AgDay Daily Recap - April 10, 2018

April 10, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
APRIL 10, 2018

HEADLINES

WASHINGTON LEADERS DISCUSS THE RENEWABLE FUELS STANDARD.PLUS, A MEGA MERGER GETS THE GREEN LIGHT.IN AGRIBUSINESS...THE GROWING LIVESTOCK SECTOR. AND THESE ILLINOIS 4-HER'S LEARN LIFE LESSONS ABOUT HELPING FEED THOSE IN NEED. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.

RFS MEETING, CRUDE OIL
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS.THE PRESIDENT CONTINUING TO FOCUS ON THE RENEWABLE FUELS STANDARD...AS COMPETING INTERESTS VIE FOR ATTENTION FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.THE PRESIDENT HOSTING ANOTHER BIOFUELSMEETING MONDAY AFTERNOON.  PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE EPA ADMINISTRATOR SCOTT PRUITT AND USDA SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE. THE CABINET OFFICIALS REVIEWING A LIST OF POTENTIAL CHANGES TO THE RENEWABLE FUELS STANDARD. THE OPTIONS RANGING FROM CAPPING PRICES OF RENEWABLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS TO ALLOWING THE SALE OF E15 YEAR-ROUND...OR POSSIBLY EVEN KICKING THE BALL BACK TO CONGRESS FOR A LEGISLATIVE FIX.FARM STATE LEGISLATORS SAY THEY'RE ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT THE EPA ISSUING AN INCREASING NUMBER OF WAIVERS FOR SMALL REFINERS.IT'S A BACK DOOR APPROACH TO ACCOMPLISHING WHAT A CAP ON REELS WOULD DO. AND THERE'S NO WAY I CAN PROVE THAT THAT'S SOME MOTIVATION. BUT LET ME TELL YOU WHAT THE LAW SAYS UNDER REALLY HARDSHIP CASES THEN A WAIVER CAN BE GRANTED. BUT ONE OF THESE COMPANIES MADE ONE AND ONE HALF BILLION DOLLAR PROFIT LAST YEAR. THAT'S NOT A HARDSHIP CASE AND YET THEY'RE GETTING SOME WAIVERS. SO THIS HAS RAISED A WHOLE NEW ISSUEPORTLAND, INDIANA IS HOME TO AN ETHANOL PLANT FOR THE ENERGY COMPANY POET -IT BEGAN OPERATIONS HERE BACK IN 2007. STAFF MEMBERS SAY A CAP ON RINS WOULD LIMIT FUTURE EXPANSION AND THE INCENTIVE FOR BIO FUELS IN THE MARKETPLACE. A RIN CAP IS GOING TO CAP OUR ABILITY FOR MAKET EXPANSION OF E-15 AND HIGHER LEVELS OF ETHANOL WHICH IS GOING TO GO BACK AND HURT THE FARMER'S OPPORTUNITY TO SELL THEIR PRODUCTS TO A CONSUMER. CRUDE PRICES ARE ON THE RISE..AND THAT HAS GASOLINE PRICES INCHING HIGHER. ACCORDING TO THE U.S. ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION, AVERAGE REGULAR RETAIL GAS PRICES REACHED $2.70 A GALLON LAST WEEK — THE HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 2015. 

