AgDay Daily Recap -Dec. 4, 2015

September 28, 2015 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
DEC. 4, 2015


OPENING HEADLINES:
PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS AND THE ETHANOL LOBBY SQUARE -OFF ON THE AIRWAVES.
'WHY IS CRUZ AGAINST ETHANOL? WELL, THERE ARE MILLIONS OF REASONS'
WHAT WILL THE RENEWABLE FUEL LAW DO FOR SOYBEAN DEMAND?
IN AGRIBUSINSS....SHOULD YOU TAKE A "HOLIDAY" FROM GRAIN MARKETING? PROFARMER ANALYZES.
 I'D BE IN WATCH MADE. KEEP PLANNING, KEEP PREPARING.
AND, ON-THE-FARM EDUCATION, WITH A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE.
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, TED CRUZ, ADVOCATES AGAINST PRO-ETHANOL:
GOOD MORNING I'M BETSY JIBBEN. CLINTON IS ON ASSIGNMENT. PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL TED CRUZ IS HITTING BACK AT A PRO-ETHANOL GROUP FOR RUNNING WHAT HE CALLS "FALSE" RADIO ADS IN A KEY CAMPAIGN STATE.
WHEN IOWA VOTERS CONDUCT THE FIRST-IN-THE NATION CAUCUS IN FEBRUARY, SOME OF THOSE VOTERS MAY REMEMBER EPA'S JUST RELEASED RULE ON RENEWABLE FUELS.
ONE YEAR FROM NOW, THE NATION WILL BE TRANSITIONING TO A NEW PRESIDENT. BUT BEFORE THEN, WE'LL TRAVEL THE ROUGH AND TUMBLE WORLD OF POLITICS. AND ONE OF THOSE KEY STOPS IS IOWA WHICH WILL HOLD ITS CAUCUS IN FEBRUARY.
THE CRUZ FOR PRESIDENT CAMPAIGN SENT A LETTER TO IOWA RADIO STATIONS REQUESTING THEY STOP RUNNING A COMMERCIAL PLACED BY 'AMERICA'S RENEWABLE FUTURE'. A-R-F IS A LOBBYIST GROUP THAT SUPPORTS THE ETHANOL INDUSTRY. 
THE LOBBY GROUP HAS GONE ON THE ATTACK ACCUSING CRUZ OF "HYPOCRISY" FOR ADVOCATING FOR AN END TO ETHANOL SUBSIDIES WHILE MAINTAINING STRONG TIES TO THE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY. IT ALSO ACCUSES CRUZ RECEIVING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN CAMPAIGN SUPPORT.
"POLITICIANS LIKE TED CRUZ SUPPORT SUBSIDIES FOR BIG OIL, BUT WANT TO END SUPPORT FOR ETHANOL. CRUZ BACKS POLICIES THAT THREATEN RURAL IOWA AND THOUSANDS OF JOBS" 
CRUZ'S CAMPAIGN CALLS THE COMMERCIAL 'BLATANTLY FALSE". AND IS URGING STATION MANAGERS AT ALL IOWA RADIO STATIONS TO STOP RUNNING THE AD. 
A CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON ALSO SAYS CRUZ HAS REPEATEDLY STATED THAT HE WOULD END ALL ENERGY SPECIFIC SUBSIDIES, BOTH ETHANOL AND OIL AMONG OTHERS." 
EARLIER THIS YEAR, WE ATTENDED THE IOWA AG SUMMIT AND HEARD FROM SENATOR CRUZ ON THE ISSUE.
HE SAID THEN THAT HE SUPPORTS BIOFUELS BUT HE THINKS THE FREE MARKET SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO DECIDE WHETHER BIOFUELS ARE VIABLE....AND NOT RELY ON GOVERNMENT HANDOUTS.
"ETHANOL IS A MAJOR PLAYER IN THE INDUSTRY- E-10, THE REFINERS ARE USED TO IT, THE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM IS THERE. THE DEMAND WILL CONTINUE WITHOUT THE FEDERAL MANDATE.I CONCERN THE CONCERN WITH MARKET ACCESS. I THINK THAT'S FAIR.BUT I THINK THE RIGHT ANSWER IS TO ENABLE BIO-FUELS TO KEEP INNOVATING AND PRODUCING AND NOT HAVE WASHINGTON DICTATING WHAT IS HAPPENING."
