AgDay Daily Recap - June 6, 2018

June 6, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JUNE 6, 2018 

HEADLINES

THE TOP CUSTOMER OF U-S PORK SLAPS  RETALIATORY TARIFFS......WE'LL LOOK AT THE FALLOUT OF MEXICO'S ANNOUNCED  TARIFFS AGAINST U-S AG PRODUCTS. "IT'S HITTING AN INDUSTRY THAT'S ALREADY LOOKING WEAK."WE'LL TAKE A PULSE-CHECK OF FARMERS ATTITUDES ABOUT THE ECONOMY. BOB UTTERBACK WEIGHS-IN ON THE MARKETS..... AN OBSCURE, BUT IMPORTANT WISCONSIN CROP WORRIES ABOUT TARIFF  RETALIATION... AND LIFE ON THE FARM MEANS HOURS OUT IN THE SUN…AND AN INCREASED RISK FOR SKIN CANCER. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD.

MEXICO’S PORK TARIFF
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE NUMBER ONE EXPORT MARKET FOR  U-S PORK IS PUSHING BACK AGAINST THE PRESIDENT'S METAL TARIFFS. MEXICO ANNOUNCING IT WILL IMMEDIATELY TACK ON A 10-PERCENT TARIFF ON U-S PORK  SHIPPED INTO THAT COUNTRY...ESCALATING TO 20-PERCENT IN EARLY JULY. MEXICO SAYS THE PUNITIVE TARIFFS WILL BE APPLIED TO UN-PROCESSED PORK LEGS AND SHOULDERS, AS WELL AS OTHER AG PRODUCTS. THE DUTIES ARE IN RESPONSE TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S ANNOUNCEMENT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH TARIFFS ON STEEL AND ALUMINUM  AGAINST MEXICO, CANADA AND THE E-U. MEXICO'S DECISION FOLLOWS A SIMILAR STEP TAKEN  BY CHINA IN APRIL WHICH  IMPOSED AN ADDITIONAL 25-PERCENT TAX ON U-S PORK. MEXICO RECEIVES 25-PERCENT OF ALL U-S PORK EXPORTS WHICH IS ALSO  ABOUT SEVEN PERCENT OF ALL PORK PRODUCTION BY VOLUME IN THIS  COUNTRY, SO THE TARIFFS WILL BE FELT. SO WHEN WE LOOK AT THESE PROPOSED TARIFFS RETALIATION ON PORK IT'S IT'S HITTING AN INDUSTRY THAT  ALREADY IS IN A PERIOD WHERE LOOKS LIKE THE OUTLOOK IS VERY WEAK WHERE WE ALREADY HAVE  LOSSES AND THOSE LOSSES WOULD BE ADDED TO. HURT SAYS THE MEXICAN TARIFFS, ON TOP OF THE CHINESE TARIFFS, ADD MORE  PRESSURE TO U-S PRODUCERS WHO WERE ALREADY FACING AN UN-FAVORABLE  OUTLOOK. HURT SAYS PORK PRODUCTION IS UP FOUR PERCENT ALREADY THIS  YEAR WHICH WEIGHS HEAVILY ON PRICES FOR FARMERS. THE NATIONAL PORK PRODUCER COUNCIL SAYS IN A STATEMENT - " A 20 PERCENT  TARIFF ELIMINATES OUR ABILITY TO COMPETE EFFECTIVELY IN MEXICO. THIS IS DEVASTATING TO MY FAMILY AND PORK PRODUCING FAMILIES ACROSS THE  UNITED STATES. " NPPC PRESIDENT JIM HEIMERL SAYS PORK PRODUCERS ARE TRYING TO BE "GOOD SOLDIERS, BUT THEY'RE TAKING ON WATER FAST." 