TRUMP AND CHINA
MANY COMMODITY MARKETS STARTING THE WEEK ON A POSITIVE FOOTING FOLLOWING A SOFTER TONE FROM THE PRESIDENT AND ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS REGARDING TARIFF ACTION AGAINST CHINA.LATE LAST WEEK, OFFICIALS THREATENED AN ADDITIONAL 100 BILLION DOLLARS IN TARIFFS.OVER THE WEEKEND THE TOUGH TALK WAS PULLED BACK. TWEETING ON SUNDAY, PRESIDENT TRUMP STRUCK A HOPEFUL NOTE THAT CHINA AND THE U.S. CAN REACH A DEAL WITH A TRADE WAR. QUOTE "PRESIDENT XI AND I WILL ALWAYS BE FRIENDS, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS WITH OUR DISPUTE ON TRADE" HE WROTE OF HIS CHINESE COUNTERPART, XI JINPING. CONTINUING "CHINA WILL TAKE DOWN ITS TRADE BARRIERS BECAUSE IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. TAXES WILL BECOME RECIPROCAL & A DEAL WILL BE MADE ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. GREAT FUTURE FOR BOTH COUNTRIES!"MEANWHILE, CHINA'S COMMERCE MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON SAYS  "THE U.S. HAS MISJUDGED THE SITUATION AND TAKEN THE WRONG ACTION,'' ADDING "CHINA IS FULLY PREPARED AND WILL TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION WITH MAJOR COUNTERMEASURES IF THE U.S. RELEASES THE LIST OF THE ADDITIONAL $100 BILLION TARIFF."TRADERS SAY THEY'LL BE WATCHING A SPEECH TODAY FROM CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING FOR CLUES TO THE COUNTRY'S NEXT STEPS.IN A SPEECH ON THURSDAY, POLITICO SAYS PRESIDENT TRUMP ADMITTED PUBLICLY THAT HIS TRADE CRACKDOWN IS CAUSING U.S. FARMERS AND RANCHERS TO FEEL PAIN. HE ALSO SAYS STEPS WILL BE TAKEN TO ADDRESS THAT REALITY. THE PRESIDENT HAS DIRECTED AG SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE"TO USE HIS BROAD AUTHORITY TO IMPLEMENT A PLAN TO PROTECT OUR FARMERS AND AGRICULTURAL INTERESTS." PERDUETOLD POLITICO THAT HE WOULD USE ALL OF USDA'S AUTHORITIES TO ENSURE U.S. AGRICULTURAL INTERESTS ARE PROTECTED. ONE DAY EARLIER, PERDUE SAID THE PROSPECT OF AN EXTENDED TRADE WAR MIGHT REQUIRE CONGRESS TO TAKE SOME EXTRAORDINARY MEASURE IN THE NEXT FARM BILL. THE USDA CAN ALSO UTILIZE FUNDS FROM THE COMMODITY CREDIT CORPORATION TO STABILIZE AND SUPPORT FARM INCOME AND PRICES. 

CHINA AND COMMODITIES
THE TENSIONS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND CHINA IS ALREADY CHANGING THE FLOW OF COMMODITIES AROUND THE WORLD.USDA SAYS MORE THAN 450-THOUSAND TONS OF SOYBEANS WERE SOLD TO UNDISCLOSED DESTINATIONS LAST WEEK.TRADERS SAY IT APPEARS THE SHIPMENTS ARE HEADED FOR THE E-U WHICH WOULD MAKE IT THE LARGEST PURCHASE OF U.S. BEANS BY E-U NATIONS IN SOME 15 YEARS

NAFTA TALKS
MEANWHILE IN OTHER TRADE NEWS, NAFTA TALKS ARE ENTERING HYPER SPEED.AS LEADERS FROM ALL THREE NATIONS PUSH NEGOTIATORS TO FINALIZE THE DEAL QUICKLY.THE MEXICAN FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS HE'S NOT RULING OUT A QUICK ENDING PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYING THURSDAY HE EXPECTS THE THREE NATIONS TO HAVE SOMETHING TO ANNOUNCE ON THE NAFTA NEGOTIATIONS VERY SOON. 

DOJ APPROVES BAYER, MONSANTO 
ACCORDING TO THE WALL STREET JOURNAL THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS APPROVED BAYER'S ACQUISITIONOF MONSANTO-AFTER THE COMPANIES AGREED TO SELL CERTAIN ASSETS TO GAIN ANTI-TRUST APPROVAL.THE AGREEMENT COMES JUST WEEKS AFTER THE EUROPEAN UNION'S APPROVAL OF THE DEAL WHICH REQUIRED SEVERAL DIVESTMENTS. HOWEVER, THERE ARE A FEW COUNTRIES LEFT TO GRANT APPROVAL BEFORE THE COMPANIES ARE ALLOWED TO LEGALLY MERGE. 

