AgDay Daily Recap - January 24, 2017

January 24, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JANUARY 24, 2017


HEADLINES
PRESIDENT TRUMP PULLS THE PLUG ON A MAJOR  TRADE DEAL...PLUS, MEET A WISCONSIN DAIRY PRODUCER BUILDING A BUSINESS  FOR THE FUTURE. IN AGRIBUSINESS..LOOKING BEYOND THE FUNDAMENTALS. BUT  I DO THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO PULL UP A CHART TO HELP BE THE  ROAD MAP FOR MAYBE WHERE WE'VE BEEN AND MAYBE WHERE THE POTENTIAL  COULD BE MOVING FORWARD. OUR DAIRY REPORT LOOKS AT WHY THESE  FARMERS IN THE E-U ARE PROTESTING... AND THIS WISCONSIN CHEESE MAKER IS  GETTING A MAJOR CELEBRITY ENDORSEMENT FOR HIS WORK. AGDAY-BROUGHT  TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.

PRESIDENT TRUMP AND TPP
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HITS THE  GROUND RUNNING ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WORKWEEK - TAKING ACTION  AGAINST AN ISSUE THAT MUCH OF AMERICAN AGRICULTURE HOPED THE  PRESIDENT WOULD AVOID. PRESIDENT TRUMP MADE GOOD ON HIS PLEDGE TO WITHDRAW FROM THE TRANS  PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP TRADE PACT. IT WAS ONE OF SEVERAL EXECUTIVE  ORDERS IN THE OVAL OFFICE. TRUMP SAYS THE F-T-A PUT AMERICAN WORKERS AT A DISADVANTAGE.   THE U-S WAS ONE OF 12 NATIONS WHICH AGREED TO THE DEAL. BUT SINCE THE  END OF NEGOTIATIONS, ONLY JAPAN'S LEGISLATURE HAD RATIFIED THE DEAL. BUT MANY AG GROUPS ARE SUPPPORTIVE OF THE TRADE DEAL. AMERICAN FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT ZIPPY DUVALL SAYING IN A STATEMENT  "WITH THIS DECISION, IT IS CRITICAL THAT THE NEW ADMINISTRATION BEGIN  WORK IMMEDIATELY TO DO ALL IT CAN TO DEVELOP NEW MARKETS FOR U-S  AGRICULTURAL GOODS AND TO PROTECT AND ADVANCE U-S AGRICULTURAL INTERESTS IN THE CRITICAL ASIA-PACIFIC REGION." DUVALL ALSO EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT THE STATUS OF THE NORTH  AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT. HE SAYS HE PROVISIONS OF NAFTA HAVE BEEN BENEFICIAL FOR AMERICAN  AGRICULTURE.  BUT THE MANUFACTURING AND LABOR SECTORS SAY THE TRADE DEAL HAS COST  THE U-S THOUSANDS OF JOBS SINCE ITS IMPLEMENTATION IN 1993. PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS HE WANTS TO RENEGOTIATE OR SCRAP ENTIRELY NAFTA. THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS THE PRESIDENT HAS ALREADY HAD CONVERSATIONS  WITH CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU AND MEXICAN PRESIDENT  ENRIQUE PENA NIETO.  