NAFTA 2.0
MEANWHILE PRESIDENT TRUMP IS NOW "SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING" SPLITTING  THE NAFTA 2.0 TALKS INTO INDIVIDUAL DISCUSSIONS WITH MEXICO AND CANADA, WHITE HOUSE NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL DIRECTOR LARRY KUDLOW SAID  TUESDAY THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS ASKED HIM TO LOOK AT THE POSSIBILITY OF  MOVING THE NAFTA TALKS TO BILATERAL CONVERSATIONS INSTEAD OF THE  CURRENT TRI-LATERAL DEAL. KUDLOW SAYING WHEN YOU HAVE TO COMPROMISE WITH A WHOLE BUNCH OF COUNTRIES, YOU GET THE WORST OF THE DEALS. HOWEVER, KUDLOW ALSO SAYS THE PRESIDENT IS NOT GOING TO LEAVE NAFTA.

CHINA OFFERING $70B FOR AG, ENERGY PRODUCTS
THERE'S ALSO NEWS THIS MORNING THAT CHINA IS OFFERING TO PURCHASE  NEARLY 70 BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF U-S FARM AND ENERGY PRODUCTS IF  THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ABANDONS THOSE THREATENED TARIFFS. THAT PROPOSAL CAME OUT OF WEEKEND TALKS IN BEIJING.   CHINA SAYING  CHINESE COMPANIES WOULD BUY MORE U.S. SOYBEANS, CORN, NATURAL GAS,  CRUDE OIL AND COAL. THE PACKAGE VALUED AT ROUGHLY $70 BILLION IN THE FIRST YEAR. PRESIDENT TRUMP PRESSING CHINA TO REDUCE THE TRADE DEFICIT WITH CHINA  BY 200 BILLION.  MARKETS REACTING TO ALL OF THIS TRADE NEWS TUESDAY. GRAIN MARKETS WERE HIGHER ON TUESDAY FOLLOWING AN UGLY START TO THE WEEK ON MONDAY. IN  THE WEEK FOLLOWING MEMORIAL DAY PRESIDENT TRUMP ANNOUNCED SOME TARIFFS ON CHINESE  IMPORTS OR IMPORTS OF CHINESE PRODUCTS. AND THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT I THINK WAS THE CATALYST  FOR THE SELL OFF THAT WE'VE SEEN HERE RECENTLY DURING THE PAST FIVE OR SIX TRADING SESSIONS CORN  SOYBEANS AND WHEAT FUTURES HAVE BEEN TRADING AT CONTRACT HIGHS OR A MULTI MONETIZED PRIOR TO THAT ANNOUNCEMENT. I THINK THAT WAS THE CATALYST THAT KIND OF SET OFF THIS SELLING PRESSURE. VACLAVIK SAYS STRONG CROP CONDITION RATINGS ARE NOW STARTING TO  WEIGH IN ON MARKETS AS TRADERS BEGIN TO WATCH THE WEATHER THIS GROWING SEASON. BUT HE BELIEVES TRADE UNCERTAINTY REMAINS A MAJOR WILDCARD. 

WORLD PORK EXPO
THESE ISSUES WILL BE A HOT TOPIC AS WORLD PORK EXPO GETS UNDERWAY IN  DES MOINES, IOWA THIS WEEK. NOT ONLY IS IT ONE OF THE LARGEST PORK GATHERINGS IN THE COUNTRY, BUT  THE EXPO MARKS A MAJOR MILESTONE 2018- TURNING 30 YEARS OLD.  IT'S A CHANCE TO REFLECT ON HOW THE PORK INDUSTRY HAS CHANGED IN THREE DECADES. "THE TECHNOLOGY IS THE BIG THING WHICH HAS CHANGED. 30 YEARS AGO THEY WERE STARTING TO  MOVE ANIMALS INSIDE BUT NOW, UNLESS IT'S A NICHE MARKET, MOST ANIMALS ARE RAISED INSIDE AND   THEY'RE AWAY FROM THE ELEMENTS AND PRODUCERS CAN LOOK AT EVERY PIG EVERYDAY WHICH IS  IMPORTANT. THE GENETICS HAVE CHANGED TREMENDOUSLY. THE EQUIPMENT TOO HOW THEY MODIFY FARROWING STALLS SO SOWS CAN MOVE AROUND.BETSY JIBBEN IS ATTENDING THE EXPO THIS WEEK.  LOOK FOR COVERAGE ON AGDAY, ONLINE AND ALL OF OUR SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS.  