WILDFIRE, DISASTER AID ANNOUNCED
SECRETARY PERDUE AND USDA ANNOUNCING NEARLY TWO AND A HALF ($2.36) BILLION DOLLARS IN HURRICANE AND WILDFIRE AID FOR DISASTERS IN 2017.THE MONEY WILL GO TO HELP VICTIMS OF HURRICANES HARVEY, IRMA AND MARIA, AND THOSE IMPACTED BY THE MANY WILDFIRES LAST YEAR. THE USDA SAYS ITS WORKING TO DEVELOP A SYSTEM FOR AFFECTED PRODUCERS TO GET THAT DISASTER ASSISTANCE.THE FUNDS, AUTHORIZED BY CONGRESS, ARE A PART OF THE NEW 2017 WILDFIRES AND HURRICANES INDEMNITY PROGRAM...AUTHORIZED IN THE BIPARTISAN BUDGET ACT OF 2017.USDA SAYS SIGN UP FOR THE NEW PROGRAM WILL BEGIN NO LATER THAN MID-JULY.

CROP PROGRESS
WEEKEND SNOWS, COLD WEATHER AND RAIN HAS CROP PROGRESS ALL BUT STALLED IN MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY.USDA RELEASING ITS LATEST REPORT LATE MONDAY.THE NATION'S WINTER WHEAT CROP SEEING CONTINUED DECLINE IN ITS CONDITION RATING THIS WEEK.30 PERCENT NOW GOOD TO EXCELLENT.THAT'S A 2 POINT DROP IN JUST A WEEK'S TIME...AND THE SECOND LOWEST WINTER WHEAT RATING ON RECORD DATING BACK TO 1986 FOR THIS POINT IN APRIL.HOWEVER, THE SOUTHERN PLAINS CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE.ON 14 PERCENT IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT IN TEXAS.IT'S 10 PERCENT IN OKLAHOMA AND JUST 13 PERCENT IN KANSAS. 

