AgDay Daily Recap -November 29, 2016

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TODAY ON AGDAY
NOVEMBER 29, 2016


HEADLINES
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY -  IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN PEOPLE GO CRAZY OVER  CRANBERRIES... "AT HARVEST TIME IT'S BEAUTIFUL WITH THE BRIGHT RED BERRIES SHINING  ON THE WATER." BUT A BUMPER CROP MEANS GROWERS ARE PLEADING  TO USDA FOR HELP.  IN AGRIBUSINESS, IT'S A SLOW-GO FOR COTTON  HARVEST IN THE SOUTH... HOW THAT'S IMPACTING PRICES.DEC DELIVERY BREARING DOWN WHICH REPRESETNS THE NEW CROPS A LOT OF FOKLS AND GINS EXPECTING PRODUCT THAT AREN'T GOING TO HAVE IT TPP HAS LITTLE LIFE LEFT, BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR DAIRY?  < I DON'T THINK TPP WAS REALLY GOING TO MOVE THE DIAL FOR HTE U.S.  INDUSTRY AND POINSETTIAS APLENTY-- KEEPING THIS HOLIDAY  DECOR BLOOMING THROUGHOUT THE CHRISTMAS  SEASON. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG  LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.

COMMERCE AND TRADE MEETING WITH CHINA
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE U.S. JUST WRAPPING UP ITS ANNUAL JOINT  COMMISSION ON COMMERCE AND TRADE MEETING WITH  CHINA. WHERE U.S. TRADE OFFICIALS SAY THEY WERE ONCE AGAIN DISAPPOINTED WITH PROGRESS MADE ON  AGRICULTURE'S BEHALF. USTR'S MICHAEL FROMAN SAYS HE'S DISAPPOINTED  NEGOTIATORS WERE AGAIN UNABLE TO MAKE HEADWAY  IN GETTING CHINA TO REFORM IT'S PROCESS FOR  APPROVING AG BIOTECHNOLOGY TRAITS. THE SLOW APPROVAL PROCESS CONTINUES TO HINDER  TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION HERE IN THE U.S. FROMAN SAYS CHINA IS STILL THE ONLY MAJOR  IMPORTING COUNTRY THAT REFUSES TO START ITS  BIOTECH APPROVAL PROCESS UNTIL AFTER THE U.S. OR  ANOTHER COUNTRY FIRST COMPLETES THE APPROVAL  PROCESS.  THE U.S. HAS BEEN PRESSING CHINA TO START AT THE  SAME TIME AS EVERYONE ELSE BUT HAS FAILED TO  SWAY THE PROCESS.

NEW AG EXPORT NUMBERS
MEANWHILE, NEW AG EXPORT NUMBERS ARE OUT AND  BY STATE, CALIFORNIA CONTINUES TO LEAD IN  SHIPMENTS. USDA SAYS CALIFORNIA IS LARGEST EXPORTING STATE-- SHIPPING 23 BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF AG GOODS IN  2015. THAT'S MORE THAN DOUBLE THE NEXT LARGEST STATE  OF IOWA ($10 BILLION). ILLINOIS COMES IN THIRD AT 8 BILLION DOLLARS WORTH  OF EXPORTS. ALL OF THOSE VALUES ARE SIGNIFICANTLY BELOW  WHERE THEY WERE IN 2012. (CA-44, IA-31, IL-17) IN CALIFORNIA, TREE NUTS ACCOUNT FOR THE LARGEST  SHARE OF EXPORTS.  HOWEVER, SOYBEANS ARE THE MOST VALUABLE  EXPORT IN FIVE OF THE TOP TEN EXPORTING STATES,  INCLUDING IOWA, ILLINOIS, AND NEBRASKA. 