THE THREE LEADERS WILL MEET FACE TO FACE NEXT WEEK IN WASHINGTON. TRADE WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM WILL BE ON THE AGENDA THIS FRIDAY WHEN BRITISH PRIME MINSTER THERESA MAY MEETS WITH THE PRESIDENT. MAY SAYS SHE'S INTERESTED IN DISCUSSING A NEW TRADE ARRANGEMENT  BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES. BRITAIN SEES A FUTURE TRADE AGREEMENT  WITH THE UNITED STATES AS VITAL AS THE COUNTRY PREPARES TO LEAVE THE  EUROPEAN UNION.  BEFORE TAKING ACTION ON THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP, THE PRESIDENT  MET WITH LEADERS FROM A DOZEN LARGE U-S BASED COMPANIES. PRESIDENT  TRUMP  WARNED THAT COMPANIES WOULD FACE A SUBSTANTIAL BORDER TAX IF  THEY MOVE MANUFACTURING OUT OF THE U-S.  BUT HE ALSO PROMISED  ADVANTAGES TO COMPANIES THAT MANUFACTURE DOMESTICALLY.  ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DID AFTER TAKING  POWER ON FRIDAY WAS PUT THE BRAKES ON SOME FEDERAL RULES. NEW PRESIDENTS OFTEN ORDER SUCH REGULATORY FREEZES WHEN TAKING  OVER FOR THE FIRST TIME - OBAMA DID THE SAME IN 2009.  RULES THAT WERE RECENTLY SUBMITTED TO FEDERAL REGISTER BUT NOT YET  PUBLISHED WERE ORDERED TO BE IMMEDIATELY WITHDRAWN.  RULES THAT WERE PUBLISHED BUT HAVE NOT YET BEEN IMPLEMENTED WERE  ORDERED TO BE DELAYED BY 60 DAYS.  ONE INTERIM FINAL RULE GETTING DELAYED IS USDA'S GIPSA RULE. USDA RELEASED THE RULE ON DEC. 14 AND IT WAS SCHEDULED TO TAKE EFFECT  FEB. 21ST.IT'S NOW ON HOLD.

PAGELS PONDEROSA DAIRY
SPEAKING OF BUSINESSES, THIS MORNING WE CONTINUE OUR MARCH TOWARD  NAMING THIS YEAR'S TOP PRODUCER OF THE YEAR BY TOP PRODUCER  MAGAZINE. TODAY WE'RE HEADED TO KEWAUNEE WISCONSIN, TO MEET A FARM FAMILY WITH  AN ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT AND A DRIVE TO GROW THEIR BUSINESS INTO THE  FUTURE. THE SETTING MAY BE PEACEFUL-- BUT A DAY AT PAGELS PONDEROSA DAIRY IN KEWANEE WISCONSIN IS ALWAYS ACTION PACKED. "WHEN I TOOK OVER THE FARM FROM MY PARENTS WE HAVE 65 COWS AND 320 ACRES. TODAY WE'RE  CROPPING A LITTLE OVER 8500 ACRES A WE'RE MILKING JUST OVER 5000 COWS AT THIS OPERATION."  THIS FORWARD THINKING FARM JUST CELEBRATED ITS 70TH ANNIVERSARY...FROM JOHN'S PARENTS DREAMS IN 1946 TO TODAY'S MODERN  MILKING NATS ON ROTARY... IT DIDN'T TAKE OWNER JOHN PAGEL LONG TO DECIDED THIS IS WHERE HE  WANTED TO BUILD HIS FUTURE. "THERE WERE A FEW MOMENTS IN MY LIFE WHERE I WASN'T QUITE SURE I WAS GOING TO BE A FARMER." "I GRADUATED HIGHSCHOOL I WORKED OFF THE FARM FOR A YEAR AND I KNEW EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED TO  DO FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. I CAME BACK TO THE FARM AND I'VE BEEN HERE EVER SINCE." AND FROM THE BEGINNING HIS GOAL WAS TO BE THE BEST. "WE WANTED TO GROW WE WANTED TO MAKE OUR FARM ONE OF THE TOP IN THE COUNTRY AND SO WHAT  