AgDay Daily Recap -April 20, 2017

April 20, 2017 10:02 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
APRIL 20, 2017

HEADLINES
THE WHITE HOUSE TAKES NOTE OF DAIRY PROBLEMS WITH  CANADA. "I'M TYNE MORGAN....COULD REWORKING NAFTA HELP THE GRASSLAND  DAIRY FARMERS FIND A HOME FOR THEIR MILK? I'LL HAVE THE STORY COMING UP  ON AGDAY." IN THE PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING...."TOO MANY HOGS COMING TO THE  MARKET RIGHT NOW." "I'M BETSY JIBBEN . IT'S HARVEST TIME FOR MAPLE GROWERS IN NEW YORK STATE. SEE HOW THEY TURN SAP INTO SYRUP AHEAD ON AGDAY." AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY  THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.

CANADA-U.S. DAIRY RELATIONS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS.  CANADA'S AMBASSADOR TO THE U-S  STRIKES BACK AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP WHO CALLS CANADA'S TRADE  PRACTICES "VERY UNFAIR" TO U-S DAIRY. "WE'RE ALSO GOING TO STAND UP FOR OUR DAIRY FARMERS IN WISCONSIN... (APPLAUSE)."AS AGDAY HAS BEEN REPORTING, CANADA'S NATIONAL INGREDIENTS STRATEGY  HAS - IN EFFECT - BLOCKED U-S EXPORTS OF ULTRA-FILTERED MILK. THAT CLASS  OF MILK IS USED FOR CHEESE PRODUCTION IN CANADA. NUMEROUS DAIRY FARMERS IN WISCONSIN, MINNESOTA AND NEW YORK LOST  THEIR CONTRACTS WITH DAIRY PROCESSORS WHICH SHIP MILK TO CANADA.  INDUSTRY GROUPS ARE URGING THE WHITE HOUSE TO TAKE ACTION. WHILE TOURING A TOOL MANUFACTURER IN WISCONSIN, THE PRESIDENT TOOK- UP THE DAIRY CONCERNS. "WE'RE GOING TO GET TOGETHER AND WE'RE GOING TO CALL CANADA AND WE'RE GOING TO SAY WHAT HAPPENED. AND THEY MIGHT GIVE US AN ANSWER BUT WE'RE GOING TO GET A SOLUTION AND NOT JUST THE ANSWER OK, CUZ WE KNOW WHAT THE SOLUTION IS, ALRIGHT?"ACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, AMBASSADOR DAVID MCNAUGHTON  SENT A LETTER TO WISCONSIN'S GOVERNOR SAYING - QUOTE - "CANADA DOES  NOT ACCEPT THE CONTENTION THAT CANADA'S DAIRY POLICIES ARE THE CAUSE  OF FINANCIAL LOSS FOR DAIRY FARMERS IN THE UNITED STATES." MCNAUGHTON SAYS U-S DAIRY IS LOOKING FOR A SCAPEGOAT INSTEAD OF  BLAMING ITSELF FOR OVER PRODUCTION. ONE PROCESSOR THAT WAS SHIPPING MILK TO CANADA IS GRASSLAND DAIRY OF  GREENWOOD WISCONSIN. ACCORDING TO THEIR WEBSITE THE COMPANY  HAULED A MILLION POUNDS OF MILK DAILY ACROSS THE BORDER. BUT WITHOUT  THAT MARKET FOR ULTRA-FINE MILK, GRASSLAND HAD TO MAKE SOME TOUGH  DECISIONS THAT IMPACTS FARMERS. TYNE MORGAN HAS THAT STORY, TYNE. 75 DAIRY FARMERS IN WISCONIN AND MINNESOTA HAVE BEEN RIDING A  ROLLERCOASTER OF EMOTIONS SINCE EARLY APRIL. THAT'S WHEN GRASSLAND  DAIRY TOLD THEM THEY HAD 30 DAYS TO FIND A NEW HOME FOR THEIR MILK. I  VISITED THE GARTMAN FAMILY DAIRY IN SHEBOYGAN, WISCONSIN. AND WHILE  THEY RECEIVED THE BEST NEWS THIS WEEK... THAT A NEW PROCESSOR IS  AGREEING TO TAKE THEM ON AND BUY THEIR MILK, I TALKED TO THE FAMILY  BEFORE THEY GOT THAT NEWS AND EMOTIONS WERE STILL RAW...  