CROP COMMENTS
LAST WEEK'S COLD SNAP AND SUBSEQUENTWARM UP IS EXPECTED TO REVEAL SOME MAJOR DAMAGE IN POCKETS OF WINTER WHEAT COUNTRY.TEMPERATURES DIPPED BELOW FREEZING STRESSING THE CROP.AGRONOMISTS SAY SOME AREAS WERE BEHIND IN MATURITY BECAUSE OF A LACK OF MOISTURE--WHICH MAY HELP LIMIT THE DAMAGE.IT'S STILL LOOKING A LOT LIKE JANUARY OUT THERE. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS AN UPDATE ON APRIL SNOW CONDITIONS IN CROP COMMENTS. MIKE. GOOD MORNING, CLINTON. WELL, LISTEN TO THIS - RON HAASE OF GILMAN, ILLINOIS SAYS THIS IS THE FIFTH TIME IT HAS SNOWED IN APRIL THIS YEAR ON HIS OPERATION. RON SAYS HE DOESN'T KNOW WHEN HE WILL START TO PLANT CORN. HE'S NOT ALONE. STEVE FELLURE SHOWING US THERE IS ALSO SNOW IN ATTICA, INDIANA.BOTH SAY PLANTING IS OUT OF SIGHT FOR RIGHT NOW. AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE WIND SPEED FORECAST. NOT MUCH WIND AS WE START THE DAY TODAY A LITTLE BIT IN THE WESTERN PORTIONS OF OREGON AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY THOUGH IT WILL BECOME WINDY OR IN THE WEST AND EVEN IN PARTS OF WYOMING AND MONTANA A LITTLE BIT WINDY OR THROUGH THE CENTRAL PLAINS AND THEN TOMORROW WE WILL SEE THOSE WINDS PICK UP ESPECIALLY IN THE AFTERNOON. AS YOU CAN SEE THERE FROM THE CENTRAL ROCKIES ACTUALLY EVEN INTO PARTS OF CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA ALL THE WAY INTO THE SOUTHERN GREAT LAKES SO LOTS OF WIND BY TOMORROW AFTERNOON. WE'LL CHECK THE REST OF YOUR FORECAST COMING UP IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. BUT FIRST HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'LL TALK LIVESTOCK AND THE GROWING COMPETITION IN THE PROTEIN SECTOR.AND LATER, THESE ILLINOIS 4-HERS ARE MARKING A MILESTONE AS THEY PACK MEALS FOR PEOPLE IN NEED.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS GRAIN MARKETS AND ESPECIALLY WHEAT SEEING A POSITIVE DAY AT THE CME. LETS GET DETAILS FROM THE FLOOR.TODAY IN SOYBEANS THEY FINALLY REBOUNDED THE TARIFF WARS HAVE REALLY SETTLED DOWN SOMEWHAT AND NOW GAVE THE MARKET SOME OPENING TO START TO GET BACK TO THE TECHNICAL BUSINESS OF RAILING. WE REALLY HAVE ALL BULLISH FUNDAMENTAL NEWS AND WE EXPECT THAT THE MARKET IS GOING TO START TO SWING BACK INTO WHERE IT WAS BEFORE THIS TARIFF TALKS BEGAN. CORN WAS HIGHER SEEMS THAT THE FUTURES ARE FINALLY FINDING THEIR FOOTING A LITTLE BIT. THAT DEMAND SHOWS THAT THERE IS A STEADY IMPROVEMENT IN THE CORN BASES UP TO TWO AND A HALF CENTS. WHEAT TODAY WAS SOARING AND I THINK THAT CERTAINLY THERE HAS BEEN OVERFLOW BUYING INTO THE CORN AND SOYBEANS BECAUSE OF THE SOARING WHEAT FUTURES THEY'VE REALLY JUMPED UP ON WEATHER IN THE PLAINS AND THEY EXPECT THAT YOU KNOW NOW THAT THIS FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE THREATENING THE WINTER WHEAT. IT'S NOT LIKE WE'VE HAD THIS HOT AND DRY TEMPERATURES FOR THE LAST TWO MONTHS. BUT FINALLY YOU KNOW SOMEBODY HAS LET THE BULLS OUT AND THEY'VE LET THEM LOOSE AND THE MARKET REALLY RALLIED UP DOUBLE DIGITS REALLY STRONG TODAY IN CATTLE. THE MARKET IS REALLY CHOPPY IT ACTUALLY OPENED AND WENT MUCH HIGHER AND WE HAD A NICE LITTLE REBOUND BUT SOME SELLING CAME IN AND KIND OF PUSHED IT DOWN A LITTLE BIT. SEEMS THAT THE CASH KETTLE HAS BEEN STRUGGLING SOMEWHAT AND THAT'S WHAT REALLY BROUGHT THE BROUGHT THE MARKET BACK. THAT'S ALL FROM THE FLOOR AT THE CME GROUP HERE IN CHICAGO AND VIRGINIA MCGATHEY

