AgDay Daily Recap -August 1, 2017

August 1, 2017 06:00 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
AUGUST 1, 2017


HEADLINES
EPA'S RFS RULE GETS SHUT DOWN IN COURT-- SO,  WHAT'S NEXT?  BOOMING HAY DEMAND CREATING ATTRACTIVE PRICES  FOR HAY PRODUCERS... <THIS YEAR WE'RE GROWIGN 3500 ACRES FROM THE PREVIOUS 1100  ACRES, SO WE PUT IN A LOT OF HAY THIS YEAR> BUT IT'S COMING AT A COST FOR FEED USERS.  IN AGRIBUSINESS, WITH DECLINING CROP CONDITIONS,  WHAT MESSAGE IS IT SENDING TO FEED BUYERS?   < WE DON'T WANT TO BE COMPLACENT IN THE IDEA THAT THE CROPS ARE  NOT THERE> AND IN THE MIDST OF THE HEALTHCARE DEBATE, THE  SHOW ME STATE IS MAKING SURE RURAL RESIDENTS  RECEIVE ADEQUATE CARE.  AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG  LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.

BIOFUEL HEARING
GOOD MORNING I'M TYNE MORGAN IN FOR CLINTON  GRIFFITHS. A HEARING GETS UNDERWAY THIS MORNING TO  DISCUSS HOW MUCH BIOFUEL WILL BE BLENDED INTO  THE NATION'S GASOLINE SUPPLY FOR THE NEXT TWO  YEARS.  THIS HEARING COMES JUST DAYS AFTER A  FEDERAL COURT SAID E-P-A'S METHODOLOGY USED TO  DETERMINE PAST LEVELS IS FLAWED. THE EPA ISSUED ITS PROPOSED VOLUME  REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE RENEWABLE FUEL  STANDARD FOUR WEEKS AGO. THIS MORNING THE  AGENCY OPENS THE COMMENT PERIOD AND WILL  CONDUCT A HEARING ON THOSE VOLUME LEVELS FOR  2018-AND 2019. . THOSE LEVELS DETERMINE ETHANOL AND BIODIESEL  PRODUCTION. .LATE LAST WEEK A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT STRUCK  DOWN EPA'S METHODOLOGY AS IT SET THOSE LEVELS  FOR 2014-TO-2016. . FARM JOURNAL WASHINGTON COORESPONDENT, JIM  WEISEMEYER SAYS BASED ON EPA'S STATEMENTS, HE  DOES NOT THINK FRIDAY'S COURT DECISION WILL  IMPACT THE TODAY'S HEARING OR THE AGENCY'S  PROPOSED TARGETS THE HEARING ON TUESDAY WILL OF COURSE HAVE  PEOPLE REMARK DURING THEIR COMMENTS ABOUT  THIS COURT RULING BUT EPA SAID IT SHOULD NOT  IMPACT THE PROPOSED FOR 2018 AND 2019 BECAUSE  THEY DIDN'T USE THE WAIVER TO COME UP WITH THOSE  ANNOUNCED OBLIGATIONS. AT LEAST THIS IS FROM EPA  LATE FRIDAY AND OVER THE WEEKEND 5:04> THE NATIONAL CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION  APPLAUDED THE COURT'S RULING.   CALLING IT A "WIN" FOR FARMERS", NCGA SAYS THE  RULING AFFIRMS ITS VIEW THAT E-P-A USED A FLAWED  PROCESS WHICH ULTIMATLEY LOWERED ETHANOL  DEMAND. . IT'S STILL UNKNOWN IF THE EPA WILL APPEAL THE CASE.    WIESEMEYER SAYS THE AGENCY WILL NEED TO MAKE  UP A 500 MILLION GALLON SHORT-FALL DUE TO THE  NUMBERS EPA USED VERSUS WHAT CONGRESS  MANDATED BY LAW.

