AgDay Daily Recap -November 25, 2015

November 25, 2015 02:57 AM
 


TODAY ON AGDAY
NOVEMBER 25, 2015

OPENING HEADLINES:
WILL WASHINGTON GET ITS TAX WORK DONE BEFORE THE YEAR’S END.
PLUS, THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD ACCOUNTING AT THE FARM.
IN AGRIBUSINESS…HOG PRICES BOUNCE OFF OF LOWS.
AND...
"I'M CHUCK DENNEY. YOU CAN'T SPELL MAGIC WITHOUT AG. WE'LL TELL YOU ABOUT AN AWARENESS AND APPRECIATION CAMPAIGN FOR TENN AG CALLED MAGIC MOMENTS, NEXT ON AGDAY."
GRIFFITHS OPENS:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. IT ALMOST SEEMS LIKE CLOCKWORK. ONCE AGAIN WE ENTER THE LAST CALENDAR MONTH OF THE YEAR AND CONGRESS HAS YET TO TAKE ACTION ON SEVERAL KEY TAX PROVISIONS THAT DIRECTLY IMPACT AMERICAN AGRICULTURE.
ONE OF THOSE EXTENSIONS INCLUDE SECTION 179 OF THE TAX CODE. IT'S POPULAR AMONG FARMERS AS IT ALLOWS A BUSINESS TO DEDUCT, FOR THE CURRENT TAX YEAR, THE FULL PURCHASE PRICE OF FINANCED OR LEASED EQUIPMENT. 
JUST LIKE LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME CONGRESS HAS YET TO TAKE A VOTE ON THAT -AND SEVERAL -TAX
EXTENSIONS.
ONCE PASSED, THEY WERE IN EFFECT RETROACTIVELY. AS FAR AS THE CURRENT SESSION, OUR PARTNERS AT PROFARMER SAY THE EXTENSIONS "COULD" BE PART OF THE OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL CONGRESS IS EXPECTED TO VOTE-ON DECEMBER 11TH.
THE STRUGGLE FOR MANY FARMERS YEAR AFTER YEAR IS FORWARD CONTRACTING, MANAGING RISK AND FIGURING OUT COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH CASH RENTS. 
NO SURPRISE HERE, BUT GOOD ACCOUNTING IS KEY TO MANAGING ALL OF THAT.
ACCOUNTING PRACTICES THAT CAN HELP FARMERS SUCCEED IN 2016:
TYNE MORGAN DIGS INTO THE WORLD OF ACCOUTNING AND HOW TO MANAGE PRACTICES THAT CAN PREPARE YOU FOR THE FUTURE.

"THE BIGGEST MISTAKE I'VE SEEN OVER AND OVER IS THEY HAVNE'T PAID ENOUGH TAX. THEY'RE HAPPY TO BE DOWN AT THAT ZERO LEVEL, BUT YOU FIND OUT THEY'VE GIVEN UP EXEMPTIONS, THEYV'E GIVEN UP CREDITS THAT WOULD ALSO STILL BRING THEIR TAX DOWN TO ZERO."
KEEPING TRACK OF FARM RECORDS RANGES WIDELY, BUT FOR OHIO STATE'S BARRY WARD, ACCURATE RECORDS ARE THE FOUNDATION FOR GOOD FARM FINANCIALS.
"THE BIGGEST MISTAKE I SEE OUT THERE IS JUT THE LACK OF RECORDS. NOT GENERATING A BALANCE SEHET, NOT GENERATING AN INCOME STATEMENT,"
NEIFFER SAYS WHEN TRYING TO BEEF UP ACCOUNTING ON THE FARM, START SMALL.
"I MEAN A LOT OF FARMERS HTYE WANT TO HAVE EVERYTHING TIED DOWN, REALLY THE KEY IS FIND OUT WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT. ARE THEY REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT IS MY EQUIPMENT COST PER ACRE, WELL THEN KEY ON YOUR EQUIPMENT MODELING FOR THAT MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING."
