AgDay Daily Recap - December 14, 2016

July 18, 2016 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
DECEMBER 14, 2016


HEADLINES
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY - LIVESTOCK OWNERS AND FEED COMPANIES ARE  PREPPING FOR NEW ANTIBIOTIC RULES SET TO START IN 2017. IN  AGRIBUSINESS...BUILDING A MARKETING PLAN THE PACKER TV LOOKS AT RECENT LEGISLATION TO HELP CALIFORNIA GROWERS  SURVIVE THE ONGOING DROUGHT. AND THE IMPORTANCE OF SEATBELT SAFETY  INCLUDING HOW NEW TECHNOLOGY COULD HELP SAVE MORE LIVES. AGDAY- BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.

VET APPROVAL FOR ANTIBIOTICS IN FEED
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. FOOD ANIMAL PRODUCERS SOON WILL  GET TO KNOW THEIR VETERINARIANS A WHOLE LOT BETTER. IN LESS THAN A  MONTH - FEEDS CONTAINING CERTAIN ANTIBIOTICS WILL NO LONGER BE  AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE. INSTEAD... YOU'LL NEED THE APPROVAL OF YOUR D-V-M.  WITH MORE  INFORMATION ABOUT THE UPCOMING CHANGE HERE'S OKLAHOMA STATE  UNIVERSITY'S LYNDALL STOUT. FEED STORES LIKE STILLWATER MILLING COMPANY ARE MAKING INVENTORY ADJUSTMENTS...TO COMPLY WITH THE U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION'S  NEW VETERINARY FEED DIRECTIVE... OR V-F-D. DENISE TURNER: "BEING ORGANIZED IS  IMPORTANT BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME MAJOR REQUIREMENTS AS FAR AS RECORD KEEPING NOT ONLY FOR  OUR STORES BUT FOR VETERINARIANS AND PRODUCERS AS WELL." ON JANUARY FIRST, 2017...  BUYING CERTAIN FEED AND WATER-SOLUBLE PRODUCTS WITH ANTIBIOTICS...  WILL REQUIRE PAPERWORK SIGNED BY LICENSED VETERINARIANS. DAVID WHITE IS A FORMER F-D-A CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER - WHO COORDINATED RESEARCH ON  ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE. DAVID WHITE: "THE FDA DOES NOT WANT TO TAKE ANTIBIOTICS AWAY  TO TREAT SICK ANIMALS." WHITE NOW LEADS AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AT THE  UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE. WE TALKED WITH HIM DURING A RECENT VISIT TO  OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY. HE SAYS THE NEW RULES AIM TO CURB BLANKET ANTIBIOTIC USE. DAVID WHITE:  "WHEN YOU LOOK AT HOW THOSE ANTIMICROBIALS ARE BEING USED, THERE'S NO INFECTIOUS DISEASE  BEING TREATED. IT'S FOR GROWTH PROMOTION OR FEED EFFICIENCY OF THE ANIMAL. IF YOU LOOK AT  ANTIMICROBIAL STEWARDSHIP, THEY'RE NOT BEING USED TO TREAT DISEASE. THEY'RE BEING USED AS  SOMETHING ELSE. AND IN A WAY, UNFORTUNATELY YOU'RE HAVING NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES OF THOSE  USES IN DEVELOPING ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANT BACTERIA THAT CAN CONTAMINATE MEAT, THAT CAN  CONTAMINATE THE ENVIRONMENT, PRODUCE. SUBSEQUENTLY TRANSFER TO HUMANS, THEY BECOME SICK  WHEN THEY'RE GIVEN AN ANTIBIOTIC, THE ANTIBIOTIC DOESN'T WORK BECAUSE THE BACTERIA RESISTANT TO  THAT ANTIBIOTIC IS VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT WAS USED IN THE FOOD ANIMAL."  