SECRETARY PERDUE IN MEXICO
WHILE IN MEXICO LAYING GROUNDWORK FOR THE  UPCOMING NAFTA NEGOTIATIONS, AG SECRETARY  SONNY PERDUE ALSO TOOK AIM AT THE CURRENT FARM  LABOR VISA PROGRAM IN THIS COUNTRY. DURING A JOINT NEWS CONFERENCE PERDUE SAY THIS  COUNTRY'S VISA PROGRAM FOR FARM WORKERS IS -  QUOTING NOW -  " ESSENTIALLY UNWORKABLE." . PERDUE DID NOT SPECIFY ON WHAT ELEMENTS OF THE  POLICY HE THINKS NEEDS ATTENTION.  THE AG  SECRETARY DOESN'T EXPECT FARM LABOR  IMMIGRATION TO COME-UP DURING THE NAFTA TALKS  LATER THIS MONTH.  BUT MEXICO HAS SIGNALLED THE  TOPIC SHOULD BE PART OF THE RENEGOTIATION. .<"FRANKLY WE HAVE A SYSTEM NOW THAT IS ESSENTIALLY UNWORKABLE  FOR MANY FARMS, AND WE HAVE PEOPLE IN THE USDA (US  DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE) WORKING FEVERISHLY TO TRY TO DETERMINE  A BETTER WAY FOR YOUR CITIZENS AND OUR PRODUCERS TO WORK  TOGETHER, WHERE YOUR CITIZENS CAN COME FREELY AND GO, IN A WAY  THAT IS A LEGAL GUEST WORKER PROGRAM."> PERDUE SAYS THAT U-S MANUFACTURING HAS NOT  BENEFITED AS MUCH FROM NAFTA AS THE FARM  SECTOR BUT HE SAID HE HOPES THAT AGRICULTURAL  PRODUCTS WON'T BE TARGETS OF RETALIATORY  MEASURES. . THE NAFTA TALKS BEGIN AUGUST 16TH. MEXICO THREATENING TO FIND OTHER SOURCES FOR  CORN MAY BE JUST A BLUFF. AND AG SECRETARY  SONNY PERDUE IS CALLING THE UNITED STATES'  TRADING PARTNER ON IT.  AFTER SPENDING TWO DAYS IN MEXICO, PERDUE SAYS  MEXICO ISN'T SERIOUS ABOUT FINDING OTHER  COUNTRIES TO SOURCE GRAIN. PERDUE TELLING REPORTERS THAT MEXICO KNOWS  THE BENEIFITS OF BUYING FROM THE U-S, INCLUDING  PRODUCTION, INFRASTRACTURE AND RELATIONSHIPS  BUILT OVER THE YEARS.  BUT JUST THIS MONTH, MEXICO WAS KNOCKED OFF AS  THE NUMBER ONE BUYER OF U-S CORN BY JAPAN.  SALES TO MEXICO THROUGH MAY FELL 6 POINT 7  PERCENT FROM A YEAR PRIOR. 

CROP CONDITIONS
TURNING TO CROP CONDITIONS FROM THE AG  DEPARTMENT...CORN CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO FALL. THE NEWEST READING SHOWS 61-PERCENT OF CORN IS  GOOD TO EXCELLENT. THAT'S DOWN A POINT FROM  LAST WEEK. MUCH OF THAT IS DRIVEN BY A THREE POINT DROP IN  IOWA'S CORN RATING WHICH IS NOW 65-PERCENT GOOD  TO EXCELLENT. THERE'S ALSO A TWO POINT DROP IN INDIANA.  . BUT SHOWING GREAT STRENGTH IS PENNSYLVANIA  WHERE 44-PERCENT IS CALLED EXCELLENT. ANOTHER  44-PERCENT IS GOOD. COMBINED THOSE RATINGS JUMPED EIGHT POINTS  HIGHER FROM LAST WEEK. LOOKING AT SOYBEANS - WE SEE A TWO POINT IMPROVEMENT OVERALL WITH 59-PERCENT GOOD TO  EXCELLENT. ILLINOIS SEEING A SEVEN POINT JUMP FROM LAST  WEEK.  INDIANA IS UP FOUR. .AND SOUTH DAKOTA - MIRED IN DROUGHT - ACTUALLY  SAW IMPROVEMENT IN THEIR BEAN CROP. BUT STILL  ONLY 25-PERCENT IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT. AND SPRING WHEAT CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE WITH  ANOTHER TWO POINT DROP IN CONDITION RATING.