THERE'S OFTEN DEBATE ON WHETHER A FARMER SHOULD USE CASH OR ACCRUAL METHODS OF ACCOUNTING.
"A LARGE AMOUNT OF FARMS ARE USING CASH ACCOUTNING. IT JSUT GIVES THEM SO MUCH MORE FLEXIBILITY AND ALLOWS THEM TO MOVE REVENUE TO WHATEVER CALEDNAR EYAR THEY MIGHT NEED IT FOR TO MANAGE TAXES."
NEIFFER SAYS WHILE MOST FARMERS USE CASH ACCOUNTING FOR THE SIMPLICITY, SWITCHING FROM
CASH TO ACCRUAL IS EASIER THAN MOST THINK.
"THE KEY IS, ESPECIALLY WITH SOFTWARE RIGHT NOW, YOU CAN PREPARE YOUR RECORDS USING GAP OR ACCURAL BASIS ACCOUTNING, AND ALMOST WITH A FLIP OF THE SWTICH OR THE CPA MAKING A COUPLE JOURNAL ENTIRES, THEY CAN COVERT IT OVER TO CASH METHOD OF ACCOUNTING."
WARD SAYS MANY FARMERS TOOK ADVANTAGE OF SECTION 179 AND BONUS DEPRECIATION THE PAST FEW YEARS, IT'S BECOME A TRAP, WITH SOME USING THAT TO MANAGE THEIR TAX BILL AND OVER SPENDING ON EQUIPMENT AND BUILDINGS. .
"THE BIG ISSUE WITH DEPRECIATION WITH PRODUCERS IS JUST FOLLOWING THEIR TAX DEPRECAITION RECORDS AND NOT TRACKING SOME TYPE OF ECONOMIC DEPRECIATION FOR THEIR EQUIPMENT BECAUSE THAT'S A FAIR REPRESENTATION THEY NEED TO INCLDUE ON BOTH THEIR BALANCE SHEET AND NINCOME STATEMENT."
WHILE SOME OF THESE MISTAKES SEEM SMALL, WARD ERRORS ADD UP WHEN BUDGETS ARE TIGHT.
"IT'S A DIFFERENT ERA. WE'RE LOOKING AT VERY LOW TO NEGATIVE MARGINS IN SOME CASES, SO IT'S GOING TO BE IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO REALLY SIT DOWN AND SCRUTINIZE THEIR BALANCE SHEET. PUT IT TOGETHER, AND WORK CLOSELY WITH THEIR LENDOR, BUT ALSO EVALUATE THAT AND THE TRENDS THEY'RE SEEING ON THEIR OWN FARM."
THAT'S WHY NEIFFER SUGGESTS DISTANCING YOURSELF FROM EXCEL SPREADSHEETS. IT MAY BE
EASY TO SET UP, BUT IT ALSO CREATES MORE MISTAKES.
 "THERE'S VARIOUS SOFTAWRE OPTIONS OUT THERE THAT DO A VERY GOOD JOB. THERE'S THE ACCOUTNING SIDE SOFTWARE, THE MANAGEMENT SIDE SORTWARE, AS OF YET, THEY'RE NOT QUITE TOTALLY TALKING TOGETHER YET, BUT I WOULD FOCUS IN ON IF YOU'RE REALLY FOCUSED IN ON THE MANGEMENT SIDE, START WITH THAT. IF YOU'RE FOCUSED MROE ON THE FIANCIAL SIDE START WITH THAT."
NEIFFER SAYS AS FARMERS MOVE TO MORE REAL-TIME PROFITIBAILITY RECORDS WITH CLOUD BASED SOFTWARE, SOON THEY CAN HONE IN ON DOING ACCOUNTING NOT ONLY BY FIELD, BUT BY SOIL TYPE.