THE LEVEL OF RISK TO HUMANS IS DEBATABLE... BUT SCIENTISTS SAY IT EXISTS.   "THERE IS PLENTY OF SCIENCE TO SHOW THAT ANTIBIOTIC USE IN ANIMALS SELECTS FOR BACTERIA. BUT IT  GETS A LITTLE GRAYER AS YOU START MOVING FROM CONTAMINATING MEAT TO THEN CAUSING AN INFECTION  TO THEN BEING TREATED WITH AN ANTIBIOTIC WHERE YOU DON'T GET BETTER." "THINK IN TERMS OF HUMAN  MEDICALLY-IMPORTANT ANTIBIOTIC PRODUCTS AND THOSE WILL BE THE ONES THAT NOW REQUIRE A VFD."  LIKE ANY CHANGE... IT WILL TAKE TIME FOR VETERINARIANS, FEED STORES AND  PRODUCERS TO ADAPT. "A LOT OF IT IS STEWARDSHIP ON THE FARM. IT'S MAKING SURE THE  ANTIBIOTICS ARE USED TO TREAT A DEFINED ILLNESS AND YOU'RE USING IT FOR A DEFINED DURATION AND  DOSE." "IT'S GOING TO BE OK AND THE TIMES THAT YOU LIKE TO BUY AND ARE USED TO BUYING WILL STILL  BE AVAILABLE." HERE'S SOME BACKGROUND ON V-F-D. IN DECEMBER 2013 THE FDA PUBLISHED  "GUIDANCE" - AN INITAL REGULATORY STEP - CALLING ON ANIMAL DRUG MAKERS  TO REMOVE FROM THEIR LABELS THAT THE PRODUCT CAN PROMOTE GROWTH IN  LIVESTOCK. FOLLOWING THE REQUIRED COMMENT PERIOD, THE FINAL RULE WAS PUBLISHED IN JUNE 2015. IT WENT INTO EFFECT THAT FALL. IT STATED BY DECEMBER 31ST THAT THERAPEUTIC USES OF ANTI-MICROBIALS AS  PART OF FEED MUST BE UNDER VETERINARY SUPERVISION. THE NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL SAYS THE V-F-D IS STILL NOT  SURE  FIRE WAY TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF SUPERBUGS AND TO COMBAT  RESISTANCE, BUT I THINK WE'D BE FOOLISH TO NOT LOOK BACK AT HISTORICAL EVIDENCE WE HAVE FROM  DENMARK WHERE 12 YEARS AGO OR SO THEY WENT THROUGH THE SAME THING WHERE THEY PULLED  GROWTH PROMOTION ANTIBIOTICS AND THEY DID SEE A HIGHER LEVEL OF POST WEIGNING SCOURS. I THINK WE WILL SEE SOME OF THAT AND WE WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH SOME OF THAT ON HTE FARM. 54 WE MAY  IN FACT HAVE TO DO MORE TREATMENT OF PIGS IN THE VERY BEGINNING BECAUSE OF THAT. PY-BURN SAYS THERE ARE A LOT OF U.S. PRODUCERS WHO HAVE PULLED OUT OF  GROWTH PROMOTIONS BEFORE THE JAN ONE DATE WHO AREN'T SEEING MANY  DISEASE ISSUES. HE SAYS IT MAY BE DUE TO BIO SECURITY PRACTICES OR  VACCINES. 

CARGILL FEED FACILITY
SPEAKING OF FEED, CARGILL ANNOUNCING PLANS TO MOVE FORWARD ON A NEW  19 MILLION DOLLAR ANIMAL FEED PLANT IN MONSANTO. THE 75-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT FACILITY IS BEING BUILT IN SHIAWASSEE COUNTY IN THE TOWN OF OWOSSO. CARGILL BROKE GROUND ON THE CUSTOM FEED FACILITY LAST WEEK.