THOSE SAME EMOTIONS ARE PLAYING OUT ON DAIRIES ACROSS THE STATE STILL  IN DESPERATE SEARCH FOR A NEW HOME.  COME ON GIRLS.FOR THE GARTMANS... MILKING THESE 100 HEAD OF COWS IS THEIR LIVLIHOOD... GOT IT? THERE YOU GO. AND IT'S ALWAYS A FAMILY AFFAIR... ME AND MY BROTHER ARE ACTUALLY 7TH GENERATION HERE, AND OUR KIDS OUR 8TH GENERATION.BUT THE FIRST WEEK OF APRIL, THEY FACED ONE OF THEIR BIGGEST FEARS... THIS WAS HTE LETTER WE RECEIVED FROM GRASSLAND NOTIFYING US THAT WE HAD 30 DAYS TO FIND A  NEW PROCESSOR FOR OUR MILK.THEIR FATE IN THE FORM OF A LETTER... NOT EVEN MARKED AS URGENT.  IT SAYS RESPECTUFLLY GRASSLAND DAIRY PRODUCTS, WAS THERE A SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT, NO, IT'S  JUST A GENERIC LETTER, YEAH> SO YOU DIDN'T GET A PHONE CALL? NO, IN FACT BEORE I READ THIS , I FOUND OUT ON FACEBOOK.THEY FACED A SIMILAR OBSTACLE TWO YEARS AGO, WITH A PROCESSOR IN  SHEBOYGAN.  AT THAT TIME EVEN, WE HAD MORE LEAD TIME. WE HAD ABOUT A 3 MONTH LEAD TIME NOTICE, AND  EVEN AT THAT, THEY HELPLED US FIND A HOME. THAT HOME WAS GRASSLAND DAIRY, A PROCESSOR THEY HOPED TO HAVE FOR  THE LONG-HAUL.VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT FOR GRASSLAND DAIRY TOLD  FARM JOURNAL'S MILK THAT GRASSLAND RECIEVED A  TWO-DAY NOTICE THAT  THEIR CANADIAN MARKET WAS GONE... A DESITAINATION WORTH A MILLION  POUNDS OF MILK A DAY. THEY SAID, QUOTE, WE ARE WORKING WITH OUR PATRONS TO FIND A HOME FOR THEIR MILK, BUT WE  UNDERSTAND IT'S A CHALLENGE IN THESE MARKETS., . GOING ON TO SAY , THE LAST THING WE  AS A COMPANY WANT IS TO LET FARMERS GO., BUT 75 DAIRY FARMERS RECEIVED THE SAME LETTER. WHILE A HANDFUL  ALREADY FOUND A HOME, THE MAJORITY ARE LEFT WITH NO ANSWERS AS TO  WHERE THEIR MILK WILL GO.  75 FARMERS IN WISCONSIN, THERE'S 9200 DAIRY PRODUCERS, SO IT'S A SMALL PERCENTAGE. TEH BIG  PART IS IT'S A BIG ANXIETY FOR ALL PRODUCERS.> MIKE NORTH WITH COMMODITY RISK MANAGEMENT GROUP CALLING THE  SITUATION UNPRECEDENTED.  THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT SITUATION BECASUE IT HAS MORE TO DO WITH POLITICS AND LESS TO DO WITH  MARKETS OR BAD FINANCIAL SITUATIONS THAT ARE BROADER THAN AGRICULTURE ITSELF. NORTH SAYS THIS DATES BACK TO GAT-- THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TRADE IN  SERVICES FROM THE 90S. THAT'S WHEN CANADA DECIDED TO TAKE A  PROTECTIVE STANCE ON ITS DAIRY INDUSTRY, CREATING A QUOTA SYSTEM. BUT  SAYS CANADA ISN'T NECESSARILY TO BLAME.  SO THEY REALLY DIDN'T CVHANGE THEIR POSITION, THEY JUST CLEANED UP SOME OF THE LOOSE ENDS  THAT EXISTED SINCE THAT POSITION WAS FIRST TAKEN. AND SO ULTIMATLEY I WOULDN'T BLAME THEM SO TO  SPEAK, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THEIR ACTION IS WHAT QUICKLY CAUSED THIS SCENARIO. WHILE SOME DAIRY GROUPS HOPE RENEGOTIATING NAFTA WILL HELP THE  BLEEDING, THAT DOESN'T SOLVE THE ISSUE TODAY. NORTH SAYS THIS COULDN'T COME AT WORSE TIME, AS THE INDUSTRY FACES  OVER SUPPLY WHILE FIGHTING THROUGH SPRING FLUSH WHERE THE COWS  PRODUCE MORE.  I BELIEVE THAT IF THIS WHOLE AFFAIR WOULDN'T HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN APRIL BUT RATHER IN JULY, NONE OF  THIS CONVERSATIONW OULD HAVE BEEN HAD. DAIRY FARMERS ARE SEEING PRICE PRESSURE ACROSS THE BOARD, AS THE  LAST MONTH AND HALF, PRICES CONTINUED TO ERODE. WE'VE GOT BETTER DAYS AHEAD, BUT UNFORTUNATELY WE'RE STUCK IN THIS DOWNTURN RIGHT NOW THAT  HASN'T SHOWN A CLEAR SIGN THAT IT'S BOTTOMED.IF THE GARTMANS HADN'T FOUND A HOME FOR THEIR MILK, THEY WOULD BE  FORCED TO SELL THEIR COWS, BUT BY SECURING A NEW BUYER,IT'S RENEWING HOPE FOR THE FUTURE... AND  INSTEAD OF THESE SIGNS AND STALLS BECOMING REMINATNS OF THEIR PAST, IT  WILL REMAIN A PROMINENT PART OF THEIR FUTURE... OPENING A NEW DOOR FOR  THE EIGHTH GENERATION.  CLINTON, SOME ARE BLAMING THIS SITUATION ON CONSOLIDATION, SAYING IT'S  THE INDUSTRY TRYING TO WEED SMALLER PRODUCERS OUT.  HOWEVER, THE SOURCES I SPOKE WITH SAY GRASSLAND CHOSE THE 75 FARMS  BASED ON GEOGRAPHY, NOT SIZE. 

CROP COMMENTS
CINDI CLAWSON FILLING IN FOR MIKE TODAY. SHE HAS AN UPDATE ON PLANTING  IN THE TEXAS PANDHANDLE. CINDI.  GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  PLANTING IS UNDERWAY IN DALHART, TEXAS.  SCOTT SIMMONS SAYS HE IS 22 PERCENT DONE WITH PLANTING ON HIS  OPERATION. WEATHER AND SOIL CONDITIONS ARE GREAT, MINUS THE TEXAS  WIND! USDA SAYS 60 PERCENT OF CORN IS IN THE GROUND IN THE LONE STAR STATE.  TERRY CHRISTENSEN FROM SOUTHCENTRAL NEBRASKA HAS BEEN IN THE FIELD SINCE MONDAY.  TERRY SAYS THERE IS NO RAIN HERE, ALTHOUGH HE COULD REALLY USE SOME.  USDA SAYS 3 PERCENT OF NEBRASKA CORN ACRES ARE PLANTED ENDING THE  WEEK OF APRIL 16.  AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.  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.

