AgDay Daily Recap- August 2, 2018

August 2, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
AUGUST 2, 2018

HEADLINES

EPA ACTING ADMINISTRATOR WHEELER IN THE HOT SEAT DURING A HEARING ON  BIO FUELS. "JUST BECAUSE A COMPNAY IS A SMALL REFINERY DOESN'T MEAN IT SHOULD BE ENTITLED TO A SMALL  REFINERY EXEMPTION," A RE-VAMP TO THE RICE CROP. IN ANALYSIS- WITH SOYBEANS IN THE RED, IS THE BOTTOM ALREADY PRICED?  AND A SMALL DAIRY IN WISCONSIN WITH BIG DREAMS OF ADDING VALUE TO THE MILK THAT'S PRODUCED.  

EPA HEARING
GOOD MORNING, I'M BETSY JIBBEN IN FOR CLINTON GRIFFITHS.  EPA ACTING ADMINISTRATOR ANDREW WHEELER TESTIFYING ON  BIOFUELS   DURING HIS FIRST HEARING AS EPA'S TOP POST - LESS THAN ONE MONTH AFTER  HE WAS CALLED THE ACTING HEAD OF THE AGENCY.  WHEELER SITTING IN FRONT OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND  PUBLIC WORKS WEDNESDAY  SAYING THE EPA NEEDS TO PROVIDE CERTAINITY  AND CLARITY TO STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, PROGRAMS AND WITH COMMUNICATION.  WHEELER ALSO MENTIONING SORGHUM IN THE BIOFUELS MIX BUT HIS COMMENTS DIDN'T COME WITHOUT QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS PLAN FOR ETHANOL  AND OTHER BIO FUELS.  MIDWESTERN SENATORS HAVE BEEN BATTLING THE EPA ABOUT WHETHER  HARDSHIP WAIVERS SHOULD BE GIVEN TO SMALL REFINERIES - A WAIVER WHICH EXCLUDES SMALLER REFINERIES FROM COMPLYING FROM THE RFS - "THE COURT IN 2017 SAYING THE EPA CAN'T GO AS FAR AS REQUIRE THE REFINERY BE AT  RISK TO GO OUT  OF BUSINESS TO EXEMPT THEM FROM THE RFS BUT I BELIEVE IT'S EQUALLY UNACCEPTABLE FOR THE EPA TO  MERELY EXEMPT A REFINERY BECAUSE THEY FIT THE DEFINATION OF A 'SMALL REFINERY'. I THINK YOU WOULD AGREE THERE IS SPACE BETWEEN THOSE TWO OPTIONS, WOULD YOU?""JUST BECAUSE A COMPNAY IS A SMALL REFINERY DOESN'T MEAN IT SHOULD BE ENTITLED TO A SMALL  REFINERY EXEMPTION. THERE ARE OTHER MARKET AND BUSINESS CONCERNS TO GO UNDER THAT  ANALYSIS."WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE TOPIC, WHEELER SAYING HE'S GOING TO PROVIDE MORE TRANSPARENCY WITH HOW THE EPA MAKES THE REFINERY EXEMPTION  DECISIONS. "WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING A DASHBOARD SO WE CAN PUT ALL THE INFORMATION OUT  PUBLICALLY SO THE PUBLIC KNOWS WHEN WE ARE ISSUING A SMALL REFINERY WAIVER AND THE  CIRCUMSTANCES AROUND THAT. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE TAKE INTO ACCOUNT ANY CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS INFORMATION OF THE COMPANY APPLYING FOR THE SMALL BUSINESS REFINERY EXEMPTION BUT  WE WANT TO BE AS TRANSPARENT AS WE CAN AND PUT ALL OF THAT INFORMATION, INCLUDING THE  PROCESS, FOR THE PUBLIC TO SEE."IOWA SENATOR CHUCK GRASSLEY SAYING THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE OPENNESS  TO THE PUBLIC. HOWEVER, HE'S MORE CONCERNED WHETHER THE FINAL  NUMBER RELEASED BY THE EPA IS NET OR GROSS -AND WHETHER IT INCLUDES THE WAIVERS. "  SO WHEN WE'RE TOLD IT'S 19.5 BILLION GALLONS, WE KNOW IT'S THAT AMOUNT AND NOT LIKE LAST YEAR  WHEN THEY PROMISED 15 BILLION GALLONS OF GRAIN AND THEN THEY SUBTRACTED THE WAIVERS FROM THAT AND IT ENDED UP 13.5. WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE NET AMOUNT OF BIO FUELS IS THAT'S GOING  TO BE GRANTED IN 2019." BOTH IOWA SENATORS CHUCK GRASSLEY AND JONI ERNST ARE SET TO MEET WITH WHEELER THIS WEEK, GRASSLEY SAYING HE'S PLANNING ON 90 PERCENT  OF THE CONVERSATION TO COVER BIO FUELS.  

