AgDay Daily Recap -March 14, 2017

March 14, 2017 06:00 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
MARCH 14, 2017


HEADLINES
THE FED PREPARES ANOTHER INTEREST RATE  DECISION. PLUS, WILL AN INFRASTRUCTURE PROPOSAL DO ENOUGH TO HELP  IMPROVE U.S. WATERWAYS? IN AGRIBUSINESS... EVALUATING DAIRY MARKETS. DAIRY INDUSTRY LEADERS HEAD FOR MEXICO. AND AN AG-DEGREE WITH  STRONG JOB POTENTIAL. A LITTLE CAREER OPPORTUNITY FROM THE UNIVERSITY  OF TENNESSEE. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING  CHEVY SILVERADO.

INCREASE SHORT-TERM INTEREST RATES
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AS THE FEDERAL RESERVE MEETS THIS  WEEK, THE PANEL APPEARS READY TO ONCE AGAIN INCREASE SHORT-TERM  INTEREST RATES. BUT WALL STREET APPEARS UN-CONCERNED AS THE  COUNTRY'S ECONOMY ENJOYS A STRONG SHOWING IN THE MARKET AND FROM  THE LABOR DEPARTMENT. THE LABOR DEPARTMENT ON FRIDAY SAID THE LABOR FORCED ADDED 235- THOUSAND JOBS IN FEBRUARY. AND THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DIPPED A TENTH OF A POINT TO FOUR-POINT- SEVEN PERCENT. ANALYSTS SAY THE STOCK MARKET RALLY SINCE THE END OF NOVEMBER IS  EASING FEARS OF HIGHER INTEREST RATES. PLUS, THE PROSPECT OF TAX CUTS AND INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING ARE  SUPPORTING A POSITIVE OUTLOOK IN THE BUSINESS SECTOR. MARK HAMRICK, SENIOR ECONOMIC ANALYST, BANKRATE.COM: "SO RIGHT NOW, THE OPTIMISM IS  SUFFICIENT TO SORT OF KEEP THIS CYCLE GOING, BUT DOWN THE LINE THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE  CONGRESS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DELIVER ON TAX REFORM AND INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING FOR THE JOB  MARKET TO IMPROVE TO THE LEVEL THAT ESSENTIALLY THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID WILL BE THE CASE". HAMRICK SAYS WARM WEATHER IN FEBRUARY HELPED BOOST THE EMPLOYMENT  NUMBERS BECAUSE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS FOUND WORK. BUT HE SAYS IT'LL  TAKE MORE THAN WARM WEATHER TO SUSTAIN JOB GROWTH.