BAYER/MONSANTO SHAREHOLDERS APPROVAL
THE PROPOSED MEGA MERGER BETWEEN BAYER AND MONSANTO GETS A  THUMBS UP FROM MONSANTO SHAREHOLDERS. ON TUESDAY THEY VOTED TO OVERWHELMINGLY APPROVE THE 57 BILLION  DOLLAR DEAL. EARLY RESULTS SHOW THAT 99 PERCENT OF ALL OF THE VOTES CAST FAVORED  THE MERGER. SHAREHOLDERS WILL GET 128 DOLLARS PER SHARE IN CASH AT THE CLOSING OF  THE DEAL.OF COURSE IT STILL NEEDS REGULATORY APPROVAL BOTH IN THE U.S. AND THE  E-U. HOWEVER COMPANY LEADERS SAY THEY EXPECT THE MERGER TO CLOSE BY THE  END OF 2017. THE DEAL, WOULD RANK AS THE LARGEST-EVER TAKEOVER OF A U.S. COMPANY  BY A COMPANY FROM GERMANY. 

VRT INCREASE
ON THE MODERN AG FRONT, USDA SAYS THE ADOPTION OF VARIABLE RATE  TECHNOLOGY CONTINUES TO INCREASE. IT ESTIMATES THAT VRT IS NOW BEING USED ON SOME 20 PERCENT OF PLANTED  CORN, SOYBEAN, RICE AND PEANUT ACRES. ACCORDING TO DATA FROM 2010, VRT CAN IMPROVE PROFITS ON CORN FARMS 

CROP COMMENTS
CROP COMMENTS IS POWERED BY RESICORE HERBICIDE FOR CORN, FROM  DOW AGROSCIENCES.WITH A CHECK OF FARM COUNTRY,  MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US WITH TODAY'S  CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  LET'S START OFF IN THE LONE STAR STATE.  JARRET BOWERS SENT US SOME PICTURESQUE PHOTOS IN THE TEXAS  PANHANDLE.  HE SAYS IT'S A VERY MILD WINTER SO FAR AND THE AREA NEEDS THE MOISTURE.  WHILE THERE IS SOME ABNORMALLY DRY SPOTS IN THE TEXAS PANHANDLE, THE  U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR SAYS , NEARLY 82 PERCENT OF THE STATE HAS NO  DROUGHT.  AND NOW FOR A MORE FRIGID PHOTO, JOHN KENNAY SENT US THIS 'CROP  COMMENTS' PHOTO FROM THE GREAT OUTDOORS WHILE HE WAS DEER  HUNTING.  HE SAID HE DIDN'T HIT LIMIT. THANKFULLY THERE ARE A COUPLE OF WEEKS LEFT  FOR HIM TO HAVE BETTER LUCK. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, BOB UTTERBACK HELPS US BUILD A STRATEGY FOR  MARKETING GRAIN IN 2017. AND WHEN SEATBELTS WERE FIRST REQUIRED, SAFETY TESTS INVOLVED "AN  AVERAGE SIZED 40 YEAR OLD MAN". WELL, THINGS HAVE CHANGED QUITE A BIT SINCE THEN....AND SO COULD SEAT  BELTS. DETAILS WHEN WE HEAD IN THE COUNTRY.