LOUISIANA RICE
THE 2018 RICE CROP IS ADVANCING AHEAD OF AVERAGE ACCORDING TO THE  WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORT FROM USDA. AS OF MONDAY - 64-PERCENT OF THE RICE CROP HAS HEADED. THAT'S TEN  POINTS AHEAD OF AVERAGE. THAT'S AN 18 POINT JUMP FROM LAST WEEK'S LEVEL. BUT WE'RE ALSO SEEING THE RICE CROP DECLINE A LITTLE BIT. 69-PERCENT IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT, DOWN TWO POINTS FROM LAST WEEK. ARKANSAS IS THE TOP RICE PRODUCER. 60-PERCENT IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT. CONSERVING NATURAL RESOURCES IS OFTEN A COMPONENT OF A FARMER'S  MASTER PLAN. A RICE PRODUCER IN LOUISIANA IS EXPERIMENTING WITH A  TECHNIQUE CALLED FURR-OW-IRRIGATED RICE IN AN EFFORT TO REDUCE HIS CARBON FOOTPRINT AND HELP HIS BOTTOM LINE. LSU AGCENTER'S CRAIG GAUTREAUX HAS THIS REPORT. THIS RICE FIELD NEAR PALMETTO, LOUISIANA, LOOKS SIMILAR TO MOST RICE FIELDS FOUND IN THE STATE. BUT WITH A CLOSER LOOK, SUBTLE DIFFERENCES ARE NOTICED. THE RICE IS GROWING IN ROWS, AND  THERE ARE NO LEVEES TO HOLD WATER. IT'S CALLED FURROW-IRRIGATED RICE OR ROW RICE. THIS METHOD  INVOLVES PUTTING WATER ON THE FIELD ONLY WHEN THE SOIL IS DRY AS OPPOSED TO MAINTAINING A  FLOOD THROUGHOUT THE GROWING SEASON. BUT IT CANNOT BE DONE JUST ANYWHERE. VINCE DESHOTEL: IT TAKES A UNIQUE SETTING AS A FARM, AS A FARMING OPERATION. AND ALSO A SOIL TYPE THAT IS GOING  TO SUPPORT THIS TYPE OF CULTIVATION OF RICE. THIS IS THE THIRD YEAR CHARLIE FONTENOT HAS GROWN  ROW RICE. FONTENOT BELIEVES THIS METHOD ALLOWS HIM TO BE MORE FLEXIBLE WITH HIS OPERATION  AND PLANT THE CROP THAT WILL GIVE HIM THE BEST RETURN. CHARLIE FONTENOT: WHEN YOU PREPARE GROUND FOR RICE, YOU'RE PRETTY WELL SET IN STONE, YOU  HAVE TO PLANT YOUR RICE. THIS WAY, WE'VE PLANTED COTTON IN THE RICE FIELD. WE'VE DONE THAT  BEFORE. CORN, IT DOESN'T MATTER. WE CAN GO WITH ANYTHING WE WANT. A MAJOR ADVANTAGE WITH ROW RICE IS THE CONSERVATION IT PROVIDES. DESHOTEL:  THE BIG THING IS THE CARBON FOOTPRINT THAT WE'RE MINIMIZING. IT'S STEWARDSHIP OF THE  LAND, USING 50 PERCENT LESS WATER. THEREFORE, WE'RE USING LESS ENERGY WITH THESE DIESEL- POWERED ENGINES THAT THEY HAVE ON THE FARM HERE. ONE OF THE BIGGEST HURDLES WITH THIS TECHNIQUE INVOLVES MANAGING NITROGEN FERTILIZER, WHICH IS ESSENTIAL IN GROWING RICE. FONTENOT IS EXPERIMENTING WITH APPLICATION METHODS TO HELP  DETERMINE THE BEST RATES AND TIMING FOR FERTILIZATION. FONTENOT: COMMON SENSE, YOU KNOW YOU HAVE VOLATILITY. YOU'RE LOSING NITROGEN ALL THE TIME.  SO WE ELECTED THIS YEAR TO DO FOUR SPOON-FEEDING INCREMENTS OF 50 UNITS AT A TIME, AND WE'LL  SEE HOW THAT PANS OUT. LAST YEAR, YIELDS FROM FONTENOT'S ROW RICE FIELDS WERE EQUAL TO HIS CONVENTIONAL FLOODED  FIELDS. WITH THE LSU AGCENTER, THIS IS CRAIG GAUTREAUX REPORTING. FONTENOT PLANTS EXCLUSIVELY HYBRID RICE BECAUSE THEY  OFFER THE MOST DISEASE RESISTANCE TO SHEATH BLIGHT, A COMMON DISEASE  FOUND IN LOUISIANA RICE FIELDS. 