INFRASTRUCTURE FACELIFT
INFRASTRUCTURE ON OUR NATION'S WATERWAYS IS IMPROVING, BUT STILL  NEEDS A MAJOR FACELIFT.PRESIDENT TRUMP VOWING TO PUSH A TRILLION DOLLARS TO IMPROVE ROADS,  BRIDGES AND RIVER LOCKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.  THE AMERICAN SOCIEITY OF ENGINEERS RELEASING ITS 'REPORT CARD' ON THE  CONDITION OF WATERWAY INFRASTRUCTURE LAST WEEK - IMPROVING TO A 'D'  FROM A 'D-' IN 2013.  BETSY JIBBEN LOOKS AT THE CRUCIAL NEED FOR FUNDING. LOCK AND DAM 17 HAS BEEN A STALWART ON THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI IN NEW  BOSTON, ILLINOIS. AND THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS ARE DOING THEIR BEST - TO MAKE  SURE  IT STAYS STANDING  "THEY NEED SOME WORK. THAT'S FOR SURE. OUR NATION DEPENDS ON IT."EASIER SAID THAN DONE.  "ORG. DESIGN FOR THE LOCK WAS 50 YEARS AND THE REHAB DESIGN LIFE WAS 25 YEARS. IF YOU DO THE  MATH, WE'RE WELL PAST BOTH OF THOSE,"A LOT OF THE FUNDING FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND REPAIRS ARE MANDATED BY  CONGRESS. THE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT - ALSO KNOWN AS WRDA WAS  PASSED LAST YEAR..  A TWO YEAR BILL WHICH FIRST AUTHROIZES - HOW TO IMRPOVE AND MAINTAIN  THE WATERWAY SYSTEM AND THEN APPROPRIATES FUNDS TO ACHIEVE WHAT  NEEDS TO GET DONE.THE CORPS IS STILL WAITING ON MONEY. "WE NEED TO GET BACK TO THE POINT TODAY WHERE WE'RE ALLOCATING RESOURCES TODAY IN  EXCHANGE FOR VALUE TOMORROW. THAT REQUIRES LONG-TERM THINKING,"RIGHT NOW, THE ENTIRE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS UNDER A CONTINUING  RESOLUTION UNTIL THE END OF APRIL.  THAT MEANS FUNDING IS FROZEN AT PRIOR YEAR LEVELS. "THAT'S QUITE COMMON NOW. I WISH IT WASN'T THAT WAY." "WE'VE HAD PROJECTS PEACE MILLED WHICH CAUSES PROJECTS TO TAKE LONGER AND GET DONW THE  WRONG WAY,""ONCE THIS COMES UP AGAIN, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE AHVE A ROBUST AMOUNT OF FUNDING FOR  HTE INLAND WATERWAY SYSTEM. THAT'S UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE ARMY,"THOSE LIKE CASTRO ARE STILL USING FISCAL YEAR 17 FUNDING - A YEAR BEHIND- SO PROJECTS ARE LIMITED.  "WE ARE STILL SEGMENTING OUR BUDGETING. WE HAVEN'T RECEIVED OUR FULL BUDGETING FOR THE  YEAR...."ALL WHILE WAITING TO SEE WHAT FISCAL YEAR 18 HOLDS.  IF LAWMAKERS DON'T TAKE ACTION BY APRIL 28TH, IT COULD LEAD  TO A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN.PRESIDENT TRUMP IS VOCAL ABOUT ABOUT A POTENTIAL TRILLION DOLLAR PLAN  TO UPGRADE INFRASTRUCTURE. "IT IS LONG AMBITION AND LONG ON SPECIFICS BUT THAT BEING SAID WE ARE VERY PLEASED WHEN THE  PRESIDENT DOES TALK ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE. A LOT OF TIMES YOU DONT' HEAR THE PRESIDENT TALK ABOUT  THE NEED TO INVEST IN OUR MULTI SYSTEM," "WE'D LOVE TO SEE BACKLOGS OF PRIOIRTY PROJECTS, THAT'S ABOUT 8.7 BILLION DOLLARS AND IF WE WERE  TO GET A SHOT IN THE ARM FOR THAT MOUNT, WE WOULD BE ABLE TO MODERNIZE OUR SYSTEM AND  THOSE 25 PROJECTS FOR THE NEXT 2 DECADES,"THERE'S ALSO TALK ABOUT COMBINING BOTH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC  PARTNERSHIPS TO GET MORE FUNDING FOR THE NAITON'S WATERWAYS.  STEENHOEK SAYS HE WANTS TO SEE A COMBINATION OF BOTH- ADDING THAT  THERE'S A ROLE FOR PRIVATE EQUITY. "WHEN YOU ACCESS PRIVATE CAPITAL, USUALLY WORK GETS DONE MORE ON TIME AND MORE WITHIN  BUDGET.""AT THIS POINT, WITH WHAT'S BEEN TRANSPIRED OVER THE PAST 25 YEARS, THE LACK OF INVESTMENT, I  THINK ANY OR ALL OPTIONS SHOUDL BE ON THE TABLE,"OPINIONS ARE SPLIT CALHOUN SAYS PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS MAY WORK IN SOME AREAS OF INFRASTRUCTURE BUT BELIEVES IT WON'T WORK WELL FOR WATERWAYS - ESPECIALLY IF TOLLS ARE ADDED FOR EXAMPLE.  "THERE'S NO ON AND OFF ON THE WATERWAYS. THE ONLY TAX PAYER IS THE COMMERCIAL OPERATORS  MOVING OUR FREIGHTS. THEY WOULD PAY SOMEHTING UNAFFORDABLE FOR SHIPPERS AND THEN THAT  WOUDL DIVERT TRAFFIC OFF THE INLAND WATERAYS AND ONTO OTHER MODES OF TRANSPORTATION,"> "TIME IS MONEY, IF IT'S NOT MOVING, IT'S COSTING."THAT'S WHY THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS HOPE THOSE COSTS KEEP  FLOWING SO THE LOCK AND DAM SYSTEM CAN STAY AFLOAT.  REPORTING FOR AGDAY I'M BETSY JIBBEN. LOOKING AT THE REST OF THE REPORT CARD FROM THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF  CIVIL ENGINEERS... THE OVERALL GRADE GIVEN TO THE U-S INFRASTRUCTURE IS A D BRIDGES AND PORTS BOTH GOT A 'C '. INLAND WATERWAYS AND LEVEES  RECEIVED A "D". THE BEST GRADE WENT TO RAILROADS WITH A "B"