CROP COMMENTS
LET'S GET YOUR FIRST LOOK AT WEATHER IN FARM  COUNTRY. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS IN THIS  MORNING'S CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING TYNE. ALISON MCGREW IN WEST CENTRAL, ILLINOIS SAYS SHE  MOVED COWS FROM PASTURE RECENTLY. THAT MOVE  IS REALLY LATE COMPARED TO MOST YEARS. SHE SAYS  THAT'S ALL THANKS TO GREAT WEATHER THIS FALL  WHICH KEPT THE GRASS GROWING! ITALY IS EXPERIENCING A VERY TOUGH DROUGHT RIGHT  NOW. TWO-THIRDS OF THE COUNTRY IS IN SOME FORM  OF DROUGHT. THERE ARE PARTS OF THE COUNTRY  WHERE RAINFALL IS 80-PERCENT BELOW NORMAL. . OLIVE TREES ARE PRODUCING LESS FRUIT SO LOCAL OLIVE OIL WILL BE SCARCE. SUNFLOWER PRODUCTION  LEVELS HAVE BEEN CUT BY 60-PERCENT.  (AD LIB)...AND  NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.

TEASE
CORN TRADED IN THE RED ON MONDAY, BUT IS IT A  GREEN LIGHT FOR FEED BUYERS? THAT'S ANALYSIS.  AND AND A GROWING APPETITE FOR U-S HAY IS DRIVING  UP HAY PRICES IN THE WEST. WHILE IT'S FRUSTRATING  FEED BUYERS, IT'S HAY PRODUCERS CASHING IN.  AND GETTING ENOUGH DOCTORS TO SERVE RURAL  AREAS IS A PROBLEM OVER MUCH OF THE COUNTRY.  MISSOURI IS TAKING STEPS TO CHANGE THAT TREND.  DETAILS AS WE HEAD IN THE COUNTRY.

AGRIBUSINESS
JOINING US NOW BRIAN ROACH OF ROACH AG. BRIAN LET'S TALK  ABOUT THE FEED USERS. YOU KNOW WE'VE SEEN PRICES POTENTIAL FOR  A RALLY WE'RE HEARING MAYBE FALL PAST HARVEST. WHAT SHOULD END  USERS BE DOING AT THIS POINT. THEY SHOULD BE LOOKING AT THESE  PRICES THAT ARE HIGHLY LIKELY. ONE TWO THREE FOUR PERCENT BELOW  BUDGETS IN MOST CASES. IF YOU TALK TO PURCHASING MANAGERS OUT  TO JULY NEXT YEAR THEY'RE GOING TO TELL YOU THAT CORN MEAL AND  DVDS ARE TYPICALLY OR A LOT OF CASES BELOW THEIR BUDGET IF NOT  SIGNIFICANTLY BELOW THEIR BUDGET. AND WHAT WE DON'T WANT TO BE IS  COMPLACENT. WE DON'T WANT TO BE COMPLACENT IN THE IDEA THAT THE  CROPS ARE NOT THERE. WE FIND OUT NO END OF THAT THAT WE'VE GOT  MUCH HIGHER PRICES. WE HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING ABOUT IT. SO  WE'VE BEEN IN BY SIGNALS HERE ON WHEAT SO FEED WE FEED FEED  WHEAT IS BEEN A GOOD TIME TO GET SOME OF THAT COVERED CORN JUST  AS WE'VE HAD A BUY SIGNAL ON CORN HERE THIS WEEK. I'D LIKE TO SEE  A BUY SIGNAL ON BEANS IF WE CAN IF WE CAN SELL BEANS OFF. I THINK  YOU JUST WANT TO BE LONG BEANS BUT MEAL HAS HAD A GOOD  OPPORTUNITY HERE AS WELL RECENTLY SO END USERS ARE GOING TO WANT  TO NOT BE TOO COMPLACENT AND GET AS MUCH AS SAY 40 MAYBE 50  PERCENT OF NEXT YEAR'S NEEDS ON OUT INTO JULY IF THEY WERE LIKE IT  AND IN THE MORE THEY LIKE THE PRICE THE DEEPER THAT COVERAGE  OUGHT TO BE. YEAH THAT'S MY NEXT QUESTION DO YOU THINK WE'RE  KIND OF SEE WHAT WE SEE SINCE A MULTI-YEAR LOWS IN THIS I MEAN  HOW FAR OUT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR THESE END USERS TO LOOK TO LOCK IN  THESE PRICES. WELL IT DEPENDS ON THEIR POLICY AND IN LOT OF  PURCHASING. COMPANIES HAVE POLICIES THAT WON'T ALLOW THEM TO  COVER SAY MUCH MORE THAN 75 PERCENT. AND SO I DON'T KNOW THAT  I WOULD GET THAT DEEP. I MEAN WE MIGHT TALK ABOUT 30 40 PERCENT  AS BEING A GOOD LEVEL. AND THEN LOOK MAYBE FOR ANOTHER LOW TO  EXTEND COVERAGE ON OUT. BUT I THINK THE IDEA THAT WE LET THESE  KIND OF PRICES YOU KNOW WE'VE WE'VE BEEN KIND OF MARCHING ON  THESE LOW PRICE RANGES FOR QUITE A WHILE HERE WE HAD A COUPLE OF  YEARS TO GROW HERDS WE'RE SEEING CHINA'S HERDS COME BACK  AROUND. YOU KNOW IF YOU LOOK AT ALL THE LIVESTOCK AND HOG  NUMBERS IN THE U.S. THE NUMBERS ARE ALL GETTING BIGGER. AND SO  YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT IF WE HAVE A CROP PROBLEM ALL OF A  SUDDEN THESE BEGINNING STOCKS THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT AND WE  GET COMPLACENT TO SEE THEM YEAR OVER YEAR WILL BE ALL OF A  SUDDEN GONE. AND SO WE JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE TAKING  SOME ACTION ON THAT POINT. THANKS SO MUCH BRIAN. STAY WITH US  WE'LL HAVE A CHECK OF WEATHER WHEN WE COME BACK ON AGDAY.