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN IS JOINING US THIS MORNING FOR CROP COMMENTS AND HAS  MORE FROM THE WEATHER CENTER.  GOOD MORNING, BETSY.  WELL, RICHARD CHRISTOPHER IN LUBBOCK, TEXAS WAS BEHIND THE LENS WHEN  THIS PHOTO WAS SNAPPED.  HE CAPTURED HIS YOUNG DAUGHTER BLAIR  KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON THE  DAIRY! AND JIMMY WEBB OVER IN LEARY, GEORGIA SHOWING THE COTTON IS BLOOMING.  HE SAYS IT LOOKS PRETTY GOOD IN HIS AREA BUT THE AREA COULD USE A  COUPLE OF DRY DAYS.THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWS NONE OF GEORGIA IS CLASSIFIED UNDER A DROUGHT CONDITION.  AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE WIND SPEED FORECAST A LITTLE BIT ALONG THE EAST COAST AND THE  NORTHERN PLAINS AS WE START TODAY HEADING THROUGH THE AFTERNOON WE'LL SEE SOME SPOTS IN THE  GREAT LAKES EAST COAST IN MANY PARTS IN THE WEST TURNING A LITTLE BIT ON THE WINDY SIDE TOMORROW MORNING RATHER CALM IN MOST AREAS AND THEN AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY WE'LL SEE  WINDY CONDITIONS THROUGHOUT THE PLAINS MID-ATLANTIC AND PARTS OF THE WEST. WE'LL HAVE YOUR  FORECAST COMING UP BUT FIRST HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN. TEMPS. 

TEASE
WITH  A NEW CROP'S IN THE FIELD WHAT SHOULD YOU BE DOING WITH OLD-CROP SOYBEANS? ANSWERS IN ANALYSIS. AND WE VISIT A SMALL DAIRY FARM IN WISCONSIN WHERE THE OWNERS HAVE BIG DREAMS OF ADDING VALUE TO THE MILK THEY PRODUCE. HOW WILL THEY SUCCEED? DETAILS WHEN WE HEAD IN THE COUNTRY. 

FLOOR OF THE CME
THE FEDERAL RESERVE ON WEDNESDAY LEFT ITS BENCHMARK INTEREST RATE  UNCHANGED WHILE SIGNALING FURTHER GRADUAL RATE HIKES IN THE MONTHS  AHEAD. THE FED SAYS THOSE HIKES COULD OCCUR AS LONG AS THE ECONOMY STAYS  HEALTHY. THE FED'S DECISION LEFT THE CENTRAL BANK'S KEY SHORT-TERM RATE AT ONE- POINT-SEVEN-FIVE PERCENT TO 2 PERCENT. THE SOYBEAN MARKET SWINGING FROM GREEN TO RED IN A MATTER OF A DAY.  LET'S TURN NOW TO THE CME FLOOR IN CHICAGO FOR MORE.  SOYBEANS REALLY PULLED BACK THE TRADE WARS IS HEATING UP AGAIN AND WE KIND OF TOOK BACK  ALMOST EVERYTHING THAT WE GAINED YESTERDAY. THE MARKET HAS 34 CENT RANGE YESTERDAY AND ALSO UP ABOUT 18 CENT RANGE TODAY. SO WE'VE HAD SOME PRETTY WILD VOLATILITY AND THAT ACTUALLY  LOOK GOOD FOR GETTING THE MARKET TO START TO RALLY. BUT AFTER A LOT HAS BEEN HEATING UP WITH THE  WHITE HOUSE AND THE TALKS AND THE IDEA THAT MAYBE THE TALKS WERE GOING TO START TO HELP THERE'S STILL IS NO END IN SIGHT RIGHT NOW AND MORE TARIFFS WILL DEFINITELY COUNTER ANY PROBLEMS THAT WE MIGHT HAVE WITH WEATHER AND AND ADDING TO THE DECLINE IN THE DEMAND THAT WE HAVE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES REALLY IS NOT GOING TO HELP. YOU KNOW THE CHALLENGES THAT WE'RE  FACING ALREADY ACTUALLY GOING TO BE DAY TO DAY. NOW AS WE AS WE WATCH EACH LITTLE BIT OF NEWS  START TO PUSH THE MARKET AROUND A LITTLE BIT NOW THAT WE'VE FINALLY GOTTEN UP OFF THE LOWS. THAT  DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE COULDN'T TURN RIGHT AROUND AND MAKE ANOTHER NEW LOW. THAT'S ALL FROM  THE FLOOR OF THE CME GROUP HERE IN CHICAGO AND VIRGINIA MCGATHEY. 