AGRIBUSINESS
LESS EXPENSIVE GRAINS AND AN IMPROVING GLOBAL ECONOMY IS HELPING TO DRIVE EXPANSION IN THE LIVESTOCK SECTOR.TYNE MORGAN HAS MORE IN TODAY'S ANALYSIS FROM THE ROAD.HERE NOW WITH CHRIS HURT AT PURDUE UNIVERSITY. CHRIS WE LOOK AT THIS GROWING PROTEIN SECTOR I MEAN WE CONTINUE TO GET THESE INVENTORY REPORT THESE CATTLE ON FEED REPORTS JUST SO SHOW THIS GROWING HERD OVERALL THIS YEAR DO YOU THINK THAT SUPPLY WILL OUTPACE DEMAND CONSIDERING SOME OF THESE DEMAND CONCERNS THAT WE HAVE ON THE TABLE TODAY. WELL WE HAVE HAD VERY STRONG DEMAND AND THAT'S RELATED TO THE STRENGTH OF THE U.S. ECONOMY. LOT OF PEOPLE WORKING LOW UNEMPLOYMENT A LOT OF JOBS AND RISING WAGE RATES THOSE ARE ALL POSITIVE TO MEET CONSUMPTION. WE'VE GOT A WORLD THAT HAS AN ECONOMY DOING VERY WELL. AND WHAT THAT SAYS EXPORTS ARE DOING VERY WELL. ON THE OTHER HAND IN 2017 LAST YEAR DEMAND OUTWEIGHED THE SUPPLY INCREASE. I THINK THIS YEAR WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE DEMAND WILL NOT BE STRONG ENOUGH TO OUTWEIGH THE SUPPLY INCREASE. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE 4 OR 4 PLUS PERCENT MORE BEEF IN THE MARKETPLACE. THREE AND A HALF TO 4 PERCENT MORE PORK AND ABOUT 2 PERCENT MORE POULTRY. AND WHAT THAT SAYS IS WHILE WE HAVE STRONG DEMAND WE'RE PROBABLY GOING TO SELL IT AT LOWER PRICES THAN WE DID LAST YEAR. SO WHAT IS YOUR OUTLOOK FOR PORK PRICES. WELL IN TERMS OF LIVE PRICES WE'VE BEEN TALKING AT THE START OF THE YEAR AROUND FIFTY THREE DOLLARS ON LIVE HOG PRICES WE THOUGHT COST WOULD BE AROUND 50. THAT'S REVERSED WE'VE SEEN HIGHER CORN AND MEAL PRICES. SO NOW WE'VE GOT OUR COSTS UP TO ABOUT 53. AND WITH THESE CHINESE TARIFFS WE'RE NOW DOWN TO ABOUT 48 49 ON HOGS. THAT'S FOUR TO FIVE DOLLARS 100 WEIGHT LOSS 12 13 DOLLARS AHEAD OF LOSS THIS YEAR SHIFTED FROM A LITTLE PROFITABILITY EARLY IN THE YEAR TO SOME LOSSES THAT WE'RE ANTICIPATING NOW FOR 2018. SO DO YOU THINK THAT ENTICES CONTRACTION. I THINK IT DOES. NOW AGAIN THE LOSSES AREN'T WON'T BE BIG ENOUGH THIS SPRING AND SUMMER TO FORCE CONTRACTION BUT AS WE GET INTO THE FALL WE THINK AND WINTER TIME WE THINK WE'LL SEE LOSSES 20 TO 25 DOLLARS A HEAD. AND THAT'S BIG ENOUGH TO START STOPPING THE EXPANSION LEVELING OFF THE HERD OR MAYBE EVEN SOME CONTRACTION INTO 2019. ALL RIGHT CHRIS THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE APPRECIATE YOU JOINING US. LET'S TAKE A QUICK BREAK HERE ON AGDAY AND THEN WE'LL HAVE A CHECK OF THE WEATHER

