AgDay Daily Recap -October 30, 2015

October 30, 2015 02:57 AM
 

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October 30, 2015


OPENING HEADLINES:
THE WORLD'S SECOND LARGEST ECONOMY SAYS OPENING THE DOOR FOR MORE CHILDREN. HOW COULD CHINA'S DECISION IMPACT AGRICULTURE IN THE U.S.?
PLUS, A LOOK AT THE CLOSE CALL FOR CROP INSURANCE.
THE PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING...WINTER WHEAT RATINGS
"IS AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR THIS EARLY IN THE FALL, IT IS REALLY HARD FOR THE MARKET TO GET EXCITED ONE WAY OR THE OTHER."
MAKING RENEWABLE JET FUEL FROM WOOD....
AND THE HAUNTED HALLS OF A TENNESSEE EXTENSION OFFICE.

CHINA ALLOWS TWO CHILD POLICY:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS.
ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST MARKETS MAY GET EVEN BIGGER IN THE NEXT DECADE.
CHINA ROLLING BACK IT'S ONE CHILD POLICY. THE RULERS OF THE COMMUNIST COUNTRY DECIDING
TO ALLOW COUPLES TO HAVE TWO CHILDREN. LEADERS IMPLEMENTED THE ONE-CHILD DIRECTIVE
BACK IN THE LATE 19-70'S. THE PARTY WORRIED ABOUT FUTURE GROWTH AND MAKING SURE IT HAS THE WORKFORCE IT NEEDS.
THE COUNTRY'S WORKING-AGE POPULATION SHRANK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN AT LEAST TWO DECADES LAST YEAR AS GROWTH SLOWED.
MORE PEOPLE WILL MEAN MORE DEMAND FOR FOOD. SHARES OF DANONE, ONE OF THE WORLD'S BIGGEST PRODUCERS OF BABY FORMULA, ROSE AS MUCH AS 3 PERCENT TO THE HIGHEST SINCE APRIL ON THE NEWS.
ANALYSTS SAY IT WILL LIKELY TAKE MORE TIME BEFORE COMMODITIES FEEL THE IMPACT.
 "IS IT ANYTHING THAT'S GOING TO AFFECT THE AG MARKETS RIGHT NOW? PROBABLY NOT TODAY OR NEXT WEEK OR NEXT YEAR. BUT FIVE OR TEN YEARS DOWN THE ROAD IF YOU GET A DECENT POPULATION INCREASE WITH MORE MOUTHS TO FEED, I SUPPOSE THAT BODES WELL FOR AGRICULTURE OR EXPORTS IN PARTICULAR."
"WE ARE IN A WINDOW WHERE WE'RE SEEING A HEADWIND, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT, PRICES ARE DOWN, BUT LONG TERM YOU'D HAVE TO BE BULLISH ON AGRICULTURE."

NEW HOUSE SPEAKER ELECTED ON HEALS OF BUDGET AGREEMENT:
WISCONSIN REPUBLICAN PAUL RYAN TAKING THE GAVEL FROM OHIO REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER.
THE MOVE COMES ON THE HEALS OF A BIG BUDGET AGREEMENT.
LATE WEDNESDAY CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSAGREEING NOT TO TARGET CROP INSURANCE.
THAT PROPOSAL WOULD HAVE CAPPED CORPORATE CROP INSURANCE RETURNS ON PREMIUMS, AND SAVED 3-BILLION DOLLARS OVER 10 YEARS.
EVEN WITH THE DECISION--BETSY JIBBEN DISCUSSES THE TOPIC AND HOW PRODUCERS AND AGENTS MAY FACE IT AGAIN IN THE FUTURE.
UNITED STATES SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY, IOWA TOM VILSACK-SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE "ART" BARNABY, JR. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
AG LEADERS AND GROUPS ARE CAUTIOUSLY APPLAUDING A NEW BUDGET DEAL THAT AVOIDS CUTS
IN FEDERAL CROP INSURANCE. BUT IT DIDN'T HAPPEN WITHOUT A FIGHT.
"I THINK WE HAVE SOMETHING GOOD WHEN 92 PERCENT OF THE FARMERS ARE PARTICIPATING IN IT. SO, DON'T SCREW IT UP."