AGRIBUSINESS
WE'RE WATCHING THE BEAN MARKET IN ANALYSIS AND DIGESTING WHERE  PRICES ARE GOING GOING FROM HERE.  TYNE MORGAN JOINS US NOW WITH MORE. HERE NOW WITH CHIP NELLINGER BLUE REEF AGRIMARKETING. CHIP WHEN WE LOOK AT THIS WOULD BE  MARKET. THERE'S A LOT OF NEGATIVE NEWS PRICED IN. DO YOU THINK ALL THE NEGATIVE NEWS IS PRICED  IN. I MEAN DO YOU THINK WE FOUND THE BOTTOM IN THIS MARKET. WELL I DO. AND IN THE SHORT RUN I  THINK MOST OF THE NEGATIVITY AROUND ALL THE TRADE ISSUES THE TRADE WAR WITH CHINA IS AND WHAT  TIPS US OFF TO THAT IS THE JULY CROP REPORT BASICALLY COULDN'T GET MORE BEARISH RIGHT. AND WE  DIDN'T SEE A HUGE DROP A COUPLE OF DAYS AFTER THAT WE LEARNED OF THIS ADDITIONAL 200 BILLION DOLLARS IN TARIFFS AND THE MARKET STABILIZE. SO FROM THE FROM THE DEMAND SIDE I THINK WE'VE  DIGESTED THE ABSOLUTE WORST AND WHAT WE MAY NOT HAVE DIGESTED IS IF THE WEATHER STAYS BENIGN AND COOL AND RAINS MORE IN AUGUST WE MAY HAVE TO DIGEST A SLIGHTLY BIGGER CROP SIZE  BUT THAT SHOULDN'T BE A DOLLAR MORE TO THE DOWNSIDE. IT COULD ONLY BE 20 TO 40 CENTS MORE SO  THAN WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE TO PUSH THESE PRICES HIGHER I MEAN WHAT IF WE DO HAVE A RECORD  SOYBEAN YIELD ON OUR HANDS LIKE SOME PRODUCERS ARE SAYING WHAT IF THIS TRADE ISSUES WHAT IF  THESE DO NOT GET WORKED OUT BEFORE HARVEST AND BEFORE WE GET TO THE WINTER TIMEFRAME WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE. WELL WE'VE GOT SOME ISSUES THEN IF IF WE HAVE A RECORD BEING CROP AND WE  DON'T GET ANY MOVEMENT ON THE TRADE ISSUES THEN WE'VE GOT AN UPHILL BATTLE BUT IT'S STILL WORLD  DEMAND IS STILL BIG AND WE'RE STILL EXPORTING A LOT OF BEANS. EVEN THOUGH CHINA'S NOT TAKING THEM WERE TWO DOLLARS CHEAPER THAN BRAZIL AND EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD IS BUYING OUR  BEANS INSTEAD OF BRAZILIAN BEANS. SO IS IT JUST PSYCHOLOGICAL AT THIS POINT OR DO YOU THINK  BEANS ARE FAIRLY PRICE CONSIDERING WHERE DEMAND SETS TODAY AND EVERY ALL THE OTHER FACTORS.  THAT'S A TRICK QUESTION. I THINK WE'RE FAIRLY PRICED. IF YOU THROW OUT THE TRADE ISSUE RIGHT I THINK WE WERE ARTIFICIALLY TOO LOW SO THAT GOES AWAY ALL OF A SUDDEN WE RESTIMULATED DEMAND WE'RE  GOING SCREAM BEING HIGHER. BUT THAT'S A BIG IF AT THIS POINT YOU KNOW THAT MIGHT BE MONTHS UNFORTUNATELY DOWN THE ROAD RATHER THAN DAYS OR WEEKS BEFORE WE KNOW MORE ABOUT THE  TRADE ISSUES. ALL RIGHT CHIP MELLINGER BLU RAY AGRO MARKETING THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. LET'S  TAKE A QUICK BREAK HERE ON AG DAY AND THEN WE HAVE MUCH MORE. 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE WHAT'S NEW. NOW AT ROOT  ZONE MOISTURE MAP. WELL I SUPPOSE IT'S KIND OF TYPICAL FOR EVERY YEAR BUT SOME AREAS REALLY  NEED THE RAIN IN OTHER AREAS NOT SO MUCH AND THAT ALWAYS SEEMS TO BE THE CASE. AND ON THIS ROOT ZONE MOISTURE MAP IT'S PRETTY MUCH THE YELLOW ORANGE AND RED AREAS THAT COULD REALLY  USE THE RAIN NOW. I DO WANT TO POINT OUT WHILE THIS AREA IN NORTHERN MISSOURI IS EXPANDING A  LITTLE BIT INTO ILLINOIS EVEN NORTHWESTERN INDIANA SOUTHWARD INTO NORTHERN