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. NOW MIKE I KNOW THE CALENDAR SAYS SPRING BUT GOODNESS SAKES IT'S STILL SNOWING. I KNOW IT'S BEEN ONE OF THOSE PATTERNS THAT WE JUST CAN'T GET OUT OF IT IN MUCH OF THE CORN BELT. I SEE SOME SOME HOPE. ALL RIGHT. I'M GOING TO SHOW THAT TO YOU ON THE JET STREAM. FIRST OF ALL HERE'S THE NATIONAL MAP AND WE'RE STARTING TODAY WITH A STORM SYSTEM OFF THE NORTH CAROLINA COAST. A COLD FRONT DOWN INTO NORTHERN FLORIDA. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH THAT FEATURE A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW ON THE NORTH SIDE OF IT THOUGH AS YOU CAN SEE. PARTS OF PENNSYLVANIA NEW YORK EASTERN GREAT LAKES WEAK SYSTEM DIVING INTO THE NORTHERN PART OF THE COUNTRY. AND WE HAVE TWO SYSTEMS OFFSHORE OF THE WEST COAST. THE SECOND ONE WILL SHOW UP HERE AS WE PUT THE MAPS INTO MOTION. BUT YOU CAN SEE BY LATER THIS AFTERNOON THE COLD FRONT. THE ONLY THING IN THE SOUTHEAST LEFT WITH SOME SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THERE IS THE MAIN SYSTEM IS OFFSHORE ALTHOUGH IT'S STILL PRODUCING SOME SNOW IN NEW ENGLAND AND A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN AND SNOW WITH THE WARM FRONT THERE ACROSS THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES OUT WEST. WE'LL SEE THE MAINLY RAIN BUT A LITTLE BIT OF MOUNTAIN SNOW AND SOME OF THE HIGHEST ELEVATIONS. AS YOU CAN SEE AND BY TOMORROW MORNING THAT SYSTEM WILL BE MOVING THROUGH EASTERN MONTANA. THE EASTERN SYSTEM THROUGH THE UPPER GREAT LAKES BOTH OF THEM CONTINUE TO PUSH ON OFF TO THE EAST SO MOST OF THE PRECIPITATION WITH THOSE TWO FEATURES DEFINITELY THROUGH THE NORTHERN TIER OF STATES AND THIS IS A POWERFUL STORM SYSTEM COMING IN FOR THE MIDDLE OF THIS WEEK. THAT'S LATE WEDNESDAY WITH ALREADY SOME RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOWS DOWN INTO THE SIERRA NEVADA. LOTS OF WIND WITH THAT SYSTEM AS WELL. PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE NOT A LOT OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS BUT ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 WILL ADD SOME MORE DEFINITELY IN PARTS OF FLORIDA AND WILL ADD SOME LIGHT AMOUNTS THROUGH SOME OF THE NORTHERN TIER OF STATES AS YOU CAN SEE THERE SNOWFALL AMOUNTS PAST 24 HOURS. IT'S BEEN SOME LIGHT AMOUNTS FOR THE MOST PART. PARTS OF PENNSYLVANIA NEW YORK EASTERN GREAT LAKES. ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS WILL ADD A LITTLE BIT MORE WITH THAT SYSTEM AS IT MOVES THROUGH THE NORTHERN PORTION OF NEW ENGLAND AND WE'LL HAVE SOME OF THE HIGHEST ELEVATIONS OF THE ROCKIES AS WELL AS A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW THERE MOVING ACROSS NORTH DAKOTA MINNESOTA. HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON 60S AND 70S DOWN SOUTH SO NOT ULTRA WARM YET STILL 30S AND 40S GREAT LAKES INTO THE NORTHEAST. LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT GOING TO DROP OFF INTO THE 20S AND 30S NOT TOO BAD. GREAT LAKES IN THE NORTHEAST 50S DOWN SOUTH. ANY CAN SEE AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW GETTING PRETTY HOT IN THE SOUTHWEST AND THE WARMTH STARTS TO GO IN ALL THE WAY INTO THE CENTRAL PLAINS FOR ACHANGE. AND HERE'S WHY WE'VE HAD THIS BIG CUTOFF LOW OVER HUDSON BAY FOR THREE OR FOUR WEEKS NOW. THAT'S STILL THERE AS YOU CAN SEE THROUGH MOST OF THIS WEEK. BUT THEN WE GET A CUT OFF OVER THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY SO WE GET A BRIEF WARM UP THEN A COOL DOWN LOOK THE LOW UP NORTH IS GONE. THAT MEANS WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SYSTEMS COMING FROM WEST TO EAST AND NO DIRECT SHOTS OF ARCTIC AIR. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL TWIN FALLS IDAHO MIX OF CLOUDS AND SUNSHINE. HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 64 DEGREES TODAY. CARTHAGE MISSOURI PARTLY SUNNY RATHER COOL HIGH OF 59 AND GREENFELD IN MASSACHUSETTS CLOUDY WITH JUST A BIT OF RAIN OR 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT COMES TO THE DAIRY PARLOR. THAT'S NEXT IN OUR DAIRY REPORT.AND LATER, FEEDING THOSE IN NEED. 4-HERS IN THE LAND OF LINCOLN PACKING MEALS FOR THE HUNGRY.      

