AgDay Daily Recap - April 19, 2018

April 19, 2018 12:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
APRIL 19, 2018

HEADLINES

THE HOUSE AG COMMITTEE PASSES THE FARM BILL ON A PARTY LINE VOTE. IN AGRIBUSINESS....DIVING INTO DAIRY. "HOW DOES ANIMAL HEALTH IN A FEED LOT COMPARE TO HUMAN HEALTH IN A HOSPITAL? PRODUCERS  AND SCIENTISTS SAY THERE ARE MORE SIMILARITIES THAN WHAT YOU THINK. WE HAVE THE STORY AHEAD  IN THE SHOW," AND COULD A HUMAN TREATMENT HELP CURE EQUINE CANCER? RESEARCHERS ARE GIVING IT A TRY. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO,  THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD. 

FARM BILL MARKUP
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE HOUSE AG COMMITTEE MEETING TO BEGIN THE MARKUP PROCESS FOR A  NEW FARM BILL.  AND THE GATHERING LESS THAN CORDIAL...IN WHAT IS TYPICALLY A BIPARTISAN  EFFORT.  DURING THE HEARING, MEMBERS POURING THROUGH THE DRAFT OF THE  ESTIMATED 86.5 BILLION DOLLAR A YEAR FARM BILL.  FOLLOWING MARKUP AND AMENDMENTS THE HOUSE PASSING THE MEASURE ON  THE PARTY LINE VOTE 26 TO 20. AG COMMITTEE CHAIR MIKE CONAWAY STRESSING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE BILL  DURING SUCH UNCERTAIN TIMES IN AGRICULTURE. HOWEVER, RANKING MEMBER COLLIN PETERSON AND COMMITTEE DEMOCRATS  SHARING THEIR STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE BILL THEY SAY WAS WRITTEN IN  SECRET.  "MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS A FLAWED BILL. THIS IS FAULT OF A BAD AND NON TRANSPARENT PROCESS.  WHEN I WAS CHAIRMAN, WE MARKED THE BILL UP IN SUBCOMMITTEE. WE DIDN'T DO THAT THIS TIME. I OPPOSE IT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON MY COMMITTEE TO OPPOSE IT AS WELL."PETERSON SAYS THE BILL IS FAR FROM BI-PARTISAN. HE AND OTHERS COMPLAINING ABOUT THAT LACK OF A MANDATORY BASELINE  FOR THE ENERGY TITLE OR THE BEGINNING FARMER AND RANCHER  DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. HOWEVER, THE BIGGEST DEBATE CONTINUES TO BE THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION PROGRAM, ALSO KNOWN AS SNAP. PETERSON SAYS HE CAN'T SUPPORT A NEW SNAP PROGRAM THAT'S UNTESTED. MUCH OF THE DISAGREEMENT CENTERING ON WORK REQUIREMENTS IN THE  NUTRITION TITLE...THERE'S ALSO NO MONEY FOR AN ENERGY TITLE. DEMOCRATS, EMBOLDENED BY PROSPECTS OF RETAKING THE HOUSE IN  NOVEMBER AND SPEAKER PAUL RYAN'S ANNOUNCED JANUARY RETIREMENT,  HAVE LITTLE REASON TO DEAL AND SAY THEY WON'T.  "LET ME BE CLEAR, THIS BILL AS IT'S WRITTEN CURRENTLY KICKS PEOPLE OFF THE SNAP PROGRAM. THE  CHAIRMAN CALLS ITSELF SELECTION, CALL IT WHATEVER YOU WANT, IT'S REDUCING THE SNAP PROGRAM."CONAWAY DISAGREES...ADAMENTLY ARGUING REQUIRE WORK OR TRAINING FOR  A PORTION OF SNAP RECIPIENTS ISN'T KICKING THEM OFF. REPRESENTATIVE RODNEY DAVIS SAYING THE SNAP PROVISIONS ARE  COMMONSENSE AND CONTINUES TO PROVIDE BENEFITS TO THE MOST  VULNERABLE WHILE SUBSTANTIALLY INVESTING IN THOSE WHO ARE WORK CAPABLE.  "IN MY HOMESTATE OF ILLINOIS, 67 PERCENT OF ALL WORK CAPABLE ADULTS WHO RECEIVE SNAP ARE NOT  WORKING. BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO IN MOST CASES BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE THE ADEQUATE TRAINING THAT THIS BILL IS WILLING TO PROVIDE THEM TO FILL THE GOOD PAYING JOBS THEY WANT AND  NEED." PROPONENTS OF THE BILL SAY THE DRAFT PROVIDES POSITIVE PROVISIONS BY  ADDING ACRES TO THE CONSERVATION PROGRAM AND STRENGTHENING  COMMODITY SAFETY NETS. ONCE THE BILL CLEARS COMMITTEE IT HAS TO GO THE FULL FLOOR OF THE  HOUSE FOR A VOTE...LIKELY IN MAY. 