THIS PROPOSAL COULD HAVE IMPACTED INSURANCE COMPANIES THE MOST. IT WOULD HAVE CAPPED CORPORATE RETURNS THE COMPANIES RETAIN ON PREMIUMS, MOVING THE CAP FROM 14 PERCENT TO 8-POINT-9 PERCENT.
BUT I KNOW THERES A LOT OF ANGST AND CONCERN ABOUT THIS BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME STUDIES THAT SUGGEST THAT ABOUT A 12 PERCENT RETURN IS WHAT IS NEEDED IN ORDER TO PRESERVE THE INDUSTRY AND WE'VE ALREADY SEEN SOME CONSOLIDATION IN THE INDUSTRY BECAUSE WE'VE GONE THROUGH SOME TOUGH YEARS.
CROP INSURANCE AGENTS TOOK COMMISSION CUTS IN 2010 AND ALSO FACED SCRUTINY IN THE 2014 FARM BILL.
SOME ARE WORRIED A MARGIN PUSH LOWER COULD PUT COMPANIES OUT OF BUSINESS.
 "THEN THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO COME BAIL YOU OUT. BECAUSE THE COMPANIES WON'T DO IT ANYMORE,"
BARNABY THE LATEST PROPOSAL WOULD HAVE CAPPED WHAT INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE ALREADY
RECEIVING WITH NO LIMIT TO HOW MCUH THEY COULD LOSE.
 "YOU CAP THE TOP, AND THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT. YOU CAN'T GET MORE THAN 8.9 PERCENT BUT YOU CAN LOSE 15 PERCENT. AGAIN, THAT'S BEFORE EXPENSES."
BARNABY SAYS OFTEN TIMES, ON AVERAGE, COMPANIES RETAIN A PREMIUM MUCH LOWER THAN
WHAT'S IN THE FARM BILL.
"FROM WHAT THE INSURANCE AGENCIES ARE TELLING ME. IT'S BEEN ABOUT 4 PERCENT. AGAIN, YOU NEED TO REMEMBER THAT 4 PERCENT IS BEFORE ANY EXPENSES ARE TAKEN OUT,"
"AGAIN, MOST PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THE GOVERNMENTS CAN GET AN UNDERWRITING GAIN AND HAVE DONE SO WITH THIS PROGRAM. WHAT’S UNUSUAL IS WHEN THE GOVERNMENT REPORTS THEIR NUMBERS, THEY NEVER COUNT THE GAINS. THEY ONLY COUNT THE LOSSES WHICH MAKES IT LOOK LIKE IT COSTS MORE THAN WHAT IT ACTUALLY DOES."
REPORTING FOR AGDAY, I'M BETSY JIBBEN.
THANKS BETSY.
PREMIUMS COULD FORCE COMPANIES OUT OF THE MARKET:
BOTH BARNABY AND GRASSLEY SAY PRESSURING PREMIUMS COULD FORCE MORE COMPANIES OUT OF
THE MARKET--OR EVEN EVENTUALLY FORCING BACKUNDER THE GOVERNMENT UMBRELLA.
AMIDST THE DRAMA OF A BUDGET DEAL, THE HOUSE AG COMMITTEE MET WEDNESDAY TO DISCUSS DATA PRIVACY.
COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN MICHAEL CONAWAY STARTED THE HEARING BY ASKING HOW TO BEST USE, COLLECT, AND PROTECT FARMER DATA.
ON THE PANEL--MISSOURI FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT BLAKE HURST.
HE SAYS "THE BIG DATA MOVEMENT—ALONG WITH INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND ANALYSIS —COULD LEAD TO AS MUCH CHANGE AS THE GREEN REVOLUTION AND BIOTECHNOLOGY.
HE AND OTHER SPEAKERS SUGGESTED IT’S TIME TO DECIDE WHAT FARMER INFORMATION SHOULD BE
CONSIDERED PRIVATE.
CROP WATCH:
A NEW U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR IS OUT. AND AS YOU CAN SEE BY THE WEEKLY CHANGE MAP...AREAS IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS GETTING PLENTY OF MOISTURE OVER THE PAST WEEK OR SO.
MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US WITH MORE IN TODAY'S CROPWATCH.
HELLO CLINTON.
YOU'RE EXACTLY RIGHT THE DROUGHT MONITOR HAS SEEN SOME MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS--ESPECIALLY IN TEXAS AND LOUISIANA FOLLOWING THOSE BIG RAINS OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS.
AND OF COURSE TOMORROW IS HALLOWEEN, USDA SAYS NATIONALLY PUMPKIN PRODUCTION IS ON THE CLIMB.
IT SAYS OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS, PRODUCTION OF THE FALL FAVORITE IS UP 31 PERCENT...NOW APPROACHING NEARLY 2 BILLION POUNDS.
PER CAPITA CONSUMPTION ALSO UP OVER THAT TIME 17 PERCENT.
AND UP IN THE NORTHERN RED RIVER VALLEY, SUGAR BEET PRODUCTION IS ON RECORD PACE.
THE 2015 CROP YIELD NEARLY 28 (27.7) TONS PER ACRE. FARMERS THERE SAY CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN GREAT AND HARVEST IS ALL BUT WRAPPED UP.
TAKING A LOOK AT THE WEATHER MAP YOU CAN SEE ANOTHER SYSTEM COMING OUT OF THE FOUR CORNER REGION BELIEVE IT OR NOT TEXAS GOING TO SEE A LOT OF RAIN WE’LL SHOW YOU THAT FORECAST COMING UP IN A FEW MINUTES THE EUOPEAN PARLIAMENT HAS NIXED A CONTROVERSIAL 'OPT-OUT' PROPOSAL THAT WOULD ENABLE ANY EU MEMBER STATE TO RESTRICT OR PROHIBIT THE SALE AND USE OF GMO FOOD OR FEED.
TEASE:
WHEN WE COME BACK A LOOK AT WINTER WHEAT CROP CONDITIONS AND HOW THE TEAM AT PRO FARMER DIGS INTO THOSE RATINGS. IT’S OUR WEEKLY PROFIT BRIEFING OF COURSE.
AND LATER A HAUNTING IN TENNESSEE. IS THIS EXTENSION OFFICE HOME TO SOME GHOSTLY GUESTS?
CME:
IN AGRIBUSINESS WHY DON'T WE SWING OVER TO THE CME IN CHICAGO FOR A LOOK AT HOW MARKETS ARE TRADING THIS WEEK.
HAPPY THURSDAY TO YOU FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME HERE IN CHICAGO. I'M OLIVER SLOUP WITH II TRADER AND OUR GRAIN MARKET UPDATE. IT'S RELATIVELY CHOPPY SESSION START TO START THE MORNING AFTER EXPORT SALES CAME OUT BETTER THAN EXPECTED ACROSS THE BOARD. CORN, SOYBEANS, WHEAT ALL TRADING HIGHER IN THE AFTERNOON SESSION. BUT SOYBEANS STARTING TO GET BACK GROUND HERE. WE NEED TO HOLD SOME KEY TECHNICAL LEVELS. THOSE ARE VERY IMPORTANT ONES TO LOOK AT. OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE FUNDAMENTAL THINGS AT STAKE HERE. WE HAVE HARVEST HERE IN THE STATES PROGRESSING. COMING TO AN END TO MOST FARMERS. WE ALSO HAVE PLANTING IN BRAZIL. WEATHER IS GOING TO BE A VERY IMPORTANT FACTOR GOING FORWARD. SO THAT'S ONE THING TO KEEP IN MIND FOR THE SOYBEAN MARKET. AFTER A LIMIT UP DAY YESTERDAY IN LIVE CATTLE AND FEEDER CATTLE, WE ARE SEEING THE MARKETS UNDER A LITTLE BIT OF PRESSURE TODAY BUT  NOT UNDER A WHOLE LOT OF PRESSURE. IT'S NICE TO SEE THERE WASN'T A LOT OF FOLLOW-THROUGH. IF YOU'RE A BEAR, YOU'RE A LITTLE CAUTIOUS. THERE ISN'T A LOT OF SELLING PRESSURE. INVOLVED. THIS HAS BEEN OLIVER SLOUP WITH II TRADER FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME.
