AgDay Daily Recap -Jan. 18, 2016

January 18, 2016 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
JAN. 18, 2016


OPENING HEADLINES:
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY -AVIAN FLU RETURNS TO THE MIDWEST, BUT THIS TIME IT'S A NEW STRAIN. IN AGRIBUSINESS... BREAKING DOWN CATTLE MARKETS.
PLUS MACHINERY PETE LOOKS AT THE CONNECTION BETWEEN WEATHER AND AUCTION PRICES. IN AG FOR YOUR HEALTH -WHY ARE A GROWING NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE IGNORING THE SIGNS OF STROKE?
NEW STRAIN OF AVIAN FLU:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. SIX MONTHS AFTER THE LAST KNOWN CASE OF AVIAN FLU APPEARED IN THE U-S, THE FIRST CASE OF 2016 HAS ARRIVED. THE QUESTION IS -IS THE INDUSTRY PREPARED FOR A NEW ROUND OF THE DEVASTATING DISEASE?
USDA CONFIRMING A CASE OF HIGHLY PATHOGENIC AVIAN INFLUENZA IN DOWNSTATE INDIANA. IT INVOLVES A COMMERCIAL TURKEY FARM IN DUBOIS (DUE-BOYZ) COUNTY. BUT UNLIKE THE CASES FROM LAST YEARS' OUTBREAK, INVOLVING H-5-N-1, THIS IS A DIFFERENT STRAIN. USDA-"APHIS" SAYS IT'S H-7-N-8. INDIANA STATE VETERINARIAN, DOCTOR BRET MARSH, SAYS QUOTING NOW "THIS FINDING OF HI-PATH H7N8 IS UNIQUE TO INDIANA AND THE NATION."
BIRD QUARANTINE IN AFFECT:
USDA-APHIS SAYS INDIANA STATE OFFICIALS QUARANTINED THE AFFECTED PREMISES AND DE-POPULATION HAS ALREADY BEGUN. THERE ARE 60-THOUSAND TURKEYS AT THIS FACILITY. THERE ARE 65 OTHER COMMERCIAL POULTRY PRODUCERS WITHIN A TEN MILE RADIUS OF THE INFECTED OPERATION. LATE FRIDAY, THE NEIGHBORING STATE OF KENTUCKY INITIATED RESTRICTIONS ON BIRD SALES AND MOVEMENT TO CONTROL THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE INTO THE STATE. THE H-7-N-8 TYPE OF AVIAN INFLUENZA IS DIFFERENT THAN THE STRAIN THAT IMPACTED THE UPPER MIDWEST IN 2015.
IMPACT OF BIRD FLU DEVASTATING TO PRODUCERS IN 2015:
AG. SECRETARY VILSACK DESCRIBED AVIAN INFLUENZA DEVASTATING FOR THE OVER 200 PRODUCERS WHO WERE IMPACTED THROUGHOUT 2015. DURING THAT TIME, NEARLY 50-MILLION BIRDS, THAT INCLUDES BACKYARD FLOCKS, WERE INFECTED AND DEPOPULATED AS A RESULT. VILSACK SAYS THAT PROMPTED MORE THAN 800 MILLION DOLLARS IN ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT ALL GOING TOWARDS THE POULTRY INDUSTRY.
CROP WATCH:
DAVID HARKER IS FILLING IN FOR MIKE HOFFMAN THIS MORNING.. LET'S TURN IT OVER TO HIM FOR CROPWATCH. DAVID? LET'S START OFF CROPWATCH IN ONTARIO, CANADA. ANDREW CAMPBELL SAYS A FRESHLY BEDDED PEN HAS AN AUDIENCE PATIENTLY WAITING TO GET BACK IN.
HE SAYS THE AREA IS SEEING SOME OVERCAST WINTERY DAYS, WITH TEMPERATURES HOVERING AROUND THE FREEZING MARK.
CHIPOTLE FOOD SAFETY CONCERNS, BURGEONING LAWSUITS AND INVESTIGATIONS:
THE EMBATTLED RESTAURANT CHIPOTLE STILL STRUGGLING UNDER THE WEIGHT OF FOOD SAFETY CONCERNS, INVESTIGATIONS AND LAWSUITS. THE COMPANY PLANNING TO SHUT DOWN ALL OF IT'S STORES NATIONWIDE FOR A FEW HOURS NEXT MONTH. THE TOPIC--FOOD SAFETY. IT'S PROJECTING SALES WILL SLUMP 8 PERCENT THIS QUARTER.
CHEMICAL GIANTS MERGER TALKS:
MERGER TALKS CONTINUE BETWEEN SWISS-BASED SYNGENTA, AND CHINA'S STATE-OWNED CHEMCHINA AND U.S. BASED MONSANTO. REUTERS REPORTING THE SYNGENTA CEO SAYS "WE ARE AT A STAGE WHERE WE ARE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS," ADDING THAT BECOMING A CHINESE COMPANY IS JUST ONE OF SEVERAL OPTIONS ON THE TABLE.
REUTERS SAYS CHEMCHINA IS SEEKING A LOAN PACKAGE BY WESTERN BANKS TO FUND A POSSIBLE TAKEOVER BID THAT COULD LATER BE REFINANCED BY CHINESE BANKS. A TAKEOVER OF SYNGENTA BY CHEMCHINA WOULD UNDERPIN AN EFFORT BY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO BOOST FARMING PRODUCTIVITY.
