AgDay Daily Recap -Dec. 16, 2015

December 16, 2015 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
DEC. 16, 2015


OPENING HEADLINES:
GOVERNMENT AUDITORS SAY EPA BROKE THE LAW WHILE PROMOTING THE WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE. THE NEW LEADER OF ARGENTINA LIVES UP TO HIS PROMISE ON EXPORT TAXES. IN AGRIBUSINESS...PREVIEWING POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM A FED INTEREST RATE DECISION.
THE DOLLAR WOULD KIND OF BREAK LOWER AND KIND OF RETREAT A LITTLE BIT AFTER THE RATE HIKE. IT'S KIND OF A BUY THE RUMOR; SELL THE FACT THING HISTORICALLY. IOWA LAND VALUES FALL FOR A SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR. AND THIS YOUNG MISSOURI GIRL MAY BE BATTLING ARTHRITIS BUT SHE'S USING IT AS INSPIRATION TO RAISE FUNDS FOR RESEARCH.
EPA IN HOT WATER WITH THE LAW OVER WOTUS:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. A NEW STUDY SAYS THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY BROKE THE LAW WHEN IT COMES TO HOW IT PROMOTED THE NEW CLEAN WATER RULE ONLINE. THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE ROLLING OUT A NEW REPORT ON THE EPA'S WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE. IT SAYS THE EPA BROKE FEDERAL LAW--BY OVERSTEPPING HOW IT PROMOTED THE RULE ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
NATIONAL REPORTER BETSY JIBBEN JOINS US NOW WITH MORE. FEDERAL LAW BANS AGENCIES FROM ENGAGING IN LOBBY AND PROPAGANDA METHODS. THIS STUDY CLAIMS THE EPA SIMPLY WENT TOO FAR--URGING THE PUBLIC TO BACK THE WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES RULE ONLINE WITH--QUOTE-'COVERT PROPAGANDA AND GRASSROOTS LOBBYING.' THE EPA IS IN HOT WATER, WHEN IT COMES TO HOW THE AGENCY PROMOTES ITS NEW CLEAN WATER RULE. THE CONTROVERSIAL RULE OUTLINES WHICH BODIES OF WATER ARE FEDERALLY REGULATED...EPA ISSUED ITS FINAL RULE IN MAY. BUT A JUDGE ISSUED A STAY IN AUGUST, HALTING IT'S IMPLEMENTATION UNTIL THE LEGAL MATTERS COULD BE SORTED. BUT THE EPA DISAGREES WITH THE ASSESSMENT AND SAYS IT USES SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS JUST LIKE ALL ORGANIZATIONS TO STAY CONECTED AND INFORM.
WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION TO ENACT RETALIATORY TARIFFS:
NEGOTIATORS APPEAR TO HAVE WORKED OUT A DEAL TO REPEAL COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING FOR U.S. MEAT. WHILE THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS STILL IN THE WORKS, MICHIGAN SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW AND RANKING MEMBER ON THE SENAT AG COMMITTEE SAYS SHE FULLY EXPECTS IT TO BE IN THE OMNIBUS BILL-ADDING WE HAVE TO GET THIS DONE. THE WTO WILL OFFICIALLY AUTHORIZE A BILLION DOLLARS IN RETALITORY TARRIFS FOR CANADA AND MEXICO THIS WEEK.
THOSE RETALIATIONS COULD COME AS EARLY AS FRIDAY, BUT WILL LIKELY START NEXT WEEK. NCBA SAYS LOSING ACCESS TO THOSE MARKETS FOR BEEF WOULD COST AMERICAN PRODUCERS 10 CENTS A POUND IMMEDIATELY.
CROP WATCH:
CROPWATCH TAKES US TO THE FIELDS OF BRAZIL THIS MORNING. MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US NOW WITH MORE. MIKE.