"THAT'S REALLY AN IMPORTANT CONCEPT IS THIS TYPE OF SOIL ACTUALLY PRODUCES BETTER THAN THAT TYPE OF SOIL. AND WITH THE TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE TODAY, FARMERS ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DIG ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE SOIL LEVEL AND KNOW HOW MUCH THEY MAKE BASED ON EACH OF THEIR SOIL TYPES."
TECHNOLOGY ON THE HORIZON THAT NEIFFER SAYS COULD BE HERE SOONER THAN YOU THINK.
THE LATEST ISSUE OF TOP PRODUCER MAGAZINE INCLUDES A SIMILAR ARTICLE, TITLED "ADVANCE YOUR MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING" THAT HIT MAILBOXES THIS WEEK. YOU CAN ALSO READ IT ONLINE--TOPPORDUCER HYPHEN ONLINE DOT COM.
SOUTH KOREA IS REOPENING ITS MARKETS TO U.S. POULTRY.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO POLITICO. THE COUNTRY PUT UP RESTRICTIONS DURING THE AVIAN INFLUENZA OUTBREAK EARLIER THIS YEAR. STATE OFFICIALS SAY THE BAN IS COMING OFF--AFTER MONTHS OF DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN WASHINGTON AND SEOUL OFFICIALS.
MEANWHILE SOUTH KOREA ALSO DEALING WITH AN OUTBREAK OF IT'S OWN.
TWELVE CASES OF HIGHLY PATH AVIAN FLU HAVE BEEN REPORTED THERE THIS WEEK ALONE.
FIGHTING AVIAN FLU:
MEANWHILE, THE AG DEPARTMENT ISSUING A SECOND REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR VACCINES TO FIGHT FIVE STRAINS OF AIAN FLU. THAT'S THE STRAIN THAT HIT THE MIDWEST POULTRY INDUSTRY EARLIER THIS YEAR.
WHILE USDA HAS NOT APPROVED THE USE OF VACCINE TO RESPOND TO HI-PATH AVIAN FLU, THE AGENCY IS STOCKPILING MILLIONS OF DOSES. IN AUGUST THE AG DEPARTMENT AWARDED CONTRACTS FOR TWO VACCINES WHICH ARE NOW PART OF THE NATIONAL STOCKPILE. 
USDA SAYS BEFORE APPROVING THE USE, IT MUST WEIGH THE IMPACTS IT MAY HAVE...INCLUDING POTENTIAL TRADE IMPACTS.
CHINA REVIEWS BIOTECH CROPS:
SECRETARY VILSACK SAYS THE CHINESE GOVERNEMENT IS MOVING QUICKLY ON REVIEWING BIOTECH CROPS.
AFTER MEETING IN CHINA FOR BILATERAL TALKS, VILSACK SAYS THE CHINESE ARE 'REVIEWING THE
ELEVEN AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLGOY EVENTS PENDING APPROVAL AND ARE CONTINUING A DIALOGUE ON ACCESS FOR U.S. BEEF.'
VILSACK SAYS HE HOPES FOR ACTION OVER THE NEXT 30 TO 60 DAYS.
ALSO ON THE BIOTECH FRONT, CHINA PREPARING TO OPEN THE WORLD'S LARGEST CLONING FACTORY.
THE 160-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT FACILITY EXPECTS TO PRODUCE A MILLION BEEF CALVES A YEAR.
HIGH PRICES OF THE MEAT A MAJOR DRIVER--WITH PRICES TRIPLING OVER THE LAST DECADE OR SO.
THE FACILITY IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION NEAR BEIJING, AND IS DUE TO OPEN IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2016.
CROP WATCH:
NOW THAT MOST OF THE MAJOR ROW CROPS ARE OUT OF THE FIELD, MIKE HOFFMAN SHOWS US SOME GRAIN PILES ON THE GROUND.