ARKANSAS. YOU CAN  SEE SOME POCKETS HAVE GOTTEN SOME DECENT RAINS AND THE REDS HAVE GONE AWAY AND YOU'RE PROBABLY A LOT WETTER THAN YOU WERE A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO. BUT THERE ARE STILL AREAS IN THERE  THAT REALLY DO NEED IT. LOTS OF TEXAS LOUISIANA ON THE DRY SIDE WET UP AND DOWN THE EASTERN  SEABOARD AND OF COURSE UNFORTUNATELY THAT'S WHERE MORE RAIN IS COMING IN OUT WEST. IT'S TYPICALLY DRY THIS TIME OF YEAR. BUT THESE RED AREAS MEAN IT'S DRIER THAN NORMAL FOR THIS TIME OF  THE YEAR AND A COUPLE AREAS OF LOW PRESSURE OUT WEST WILL GIVE AT LEAST SPOTTY RAINFALL. BUT IT'S  THIS FRONT HERE IN THE EASTERN SEABOARD IT'S NOT GOING TO MOVE VERY QUICKLY. THERE IS A LOW  PRESSURE MOVING ALONG IT AND NOBODY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS EVERY DAY ESPECIALLY DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS MAINLY NEAR AND EAST OF THE FRONT SECONDARY FRONT  THEN THIS AFTERNOON WILL HAVE SOME HIT AND MISS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. PARTS OF  MICHIGAN NORTHERN INDIANA CENTRAL ILLINOIS AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE AFTERNOON HEADING INTO TOMORROW MORNING MOST OF THE SECONDARY FRONT SHOULD BE DRY TO START. AND IT'LL FIRE UP AGAIN  AS IT GETS FARTHER SOUTH AND THE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS CONTINUE ALONG THIS FRONT AND  TOWARD THE EASTERN SEABOARD AGAIN ESPECIALLY AFTERNOON. THAT'S WHERE THE MAJORITY OF THE RAIN WILL FALL AND YOU CAN SEE LOTS OF HIDDEN MISSED ACTIVITY OUT WEST IN THIS AREA OF LOW  PRESSURE COMING INTO PARTS OF NEBRASKA SOUTH DAKOTA WITH A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN AS WELL. SO  THERE'S THE LAST 24 HOURS FOR RAINFALL ESTIMATED OVER THE NEXT 36. I MEAN LOOK AT SOME OF THESE  AMOUNTS ONCE AGAIN OUR MODEL IS SHOWING PARTS OF THE PANHANDLE OF FLORIDA GETTING SIX SEVEN INCHES OF RAIN OVER THIS TWO AND A HALF TO A PERIOD AND A LOT OF THE AREA GETTING TWO OR  THREE INCHES UP AND DOWN THE APPALACHIANS AS YOU CAN SEE RIGHT THERE IT'S MAINLY HIT AND  MISS. FARTHER WEST HIGH TEMPERATURES TODAY LOTS OF 90S IN THE WESTERN PLAINS 70S AND 80S GREAT LAKES INTO THE OHIO VALLEY IN THE NORTHEAST. LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT GOING TO COOL  DOWN BEHIND THAT SECOND FRONT INTO THE 50S IN PARTS OF THE NORTHERN GREAT LAKES STILL MUGGY  DOWN SOUTH OBVIOUSLY LOTS OF 70S AND 80S AND FOR THE EASTERN THIRD OF THE COUNTRY. 90S CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS TRIPLE DIGITS PARTS OF THE SOUTHWEST. ALL RIGHT AS OUR MODEL HAS  BEEN SHOWING THE TROUGH KIND OF GOES AWAY FOR A FEW DAYS AS WE HEAD INTO THIS WEEKEND IN  THE EAST. BUT IT'S NOW SHOWING IT DIGGING BACK IN. AS WE HEAD INTO THE SECOND HALF OF NEXT  WEEK WITH THE RIDGE BUILDING UP AGAIN OUT WEST. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S  TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL FOR HELENA MONTANA PARTLY SUNNY RATHER HOT TODAY HIGH OF 93. DENTON TEXAS MOSTLY SUNNY HOT HUMID HIGH 96 AND FINALLY LONDON  KENTUCKY VARIABLY CLOUDY THERE IS A CHANCE OF A THUNDERSTORM HIGH OF 77.