CRANBERRY BUMPER CROP
THE NATION'S CRANBERRIES GROWERS SAW A BUMPER  CROP THIS YEAR. NOW THEY'RE ASKING AG SECRETARY  TOM VILSACK FOR SOME HELP.  THE CONGRESSIONAL CRANBERRY CAUCUS, WHICH IS  COMPRISED OF 17 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WROTE A  LETTER TO THE SECRETARY ASKING HIM TO MAKE A  LARGE PURCHASE OF CRANBERRIES, JUST LIKE HE DID  FOR MILK PRODUCERS EARLIER THIS YEAR. EXCESS PRODUCT IS WEIGHING ON PRICES AROUND  THE COUNTRY.  GROWERS CAN MANAGE OVERSUPPLY BY DESTROYING  OR DUMPING THE CROP, BUT THE CAUCUS THINKS THE  CRANBERRIES WOULD BE PUT TO BETTER USE  THROUGH DELIVERING IT TO LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES.  IN 2013, USDA MADE A LARGE PURCHASE OF  CRANBERRIES WHEN GROWERS FACED ANOTHER  BUMPER CROP.   THIS TIME OF YEAR, CRANBERRIES ARE TOP OF MIND. "WE ALWAYS HAVE CRANBERRIES SAUCE. WE HAVE CRANBERRIES IN OUR  SALAD. MAYBE IF WE HAVE YAMS, WE PUT CRANBERRIES IN THOSE.  TURKEY STUFFING WITH CRANBERRIES." BUT THESE BRIGHT RED BERRIES ARE A YEAR ROUND  PASSION FOR MALCOLM AND ARDELL MCPHAIL.  THEY'VE RUN CRAN MAC FARM FOR MORE THAN 35  YEARS...IT'S NOW ONE OF THE LARGEST AND OLDEST  CRANBERRY FARMS IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON. "WE STARTED OUT WITH THREE ACRES OF CRANBERRIES AND THAT WAS IN  1981. WE'VE ADDED OTHER PROPERTIES TO MAKE OUR FARM BIGGER  AND MORE PROFITABLE." THEIR HARVEST OF ABOUT 1,000 TONS OF  CRANBERRIES THIS YEAR IS SLIGHTLY DOWN FROM  2015, BUT MALCOLM SAYS NEW VARIETIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE INCREASING THE YIELD-PER-ACRE FROM  HIS FARM AND OTHERS. THE RESULT--A SURPLUS AND  LOW PRICES.  ACCORDING TO USDA AUGUST CRANBERRY  PRODUCTION REPORT, THE U.S. IS EXPECTED TO  HARVEST NEARLY 8 POINT 6 MILLION BARRELS...UP  FROM LAST YEAR. WISCONSIN, HOWEVER, IS EXPECTED  TO HARVEST FIVE POINT 2 MILLION BARRELS. NEARLY A  HALF MILLION MORE THAN A YEAR AGO. "AT HARVEST TIME IT'S BEAUTIFUL WITH THE BRIGHT RED BERRIES SHINING  ON THE WATER." WHICH MEANS THIS HARVEST SEASON, THEY NEED STRONG DEMAND TO LAST BEYOND THE HOLIDAYS. "WE HARDLY EAT A MEAL THAT WE DON'T HAVE CRANBERRIES WITH IT.  WHETHER IT'S PORK, OR STEAK, CHICKEN OR TURKEY, YOU KNOW, WHY  WE'VE GOT CRANBERRIES AVAILABLE THAT ARDELL KEEPS IN THE  REFRIGERATOR AT ALL TIMES."

DECLINING FARMLAND VALUES
A NEW OUTLOOK REPORT OUT FROM HERTZ REAL  ESTATE--SAYS IT EXPECTS FARMLAND VALUES TO  CONTINUE TO MOVE LOWER--BUT THE PACE OF DECLINE  SHOULD MODERATE. IT ALSO EXPECTS THE PRICE DECLINES TO VARY BY  REGION...AS FARMERS FACE THEIR LOWEST NET FARM  INCOMES SINCE 2009. TAKE IOWA FOR EXAMPLE. IT SAYS THE VALUE OF AN ACRE OF TILLABLE  CROPLAND IS DOWN NEARLY 4 PERCENT OVER THE  PAST 6 MONTHS. AND BY REGION THIS IS HOW IT LOOKS FROM SEPT 2015  TO SEPT 2016. THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE FOR HIGH-QUALITY  CROPLAND IS $8,811 AN ACRE, WHICH IS ITS LOWEST  VALUE SINCE THE MARCH 2012 SURVEY. 