USDA'S FIRST WINTER WHEAT CONDITION REPORT OF THE SEASON SHOWS LESS THAN HALF OF THE CROP IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT. ANOTHER 40-PERCENT IS JUST FAIR.

PROFARMER:
IN TODAY'S PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING, BRIAN GRETE DISCUSSES HOW HIS TEAM BREAKS DOWN THOSE NUMBERS EVEN FURTHER.
WELL, IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN WHEN USDA'S OUTLOOK CROP CONDITION RATINGS--YES ACTUAL CROP CONDITION RATINGS THIS TIME ON THE WINTER WHEAT SIDE OF THINGS, AND WE GET A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW THE PROFARMER CROP CONDITION INDEX WORKS, SO I JUST WANT TO CLEAR UP SOME OF THOSE. FIRST OF ALL, WE TAKE USDA'S DATA, THEY RELEASE WEEKLY DATA AND IT SAYS SO MUCH OF THE CROP IS EXCELLENT, SO MUCH IS GOOD, SO MUCH IS FAIR, POOR AND VERY POOR. WE PLUG THOSE INTO A WEIGHTED INDEX BY STATE, SO EACH STATE IS GIVEN A DIFFERENT WEIGHTING, KANSAS FOR EXAMPLE, HAS A TOP WEIGHTING, BECAUSE IT'S THE NUMBER ONE WHEAT PRODUCING STATE IN THE UNITED STATES, WHICH HAS MORE WEIGHT THAN SAY A STATE LIKE COLORADO, SO WE PLUG ALL USDA'S NUMBERS IN THERE AND IT SPITS OUT A CROP CONDITION INDEX OR CCI RATING FOR THAT CROP FOR THE WEEK. WE BREAK IT DOWN HRW CROP AND SRW CROP AND THEN THE SPRING WHEAT CROP LATER ON WHEN WE WILL GET THAT NUMBER IN THE SPRING. FOR NOW, THE WINTER WHEAT RATINGS HRW CAME IN ABOUT 25 POINTS INITIALLY BELOW WHERE IT DID THE FIRST RATINGS OF LAST YEAR AND THE SRW CROP CAME IN ABOUT 14 POINTS BELOW WHERE IT DID LAST YEAR. IF WE BREAK THOSE DOWN, THEY ARE FAIRLY RATED CROPS RIGHT NOW, SO YOU WOULD GIVE THEM A FAIR RATING ON BOTH THE HRW AND THE SRW, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE DOWN FROM A YEAR AGO. I THINK THE BEST WAY TO USE THAT DATA, IS TO LOOK AT IT IN RELATIONSHIP TO WHERE WE WERE A YEAR AGO AND WHERE EACH INDIVIDUAL STATE IS. I THINK THAT NO MATTER WHAT THE BREAK DOWN IS AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR THIS EARLY IN THE FALL, IT IS REALLY HARD FOR THE MARKET TO GET EXCITED ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, WHETHER CONDITIONS ARE REALLY GOOD OR REALLY POOR GOING INTO WINTER. PROBABLY IF CONDITIONS ARE REALLY POOR THERE'S A LITTLE BIT MORE CONCERN AND UNDERSTANDING THAT THE WINTER CONDITIONS AND THE EARLY SPRING CONDITIONS ARE GOING TO NEED TO BE THAT MUCH BETTER. FOR THE PROFARMER EDITORS IN CEDAR FALLS, IOWA, I'M BRIAN GRADY.