WEATHER
<WELCOME BACK. WELL NOT MUCH GOING ON IN YOUR WEATHER MAP.  NO. WHICH IS IT GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE AREAS THAT NEED THE RAIN. SO  MY IDEA IS YOU TALKED ABOUT ITALY EARLIER IN THE SHOW. I THINK WE  JUST NEED TO GO CHECK OUT THE.  WELL YEAH IT SOUNDS LIKE IT'S SUNNY IN AND OUT THOUGH FOR THIS TIME  OF YEAR FOR THOSE FOLKS GO TO PARTS OF THIS COUNTRY SUNNY AND HOT  AS WELL. LARGE DOME OF HIGH PRESSURE IN THE EAST TODAY. AND THAT  IS KEEPING THINGS DRY IN A GOOD CHUNK OF THE COUNTRY ESPECIALLY  THE EASTERN THIRD. YOU CAN SEE A STATIONARY FRONT WITH MULTIPLE  LITTLE WEAK DISTURBANCES MOVING WALK OVER SOUTH FLORIDA THIS  MORNING. THOSE WILL BE MOVING FROM WEST TO EAST. THE ONE OVER  WEST TEXAS KIND OF MOVING SOUTHWARD THAT WILL HOOK UP WITH THAT STATIONARY FRONT AND WE HAVE A COUPLE OF COOL FRIENDS COMING IN  FROM THE NORTHWEST. THOSE WILL BE THE FOCUS FOR SOME SCATTERED  SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. MAGICK AND SEE IS JUST GOING TO BE  SOME AFTERNOON VARIETY. HIT AND MISS THUNDERSTORMS PERHAPS  EVEN DEVELOP ON THE NORTHWEST SIDE OF THIS HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM  FROM THE SOUTHWESTERN LAKES BACK INTO THE MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI  VALLEY. BUT THOSE WILL BE MORE MISS THAN HIT. AND SAME IDEA OUT  IN THE SOUTHWEST. THAT'S TYPICAL FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. AND  ALONG THAT STATIONARY FRONT THAT WILL BE A PRETTY GOOD FOCUS FOR  SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS AS WELL AS WE HEAD TOWARD  TOMORROW MORNING. MOST THINGS DRY OUT THIS AREA OF LOW PRESSURE  MOVING SOUTH THROUGH TEXAS SO IS PRODUCING SOME MOISTURE ALL THE WAY OVER INTO PARTS OF ARKANSAS. AND YOU CAN SEE THAT  SECONDARY COLD FRONT THIS HAS SOME PRETTY COOL AIR BEHIND IT  MAYBE EVEN COOLER THAN THE HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM SITTING OVER  THE EAST RIGHT NOW. BUT THAT'S NOT GOING TO COME UNTIL LATER IN THE  WEEK AND INTO THE WEEKEND.  YOU CAN SEE TOMORROW AFTERNOON. NOW A LOT OF THESE GREEN  AREAS YOU'RE GOING TO BE TALKING HIT MISS. LIKE I SAID AND NO. SO  NOT A LOT OF WIDESPREAD RAIN AMOUNTS. IN MY OPINION WITH THESE  SYSTEMS. BUT IT WILL BE FOCUSED NEAR THESE COLD FRONTS AND NEAR  THE STATIONARY FRONT DOWN SOUTH. SO LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT  PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS. THAT SYSTEM  THAT'S MOVING THROUGH SOUTH FLORIDA A LOT OF THAT'S ALREADY EAST  OF YOU TODAY BUT IT'S ALREADY PUT DOWN SOME PRETTY DECENT  AMOUNT OF MOISTURE. SOME HEAVY AMOUNTS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN  PORTIONS OF FLORIDA. HIM IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS YOU CAN SEE HOW  WE END UP WITH JUST SPOTTY AREAS GETTING SOME HALF INCH TO AN INCH OF RAIN HERE AND THERE WITH A FEW SPOTS GETTING A LITTLE MORE  FOCUS I THINK WILL BE IN WEST TEXAS WHICH IS KIND OF GOOD. THOSE  AREAS HAVE BEEN DRYING OUT A LITTLE BIT RECENTLY. TAKE A LOOK AT  HIGH TEMPERATURES TODAY NOT NEARLY AS HOT AS WE WERE LAST WEEK.  LOTS OF 80S THOUGH ALL THE PLAINS AND EVEN INTO THE EAST WITH A  FEW 90S IN SOUTH TEXAS ARE REAL HOT STUFF IS NOW DEVELOPING OUT  WEST AND SEE LOWS TONIGHT MOSTLY IN THE 60S ACROSS THE CORN  BELT 70S FARTHER SOUTH AND HIGHS AGAIN TOMORROW AFTERNOON GOING TO BE SOME TRIPLE DIGITS AND SOME OF THE SOUTHWEST.  OTHERWISE YOU CAN SEE 80S A LOT MORE TYPICAL FOR THIS TIME OF THE  YEAR ACROSS THE PLAINS ALL BECAUSE OF THIS TROUGH THAT HAS  PUSHED THAT RIDGE WAY BACK TO THE WEST COAST AND LOOKS LIKE THIS  TROUGH JUST DIGS IN AS WE HEAD INTO THE FIRST BIG WEEKEND OF  AUGUST AND THAT MEANS SOME COOLER AIR. EVERYBODY EAST OF THE  CONTINENTAL DIVIDE. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S  TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL FOR POCATELLO  IDAHO TODAY A GOOD DEAL OF SUNSHINE AND HOT HIGH OF 96 IN  OKLAHOMA. CLOUDS AND SUNSHINE A COUPLE OF SHOWERS AND  STORMS AROUND HIGH OF 85 AND ROCHESTER INDIANA PARTLY SUNNY  AND RATHER WARM TODAY HIGH OF 83. 

