AgDay Daily Recap -July 22, 2015

July 20, 2015 02:57 AM
 
TODAY ON AGDAY -AVIAN FLU AND THE COST TO CONSUMERS..... PLUS, LESSONS LEARNED BY RESPONDERS TO THE OUTBREAK.. "KINDA OVERWHELMED US HOW FAST IT CAME ON" IN AGRIBUSINESS....THE ROAD AHEAD FOR DAIRY PRODUCERS.... "WE CONTINUE TO ADD COWS AND PRICES HAVE BEEN BOUYED WE'RE BUILDING THIS THIS TICKING TIME BOMB THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO FACE THIS FALL AND SEE HOW A SMALL GESTURE CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACT FOR SOMEONE DEALING WITH A TOUGH DIAGNOSIS. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO. GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. EGG PRICES REMAIN HIGH AT YOUR GROCERY STORE, BUT ONE MAJOR SUPPLIER DIDN'T PROFIT FROM THE AVIAN FLU OUTBREAK. THE PRICE FOR A DOZEN LARGE EGGS HAVE RISEN NEARLY 60-PERCENT FROM A YEAR AGO. THAT HIKE IS DUE TO THE OUTBREAK OF AVIAN FLU THAT HIT THE MIDWEST THIS SPRING. IOWA -THE NATION'S TOP EGG PRODUCING STATE WAS PARTICULARLY HARD HIT. NEW ANALYSIS OUT THIS WEEK FROM USDA'S AG MARKETING SERVICE SHOWS THE OVERALL EGG STOCKS ARE DOWN EIGHT PERCENT. LARGE SIZE EGG SUPPLIES ARE DOWN TEN PERCENT. IN THE MIDWEST, EGG SUPPLIES ARE DOWN NEARLY 18PERCENT. AS FAR AS PRICES -THE MIDWEST IS SHOWING AN AVERAGE DOLLAR-85 PER DOZEN OF LARGE EGGS. BUT DESPITE THE IMPACT ON SUPPLY, ONE OF THE BIGGEST EGG PRODUCERS IN THE COUNTRY DIDN'T BENEFIT FROM THE SPIKE IN EGG PRICES. CAL-MAINE IS THE LARGEST PRODUCER OF SHELL EGGS IN THE COUNTRY. IT'S BASED IN JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI. THE STATE AND CAL-MAINE POULTRY FACILITIES WERE SPARED BEING HIT BY AVIAN FLU. ITS FOURTH QUARTER EARNINGS AND YEAR-END REPORT SHOW THE COMPANY FELL SHORT OF EXPECTATIONS MADE BY ANALYSTS. STILL THE COMPANY SAYS PROFIT AND SALES WERE HIGHER THAN IN THE YEAR EARLIER. AS MENTIONED EARLIER, IOWA WAS IN THE BULLS-EYE OF THE AVIAN FLU OUTBREAK. IOWA RECEIVED WORD FROM USDA ON MAY FIRST THAT IT H-5-N-2 WAS IN THE STATE. THE LAST KNOWN POSITIVE CASE OF H-5-N-2 WAS JUNE 17TH. DURING THAT SEVEN WEEK PERIOD, IOWA LOST NEARLY 32 MILLION EGG LAYING HENS AND POULETS. DURING THE PROFARMER LEADING EDGE CONFERENCE HELD IN DES MOINES, IOWA, WE TALKED WITH IOWA'S SECRETARY OF AG. BILL NORTHEY WAS ON THE FRONT LINES AS THE STATE WAS DEALING WITH THE AVIAN FLU OUTBREAK. WE'RE MARSHALLING OUR RESOURCES. WE'RE LOOKING AT PLACES WHERE WE CAN SHARE RESOURCES BETWEEN STATES. WE CERTAINLY HAVE SURVEILLANCE. YOU WANT TO HAVE SURVEILLANCE TO IMMEDIATELY CATCH THAT DISEASE. AND OUR GOAL IS TO PUT ANY POSITIVE BIRDS OR