WE DID IS LEARN FROM THE BEST PEOPLE IN THE INDUSTRY TO DO THE BEST JOB THAT WE COULD DO TO  TAKE CARE OF OUR COWS THE BEST WE COULD." BUT GETTING THERE MEANT EXPANDING... "WE BOUGHT COWS WE DIDN'T BUY HARDWARE WE BOUGHT COWS AND ONCE AGAIN INCREASING  INCOME STRENGTHENING CASH FLOW PAY DOWN DEBT AND THEN WE'D BORROW AND WE'D BUILD AND  WE'D GROW AGAIN ." TODAY HIS ROTARY MILKER CAN SERVICE 525 COWS AN HOUR...THE FARM  MANAGES THEIR FEED NEEDS, A DIGESTER PUMPS OUT ROUGHLY DOUBLE THE  AMOUNT OF POWER THEY CONSUME...AND BEDDING FOR THEIR COWS.  JOHN'S DAYS HAVE GONE FROM HANDS ON IN THE PARLOR TO MANAGING A  TEAM--ONE THAT INCLUDES HIS 4 CHILDREN. "WHEN MY CHILDREN ALL DECIDED TO COME BACK AND BE INVOLVED IN THE OPERATION IS WHEN WE  DECIDED IT WAS TIME TO MAKE A MOVE TO STAY IN THE FRONT END OF THE INDUSTRY AND THAT'S WHY  WE'RE MILKING 5-THOUSAND COWS AT THIS LOCATION." "I WAS NOT GOING TO COME BACK TO THE DAIRY. I WAS GOING TO GO TO COLLEGE GET A GOOD JOB AND  RAISE MY FAMILY WHO KNOWS WHERE." OLDEST DAUGHTER JAMIE WITCPALEK IS NOW THE CHIEF OPERATION OFFICER "DAD MADE A LOT OF DECISIONS BECAUSE HE WAS HOPING ALL OF US KIDS WOULD COME BACK TO THE  BUSINESS EVEN THOUGH WE DIDN'T THINK WE ALL WOULD BUT THEN WE DID." SOME OF THOSE DECISIONS ARE STILL IN THE EARLY STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT....THAT INCLUDES A CHEESE MAKING AND DISTRIBUTION  COMPANY...AND JUST RECENTLY A FARM TO FORK RESTAURANT IN GREENBAY.  "IT'S A HUGE ADJUSTMENT BUT I BELIEVE IT WILL MAKE US BETTER FARMERS. WITH GOING ALL THE WAY  FROM ONE CYCLE TO THE OTHER LEARNING WHAT THE CONSUMER WANTS AND WHY THEY WANT IT AND TO  BE ABLE TO BRING THAT BACK TO THE FARM AND GROW WHAT HTE CONSUMER NEEDS AND WANTS." THAT CONNECTION TO THE CONSUMER CARRIES OVER TO THE FARM. "WE GET ABOUT 8-10 THOUSAND PEOPLE OUT TO THE FARM A YEAR. SO WE DO SCHOOL TOURS AND ADULT  TOURS AND ADULT TOURS BUT WE DO TOURS 2-3 DAYS A WEEK.""WE ALWAYS JOKE THAT DAD ALWAYS DRIVES THE TRAIN. SO WE JOKE WHETHER WE'RE GOING TO GET ON THE TRAIN OR NOT GET ON THE TRAIN BUT DAD ALWAYS HAS THESE VISIONS AND IDEAS."BUT GROWTH TAKES PEOPLE, AND THAT'S PROVEN TO BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES. "WE A LOT OF TIMES JOKE THAT THE 5000 COWS ARE A LOT EASIER TO MANAGE THAN THE 200 EMPLOYEES THAT WE HAVE." "WE LEARNED THAT WE WERE GONG TO HAVE TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT THAT JUST PAY A GOOD WAGE." "ONCE THE EMPLOYEES ARE HERE ONE YEAR AND BEYOND THEY USUALLY STAY. SO WE HAVE A LOT OF LONG TERM EMPLOYEES BUT THE NEWEST EMPLOYEES THAT JOIN THE TEAM ARE BY FAR THE HARDEST TO KEEP." THEY'VE ADDED NEW HIRE