PURDUE AG BAROMETER
DESPITE UNCERTAINTY ASSOCIATED WITH TRADE TALKS AND TARIFFS, FARMER  OPTIMISM SEEMED TO IMPROVE LAST MONTH. THAT'S THE ANALYSIS OF THE MONTHLY PURDUE-CME AG BAROMETER. THE BAROMETER CLIMBED 16 POINTS HIGHER IN MAY TO 141. THE RISE IN THE BAROMETER - WHICH REFLECTS PRODUCER SENTIMENT - IS  BASED ON PRODUCER'S IMPROVED VIEW OF CURRENT CONDITIONS AS WELL AS THE FUTURE OUTLOOK. IF YOU LOOK AT MAY VERSUS APRIL WE HAD ONE OF OUR BIGGEST ONE MONTH RISES AND THE BAROMETER BAROMETER IT INCREASED 16 POINTS TO A READING OF 141 VERSUS 125 A MONTH EARLIER  AND THE BIGGEST REASON FOR THAT WAS PRODUCERS BECAME MORE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE OF  THE INDEX INDEX OF FUTURE EXPECTATIONS HAD A LARGE RISE DURING THE MONTH OF MAY RELATIVE TO APRIL AND WE HAD A MODEST RISE IN THE INDEX OF CURRENT CONDITIONS. THE RESULTS ARE BASED ON A SURVEY TAKEN PRIOR TO LAST WEEK'S NEWS  ABOUT IMPLEMENTING THE STEEL AND ALUMINUM TARIFFS ON SEVERAL OF THE  BIGGEST TRADING PARTNERS - CANADA, MEXICO AND THE EUROPEAN UNION. 

FARM BILL TIMELINE
WE'LL SEE IF THE OPTIMISM CHANGES IN NEXT MONTH'S REPORT.. ALSO IN WASHINGTON, WE'RE WATCHING THE SENATE AG COMMITTEE FOR CLUES TO ITS RELEASE OF A FARM BILL. A DRAFT IS EXPECTED THIS WEEK, WITH A MARK UP SOMETIME AROUND JUNE  13TH... ALTHOUGH THERE ARE QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT TIMELINE. INDUSTRY LEADERS, LIKE THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU, SAY THEY'RE HOPEFUL BOTH CHAMBERS CAN PASS A BILL AND NEGOTIATE DIFFERENCES BEFORE THE  CURRENT FARM LAW EXPIRES ON SEPTEMBER 30TH. THE HOUSE IS SET TO TAKE UP THE ISSUE OF IMMIGRATION REFORM THIS MONTH  AHEAD OF TAKING ANOTHER RUN AT PASSING A FARM BILL LATER IN JUNE. 