BARNS WITH POSITIVE BIRDS DOWN WITHIN 24 HOURS. MAXIMUM 48 HOURS AFTER FINDING THOSE SICK BIRDS. NORTHEY SAYS OTHER STATES HAVE REACHED-OUT TO IOWA OFFICIALS TO SEE WHAT THEY LEARNED FROM THE OUTBREAK. HE ENCOURAGES STATE AG DEPARTMENTS TO REACH OUT TO THEIR STATES POULTRY SECTORS NOW TO DEVELOP A PLAN BEFORE THE FLU STRIKES THEIR STATES. IN THE HOG BARN--THE LATEST RABOBANK QUARTERLY REPORT EXPECTS INCREASING IMPORTS FROM CHINA TO DRIVE WORLD SHIPMENTS. ANALYSTS EXPECT CHINA TO START INCREASING IMPORTS THE SECOND HALF OF THIS YEAR AND INTO 2016...JUST HOW MUCH MAY IMPACT PRICES HERE AT HOME LATER IN THE YEAR. ADD TO IT, CONTINUING DISEASE PRESSURE IN MEXICO AND SOUTH KOREA, RABOBANK EXPECTS STRONG SUPPORT FOR HIGHER PRICES AND DEMAND. AND IF YOU HAVEN'T NOTICED AT THE GROCERY STORE LATELY, BACON PRICES NOW PULLING BACK FROM THOSE 2014 HIGHS. UNTIL THIS MONTH, BACON PRICES HAD SEEN NINE STRAIGHT MONTHS OF DECLINES...PRICES EASED UP JUST A BIT IN JULY. THE PEAK CAME IN JUNE 2014 AT MORE THAN 6 DOLLARS PER POUND. SINCE THEN PRICES ARE DOWN MORE THAN 17 PERCENT....THE FASTEST 12 MONTH DECLINE IN MORE THAN TWO DECADES. THAT'S RIGHT CLINTON. WE'VE BEEN REPORTING ON THE VERY WET CONDITIONS IN THE EASTERN CORNBELT. AND INDEED SOME RAINFALL RECORDS HAVE FALLEN. AND IT APPEARS ANOTHER WILL BE FALLING SOON. USDA METEOROLGIST BRAD RIPPEY GIVES US ONE EXAMPLE. HE TOLD AGDAY THAT FT. WAYNE, INDIANA, IS LESS THAN AN INCH AWAY FROM ITS WETTEST SUMMER ON RECORD. HE SAID THAT CITY IN NORTHEAST INDIANA HAD 17POINT NINE INCHES OF RAIN FROM JUNE FIRST TO JULY 18TH. THEY ONLY NEED EIGHT TENTHS OF RAIN BY THE END OF AUGUST -ABOUT FIVE WEEKS -TO BREAK THE PREVIOUS RECORD. AND HERE'S ANOTHER SPOT IN INDIANA. THIS LAKE IS NORTH OF INDIANAPOLIS. THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. YOU CAN SEE HOW BOATERS WERE ENJOYING THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND. AND NOW TAKE A LOOK AT THIS! THIS IS THE SAME BRIDGE -NEARLY THE SAME SPOT -TAKEN JUST LAST WEEK. YOU CAN SEE HOW LITTLE CLEARANCE THERE IS BETWEEN THE LAKE AND THE HIGHWAY. THAT GIVES YOU A SENSE OF HOW MUCH WATER FARMERS HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH IN CENTRAL INDIANA. THANKS MIKE. AS THE CROP GROWS IT'S GETTING HARDER TO SEE JUST HOW BAD OR HOW GOOD THINGS LOOK. THAT'S WHY WE'RE STARTING BACK UP--OUR EYE IN THE SKY FEATURE. WE'RE LOOKING FOR PICTURES OR VIDEO LIKE THIS THAT WE RECEIVED VIA TWITTER FROM MIKE VITKO. HE FARMS NEAR GARDNER ILLINOIS. THEIR AREA HAS SEEN MORE THAN 20 INCHES OF RAIN SINCE PLANTING. FIELDS ARE PONDING AND MANY AREAS DROWNED