CROP COMMENTS
< "CROP COMMENTS IS POWERED BY RESICORE  HERBICIDE FOR CORN, FROM DOW AGROSCIENCES."   > MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US NOW WITH A LOOK AT TODAY'S  CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING MIKE. LETS START IN IOWA. CHRIS LINDNER SENT US THIS VIDEO TO OUR FACEBOOK  PAGE OF HARVEST AT HIS FARM IN KEOKUK IOWA. THEY WERE ABLE TO CAPTURE SOME GREAT AERIALS  OF COMBINING, HAULING AND PUTTING THE CROP INTO  STORAGE THANKS TO HELP FROM RICK GRAY. HE SAYS HARVEST IS WRAPPED UP AND THEY'RE PLEASED WITH THE RESULTS. THANKS CHRIS FOR SHARING SUCH GREAT FOOTAGE. AND FROM AGWEB, A FARMER IN WASHINGTON COUNTY  COLORADO SAYS IT'S BEEN THE WARMEST FALL IN HIS  34 YEARS OF FARMING. HE SAYS FLOWERS WERE STILL BLOOMING IN MID- NOVEMBER. BUT IT'S BEEN DRY. MANY OF THE WINTER WHEAT FIELDS HAVEN'T HAD RAIN  SINCE EARLY JULY. STANDS ARE SPOTTY AND THEY EXPECT WHEAT ACRES  TO BE DOWN COME SPRING. ADLIBNOW HERE'S A LOOK AT SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT COTTON  HARVEST AND TALK PRICE POTENTIAL AT THE  AGRIBUSINESS DESK. AND LATER, THIS HOLIDAY CLASSIC CONTINUES TO SEE  NEW COLORS AND VARIETIES TO MEET EACH  INDIVIDUALS CHRISTMAS PREFERENCE. ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN TWO  REGISTRATIONS TO THE TOP PRODUCER SEMINAR -  JANUARY 24TH THROUGH THE 27TH IN CHICAGO.   PACKAGE INCLUDES A THREE-NIGHT HOTEL STAY, PLUS  A TWO-HUNDRED DOLLAR VISA GIFT CARD!  GO TO  TOPPRODUCERSEMINAR.COM/SWEEPSTAKES.

AGRIBUSINESS
AGRIBUSINESS TODAY, BROUGHT TO YOU BY YAMAHA - MAKERS OF VIKING SIDE-BY-SIDES.  YAMAHA - REAL  WORLD TOUGH.<JOHN PAYNE WITH DANIELS MARKETING OUR GUEST HERE THAT THE  BUSINESS TODAY JOHN THIS TALK ABOUT THE COTTON MARKET NOT  SOMETHING WE DISCUSS IN A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION VERY OFTEN BUT  BOY IS FAR AS HARVEST GOES IN SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY DONE,  OTHER PARTS OF THE STILL STRUGGLING TO GET IT OUT OF THE GROUND  FOR A WHILE THE STORY WAS THE HURRICANE OUT IN NORTH CAROLINA BUT I  THINK THAT THE TRADE COME TO REALISE THEY AREN'T  MUCH OF THE  PRODUCTION STORY MORE THE PRODUCTION SITS IN NORTHWEST TEXAS AND  THOSE FOLKS ARE  REALLY REALLY BEHIND GETTING IT OUT, SO YOU HAVE A  STORY RIGHT NOW THAT HAS DECEMBER DELIVERY BEARING DOWN WHICH REPRESENTS THE NEW  CROPS A LOT OF FOLKS AND GINS EXPECTING PRODUCT THAT ARE CAN  HAPPEN SO YOU HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A SQUEEZE HERE THAT I THINK IS  COMBINED WITH A SPECULATIVE POSITION IT'S VERY LONG AND, HOW THIS  PLAYS OUT IT'LL BE INTERSTING TO SEE IF WE RUN BACK UP TO THOSE  HIGHS IN THE MID SEVENTIES OR IF WE FALL  APART HERE ONCE THE THE HARVEST DOES GET COMPLETED OF FOLKS I TALKED TO SAY  THAT THERE IS ANY PROBLEM WITH YIELD PRODUCTION AT THIS POINT