ON MONDAY THE E-P-A RELEASED ITS FINAL RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD VOLUME LEVELS. AND THEY WERE HIGHER THAN PREVIOUSLY PROJECTED IN JUNE. 
THE RFS MANDATES HOW MUCH RENEWABLE FUEL MUST BE BLENDED INTO THE FUEL SUPPLY FOR THE COMING YEARS.
FOR 2016, THAT LEVEL IS 18-POINT-ONE BILLION GALLONS FOR ETHANOL AND BIODIESEL. 
WHILE HIGHER THAN EARLIER ESTIMATES, IT'S STILL BELOW WHAT CONGRESS REQUIRED AS PART OF THE ENERGY LAW PASSED IN 2007.
IOWA SENATOR CHUCK GRASSLEY IS A STAUNCH SUPPORTER OF ETHANOL. HE THINKS E-P-A IS HOLDINGBACK THE ETHANOL INDUSTRY BY NOT APPROVING R-FS LEVELS SET BY CONGRESS.
"WE HAVE SEEN THE DESTRUCTION OF INVESTMENT INTO THE ETHANOL INDUSTRY AS A RESULT OF EPA'S MEDDLING. AND THAT'S BAD. I DON'T THINK WE HAVE A CHANCE OF CHANGING IT IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES UNTIL THERE'S A NEW PRESIDENT."
GRASSLEY SAYS IT MAY TAKE A DECISION BY THE COURTS SAYING EPA DIDN'T FOLLOW THE LAW AS IT WAS WRITTEN TO GET BIOFUEL LEVELS HIGHER.
MOST OF THE R-F-S PERTAINS TO THE AMOUNT OF CORN-BASED ETHANOL BLENDED INTO GASOLINE. BUT A PORTION OF THE RULE ALSO SETS LEVELS FOR BIODIESEL MADE FROM SOYBEANS AND FROM RECYCLED COOKING OIL.
THE NATIONAL BIODIESEL BOARD SAYS IT DIDN'T GET EVERYTHING IT WANTS, BUT IT APPLAUDED THE AMOUNTS. 
BEAN BIODIESEL:
IN THIS REPORT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION, TODD GLEASON REPORTS ON THE POTENTIAL BOON FOR BIODIESEL MADE FROM BEANS.
EPA THIS WEEK ANNOUNCED IT WOULD FORCE OIL COMPANIES TO FIND MORE WAYS TO USE RENEWABLE FUELS. THIS IS SOMETHING THE OIL INDUSTRY HAS RESISTED SAYING IT WAS TOO DIFFICULT TO USE MUCH MORE THAN THE TEN PERCENT ETHANOL BLEND ALREADY FOUND IN GASOLINE. THIS IS CALLED THE BLEND WALL AND IS ACTUALLY LESS THAN THE TOTAL NUMBER OF GALLONS OF RENEWABLE FUELS CONGRESS MANDATED BE USED IN 2016 WHEN IT ORIGINALLY WROTE THE LAW.
SINCE NOT ALL CARS CAN BURN GREATER THAN 10 PERCENT ETHANOL IN GASOLINE, AND THE AMOUNT OF GASOLINE USED IN THE UNITED STATES IS LESS THAN THE RENEWABLE FUELS MANDATE REQUIRED BY LAW, THERE IS A RENEWABLE FUELS GAP LEFT...SOMETHING LIKE A BILLION AND HALF GALLONS. EPA HASN'T MOVED TO FORCE OIL COMPANIES, YET, TO FIND A NEW WAYS TO FILL THAT WHOLE GAP, BUT IT CLOSED IT UP BIG TIME AND THAT'LL LEAVE COMPANIES SCRAMBLING SAYS UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AGRICULTURAL ECONOMIST SCOTT IRWIN. AND SO, THE REALLY INTERESTING QUESTION IS WHAT WILL FILL THE GAP. WILL IT BE HIGHER ETHANOL BLENDS, E15 OR E85 OR BIODIESEL. THERE'S AN EASY ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION SAYS IRWIN. QUOTE SUMMARY -AT LEAST FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS, BIODIESEL. SOYBEAN OIL PRICES SINCE THE LOW LAST AUGUST ARE UP 25% AND SOYBEAN PRICES ARE UP JUST 3 PERCENT. AND MEAL HAS TANKED OVER THAT SAME TIME PERIOD. ONE WAY OR ANOTHER IT IS BENEFICIAL TO AG. EITHER I'M WRONG AND YOU GET MORE ETHANOL IN THE FORM OF E85 OR YOU GET MORE BIODIESEL WITH SOYBEAN OIL AND OTHER ANIMAL FATS. THE MARKET IS AND HAS BEEN FOR SOME TIME FORECASTING THE NEXT WINNER IN THE BIOFUELS INDUSTRY AND IT APPEARS AT THIS POINT TO BE BIODIESEL MADE MOSTLY FROM THE SOYBEAN. FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION, I'M TODD GLEASON.