JAPAN’S PM MEETING TRUMP
JAPAN'S PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE SPENDING TIME IN FLORIDA WITH  PRESIDENT TRUMP THIS WEEK. THE TWO TALKING TRADE INCLUDING ALLOWING MORE U.S. ETHANOL TO FLOW  INTO JAPAN. JAPAN ANNOUNCING IT WILL ALLOW IMPORTS OF A GASOLINE ADDITIVE MADE  FROM U.S. CORN-BASED ETHANOL--CALLED ETBE. JAPAN SAYS U.S. ETHANOL CAN MEET UP TO 44 PERCENT OF A TOTAL ESTIMATED  DEMAND OR POTENTIALLY 95.5 MILLION GALLONS OF U.S.-PRODUCED ETHANOL  ANNUALLY. 

CHINA TARIFFS, PORK
MEANWHILE CONTINUED REACTION TO CHINA'S ANTIDUMPING DUTIES ON U.S.  SORGHUM. THE 179 PERCENT TARIFF ON SORGHUM, THE LATEST IN A SERIES OF TRADE  BARBS BETWEEN THE TWO NATIONS. MEANWHILE AUSTRALIAN SORGHUM PRICES ROSE WEDNESDAY ON  EXPECTATIONS OF STRONGER DEMAND. EARLIER THIS MONTH CHINA ANNOUNCING PLANS TO LEVY TARIFFS OF UP TO 25  PERCENT ON PORK. HOWEVER SINCE THEN PORK FUTURES PRICES HAVE BEEN ON THE RISE HERE AT HOME. JULY HOG FUTURES CONTRACTS TRADED ABOVE 80 DOLLARS PER HUNDRED ON  WEDNESDAY. CASH PRICES ARE ALSO TRENDING UP ALTHOUGH THEY STILL HAVE WORK TO DO TO CATCH FUTURES. BACK IN CHINA, ITS NOT THE SAME STORY. SOME CHINESE PIG FARMERS ARE ADJUSTING EXPANSION PLANS OR PUTTING   PROJECTS ON HOLD BECAUSE OF A GLUT IN THE MARKET. THAT'S PUSHED CHINESE HOG PRICES TO AN EIGHT-YEAR LOW LAST MONTH.  REUTERS REPORTING COMPANIES ARE PAUSING EXPANSION AND SOME SMALL FARMERS ARE SLAUGHTERING SOWS. THIS FOLLOWING CHINA'S PUSH FOR EXPANSION EVEN AS GLOBAL PORK SUPPLIES REMAIN NEAR RECORD LEVELS. WHILE FEEDLOT OPERATORS ARE SEEING AN EROSION OF PROFITS, THERE'S  GROWING EVIDENCE THAT BEEF DEMAND REMAINS STRONG. AND CONSUMERS MAY SEE LOWER PRICES HEADING INTO THE GRILLING  SEASON. 