TEASE
THE CREW AT PRO FARMER JOIN US NEXT FOR A LOOK AT THE EVER DYNAMIC  LIVESTOCK MARKETS. AND, MEET THE 'CANDY MAN' WHO YOU ALSO MIGHT CALL 'THE SUGAR MAN' AND  'THE WEATHER MAN'.  HE'S A SYRUP PRODUCER IN NEW YORK WHO REFLECTS ON  THIS YEARS TAPPING SEASON. GET THE ROOTS YOUR CROPS NEED, BY GETTING RADIATE FIRST.  VISIT LOVELAND PRODUCTS.COM  SLASH RADIATE.  SEE YOUR CPS DEALER TODAY. 

PROFIT BRIEFING
TOO MANY HOGS TO MARKET IS PUSHING PRICES DOWN. BUT CATTLE PRICES  ARE ENCOURAGING.CHIP FLORY AND BRIAN GRETE TAKE AN IN-DEPTH LOOK IN THE PROFIT BRIEFING. SO BRIAN YOU WANT TO TALK GOOD NEWS OR BAD NEWS FIRST LET'S START  WITH THE BAD NEWS FIRST ALRIGHT LEAN HOG THE CASH LEAN HOG INDEX HAS  BEEN LOWER EVERY DAY SINCE FEBRUARY TWENTY THIRD WHAT IS GOING ON  NOT TO MANY SUPPLIES ACTUALLY YOU KNOW ARE SAYING SLAUGHTER RATES  ABOVE OVER SIX PERCENT ABOVE YEAR AGO SO YOU KNOW THAT 'S JUST TOO  MANY HOGS COMING TO MARKET RIGHT NOW IS PUTTING PRESSURE ON THE  CASH MARKET DESPITE PACKERS CUTTING IT WITH STRONG STRONG MARGINS  RIGHT NOW SO UNUSUAL BUT WE SHOULD SEE THAT THE CASH MARKET BOTTOM  HERE SOME TIME SOON WHAT 'S THAT PORK PRODUCT MARKET DOING ARE WE  SEEING ANY STRENGTH THERE TO INDICATE THAT WERE THAT WE GOT DECENT  WHOLESALE DEMAND AT AND THAT 'S WHAT WE NEEDED THAT WE NEED TO SEE SIGNS OF DEMAND WE'VE GOT GOOD EXPORTS YOU KNOW SIGNS THAT YOU  KNOW WE'RE MOVING FORWARD AND DOMESTICALLY WITH DEMAND THERE BUT  WE STILL HAVE TO MAKE SUPPLIES SO SEASONALLY AS THEY SLAUGHTER  NUMBERS START TO DECLINE WHAT FROM WHAT THEY WERE THEY'RE STILL  GOING TO REMAIN ABOVE YEAR AGO BUT FROM OR THEY WERE THEN WE  SHOULD SEE THE CASH MARKET STRENGTHENED IN TYPICALLY GET ABOUT A  FIFTEEN DOLLAR RALLY FROM RIGHT NOW UNTIL MID SUMMER TIME FOR O K SO  WE'RE RIGHT INTO THAT TIME PERIOD WHERE SEASONALLY WE SHOULD START  TO SEE LEFT IN THESE PRICES EXACTLY OK NOW LETS GO TO THE GOOD NEWS  THIS CATTLE MARKET MY GOSH CONTRACT HIGHS IN THE FUTURES MARKET  CASH MARKET IS SHOWING SOME WILLINGNESS TO TRADE IN THAT ONE THIRTY  RANGE IN IN THE PLAINS EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW SEEMS TO BE LINING UP FOR  THIS CATTLE MARKET AND ALMOST FEELS TOO GOOD WELL YOU KNOW WE GOT  THE CHINESE NEWS THAT THEY'RE THEY'RE GOING TO OPEN UP MORE OF THEIR  MARKET TO U S BEEF HOPEFULLY DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THAT 'S GOING MAY THINK  SHORT TERM BUT DOWN THE ROAD YOU KNOW THAT SOME POTENTIAL THERE 'S  SO THAT GAVE THE MARKET A LEFT WE SAW THE CASH MARKET STRENGTH AND  WE SAW WHOLE