 LET'S START OFF CROPWATCH IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA, NATE HANSEN SENT US PHOTOS OF THE LOCAL CO'OP'S CORN AND SOYBEAN PILE.
THE BEAN PILE IS THE PICTURE COVERED IN SNOW. THE CORN PILE IS THIS NEXT PHOTO.
HANSEN SAYS HE'S NOTICED A LOT OF CORN HAS BEEN MOVING TO ETHANOL PLANTS OVER THE LAST WEEKAND-A-HALF IN THE AREA.
 MOVING TO WESTERN IOWA.
MATT RAASCH SENT US THIS PHOTO.
HE'S TILLING -PRONOUNCED TILE-ING THROUGH WHAT'S LEFT OF 8 INCHES OF SNOW NEXT TO WATERWAYS THAT WERE INSTALLED IN THE FALL.
HE SAYS MOST OF HIS SNOWFALL HAS MELTED. THE GROUND IS NO LONGER FROZEN.
TEASE:
WITH THANKSGIVING JUST DAYS AWAY, THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS UPON US. AND THAT MEANS DEMAND FOR HAM.
WE'LL LOOK AT THE HOG MARKET JUST AHEAD IN AGRIBUSINESS.
LATER, THINK OF ALL OF THOSE SPECIAL TIMES WITH YOUR FAMILY -PERHAPS IT'S A WEDDING OR A
GRADUATION. AND THEN IMAGINE THOSE SAME EVENTS WITHOUT THE HELP OF AGRICULTURE. CELEBRATING MAGIC MOMENTS -THANKS TO FARMERS -LATER ON AGDAY.
AGRIBUSINESS:
DUWAYNE BOSSE, BOLT MARKETING, OUR GUEST HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK TODAY, DUWAYNE, LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS HOG MARKET. YOU KNOW, IT'S VERY APPEALING TO GO OUT AND BUY A CHRISTMAS HAM THIS YEAR. FROM A RETAIL PERSPECTIVE PRICES ARE DOWN THERE.> ABSOLUTELY AND THAT'S GOING TO ENCOURAGE MORE DEMAND AND WE SHOULD FIND A BOTTOM IN THAT MARKET TOO AND I THINK EVERYONE'S GOING TO BE DOING THAT BECAUSE OF THAT PRICE, BUT RIGHT NOW IN THE VERY SHORT TERM HERE ON HOGS YOU WILL PROBABLY SEE A RECORD SLAUGHTER THIS WEEK--LIKE AN ALL-TIME RECORD.> ALL-TIME RECORD. AND WHAT'S DRIVING IT? IS IT JUST SUPPLIES OR HAVE WE UPPED OUR CAPACITY?> NO, JUST SUPPLIES AND HOPEFULLY OUR KILL RATES CAN ACTUALLY INCREASE FOR 2016, BECAUSE WE MIGHT HAVE SOME PROBLEMS THERE WHEN SUPPLIES GET HIGH,BUT WE WILL TALK ABOUT THAT NEXT TIME I'M ON THE SHOW. NO, JUST A LOT OF HOGS COMING TO MARKET RIGHT NOW, BUT IF YOU HAVE NOTICED THE CASH MARKET SEEMS LIKE IT'S BOTTOMING, EVEN WITH THAT HUGE PRODUCTION AND THAT LEADS ME TO THINK MAYBE THIS HOG MARKET HAS GONE ON FAR ENOUGH LATELY. IF YOU LOOK AT ONE OF THOSE CHARTS, IT'S JUST COMPLETELY NASTY YOU KNOW WE COULD DEFINITELY HAVE ANOTHER V-SHAPED BOTTOM OFF OF THIS CHART PATTERN TOO AND SEE HOGS RALLY INTO THE END OF THE YEAR, WHICH ISN'T TYPICAL OF HOGS, USUALLY THE INDEX ACTUALLY DROPS, BUT I DON'T THINK THIS YEAR. I THINK WE HAVE FOUND SOME SUPPORT HERE THIS WEEK.> YEAH, WHERE ARE PRODUCERS SITTING IN THE MIDST OF THIS DRAW?