TEASE
NEXT IN OUR DROVERS REPORT - PUSH-BACK AGAINST A PROPOSED FEEDLOT IN  NORTHWEST MISSOURI.  WE'LL HAVE THE LATEST. PLUS A SMALL WISCONSIN DAIRY HAS DREAMS OF EXPANDING -- ONE 'WHEEL OF CHEESE' AT A TIME. 

DROVERS TV
IN NEWS FROM OUR REPORTING PARTNERS AT DROVERS - THE PROPOSED  EXPANSION OF A FEEDLOT SOUTHEAST OF KANSAS CITY MISSOURI HAS BEEN  PUT ON HOLD. THE VALLEY OAKS STEAK COMPANY WANTS TO EXPAND ITS OPERATIONS TO NEARLY SEVEN-THOUSAND HEAD IN THE TOWN OF LONE JACK. OPPONENTS WERE GRANTED A 'STAY' WHILE REGULATORY HEARINGS ARE HELD.  DROVERS EDITORIAL DIRECTOR GREG HENDERSON HAS DETAILS. “ IN JUNE, THE MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES APPROVED A PLAN FOR VALLEY  OAKS STEAK COMPANY TO EXPAND TO 6,999 HEAD, BUT OPPONENTS TO THAT PLAN HAVE BEEN  GRANTED A STAY BY MISSOURI'S ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING COMMISSION. THE COMMISSION RULED THAT OPPONENTS TO THE EXPANSION OF VALLEY OAKS STEAK COMPANY  PROVIDED ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT CLAIMS THAT THE EXPANSION COULD HARM THE COMMUNITY  AND THE ENVIRONMENT, AND THE COMMISSION SAID THE PLANNED EXPANSION WOULDN'T HAVE  ENOUGH WASTE-STORAGE SPACE FOR THE WASTE THAT WOULD BE CREATED. OPPONENTS ALSO CLAIM THE VALLEY OAKS EXPANSION WILL LOWER PROPERTY VALUES. SUPPORTERS CLAIM THE EXPANSION WILL BRING  JOBS TO THE AREA."  VALLEY OAKS WAS ORDERED TO HALT ITS EXPANSION UNTIL THE STATE D-N-R CAN REVISIT THE PERMIT APPLICATION AT A HEARING LATER THIS MONTH. AND FINALLY EVEN AS THE FDA LOOKS TO CRACK DOWN ON THE LABELING OF  SOME PLANT-BASED PRODUCTS, A STUDY SHOWS THAT SECTOR IS GROWING  MUCH FASTER THAN THE OVERALL FOOD BUSINESS.  ACCORDING TO NIELSEN DATA PROVIDED TO THE PLANT-BASED FOODS ASSOCIATION, SALES OF PLANT-BASED FOODS ROSE BY 20 PERCENT OVER THE  LAST YEAR. TOTAL SALES OF PLANT-BASED FOODS AND BEVERAGES NOW TOTAL $3.3 BILLION  A YEAR, ACCORDING TO THE DATA.  SALES OF PLANT-BASED MILK ACCOUNT FOR HALF THE TOTAL AT $1.6 BILLION, AN  INCREASE OF 9 PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR.  SALES OF MEAT ALTERNATIVES ARE UP 24 PERCENT.  