BEEF PRICES
USDA'S MARCH RETAIL BEEF PRICE WAS FIVE-60 PER POUND, WHICH IS 7 CENTS  HIGHER THAN FEBRUARY, AND 5 CENTS HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR. OUR  PARTNERS AT DROVERS SAY THAT PRICE AND THE ESTIMATED PER-CAPITA SUPPLIES FOR THE MONTH, SUGGEST MARCH RETAIL BEEF DEMAND WAS 2%  HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR.  "LOOKING AHEAD, LOWER CATTLE PRICES ARE ENCOURAGING RETAILERS TO BOOK BEEF AHEAD FOR SUMMER AND FALL. IT APPEARS THAT RETAILERS ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CURRENT LOW FUTURES PRICES  TO COVER THEIR NEEDS. MARKET ANALYSTS SAY SALES OF BEEF IN THE 60 TO 90 DAY WINDOW ARE UP  OVER 30% FROM LAST YEAR, AND SALES FOR MORE THAN 90 DAYS OUT ARE MORE THAN DOUBLE LAST  YEAR."HENDERSON SAYS THOSE NUMBERS SUGGEST STRONG DOMESTIC DEMAND. HE  SAYS NET MEAT EXPORTS ARE ALSO SHOWING GAINS FOR THE YEAR. HENDERSON SAYS MAINTAINING STRONG DEMAND FOR BEEF WILL BE CRITICAL  OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS AS LARGER SUPPLIES ARE COMING TO MARKET.  

CROP COMMENTS
THIS COLD WEATHER HAS BEEN AROUND A WHILE..AND SOME GROWERS IN A  CALIFORNIA ARE STILL LOOKING TO FIND OUT THE IMPACT. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS MORE IN TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING CLINTON THIS COMES FROM THE CALIFORNIA FARM BUREAU'S FACEBOOK PAGE. THEY SAY THIS SACRAMENTO VALLEY ALMOND FARMER HAS HIS FINGERS CROSSED AS HE MONITORS HIS ORCHARDS. HE SAYS THE EXTENT OF DAMAGE FROM A FEBRUARY FREEZE REMAINS  UNCERTAIN.  FARMERS AND AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONERS SAY THE EFFECTS APPEARS TO  VARY GREATLY, DEPENDING ON LOCATION, TREE VARIETY AND OTHER FACTORS.  THE FIRST GOVERNMENT ESTIMATE OF THE ALMOND CROP WILL BE RELEASED  NEXT MONTH. TAKE A LOOK AT THE WIND SPEED FORECASTING SEE A LITTLE BIT WINDY FROM THE GREAT LAKES INTO THE  MID-ATLANTIC AS WE START TODAY. IT'S WINDY AND WINDY OR OUT WEST IN THE FOUR CORNERS REGION.  LATER IN IT AS WE HEAD THROUGH TONIGHT A LOT OF THE WIND SUBSIDES IN THE EASTERN PARTS OF THE  COUNTRY. BUT IT REALLY BEGINS TO PICK UP AGAIN IN THE SOUTHWESTERN PLAINS AND PARTS OF THE  SOUTHWEST AS YOU CAN SEE RIGHT THERE. WE'LL HAVE YOUR FORECAST COMING UP. FIRST HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN. TEMP 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'LL TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT DAIRY MARKETS. AND LATER, WE'RE OFF TO A NEBRASKA FEEDLOT WHERE THIS PRODUCER TAKES  ANTIBIOTIC STEWARDSHIP SERIOUSLY. PLUS WE LOOK AT UNIQUE CROSSOVER TREATMENT FOR A CERTAIN FORM OF  CANCER THAT CAN AFFECT BOTH HUMANS AND HORSES. 