SALE PRICES STRENGTH IN END OF LIFE AT BEGINNING OF THE  GRILLING SEASON AND ALL KIND OF COMES TOGETHER AND YOU SEE THIS BIG UP  MOVE IN THE FUTURES PROBABLY GETTING A LITTLE BIT CHOPPY IN HERE AND  WE EXPECT A SHORT TERM PULL BACK SLAUGHTER NUMBERS ARE BIGGER THAN  WHAT THEY WERE A YEAR AGO BUT OUR WEIGHTS ARE HOLDING BACK OR BEEF  PRODUCTION YET IT 'S REALLY HELPING IT AND DON'T LOSE TRACK OF THE THE  FACT THAT RETAIL BEEF PRICES ARE DOWN AND RATHER SIGNIFICANTLY FROM  WHERE THEY WERE LAST YEAR AT THIS POINT TIME AND SO WE SHOULD BE ABLE  TO COMPETE FROM A BEEF STANDPOINT A AS WE HEAD INTO THE SUMMER  DEMAND SEASON OKAY MOST IMPORTANTLY LOOKING AT THOSE PRICES THAT  ARE AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER AND FALL AND EVEN IN THE WINTER LIVE CATTLE  MARKETINGS WE CAN LOCK IN PROFIT THERES OTHERS AN OPPORTUNITY THERE  FOR HEDGES IN AND LIKE I SAID BEFORE WE ANTICIPATE THAT THIS PRICE RALLY  WILL SUBSIDE HERE AND THAT WILL SEE SOMEWHAT OF A PULLBACK SO THIS IS  AN OPPORTUNITY TO LOCK IN SOME PRICES GET THIS HOG MARKET IN  OPPORTUNITY THE RALLY SEASONALLY AND LET 'S GET ON THE BALL AND  PROTECT SOME OF THE PROFITS THAT WE'VE GOTTEN THE CATTLE MARKET THAT  IT 'S A RIGHT ON THE HEAD RIGHT FOR BRIAN GRETE IN ALL THE EDITORS OF PRO  FARMER IN CEDAR FALLS IOWA I'M CHIP FLORY

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY WITH CINDI CLAWSON, CINDI LOOKING AT THE MAP  HERE, IT LOOKS LIKE THERE ARE SOME SYSTEMS WORKING THEIR WAY WEST TO  EAST. YES, IT'S BEEN AN ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN, ESPECIALLY FOR THE  NATION'S MIDSECTION OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF DAYS. IT'S ALL GOING TO  PUSH MORE EASTWARD AS WE HEAD THROUGH TODAY. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT  THE MAP. EARLIER THIS WEEK WE'VE HAD THE WARM FRONT AND COLD FRONT  MOVE THROUGH PARTS OF THE UPPER MIDWEST AND NOW WE HAVE A  SECONDARY COLD FRONT MOVE THROUGH. WE'RE GOING TO SEE MORE  SHOWERS  AND THUNDERSTORMS IN MUCH OF THE GREAT LAKES AREA BUT AS  THIS FRONT PUSHES TO THE EAST WE'RE GOING TO PICK UP MORE GULF  MOISTURE. WE'RE GOING TO POTENTIALLY SEE SOME STORMY CONDITIONS FOR  PARTS OF THE EASTERN CORN BELT AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TODAY. OUT  WEST WE'LL HAVE FAIRLY DRY CONDITIONS IN MUCH OF THE PLAINS STATES AND  MORE UNSETTLED WEATHER IN THE WEST. WATCH WHAT HAPPENS HERE. WE  HAVE ANOTHER LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM DOWN TOWARDS THE FOUR CORNERS  REGION AND AS WE PUT THIS INTO