CROP WATCH:
LET'S GET OUR FIRST LOOK AT WEATHER ON THIS FRIDAY MORNING. MIKE HOFFMAN IS TRACKING YOUR FARM COUNTRY WEATHER. MIKE.
GOOD MORNING, BETSY.
LET'S START OFF CROPWATCH IN SAMPSON COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA.
A FARMER POSTED ON AGWEB, WEATHER HAS NOT COOPERATED THIS YEAR. WHEN WE NEEDED RAIN AND MILD TEMPERATURES, WE HAD HEAT. WHEN WE NEEDED HARVEST WEATHER WE HAD RAIN! AS A RESULT THIS FARMER SAYS, CORN WAS BELOW AVERAGE TO A TOTAL LOSS, MAJORITY OF SOYBEANS WERE BELOW AVARAGE AND A FAIR AMOUNT OF COTTON HAS BEEN MOWED DOWN.
MOVING BACK TO SOUTH DAKOTA TODAY, THIS FARMER SAYS EVEN THOUGH THE AREA IS SEEING SOME PRETTY COLD MORNINGS, TEMPERATURES ARE WARMING UP IN THE AFTERNOONS. IN FACT, IT'S A NICE DAY TO GRIND SOME HAY.
DROUGHT MONITER:
AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE DROUGHT MONITOR THERE ARE JUST A FEW POCKETS OF MODERATE DROUGHT EAST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE NTO TO MUCH THOUGHT ALL THE DOUGHT CONTINUES MAINLY IN THE WESTERN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY WE’LL HAVE DETAILS ON YOUR FORECAST COMING UP. 
TEASE:
STILL TO COME, COULD YOUR SMART PHONE PLAY A ROLE IN "DIS-CONNECTING" THE DEBATE OVER G-M-O FOOD LABELS?
PLUS, PROFARMER LOOKS AT GRAIN MARKETING DURING THE HOLIDAYS.
<IS THIS THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN YOU SHOULD BE INITIATING MARKET STRATEGIES? >
I'LL VISIT A WISCONSIN DAIRY FARM THAT WELCOMES STRANGERS WITH OPEN ARMS. WE'LL SHOW YOU WHY, AS WE HEAD IN THE COUNTRY.
OF THE DAILY MARKET LETTER AND GAIN KNOWLEDGE ABOUT CURRENT MARKET CONDITIONS FROM THE PROFESSIONALS AT BOWER TRADING. VIEW THE MARKETS LIKE NEVER BEFORE. GO TO BOWER TRADING.COM.
THE SEASON-AVERAGE PRICE WAS 91 CENTS A POUND TWO YEARS AGO.
WORLD COTTON PRODUCTION IS FALLING BECAUSE OF THE CONTINUED LOW MARKET PRICE, BUT CONSUMPTION IS FALLING QUICKLY AS WELL.
CME:
LET'S SEE HOW THE MARKETS CLOSED THURSDAY. FOR THAT, WE HEAD TO THE CME FLOOR IN CHICAGO.
HI PRETTY WILD MARKET IN THE GRAINS HERE. WITH CORN AND SOYBEANS AND WHEAT ALL TRADING HIGHER AND BEING LED MOSTLY HIGHER BY THE WHEAT MARKET. U.S. DOLLAR TOOK A BIG HIT HERE TODAY. MOST OF THE OTHER CURRENCIES ARE UP. IT'S REALLY BROUGHT SOME BUYING INTO THE WHEAT MARKET WHICH HAS BEEN TERRIBLY OVERSOLD TO BEGIN WITH AND ALSO IN THE CORN WHICH WAS ALSO BEING IMPACTED BY THE DOLLAR. HAVEN'T SEEN ANY SELLING INTEREST FROM BRAZIL BUT I THINK IT'LL COME IF THE MARKET CONTINUES TO GO HIGHER.