FLOOR OF THE CME
AGRIBUSINESS TODAY, BROUGHT TO YOU BY YAMAHA - MAKERS OF VIKING SIDE- BY-SIDES.  YAMAHA - REAL WORLD TOUGH.  IN AGRIBUSINESS LETS SEE HOW MARKETS SPENT TUESDAY'S TRADE IN  ANTICIPATION OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE'S ANNOUNCEMENT ON INTEREST  RATE--THAT'S EXPECTED LATER TODAY. BUT FOR MARKETS ON TUESDAY--WE HEAD TO THE CME IN CHICAGO. LIVESTOCK MARKETS HERE IN CHICAGO WERE MIXED. WE HAD A SHARPLY  HIGHER TRADE IN THE CATTLE MARKET AND THE FEEDER CATTLE MARKET. SOME  MULTI-MONTH HIGHS IN THE NEARBY CONTRACTS IN BOTH OF THOSE MARKETS.  YOU KNOW, A LOT HAS CHANGED HERE IN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. WE'VE  HAD A MUCH BETTER CASH TRADE. IT HAD A GREATLY IMPROVED BOX BEEF  MARKET, AND NOW WE HAVE SOME WEATHER RISK THAT'S BEING BUILT INTO THIS  CATTLE MARKET. WE HAVE SOME NASTY WINTER WEATHER MOVING THROUGH  ACROSS A LOT OF THE PLAINS AND THE WESTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY HERE  LATER THIS WEEK. SO THAT FEBRUARY AND APRIL CONTRACT IS PICKING UP  SOME PREMIUM HERE. OUR FEEDER CATTLE INDEX WHICH TRACKS THE CASH  FEEDER CATTLE MARKET HAS ALSO BEEN A LOT STRONGER. SO WE'VE SEEN A  SHARP RALLY HERE INTO MULTI MONTH HIGHS. AGAIN, THIS IS JOE VACLAVIK  HERE ON THE CME FLOOR IN CHICAGO. 

AGRIBUSINESS
BOB UTTERBACK, UTTERBACK MARKETING, OUR GUEST HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK. BOB AS WE  WRAP UP 2016 AND PREPARE FOR 2017, YOU AND I WERE TALKING THAT THERE 'S A COUPLE THINGS THAT  CAN REALLY MOVE MARKETS EVERY YEAR AND THE QUESTION IS HOW WE GET READY FOR THOSE? EXPORT POLICY IS GOING TO BE A BIG VARIABLE. THE WEATHER IS ALWAYS ONE WE HAVE EVERY YEAR  AND THAT'S EVEN MORE IMPORTANT. BUT FOR FEED GUYS. GUYS WHO HAVE FEED NEEDS FOR 2017,  GUYS WHO HAVE SOLD CORN IN THE JAN FEB AND WANT TO REOWN, I THINK THE MARKET IS GOING TO  PROVIDE YOU AN ACTUAL OPPORTUNITY BUT I'D SAY THE SECOND WEEK OF JANUARY THROUGH THE  SECOND WEEK OF FEBRUARY IS AN EXCELLENT SEASONAL TIME PERIOD.  IF YOU'RE GOING TO BUY, IF YOU'RE GOING TO RE OWN, THAT'S WHERE I WOULD BE BUYING FROM. AND IF THIS CORN ACREAGE HAS SLIPPED A LITTLE BECAUSE IT GOES TO BEANS, THAT'S ANOTHER REASON  TO BUY AND IF HERE AGAIN, THIS IS THE WILD CARD, I'M KNOWN AS A BEAR BUT I'M HEDGING ON TIME  AND I WANT TO HEDGE MY BET ON CORN BEING A LITTLE POSITIVE.  