 NATIONAL WEATHER:
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE, WE TALKED HOW MUCH THE DROUGHT MONITOR HAS CHANGED IN TEXAS BUT WE MAY SEE ANOTHER ROUND OF RAIN. SOME AREAS MAY GET ANOTHER ROUND OF RAIN AGAIN. THIS IS NOT NECESSARILY A GOOD SITUATION FOR SOME, BUT FOR OTHERS, IT WILL CONTINUE TO FILL UP THOSE RESERVOIRS. YOU CAN SEE THERE IS ACTUALLY TWO AREAS OF LOW PRESSURE ONE IN NORTHERN MEXICO AND ONE OVER THE FOUR CORNER REGION. WE'RE GOING TO COMBINE AND CAUSE A LOT OF RAIN. BUT NOW, IT'S JUST CHILLY AND DRY ACROSS MOST OF THE CORN BELT, MOST OF THE MID-SECTION AND COUNTRY, THAT'S 'ALL THE WAY TO THE EASTERN SEABOARD AND STILL A FEW LINGERING LAKE EFFECT SHOWERS IN THE EASTERN LAKES INTO NEW ENGLAND. ANOTHER SYSTEM COMING IN OUT WEST. WHEN YOU PUT THE MAPS INTO MOTION, YOU SEE THERE'S ANOTHER BEHIND THAT. WE'RE STARTING AGAIN TO LOOK INTO THAT EL NINO WEATHER PATTERN. LET'S PUT THE MAPS INTO MOTION. YOU CAN SEE THE RAIN SPREADING NORTHWARD WITH LINES OF THUNDERSTORMS IN CENTRAL AND NORTHERN TEXAS, MOVING ON UP INTO OKLAHOMA. THAT'S MORE OF A STEADY RAIN IN NEBRASKA AND PARTS OF KANSAS LATER TODAY. HIGH PRESSURE GIVING LOTS OF SUNSHINE EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. AND THEN YOU CAN SEE AS WE HEAD THROUGH TONIGHT THAT HEAVY RAIN CONTINUES WITH THAT SECONDARY AREA OF LOW PRESSURE. WHEN YOU SEE THE AMOUNT, YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. THESE ARE HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS. LIGHTER AMOUNTS BUT DECENT AMOUNTS IN THE WESTERN AND CENTRAL PORTIONS OF THE CORN BELT AND MORE RAIN, MOUNTAIN SNOWS COMING INTO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. WE WILL HEAD ON THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW. YOU CAN SEE THE ORGINIAL SYSTEM CAUSING RAIN IN MUCH OF THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES, HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS IN THE SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. LET'S CHECK OUT PRECIPITATION OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS. NOT A LOT IN MOST PLACES. THERE'S JUST STARTING TO BE DECENT AMOUNTS IN WEST TEXAS AND PARTS OF NEW MEXICO. ADDING ON THE NEXT 36 HOURS, YOU CAN SEE OUR COMPUTER MODEL IS PUTTING DOWN THREE INCHES OR MORE IN A LARGE AREA AND IN FACT WHEN YOU START TO GET INTO THAT PINK AREA THERE, OUR COMPUTER MODEL SHOWING OVER SIX INCHES OF RAIN IN PLACES. AGAIN, A SOAKING RAIN FOR MUCH OF TEXAS. TEMPERATURES ARE GOING TO BE ON THE COOL SIDE. THAT'S 40S AND 50S IN THE NORTHERN TERRIF STATES. YOU GET TO THE GULF OF MEXICO AND HIGHS ARE IN THE MID TO UPPER 70S. THAT'S PRETTY FAR SOUTH FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. COOL WEATHER ALL THE WAY INTO NORTHERN DIXIE FOR TOMORROW MORNING. LOTS OF 30S AND 40S THROUGH THE NORTHERN STATES. FOR TOMORROW AFTERNOON, STILL PRETTY COOL ACROSS THE EASTERN 2/3RDS OF THE COUNTRY. OUT WEST, 50S AND 60S FOR THE MOST PART UNTIL YOU GET INTO THE DESERT SOUTHWEST. HERE'S THE JET STREAM. THE FIRST TROUGH MOVING AWAY. SECONDARY ONE IS GOING TO CAUSE THAT RAIN IN TEXAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY. THAT PUSHES EASTWARD. THEN A HUGE RIDGE AND A BIG-TIME WARM UP IN THE EASTERN HALF OF THE COUNTRY NEXT WEEK. TROUGH
DEVELOPS OUT WEST. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS.
REGIONAL WEATHER:
 FIRST OF ALL FOR TUCUMTARY NEW MEXICO, THERE'S A SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM IN MANY AREAS TODAY. HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 63. IRON MOUNTAIN, MICHIGAN IS A MIXTURE OF CLOUDS AND SUNSHINE AND ON THE COOL SIDE. THE HIGH IS 46. A GOOD DEAL OF SUNSHINE IN WAYCROSS, GEORGIA. THE AFTERNOON HIGH IS 84.