TEASE
STILL TO COME - FIND OUT HOW ONE STATE IS ADDRESSING A DOCTOR SHORTAGE - ESPECIALLY IN  RURAL COMMUNITIES - HEAD-ON. BUT FIRST, I'LL TAKE YOU TO IDAHO WHERE HAY  GROWERS ARE ENJOYING THE GLOBAL DEMAND FOR  THE FEED-STOCK THEY GROW.

DAIRY REPORT
IN OUR DAIRY REPORT, IT WAS A STRONG WEEK FOR  CHEESE PRICES LAST WEEK.  AND IT'S BIG BIDS FOR BARRELL CHEESE THAT COULD  HELP DRIVE HIGHER MILK PRICES HEADING INTO FALL.  MIKE NORTH OF COMMODITY RISK MANAGEMENT  GROUP SAYS STRONG BIDS THE LAST WEEK OF JUNE  COULD SET THE STATE FOR HIGER MILK PRICES OVER  THE NEXT FOUR TO SIX WEEKS. THAT'S AS PRICES TYPICALLY PEAK SEASONALLY  AROUND SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER.  NORTH SAYS THE CHEESE STORY IS A REFRESHING ONE  <WE HAD THE BLOCK BARREL CHEESE AS WIDE AS 30 CENTS RECENTLY,  BARRELLS MOVED UP 15 CENTS THIS WEEK TO CLOSE THAT SPREAD, BACK  TO 20 WHICH GIVES SDOME OPTIMISM FOR MILK PRICES, GIVES SOME  OPTIMISM FOR FALL DEMAND AND IT REALYL STARTS TO OPEN THE  DISCUSSION WHAT FALL MIGHT LOOK LIKE AS WE TALK ABOUT TEH DAIRY  INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE> HE SAYS IF CHEESE AND BUTTER CAN CONTINUE TO  BRING STRONG PRICES, IT COULD BRING MILK PRICES  UP BETWEEN 17 AND 18 DOLLARS TOWARD FALL.  IT'S HIGHER MILK PRICES THAT COULD EASE THE  PRESSURE OF EXPENSIVE FEED, LIKE HAY.  HAY PRICES FINDING STRENGTH IN THE WEST, BUT IT'S  NOT JUST DOMESTIC DEMAND DRIVING HIGHER PRICES.  I TRAVELED TO IDAHO TO SEE HOW AN EVOLVING  WORLD MARKET IS CHANGING THE GAME FOR U-S HAY  PRODUCERS <GOOD NEW SEEDING> MAKING QUALITY HAY IS BECOMING AN EVEN BIGGER  PRIORITY FOR IDAHO FARMER KEVIN JOHNS. <WE'VE ALWAYS GROWN A LITTLE BIT OF HAY, BUT BECAUSE OF HTE WHEAT  MARKETS, QW'CW SWXISWS RO FO INRO HY  LIRRLW MOEW> OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS.... <BEAUTIFUL HAY, THERE'S A LOT OF LEAF IN THERE> HE'S DIVERSIFIED AND RAMPED UP PRODUCTION TO  CASH IN ON A GROWING MARKET...   <I THINK THAT'S HOW YOU'RE GOING TO SURVIVE> THE DRISCOLL BROTHERS ARE DOING THE SAME...  <THIS YEAR WE'RE GROWIGN 3500 ACRES FROM THE PREVIOUS 1100  ACRES, SO WE PUT IN A LOT OF HAY THIS YEAR> AND THE POTENTIAL TO MAKE QUALITY HAY THIS YEAR  IS PROMSING.  <THE HAY CROPS BEEN REALLY GOOD. GOT A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN ON THE FIRST  CROP, AND THAT HURT US A LITTLE BIT, BUT THE HAY CROP IS DOIGN WELL> IT'S DRISCOLL AND OTHER HAY PRODUCERS IN THE  WEST CASHING IN ON A DEMAND BOOM FOR U-S HAY.  RABOBANKS SAYS SEVEN STATES PRODUCE 18  PERCENT OF THE U-S HAY SUPPLY... ALL LOCATED IN  THE WEST. THOSE SEVEN STATES ALSO ACOUNT FOR  NEARLY 90 PERCENT OF U-S HAY EXPORTS BUT THE LARGEST HAY PRODUCER, CALIFORNIA, IS  SEEING ACREAGE DISAPEAR... DECLINING 32 PERCENT  IN LESS THAN 10 YEARS.  < CALIFONRIA, HAS SUFFERED SEVERALY FROM DROUGHT OVER LAST FEW  YEARS AND THEY'VE SEEN INCREASED COMPETITION FOR WATER FROM  PERMANENT CROPS SUCH AS NUTS OR TREE FRUIT OR VINES WHILE WILLIAMSON THINKS IT'S UNLIKELY THOSE ACRES  WILL EVER RECOVER, IT'S IDAHO PRODUCER BROCK  DRISCOLL BLAZING THE PATH IN FINDING NEW DEMAND  FOR HAY.  <WE JUST STARTED A NEW VENTURE ON THAT MARKETIN GINTO CHINA,  THROUGH A HAY PRESS THAT WE'VE GONE INTO PARYNERS WITH SOME  PEOPLE FROM CHINA SO WE PLANTED SOME EXTRA HAY THIS YEAR. I RABOBANK SAYS AS CHINA'S MIDDLE CLASS GROWS A  LARGER APPETITIE FOR PROTEIN, THE COUNTRY CAN'T  PRODUCE ENOUGH HAY DOMESTICALLY.  <CHINA IS ALREADY A BIG BUYER AND I BELIEVE THEY WILL CONTINUE TO  BE A LARGE BUYER GOING FORWARD. LAST YEAR THEY IMPORATED ABOTU  1.2, 1.3 MILLION TONNES OF HAY. > BUT AS FAR AS FUTURE GROWTH AND POTENTIAL-  THAT'S IN THE MIDDLE EAST.  < SAUDI ARABIA HAS REALLY GOT THAT ONE IN THE BAG. THEY NEED HAY  TO MEET THEIR DEMAND TO MEET THEY'RE PRODUCTION SO THEY'RE  GOINGOT CONMTINUE TO IMPORT HAY> HE SAYS TEH SAUDI ARABIA GOVERNMENT  GOVERNMENT IS RESTRICTING DOMESTIC PRODUCERS  FROM GROWING HAY DUE TO WATER SHORTAGES.   <TWO YEARS AGO, SAUDI ARABIA WAS IMPORTING CLOSE TO ZERO HAY  FROM THE US. AND LAST YEAR THEY IMPORTED NEARLY 300,000 TONS.  AND THAT COULD INCREASE UP TO 800,000 TONS BY 2019> IT'S THAT GROWING APPETITIE BRINGING  OPPROTUNITIES FOR MORE THAN JUST THE  DRISCOLLS...  <IT STILL FOLLOWS THE MAERICAN MARKET A LITTLE BIT, BUT IT PUTS MORE  PRESSURE ON IT SO IT SHOULD INCREASE THE HAY PRODUCER WHAT HE  GETS OUT OF THAT> GOOD NEWS FOR HAY PRODUCERS, BUT BAD NEWS FOR  FEED BUYERS.  <THESE DAIRIES INT HE WEST ARE HAVIN GTO PAY MROE FOR FEED TO  COMPELTE WITH FOREIGN BUYERS. FOREIGN BUYERS WANT THE SAME  HIGH QUALITY HAY THAT DOMESTIC DAIRIES WANT AND USE TO MAINTIN  MILK PRODUTION> WILLIAMSON SAYS WITH MORE DEMAND COMING ONLINE  EACH YEAR, THE UPSIDE POTENTIAL FOR HAY PRICES  AND PRODUCERS IS CLEAR.  DRISCOLLS TELL ME 18 TRUCKLOADS OF HAY LEAVE  THEIR HAY PRESS IN POCATELLO IDAHO AND PLACED IN  CARGO CONTAINERS DESTINED FOR CHINA. IT TAKES 45  DAYS FOR THE CROP TO MAKE THE TRIP.  AND SEE HOW MISSOURI IS TAKING STEPS TO INSURE  THERE ARE ENOUGH DOCTORS SERVING FARM  COUNTRY.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  DISCOVER THE POWER  BEHIND THE M6 SERIES AT KUBOTA.COM. MISSOURI HAS TAKEN A MAJOR STEP TO GET MORE  DOCTORS INTO UNDER-SERVED COUNTIES IN THE SHOW- ME STATE. THE STATE SAYS MORE THAN 90 PERCENT OF  MISSOURI'S COUNTIES LACK ADEQUATE ACCESS TO  HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS. THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI SCHOOL OF MEDICINE  JOINED FORCES WITH COX-HEALTH - WHICH IS A MAJOR  HEALTH SYSTEM IN SPRINGFIELD MISSOURI. . TOGETHER THEY BUILT A NEW CLINICAL CAMPUS  SERVING SOUTHWEST MISSOURI. THE "LEARNING  CENTER" IS A 100-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT FACILITY.  IT'S INTENDED TO ATTRACT MORE STUDENTS  INTERESTED IN BECOMING PHYSICIANS...AND STAYING  IN MISSOURI. "THERE'S A NATIONWIDE SHORTAGE OF PHYSICIANS, BUT ON TOP OF THAT,  THERE'S A REAL DISTRIBUTION PROBLEM. MANY MORE PHYSICIANS  CHOOSE TO LOCATE IN URBAN AREAS THAN GO TO RURAL AREAS. MUCH OF  SOUTHWEST MISSOURI IS RURAL, SO AN INCREASE IN THIS PROGRAM,  PARTICULARLY WITH THE SPRINGFIELD CAMPUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF  MISSOURI, SHOULD BRING MORE PHYSICIANS BACK TO SOUTHWEST  MISSOURI."> THE FIRST CLASS TO START IN THE NEW LEARNING  CENTER WILL GRADUATE FROM THE M-U SCHOOL OF  MEDICINE IN MAY 2021.

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

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