IF THE OKLAHOMA, GEORGIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, THAT DRYNESS, IF THAT WOULD MOVE INTO  NORTHERN ILLINOIS, NORTHERN INDIANA AND MOVE NORTHWARD,  THAT WOULD FIRE THE MARKET UP IN THAT JUNE, JULY. SO I THINK YOU NEED TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE  TIME PERIOD YOU'RE GOING TO SELL INTO THAT. AND HISTORICALLY, IT'S BEEN MY EXPERIENCE.   FARMERS CAN SELL WEATHER SCARE MARKETS. WITH WHAT 'S HAPPENING, IT 'S HARD TO DO.  YOU COULD  SAY IN JANUARY AND THEN DO IT AND ALL THE PLANNING MEANS FEBRUARY AND MARCH AND WHEN IT  GETS TO JULY, YOU THROW THE PLAN OUT AND GET BULLISH. SO HOW WE OVERCOME THAT? I THINK YOU GET  A BUY CALL INSURANCE IN JAN AND FEBRUARY. I WILL BE BUYING A SEPARATE DEC CORN FOR HOW THE  MONEY CALLS WITH A PRICE YOU CAN LIVE WITH.  AND YOU WANT TO FREEZE YOUR RISK ABOVE THAT POINT. TO ME IT'S ABOUT THIRTY, FORTY CENTS ABOVE  THE MARKET AND TRY TO GET THAT CALL PAID FOR ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. THE CHEAPEST COST TRY TO GET  THAT CALL UNDER A DIME NET PREMIUM COST, MAYBE CLOSER TO A NICKEL.  AND IF HE CAN DO THAT YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT. ONE YEAR IT'S GOING TO HAVE A REALLY POSITIVE  PAYOFF. I DON'T KNOW IF IT'LL BE THIS YEAR, BUT CORN IS A SHOT. I WOULDN'T GET AS WORKED UP ABOUT  BEANS BECAUSE I THINK BEAN ACRES ARE GOING TO BE UP.  I THINK EVERYONE HAS A VERY BULLISH DEMAND ESTIMATE. SO I'D BE SO A NEW CROP BEANS AGGRESSIVELY BEFORE I EVEN START ON CORN AND THEN I'D GET MY CALLS BOUGHT AND I WOULD SELL MY  CORN IN JUNE OR JULY. SO THERE'S WORK TO DO.  AND THIS IS NOT A YEAR TO BE A COWBOY. THIS IS A YEAR TO BE CONSERVATIVE. KEEP YOUR COSTS DOWN AND GET THROUGH THIS YEAR. ALRIGHT, APPRECIATE IT, BOB. WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN  A MOMENT.TO TALK WITH BOB ONE ON ONE CALL UTTERBACK MARKETING SERVICES TOLL  FREE AT 800-832-1488. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY FARMER'S EDGE.  FOR THE LATEST IN MAKING SENSE OF YOUR DATA - VISIT GROWYOURRETURNS.COM. 