TEASE:
YOU MAY START SEEING MORE ETHANOL OPTIONS AT YOUR LOCAL GAS STATION. WE'LL TELL YOU ABOUT NEW INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS NEXT.
AND THEN LATER, IS THERE SOMEONE OR SOMETHING SPOOKY ABOUT THIS TENNESSEE EXTENSION OFFICE?
CHUCK DENNEY INVESTIGATES TODAY ON IN THE COUNTRY.
MORE ETHANOL:
THIS WEEK THE USDA ANNOUNCING PARTNERSHIPS WITH 21 STATES TO INCREASE ACCESS TO BIOFUELS.
THE AGENCY ALONG WITH STATES AND SOME PRIVATE  ENTITIES ARE PUTTING 210 MILLION DOLLARS.
THE MONEY BEING USED TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PUMPS OFFERING HIGHER BLENDS OF ETHANOL LIKE E15 AND E-85.
THE MONEY EXPECTED TO HELP ADD 5-THOUSAND PUMPS AT MORE THAN 14-HUNDRED LOCATION.
SECRETARY VILSACK SAYS CONSUMERS SHOULD START NOTICING MORE OF THESE PUMPS WITHIN A MATTER OF MONTHS.
YOU MIGHT RECOGNIZE IOWA FARMER CHRIS SOULES. THE FORMER BACHELOR TAKING TIME TO ENCOURAGE IOWANS TO SUPPORT POLITICAL CANDIDATES THAT BACK THE RENEWABLE FUELS STANDARD. THE AD COMES FROM AMERICA'S RENEWABLE FUTURE AND SPEAKING OF THE FUTURE OF RENEWABLE FUELS, USDA TOUTING THE CREATION OF JET FUEL MADE FROM WOOD. IT'S THE RESULT OF COLLABORATION BETWEEN U-S-DA'S NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE, WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR.
ALASKA AIR IS PLANNING A DEMONSTRATION FLIGHT USING THE NEW JET FUEL FOR NEXT YEAR.
THOSE INVOLVED SAYS INCREASING THIS KIND OF BIOENERGY PRODUCTION COULD BE A BOON FOR RURAL AREAS AND THE ENVIRONMENT.
DR. BILL GOLDNER, ACTING DIVISION DIRECTOR, USDA NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE: "TAKE BASICALLY THIS ALMOST WORTHLESS SLASH FROM THE ROADSIDES OF THE LUMBER ROADS OF WEYERHAEUSER, TRANSPORT IT TO AN AREA WHERE IT CAN BE PROCESSED AND CONVERTED INTO SUGARS AND THOSE SUGARS CAN THEN BE MADE INTO JET FUEL,">
THERE'S GOING TO BE SOME VERY GOOD HIGH PAYING JOBS THAT ARE GOING TO BE CREATED. THERE'S GOING TO BE A MANUFACTURING BASE THAT'S GOING TO BE CREATED. FROM A REDUCTION OF GREENHOUSE GAS AND PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT IT'LL BE TERRIFIC."
TEASE:
OKAY WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'RE OFF THE HAUNTED HALLS OF A TENNESSEE EXTENSION OFFICE. A HALLOWEEN TALE YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS.
BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ALL NEW
IN THE COUNTRY:
HALLOWEEN TAKES THE STAGE ON SATURDAY...BUT SOME PLACES DEAL WITH SPOOKS MORE THAN ONCE A YEAR.
IN TENNESSEE THERE ARE 95 UT EXTENSION OFFICES – ONE IN EVERY COUNTY – EACH ONE STAFFED BY FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL HUMANS. HOWEVER, CHUCK DENNEY WITH THE U-T INSTITUTE OF AG, HAS A HAUNTING TALE FROM ONE OFFICE--WITH AN UNIDENTIFIED OCCUPANT.
THE FOLKS AT THE OVERTON COUNTY UT EXTENSION OFFICE ARE ALWAYS HELPFUL.