LIVE CATTLE TRADING LIMIT DOWN PART OF THE DAY AND TRADING CLOSE TO LIMIT DOWN FOR THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE DAY. FEEDER CATTLE ALSO TRADED SHARPLY LOWER THAN RECOVERED. HOGS WEAKER BUT NOT NEARLY AS WEAK AS THE CATTLE. PRICE ACTION IN THE BEEF MARKET HAS BEEN WEAK. THE PACKER MUST HAVE SUFFICIENT SUPPLIES BECAUSE  VOLUMES TRADED HAVEN'T BEEN THAT SIGNIFICANT THIS FAR. THANKS VERY MUCH. THIS IS JACK SCOVILLE, I'M VICE PRESIDENT OF PRICE FUTURES GROUP HERE ON THE CME FLOOR WITH SOME COMMENTS FROM THE MARKETS.
WE JUST FINISHED ONE BIG HOLIDAY. AND WE HAVE TWO TO GO BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR. WHAT'S YOUR ACTION PLAN FOR GRAIN MARKETING? SHOULD YOU DO ANYTHING RIGHT NOW?
PROFARMER ANALYSIS:
OUR PARTNERS AT PROFARMER WEIGH IN DURING TODAY'S PROFIT BRIEFING. YOU KNOW, RICH, WHEN WE TAKE A LOOK AT THESE MARKETS RIGHT NOW--WE'VE JUST GONE THROUGH THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY, WE HAVE GOT CHRISTMAS COMING UP, WE HAVE GOT THE NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY COMING UP. IT'S REALLY TOUGH FOR THESE MARKETS, THE GRAIN MARKETS IN PARTICULAR TO ESTABLISH ANY KIND OF A TRENDING MOVE AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR.
> IT IS. SEASONALLY, WE FIND THAT REALLY THE GRAINS WILL NORMALLY RALLY IN DECEMBER. THE PROBLEM IS IF YOU GO BACK AND STUDY 30 LIKE YEARS OF THAT KIND OF PATTERN IT CAN BE ALL OVER THE PLACE AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE GRAINS ON THE SUPPLY SIDE. WE GOT SUPPLY ISSUES; WE GOT THE STRONG DOLLAR ISSUE, LAGGING EXPORTS SO THAT SHOULD LIMIT THE UPSIDE FOR THE SEASONAL UPSWING. ON THE FLIP SIDE HOWEVER, WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A PROBLEM, MAYBE IN BRAZIL, THAT'S PUTTING A LITTLE BUOYANCY TO THE SOYBEAN MARKET AT LEAST. IT'S NOT HELPING CORN, WHEAT AND THE OTHER MARKETS. WE ALSO SEE THAT THE DEMAND HAS RETURNED FOR THE EXPORTS SEASONALLY. EVEN THOUGH WE ARE LAGGING, THE POINT IS WE ARE SEEING STRONG SALES DAILY, WEEKLY OF WHAT WE WOULD NORMALLY ANTICIPATE HERE. SO THE SOYBEANS ARE THE LEADER OF WHAT IS A SEASONAL RALLY AND MY GUESS IS IT'S GOING TO RALLY RIGHT UP UNTIL ABOUT CHRISTMAS. IT MAY BE MAKE IT INTO THE JANUARY CROP REPORT, SO THERE'S STILL SOME UPSIDE POTENTIAL, IT'S BEEN A VERY GOOD MINIMUM VARIATION TREND ON THE SOYBEANS. IT'S JUST BEEN MARCHING HIGHER HERE, WE ARE ON THE SEVENTH DAY. I THINK WE ARE UP OVER 46 CENTS ON THE JANUARY FUTURES, SO NICE ROUND TO BUY YOUR INTEREST AND DEMAND, BUT THE SAD THING IS THAT CORN AND THE WHEAT ARE SLUGGISH TO WEAK AND WE JUST HAVEN'T SEEN THAT RETURN HERE. I THINK WE GOT ACTUALLY GOOD DOMESTIC DEMAND AND THE CORN JUST CAN'T GET THOSE EXPORTS ROLLING> YEAH, EXACTLY AND WHEN YOU THROW IN THE HOLIDAY TYPE TRADE. ARE WE SEEING LOWER VOLUME OR IS VOLUME HOLDING UP IN THESE MARKETS?> I WOULD SAY IN THE CORN AND WHEAT SIDE LOWER VOLUME, YOU ARE SEEING LOWER VOLUME IN THE LIVESTOCK MARKETS, SO WE ARE ALSO LACKING SOME FUN PARTICIPATION HERE. WHEN YOU GET TO THE END OF THE YEAR, YOU REALLY DON'T WANT TO MESS UP YOUR ANNUAL PERFORMANCE FOR YOUR TRACK RECORD, SO YOU TRY TO DO AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE. SO AFTER THE FIRST YEAR THEY WILL RETURN AT LEAST. SO YES, SOME SLUGGISHNESS HERE EVEN ON THE SPECULATIVE TRADING SIDE.> OK, SO WHAT DOES THIS MEANS FROM A FARMER'S PERSPECTIVE: IS THIS THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN YOU WANT TO BE INITIATING MARKETING STRATEGIES? OR IS THIS MORE A TIME OF YEAR WHEN YOU WANT TO SIT BACK, WATCH WHAT'S GOING ON AND MAKE YOUR PLANS FOR EARLY 2016?>