CROP COMMENTS
CINDI CLAWSON JOINING US WITH OUR FIRST LOOK AT WEATHER AND CROP  COMMENTS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY. GOOD MORNING CLINTON.  LETS START IN LITCHFIELD ILLINOIS. PHOTO JOURNALIST MIKE BYERS SENT US THESE PHOTOS OF CORN IN THE AREA. HE SAYS THE PLANTS ARE 3 AND A HALF TO 4 FEET TALL.  TEMPERATURES ARE IN THE 90'S THERE THIS WEEK.  USDA'S LATEST CROP PROGRESS REPORT SAYS 81 PERCENT OF ILLINOIS CORN  IS RATED GOOD TO EXCELLENT. 78 PERCENT OF BEANS RATED THAT HIGH.  ONLY 3 PERCENT OF ILLINOIS' CORN IS CALLED POOR TO VERY POOR. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT WINS FOR THE DAY AND INTO TOMORROW. AND IT REALLY IS ESPECIALLY FOR FOLKS  WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI WHERE WE SEE THE STRONGER WINDS AND UP INTO THE GREAT LAKES AREA  AS WELL. BUT AS WE GET INTO WEDNESDAY NIGHT NOTICE MOST OF THE ACTIVITY INTO THE CENTRAL CORN  BELT AND INTO THE PLAINS MOST OF THE EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY SHOULD STAY FAIRLY QUIET UNTIL  WE GET INTO THURSDAY WHEN WE START TO SEE THOSE WINDS PICKING UP IN THE NORTHEAST. THAT'S A LOOK AT HOW THINGS ARE SHAPING UP A LOVELY FULL FORECAST IN JUST A FEW MINUTES BUT FOR NOW  HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. 

TEASE
WE'LL TALK ABOUT TRYING TO FIND EMOTIONAL CONTROL IN TIMES OF  VOLATILITY NEXT AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK WITH BOB UTTERBACK. AND LATER, COULD SEEING A DOCTOR THROUGH YOUR  IPAD OR COMPUTER SAVE  YOUR LIFE? WE'LL SEE HOW TELE-MEDICINE IS HELPING PEOPLE IN RURAL AREAS  STAY HEALTHY. 

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS--MARKETS HAVE BEEN A ON A ROLLERCOASTER THE LAST TWO DAYS. LETS SEE WHERE THINGS FINISHED TUESDAY FROM OUR FRIENDS ON THE  FLOOR. WE ARE HAVING A LITTLE BIT OF A TURNAROUND TUESDAY WITH SOME STRENGTH AFTER A BIG DOWN DAY  REALLY ACROSS THE BOARD YESTERDAY. YOU KNOW CORN WHEAT SOYBEANS DOWN SHARPLY YESTERDAY FOR A COUPLE OF REASONS ONE LACK OF ANY SORT OF MAJOR WEATHER ISSUE ESPECIALLY FOR THE WORLD  CROPS AND THE FORECAST FOR NOW GOOD CROP CONDITIONS. WE BROKE SOME KEY TECHNICAL SUPPORT  LEVELS THERE ON FRIDAY SO WE FOLLOWED THROUGH ON THAT ON MONDAY. BUT THEN ALSO ALL OF THE TRADE TALKS THAT ARE SURROUNDING REALLY EVERYTHING CHINA MEXICO EU CANADA A BIT OF A  BOUNCE WE HAVE NOT TAKEN BACK ALL OF YESTERDAY'S LOSSES. BUT IT DOES LOOK LIKE YOU KNOW  WE'RE TRYING TO FIND A BIT OF STABILITY HERE TRYING TO FIND A BIT OF A FLOOR. WE'VE HAD A RATHER  VOLATILE TRADE IN THE LIVESTOCK MARKETS TODAY. WE SAW HOGG'S UNDER SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF  PRESSURE EARLY AS THE TRADE TARIFFS KICK INTO PLACE WITH MEXICO. WE ARE CONCERNED THAT OUR BUSINESS WITH MEXICO IS GOING TO SLOW DRAMATICALLY. HOWEVER VERY IMPRESSIVE HOW WE WERE  ABLE TO COME BACK OFF THE LOWS WE DIDN'T MAKE IT ALL THE WAY UP ON THE DAY BUT WE WEREN'T  BOUND BY REALLY THAT MUCH GOING INTO THE CLOSE. WE ONCE AGAIN HELD THE 75 LEVEL IN THE JULY  LEAN HOG CONTRACT AND THAT MARKS THE THIRD OR FOURTH TIME WE'VE GONE AND TEST THAT LEVEL AS FAR AS CATTLE ARE CONCERNED WE HAD A NICE LITTLE REBOUND DAY HERE TODAY ON TUESDAY AFTER  THREE DAYS OF PRESSURE WE FOUND SOME KEY SUPPORT. TECHNICALLY SPEAKING WE HELD IT AND  THOSE TECHNICAL BUYERS CAME IN AND HELPED PUSH US BACK UP ONCE AGAIN. THIS IS TED SEIFFERT OF ZANIER AG HEDGE COMING TO YOU FROM THE CME FLOOR.