MOTION EVEN FURTHER, THAT' S GOING TO  PICK UP MORE MOISTURE AS WE START TO HEAD THROUGH THE CENTRAL AND  SOUTHERN PLAINS AND WE'LL SEE SOME SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS AS  WE START YOUR FRIDAY IN PARTS OF OKLAHOMA AND INTO ARKANSAS AND INTO  MISSOURI WHILE THE INITIAL LOW IS NOW PUSHING UP TO THE NORTHEASTERN  UNITED STATES. THEN AS WE GET THROUGH THE DAY ON FRIDAY, EVERYTHING  CONTINUES TO PUSH EASTWARD. WATCH AS MORE SHOWERS AND  THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOP NOW HEADING INTO THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED  STATES. NOW AS FAR AS THE PAST 24 HOURS, IT REALLY PICKS UP WHERE THOSE  LOW PRESSURES HAVE BEEN, MOSTLY IN THE SECTIONS IN THE NORTHSIDE OF  THE COUNTRY AS WE GET INTO THE NORTHEAST. NOW THERE'S THE SECONDARY  LOW WHICH WILL DUMP SOME HEAVY RAIN IN PARTS OF OKLAHOMA, NORTHERN  ARKANSAS AND PARTS OF MISSOURI. ALRIGHT, LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE  SNOWFALL. REALLY HASN'T AMOUNTED TO A WHOLE LOT. MOST OF IT HAS BEEN  IN THE UPPER ELEVATIONS AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE EXPECTING AS WE HEAD  THROUGH THE DAY TODAY. BUT THE FAR NORTHERN UP OF MICHIGAN MAY SEE  SOME SNOW THERE AS WELL. HERE'S A LOOK AT TEMPERATURES. WE'RE WARM  IN THE SOUTHEAST WHERE MOST OF US ARE SEEING 80S AND WE'RE SEEING  SLIGHTLY COOL TEMPERATURES WHERE WE SEE A WAVERING FRONT THERE. WE  SEE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 65 IN CHICAGO AND 41 AS YOU GET UP INTO SIOUX  SAINT MARIE. AND THEN THAT FRONT WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH. YOU WILL SEE  THAT COLD FRONT MOVING THROUGH THE EAST OVERNIGHT LOWS IN THE 40S  ACROSS MUCH OF THE NORTHERN STATES. WARMER IN THE SOUTHEAST AND  HIGHS ARE A LOT COOLER AS A LOT OF IT CONTINUES TO PUSH OFF TO THE EAST.  MORE 50S IN CHICAGOLAND AREA OVER IN TOO MUCH OF THE CORN BELT WHERE  THE 80S SINK A LITTLE BIT FURTHER TOO IN THE SOUTH. THAT'S A LOOK AT YOUR  NATIONAL FORECAST. NOW LET'S CHECK ON THE WEATHER WHERE YOU LIVE.  BACON, IDAHO, COOLER WITH SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TODAY, WITH A  HIGH OF 60 DEGREES. PANCAKE, TEXAS, PARTLY CLOUDY AND WARM WITH A HIGH  OF 82 AND TOAST, NORTH CAROLINA, WITH SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS AND  A HIGH OF 80. BREAKFAST ANYONE? 

TEASE
AN UPDATE TO THE BRAZIL MEAT SCANDAL IS NEXT ON DROVERS TV. STRANGE WINTER WEATHER STARTED AN EARLY FLOW OF SAP IN THESE NEW  YORK TREES. WE TALK TO ONE PRODUCER WHO'S GLAD SPRING IS HERE.