WILDFIRE UPDATE
AN UPDATE FROM THE WILDFIRES REGIONS THAT BURNED MORE THAN A MILLION  ACRES LAST WEEK. THE GOVERNORS OF KANSAS AND TEXAS SUSPENDED TRUCKING RESTRICTIONS  OVER THE WEEKEND FOR TRUCKS HAULING HAY AND SUPPLIES TO WILDFIRE  AFFECTED AREAS. THE FIRES HAVE BURNED MORE THAN 2,300 SQUARE MILES IN THE FOUR STATES,  FORCING FARMERS AND RANCHERS TO MOVE THEIR LIVESTOCK. GOVERNORS ARE ASKING FOR SEEKING A TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF GRAZING  RESTRICTIONS ON CRP. MEANWHILE, A FLOOD OF HAY AND FENCING SUPPLIES FROM ACROSS THE  COUNTRY ARE POURING IN. THE KANSAS LIVESTOCK ASSOCIATION SAYS IT'S RECEIVED DONATIONS FROM 31  STATES AND NEARLY EVERY COUNTY IN KANSAS. THERE'S ALSO A NEED FOR ANIMAL CARE SUPPLIES FOR THE LIVESTOCK THAT  SURVIVED THE ROARING BLAZE.  CATTLE LOSSES ARE WELL INTO THE THOUSANDS ACROSS THE FOUR STATE  REGION.FOR MORE INFORMAITON GO TO AGWEB DOT COM FORWARD SLASH WILDFIRES. MEANWHILE, THERE'S BEEN A TREMENOUS OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT IN  RESPONSE TO THE DEVASTATION CAUSED BY THE WILDFIRES. STEVE BURT OF COVINGTON, TEXAS POSTED THIS AERIAL FOOTAGE ON HIS  FACEBOOK PAGE. THE SHOT DOESN'T GET CLOSE, BUT THAT'S A CARAVAN OF TRUCKS HEADED  NORTH IN TEXAS.  STEVE SAYS THAT'S 400 BALES OF HAY ON FLAT-BEDS,  INTENDED TO HELP FELLOW RANCHERS IN NEED. AN IMPRESSIVE SIGHT TO SEE. THE LOST SON RETURNS THIS MORNING. 

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN JOINING US ONCE AGAIN FOR TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. IT'S "GO TIME" THROUGH-OUT MUCH OF THE SOUTH.  LINDSAY KIMBRELL OF  KIMBRELL FARMS TWEETED OUT THIS PHOTO. LINDSAY SAYS SHE'S BEEN  WORKING ON HER DRONE SKILLS....AND CAUGHT THE PLANTER IN ACTION NEAR  ITASCA, TEXAS.  HASH-TAG PLANT 17. THE SNOW SYSTEM THAT MOVED ACROSS THE UPPER MIDWEST ON MONDAY  BROUGHT SOME UN-WELCOME SNOW TO THIS FLOWER PATCH IN NORTHERN  INDIANA.  ONLY A COUPLE OF INCHES WERE EXPECTED. AND IT'LL MELT LATER IN THE WEEK. ND NOW SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.

TEASE
WE'LL CHECK IN ON THE DAIRY INDUSTRY AND SPRING MARKET EXPECTATIONS  NEXT IN ANALYSIS. AND LATER, CHOOSING A CAREER IN COLLEGE CAN BE A CHALLENGE. WE'LL TELL  YOU ABOUT A FIELD THAT'S IN HIGH DEMAND AND IT'S BASED IN AGRICULTURE. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RESICORE HERBICIDE FOR CORN.  WITH A UNIQUELY POWERFUL  FORMULATION OF PROVEN INGREDIENTS, RESICORE GIVES YOU EXTRAORDINARY POWER OVER WEEDS.  LEARN MORE AT POWEROVERWEEDS.COM.