> YEAH, THERE'S SOME RED NUMBERS RIGHT NOW, IF THEY ARE SELLING AT THIS CASH PRICE, BUT IT'S NOT HORRIBLE--5, 7 DOLLARS A HEAD. THEY HAVE LOW FEED COST RIGHT NOW SO THAT OF COURSE REALLY HELPS, SO NO THEY ARE AT A LOSS, BUT IF THIS IS AS BAD AS IT GETS ALL YEAR THAT'S A GOOD THING. WE WILL START GETTING THOSE BACK TO POSITIVE NUMBERS.> WHAT DO YOU THINK MAYBE COULD TURN A CORNER FOR THIS HOG MARKET? START TO SEE THOSE NUMBERS TICK JUST A LITTLE BIT HIGHER.> WELL I THINK FOR EVERYTHING TO TURN THE CORNER, WE NEED HIGHER EXPORTS--ON COMPLETELY EVERYTHING ALL COMMODITIES. AND WE ARE NOT GETTING THAT BECAUSE OF WHERE THE DOLLAR IS AT. LET'S SEE THAT DOLLAR GO DOWN AND I THINK HOGS, CATTLE, EVERYTHING COULD GO HIGHER.> INTEREST RATES? IF THE FED MAKES A MOVE ON INTEREST RATES, COULD THAT IMPACT OUR DOLLAR?> IT WILL, NORMALLY I AM NOT AN EXPERT ON CURRENCY AND INTEREST RATES, BUT NORMALLY IF YOU SEE AN INTEREST RATE HIKE, USUALLY THE DOLLAR GOES HIGHER, BUT WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS OR OVER A YEAR AND THE DOLLAR HAS BEEN UP FOR OVER A YEAR, SO HONESTLY IT MIGHT BE A BUY A RUMOR SELL A FACT AND I THINK THE U.S. DOLLAR COULD ACTUALLY TREND LOWER IN 2016.> WHICH COULD BE GOOD FOR HOGS.> I HOPE SO.> AND MOVING A LITTLE MORE PRODUCT OUT OF THE COUNTRY. DUWAYNE, THANKS FOR BEING HERE. WE WILL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.)

( FOR MARKETING ADVICE CALL BOLT MARKETING -A
FUTURES AND OPTIONS BROKERAGE FIRM )
 WEATHER:
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY, HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE, WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING THESE COUPLE OF LOWS WORK THEIR WAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY AT A REALLY SLOW PACE.> AND THEY ARE STILL GOING TO BE SLOW AND IN FACT THERE MAY BE A THIRD ONE FORMING RIGHT UP ALONG THE FRONT AS WE HEAD INTO THE WEEKEND. AND YOU CAN ALREADY SEE SOME OF THAT GULF MOISTURE COMING IN AHEAD THESE SYSTEMS, FLOWING UP ACROSS TEXAS, NOT A LOT OF MOISTURE... OR NOT A LOT OF RAIN HERE, BUT LOTS OF CLOUDS AND MOISTURE AND AS THAT STARTS INTERACTING WITH THE FRONTS AND WE PUT THE MAPS INTO MOTION, YOU WILL NOTICE MORE AND MORE SHOWERS DEVELOPING OUT AHEAD OF THESE FRONTS, ESPECIALLY AS WE HEAD INTO TONIGHT AND TOMORROW, BUT YOU CAN SEE SCATTERED SHOWERS ALONG THE FRONT BY LATER TODAY AND A FAIR AMOUNT OF SNOW, WYOMING, SOUTHERN MONTANA INTO IDAHO. NOT A WHOLE LOT GOING ON FARTHER EAST, HIGH PRESSURE STILL DOMINATING ALONG THE EAST COAST. HEADING THROUGH TONIGHT, YOU CAN SEE THE RAIN STARTS TO BREAK OUT CENTRAL IOWA, SOUTHEASTERN NEBRASKA TO THE NORTHWEST TO THAT A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW EVEN SOME ICE MIXED IN, PROBABLY SLEET AND THEN YOU CAN SEE SOUTH DAKOTA, NEBRASKA STARTING TO GET SOME SNOW AND THE RAIN REALLY STARTS DEVELOPING