OUT. HE'S BEEN WORKING TO SAVE THE CROPS THAT ARE HANGING TOUGH--HE APPLIED EXTRA NITROGEN TO THESE FIELDS AND BY THE YELLOW STREAKS YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH IT HELPED. IF YOU HAVE VIDEO OR PICTURES SEND THEM TO US-EITHER IN EMAIL, INBOX AT AGDAY DOT COM, OR ON FACEBOOK OR TWITTER...AT AGDAY-TV. DON'T FORGET A SHORT DESCRIPTION. STILL TO COME, THE LATEST MILK PRODUCTION NUMBERS FROM USDA AND MIKE NORTH WILL JOIN ME TO TALK ABOUT THE CURRENT SITUATION FACING DAIRY PRODUCERS. AND LATER GETTING SICK AND HAVING TO GIVE UP THE CAREER YOU LOVE CAN BE DIFFICULT. WE'LL MEET A MAN GETTING INSPIRATION TO RECOVER FROM STRANGERS WILLING TO INSPIRE. ****************************************************************** IN AGRIBUSINESS LIVESTOCK MAKRETS HAVING A TOUGH TUESDAY BUT GRAINS WERE MIXED. LETS GET THE DETAILS FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME. SOYBEAN PRICES TRADING A LITTLE HIGHER OVER THE COURSE OF THE DAY. WHEAT PRICES ALSO FINDING SOME SUPPORT. CORN'S BEEN ON BOTH SIDES OF UNCHANGED, AS HAS WHEAT REALLY. BUT WE'RE SEEING SOME SUPPORT AS THE MARKET GOT INTO THE CLOSE. SOYBEANS THE LEADER ON THE UPSIDE TODAY WITH SALES TO SOME UNKNOWN DESTINATION OF 110 THOUSAND TONS. IDEAS ARE IT'S FOR CHINA OF COURSE. AND IT'S NEW CROP. WE DESPERATELY NEED NEW CROP BUSINESS, BUT I DON'T THINK THAT SIZE TYPE OF ORDER MEANS IT'S CHINA. I TEND TO THINK IT'S SOMEBODY ELSE. OTHER THAN THAT, DEMAND REMAINS AN ISSUE FOR ALL THREE MARKETS. CORN, WHEAT AND SOYBEANS ARE FACING HEADWINDS NOT ONLY FROM STRONGER DOLLAR, BUT STRONG COMPETITION FROM PLACES LIKE EUROPE AND SOUTH AMERICA. THE CHINESE IMPORT DATA WAS RELEASED BEFORE THE OPEN OF THE SESSION AND IT SHOWED VERY STRONG DEMAND FOR CORN AND SOYBEANS BUT THE DEMAND FOR CORN WAS BEING FILLED BY UKRAINE AND TO A LESSER EXTENT FROM SOUTH AMERICA. THE SOYBEAN DEMAND FILLED MOSTLY EXCLUSIVELY FROM SOUTH AMERICA, WHICH WILL BE TREND AS WE MOVE FORWARD. THANKS VERY MUCH, THIS IS JACK SCOVILLE, PRICE FUTURES GROUP, HERE ON THE CME GROUP FLOOR WITH SOME COMMENTS FOR THE MARKETS. MILK PRODUCTION TICKED-UP SLIGHTLY IN JUNE. USDA SHOWS FARMERS PRODUCED 16-POINT-FOUR BILLION POUNDS, UP SEVEN TENTHS OF A PERCENT FROM A YEAR AGO. PRODUCTION PER COW WAS UNCHANGED. AND THE COW HERD ROSESLIGHTLY FROM 2014 LEVELS. STATE BY STATE, SOUTH DAKOTA SHOWS A 12-PERCENT JUMP IN MILK FROM A YEAR AGO. MICHIGAN IS UP SEVEN PERCENT. CALIFORNIA CONTINUES TO SLIDE WITH ANOTHER FOUR PERCENT DROP. MIKE NORTH WITH COMMODITY RISK MANAGEMENT GROUP OUR GUEST HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DEKS HERE TODAY MIKE WE'VE TALKED TO YOU ABOUT DIRY QUITE A BIT BUT AS FAR AS DAIRY GOES ON THE WORLD THE WORLD STAGE WE'VE SEEN GLOBAL DAIRY PRICES FALL THIRTEEN MONTH LOWS WHAT ABOUT HERE AT HOME?