AGRIBUSINESS
IN ANALYSIS THIS MORNING TYNE MORGAN CAUGHT UP WITH MIKE NORTH  RECENTLY FOR A CHECK OF THE DAIRY MARKETS. HERE NOW WITH MIKE NORTH OF COMMODITY RISK MANAGEMENT GROUP MIKE WE'VE SEEN SOME  LATEST ON GLOBAL DAIRY TRADE NUMBERS COME THROUGH BUT IT LOOKS LIKE MILK POWDER IS STRUGGLING  A BIT OF THE FLAGSHIP CONTRACT IN THE GLOBAL DAIRY TRADE AUCTION. IT WAS DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY IN  THEIR LAST EVENT WE HAD WHOLE MILK POWDER DOWN TWELVE PERCENT SKIM MILK POWDER DOWN  FIFTEEN PERCENT AND THAT WAS JOINED BY CHEDDAR PRICES BEING DOWN FOUR AND A HALF PERCENT.  AND SO THE COMPOUND EFFECT OF THAT HAVE NEGATIVE IMPACTS ON U S PRICES. BUT WHAT IT DOES IS  IT FORCES US PRODUCT PRICES WHICH ARE THE LEAD INDICATOR FOR MILK PRICE ALSO MOVED LOWER TO  STAY COMPETITIVE AND THAT 'S REALLY WHAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS CHEESE PRICES HAVE COME DOWN OFF OF THAT ONE EIGHTY NUMBER THAT WE SAW LAST FALL  AND WE'RE SUB ONE FIFTY WHICH WE HAVE NOT DONE SINCE LAST SRING WHEN PRICES OF MILK WERE  THIRTEEN FOURTEEN AND EVEN A LITTLE LOWER ON A COUPLE MONTHS. BUT YOU KNOW BOTTOM LINE IS WE  HAVE A MARKETPLACE BECAUSE OF OUR BIG INVENTORIES THAT WILL HAVE TO WORK. TO GAIN THAT  BUSINESS AND WHAT THAT ESSENTIALLY MEANS IS LOWER PRICES AND TRANSLATION LOWER MILK PRICES TO  GO WITH THAT YES. SO WHAT CAN WE DO TO GENERATE MORE DEMAND FOR SOME OF THESE SOME OF  THESE PRODUCTS WELL THE NUMBER ONE HOPE IS EXPORTS AND THAT 'S WHY YOU'VE YOU'VE YOU'VE  YOU'VE SEEN ALL OF THAT THAT THE TALK ABOUT A STRONG DOLLAR AND AND YOU'VE YOU'VE WATCHED  THERE. 'S MARKETS HAVE DROPPED THE BOTTOM LINE IS OUR MARKETS IN THE U S ARE WORKING TO TRY TO  GAIN MARKET SHARE NOW OF COURSE THAT 'S THAT 'S BEING COMPLICATED A LITTLE BIT BY THE MEXICAN ISSUES AND THE POTENTIAL POWDER THAT MIGHT LEAVE THAT MARKET PLACE FOR US. BUT REALITY IS IS WE'RE GONNA HAVE THE WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO LOWER PRICES IN ORDER MOVE PRODUCT AND THAT 'S A  PAINFUL STORY OF THE SAME TIME WITH NAFTA WERE HOPING TO OPEN UP SOME DOORS. MAYBE IN  CANADA HAVE HEARD FROM SOME SOURCES THAT THAT MAY NOT BE THAT MAYBE MAY NOT BE LIKELY  THAT COULD BE TOUGH TO DO THERE WILL BE VERY TOUGH TO DO AND AND THAT WITH THEIR WITH WITH THEIR  SUPPORT SYSTEM BEING WHAT IT IS IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO BREAK THROUGH SOME OF THOSE BARRIERS ALL  RIGHT MIKE NORTH COMMODITY RISK MANAGEMENT GROUP WELL STAY WITH US BECAUSE WE'RE MUCH  MORE ON AGDAY. DON'T GO ANYWHERE  CUT THROUGH THE UNCERTAINTY IN THE MARKETS - GIVE MIKE A CALL AT  608-964-0012. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RESICORE HERBICIDE FOR CORN.  A UNIQUELY POWERFUL FORMULATION.   EXTRAORDINARY POWER OVER WEEDS.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN MIKE A COUPLE BIG STORMS WORKING THEIR  WAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY. OBVIOUSLY THE ONE IN THE NORTHEAST AND CAUSED A LOT OF TRAVEL ISSUES.  BUT FOR MOST FOLKS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY, HIGH PRESSURE IN CONTROL AND AS YOU CAN SEE A  STORM SYSTEM ALSO COMING INTO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. BUT THE BIG ONE'S ALONG THE NORTHEAST  COAST AND THERE 'S NO ONGOING IN SOME OF THE BIG CITY 'S WESTWARD. ALONG THE COAST. IN SOME CASES THAT MIGHT BE RAIN, IT'S GOING TO BE HEAVY RAIN THOUGH, BUT YOU CAN SEE THE SYSTEM  QUICKLY DURING THE DAY TO DAY MOVES UP TO OFF NEW ENGLAND BY THIS EVENING. AND SO THE SLOW  START TO TAPER OFF IN SOME OTHER MID ATLANTIC BIG CITIES. BUT IT 'S STILL ON GOING OVER NEW  ENGLAND. HIGH PRESSURE THOUGH FOR THE NORTHERN PLAINS DOWN THE TEXAS AND LOUISIANA KEEPING  THINGS MAINLY DRY