WEATHER
AGDAY WEATHER - BROUGHT TO YOU BY CREDENZ SOYBEAN SEED FROM BAYER.  WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY WITH MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE, THERE'S A STORM OUT WEST AND IT LOOKS LIKE A  BIG ONE BREWING. YEAH THERE 'S ANOTHER ONE BEHIND ABOUT THIS FIRST ONE IS GOING TO CUT RIGHT  ACROSS THE MIDDLE OF A COUNTRY WITH SOME SNOW AND PERHAPS ICE. WE'LL TALK MORE ABOUT THAT  COMING UP.BUT FOR NOW IT 'S ALL ABOUT COLD AIR IN THE EASTERN TWO THIRDS OF THE COUNTRY. THIS IS THE LAST BIG  BLAST OF ARCTIC AIR IN THIS SYSTEM. THERE 'S BEEN THREE FRONTS AND THIS IS THE THIRD ONE. AND IT'S BRINGING THE COLDEST AIR THIS SEASON ALREADY TO THE NORTHERN PLAINS. THIS IS ALREADY  PRETTY COLD AIR IN THE OHIO VALLEY AND TENNESSEE VALLEY AS WELL. WE'LL SEE THESE TWO FRONTS  CONTINUE TO PRESS SLOWLY SOUTHWARD. IT'S NOT LIKE THE JETSTREAM AS YOU NOTICE WHEN WE GET TO IT. IT'S NOT LIKE BLASTING ALL THE WAY TO FLORIDA SOMETIMES. IT'S KIND OF FLATTENING OUT IN THE  SOUTHEAST. AND IT'S BRINGING THE COLDEST AIR OF THE SEASON ALREADY TO THE NORTHERN PLAINS. THAT WILL TEND TO KEEP THE COLDEST AIR FROM MAKING IT INTO THE SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE  COUNTRY. LAKE EFFECT SNOW STARTING TO PICK UP AS WE HEAD THROUGH A LATER TODAY AND LOOK AT  THAT SNOW IN THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL ROCKIES. SPREADING OUT AHEAD OF THAT WARM FRONT PART. PUTTING THE MAPS INTO MOTION FOR TOMORROW, YOU  CAN SEE THE ARCTIC AIR CONTINUES TO GO INTO NORTHERN DIXIE AS WE HEAD INTO TOMORROW MORNING.  LAKE EFFECT SNOWS ONGOING AND SNOW STARTING TO BREAK OUT AHEAD OF THAT NEXT STORM SYSTEM. IN NEBRASKA, SOUTHWESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA AS WELL AS MOST OF THE NORTHERN PLAINS AND YOU'LL  NOTICE THAT NEXT STORM SYSTEM, THAT'S GOING TO FOLLOW. THE ONE THAT 'S COMING RIGHT NOW. SO THAT'LL BE AN INTERESTING SITUATION OUT IN THE WEST COAST AS  WELL. GOOD NEWS FOR MOISTURE. IF YOU ARE WHAT SOME OVER CENTRAL AND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA  YOU'RE GONNA GET A LOT OF THAT. AS YOU CAN SEE. AND A STORM SYSTEM DOESN'T LOOK REALLY IMPRESSIVE RIGHT NOW BUT IT IS GOING TO START TO COME  EASTWARD AND WE WILL SEE SOME ENERGY FEEDING INTO IT. IT'LL BECOME A PRETTY STRONG STORM AS  WE HEAD INTO THE WEEKEND FARTHER EAST. THERE 'S A PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE OVER THE PAST TWENTY  FOUR HOURS, YOU SEE SOME PRETTY HEAVY AMOUNTS ALONG THE GULF COAST . ADDING ON THE NEXT 36 HOURS, MOST OF IT OCCURS OUT WEST. IN FACT, THESE ARE HUGE AMOUNTS OF  MOISTURE OUR COMPUTER MODEL IS PUTTING DOWN WITH 5,6,7 INCHES.   OF RAIN AND MELTED SNOW IN THOSE AREAS. SO THAT COULD CAUSE SOME FLOODING IN NORTHERN  CALIFORNIA OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. THERE'S THE SNOWFALL ESTIMATES. YOU CAN SEE IN THE  PAST HOURS SOME LIGHT AMOUNTS. START TO GET SOME HEAVIER AMOUNTS WITH SOME OF THE GREAT LAKES AREAS BUT ESPECIALLY OUT  WEST NORTH CENTRAL ROCKIES, GETTING UP PUMMELED WAS SOME HEAVY SNOW IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS  AND THE COLD AIR IS GOING TO BE KIND OF  PUMMELING THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY AS WELL. LOOK AT  THE LOWS TOMORROW MORNING. AT TEN TO FIFTEEN BELOW EVEN MINUS ONE IN CHICAGO AND OUR COMPUTER MODELS ONLY GOING THREE  FOR THE HIGH IN CHICAGO TOMORROW AND THE THIRTIES AND FORTIES GO ALL THE WAY INTO NORTHERN  DIXIE. THERE'S THE JET STREAM. THAT'S WHY THE COLD AIR IS COMING SOUTHWARD BUT YOU'LL NOTICE THE  SOUTHERN TERRIF STATES. IT'S MOSTLY COMING. FROM THE WEST. ANOTHER SHOT OF COLD AIR FOR EARLY NEXT WEEK AND THEN THINGS KIND OF FLATTEN OUT. AND BECOME A LITTLE MORE TRANQUIL AROUND THE COUNTRY. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW  LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL TUCSON, ARIZONA,   A MIX OF SUN AND CLOUDS AND MILD TODAY. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE IS  ALL THE WAY UP TO 80. WALL, SOUTH DAKOTA, PARTLY SUNNY AND QUITE COLD. THE HIGH IS JUST 16. AND  UTICA, NEW YORK, COLD, WITH TIMES OF SUNSHINE. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE IS AROUND TWENTY FOUR  DEGREES.