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS A MIXED DAY FOR MARKETS. LETS GET DETAILS NOW FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. TODAY IN SOYBEANS IT WAS KIND OF A MIXED BAG. THERE WAS LIKE AN EARLY REBOUND THAT FADED THE MARKET REALLY OPENED HIGHER AND IT TRIGGERED SELLING RIGHT AWAY. SEEMS THAT THE TRADERS JUST KEEP TAKING THE PROFITS OFF THE TABLE AND THEIR EYES ARE ARE ON THE ESCALATING TENSIONS WITH CHINA. HORNE WAS FIRM TODAY IT OVER OVERFLOW BUYING FROM THE WHEAT MARKET BECAUSE THE WHEAT WAS ACTUALLY STRONG BUT IT GAVE FUTURES A BOOST A LITTLE BIT BUT WARMER WEATHER AHEAD CERTAINLY LOOKS LIKE IT'S GOING TO SPEED UP THE PLANTING PROCESS AND IF IT DOES THEN THAT'S DEFINITELY GOING TO PUT A LID ON ANY KIND OF RALLY FOR CORN JUST FOR THE NEAR TERM. WHEAT WAS THE REAL PLAYER TODAY IT WAS MUCH HIGHER. IT SEEMS THAT THE RAIN IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS IS JUST NOT ENOUGH. THAT'S ALL FROM THE FLOOR AT THE CME GROUP HERE IN CHICAGO VIRGINIA MAGATHEY> THE DAIRY MARKET SEEING A DAY OR TWO OF STRENGTH THIS WEEK.