LET'S START OFF CROP WATCH OUT OF THE COUNTRY, IN BRAZIL! RON HAASE SENT US THESE PHOTOS FROM MATO GROSSO. HERE'S A SOYBEAN FIELD HE PASSED ON HIS JOURNEY IN THE STATE. RON ALSO SENT US SOME PHOTOS OF CATTLE HE SAW DURING HIS TRAVELS. MOVING BACK INTO THE U.S. TO SOUTHERN KANSAS. LESLEY SCHMIDT SNAPPED THIS PHOTO OF WINTER WHEAT IN HER AREA. SHE SAYS, "THERE IS NO PRETTIER GREEN THAN A WINTER WHEAT FIELD WITH AUTUMN FOLIAGE." NOW TAKING A LOOK AT THE CURRENT WEATHER MAP YOU CAN SEE ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM MOVING THROUGH THE UPPER MIDWEST RAIN DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND MULTIPLE STORM SYSTEMS COMING INTOT THE WEST I'LL HAVE DETAILS ON WHAT THAT MEANS FOR OUR WEATHER.
TEASE:
 ACROSS THE COUNTRY COMING UP IN A FEW MINUTES ALSO IN SOUTH AMERICA, AS PROMISED, THE NEW ARGENTINE PRESIDENT MAURICIO MACRI--ELIMINATING EXPORT TAXES ON AGRICULTURAL GOODS INCLUDING BEEF, WHEAT AND CORN WHILE CUTTING A TARIFF ON SOYBEANS BY 5 PERCENTAGE POINTS. BLOOMBERG REPORTING THAT MACRI TOLD FARMERS QUOTE "THERE ARE NO MORE EXCUSES TO NOT PRODUCE MORE."
EXPORT TARIFFS ON SOYBEANS WILL NOW BE 30 PERCENT. THE TAXES ON BEEF, WHEAT AND CORN WERE PREVIOUSLY 15 PERCENT, 23 PERCENT, AND 20 PERCENT, RESPECTIVELY.
ARGENTINA HAS SHIPPED JUST SHY OF $18 BILLION WORTH OF GRAINS AND OILSEEDS THIS YEAR, THE LOWEST FOR THE PERIOD SINCE 2009.
UP NEXT WE'LL TALK INTEREST RATES AND POTENTIAL IMPACTS OF A FED DECISION WITH JOE VACLAVIK. HE'LL JOIN ME AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK.
AND LATER WE'LL SEE HOW YOU RURAL MISSOURI GIRL IS HELPING RAISE MONEY TO FIGHT WHAT CAN BE A DEBILITATING DISEASE.

AGRIBUSINESS:
JOINING ME THIS MORNING JOE VACLAVIK, STANDARD GRAIN. JOE, LET'S TALK ABOUT THE INTEREST RATE SITUATION WE HAVE GOING THIS WEEK, WITH THE FED TRYING TO MAKE SOME DECISIONS> WELL THE PROBABILITY AT THIS POINT IS THAT THE FED IS GOING TO HIKE RATES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME. WE HAVE HAD THE FED FUNDS RATE ESSENTIALLY CLOSE TO ZERO FOR YEARS NOW, SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE FARMER?> RIGHT.> HOPEFULLY IT RESULTS IN THE DOLLAR TOPPING OUT IS THE HOPE THAT I WOULD HAVE. YOU KNOW, FUNDAMENTALLY A RATE HIKE IS SEEN AS BEING FRIENDLY TO THE DOLLAR, BUT HISTORICALLY AS A MATTER OF FACT THE DOLLAR WOULD KIND OF BREAK LOWER AND KIND OF RETREAT A LITTLE BIT AFTER THE RATE HIKE. IT'S KIND OF A BUY THE RUMOR; SELL THE FACT THING HISTORICALLY SO THAT'S WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE. THE REAL QUESTION I THINK MOVING FORWARD IS NOT WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE GOING TO RAISE RATES NEXT WEEK. WE KIND OF KNOW THAT'S COMING. IT'S WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO AFTER THAT. IS IT GOING TO BE A RATE HIKE, THAT HAPPENS EVERY QUARTER, EVERY SIX MONTHS, EVERY YEAR OR ARE THEY GOING TO ONE AND DONE? THAT'S KIND OF I THINK THE BIGGER QUESTION MARK RIGHT NOW. > ALL RIGHT, JOE. I APPRECIATE IT. WE WILL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A COUPLE OF MINUTES.