>> WE HAVE BEEN BOUYED MUCH HIGHER THAN WHERE THE WORLD MARKET HAS BEEN FOR THE ENTIRE CALENDAR YEAR OF 2015 A LOT OF THATS HAD TO DO WITH THE FACT THAT BUYERS OF PRODUCT LAST YEAR WENT THROUGH SOME REALLY TROUBLED TIMES THERE THERE CASH FLOWS WERE VERY VERY MUCH COMPROMISED BY WHAT THEY HAD TO PAY FOR CHEESE AND BUTTER AND OTHER PRODUCTS IN 2014 SO AS WE CAME INTO 2015 CALENDAR AND GOT SPOOKED BY NEW ZEALAND DROUGHT STORIES THE BUYERS CAME BACK TO THE MARKET AGAIN BUYING EARLY WHAT THEY WOULD HAVE ORDINARILY LATER IN THE YEAR AND ULTIMATELY HELPED RAISE THE PRICES DOMESTICALLY FOR PRODUCT AT A TIME WHEN WE LEASET EXPECTED IT. >> YEA WE DIDN'T EXPECT THESE PRICES TO BE I DON'T WANT TO SAY GREAT BUT AS STRONG AS THEY ARE. >> BUT NOW WERE STARTING TO SEE THIS CULMINATION OF DIFFERENT THINGS COME TO THE MARKET GLOBAL DAIRY TRADE HIT A NEW RECORD LOW SINCE THE BEGINNING OF IT'S AUCTION BEGAN IN 2008. >> AND WHAT'S BEHIND THAT?>> ABSENCE OF SELLERS AND A ABSOLUTE PLETHORA OF SUPPLE WE'RE CONTINUING TO GROW PRODUCTION THE INVENTORIES ARE GROWING AROUND THE WORLD AND WE'RE SEEING NO INTEREST BY THE BUYERS LARGELY BECAUSE CHINA IS IN A IN A ECONOMIC SPOT RIGHT NOW WHERE IT'S NOT VERY INTERESTED IN BUILDING STOCKS MORE OVER THEIR INDUSTRY CREATED A LOT OF EXTRA SUPPLY LAST YEAR THE EUROPEAN SCENARIO WAS SUCH THAT THEY DON'T HAVE THIS RUSSIAN MARKET TO EXPORT PRODUCT INTO THEY'VE GOT TO LOOK FOR ALTERNATIVE MARKETS TO TAKE PRODUCT AND WE'RE CONTINUING TO GROW PRODUCTION HERE AT HOME ONE TO TWO PERCENT YEAR OVER YEAR MONTH AFTER MONTH AND SO AS WE CONTINUE TO ADD COWS AND PRICES HAVE BEEN BOUYED WE'RE BUILDING THIS THIS TICKING TIME BOMB THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO FACE THIS FALL SO. >> AND YOU THINK IT'S COMING?>> IT WE ALREADY HAVE START IF YOU LOOK AT 2016 MARKETS ON A CLASS THREE MILK WE PEAKED OUT AT ABOUT 16.90 TOWARDS THE FIRST PART OF JUNE END OF MAY THAT MARKET IS NOW AT 15.70 WE'VE DROPED FULLY A DOLLAR TWENTY IN FUTURES ON THAT FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR BECAUSE AS PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO RECOGNIZE SOME OF THESE BIG FACTORS THAT ARE WAITING OUT THERE IN THE WINGS THERE IS SOME NERVOUSNESS COMING TO THE MARKET THAT IS BEING MET WITH SOME SELLING AND NO BUYERS ARE WILLING TO STEP IN FRONT OF THIS FREIGHT TRAIN RIGHT NOW SO THERE'S ROOM FOR PLENTY OF PRESSURE TO THE