AGRIBUSINESS
HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK I HAVE BOB UTTERBACK UTTERBACK MARKETING. BOB LET'S TALK  ABOUT THESE MARKETS AND KIND OF LAUGH A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE VOLATILITY IS BACK AND IT'S BACK IN A  BIG WAY IN TRYING TO KEEP YOURSELF SETTLED IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS THING IS PROVING DIFFICULT. FROM  APRIL TO JULY IS THE SELLER'S WORST TIME PERIOD. BECAUSE THIS IS WHEN THE MARKET IS TRYING TO  FIGURE OUT HOW MANY ACRES WE'RE GETTING PLANTED. WHAT'S WHAT'S THE PRODUCTION GOING TO BE.  AND AT THE SAME TIME WE'RE SEEING A LOT OF DEMAND VARIABILITY DEMAND GROWTH. UNCERTAINTY  ABOUT EXPORTS TRADE WHETHER ONE DAY OR ON ONE DAY WERE OFF A BULLISH ONE DAY AND IT GETS TO A POINT WHERE YOU WANT TO THROW YOUR HANDS UP IN THE AIR BUT USUALLY THROW YOUR HANDS UP A  DAY OR AT THE WRONG TIME. SO MY MY GROUNDING POINT TO MY CLIENTS IS WE'VE GOT REMINDERS SO  IF YOU'RE IN THE BUSINESS TO PRODUCE IT I'M IN THE BUSINESS TO HELP YOU SELL IT AT A REASONABLE  PROFIT AND HAVE ENOUGH FLEXIBILITY TO BE IF YOU'RE WRONG OR SOLO TOO EARLY THAT YOU SURVIVE. AND  SO NOW YOU'D COME BACK TO MONEY WHEN YOU CAN MAKE MONEY. AND I WOULD ARGUE FOR THE LAST SINCE 2014 ALL I'VE HEARD ABOUT JIM BEFORE 25 DOLLAR CASH CORN I'LL SELL IT ALL DAY LONG AND NOW WE'RE THERE AND NOW WE'RE FIVE DOLLAR CORN. SO CLASSIC BUSH IS WHAT WE'RE IN NOW TO THE FINAL THREE TO FOUR WEEKS OF THE YEAR WHEN THE MARKET IS MOST BULLISH. I THINK YOU'VE GOT TO  START SOON BASED ON TIMING AND OR PRICE IN A FORM OF FLEXIBILITY. THAT'S WHY I LIKE THE MONEY  PUTS SO MUCH PER WEEK AFTER THE JUNE ACREAGE REPORT JUICE JUICE REPORT AND SELL ON STRENGTH DON'T SELL ON WEAKNESS ON STRENGTH WHICH I THINK WILL BE TOWARDS IN A PART OF THE WEEK. AND  YOU BASE THAT UPON YOU'RE MAKING MONEY. YEAH OKAY. YEAH AND TAKE THAT EMOTION OUT OF  TAKE THAT EMOTION OUT AND GET YOU UP TO YOUR LEAST YOUR CROP INSURANCE BUSHELS COVERED. OKAY. DO YOU WANT TO SAVE BACK 25 PERCENT FOR YOUR RETURN ON INVESTMENT AND YOUR MAD  MONEY IN YOUR STORE FOR THE COURT UTOPIA NEXT SUMMER. OKAY. OKAY. BUT YOU GOT ALL THE BASES  COVERED. ALL RIGHT COVER YOUR BASES HAVE A STRATEGY TRY TO KEEP YOURSELF CALM TRY TO KEEP CALM IN A TIME PERIOD WHEN IT COULD BE VERY ACTIVE OVER THE NEXT 3 4 WEEKS. ALL RIGHT BOB  APPRECIATE IT. WE'LL BE BACK IN JUST A MINUTE.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST CINDY CLAWSON AS WE LOOK AT THE WEATHER  MAP IN SYDNEY WE CONTINUE TO SEE A FEW OF THESE FRONTS DRAPED ACROSS THE U.S. YET YOU  KNOW THEM THE MAPS HAVE BEEN A LITTLE MESSY RECENTLY JUST FRONTS HERE AND THERE AND EVERYWHERE I TRIED TO CLEAN IT UP AND MAKE IT A LITTLE BIT SIMPLER FOR EVERYONE TODAY JUST KIND OF  SHOW WHERE THE THE MAIN THINGS ARE GOING ON. SO LET'S TAKE A LOOK. AND MOST OF THE MOISTURE  THAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE TODAY IS GOING TO COME FROM THE STATIONARY FRONT DRAPED ACROSS THE  GULF COAST STATES. AND WE'RE ALSO GOING TO BE WATCHING THIS SYSTEM THAT'S MOVING THROUGH THE UPPER MIDWEST AND TOWARDS THE GREAT LAKES SO THAT'LL BE THE MAIN AREAS TO WATCH FOR THE  MORE ORGANIZED SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY. SO AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TODAY  NOTICE THAT FRONT MOVES OFF TO THE NORTH INTO THE GREAT LAKES WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE UNSETTLED WEATHER IN PARTS OF THE GULF COAST STATES. WE STILL HAVE A TRAILING COLD FRONT IN PARTS  OF THE MID-ATLANTIC AND GETTING DOWN INTO THE SOUTHEAST AS WELL INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS WE  GO WE SEE THAT MOISTURE SPREADING TO THE EAST BUT WE'RE ALSO GOING TO START PICKING UP A LITTLE  BIT INTO THE PLAINS STATES SO AS WE GET INTO THE CENTRAL PLAINS WHERE WE'RE GOING TO START TO  SEE THAT ACTIVITY PICKING UP INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS AND THAT WILL CONTINUE INTO TOMORROW AS  WELL AS EVERYTHING PUSHES A LITTLE BIT FURTHER OFF TO THE EAST BY THURSDAY AT 7:00. AGAIN  UNSETTLED WEATHER IN THE SOUTHEAST AND WE'RE GOING TO START TO SEE A LITTLE BIT MOISTURE COMING  INTO THE NORTHWEST AS WELL. NOW THE PAST 24 HOURS IT'S REALLY BEEN KIND OF THAT STATIONARY FRONT  IN THE GULF COAST STATES AND A LITTLE BIT INTO THE NORTHEAST AND THEN THERE'S THAT FRONT OVER THE  UPPER MIDWEST AS WE ADD ON THE NEXT 24 HOURS YOU CAN SEE THE MAIN FOCUSES WILL BE WITH THAT SYSTEM IN THE CENTRAL PART OF THE COUNTRY WE'LL CONTINUE TO SEE MORE RAIN. SCATTERED  SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN PARTS OF THE SOUTHEAST. ART HERE'S A LOOK AT TEMPERATURES.  WE'RE STILL DEALING WITH A PRETTY BIG RIDGE OVER THE NATION'S MIDSECTION SO YOU CAN SEE THOSE  90S ALL THE WAY UP INTO NEBRASKA A LITTLE BIT COOLER ON THE FAR NORTHERN TIER OF STATES WHERE OBVIOUSLY WE'VE GOT A TROUGH IN THE NORTHEAST AND IN THE NORTHWEST KEEPING THINGS A LITTLE BIT COOLER THERE OVERNIGHT. WE'RE GOING TO SEE THOSE TEMPERATURES DIPPING DOWN INTO THE 50S FOR  THE MOST PART NORTHEAST NORTHWEST. SO PRETTY MILD IN THE UPPER 60S AND 70S IN THE SOUTH  CENTRAL UNITED STATES. IT WON'T BE QUITE AS HOT FOR A LOT OF FOLKS ON THE NORTHERN END OF THE PLAINS TOMORROW AND NOT EVEN AS BAD IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS AS WE HEAD INTO THE NEXT 24  HOURS. THE JET STREAM DOES CONTINUE THOUGH WITH THAT RIDGE AS WE GET INTO THE REST OF THE WEEK WE'LL SEE THE TROUGH MOVE OUT OF THE EAST. EVERYTHING KIND OF FLATTENS OUT. BUT LOOK AT  HOW THAT RIDGE DOES START TO BUILD INTO CANADA AND THEN WE START TO SEE SOME MORE  FLATTENING OUT WITH EVERYBODY WARM AND SOME STORMY WEATHER PERHAPS FOR THE FAR NORTHERN UNITED STATES INTO THE SOUTHERN SOUTH CENTRAL PARTS OF CANADA. THAT'S A LOOK AT YOUR NATIONAL  FORECAST. NOW LET'S SEE WHAT THE WEATHER IS LIKE WHERE YOU LIVE. WAYNESBURG WASHINGTON  AND PARTLY TO MOSTLY SUNNY AND WARM FOR YOU TODAY WITH A HIGH OF 81 DEGREES. CHEROKEE IOWA HOT AND HUMID WITH SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS HIGH OF 91. AND BEVERLY OHIO MOSTLY SUNNY AND PLEASANT WITH A HIGH OF 72.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, CHINESE TRADE TROUBLE COULD IMPACT US GINSENG  FARMERS. AND LATER, TECHNOLOGY IS MAKING IT EASIER TO CONNECT OVER VIDEO WITH  LOVED ONES--NOW IT'S ALSO HELPING YOU STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR DOCTOR. 