LITTLE BIT OF RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOWS. WITH THAT SYSTEM OUT WEST I WAS NOT A  MAJOR A SYSTEM THE WAY IT LOOKS RIGHT NOW IT 'S MAINLY GONNA STAY IN THE NORTH WEST PORTIONS  OF THE COUNTRY. NOT REALLY COME TOO FAR SOUTH. STILL SOME ARE LAKE EFFECT SNOW AS WE HEAD INTO  TOMORROW MORNING FOR PARTS OF THE GREAT LAKES THAT 'S TYPICAL IN THE SITUATION. STORM SYSTEM  THOUGH BEGINNING TO TAPER OFF DEFTLY TAPERED OFF IN ALL OF THE MAJOR CITIES BY TOMORROW  MORNING. BUT EVEN IN NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND IT'LL BEGIN TO TAPER OFF AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE  DAY WE PUT THE MAPS INTO MOTION YOU CAN SEE HIGH PRESSURE CONTINUES TO DOMINATE THEM FOR  THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES DOWN TO THE GULF OF MEXICO. WARM FRONT CAUSING A FEW CLOUDS, MAYBE  SOME SPOTTY RAIN SHOWERS ALONG IT AS WE HEAD INTO THIS AFTERNOON AND OF COURSE THAT RAIN  MOUNTAIN SNOW THAT NORTHWEST DOES EVENTUALLY GET IN THE CALIFORNIA THERE 'S THE ESTIMATED  PRECIPITATION HAS HELPED MELT IN SNOW BY THE WAY OVER THE PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS. ADDING IN  THE NEXT THIRTY SIX SINCE THE STORM MOVING UP THE NORTHEAST IS GOING TO BE THE BIG STORY. OF  COURSE SINCE IT'S HITTING THE NORTHEAST. A LOT OF FOLKS IT 'S GONNA MAKE ALL THE NATIONAL NEWSCAST  BIG TIME NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT. FLORIDA GETS SOME DECENT AMOUNTS OF RAIN AS WELL IN PARTS OF  THAT STATE 'S BEEN ON THE DRY SIDE. YOU CAN SEE SOME VERY HEAVY AMOUNTS. PARTS OF WESTERN  OREGON WESTERN WASHINGTON. SNOWFALL THERE AND MOST OF US GONNA BE IN THE GREAT LAKES IN  THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE NORTH EAST I SHOULDN'T SAY TOTALLY HIGHER ELEVATIONS. THAT'S WHERE  THE HEAVIEST WILL BE BUT EVEN THE BIG CITIES TO GET A LOT OUT OF THIS BIG NOR'EASTER THEY CALL THEM  IN THE NORTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY. YOU CAN SEE A LITTLE BIT OUT WEST PARTS OF THE  NORTHERN PLAINS GETTING A LITTLE BIT WITH THAT WARM FRONT AS WELL. HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS  AFTERNOON ONLY ON TWENTIES GREAT LAKES NORTHERN PLAINS SIXTIES. BY THE TIME YOU GET THE LEADOFF  ROLE SO A LITTLE BIT ON THE COOL SIDE AND LOOK AT THAT OFFERING IS FOR NORTHERN DIXIE BY TOMORROW  MORNING THAT 'S KIND OF UNUSUAL SINGLE DIGITS AND TEENS FOR THE GREAT LAKES IN THE NORTHEAST.  AND THEN THAT TOMORROW AFTERNOON YOU CAN SEE THE CHILLY WEATHER CONTINUES IN THE EAST. BUT  FAIRLY MILD WEATHER ESPECIALLY IN THE SOUTHWEST AT ALL BECAUSE OF THAT RIDGE IN THE JET STREAM  THE TROUGH AND THE OTHER BIG CIRCULATION IN THE JET STREAM CONTINUES TO MOVE AWAY THEN AND  WILL BEGIN TO SEE SOME MILDER AIR START SPREADING EASTWARD ACROSS THE PLAINS STATES. AS WE  HAVE THROUGH THE WEEKEND AND INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK AT A LOOK CROSS COUNTRY NOW LET 'S TAKE A  LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. WE HAD TO FRESNO CALIFORNIA FIRST OF ALL GOOD DEAL OF SUNSHINE  AND WARM TODAY A HIGH TEMP OF EIGHTY THREE WELL MARTIN MINNESOTA LOTS OF SUNSHINE RATHER  COLD HIGH OF JUST TWENTY FIVE AND ST PETERSBURG FLORIDA PARTLY SUNNY BREEZY AND COOL. HIGH JUST  SIXTY SI.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, DAIRY LEADERS HEAD SOUTH OF THE BORDER TO MEET  WITH ONE OF THE INDUSTRY'S LARGEST CUSTOMERS. AND LATER, IF YOUR COLLEGE STUDENT IS LOOKING FOR AN IN-DEMAND  CAREER--WE'VE GOT AN OPTION FOR THEM..THAT STORY LATER ON AGDAY. AGDAY - SPONSORED BY THE ENLIST WEED CONTROL SYSTEM FROM DOW AGROSCIENCES - COMBINING THE PROVEN CONTROL OF A NEW 2-4-D AND GLYPHOSATE. TAKE CONTROL OF TOUGH WEEDS  LIKE NEVER BEFORE.