JUST  GETTING THE PRODUCT DAY TO A PRODUCT FROM A LOCATION A LOCATION  BE ONCE THAT OCCURS I THINK WE COULD SEE A LITTLE BIT OF SOFTENING IN  PRICE JUST DUE TO THE FACT THAT TRADERS ARE SO LONG THIS MARKET THAT YOU WOULD THINK WE FALL APART  ONCE THE PRODUCT THE CERTAIN AND THAT WE'RE LOOKING IT UP A BIGGER  YIELD ARE BIGGER ACREAGE FOR NEXT YEAR  YES SO YOU THINK NEXT YEAR WE'RE GOING TO SEE BIGGER ACRES SO IS  IT IS THERE A SOME SORT OF ADVANTAGE A FARMER TO TAKE HERE AT THIS  LITTLE HICCUP WE'RE HAVING,  WELL YOU LOOK AT THE REST THE ROW CROP  COMPLEX AND THERE ISN'T A LOT OF PROFIT MARGIN TO HEDGE AND YOU  LOOK AT ON SEVENTY CENTS A LOT OF FOLKS WOUL DLOOK AT THAT AND SAY  THAT'S A PRETTY GOOD PROFIT MARGIN YOU'RE GONNA SEE A LITTLE BIT OF  ACREAGE SHIFT, THE VERBIAGE OUT OF HTE FARMERS IS GOING OT SAY YES   WE'RE GOIGN TO MOVE BACK BUT YOU KNOW IT'S ONE THING TO SAY IN  THE OTHER THING TO PUT THE INVESTMENT MONEY BEHIND IT. FOLKS  MIGHT BE MOVING SOME WHEAT HIT ME GROUND AROUND BUT I THINK WE WILL SEE HIGHER ACRES THE QUESTION THEN WILL BE PRODUCTION AND DEMAND, DEMAND I  THINK IS PRICED IN AT THIS POINT JUST LOOKING AT HOW HOW THE  SPECULATIVE MONEY IS INVESTED IT'S INVESTED IN COTTON, IT'S  INVESTED IN SOYBEANS IN ITS INVESTING COPPER RIGHT NOW NO STREET  MARKETS HAVE A STORY BUT IF THE STORY OF BECOME CERTAIN AND COTTON AND WE GET A LOT OF  PRODUCTION COME ON LINE SAY FOR THAT MARCH CONTRACT I THINK THERE  COULD BE A LITTLE BIT OF A VACUUM UNDERNEATH THE PRICES THE  SPECULATOR EXITS AND THEN  THE PRODUCER SELLS THEIR THEIR OTHER  PRODUCTS WHILE GLOBALLY HAD WE SIT FOR COTTON SOCKS DEPENDS ON THE NUMBERS. ARE YOU ASKING ABOUT CHINA YOU ASK  ABOUT WHAT THAT WHAT THEY'RE SAYING IN INDIA I WOULD SAY OUR  NUMBERS ARE RIGHT AROUND EIGHTY PERCENT STOCKS TO USE GLOBALLY NOW QUALITY IS THE ISSUE SO IT'S A LITTLE BIT LIKE CORN ONE OF THOSE  STOCKS LOOK LIKE WHO HAS THEM? I WOULD SAY FOR THE FOR THE U S  COUNTRY RIGHT NOW WERE WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RANGE WE'VE  BEEN OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS  CERTAINLY I DON'T THINK IT THAT IT BENEFITS HAVE THE TRADE AS LONG AS IT IS YOU WOULD THINK THAT CARRY OUT SHOULD BE A LITTLE BIT TIGHTER IN  THAT INSTANCE BUT  THERE'S SOME DEMAND TALK TO CHINA AND INDIA THAT THEY COULD BE  IN THE MARKET SO WERE THE BIGGEST SUPPLIER NOT NOT NAMED CHINA  AND INDIA SO WE DID THAT COULD SEE SIMPSON FOR THE PUSH IN FRONT.  SOME BENEFIT FROM THAT FOR US. ALRIGHT HTANKS JOHN. APPRECIATE IT.  WE'LL BE BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE. THIS IS MACHINERY PETE - INVITING YOU TO CHECK OUT MY NEW  WEBSITE - MACHINERYPETE.COM - OFFERING FARMERS TENS OF  THOUSANDS OF USED EQUIPMENT LISTINGS TO SEARCH.  LET MACHINERY  PETE HELP YOU FIND AND VALUE YOUR NEXT PIECE OF USED EQUIPMENT. 