NEED INFORMATION ABOUT LIVESTOCK, 4-H OR CONSUMER ISSUES? THEY'LL GLADLY PROVIDE IT. HOWEVER, THERE ARE TIMES AROUND HERE WHEN THINGS GET, WELL, A LITTLE WEIRD.
SEVERAL DOWNTOWN LIVINGSTON BUILDINGS – INCLUDING THE ONE THAT HOUSES THE EXTENSION OFFICE – ARE RUMORED TO BE HAUNTED. NOTE THE WHITE ORBS IN THIS PHOTO.
LARRY GUNNELS TOOK THAT SHOT, AND IS A LOCAL ARCHIVIST. HE TELLS THIS STORY OF THE DAY HE WAS STACKING PLYWOOD IN THIS ROOM, AND THE PILES KEPT FALLING OVER WITH NO ONE AROUND.
"AFTER IT FELL ABOUT FIVE OR SIX TIMES, I'M GOING 'NOW LOOK GUYS, GO UPSTAIRS AND AGGRAVATE SOMEBODY ELSE. I'M TRYING TO GET SOMETHING DONE. IT QUIT. IT STOPPED."
"YOU SEE THE BUILDING THAT HOUSES THE MODERN DAY EXTENSION OFFICE HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE THE 1940'S AND USED TO BE A HOSPITAL. PEOPLE OFTEN GO TO A HOSPITAL TO GET BETTER, BUT SOMETIMES THEY DON'T GET BETTER."
"WE'VE BEEN IN THE BASEMENT HERE ALL THIS TIME. THIS USED TO BE AN EMERGENCY ROOM, AND WE HAVE THE EMERGENCY OPERATING ROOM JUST DOWN THE HALL. IT'S ONE OF THE OFFICES NOW."
UT EXTENSION PEOPLE LITERALLY HAD TO SCRUB BLOOD OFF THE WALLS BEFORE MOVING IN YEARS AGO. BUT IT'S NOT JUST EXPIRED PATIENTS WHO MIGHT STILL BE HANGING OUT HERE.
RUTH WOOLBRIGHT'S GRANDCHILDREN WERE IN THE OFFICE ONE DAY, AND SAY THEY SAW A MAN.
"THERE WAS NO ONE IN THE HALLWAY THERE EITHER, AND SHE SAYS 'THERE'S THE DOCTOR.' THIS IS THE THIRD TIME, AND I LOOK AT LANE AND I SAID, 'LANE, DO YOU SEE THE DOCTOR?' AND HE SAID 'YES, THERE'S THE DOCTOR,' AND HE POINTED, AND THERE WAS NO ONE THERE."
THEN THERE'S THIS CREEPY AND CREAKY ELEVATOR, STRAIGHT OUT OF THAT SHINING HOTEL.
IT'S NOT WORKING NOW, BUT SOMETIMES IT WORKS – ON ITS OWN -WITH NO ONE AROUND TO PUSH ANY BUTTONS.
"THE ELEVATOR WOULD COME DOWN, AND IT'S A VERY NOISY ELEVATOR, AND IT WOULD COME DOWN AND THE DOORS WOULD OPEN. OF COURSE, I WOULD WANT TO SEE WHO WAS ON THE ELEVATOR, AND I WOULD GO OUT THERE AND IT WOULD BE EMPTY."
UT EXTENSION OVERTON COUNTY WILL SOON MOVE TO A NEW OFFICE, BUT IT'S JUST A FLOOR UP, STILL IN THE SAME SPOOKY BUILDING. SO IT STANDS TO REASON THE OLD CLIENTELE WILL FOLLOW THEM TO THEIR NEW HOME.
AFTER ALL, EVERYONE, LIVING OR OTHERWISE, NEEDS THEIR HELPFUL INFORMATION.
THIS IS CHUCK DENNEY REPORTING.
CLOSING:
YIKES. THANKS CHUCK. HE SAYS CHILDREN AND ANIMALS NOTICE THINGS IN THE BUILDING THAT ADULTS DON'T SEEM TO SEE. AND FOLKS THERE SAY DOGS PARTICULARLY DON'T LIKE TO GO INSIDE THE BUILDING. THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE
GLAD YOU TUNED IN.

FOR MIKE HOFFMAN, AND AL PELL. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY.

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