YEAH. I DON'T THINK WE ARE GETTING ENOUGH INFORMATION HERE FUNDAMENTALLY OR TECHNICALLY TO MAKE MAJOR DECISIONS. I WOULD BE IN A WATCH MODE. KEEP PLANNING, KEEP PREPARING.>
ABSOLUTELY, IT'S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR WE HAVE TO MAKE IT THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS, BEFORE WE REALLY DETERMINE WHAT THE PRICE TRENDS ARE GOING TO BE IN EARLY 2016 FOR THE GRAINS. FOR RICH POSSUN AND ALL THE EDITORS AT PROFARMER IN CEDAR FALLS, IOWA--I'M CHIP FLORY.
YAMAHA CONTEST:
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NATIONAL WEATHER:
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE, THERE'S NOT MUCH GOING ON IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY WEATHER WISE AND I'M OKAY WITH THAT. YES, IT LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER WEEK OF THAT. IT'S KIND OF AMAZING HIGH PRESSURE DOMINATING EVEN THOUGH THOSE STORMS ARE COMING IN OUT WEST. STORMS IN THE SOUTHEAST. WE'RE STILL LOOKING AT MOST OF THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY STAYING DRY FOR AWHILE. SO THE BIG STORY TODAY ARE ACTUALLY ON THE EDGES. ONE IS ON THE SOUTHEAST. SOUTHERN FLORIDA IS GOING TO GET A WHOLE BUNCH OF RAIN AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TODAY. AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE MOVING ALONG THIS STALLED OUT COLD FRONT WILL PRODUCE A FAIR AMOUNT. NOW A LOT OF THAT WILL BE OFFSHORE, BUT YOU FOLKS IN THE SOUTHERN TIP OF FL DEFINITELY GETTING A FAIR AMOUNT. THIS NEXT FRONT IS DRYING OUT NOW THAT IT'S COMING EAST OF THE ROCKIES. AND IT'S NOT GOING TO PRODUCE ANYTHING REALLY AS IT MOVES OFF TO THE EAST. IT'S JUST GOING TO BE A WIND SHIFT AND A FEW CLOUDS. BUT THE NEXT STORM SYSTEM IS STARTING TO SHOW-UP.AND YOU CAN SEE THAT. AS WE HEAD TOWARD TOMORROW MORNING THE NEXT STORM SYSTEM APPROACHING WAS, WESTERN OREGON, STARTING TO GET SOME RAIN AGAIN, HIGH PRESSURE IN BETWEEN THOSE TWO FRONTS WILL PRODUCE SOME DECENT WEATHER FOR THE CENTRAL ROCKIES. BUT HIGHS FROM NORTHEAST, SOUTHEASTERN GREAT LAKES, ALL THE WAY DOWN INTO TEXAS, JUST CONTINUING TO KEEP THINGS DRY. STORM SYSTEM IN THE SOUTHEAST WILL FINALLY MOVE AWAY AS WELL, SO MOST OF FLORIDA WILL START TO DRY OUT A LITTLE BIT AS WE HEAD THROUGH TOMORROW NIGHT AND ONTO THE DAY ON SUNDAY. AND YOU CAN SEE THAT NEXT SYSTEM CONTINUES TO COME IN. THIS WILL BE ANOTHER BIG RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOW MAKER OUT WEST. LET'S CHECK OUT PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS. JUST LOOK AT THIS BIG HOLE. NOTHING GOING ON IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY. HEAVY RAINS IN SOUTH FLOR, A BIT OF LINGERING SNOW IN THE NORTHEAST AND RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOWS HAVE REALLY HIT NORTHERN CALIFORNIA NORTHWARD