NATIONAL WEATHER:
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE, WE'RE STILL WATCHING SLOWLY WORK ITS WAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY HERE. YEAH, THIS HAS SOME PRETTY COLD AIR BEHIND IT. THAT'S SOME DECENT SNOWS IN THE MIDWEST AND ALL OF THAT AIR IS COMING EAST. AND AS WE PUT THE MAPS INTO MOTION, YOU'LL SEE THE COLD FRONT MOVING THROUGH THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND THROUGH THE TENNESSEE AND OHIO VALLEY SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THERE. YOU'LL NOTICE OUR MODEL IS KEEPING A LOT OF IT THERE THROUGH THE GULF OF MEXICO WITH VERY LITTLE ACROSS THE LOWER GREAT LAKES AND INTO THE OHIO VALLEY.
REGIONAL WEATHER:
 NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL, FOR LAS VEGAS, NEVADA. IT'S RATHER COLD WITH LOTS OF SUNSHINE TODAY. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE IS 47. PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA IS CLOUDY AND LIGHT SNOW AT TIMES. THE HIGH IS 29. IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, BECOMING CLOUDY. MAYBE AN AFTERNOON SHOWER IN SPOTS. THE HIGH IS 66.
YAMAHA GIVE AWAY:
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700. AND LATER WE'LL MEET A YOUNG MISSOURI GIRL WHO'S USING HER OWN PERSONAL STRUGGLES AS MOTIVATION TO RAISE MONEY FOR RESEARCH. HER INSPIRING STORY TODAY ON IN THE COUNTRY.
FIND YOUR NEXT PIECE OF EQUIPMENT AT MACHINERY PETE.COM AND ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A YETI COLLER. ONE YETI TUNDRA 35 COOLER IS BEING GIVEN AWAY EACH WEEK. GO TO WWW.MACHINERYPETE.COM/SURVEY, COMPLETE THE SURVEY, AND ENTER YOUR INFORMATION. YOU COULD BE NEXT OWNER OF A MACHINERY PETE YETI COOLER.
FARMLAND VALUES FALLS:
WITH COMMODITY PRICES FALLING CASH TOUGHER TO COME BY LAND VALUES IN KEY STATES CONTINUES TO FALL.
IN THE NATION'S NUMBER ONE CORN PRODUCING STATE, FARMLAND VALUE IS NOW ESTIMATED AT JUST OVER 76-HUNDRED DOLLARS AN ACRE, THIS IS THE SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR THAT LAND VALUES IN IOWA HAVE DROPPED. IT'S A NEARLY FOUR PERCENT DIP FROM LAST YEAR. IOWA FARMLAND VALUES HAVE NOW FALLEN ALMOST 13 PERCENT FROM THE HISTORICALLY HIGH 2013 VALUES.

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT DOES NOT HAMPER ALL CROPS:
WHILE DROUGHT CONTINUES TO HAMPER CALIFORNIA PRODUCTION NOT ALL CROPS ARE SEEING A DROPPING OFF. CROPS LIKE COTTON, CORN AND WHEAT HAVE SEEN A 31 PERCENT REDUCTION IN PLANTED ACREAGE SINCE 2012. RICE ACREAGE IS DOWN 27 PERCENT IN JUST THE PAST TWO YEARS.
HOWEVER, THE STATE'S HAY AND VEGETABLE ACREAGE REMAINS STABLE. WHILE, ALMONDS, GRAPES, AND WALNUT ACREAGE CONTINUES ON AN UPWARD TREND --GAINING SOME ACREAGE EVEN THROUGH THE DROUGHT. USDA ALSO RELEASING 2014 DATA ON HORTICULTURAL CROPS.
 RESEARCHERS IN CHINA FIND WAY TO KEEP DEADLY MITE FROM KILLING THE HONEY BEE:
AND RESEARCHERS AT A UNIVERSITY IN CHINA THINK THEY MAY HAVE FOUND A WAY TO SOLVE ONE OF THE MAJOR CAUSES OF HONEYBEE DEATH. A TEAM OF SCIENTISTS SAY THEY'VE FOUND NEW PLANT BASED MITICIDES CAPABLE OF KEEPING THE DEADLY VARROA MITE FROM ATTACKING HONEY BEES.
THEY SAY THE PLANT BASED MITICIDES AFFECT THE MITES BUT NOT THE BEES.NOW THEY'RE WORKING TO FIGURE HOW TO APPLY THE COMPOUNDS TO HIVES IN AN EFFECTIVE WAY.