WEATHER
AGDAY WEATHER - BROUGHT TO YOU BY CORVUS PRE-EMERGENCE CORN  HERBICIDE FROM BAYER.  THE ONLY HERBICIDE TO OFFER THREE LEVELS OF  DEFENSE AGAINST WEEDS - BURNDOWN, RESIDUAL AND REACTIVATION  WITH RAIN.. ) <WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY, METEOROGLIST MIKE HOFFMAN, MIKE E I  GUESS THE FOLKS IN THE SOUTHEAST WERE GOOD OF THE HOLIDAY GETTING  A LITTLE RAIN IN THE BUILD UP OUT THERE. THEY'RE PROBABLY SAYING  FINALLY, WE HAVE ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM THAT RIGHT UP ALONG THIS  FRONT SO LET'S REALLY LOOK IN NICE BUT THE BIG STORM SYSTEM ON THE WEATHER MAP THIS MORNING IS  ACTUALLY T HIS DOUBLE BARREL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER THE  DAKOTAS IN THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES, LOTS OF SNOW WITH THAT SYSTEM  IN THE NORTHWESTERN PLAINS  AND LOTS OF RAIN CAME THROUGH THE GREAT LAKES, OHIO VALLEY  WITH  THIS COLD FRONT BUT THE STORM SYSTEM'S GOING TO DEVELOP ALONG THIS  COLD FRONT AND ACTUALLY THE COLD FRONT STALLED OUT IS IF ANYTHING IT'LL  MOVE BACK TO THE WEST FOR A LITTLE BIT AND YOU GET SOME RAIN EVEN  ON THE WEST SIDE OF THAT FRONT SO THE WHOLE SOUTHEAST IS GOING TO  GET EVEN MORE RAIN YOU GOT SOME OUT OF THE FRONT NINE THEN AGAIN EVEN MORE OUT OF  THIS AREA OF LOW PRESSURE THAT'S COMING ON THROUGH AND YOU CAN SAY WITH THE SYSTEM UP TO  THE NORTH, LOTS OF SNOW IN NORTH AND SOUTH DAKOTA THAT SYSTEM WILL  CONTINUE TO MOVE INTO THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES IS A PRETTY STRONG  SHOT OF COLD AIR,  NOTHING LIKE YOU DON'T EXPECT THIS TIME A YEAR  BUT NONETHELESS FOR THIS SEASON  IT'S FAIRLY COLD AND THAT WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE SOUTHEAST AS WELL  NEXT COLD FRONT AND STORM SYSTEM OUT THE WEST BRINGING SOME  RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOWS IN THOSE AREAS AS WELL, SO AS WE HEAD  THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW AND SAY WE END UP IN TWO AREAS OF  LOW PRESSURE ONCE AGAIN, ONE COMING OUT OF HTE GULF, ONE  COMING FROM THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES SO A LOT OF MOISTURE IN  EASTERN LAKES THE NORTHEAST SNOW ON THE BACKSIDE OF THAT SYSTEM AND WE'LLL SEE SOME SNOW IN THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL ROCKIES AS  WELL PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES OVER THE PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS  WE'VE ALREADY SEEN SOME HEAVY RAINS AND MUCH OF THE  SOUTHEAST ON UP INTO THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY WERE ONE TWO INCHES  BEEN PRETTY COMMON ADDING ON THE NEXT THIRTY SIX HOURS WE'RE JUST GOING TO ADD SOME  MORE IN SOME OF THE DROUGHT AREAS WHICH IS FANTASTIC, WE HAVEN'T  SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS IN MONTHS ON THE AIR COMPUTER MODELS AND THIS ONE IS BRINGING IT RIGHT IN  WITH A SOME AREAS AS YOU CAN SEE GETTING THREE FOUR INCHES OF RAIN OVER A THREE DAY PERIOD WHICH IS A LITTLE TOO  MUCH TOO QUICKLY BUT NONETHELESS YOU HAVE TO TAKE IT, YOU'D  RATHER HAVE A SPREAD OUT OVER A WEEK BUT I'D STILL COME DOWN  ANYWAY AND THAT'S GOOD NEWS. YOU CAN SEE SOME MOISTURE OUT IN THE CENTRAL AND NORTHERN ROCKIES AS WELL A LOT OF THAT'S BEEN SNOW AND IT'S GOING TO BE SNOW THAT'S A PAST  TWENTY FOUR HOURS NEXT THIRTY SIX HOURS GOING TO SEE A LOT OF IT  ACTUALLY ACCUMULATING ACROSS SOUTHERN CANADA INTO NEW ENGLAND  BUT WE WILL SEE A LITTLE BIT MORE IN THE DAKOTAS  AND SOME MORE INTO THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL ROCKIES AS WELL. SO,  HIGH TEMPS THIS AFTERNOON, SEVENTIES AND EIGHTIES STILL IN THE  SOUTHEAST THIRTIES AND FORTIES BY THE TIME TO GET TO THE NORTHERN  PLAINSTHIRTIES ACROSS MOST OF THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL ROCKIES FOR  HIGHS. LOWS TONIGHT IN THAT COLD AIR COMING SOUTHEASTWARD STILL  SOME SIXTIES IN THE SOUTHEAST BUT LOTS OF  THIRTIES AND TWENTIES THROUGH MOST OF THE INTERIOR  SECTIONS OF THE COUNTRY AND WE'RE GOING TO SEE THAT COLDER  CONTINUE TOMORROW AFTERNOON IN THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL PLAINS  BUT STILL PRETTY MILD IN THE SOUTHEAST IN ALL BECAUSE OF THE JET  STREAM THAT BIG A CUT OFF LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM SITTING THERE OVER  THE NORTHERN PLAINS IT EVENTUALLY BY LATE IN THE WEEK  MOVES INTO A NEW ENGLAND WE HAVE ANOTHER LITTLE TROUGH COMING  IN AND A BIG ONE COMING IN OUT WEST EARLY NEXT WEEK THAT'S GOING  TO BE THE COLDEST AIR OF THE SEASON ONCE AGAIN COMING  SOUTHWARD THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK  AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS WE'LL HEAD TO TUCSON ARIZONA FOR SALON GOOD DEAL OF SUNSHINE AND  COOL HIGH OF FIFTY NINE DEGREES JOPLIN MISSOURI MOSTLY SUNNY AND  QUITE COMFORTABLE HIGH OF SIXTY TWO AND TOLEDO OHIO MILD WITH  CLOUDS AND PEEKS OF SUNSHINE HIGH AROUND FIFTY NINE>

TEASE
OUR WEEKLY DIVE INTO DAIRY IS NEXT INCLUDING NEW  DISCUSSIONS ABOUT LABOR FROM MEXICO. AND THESE HOLIDAY FLOWER FAVORITES CONTINUE TO  EVOLVE AS PLANT BREEDERS FINDING NEW VARIETIES  TO SPICE UP THE SEASON.