DOWN SIDE ROOM FOR PRODUCT PRICES IN THE UNITED STATES TO FIND PARODY AGAINST GLOBAL MARKETS YOU KNOW A DOLLAR TWENTY CHEESE MARKETS OUT THERE GLOBALLY AND WE'RE AT A DOLLAR SIXTY THERE'S DOLLAR NINCE BUTTER MARKET OUT THERE AND WE'RE AT A DOLLAR SEVENTY FIVE SO THERE'S PLENTY OF ROOM FOR US TO COME THAT'S SPELLS LOWER MILK PRICES AND SOME TROUBLED TIMES SO THE MESSAGE TO DAIRYMAN TAKE ACTION GET SOME HEDGING IN PLACE ADDRESS 2016 BE FLEXIBLE IN CASE SOMETHING CHANGES AND WE CAN WORK BACK HIGHER RECOGNIZE THAT THERE IS REAL RISK IN THIS MARKET.>> ALRIGHT MIKE THANKS FOR BEING HERE WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE. *********************************************************************** WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY, HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. AND MIKE WE'VE BEEN WATCHING THIS FRONT PUSH ITS WAY SOUTH, DO WE EXPECT ANYTHING FROM THAT? I THINK THIS WEEK WE'RE GOING TO SEE THAT RAIN AREA PUSH FARTHER SOUTH THAN IT'S BEEN, UP OVER MISSOURI AND OVER TOWARD INDIANA AND OHIO SO THAT'S GOOD NEWS FOR FOLKS SEEING ALL THAT RAIN.AND AS YOU CAN SEE, HIGH PRESSURE IS NOW DOMINATING MUCH OF THE UPPER MIDWEST, GREAT LAKES INTO THE OHIO VALLEY, INTO THE MID ATLANTIC STATES AND THAT'S SOME GOOD NEWS FOR ALL THOSE FOLKS GETTING ALL OF THAT RAIN LATELY BECAUSE THIS IS WHERE THIS STATIONARY FRONT WILL BE MOST OF THIS WEEK, SO LET'S PUT THE MAPS INTO MOTION. AS WE HEAD THRU TODAY YOU CAN SEE SHOWERS AND TSTORMS WILL BE MOVING ALONG THIS FRONTAL SYSTEM WHICH SHOVES IT INTO THE TENN VALLEY, NORTHERN DIXIE BACK INTO THE RED RIVER VALLEY ESPECIALLY OKLAHOMA SIDE OF THAT THOUGH. AND AS YOU CAN SEE HIGH PRESSURE CONTINUES TO KEEP THINGS DRY ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES, THE NEXT COOL FRONT OUT WEST WILL CAUSE A FEW SHOWERS AND T'STORMS AS WELL BUT IT'S NOT MOVING VERY QUICKLY. IT DOES HAVE PRETTY DECENT PACIFIC MOISTURE WITH IT WHEREAS A LOT OF TIMES IT DOES NOT IN THIS TYPE OF SITUATION, SO NOT TOO BAD. THERE'S TOMORROW AFTERNOON AND YOU CN SEE THE WIDESPREAD AREA OF SHOWERS AND TSTORMS IN THE FAR SOUTHEAST ALONG THE FRONT AND ALSO OUT TO THE WEST PARTS OF NEW MEXICO, EASTERN COLORADO GETTING SOME DECENT RAINS SOME RAIN ALONG THAT NEXT COLD FRONT. PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS YOU CAN SEE THE NORTHEAST AND RIGHT THRU THE MID MISSISSIPPI VALLEY, ESPECIALLY OKLAHOMA, PORTIONS OF ARKANSAS AND SOUTHERN MISSOURI, THE MAJORITY OF THE NEXT 36 HOURS WILL BE SPREAD ALONG THAT FRONT INTO TENNESSEE, PARTS OF NORTHERN ALABAMA, GEORGIA, PARTS OF FLORIDA