TEASE
A NEWLY PASSED BILL IN WASHINGTON COULD BRING RELIEF TO DROUGHT  STRESSED CALIFORNIA. DETAILS ON OUR WEEKLY PACKER TV REPORT. PLUS IS IT TIME TO RE-THINK HOW WE USE SEATBELTS IN OUR CARS AND  TRUCKS? DETAILS ON THE RESEARCH, JUST AHEAD. THE LOCAL WEATHER CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACT NOT ONLY ON YOUR DAY, BUT ALSO ON YOUR CROPS.  START YOUR DAY OFF RIGHT WITH YOUR LOCAL FORECAST DELIVERED RIGHT TO YOUR MOBILE PHONE, JUST TEXT  WEATHER TO 31313 TO GET STARTED! 

PACKER TV
ON THE PACKER TV...FRUIT AND VEGETABLE GROWERS IN CALIFORNIA ARE  PRAISING THE PASSAGE OF A NEW WATER RESOURCES AND INFRASTRUCTURE  BILL.THE LEGISLATION NOW ON THE PRESIDENT'S DESK, INCLUDES MORE THAN 500  MILLION DOLLARS IN DROUGHT AIDE FOR THE GOLDEN STATE. OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS DROUGHT HAS FORCED MORE THAN A MILLION  ACRES TO BE FALLOW, LEFT THOUSANDS OUT OF WORK AND DRIED UP AN  ESTIMATED 2-THOUSAND WATER WELLS. ACCORDING TO WESTERN GROWERS PRESIDENT AND CEO TOM NASSIF--THE  LEGISLATION WILL HELP GET WATER TO FARMERS THANKS TO NEW DIRECTIONS  FOR DELTA PUMPING PLANTS. CONVENIENCE STORES AND OTHER SMALL RETAILERS WHO ALLOW FOOD  STAMPS WILL NEED TO CARRY MORE HEALTHY FOOD STARTING IN THE NEW  YEAR. THE AG DEPARTMENT ISSUED A NEW RULE THAT REQUIRES RETAILERS WHO  REDEEM "SNAP" BENEFITS MUST CARRY A LARGER INVENTORY OF FRESH FRUITS  AND VEGETABLES, DAIRY, MEAT AND BREADS-N-CEREALS. IN THE PAST, RETAILERS ONLY HAD TO CARRY 12 HEALTHY ITEMS. NOW IT CLIMBS  TO 84. ALSO IN WASHINGTON, THE SCHOOL LUNCH ROOM COULD SOON BE REQUIRED  TO SERVE MOSTLY AMERICAN GROWN OR MADE FOODS TO KIDS. THE AMERICAN FOOD FOR AMERICAN SCHOOLS ACT SEEKS MORE  ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY IN THE PURCHASE OF FOOD. LEGISLATORS SAY SOME SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE IMPORTING FOREIGN FOOD  UNNECESSARILY.THIS BILL WOULD REQUIRE FOODSERVICE PROVIDERS TO GET A WAIVER TO SELL  IMPORTED GOODS. BACKERS SAY TAXPAYER DOLLARS SHOULDN'T GO TO SUPPORT OTHER  COUNTRIES WHEN AMERICAN FOOD IS AVAILABLE TO BUY.

TEASE
STILL TO COME, NEW CRASH TESTS DESIGNED FOR OLDER DRIVERS. WHY  EXPERTS ARE RETHINKING SAFETY STANDARDS AND HOW THAT MIGHT AFFECT  CARS OF THE FUTURE. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY FARMER'S EDGE.  FOR THE LATEST IN MAKING SENSOF YOUR DATA - VISIT GROWYOURRETURNS.COM.