ITEMS LIKE CARE PACKAGES AND TRAINING SESSIONS...EMPLOYEES FROM THE RESTAURANT AND CHEESE BUSINESS GET TOURS OF THE FARM....WORKING TO BUILD A CONNECTION. "WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO DO A BETTER JOB LETTING THEM KNOW WHY THEY SHOULD WORK HERE." NATS...KIDS... FOR THE PAGEL FAMILY--WHY THEY'RE HERE IS CLEAR.."IT'S AMAZING THAT I GET TO WORK WITH MY CHILDREN AND THE GRANDKIDS GET OFF THE SCHOOL BUS  HERE EVERYDAY. I MEAN I'M VERY BLESSED IN THAT WAY" A FAMILY, "FOR THE MOST PART WE ALL STILL GO TO THANKSGIVING TOGETHER, WE STILL HAVE CHRISTMAS TOGETHER" CENTERED AROUND A BUSINESS... NATS...MILKING... HOLDING THEM TOGETHER,  "I'M 57 YEARS OLD AND I DON'T PLAN ON SLOWING DOWN ANYTIME SOON" AND STEPPING FORWARD INTO A FUTURE WITH POSSIBILITIES BEYOND THE  HORIZON. "IT'LL BE VERY HARD TO FILL DAD'S SHOES THATS FOR SURE. WE'D HAVE TO ...ME AND MY BROTHERS WOULD  HAVE TO TAKE TURNS WEARING SHOES. LAUGH"> TOMORROW OUR THIRD FINALIST WILL KEEP US IN WISCONSIN WHERE THE GUMZ FARMS SHOWS US HOW BUILDING A NICHE BOTH IN BUSINESS AND ON THE LAND  CAN HELP SUSTAIN GROWTH FOR THE OPERATION.

CROP COMMENTS
A BROAD MIX OF WEATHER CONDITIONS. MIKE HOFFMAN LOOKS AT A FEW SPOTS  IN CROP COMMENTS, MIKE. ROBERT REESE NEAR LANSING, MICHIGAN SENDING US THIS PHOTO. ROBERT SAYS HE'S READY TO BE DONE HAULING GRAIN THIS WINTER SO THE  EQUIPMENT CAN GO BACK INTO THE SHOP.  HE SAYS LINES ARE SHORT BUT DUMPING IS SLOW. HE'S DEALING WITH MUD, FOG  AND MIST.  WILL GILMER IN VERNON, ALABAMA SAYS THIS IS THE SCENE OUTSIDE OF HIS  MILKING BARN.  HE SAYS THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE IMPROVING IN HIS AREA. THE REGION  IS SEEING MORE MOISTURE AND MOSTLY MILD TEMPERATURES. THANKFULLY,  NONE OF THE SEVERE WEATHER HIT HIS FARM.  ACCORDING TO THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR, NEARLY 73 PERCENT OF ALABAMA  IS ABNORMALLY DRY. 23 PERCENT IS IN AN EXTREME DROUGHT. THERE WAS NO  DROUGHT A YEAR AGO. AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE WEATHER MAP YOU CAN SEE  A COUPLE OF SYSTEMS ONE IN THE NORTHEAST ONE IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS  CAUSING RAIN AND SNOW WE'LL HAVE YOUR FORECAST COMING UP BUT NOW  HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT RECENT MARKET ACTION AND  WHAT THE CHARTS ARE TELLING US ABOUT POSSIBLE PRICE ACTION. PLUS A QUIET AND RESERVED CHEESEMAKER IS ALLOWING HIS ARTISAN CHEESE  TO SPEAK VOLUMES. AND IT'S CATCHING THE ATTENTION OF A KEY CELEBRITY. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RESICORE HERBICIDE FOR CORN.  A UNIQUELY PWERFUL FORMULATION.   EXTRAORDINARY POWER OVER WEEDS.