PACKER TV
IT'S NOT A WELL KNOWN CROP, BUT GINSENG IS BIG BUSINESS IN WISCONSIN.   THE STATE GROWS 90-PERCENT OF THE U-S GINSENG CROP.  THE INDUSTRY IS  FEELING THE HEAT OF TRADE TARIFFS AND COUNTER-MEASURES. 200 GROWERS COULD BE HIT BY A 15 PERCENT TARIFF CHINA HAS IMPOSED ON  GINSENG. MUCH OF THE CROP IS USED IN THE CHINESE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY. BUT  IT'S ALSO USED IN TEAS AND CANDY. ACCORDING TO THE WISCONSIN GINSENG BOARD, WISCONSIN PRODUCES AN  ESTIMATED 1 MILLION POUNDS OF GINSENG A YEAR AND MOST OF IT GOES TO  CHINA. "I THINK IT'S MORE OF A PLOY BY THE GOVERNMENT TO GET PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT STUFF, WHICH IT  SEEMS TO BE WORKING. ."  "WE ARE GOING TO LOSE SOME MARKET. AND THIS GONNA EMBOLDEN OUR COMPETITORS,  CANADIANS."THEY WILL FIND OUT THIS FALL IF THE EXTRA COST WILL BE PASSED ONTO FARMERS, DISTRIBUTORS OR CONSUMERS. THAT'S WHEN THE ROOTS ARE  HARVESTED, CLEANED AND SHIPPED. CANADA IS ONE OF ITS BIGGEST COMPETITORS AND PRODUCES THREE TIMES AS  MUCH. BUT MANY CONSIDER WISCONSIN GINSENG A HIGHER QUALITY AND SO IT  COMMANDS A HIGHER PRICE. ANOTHER WISCONSIN CROP COULD ALSO BE IN TARIFF-TROUBLE.  THE PACKER SAYS CRANBERRIES WILL BE ASSESSED THAT 20-PERCENT TARIFF BY MEXICO.  MEXICO ALSO ANNOUNCING THAT APPLES AND FROZEN POTATOES WILL BE HIT  EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED CROPS - BLUEBERRIES AND GRAPES - WERE NOT  LISTED IN MEXICO'S TARGET. LIFE ON THE FARM MEANS HOURS OUT IN THE SUN…AND AN INCREASED RISK FOR SKIN CANCER. FIND OUT WHAT ONE UNIVERSITY IS DOING TO HELP PROTECT FARMERS AT RISK. 