ACROSS WESTERN AND CENTRAL TEXAS, RIDING ON UP ALONG THE FRONT AND YOU CAN SEE BY LATER TOMORROW THIS WHOLE SYSTEM HAS JUST MOISTENED UP COMPLETELY. YOU WILL NOTICE A LITTLE BIT OF ENERGY LINGER BACK TO THE WEST, THAT'S A CUT OFF LOW, THAT'S GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE WHILE COMING FARTHER EASTWARD. SO PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS, NOTHING EAST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE, BUT YOU CAN SEE SOME MOISTURE, WESTERN MONTANA DOWN INTO CENTRAL AND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, WHICH IS GOOD NEWS, ADDING ON THE NEXT 36 HOURS, WE WILL CONTINUE TO ADD SOME MOISTURE ACROSS THE NORTHERN ROCKIES AND THEN REALLY START TO BREAK IT OUT FROM THE GREAT LAKES DOWN TO TEXAS AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW. AS FAR AS SNOW FALL GOES, MOST OF IT IS GOING TO BE IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL ROCKIES OVER THE NEXT 36 HOURS. NEAR THE END OF THAT, WE ARE GOING TO START TO SEE A LITTLE STREAK DEVELOPING THERE FROM NORTHERN IOWA, SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA, INTO NORTHERN WISCONSIN AND THE UP OF MICHIGAN, BUT ALSO THE BLACK HILLS OF SOUTH DAKOTA BACK INTO NORTHEASTERN COLORADO GETTING SOME DECENT SNOW FALL IN THOSE AREAS. HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON REBOUNDING BACK INTO THE 50S ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY, STILL CHILLY FARTHER NORTH, ESPECIALLY OVER THE NORTHERN ROCKIES. LOWS TONIGHT GOING TO STAY ON THE MILD SIDE FROM THE CENTRAL [PLAINS SOUTHWARD OTHER THAN THAT MUCH COLDER AIR, LOTS OF TEENS SHOWING UP NORTHWESTERN PLAINS, NORTHERN ROCKIES FOR LOW TEMPERATURES AND THEN HIGHS TOMORROW ONLY IN THE TEENS AND 20S OUT THERE, SO THAT'S VERY COLD AIR. IT CONTINUES TO WARM UP FOR ANOTHER DAY OR TWO FARTHER EASTS. NOW, HERE'S THE JET STREAM, YOU CAN SEE ONCE THAT CUT OFF KIND OF STAYS THERE, THEN THE INITIAL TROUGH KIND OF FINALLY MOVES EASTWARD FOR A WHILE, EVENTUALLY THOUGH THIS MAIN TROUGH WILL COME OUT. IT'S ALWAYS A TOUGH SITUATION WHEN SOMETHING REALLY STALLS OUT LIKE THAT, SO WE HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE HOW THAT WORKS OUT. ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, HERE'S WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. FIRST OF ALL,  FOR GREAT FALLS, MONTANA, CLOUDY AND COLD, LIGHT SNOW OR FLURRIES AT TIMES, HIGH TEMPERATURE OF ONLY 13; AUSTIN, TEXAS MOSTLY CLOUDY, MAYBE A BRIEF SHOWER, HIGH OF 55; AND THEN FINALLY, CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE, LOTS OF SUNSHINE HIGH OF 46.
TEASE:
STILL TO COME -SHOULD PEOPLE ON "FOOD STAMPS" BE ALLOWED BUY SOFT DRINKS WITH THAT MONEY?