TEASE
UP NEXT - SEE HOW THIS DAIRY FARM IS KEEPING UP WITH CHANGING TIMES IN  CONSUMERS MINDS. IN THE COUNTRY IS NEXT. 

IN THE COUNTRY
DURING THESE TRYING TIMES IN THE DAIRY SECTOR, PRODUCERS ARE LOOKING  FOR WAYS TO BREAK EVEN....OR JUST TO STAY AFLOAT. YOU CAN CUT COSTS OR PRODUCE MORE. IN WISCONSIN, A YOUNG DAIRY FARM-FAMILY IS EXPANDING THEIR BUSINESS.  THEY'RE NOT ADDING TO THEIR HERD, BUT THEY ARE ADDING VALUE. WE GET DETAILS IN THIS VIDEO PROVIDED BY THE DAIRY FARMERS OF  WISCONSIN. DARCI AND JUSTIN DANIELS WORK HARD TO KEEP THEIR 50-COW DAIRY  RUNNING. THEY RECENTLY STARTED HAVING THEIR MILK MADE INTO CHEESE  THAT THEY COULD SELL AT LOCAL FARMERS' MARKETS AND IN THEIR TINY  FARMSTEAD SHOP!  "WE WANTED TO BRING A PRODUCT DIRECTLY TO  CONSUMERS. WE KNEW WE WERE PRODUCING HIGH QUALITY MILK." IT STARTED SIMPLY ENOUGH WITH DARCI WANTING TO RAISE HER CHILDREN ON A DAIRY  FARM. THEN SHE AND JUSTIN DECIDED TO DIVERSIFY THEIR FARM AND HELP  EDUCATE CONSUMERS ABOUT WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM. "WE ALSO  JUST WANTED TO OPEN UP OUR FARM A LITTLE BIT, MAKE IT MORE ACCESSIBLE  FOR OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY TO COME OUT HERE AND BE A POSITIVE FACE AND  VOICE FOR AGRICULTURE."  RAISING CHICKENS AND BEEF CATTLE IN ADDITION TO  THE DAIRY COWS, THE DANIELS FAMILY ALSO SELL THEIR FARM-FRESH  PRODUCTS AT THE LOCAL FARMER'S MARKET IN BLACK RIVER FALLS.   "PEOPLE  VALUE HAVING A CONNECTION WITH THE FARMER AND OUR PRODUCTS, I MEAN,  IT'S DEFINITELY HAD A POSITIVE IMPACT ON WHAT WE'RE DOING WITH OUR FARM RIGHT NOW." AND BACK ON THE FARM, HAVING THAT CONNECTION WITH HER KIDS  PROVIDES A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR THEIR FUTURE, WHILE BUILDING  CONNECTIONS WITH CONSUMERS WHO STOP AT THE FARM HAS ITS OWN REWARDS TOO! "I HOPE THAT ANYBODY WHO STOPS AT OUR FARM JUST  CONNECTS WITH A FARMER AND KNOW AND HAS A SOURCE OF SOMEBODY TO  ASK. WE DON'T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS ON HOW ALL THE OTHER FARMS DO THINGS BUT WE KNOW SOMEBODY PRETTY MUCH IN EVERY DIFFERENT FACET OF  AGRICULTURE. AND SO BY US OPENING OUR DOORS TO THE PUBLIC WE HOPE WE  CAN BE A BRIDGE TO BRIDGE SOME OF THAT GAP." AND THAT'S WISCONSIN DAIRY  NEWS. ALTHOUGH THE DANIELS CURRENTLY HAVE AN AWARD-WINNING CHEESEMAKER CRAFTING THEIR CHEESE, DARCI HOPES ONE DAY TO OBTAIN HER  CHEESEMAKER'S LICENSE AND OPEN A FARMSTEAD CHEESE PLANT TO MAKE HER  OWN. 

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR ALL OF US AT AGDAY I'M BETSY JIBBEN. HAVE A GREAT DAY. 

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