DAIRY REPORT
IN TODAY'S DAIRY REPORT, MEXICAN OFFICIALS SAYING  LABOR MARKET REFORMS COULD NOT ONLY HELP  IMPROVE NAFTA, BUT ALSO FIX U-S CONCERNS OVER  ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.  MEXICO'S DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER FOR NORTH  AMERICA SAYS NAFTA HAS ROOM TO GET EVEN BETTER.  ONE PIECE OF THAT IS LABOR.  MEXICAN OFFICIALS SAY IF THE U-S ALLOWS MORE  PEOPLE IN ON REGULATED SEASONAL PERMITS, THERE  WOULD BE LESS ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.  THEY SUGGESTED A PROGRAM LIKE CANDADA'S  SEASON AGRICULTURAL WORKER PROGRAM, WHICH  ALLOWS FARMS TO HIRE TEMPORARY FOREIGN  LABORERS DURING PLANTING AND HARVESTING  SEASONS.  AFTER MONTHS OF ANTI-TRADE TALK ON THE  CAMPAIGN TRAIL, DONALD TRUMP HITTING MANY IN  AGRICULTURE WITH REALITY LAST WEEK.  SAYING THE  FIRST THING HE'LL DO IN OFFICE IS ANNOUNCE THE  UNITED STATES' WITHDRAWAL FROM THE TRANS  PACIFIC PARNTERSHIP.  AG GROUPS INCLUDING THE NATIONAL MILK  PRODUCERS FEDERATION FOUGHT HARD FOR T-P-P,  SAYING IT'S HELPING OPEN UP MARKET ACCESS TO KEY  COUNTRIES ALONG THE PACIFIC RIM.  PRIME MINISTERS REPRESENTING OTHER T-P-P  COUNTRIES SAYING THEY INTEND TO RATIFY THE DEAL,  EVEN WITHOUT THE U-S.  TOM BAILEY OF RABOBANK TOLD AGDAY THE TRADE  PACT ISN'T THAT GOOD OF A DEAL TO BEGIN WITH.  <I DON'T THINK IT'S A HUGE HIT ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. I DON'T THINK TPP  WAS REALLY GOING TO MOVE THE DIAL FOR HTE U.S. INDUSTRY. IT WOULD  HAVE BEEN NICE, WE WOULD HAVE HAD AN ADVATNAGE IN A OCUPLE  HIGH PAYING MARKETS AND IT WOULD HAVE HELPED OUT A LITTLE BIT, BUT  REALLY AT THE END OF THE DAY IT DIDN'T LOOK LIKE A DEAL THAT WAS  GOING TO BE PHENEMONAL FOR HTE U.S. DAIRY INDUSTRY ONE WAY OR  ANOTHER. WE'RE STILL GOIGN TO FACE THE CHALLENGES. I THINK TRADE  WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO NEED TO PURSUE TRADE NEGOTIATIONS AND  OTHER AVENUES, BUT NONE OF THOSE LOOK PROMISING. SO I'D SAY PLAN  TO HAVE A DIFFICULT UPHILL BATTLE IN TERMS OF WHERE YOU'RE EXPORTING,  THAT'S GOING TO BE THE CASE ONE WAY OR ANOTHER> BAILEY SAYS THERE'S A LOT OF EXPORT OPPORTUNITY  THAT COULD SURFACE OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS,  BUT SAYS THE DAIRY INDUSTRY NEEDS TO THINK  STRATEGICALLY ABOUT WHERE TO EXPORT, INSTEAD  OF TRYING TO MEET DEMANDS FROM SEVERAL DIVERSE  MARKETS. ONE EXAMPLE HE GAVE WAS WORKING TO  BUILD RELATIONS IN THE PHILLIPINES.   BAILEY ALSO SAYS THE UNITED STATES WILL BE THE  ONLY MAJOR EXPORTING COUNTRY TO GROW  PRODUCTION IN 2017. AND SIGNS ALREADY POINT TO THAT HOLDING TRUE. AUSTRALIAN MILK PRODUCTION FELL 11 POINT 4  PERCENT IN OCTOBER, A MONTH THAT IS TYPICALLY  PEAK PRODUCTION FOR GROWERS THERE.  GROWERS ARE TAPERING PRODUCTION AND CULLING  COWS DUE TO BOTH DROUGHT AND PRICE.  E-U ALSO SEEING SHOWING CONSECUTIVE MONTHS OF  DECLINING MILK PRODUCTION. 