AGRIBUSINESS
CRAIG VANDYKE TOP THIRD AG MARKETING OUR GUEST HERE TODAY CRAIG LETS TALK ABOUT THE CHARTS I KNOW THAT 'S NOT SOMETHING EVERYBODY LIKES TO SPEND ALL DAY LOOKING AT YOU SPEND A LOT OF  TIME LOOKING AT IT IS GIVING US ANY PRICE DIRECTION AS FAR AS MAJOR GRAINS GO YOU KNOW A LOT  MORE FUN TO TALK ABOUT THE FUNDAMENTALS FOR THE HEADLINES ARE A LOT MORE FUN A LOT MORE DRAMA INVOLVED IN THEM BUT I DO THINK IT 'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU PULL UP A CHART TO HELP THE THE ROAD MAP FOR MAYBE WHERE WE'VE BEEN AND MAY BE WHERE THE POTENTIAL COULD BE MOVING  FORWARD SURE THAT YOU'RE SEEING A LITTLE BIT OF THAT YOU KNOW TO START THINGS OFF IN THE SOYBEAN  MARKET IN A NOT NECESSARILY QUITE ON THE CHART BUT ON THE SPREAD SIDE OF THINGS YOU'RE SEEING  IN FRONT MONTHS. HE HAD BEEN PERSISTENT FOR MONTHS. TO ME THAT SAID SOME BULLISH SIGNAL AND  WE'VE SEEN A GET VERY VIOLENT PAST PAST WEEK WE'VE SEEN JULY YOU KNOW BEANS SPREAD CATCH  A LOT OF STEAM WE'VE MEAN WE'VE SEEN A LITTLE BIT OF PULLBACK LATER IN THE WEEK BUT NOT NEAR  ENOUGH FOR ME TO SAY THAT THIS THIS BREAD IS DONE WITH BUT THAT 'S WHY BRING UP THE CHARTS LOOK  WE GOT A GAP THEIR ON AND ON THAT 'SPREAD AS WELL AS SOME OF THE CHARTS. TWENTY TWENTY FIVE  CENTS BELOW AFTER FRIDAY 'S CLOSE AND SEEN THE SPREAD BACK OFF SLIGHTLY. SO YOU KNOW WE START  TO FILL THAT GAP. WE START TO SEE THAT SPREAD ACTUALLY FIND A SESSION WHERE IT REALLY GETS  CRUSHED AND THEN I THINK HE CAN MAYBE TAKE A BULLISH TONE A WAY A LITTLE BIT THAT 'S WHERE I FIND IT IMPORTANT IF YOU'RE TRYING A READ OR HELP THE TERM IN PRICE DIRECTION AND GOTTA USE THAT TECHNICAL ANALYSIS NOW CONFIRM YOU KNOW MAYBE SOME OF YOUR FUNDAMENTAL BIAS AND THEN  THERE IN THE CORN MARKET AS WELL AND WE HAD A PHENOMENAL CLOSE IN MY OPINION WHEN WE  CAME HERE WE PRESSED ABOUT A FRESH SIX SEVEN MONTH HIGHS IN CORN CONTRACT BROKE OUT OF A  BIG WEDGE FORMATION IN CORN THAT WE'VE BEEN PRESSING THAT WE'VE BEEN TRADING WITH AN OVER  THE PAST FIVE SIX MONTHS. YEAH IT 'S BEEN A LITTLE SIDEWAYS VERY SIDEWAYS AND AND YOU KNOW  THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF CONVERSATION ON THE CORN MARKET BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T REALLY DONE A  WHOLE LOT. NOW WE FINALLY HAVE REASON TO SAY MAYBE THERE 'S SOME TAKE NOTE HERE OKAY AND  THAT CHART THAT CHARTER 'S AGREEMENT FOR THE TIME WE SELL WE CAN CONTINUE TO CONFIRM THAT THAT  THAT TREND IN NEXT WEEK