DAIRY REPORT
IN OUR DAIRY REPORT, THE NATIONAL MILK PRODUCER'S FEDERATION IS CALLING ON THE FDA TO ACTION AGAINST BOLTHOUSEFARMS.THE CAMPBELL FOODS OWN BUSINESS SELLS A DRINK MADE FROM PEA POWDER--THAT'S LABELED AS MILK.NMPFSAYS THE BEVERAGE IS UNFAIRLY AND ILLEGALLY SKIRTING FEDERAL REGULATIONS.ADDING THAT THE COMPANY IS IGNORING FDA STANDARDS THAT SAY MILK AND OTHER DAIRY PRODUCTS MUST BE SOURCED FROM ANIMALS, NOT PLANTS.IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT HAS ARREST 97 WORKERS AT A MEATPACKING PLANT IN TENNESSEE.THAT MAKES IT THE SINGLE LARGEST WORKPLACE RAID IN A DECADE. OFFICIALS SAY IT BEGAN AS A CRIMINAL RAID DUE TO LARGE CASH WITHDRAWLSFROM THE BANK BUT TURNED INTO AN IMMIGRATION OPERATION WHEN ICE OFFICIALS EXECUTED A CRIMINAL SEARCH WARRANT AT THE MEATPACKING PLANT IN GRAINGER COUNTY, TENNESSEE.IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT SAY 10 IMMIGRANTS WERE ARRESTED ON FEDERAL CRIMINAL CHARGES, ONE ARRESTED ON STATE CHARGES AND 86 WERE DETAINED FOR BEING IN THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA. TRACTORS, HAY TOOLS, UTILILTY VEHICLES, MOWERS AND MORE.  VISIT KUBOTA.COM TODAY. AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER 4-H HAS BEEN A GREAT WAY TO RAISE CIVIC MINDED KIDS--A GREAT WAY TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.AND 4-HERS IN ILLINOIS ARE LEARNING THOSE LESSONS--HELPING PREPARE MEALS FOR PEOPLE IN NEED. UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS' TODD GLEASON HAS THE STORY. THE WEATHER WAS COLD FOR THE BEGINNING OF APRIL, BUT THE HEARTS WERE ALL WARM. 4-H MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEERS GATHERED IN A SHED TO CREATE AND PACKAGE UP MEALS. IT'S SOMETHING THEY'VE BEEN DOING UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION'S BILL MILLION SINCE 2013. "THAT TIME WAS THE SAME YEAR WE LAUNCHED THE 4-H FEEDING & GROWING OUR COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE HERE IN ILLINOIS. MEAL PACKAGING HAS BEEN ONE OF THE INTEGRAL COMPONENTS OF ENGAGING 4-H MEMBERS, 4-H CLUBS, AND COMMUNITIES THAT ADDRESS HUNGER AND FOOD INSECURITY HERE IN ILLINOIS."THAT'S NO SMALL ACCOMPLISHMENT. FEEDING AMERICA PUTS THE NUMBER OF FOOD INSECURE IN THE UNITED STATES AT 13.4% WITH FAR MORE THAN A MILLION OF THOSE IN ILLINOIS. THAT MEANS THEY'RE NOT SURE WHEN OR WHERE THEY'LL GET THEIR NEXT MEAL. AND NOW A MILLION OF THOSE MEALS HAVE BEEN PACKAGED UP FOR THEM BY KIDS LIKE MARSHALL BOWMAN. HE SAYS THE VOLUNTEER WORK IS A GOOD THING TO DO."BECAUSE YOU ARE GIVING PEOPLE FOOD SO THEY CAN LIVE. "MARSHALL AND HIS 4-H FRIENDS IN MORGAN COUNTY PACKAGED UP ABOUT 12,000 MEALS IN AN HOUR. IT'S AN EVENT THAT'S BEEN HAPPENING ALL ACROSS ILLINOIS FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS. IN THOSE 12,000 MEALS WAS THE 1 MILLIONTH PACKAGE AND SO VERY MUCH MORE SAYS BILL MILLION."OH ABSOLUTELY. THEY ARE LEARNING LEADERSHIP, CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, HOW TO WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM. THEY ARE LEARNING TO BE ABLE TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. WE'VE HAD CLOVER BUD MEMBERS, THE YOUNGEST AUDIENCE WE HAVE IN THE ILLINOIS 4-H PROGRAM WITH US TONIGHT, AND IT IS AT THAT AGE WERE THEY ARE BEGINNING TO LEARN COOPERATION, TEAMWORK, AND BEING ABLE TO FOLLOW DIRECTION AND AT THE END OF THE EVENING HAVE A GOOD FEELING THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO HELP SOMEBODY ELSE."A SOMEBODY ELSE THAT NEEDED THEIR HELP. "

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

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