PRETTY GOOD. BUT AS WE ADD ON THE NEXT 36 HOURS, WE DON'T SEE MUCH COMING EAST OF THAT FIRST RANGE OF MOUNTAINS. JUST NOT ENOUGH MOISTURE FOR THAT, SO IT STAYS DRY IN MOST OF THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY. AS FAR AS SNOWFALL IS CONCERNED, YOU CAN SEE SOME HAS FALLEN IN THE NORTHEAST LIKE WE TALK ABOUT YESTERDAY AND ESPECIALLY, THE SIERRA NEVADAS, THE HIGHER ELEVATI8ONS IN THE FAR WEST. ADD ON THE NEXT 36 HRS WE'LL ADD SOME ACROSS THE NORTHERN ROCKIES, ESP IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS AND IN SOME AREAS WEST OF DENVER. NOT GOING TO ADD ANY MORE IN THE NORTHEAST. AND NOTHING THRU THE MIDWEST. HIGH TEMPS THIS AFTERNOON, LOTS OF 40S ACROSS THE NORTHERN TIER STATES, LOTS OF 50S THRU THE SOUTHERN TIER STATES. SO NOT A HUGE DIFFERENCE FROM NORTH TO SOUTH THERE. AS YOU CAN SEE OFF TO THE WEST, SOME OF THE COLDER TEMPS WILL BE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE ROCKIES. LOWS TONITE LOTS OF 30S IN THE ROCKIES, NORTHWESTERN PLAIN STATES, GREAT LAKES INTO THE NORTHEAST, EVEN SOME 30S DOWN IN NORTHERN DIXIE AND NORTHERN TEXAS FOR A CHANGE. 50S THOUGH AS WE HEAD THROUGH TOMORROW AFTERNOON IN THE SOUTHEAST. 40S FOR THE NORTHERN TIER STATES. SO JUST WATCH THE JET STREAM, OVERALL WE'RE JUST GOING TO SEE MOVEMENT FROM WEST TO EAST, AN OCCASIONAL CUT OFF HERE AND THERE. BUT THESE TROUGHS THESE RIPPLES JUST KEEP COMING FROM WEST TO EAST WHICH WILL KEEP THINGS MOVING ALONG. BUT IT ALSO KEEPS COLD AIR BOTTLED UP IN CANADA. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW LET'S LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OFF ALL FOR FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA, PARTLY TO MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH TEMP OF 48. IRON MOUNTAIN, MICHIGAN VARIABLY CLOUDY AND CHILLY, HIGH AROUND 43 DEGREES. AND PETERSBURG, VIRGINIA, A GOOD DEAL OF SUNSHINE TODAY ON THE COOL SIDE, HIGH OF 55.
TEASE:
SMART PHONES CAN DO SO MUCH. SHOULD THAT INCLUDE A HEALTHY AND SAFETY CHECK OF YOUR
FOOD?
THAT STORY IS JUST AHEAD.
AND 'IN THE COUNTRY' TRAVELS TO WISCONSIN WHERE WE GET A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE OF EDUCATION ON A DAIRY FARM.
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.
WHO RELEASES REPORT ON FOOD BORNE ILLNESS:
THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION RELEASING A NEW REPORT-THIS TIME ON FOOD BORNE DISEASES.
THIS WEEK THE W-H-O ANNOUNCED AT LEAST 600 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE, FALL ILL FROM CONTAMINATED FOODS EACH YEAR.
AFRICA AND SOUTHEAST ASIA SHOW THE MOST CASES. THE REPORT ALSO LOOKED AT THE WAY FOOD IS TRADED AND SOLD.
THE REPORT CALLS ON GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY LEADERS TO IMPROVE INSPECTIONS AND CONTROL THE FOOD CHAIN FROM THE FIELDS AND FARMYARDS TO THE FACTORY AND PLATE.
FOOD INDUSTRY TO RELEASE “SMART LABEL INITIATIVE”:
MEANWHILE THE FOOD INDUSTRY LAUNCHING A NEW WAY FOR CONSUMERS TO FIND-OUT THE NUTRITION OF THE FOODS THEY BUY.
BUT YOU NEED A SMART-PHONE TO DO SO. THE GROCERY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION IS MADEUP
OF THE BIGGEST FOOD MAKERS IN THE COUNTRY. IT'S SET TO RELEASE THE "SMART LABEL INITATIVE".