AND MAYBE YOU KNOW IN THE END OF THE MONTH YOU'RE LOOKING AT A  VERY POSITIVE SIGN OF CHARTS TO HELP WITH PRICE DIRECTION FOR ALL RIGHT. MAYBE NOT AS EXCITING  KNOW TALK ABOUT HIS FUNDAMENTALS BUT JUST AS IMPORTANT APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE CRAIG WE'LL  BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE. FOR A SPECIAL REPORT ON THE GRAIN MARKETS, CALL TOLL FREE AT 877-TT- HEDGE. THAT'S 877-884-3343. ADD STRATEGO YIELD FUNGICIDE AT THE EARLY SEASON RATE TO YOUR POSTEMERGENCE HERBICIDE TANK MIX. YOU'LL GET HEALTHIER FIELDS, HIGHER YIELDS AND A HIGHER RETURN ON INVESTMENT.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE SEEMS LIKE MAYBE WE'RE SEEING A  LITTLE BIT OF A SHIFT IN THE WEATHER PATTERNS ESPECIALLY OUT WEST. YEAH WE'RE GOING TO SEE THAT  SHIFT. THE STORM 'S GONNA STOP COMING IN OUT WEST AT LEAST THE BIG ONES AND WE'RE GOING TO  SEE A BIG TROUGH IN THE EAST AND THAT WILL MEAN SOME COLDER AIR SLOWLY COMING IN THE EASTERN  PART OF THE COUNTRY WITH SOME VERY COLD AIR EVENTUALLY. WE'LL SHOW YOU THE JET STREAM COMING  UP. IN THE MEANTIME IT 'S COLD ENOUGH TO SNOW OVER MUCH OF PENNSYLVANIA INTERIOR NEW YORK INTERIOR NEW ENGLAND. A PRETTY HEAVY AMOUNTS IN SOME OF THE MOUNTAINS THROUGH THAT AREA  YOU CAN SEE THAT STORM SYSTEM CONTINUING TO MOVE NORTHEASTWARD NEXT STORM SYSTEM MOVING  EAST NORTHEAST AND THAT'S PUSHING SOME SNOW ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS NEBRASKA SOUTH DAKOTA MINNESOTA AND IOWA AND THE SYSTEM OFF THE WEST COAST KIND OF DIVING  SOUTHWARD AND FALLING APART AS YOU'LL SEE IT WILL HAVE MUCH MOISTURE WITH IT ALL OVER THE NEXT  TWENTY FOUR HOURS THERE 'S TOMORROW MORNING YOU CAN SEE THE SNOW MOVING INTO THE WESTERN  GREAT LAKES. STILL RAIN FROM SOUTHERN WISCONSIN SOUTHWARD ALONG THAT FRONT NOT A LOT OF RAIN  ALONG THIS FRONT THIS WILL BE NOTHING LIKE THE BIG WEATHER MAKER OVER THE WEEKEND IN THE  SOUTHEAST SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT. STILL SOME LINGERING ACTIVITY IN THE NORTHEAST ANOTHER COLD FRONT COMING IN OUT WEST BUT YOU'LL SEE IT 'S BARELY MOVING IT'S NOT STRONG AND IT  DOESN'T HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF MOISTURE WITH IT SO THAT'S NOT GOING TO BE ANYTHING LIKE WE'VE SEEN  RECENTLY AND YOU CAN SEE BY TOMORROW AFTERNOON RAIN AND SNOW ACROSS A GREAT LAKES  SHOWERS UP AND DOWN THE COLD FRONT ALL THE WAY INTO A PARTS OF ALABAMA AND GEORGIA.  PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE OF THE PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS A LOT OF IT 'S BEEN IN THE NORTHEAST WITH  THAT STORM SYSTEM THERE ADDING IN THE NEXT THIRTY SIX YOU CAN SEE A LOTS OF MOISTURE WITH THAT  SYSTEM ONE TO TWO INCHES OF EITHER RAIN OR MELTED SNOW IN A LOT OF AREAS ESPECIALLY EAST OF  THE APPELLACCIANS AND YOU CAN SEE SOME ONE OR TWO INCH AMOUNTS ACROSS THE NORTHERN  PLAINS. BUT THAT WILL END UP BEING SNOW SO WE TAKE A LOOK A LOOK AT THAT OVER THE PAST TWENTY  FOUR HOURS MOST OF IT 'S BEEN IN THE ROCKIES PANHANDLE OF NEBRASKA AND ALSO THE HIGHER  ELEVATIONS OF THE NORTHEAST ADDING IN THE NEXT THIRTY SIX HOURS THAT STORM AT LEAST THE SNOW  PART OF IT 'S MOVING INTO EASTERN CANADA AND THIS ONE 'S PUSHING ACROSS SOUTH DAKOTA AND  SOUTHERN MINNESOTA WITH SOME OF THE HEAVIER AMOUNTS THERE. HIGH TEMPERATURES TODAY STILL IN  THE SIXTIES AND SEVENTIES IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS BUT TWENTIES FOR THE FAR NORTHERN ROCKIES NORTHWESTERN PLAINS A LOW TEMPERATURES TOMORROW MORNING GOING TO BE IN THE SINGLE DIGITS IN  SOME OF THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE NORTHERN ROCKIES AS THAT COLD AIR STARTS TO COME AND STILL  FORTIES AND FIFTIES CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI VALLEY SOUTHWARD AND HIGH TEMPERATURES TOMORROW  AFTERNOON YOU CAN SEE SEVENTIES COMING BACK INTO MUCH OF THE SOUTHEAST AND TWENTIES FOR  THE NORTHERN PLAINS AND THE NORTHERN ROCKIES. NOW HERE'S THE JET STREAM AND SEE THAT STORM  SYSTEM IN THE EAST THE TROUGH TRYING TO DIG IN THE WEST UNTIL IT COMES INTO THE PLAIN STATES NEW  ENERGY FEEDS INTO IT FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND AND WATCH THIS THIS WHOLE RIDGE JUST KIND OF GETS  BEATEN DOWN AND A HUGE TROUGH DEVELOPS BY THE EARLY PART OF NEXT WEEK AT A LOOK ACROSS THE  COUNTRY NOW LET 'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS FIRST OF ALL WE'LL HEAD TO READING  CALIFORNIA MIXTURE OF SUNSHINE AND CLOUDS AND COOL TODAY HIGH OF FIFTY FOUR SPENCER IOWA CLOUDY PERIODS OF SNOW A HIGH OF THIRTY FOUR AND DURHAM NORTH CAROLINA GOOD DEAL OF SUNSHINE IN ON THE WARM SIDE HIGH ROUND SIXTY THREE DEGREES

TEASE
WE'LL CHECK IN ON THE DAIRY INDUSTRY NEXT..INCLUDING A WILD PROTEST IN EUROPE AS DAIRY FARMERS CONTINUE THEIR  FIGHT AGAINST LOW MILK PRICES. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY TOP THIRD AG MARKETING.  FARMER-FIRST, WITH A PLAN FOR EVERY  MARKET.