WILL GET PRETTY GOOD HIT OR MISS STORMS AS WELL. AND YOU CAN SEE THE POCKETS OUT WEST THAT GET SOME DECENT AMOUNTS OF MOISTURE, ACCORDING TO OUR MODEL. TEMPS THIS AFTERNOON VERY PLEASANT ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES AND NORTHEAST, HIGHS IN THE 70S TO NEAR 80. BUT VERY MUGGY SOUTH OF THAT FRONT FROM THE SOUTHEAST INTO TEXAS, VERY HOT CONTINUES IN THE DESERT SOUTHWEST WHICH IS TYPICAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR, LOWS TONITE 50'S FOR PARTS OF THE GREAT LAKES INTO THE NE AND YOU CAN SEE 50'S 60S FOR PACIFIC NORTHWEST AND NORTHERN ROCKIES. THE HEAT STARTS REBUILD A LITTLE BIT IN THE HIGH PLAINS AS WE HEAD INTO TOMORROW AFTERNOON, BUT ALL IN ALL WE'RE TALKING VERY PLEASANT WEATHER FOR GREAT LAKES AND NORTHEAST, THAT'S ALL BECAUSE OF THIS TROUGH. IT MOVES AWAY WE SEE THE RIDGE TRY TO MOVE EAST INTO THE GREAT LAKES FRIDAY INTO SAT, ANOTHER TROUGH REPLACES IT, AND WE JUST KEEP THAT TREND OVER THE NEXT WEEK OR TWO. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW LET'S LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. WE HEAD TO SANTA FE, NE FIRST OF ALL VARIABLY CLOUDY A T'STORM IS POSSIBLE IN THE AFTERNOON HIGH OF 87, JOPLIN MISSOURI VERY HUMID COUPLE OF SHOWERS AND A HEAVIER T'STORM HIGH OF 84 AND TRENTON, NEW JERSEY MOSTLY SUNNY AND LESS HUMID,. AFTERNOON HIGH OF 83. UP NEXT A LOOK AT THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE--THE TRENDS OF GENETICS AND ROBOTICS ON THE FARM. AND LATER, EVEN A SMALL GESTURE CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACT FOR SOMEONE DEALING WITH A TOUGH DIAGNOSIS. WE'LL MEET AN IOWA MAN AND THE GIFTS OF HOPE PERFECT STRANGERS ARE SHARING ALONG HIS ROAD TO RECOVERY. ******************************************************** FROM KCCI IN DES MOINES..A FEDERAL JUDGE RULING PROSECUTORS CANNOT USE INSTANT MESSAGES AGAINST A CHINESE WOMAN CHARGED AS PART OF A CONSPIRACY TO STEAL TRADE SECRETS FROM U.S. CORN COMPANIES. MO YUN IS ACCUSED OF HELPING SIX OTHERS INCLUDING HER BROTHER, MO HAILONG, STEAL PATENTED SEED CORN FROM U.S. COMPANIES FOR ITS GENETIC TRAITS. SHE WAS ARRESTED A YEAR AGO AND REMAINS IN THE U.S. AWAITING TRIAL. SHE IS MARRIED TO THE CHINESE BILLIONAIRE CHAIRMAN OF BEIJING-BASED DBN GROUP. ON HER BROTHER'S COMPUTER THE GOVERNMENT FOUND COPIES OF INCOMPLETE MESSAGES WITH MO YUN. THE JUDGE RULING FRIDAY THE MESSAGES ARE EXCERPTS AND MAY NOT BE USED AS EVIDENCE. PROSECUTORS SAID DURING A HEARING THAT WITHOUT THE MESSAGES THEY MAY DROP CHARGES AGAINST MO YUN. SPEAKING OF GENETICS--THE USDA'S ECONOMIC RESEARCH SERVICES SAYS G-E