DAIRY REPORT
THE U.S. DAIRY INDUSTRY INCLUDING TOM VILSACK, OF THE U.S. DAIRY EXPORT  COUNCIL; JIM MULHERN, OF THE NATIONAL MILK PRODUCERS FEDERATION; AND  MICHAEL DYKES, OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAIRY FOODS ASSOCIATION - ARE  BOUND FOR MEXICO AND THE INDUSTRY'S TOP EXPORT MARKET.  IT'S PART OF A MISSION TO EASE CONCERNS OVER TOUGH RHETORIC  REGARDING NAFTA. THE GROUP PLANS TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL MEXICAN MILK PRODUCERS  FEDERATION CONFERENCE AND MEET THE COUNTRY'S SECRETARY OF  AGRICULTURE. MEXICO ACCOUNTS FOR NEARLY A THIRD OF U.S. DAIRY EXPORTS. IT COMES AS MEXICO BEGINS TALKS WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION ABOUT  UPDATING AN EXISTING TRADE AGREEMENT AND CONSIDERS TALKS WITH MEGA- DAIRY EXPORTER NEW ZEALAND. AND LATE LAST WEEK, USDA RELEASED IT'S MONTHLY SUPPLY DEMAND REPORT, IT FORECAST THE ALL MILK PRICE FOR 2017 SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 17-80 AND 18-40 PER HUNDRED. HOWEVER IT RAISED IT'S PRODUCTION FORECAST FOR THE YEAR BASED ON  INCREASING COW NUMBERS. DAIRY EXPORTS REMAINED UNCHANGED ON A FAT BASIS--SKIM SOLIDS HOWEVER  ARE EXPECTED TO SEE STRONG COMPETITION ON THE WORLD MARKET. NEXT - CAREER ADVICE FROM CHUCK DENNEY. "