ANALYSIS
TYNE MORGAN TAKES A BROADER LOOK IN TODAY'S ANALYSIS FROM THE ROAD. HERE NOW IS SCOTT BROWN OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI. SCOTT THERE'S NO DENYING THAT THE  LANDSCAPE OF DAIRY IS CHANGING. WE SAW 80 PRODUCERS LEAVE LOSE THEIR DEANFOOD CONTRACTS.  SOME ARE BEING FORCED OUT OF DAIRY PRODUCTION. SOME ARE VOLUNTARILY LEAVING TALK ABOUT THE  CHANGING LANDSCAPE TODAY. YEAH I THINK FIRST OF ALL WHEN YOU JUST LOOK AT THE AMOUNT OF MILK BEING PRODUCED TODAY THERE'S TOO MUCH MILK AND THIS IS CREATING A SITUATION WHERE SOME  FOLKS CAN LET PRODUCERS GO KNOWING THAT THEY REALLY DON'T NEED ANY MORE MILK IN THE SYSTEM  RIGHT NOW. SO IT IS A VERY TOUGH TIME BUT AT THE SAME TIME WE'RE SEEING A REAL CHANGE IN THE STRUCTURE OF THE DAIRY INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO BE DOMINATED BY MORE AND MORE LARGER  PRODUCERS. RT RECENTLY ADDED THE ANNUAL MEETING WHERE I SAW THEM TALK ABOUT THE FIRST TWENTY FIVE PERCENT OF THEIR MILK COMES FROM ABOUT A HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN OPERATIONS AS I  RECALL IN THE LAST TWENTY FIVE PERCENT COMES FROM SEVENTY EIGHT HUNDRED. THAT'S A VERY  DIFFERENT LANDSCAPE FOR THEM AS WELL. SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT POLICY THAT COULD HELP DAIRY YOU KNOW WE'VE HEARD WE NEED SOME SOME WE'VE SEEN SOME FIXES HAPPEN WE NEED MORE  CHANGES FOR THE DAIRY INDUSTRY. HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH A SOLUTION THAT FITS THOSE PRODUCERS  THAT ARE IN THAT LAST 25 PERCENT YET IMPACTING THE FIRST 25 PERCENT INTO IT. IT GETS VERY TOUGH YOU  KNOW WHEN YOU SEE WHAT WE'VE DONE WITH MARGIN PROTECTION PROGRAM WHERE WE TALK ABOUT THE FIRST NOW FIVE MILLION POUNDS OF MILK BEING ELIGIBLE FOR COVERAGE WITH LOWER PREMIUMS I  THINK THAT DOES HELP SOME OF THE SMALLER PRODUCERS THAT WE HAVE OUT THERE LARGER PRODUCERS  HAVE A LOT MORE RISK MANAGEMENT OPTIONS AT THEIR FINGERTIPS THAT THEY CAN USE AND SO THAT'S  WHERE I THINK MPP FOR THEM WITH HIGHER PREMIUMS IS IT MAYBE THE FIRST THING THEY TURN TO. REAL  QUICK WHAT IS YOUR OUTLOOK FOR MILK PRICES THIS YEAR. WELL I THINK WE ARE GOING TO SEE SOME  REBOUND FROM THE VERY LOW PRICES THAT WE STARTED 2013 WITH. WE'RE LIKELY NOT GOING TO FIND  2018 A VERY PROFITABLE YEAR BUT HOPEFULLY IN THE SECOND HALF WITH NOW WHAT'S A DOLLAR 60 CHEESE IN MARKET TODAY IF THAT CONTINUES I THINK WE'LL LOOK INTO MILK PRICES BACK TO WHERE  WHERE WE SAW IN LATE 2017 AS WELL SO BETTER IN THE SECOND HALF OF THIS YEAR. CAN WE AT LEAST  BREAK BREAKEVEN. I DON'T THINK EVERYONE IS GOING TO SAY THAT THEY'RE GOING TO FIND 2018 A  BREAKEVEN YEAR EVEN IN THE SECOND HALF IT'S GOING TO BE PRETTY BURIED. ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU SO  MUCH. WE APPRECIATE IT. STAY WITH US. WE NEED TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK AND WE'LL HAVE A CHECK OF WEATHER HERE ON AGDAY.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE WE'RE HOPING THAT'S  THE LAST GASP OF WINTER IN PLACES IN IOWA HAVING SCHOOL CANCELED ON WEDNESDAY. THAT'S  INCREDIBLE. I DON'T KNOW IF THAT MIGHT BE A RECORD LATE UPDATE ON THAT. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. WELL I  DON'T SEE ANY MORE REAL COLD COMING OUR WAY. AT LEAST AFTER THIS BATCH OF COLD AIR THAT'S ALREADY HERE MOVES AWAY AND YOU CAN STILL SEE IT'S SNOWING IN THE EASTERN OHIO VALLEY. PARTS  OF PENNSYLVANIA NEW YORK THIS MORNING. THAT SYSTEM WILL MOVE QUICKLY EASTWARD THOUGH  NEXT SYSTEM ISN'T NEARLY AS STRONG BUT IT'S GOING PRETTY FAR SOUTH. EVEN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA  HAS A CHANCE FOR SOME SHOWERS WILL BE A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW FARTHER NORTH OF THAT AREA OF LOW  PRESSURE IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. YOU CAN SEE BY LATER TODAY STILL SOME LAKE EFFECT IN THE  EASTERN GREAT LAKES SOME RAIN IN EASTERN NEW ENGLAND. BY THE TIME WE GET TO TOMORROW THE LINGERING BITS OF SNOW IN PARTS OF NEW ENGLAND STARTING THE DAY OTHERWISE HIGH PRESSURE FROM  THE SOUTH EAST ALL THE WAY INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS JUST A BIT OF MOISTURE WITH THIS SYSTEM  COMING THROUGH THE FOUR CORNER REGION. ANY MOISTURE IS APPRECIATED THERE SINCE THAT'S THE  REALLY BAD DROUGHT AREA. SO THIS IS YOUR BEST CHANCE FOR MOISTURE AND A COUPLE OF WEEKS AND HOPEFULLY YOU GET AT LEAST SOME NEXT SYSTEM LATER IN THE DAY TOMORROW STARTING TO APPROACH  WESTERN WASHINGTON. AS FAR AS PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE PAST 24 HOURS BOTH PRECEPT AND SNOW.  WE HAD A COMPUTER CHANGEOVER TODAY AND SO WE DON'T HAVE THE PAST 24 HOURS THERE BUT WE ARE ABLE TO SHOW YOU THE NEXT 36 HOURS OF MOISTURE. YOU CAN SEE A LITTLE BIT MAINLY IN THE  HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE EASTERN ROCKIES AND EASTWARD INTO THE WESTERN PLAINS A LITTLE BIT IN  NEW ENGLAND. SNOWFALL SAME IDEA WE'RE JUST ABLE TO SHOW YOU TODAY THE NEXT 36 HOURS. AND YOU CAN SEE WHERE THAT REALLY PILES UP SOME OF THOSE HIGHER ELEVATIONS WEST OF DENVER  THEY'RE GETTING PUMMELED WITH A LOT OF SNOW AND A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW STILL IN NORTHERN NEW  ENGLAND. SO THIS AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES STILL PRETTY CHILLY ACROSS MOST OF THE MIDSECTION OF THE COUNTRY FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. 70S AND 80S HAVE BEEN SHOVED ALL THE WAY TO THE GULF  COAST REGION LOWS TONIGHT GOING TO DROP OFF INTO THE 20S AND 30S ACROSS MOST OF THE CORN  BELT EVEN 40S DOWN INTO PARTS OF THE SOUTHEAST AT LEAST AWAY FROM THE OCEANS. AND THEN YOU  CAN SEE TOMORROW AFTERNOON WE BEGIN TO SEE A LITTLE BIT OF A WARM UP BACK INTO TEXAS BUT THESE ARE STILL FAIRLY CHILLY NUMBERS FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR JETSTREAM YOU CAN SEE IT'S AN  ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN WITH SOME SLOW MOVING ALMOST CUT OFF LOW PRESSURE SYSTEMS MOVING  FROM WEST TO EAST. BUT HERE'S THE THING I KEEP POINTING OUT WE NO LONGER SEE THE ARCTIC REGION  COMING SOUTH OF CENTRAL CANADA. SO AT LEAST THE ARCTIC AIR IS CUT OFF. AND IF THAT STAYS THE CASE  THEN WE WON'T HAVE ANOTHER REAL BIG BOUT OF WINTER YET THIS YEAR. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS GOING TO CHEYENNE WYOMING FIRST OF ALL  SUNNY BREEZY MILD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 60 DEGREES. GREENVILLE MISSISSIPPI LOTS OF SUNSHINE  AND COOLER WITH A HIGH OF 61. AND FINALLY BUFFALO NEW YORK CLOUDY JUST A BIT OF SNOW AT TIMES  HIGHER AROUND 36 DEGREES