ANOTHER STATE TAKES A STAND.
PLUS, AS FAMILIES GATHER THIS WEEK FOR THANKSGIVING, IMAGINE THOSE SPECIAL EVENTS
WITHOUT THE HELP OF AGRICULTURE.
WE'LL SHOW YOU WHY YOU CAN'T SPELL THOSE "MAGIC" TIMES WITHOUT A-G.

SHOULD SNAP COVER COST OF JUNK FOOD?:

MAINE IS AWAITING AN ANSWER FROM USDA ON WHETHER THE STATE CAN PREVENT SNAP RECEIPIENTS FROM PURCHASING SUGARY JUNK FOOD AND DRINKS WITH THEIR GOVERNMENT BENEFITS.
ACCORDING TO POLITICO, THE MAINE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SUBMITTED A REQUEST TO THE DEPARTMENT SEEKING THE PERMISSION.
STATE OFFICIALS SAY MAINE HAS AN OBESITY CRISIS DRIVING UP MEDICAID AND PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE COSTS. ALSO SOME MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE VOCAL SNAP SHOULD ONLY BE USED FOR 'ESSENTIAL ITEMS.'
THE AMREICAN BEVERAGE ASSOCIATION RELEASED A RESPONSE STATING: "FAMILIES WHO HAVE FALLEN ON TOUGH TIMES SHOULD NOT BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BECAUSE THEY NEED TEMPORARY HELP AFFORDING GROCERIES."
NOW NINE OTHER STATES HAVE ASKED FOR SIMILIAR REQUESTS FOR SUGAR BANS AS WELL.
GMO SALMON:
BIG BOX RETAILER--COSTCO SAYS IT WILL NOT SELL GMO SALMON THE FDA APPROVED COMMERCIAL SALE AND CONSUMPTION LAST WEEK OF THE AQUADVANTAGE SALMON--A STRAIN OF ATLANTIC SALMON THAT GROWS TWICE AS FAST AND EATS LESS FEED THAN CONVENTIONAL SALMON.
COSTCO HAS 469 OUTLETS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SEVERAL OTHER SUPERMARKET CHAINS ARE ALSO REPORTEDLY CONSIDERING A BAN ON THE G-E SALMON AS WELL.
PLUS, WHAT'S A FAMILY GET TOGETHER WITHOUT THE FEAST? NEXT, SEE WHY FARMERS SHOULD BE THE GUEST OF HONOR AT MANY OF YOUR FAMILY'S MAGIC EVENTS THAT YOU SHARE.
IN THE COUNTRY:
AGRICULTURE PROVIDES THE FOOD WE EAT, BUT FARMING ALSO IMPACTS MANY OTHER PARTS OF OUR EVERYDAY LIVES.
IN TENNESSEE THERE'S A SPECIAL AWARENESS CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY TO EDUCATE FOLKS ABOUT
AGRICULTURE'S REACH.
IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE U-T INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE, CHUCK DENNEY HAS MORE ON THE
"MAGIC MOMENTS' IN OUR LIVES THAT CAN BE TRACED BACK TO THE FARM.

A SNAPSHOT OF A HAPPY LIFE – SOME MOMENTS THAT ARE SIMPLE, OTHERS EXTRAORDINARY. BUT WHAT IF CERTAIN THINGS WERE TAKEN OUT OF THE PICTURE? FOOD FROM THE TABLE, OR OTHER THINGS WE USE EVERY DAY. AND HOW WERE THESE THINGS CREATED IN THE FIRST PLACE?
