 23-HUNDRED U-S DOLLARS FOR ABOUT TWO POUNDS OF THE  DELICACY.THE DOGS FIND THE FUNGUS AT THE BASE OF TREES.  AND THEN TOURISTS DIG- IT-UP. MARCUS JESSUP, TRUFFLE FARMER: "THE DOGS WILL COME ALONG AND START SNIFFING AND INDICATE WHERE A TRUFFLE IS. AND THEN WE'LL  GET DOWN AND SMELL IT TO MAKE SURE IT'S MATURE TO COME OUT OR LEAVE IT FOR THE FOLLOWING  WEEK.SIMON FRENCH, TRUFFLE HUNTER: "I GET MY DOGS AT AROUND 12 TO 18 MONTHS OF AGE AND IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT BREED THEY ARE.  I'M LOOKING FOR A CERTAIN DRIVE THE DOG WILL HAVE."> FRENCH SAYS HE'S BEEN USING SKILLS HE HONED IN TRAINING BOMB-DETECTOR  DOGS TO HELP TRUFFLE HUNTING DOGS. BY THE WAY ABOUT 85 PER CENT OF THOSE TRUFFLES THAT ARE PRODUCED IN TASMANIA ARE  SHIPPED OVERSEAS.

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR TYNE MORGAN, BETSY JIBBEN AND MIKE HOFFMAN, I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS.  HAVE A GREAT DAY.

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