VARIETIES CONTINUE TO MAKE UP A MAJORITY OF ACRES IN 2015. IN THE U.S. --94 PERCENT OF COTTON ACRES, 94 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS AND 92 PERCENT OF CORN CONTAIN GE TRAITS. IN THE POTATO PLOT, GENETIC POWERHOUSE J-R SIMPLOT SAYS IT'S NEW BIOTECH POTATO IS GETTING A NEW NAME FOR THE CONSUMER MARKET. THE INNATE POTATO--AS IT'S BEEN KNOWN--IS LESS PRONE TO BRUISING AND BLACK SPOTS. IT ALSO STAYS WHITE LONGER WHEN PEELED. JR SIMPLOT IS NOW CALLING IT A WHITE RUSSET POTATO. ITS SET TO START SHOWING UP IN STORES THIS SUMMER. AND A NEW STUDY FROM A MARKET INTELLEGENCE FIRM CALLED TRACTICA--SAYS IT EXPECTS WORLDWIDE ANNUAL SHIPMENTS OF AGRICULTURAL ROBOTS TO CLIMB TO NEARLY 1-MILLION UNITS IN LESS THAN 10 YEARS. THIS YEAR SALES ARE ESTIMATED AT A LITTLE MORE THAN 30 THOUSAND. IT SAYS ROBOTS ARE LIKELY TO INCLUDE EVERYTHING FROM DRONES OR UAV'S TO SOIL MANAGEMENT, MATERIAL HANDLING, DRIVERLESS TRACTORS AND DAIRY MANAGEMENT. UP NEXT WE'LL MEET A MAN PASSIONATE ABOUT SAVING LIVES EVEN AS HE FIGHTS TO SAVE HIS OWN. THAT STORY WHEN WE RETURN. **************************************************************** (IN THE COUNTRY BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA'S KOMMANDER SERIES ZERO-TURN MOWERS. POWERFULLY ENGINEERED, PROVEN TO PERFORM, VISIT YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER TO TEST DRIVE ON TODAY.) FIRE FIGHTERS LIVE LIFE ON THE FRONT LINES. THAT WAS TRUE FOR SIOUX CITY IOWA'S DOUG HARMS. TODAY HE'S NOT FIGHTING FIRES HE'S FIGHTING TO LIVE. A CANCER DIAGNOSIS, KNOCKED HIM OFF DUTY. NOW AS SARAH TE SLAA FROM AFFILIATE K-T-I-V REPORTS, BOTH FRIENDS AND STRANGERS ARE PROVIDING COMFORT FOR DOUG DURING HIS TREATMENT. BUT FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF A FORMER SIOUXLAND FIREFIGHTER ARE MAKING SURE HE DOESN'T GO THROUGH IT ALONE. IN SIOUX CITY, IOWA SHOWS US HOW T-SHIRTS ARE PROVIDING STRENGTH AND COMFORT FOR DOUG HARMS AS HE UNDERGOES TREATMENT DOUG HARMS HAS BEEN GETTING A LOT OF MAIL LATELY. IT'S LIKE CHRISTMAS. INSIDE THE PACKAGES ARE T-SHIRTS FROM FIRE DEPARTMENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY. THEY HAVE DIFFERENT LOGOS, DIFFERENT SAYINGS, AND DIFFERENT COLORS. THERE ARE SOME PRETTY COOL ONES OUT THERE. FOR 27 YEARS, DOUG ROSE THROUGH THE RANKS OF THE LE MARS, IOWA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT. HE ALSO SPENT FOUR YEARS ON THE 185TH AIR REFUELING WING'S DEPARTMENT. HE FOUGHT FIRES AND RESPONDED TO EMERGENCIES UNTIL LAST YEAR WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGED. I WASN'T READY TO RETIRE YET, AND I WAS ENJOYING BEING THE CAPTAIN AND WORKING WITH EVERYBODY, BUT THINGS HAPPEN AND I HAD TO RETIRE OUT. THAT'S WHEN DOCTORS DIAGNOSED DOUG WITH A HEART CONDITION. ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU DON'T GET TO DO WHAT YOU LIKE TO DO ANYMORE YOU HAVE TO MAKE A CAREER CHANGE. IT'S PRETTY ROUGH THE HARDEST PART FOR ME WAS WATCHING HIM GIVE UP WHAT HE LOVED THAT WAS HIS LIFE AND THAT'S WHAT HE DID AND HAD A HUGE PASSION FOR AND HE'S HAD TO GIVE THAT UP, DOUG HAD HEART SURGERY IN JULY, BUT THEN A FEW MONTHS AGO, ANOTHER BLOW. NOW I'VE BEEN DIAGNOSED AS HAVING NECK AND THROAT CANCER. HE STARTED CHEMO AND RADIATION IN MAY, BUT HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY DIDN'T WANT DOUG TO DO IT ALONE. SO LORI PUT OUT A PLEA ON FACEBOOK FOR SHIRTS. I JUST THOUGHT IF HE HAD THE TSHIRTS THAT WOULD BE THE SUPPORT HE HAD WITH HIM AND HE KNOWS THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE FIGHTING FOR HIM. IT'S REALLY COOL SENDING A LETTER TO BOOST YOU UP A LITTLE BIT SAYING HEY YOU AREN'T ALONE, YOU'RE A FIREFIGHTER, YOU'RE A BROTHER FROM SOMEWHERE AND IT'S KIND OF NICE TO HEAR THAT FROM OTHER TOWNS THAT I DON'T KNOW SOME OF THESE PEOPLE IT GIVES YOU A BOOST TO GET THROUGH THIS. EACH DAY FOR HIS TREATMENTS, DOUG DONS A DIFFERENT DEPARTMENT'S SHIRT. HE SAYS THE SHIRTS ARE A COMFORTING REMINDER OF THE FIREFIGHTING BROTHERHOOD. AS YOU ARE IN THE FIRE SERVICE, YOU ARE TOLD THESE ARE YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND YOU'LL LAY YOUR LIFE DOWN FOR THEM AND IT'S TRUE. WHEN YOU GET AN ILLNESS, IT REALLY COMES OUT AND STANDS OUT THAT YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS REALLY ARE RIGHT THERE, INSTEAD OF FIRES, THEY'RE FIGHTING CANCER TOGETHER.) SO FAR, DOUG HAS RECEIVED MORE THAN 150 TSHIRTS. THEY'RE HOPING TO GET A SHIRT FROM A DEPARTMENT IN EVERY STATE... BUT THEY STILL HAVE A FEW TO GO. THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN. FOR MIKE HOFFMAN, AND ALL OF US AT AGDAY. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY. HIGH STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY, THE CHEVY SILVERADO IS THE OFFICIAL NEWS GATHERING VEHICLE OF AGDAY TELEVISION **************************************************************** I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. WEDNESDAY ON AGDAY -WE'LL BE LOOKING AT WORLD DAIRY MARKETS AND SEE WHAT PRODUCERS HERE AT HOME CAN EXPECT IN THE MONTHS AHEAD. PLUS MIKE HOFFMAN IS TRACKING CROP CONDITIONS IN THE NATION'S HEARTLAND. CATCH AGDAY 8 EASTERN HERE ON AGDAY.

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