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. ) WHEN SEAT BELTS WERE FIRST REQUIRED BY LAW NEARLY 40 YEARS AGO, THEY  WERE DESIGNED TO PROTECT THE "AVERAGE" DRIVER - WHO, AT THE TIME, WAS A  40-YEAR-OLD MAN. THAT'S CERTAINLY NOT THE CASE TODAY.  IN FACT, RIGHT NOW  THERE ARE MORE THAN 36 MILLION DRIVERS OVER THE AGE OF 65 AND BECAUSE  OF OUTDATED DESIGNS, MANY ARE AT A HIGHER RISK OF BEING INJURED BY SEAT BELTS.  BUT THAT MAY SOON BE CHANGING. CLARK POWELL HAS DETAILS. EVEN WELL INTO HER 70S HELEN KESSLER SAYS SHE STILL FEELS CONFIDENT  ON THE ROAD - BUT BECAUSE OF HER HEIGHT AND THE WAY HER SEAT BELT IS  POSITIONED, SHE'S NOT ALWAYS COMFORTABLE BEHIND THE WHEEL. "I JUST PUT IT  ACROSS ME AND IT USUALLY GOES ACROSS HERE, BUT BY THE TIME I GET DONE DRIVING, IT'S UP CLOSER  HERE AND I JUST PULL IT DOWN EACH TIME."  THAT'S NOT UNCOMMON. SEAT BELT DESIGNS  WERE BASED ON DUMMIES RESEMBLING AVERAGED SIZED, 40-YEAR-OLD MEN  DECADES AGO. NOW, DRIVERS ARE MORE DIVERSE AND SEAT BELTS CAN BE LESS  EFFECTIVE.  "IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO KEEP SOMEONE MY SIZE, MAYBE, BACK IN MY SEAT AND IT'S  PROBABLY TOO MUCH FORCE TO KEEP AN ELDERLY OCCUPANT IN THEIR SEAT, WHICH COULD CAUSE  THORACIC INJURIES." SO, TO BETTER PROTECT A WIDER RANGE OF DRIVERS,  RESEARCHERS AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER ARE  WORKING WITH AUTOMAKERS TO RETHINK SAFETY SYSTEMS.  STARTING WITH  SMALLER MODELS THAT MORE CLOSELY REPRESENT MORE FRAGILE, OLDER  DRIVERS. "WE'RE DOING SOME STUDIES TO LOOK AT HOW STRONG ARE THEIR RIBS, HOW DO THEY  INTERACT WITH THE SEATBELT, POTENTIALLY WITH AIRBAGS, IN A SIDE IMPACT SCENARIO." BOLTE SAYS EVEN MINOR ACCIDENTS OFTEN CAUSE INJURIES ALONG THE  SEATBELT LINE - IN THE COLLAR BONE, RIBS AND PELVIS - AND IN YOUNGER  DRIVERS, THAT'S RARELY SERIOUS. "BUT SOMEONE THAT'S OLDER, A COUPLE RIB FRACTURES,  FLAIL CHEST, PROBLEMS BREATHING, PNEUMONIA - IT CAN REALLY BUILD UP AND CAUSE A LOT MORE  ISSUES."  STUDIES SHOW OLDER DRIVERS INVOLVED IN SERIOUS ACCIDENTS WERE  WEARING SEAT BELTS MORE THAN ANY OTHER AGE GROUP, BUT BECAUSE  THEY'RE MORE FRAGILE, THEY'RE LESS LIKELY TO SURVIVE.  WHICH IS WHY  EXPERTS HERE ARE WORKING TO IMPROVE THE VERY SYSTEMS DESIGNED TO  PROTECT THEM. AT OHIO STATE WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER, THIS IS CLARK  POWELL REPORTING. EXPERTS SAY THIS RESEARCH COULD EVEN LEAD TO KEY FOBS THAT KNOW A  DRIVER'S AGE, HEIGHT AND WEIGHT, AND CAN ADJUST A CAR'S SEAT BELTS  ACCORDINGLY, THE MOMENT THEY GET INTO THE CAR.  THAT'S STILL A FEW  YEARS AWAY, BUT WORKING ON IT NOW IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE BY 2030, THERE  WILL BE MORE THAN 60 MILLION LICENSED DRIVERS OVER THE AGE OF 65.

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN. FOR MIKE HOFFMAN, AND 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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