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK A LOOK AT THE TEAM EFFORT BEHIND ANTIBIOTIC AND  MICROBIAL RESISTANCE. PLUS WE'LL SEE HOW ONE UNIVERSITY IS USING SKILLS TO FIGHT LEUKEMIA IN HUMANS MAY ALSO PROVE BENEFICIAL IN THE HORSE BARN. DETAILS WHEN WE  HEAD IN THE COUNTRY. 

DROVERS TV
WHILE YOU ARE FOCUSED ON RAISING THE WORLD'S MOST NUTRITIOUS BEEF, YOUR CHECKOFF IS OPENING  DOORS AND TELLING CONSUMERS WHY BEEF IS ALWAYS A GREAT CHOICE. VISIT MYBEEFCHECKOFF.COM  TO LEARN HOW ELSE YOUR CHECKOFF IS OPENING DOORS.THE "ONE HEALTH INITIATIVE" CONCEPT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR MORE THAN A DECADE. IT LOOKS AT HOW THE ENVIRONMENT, HUMAN AND ANIMAL HEALTH ALL CONNECT. THE BEEF CHECKOFF PROMOTIONAL BOARD ALONG WITH SOME OF ITS  SUBCONTRACTORS ARE TAKING THE INITIATIVE A STEP FURTHER ...STUDYING  DISEASE TRANSMISSION, ANTIBIOTIC AND ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE ACROSS  THE FOOD CHAIN.  BETSY JIBBEN REPORTS.  PLACED IN DODGE, NEBRASKA IS NO SMALL FEEDLOT..3,000 HEAD OF CATTLE TO BE EXACT HERE AT THE J & S FEEDLOT OWNED AND OPERATED BY JOAN RUSKAMP AND HER FAMILY. "WE WORK WITH A NUTRITIONIST, WE HAVE A VETERINARY TEAM (TAKE OUT) WHICH ONE, HELPS US DEVELOP RATIONS TO HELP THE ANIMALS STAY HEALTHY,"A STRICT MEDICAL PLAN IS IN PLACE. " ...AND THEN TWO A VACCINATION PROGRAM TO HLEP THEIR IMMUNE SYSTEM  BUILD UP THEN WHAT ANTIBIOTIC WOULD BE NEEDED IF  NEEDED IF AN ANIMAL IS SICK,"SOMETIMES THE CATTLE ARE ISOLATED TO WHAT JOAN CALLS "A HOSPITAL BARN" UNTIL THEY FEEL BETTER."THEY'RE OUT OF THE WEATHER FOR ONE, SEPARATE WITH THEIR PENS SO WHATEVER THEY HAVE, THEY'RE NOT SHARING WITH EVERYBODY ELSE,""RUSKAMP SAYS THE GOAL IS TO START A CONVERSATION AND BRING WHAT SHE DOES ON THE FEEDLOT OVER TO CONSUMERS AND EVEN SCIENTISTS,"THAT'S WHY THE BEEF CHECKOFF AND THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ANIMAL AGRICULTURE, A SUBCONTRACTOR TO CBB, ARE STARTING TO WORK WITH THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL TO UNDERSTAND EACHOTHER.THEY ALL MET LAST MONTH FOR A MEETING, BRINGING FROM ALL LEVELS OF THE FOOD CHAIN TOGETHER TO GET ON THE FRONT LINE OF FOOD SAFETY. "IF WE WORK TOGETHER AND CAN CONTROL DISEASE AND ILLNESS SO THAT WE CAN ALL BE HEALTHIER, WE HAVE A SUCCESS STORY TO SHARE,"RUSKAMP ATTENDED AND WANTS TO TELL HER STORY...AND COMMUNICATE TO THE INDUSTRY WHAT SHE DOES ON A DAILY BASIS. "ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE IS MAINSTREAM NOW. PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT IT. PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT IT. RATHER THAN ISOLATING OURSELVES FROM HUMAN MEDICINE, THE SYMPOSIUM BRINGS US TOGETHER,"ALL OF THE GROUPS ARE LOOKING AT ANTIBIOITIC RESISTANCE AND THE JUDICIAL USE OF THEM. TO SEE IF THERE'S A COORELATION BETWEEN THE ENVIRONMENT, HUMANS AND ANIMALS. "WE HAVE THE SAME DISCUSSION AND ISSUES THAT THE CDC HAS WITH THEIR HOSPITALS WHEN THEY LOOK AT HOW THEY REDUCE THE NEED FOR ANTIBIOTIC USE IN THEIR SYSTEM. WE HAVE SIMILARITIES AND OUR GOAL IS TO ALL BENEFIT EACHOTHER'S EXPERIENCES AND KNOWLEDGE."AND THEY'RE LOOKING AT DISEASE TRANSMISSION AND A WAY TO PREVENT FOODBORNE ILLNESSES "THE ISSUE ITSELF WON'T BE SOLVED BY ONE PERSON OR ONE GROUOP. IT MAY NOT BE SOLVED AT ALL BUT AT LEAST WE CAN ADDRESS THE ISSUE AND CONTINU ETO UNDERSTAND ON ALL SIDES,"IT'S A FORMAT WHERE MOORE AND RUSKAMP FEEL THEY CAN COMMUNICATE NOT POINT FINGERS AT ONE ANOTHER TO FIGURE OUT THE PROBLEM."I WAS IMPRESSED FOR THEIR DESIRE TO HEAR WHAT WE'RE DOING ON OUR FARMS AND RANCHES SO THEY CAN IMPLEMENT THAT IN WHATEVER THEY'RE DOIGN TO HELP FOOD SAFETY AND HOW TO FIND THE CAUSE AND HOW TO PREVENT FUTURE ILLNESSES,"THE CDC SAYING "WE RELAY ON RELATIONSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS TO INCREASE KNOWLEDGE ON RISK AND ATTRIBUTION, WHICH ALLOWS US TO DEVELOP APPROPRIATE PROTECTIVE AND PREVENTATIVE MEASURES."MOORE SAYS THE CDC DOES NOT REGULATE THE CATTLE INDUSTRY BUT THE CENTER WORKS WITH USDA, FDA AND ITS STAKEHOLDERS FOR ITS RECOMMENDATIONS. "THIS RELATIONSHIP IS ONE WITH AN ORGANIZATION WHICH DOESN'T REGULATE WHAT WE DO BUT IS BASED ON SOUND SCIENCE THAT GIVES OUT RECOMMENDATIONS."AS RUSKAMP STANDS IN HER 'HOSPITAL BARN' "WHEN THEY'RE CONTENT, THEY ARE HEALTHIER AND THEY GROW WHEN THEY FINISH DURING A WAY THAT MAKES IT BETTER FOR THEM AND FOR US WORKING WITH THEM AND FOR THOSE WHO EVENTUALLY EAT THE FOOD THAT THEY PRODUCE,"SHE CARES FOR THE ONES THAT NEED EXTRA HELP AND MAINTAINSTHE HEALTH OF THE REST...DOING WHAT SHE CAN UNTIL THE CATTLE MOVE ON TO THE NEXT STEP IN THEIR JOURNEY. REPORTING FOR AGDAY, I'M BETSY JIBBEN. 