IN THE COUNTRY
LIFE ON THE FARM MEANS HOURS OUT IN THE SUN…AND AN INCREASED RISK  FOR SKIN CANCER. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY UNIVERSITY OF MISSOUR HEALTH,  TERESA SNOW  EXPLAINS HOW MIZZOU IS WORKING TO CONNECT RURAL RESIDENTS WITH SKIN  CARE SPECIALISTS.  YOU'LL OFTEN FIND DONNA RANDALL WITH YARN AND A CROCHET HOOK IN HAND. "IʼM MAKING MY FIRST TURN HERE."  FROM HER HOME IN SEDALIA, SHE MAKES HATS FOR CANCER PATIENTS. A WAY TO PAY IT FORWARD, SHE SAYS… AFTER HER OWN HEALTH SCARE. "GODʼS NOT DONE WITH ME (LAUGHS)" DONNA NOTICED A STRANGE MOLE ON THE BACK OF HER SHOULDER. HER PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR SCHEDULED A TELEMEDICINE APPOINTMENT WITH KARI MARTIN, A DERMATOLOGIST AT UNIVERSITY OF  MISSOURI HEALTH CARE.  (DR. MARTIN NATS)  USING A COMPUTER AND AN IPAD, DR. MARTIN SAW THE  MOLE DONNA NOTICED WAS CHANGING -- BECOMING BROWNISH PINK AND ELONGATED. MARTIN  REGULARLY SEES PATIENTS FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE STATE. TELEMEDICINE IS ONE WAY TO HELP DEAL WITH A NATIONWIDE SHORTAGE OF DERMATOLOGISTS, ESPECIALLY IN RURAL AREAS. "DERMATOLOGY IS NICE BECAUSE IT'S A VERY VISUAL SPECIALTY." AFTER  SEEING DONNA'S PICTURES, SHE IMMEDIATELY SUSPECTED MELANOMA – AN AGGRESSIVE FORM OF  SKIN CANCER. "I WANTED TO GET THE MELANOMA OFF KINDA AS QUICKLY AS I COULD."  ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN  CANCER SOCIETY, MELANOMA ACCOUNTS FOR ONLY ONE PERCENT OF SKIN CANCERS… YET MORE THAN NINE-THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO DIE FROM THE DISEASE THIS YEAR. DONNA DROVE TO  COLUMBIA AND HAD THE TUMOR REMOVED THE SAME DAY…LEAVING AN EIGHT-INCH SCAR THIS  CANCER SURVIVOR WEARS PROUDLY. "IF YOU HAVE MOLES, CHECK EM, CHECK EM, CHECK EM." HER  BATTLE WITH SKIN CANCER NOW GIVES A LITTLE EXTRA MEANING TO EVERY HAT AND BLANKET SHE CREATES.   FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, I'M TERESA SNOW.  MELANOMA IS MOST OFTEN FOUND ON MEN'S BACKS, WHILE WOMEN TYPICALLY  FIND IT ON THE BACKS OF THEIR THIGHS.   LOOK FOR LESIONS THAT ARE  ASYMMETRICAL, HAVE WAVY OR SCALLOPED BORDERS, COLORS OTHER THAN BROWN, A NEW LESION LARGER THAN THE SIZE OF A PENCIL ERASER, OR ANY  SPOT THAT IS EVOLVING OR CHANGING. 

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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