"AGRICULTURE IS HOW IT DID. IT'S THE FARMERS OUT THERE GROWING THE CROPS THAT ALLOW US TO HAVE SUCH EASY ACCESS TO THE THINGS THAT WE NEED FOR OUR DAILY LIVES, AND MM IS REALLY AN ATTEMPT TO GET PEOPLE TO APPRECIATE THAT." WITH THE UT INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE IS ONE OF THE PEOPLE BEHIND "MAGIC MOMENTS," AN AWARENESS CAMPAIGN FOR TENNESSEE FARMING. 'MAGIC MOMENTS' IS TO POINT OUT AGRICULTURE'S INDELIBLE FOOTPRINT ON OUR DAILY LIVES. A WEDDING DAY, FOR INSTANCE. "THINK ABOUT IT WITHOUT FOOD, OR WITHOUT DRINK, WITHOUT THE DRESS, WITHOUT THE FLOWERS, WITHOUT THE HARDWOOD DANCE FLOOR FOR THAT VERY FIRST DANCE. YOU START TO TAKE AWAY ALL THOSE ELEMENTS FROM THESE MOMENTS IN OUR LIVES AND YOU REALIZE AGRICULTURE IS EVERYWHERE." "MAGIC MOMENTS' IS A GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN DRIVEN BY SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS LIKE INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK AND TWITTER. HERE TENNESSEANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO RECORD THEIR OWN MAGIC MOMENTS AND THEN SHARE THEM WITH THE HASHTAG "TNMAGICMOMENTS" – AND A LINE 'THERE IS NO MAGIC WITHOUT AG." THE CAMPAIGN IS NOW STATEWIDE. THIS DISPLAY WAS AT UTIA'S RECENT AG DAY CELEBRATION. 'MAGIC MOMENTS' BRINGS THE POWER OF ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN AGRICULTURE TOGETHER TO ENHANCE THE STATE OF TENNESSEE. COMMISSIONER JULIUS JOHNSON WITH TDA SAYS THIS EFFORT TIES IN WITH GOVERNOR BILL HASLAM'S RURAL STRATEGIC CHALLENGE FOR OUR STATE TO IMPROVE EDUCATION AND OUR ECONOMY. "THERE WOULD BE NO MAGIC WITHOUT AG." "I THINK IT'S A CAMPAIGN TO RE-EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF US GIVING SUPPORT TO THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY AND THANKING OUR FARMERS FOR WHAT THEY'RE DOING." "THIS IS A PROGRAM – 'MAGIC MOMENTS' – TO REMIND PEOPLE OF THE SOURCE OF A LOT OF THE THINGS THEY ARE INVOLVED WITH EVERY DAY." THE CAMPAIGN CONTINUES TO SPREAD IN PERSON, ONLINE AND A TWEET AT A TIME. ITS MESSAGE IS THAT WE CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT AGRICULTURE – NOR WOULD WE WANT TO ANYWAY. AG PROVIDES SO MANY THINGS TO FILL OUR LIVES WITH WONDER – AND AT TIMES, IT'S DOWNRIGHT MAGICAL. THIS IS CHUCK DENNEY REPORTING.
CLOSING:
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN. AND THIS PROGRAMMING NOTE FOR YOU... WE HOPE YOU JOIN US TOMORROW MORNING FOR OUR ANNUAL THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION WE CALL "HARVEST OF THANKS". THIS YEAR WE TRAVEL TO PLYMOUTH ROCK, ACROSS THE EAST COAST AND EVEN TO THE PAN HANDLE OF TEXAS TO CELEBRATE THE BOUNTY PRODUCED EACH YEAR BY FARMERS.
IT'S A PROGRAM THE ENTIRE FAMILY CAN ENJOY. FOR TYNE MORGAN AND MIKE HOFFMAN, I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY.
PROMO:
I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AS YOU GATHER WITH THE FAMILY THIS THANKSGIVING, WE HOPE YOU JOIN US FOR 'HARVEST OF THANKS' -AGDAY'S ANNUAL SALUTE TO AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. TO THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HELP PROVIDE A BOUNTIFUL CROP EACH YEAR, WE THANK YOU. WATCH HARVEST OF THANKS HERE ON AGDAY.

 

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