TEASE
UP NEXT - SEE HOW A SPECIAL CANCER TREATMENT FOR HUMANS MAY HELP THIS  HORSE LIVE A LONGER LIFE. IN THE COUNTRY IS NEXT. 

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA. TRACTORS, HAY TOOLS, UTILILTY VEHICLES, MOWERS AND MORE.  VISIT KUBOTA.COM TODAY. DOCTORS FROM THEE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY ARE JOINING FORCES TO FIND A  COMMON BOND TO FIGHT CANCER THAT AFFECTS BOTH PEOPLE AND HORSES. THIS CROSS-OVER TREATMENT IS USED TO TREAT CHRONIC LYMPHO-CYTICLEUKEMIA - OR CLL. TESTING PROVED THAT BOB THE HORSE HAD C-L-L....A FORM OF BLOOD CANCER  THAT'S RARE IN HORSES.  IT'S MORE COMMONLY FOUND IN HUMANS. THROUGH A COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH EFFORT, BOB'S VETERINARY TEAM  CONNECTED WITH DOCTOR JOHN BYRD FROM OHIO STATE'S COMPREHENSIVE  CARE CENTER. BYRD SPECIALIZES IN C-L-L. THEY TREATED BOB WITH A DRUG KNOWN AS IBRUTINIB  WHICH HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN HUMAN CASES. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IT'S BEEN TRIED ON AN EQUINE. "YOU KNOW WITH THESE PILLS PARTICULARLY OLDER PATIENTS WITH THIS DISEASE THEY CAN TAKE THE PILL  ONCE A DAY. THE DISEASE YOU KNOW THE DISEASE GOES AWAY AND YOU KNOW THEY CAN EXPECT IN MANY CASES TO LIVE AS LONG AS THEY WOULD WITHOUT CELO. SO OUR HOPE IS THAT WE CAN TRANSLATE  THIS BACK TO THE HORSE OR SOME OF OUR OTHER THERAPIES THAT ARE USED IN HEALTH."THE VETERINARY TEAM SAYS BOB IS NOT SHOWING MANY SIGNS OF THE  DISEASE. THEY HOPE TO PROLONG HIS LIFE AND GIVE HIM A BETTER QUALITY OF  LIFE. BOB IS 16 YEARS OLD AND GREW-UP ON A PENNSYLVANIA FARM. 

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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