DAIRY REPORT
IN OUR DAIRY REPORT, OUR PARTNERS AT MILK MAGAZINE SURVEYING  PRODUCERS TO START THE YEAR. THEY FOUND THAT IN 2016, THE AVERAGE PRICE PAID FOR MILK LAST YEAR WAS  15-97. BY STATE CALIFORNIA REPORTED THE LOWEST AVERAGE PRICE AT 13-43. WHILE FLORIDA TOPPED THE LIST AT 17-56..FOLLOWED CLOSELY BY WISCONSIN  AT 17-50. LOOKING AHEAD TO THIS YEAR, THOSE SURVEYED EXPECT MILK PRICES TO BE  NEARLY 2 DOLLARS PER HUNDRED HIGHER. ON THE HERD SIDE, USDA SAYS FOR THE YEAR, DAIRY COW CULLING FELL ONE  PERCENT COMPARED TO 2015. 2 POINT 8 MILLION COWS WERE SENT TO PACKERS. SLOWER SLAUGHTER RATES ON THE YEAR HELPING THE U.S. INCREASE  PRODUCTION IN 2016--AT TIME WHEN MANY OTHER COUNTRIES WERE PULLING  BACK DUE TO LOWER PRICES. ACROSS THE POND,  A CLOUD OF WHITE AROUND THE FRONT DOOR OF THE  EUROPEAN UNION HEADQUARTERS AS DAIRY FARMERS PROTEST SAGGING MILK  PRICES. MAKING THEIR POINT WITH MILK POWDER...MANY FARMERS ARE STRUGGLING AS  THE SECTOR FACES LOWER PROFITS. THE EU DID AWAY WITH IT'S MILK QUOTA SYSTEM TWO YEARS AGO, ALLOWING  FOR AN INCREASE IN PRODUCTION. REAL BUTTER AND ALL-DAY BREAKFAST STARTING TO LOSE ITS NOVELTY FOR  MCDONALD'S.THE FAST-FOOD GIANT, BEGAN SERVING EGG MCMUFFINS AND OTHER MORNING  FARE AT ALL HOURS IN 2015. NEW FINANCIALS SHOWING IT'S NO LONGER GENERATING SALES GROWTH FROM  THE CHANGE.  WHILE OVERALL EARNINGS BEAT ANALYSTS' ESTIMATES LAST QUARTER, U.S.  SAME-STORE SALES FELL MORE THAN ONE PERCENT.  CONGRATS TO THEM BOTH.

TEASE
UP NEXT - HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR ARTISAN  CHEESE STAND-OUT AGAINST THE COMPETITION IN WISCONSIN? A CELEBRITY  ENDORSEMENT HELPS. DETAILS NEXT AS WE HEAD IN THE COUNTRY.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA.  SEE THE ALL-NEW KOMMANDER-PRO ZERO-TURN  MOWER AT KUBOTA.COM.WHEN YOU'RE A CHEESEMAKER IN THE NATION'S NUMBER ONE CHEESE- PRODUCING STATE, IT MAY BE DIFFICULT FOR YOUR PRODUCT TO STAND-OUT.  CHEESEMAKER ANDY HATCH OF UPLAND CHEESE GOT A NICE BOOST FROM  MARTHA STEWART. HATCH WAS RECENTLY NAMED ONE OF MARTHA STEWART'S 2016 AMERICAN  MAKERS.  THE CELEBRITY HOMEMAKER RECOGNIZES INNOVATORS AND  ENTREPRENEURS WHO ARE THE NEXT GENERATION OF AMERICAN ARTISANS.  THIS YEAR, A WISCONSIN CHEESEMAKER GOT THE NOD. ALTHOUGH STEWART KNEW ABOUT THE AWARD WINNING CHEESES FROM  UPLAND, ANDY SAYS SHE WAS MUCH MORE INTERESTED IN HIS BACKGROUND  AND EXPERIENCE. "I HAD TO GIVE A SPEECH IN NEW YORK, AND THAT'S WHAT THEY ASKED ME TO TALK ABOUT WAS YOU  KNOW, WHAT IT'S LIKE TO START AS AN APPRENTICE AND GRADUALLY TAKE OVER A BUSINESS AND WHAT  STORIES LIKE THIS CAN MEAN FOR THE WIDER DAIRY INDUSTRY."THE VETTING PROCESS STARTS IN THE SPRING. DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS  DOZENS OF CANDIDATES ARE ASSESSED BY AN EDITORIAL TEAM TO SEE WHO  MEETS THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE BIG PRIZE.  THE WINNER IS THEN ANNOUNCED IN THE FALL.

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.

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