BILL SEEKS TO REAUTHORIZE CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAMS:
IN WASHINGTON---THE SENATE AG COMMITTEE PLANNING TO MARK-UP A BIPARTISAN BILL TO REAUTHORIZE CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAMS NEXT WEEK. THAT BILL REPORTEDLY WITH SUPPORT FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. THE MEASURES INCLUDE SCHOOL MEALS, THE SPECIAL SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION PROGRAM FOR WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN AND A SMALLER FEEDING AND COMMODITY DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM.
SUGARCANE HARVEST WINDS DOWN:
SUGARCANE HARVEST IS WINDING DOWN IN THE SOUTHEAST. THIS YEAR, IT'S A TALE OF A DRY START, TURNED INTO A WET, MUDDY FINISH.
LSU AGCENTER'S CRAIG GO-TRO THROW HAS A STORY ON HOW THE CROP IS TURNING OUT.
TEASE:
CATTLE MARKETS FINISHED THE WEEK BEATEN UP AND IN THE RED. WE'LL GET SOME FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON THOSE MARKETS AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK NEXT.
STILL TO COME, MORE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING STROKES THAN EVER BEFORE, BUT FEW KNOW WHAT TO DO IF IT HAPPENS TO THEM. THE RESULTS OF A TROUBLING NEW SURVEY, DETAILS LATER ON AGDAY.
AGRIBUSINESS:
JOINING US HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK, WE HAVE CRAIG VAN DYKE WITH TOP THIRD AG MARKETING. CRAIG, LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS CATTLE MARKET. WE ENDED LAST WEEK WITH ANOTHER BIG DOWNWARD MOVE IN BOTH LIVE AND FEEDER FUTURES. WHERE ARE WE GOING HERE AND HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING? ANOTHER DEVASTATING WEEK IN CATTLE HERE. AND THE EXTREME VOLATILITY. OBVIOUSLY, WHEN YOU LOOK AT EQUITY MARKETS CLOSING THE WEEK DOWN TWO, THREE PERCENT AGAIN TODAY, YOU KNOW THE BEGINNING OF 2016, BIG PICTURE HAS BEEN OVERLY BEARISH, WHEN YOU LOOK AT ENERGIES, CRUDE, GAS, HEATING OIL, WHEN YOU LOOK AT EQUITIES. NOT ONLY DOMESTIC BUT FOREIGN, BIG PICTURE-WISE, WE'RE LOOKING AT WEAKNESS ACROSS ALL MARKETS AND CATTLE ARE MAYBE ONE OF THE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE ONES TO THE OUTSIDE MARKETS AS FAR AS EQUITIES GO. YOU LOOK AT BIG PICTURE LONG TERM AND THE OLD SAYING CATTLE IS ONLY AS GOOD AS THE DOW.
NATIONAL WEATHER:
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY. METEOROLOGIST DAVID HARKER FILLING IN FOR MIKE HOFFMAN THIS MORNING. DAVID, IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU.> GOOD TO SEE YOU AS WELL.> LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT THE WEATHER BRINGS US THIS WEEK. LOOKS LIKE THE JET STREAM STARTING WITH A LITTLE TROUGH OUT EAST.> ABSOLUTELY, AND LOOKS LIKE THE COLDER AIR IS MAKING ITS WAY BACK IN.
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR MARKETING EDUCATION CONFERENCE:
THE SEMINAR IS SLATED FOR JANUARY 27TH THROUGH THE 29TH AT THE HILTON CHICAGO HOTEL. THE GATHERING FOCUSES ON IN-DEPTH BUSINESS AND MARKETING EDUCATION. HUNDREDS OF THE NATION'S BIGGEST PRODUCERS MAKE THE TREK ANNUALLY. IF YOU'D LIKE TO JOIN THEM--REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN. YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION AT TOP PRODUCER-HYPHEN ONLINE DOT COM.
TEASE:
WHEN AGDAY RETURNS, MACHINERY PETE WILL BE TALKING WEATHER -AND IT'S ROLE IN EQUPMENT SALES.PLUS, YOU MAY THINK STROKES ARE LIMITED TO OLDER FOLKS. BUT A GROWING NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE ARE AFFLICTED. BUT FEW KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN IT HAPPENS. DETAILS LATER IN AG FOR YOUR HEALTH.