TEASE
THESE BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS CAN LIGHT UP YOUR  HOLIDAY DECORATIONS. WE'LL LOOK AT THE NEW  VARIETIES AND HOW TO KEEP THEM BLOOMING WHEN  WE COME BACK. ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN TWO  REGISTRATIONS TO THE TOP PRODUCER SEMINAR -  JANUARY 24TH THROUGH THE 27TH IN CHICAGO.   PACKAGE INCLUDES A THREE-NIGHT HOTEL STAY, PLUS A TWO-HUNDRED DOLLAR VISA GIFT CARD!  GO TO TOPPRODUCERSEMINAR.COM/SWEEPSTAKES.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA'S BX  AND L SERIES COMPACT TRACTORS - AVAILABLE NOW  WITH A SIX-YEAR LIMITED POWERTRAIN WARRANTY.   LEARN MORE TODAY AT YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER.AND POINSETTIAS WILL LIKELY BE FINDING THEIR WAY  INTO HOMES AS PART OF THE HOLIDAY DÉCOR.  TODAY, THERE ARE MANY OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM,  BUT IF YOU WANT THAT POINSETTIA TO LAST INTO THE  NEW YEAR, PROPER CARE IS IMPORTANT. CRAIG GAUTREAUX WITH THE LSU AGCENTER HAS THE  STORY.  THERE'S PINK, YELLOW, RED AND WHITE, AND, OF COURSE, THE  TRADITIONAL RED. POINSETTIAS SIGNAL THE APPROACH OF CHRISTMAS.  THESE SMALL POT PLANTS ARE NATIVE TO MEXICO, BUT POINSETTIAS DID  NOT START OUT AS A DECORATIVE POTTED PLANT FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON. IT WAS FIRST USED A CUT FLOWER BECAUSE POINSETTIAS NATURALLY IN  THEIR OWN ENVIRONMENT GET QUITE BIG, A SIX-TO-EIGHT FOOT TREE. UNLIKE MANY POTTED PLANTS, THE FLOWER TAKES A BACKSEAT TO  ANOTHER PART OF THE PLANT. THE FLOWER OF THE POINSETTIA IS THE VERY SMALL PART OF THE PLANT IN  THE VERY CENTER, AND THE BRACTS, OR THE MODIFIED LEAVES, ARE THE  ONES THAT ACTUALLY GET THE COLOR. WHILE RED IS THE TRADITIONAL COLOR, BREEDERS HAVE BEEN  EXPERIMENTING WITH DIFFERENT COLOR BRACTS AND DIFFERENT SHAPES.  ONE OF THE FIRST HORTICULTURISTS TO CREATE DIFFERENT COLORS HAD TIES  TO LOUISIANA. HIS BREEDING PROGRAM INVOLVED A LABORATORY THAT  PLAYED AN IMPORTANT PART IN CONSTRUCTING THE WORLD'S FIRST ATOMIC  BOMB. JOHN LOVE WOULD BRING THE PLANTS TO OAK RIDGE, TENNESSEE  WHERE THEY WOULD RADIATE THE PLANTS. THIS WOULD CAUSE A  MUTATION AND THUS DIFFERENT COLORATION OF THE BRACTS. WITH MORE THAN 200 OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM, MAKING A SELECTION  CAN BE DAUNTING, BUT KUEHNY OFFERED SOME SIMPLE ADVICE FOR  SELECTING ONE. IF YOU DON'T HAVE MANY LEAVES ON THE BOTTOM OF THE PLANT, IT  PROBABLY ISN'T GOING TO LIVE VERY LONG BECAUSE IT'S NOT GOING TO BE  ABLE TO PHOTOSYNTHESIZE. ANOTHER COMMON MISTAKE IS OVERWATERING THE POINSETTIA. WATER THEM VERY LITTLE, MAYBE ONCE A WEEK. KEEP THEM IN A  BRIGHT SPACE. IF YOU HAVE THEM IN A WARM SUNNY SPACE, YOU'RE  GOING TO HAVE TO WATER THEM MORE OFTEN. KUEHNY SAID THREE TO FOUR ICE CUBES A WEEK WILL GENERALLY BE  ENOUGH WATER TO KEEP THE PLANTS HEALTHY. WITH THE LSU  AGCENTER, THIS IS CRAIG GAUTREAUX 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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