DROVERS TV
ON DROVER'S TV, 63 PEOPLE IN BRAZIL NOW INDICTED FOR THEIR ROLE IN A  CORRUPTION SCHEME WITHIN THE NATION'S MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE.  THE CHARGES ALLEGE FEDERAL AUDITORS AT MEAT PROCESSING FACILITIES  TOOK BRIBES FOR YEARS IN EXCHANGE FOR FRAUDULENT SANITARY PERMITS.  ALLEGATIONS ALSO INCLUDE SELLING SPOILED MEAT AND INJECTING WATER TO  SELL POULTRY AT HIGHER PRICES.  POLICE REPORTING SOME PRODUCERS USED CHEMICAL INGREDIENTS TO  "DISGUISE THE PHYSICAL ASPECT OR SMELL OF ROTTEN MEAT."  IMMEDIATELY BRAZIL'S MEAT EXPORTS TO DROPPED TO NEAR ZERO.  AS DETAILS EMERGED MEAT EXPORTS FROM BRAZIL'S LARGER PACKING  COMPANIES RESUMED. IN AUGUST OF 2016, THE USDA ANNOUNCED IT WOULD BEGIN ACCEPTING IMPORTS OF BRAZILIAN FRESH  BEEF, AND A SMALL AMOUNT OF PRODUCT HAS BEEN ACCEPTED SINCE THEN. NOW, FOLLOWING THE  RECENT CORRUPTION SCANDAL, R-CALF USA IS CALLING ON THE UNITED STATES TO BAN BRAZILIAN BEEF  AND IS SEEKING 100,000 SIGNATURES TO A PETITION ON THE WHITE HOUSE'S WE THE PEOPLE WEB  SITE. R-CALF SAYS THE PETITION IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE AMERICAN PRODUCED BEEF IS NOT  DIFFERENTIATED FROM BRAZILIAN BEEF.USDA SAYS NO MEAT FROM THE PLANTS TARGETED IN BRAZIL'S INVESTIGATION  WAS SHIPPED TO THE U.S. BUT ANY FUTURE SHIPMENTS WOULD BE SUBJECT TO  INSPECTION UNTIL THE SCANDAL IS RESOLVED.  EVERYONE'S FINANCIAL SITUATION IS DIFFERENT WHETHER THEY GOT INSURANCE TO COVER THIS,  I REALLY COULDN'T SAY. I KNOW IT'S A FINANCIAL STRESS ON A NUMBER OF THEM. 21 SOME DON'T, I  TALKED TO ONE WHO SAID, 'THIS COULD PUT ME UNDER.' 4:14:29>

TEASE
FAMILIES CONTINUE TO WORK THROUGH THE RAVAGES OF WILDFIRE IN THE  SOUTHERN PLAINS. AN OUTBREAK IN EARLY MARCH BURNED MORE THAN A MILLION AND A HALF  ACRES IN COLORADO, KANSAS, OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS.  THIS FRIDAY MORNING, WE'RE PLANNING TO RUN AN ENCORE PRESENTATION OF  'FROM THE ASHES'...A LOOK AT THE HARDSHIPS AND THE HELP FOLKS ARE  SEEING WITH AFTER THE BLAZE. AND WE'LL MAKE A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT INCLUDING INFORMATION ON HOW  YOU CAN HELP SOME OF THE FAMILIES STILL TRYING TO RECOVER.  FROM THE ASHES' - JOIN US FRIDAY, HERE ON AGDAY. SEASON IS FINALLY COMING TO A CLOSE. 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.MAPLE PRODUCERS ARE WRAPPING UP ANOTHER HARVEST, COLLECTING SAP  FROM TREES AND TURNING IT INTO PRODUCTS LIKE SYRUP AND CANDY. BETSY  JIBBEN VISITED A FARMER IN EAST NEW YORK STATE WHERE HE'S WRAPPING UP  WHAT'S BEEN A LONG SEASON.  YOU COULD CALL DAVID CAMPBELL 'THE CANDY MAN' AS HE'S THE FACE (AS HE CREATES?) BEHIND MANY SUGAR - AND SYRUP DELIGHTS. "ALL YEAR WE MAKE CANDY. EVERY WEEK" AFTER WE MAKE THE CANDY SHAPES, WHY THEN WE SOAK THEM IN A  THICKENED SYRUP." BUT CAMPBELL KNOWS MORE THAN THE RECEIPE... HE TAPS TREES WHICH PRODUCE - SAP- THE KEY INGREDIENT -FROM HIS  FAMILY'S MAPLE OPERATION, MAPLELAND FARMS IN SALEM, NEW YORK - LOCATED RIGHT NEXT TO THE VERMONT LINE.  "THERE'S A LITTLE BIT OF SAP FLOWING DOWN THE PIPE, SAP AND AIR BUBBLES,"CAMPBELL SAYS THIS SEASON IS THE LONGEST IN HIS CAREER... AND IT'S ALL DUE TO WEATHER.... "THIS YEAR WE MADE SYRUP JANUARY 23 WHICH IS HTE EARLIEST WE'VE EVER MADE SYRUP,"THAT'S BECAUSE THE WEATHER WAS MILD ENOUGH, EARLY ENOUGH, TO MAKE  THE SAP FLOW.YET HE SAYS MOTHER NATURE DID NOT OVER PRODUCE.. ONLY TAPPING THREE- QUARTERS OF A NORMAL CROP..  "MORE OF A CHALLENGE, DEFINATELY. IT'S EITHER BEEN TOO WARM OR TOO COLD."> "THE WEATHER SWINGS ARE GOOD FOR PRODUCTION, BUT THIS YEAR THE WEATHER SWINGS HAVE BEEN  MORE EXTREME. SO WE'VE HAD SOME 70 DEGREE DAYS WHICH WILL LIMIT YOUR PRODUCTION AND THEN  WE'VE HAD SOME ZERO DEGREE NIGHTS WHERE EVERYTHING FREEZES UP,"NOT THE FIRST YEAR THIS HAS HAPPENED... SOME PRODUCERS GET HELP FROM NEW VACCUM TECHNOLOGY WHICH PULL  STHE SAP FROM THE TREE.  "YOU COULD USE A VACCUM. WHAT'S ANOTHER METHOD YOU COULD DO?" HIM: "JUST  RELYING ON MOTHER NATURE FREEZING AND THAWING TO PUSH IT OUT,"THE SAP FILLS  A CHAMBER INSIDE THE TANK... "WE HAVE STORAGE OF THREE THOUSAND GALLONS RIGHT HERE AT THIS LOCATION,"WHERE IT'S PUMPED AND TRANSPORTED  TO THE SUGAR HOUSE  A REVERSE OSMOSIS MACHINE SEPARATES THE WATER  AND THE SAP IS BOILED. THE FIRST STEP IN MAKING SYRUP "AND IT JUST FLOWS THROUGH ALL OF THESE CHANNELS GETTING CONCENTRATED AND THICKER UNTIL IT GETS  TO THE FINISHED SYRUP STAGE WHICH IS 67 PERCENT SUGAR. RIGHT NOW IT'S COMING OUT OF THE TREE AT  2 PERCENT SUGAR,"YOU CAN FIND CAMPBELL IN HERE FROM 2 TO 4 HOURS DEPENDING ON THE  AMOUNT DRAWN... WHICH EVENTUALLY ALL ENDS UP IN ANYTHING FROM A MAPLE  BOURBON TO GOOD OL MAPLE SYRUP.... "WE AVERAGE MAKING 80 GALLONS OF SYRUP AN HOUR,"AS ANOTHER SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE... CAMPBELL WILL SOON SHUT THE DOORS AT THE SUGAR HOUSE  "...PECANS, WALNUTS, CASHEWS ALL JUST COATED WITH MAPLE SUGAR."MOVING TO CREATING SYRUPY BLISS FOR ALL TO EAT.  REPORTING IN SALEM, NEW YORK, I'M BETSY JIBBEN.  THANKS BETSY. THE BUSINESS SELLS GOODS ONLINE, TO RESTAURANTS AND EVEN HOME FOOD  DELIVERIES IN NEW YORK CITY.  CAMPBELL HAS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 65 AND 70 MILES OF PIPE IN HIS WOODS  FOR 17-THOUSAND TAPS. 

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  AND DON'T FORGET TO JOIN US TOMORROW FOR SOME EXCITING NEWS ABOUT  HELP FOR RANCHERS WHO WERE AFFECTED BY THE WILDFIRES. THE  ANNOUNCEMENT IS PART OF OUR ENCORE PRESENTATION OF "FROM THE  ASHES." FOR ALL OF US AT AGDAY. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY. 

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