MACHINERY PETE:
MACHINERY PETE IS THE EXPERT WHEN IT COMES TO USED FARM EQUIPMENT. BUT HE IS ALSO AN EXPERT ON WEATHER, SORT OF. WELL, LAST WEEK, I WAS DOWN IN AMARILLO, TEXAS AND I DID A FUN YOUTUBE INTERVIEW WITH FARMER, LANCE WILLIAMS, WHO SHOWED US HIS 2015 JOHN DEERE CS690 COTTON STRIPPER BALER--AMAZING MACHINE. NOW, WHEN I WAS DOWN THERE LAST WEEK, FOLKS, I GOT TO VISIT WITH A LOT OF FARMERS AND OF COURSE HAD A LOT OF RAIN DOWN THERE IN OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS LAST YEAR AND YOU COULD TELL FOLKS ATTITUDE WAS VERY POSITIVE. AND I WILL TELL YOU THAT THAT SHOWED UP IN SOME REALLY STRONG AUCTION PRICES LAST YEAR FROM OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS.
TEASE:
YOU SAW IT ON MACHINERY PETE.STILL TO COME -STROKES ARE ON THE RISE IN YOUNG ADULTS. AND YET, THEY'RE DELAYING TRIPS TO THE E-R. FIND OUT WHAT'S AT RISK, WHEN AGDAY CONTINUES.
MACHINERY PETE -SPONSORED BY THE GRIT, TOUGHNESS AND PERSERVERANCE OF FARMERS EVERYWHERE WHO RELY ON CHEVRON DELO.
IN THE COUNTRY:
WHEN IT COMES TO TREATING A STROKE, EVERY MINUTE MATTERS. DOCTORS SAY IF PATIENTS DON'T GET TO A HOSPITAL WITHIN 3 HOURS, STROKES CAN BE FATAL OR CAUSE SERIOUS DAMAGE. UNFORTUNATELY, THAT'S A MESSAGE MOST YOUNG PEOPLE AREN'T GETTING. STROKES IN YOUNG ADULTS HAVE GONE UP CONSIDERABLY.
CLARK POWELL HAS DETAILS IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE RONALD REAGAN UCLA MEDICAL CENTER. THE SYMPTOMS JENNIFER REILLY EXPERIENCED SEEMED LIKE NOTHING. NUMBNESS IN HER HAND PERIODICALLY FOLLOWED BY A BAD HEADACHE A FEW WEEKS LATER.
CLOSING:
PEOPLE HAVE STROKES EACH YEAR IN THE U.S. THAT'S ONE ABOUT EVERY 40 SECONDS THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.
FOR DAVID HARKER, AND BETSY JIBBEN. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT WEEK IN FARM COUNTRY.
PROMO:
I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. TUESDAY ON AGDAY WE TALK ABOUT THE SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN WHEAT PLANTINGS. PLUS A LOOK AT HOW THAT COULD IMPACT THE CROP MIX IN 2016. WEATHER, MARKETS AND THE NATION'S TOP AG NEWS RIGHT HERE ON AGDAY.

 

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