TEASE:
UP NEXT RAISING MONEY FOR RESEARCH. MEET A YOUNG MISSOURI GIRL COLLECTING CANS FOR A GOOD CAUSE.
ENTER TO WIN THIS YAMAHA KODIAK 700 EPS -A GREAT TOOL TO HAVE ON THE FARM. JUST GO TO AGDAY.COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO GET DETAILS. DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 16TH SO DON'T DELAY.
IN THE COUNTRY:
DURING THE HOLIDAYS IT'S NOT UNCOMMON FOR CHILDREN TO FOCUS ON THEIR FAVORITE TOYS OR GAMES.
BUT ONE MISSOURI GIRL HAS A SPECIAL WISH THAT COULD IMPACT THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROM CHRONIC ARTHRITIS.
KENT FADDIS WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI TELLS US MORE ABOUT THIS 10-YEAR-OLD'S UNIQUE PLAN TO UNITE HER HOMETOWN BEHIND THE CAUSE. HUNDREDS OF CAN'S LITTER THE FRONT LAWN OF THIS TIPTON, MISSOURI HOME.
FOR THE DIGGS FAMILY, WHO LIVES HERE, THESE CANS ARE A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT.
"THANK YOU" ONE POUND OF CANS IS 38-40 CENTS AND THAT MIGHT BE WHAT FINDS A CURE."
THE DIGGS FAMILY CALLS THIS FUNDRAISER CANS FOR A CURE. 10-YEAR-OLD GRACI DIGGS CAME UP WITH THE IDEA TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION. IT'S IMPORTANT TO GRACI BECAUSE SHE SUFFERS FROM JUVENILE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS."I GET PAIN IN MY ANKLES, KNEES, MY HANDS AND MY HIPS.
GRACI'S MOM SAYS THE CAN DRIVE IS ALSO A WAY TO BUILD AWARENESS OF THIS DISEASE. "MOST PEOPLE THINK IT IS AN OLD PERSON'S DISEASE HOWEVER IT IS NOT."
GRACI IS NOT ALONE. NEARLY 300-THOUSAND CHILDREN SUFFER FROM JUVENILE ARTHRITIS. DR. ANJALI PATWARDHAN WITH UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI HEALTH CARE SAYS JUVENILE ARTHRITIS IS MORE THAN A JOINT DISEASE.
"IT CAN AFFECT OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY…YOUR LIVER, YOUR LUNGS."
THE M-U PEDIATRIC RHEUMATOLOGIST SAYS JUVENILE ARTHRITIS IS OFTEN MISDIAGNOSED. PARENTS SHOULD SEND THEIR CHILD TO A SPECIALIST IF JOINT SWELLING EXCEEDS 4 TO 6 WEEKS.
 "THINK ABOUT IT WHEN YOU FIND SOMEONE WITH JOINT SYMPTOMS DON'T IGNORE IT…EVERY PAIN IS NOT JUST GROWING PAIN." IN THE MEANTIME…THE DIGGS FAMILY STAYS POSITIVE AND LEANS ON NEIGHBORS FOR A LITTLE HELP AND HUMOR.
"I WON'T DENY IT A BIT, WE ARE A BEER DRINKING COMMUNITY AND SO WE HAVE ACCESS TO CANS."
AND EVERY CAN COLLECTED IS MONEY FOR RESEARCH.
I HOPE WE KEEP DOING IT UNTIL THEY FIND A CURE.
UNTIL THERE IS A CURE..AND EVERY SINGLE CHILD DOES NOT HAVE TO GO THROUGH ANY OF THE STUFF…THE INFUSIONS THAT THEY HAVE TO GO THROUGH…WE WILL KEEP GOING.
FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, KENT FADDIS REPORTING.>
THANKS KENT. A SPECIAL LITTLE GIRL...VERY NICE.
CLOSING:
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN. FOR MIKE HOFFMAN, AND BETSY JIBBEN. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY.
PROMO:
I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS THURSDAY ON AGDAY WE'LL TALK A LOOK AT THE OFFSPRING OF THESE CLONES CALVES THAT COULD CHANGE THE WAY ANIMALS PERFORM IN THE FEED YARD JOIN ME WEEKDAYS FOR AGDAY.

 

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