BOILING IT DOWN, SHOPPERS CAN SCAN THE Q-R CODE ON PACKING LABELS TO FIND THE NUTRITION INFORMATION.
THIS ANOUNCEMENT COMES AT A TIME WHEN CONGRESS IS TRYING TO PASS LEGISLATION TO BLOCK STATE GMO LABELING LAWS, THE G-M-A HOPES TO GET 30 COMPANIES ON BOARD WITH 20-THOUSAND PRODUCTS IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS.
WISCONSIN DAIRY NEWS:
IT'S COMMON PRACTICE IN THE WISCONSIN DAIRY INDUSTRY FOR FARMERS TO SHARE INFORMATION. IN THIS SEGMENT OF WISCONSIN DAIRY NEWS, WE CAUGHT UP WITH ONE DAIRY FARM FAMILY WHO'S EXTENDING THAT GENEROSITY GLOBALLY
ROSY LANE HOLSTEINS IN WATERTOWN, WISCONSIN, HAS HAD MANY INTERNATIONAL INTERNS WORKING ON THEIR DAIRY FARM OVER THE YEARS. "WE LIKE TO HOST INTERNS BECAUSE WE'RE HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE FIND THEIR PLACE IN AGRICULTURE. BE IT ON THEIR HOME FARM OR A DIFFERENT OR MAYBE THEY GO BACK AND ENTER THE SALES ARENA OR MARKETING IN AGRICULTURE. CHRISTIAN POHLMANN WHO COMES FROM GERMANY, CONTACTED DAPHNE HOLTERMAN AND ASKED IF HE COULD INTERN AT THEIR FARM. IT'S A CHANCE FOR HIM TO LEARN HOW TO MANAGE A FARM. I WANT TO LEARN MORE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT HANDLING WITH EMPLOYEES AND WORK EFFICIENT, AND YEAH, MORE ABOUT TO TREAT, TO FEED, AND COWS AND HEIFERS. CHRISTIAN WILL BE THE FOURTH GENERATION TO RUN HIS FAMILY'S 220-COW DAIRY FARM BACK IN GERMANY. HE HOPES THAT THE KNOWLEDGE HE GAINS HERE WILL HELP HIM BE A BETTER FARMER WHEN HE GOES BACK. "THERE ARE SO MANY COWS AND SO MANY EMPLOYEES THAT I THINK IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO HANDLE WITH IT, AND I THINK I LEARN IT HERE VERY GOOD. FOR THE HOLTERMANS IT'S ALSO A CHANCE FOR THEM TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DAIRY FARMS IN OTHER COUNTRIES. "IT'S JUST REALLY FUN; WE DO OUR OWN INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMACY SO TO SPEAK. AND THAT'S BEEN VERY HEARTWARMING, AND SO OVER THE YEARS WE'VE HAD INTERNS HERE FROM FRANCE, GERMANY, THE CZECH REPUBLIC, AND ALL OF THEM WE KEEP IN TOUCH WITH PRETTY MUCH. BY SHARING THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF DAIRY FARMING, THE HOLTERMANS ARE HELPING THE WORLDWIDE INDUSTRY IMPROVE.
"THE DAIRY INDUSTRY IS REALLY INTERNATIONAL NOW. IT USED TO BE WHEN WE STARTED THIRTY YEARS AGO, IT ONLY REALLY MATTERED WHAT HAPPENED IN THE MIDWEST, MAYBE IN THE U.S. AND NOW, WE REALLY ARE IN A GLOBAL DAIRY INDUSTRY, THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.
CLOSING :
AND THAT'S WISCONSIN DAIRY NEWS. THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.
FOR CLINTON GRIFFITHS, MIKE HOFFMAN, AND OUR PARTNERS AT PROFARMER I'M BETSY JIBBEN. HAVE A GREAT DAY.
PROMO:
I'M BETSY JIBBEN. MONDAY ON AGDAY. WE BEGIN A NEW WEEK IN FARM COUNTRY. MACHINERY PETE WILL BE HERE TO ANALYZE THE LATEST BIG AUCTION DEAL.
PLUS, WE GO CHRISTMAS SHOPPING WITH 4-H'ERS WHO LEARN THE "VALUE OF A BUCK". WATCH US WEEKDAYS ON AGDAY.

 

 

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