TEASE
WE'RE IN A BIOSYSTSEMS EINGEERING LAB AT U-TS INSTITUTE OF  AGRICULUTRE. UP NEXT  WHAT STUDENTS   LEARN AND HOW THEY'RE HAVING AN  IMPACT BEFORE GRADUATION. THAT STORY COMING UP ON AGDAY. GET THE ROOTS YOUR CROPS NEED, BY GETTING RADIATE FIRST.  VISIT LOVELAND PRODUCTS.COM  SLASH RADIATE.  SEE YOUR CPS DEALER TODAY. 

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA.  SEE THE ALL-NEW KOMMANDER-PRO ZERO-TURN  MOWER AT KUBOTA.COM IF YOUR COLLEGE STUDENT WANTS A JOB AS SOON AS THEY GRADUATE. THEY  MIGHT CONSIDER BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING.  THEY COME-UP WITH WAYS TO  IMPROVE TECHNIQUES IN FARMING AND THE ENVIRONMENT. AND THERE'S BIG  DEMAND. CHARLES DENNEY HAS OUR STORY FROM UNIVERSITY OF  TENNESSEE'S INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE. ENGINEERS ARE PROBLEM SOLVERS. A HOSPITAL IN OHIO APPROACHED UT'S INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE  AND ASKED FOR HELP IN FINDING A BETTER WAY TO DELIVER LIGHT THERAPY TO PATIENTS. THE LAMPS  WERE CLUNKY AND IN THE WAY, AND CONSTANTLY MOVING THEM WAS TIME-CONSUMING FOR DOCTORS  AND NURSES, AND PATIENTS WEREN'T GETTING THE FULL BENEFITS OF THERAPY. (LIBBY FORTUNATO) "BECAUSE RIGHT NOW THE PATIENTS CAN'T GET THE TREATMENTS THAT THEY NEED,  AND THE HOSPITAL REALLY CAN'T WORK WITH THE DEVICES THEY HAVE BECAUSE THEY'RE JUST NOT  USEABLE. SO WE'RE MAKING THEM USEABLE." UTIA STUDENTS BUILT A SYSTEM WHERE THE LAMPS COULD BE FASTENED TO WALL OR TABLE MOUNTS,  WHICH MADE ACCESS EASIER FOR HOSPITAL STAFF AND PATIENTS. "THE VELCRO IS SORT OF A FIRST STEP  FOR US." (JAKE DIXON) "SO IT IS EXCITING, AND IT'S NEAT TO KNOW THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY MAKE SOMETHING  THAT COULD GO ON TO HELP A LOT OF PEOPLE." THESE ARE BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING MAJORS AT UTIA. THE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM PREPARES  GRADUATES TO WORK WITH ENVIRONMENTAL, BIOLOGICAL OR AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS. (CHARLES DENNEY) BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING IS A CHALLENGING MAJOR – LOTS OF MATH  AND SCIENCE. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT SOME OF THIS STUFF IS ON THE WALL BEHIND ME. BUT AS YOU  MIGHT GUESS, THESE GRADUATES ARE IN DEMAND." (DANIEL YODER) "MANY OF THEM HAVE JOBS BEFORE GRADUATION WITH A WHOLE RANGE OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF  COMPANIES, AGENCIES, EVERYTHING FROM ENGINEERING CONSULTING FIRMS TO MACHINERY  COMPANIES, FOOD COMPANIES, POOL CHEMICALS, JUST ABOUT ANYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE, OUR  STUDENTS HAVE DONE. AND ARE VERY SUCCESSFUL AT THAT." THESE BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERS WERE PART OF A COMPETITION AT UT. THEY PACK SAND, SOIL, CLAY  AND ROCKS – CREATING A BIO-RETENTION SYSTEM THAT MIGHT HELP WITH STORM WATER CLEAN UP.  BIOSYSTEMS STUDENTS OFTEN WORK ON PROJECTS AIMED AT HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT. IN A FEW MONTHS, UTIA WILL GRADUATE A NEW GROUP OF TALENTED YOUNG PEOPLE IN THIS FIELD.  BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERS BUILD A BETTER FUTURE, BOTH FOR THEMSELVES CAREER-WISE, AND THE WORLD  AROUND THEM.THIS IS CHARLES DENNEY REPORTING. )

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR ALL OF US AT AGDAY. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY.

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