AgDay Daily Recap -December 6, 2017

December 6, 2017 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
DECEMBER 6, 2017


HEADLINES
FARMERS FEEL LESS CERTAIN ABOUT THE FUTURE-- PLUS, PROTESTS MOUNT OVER MONUMENTS WHILE MANY RANCHERS BREATH  RELIEF..OUT WEST. IN AGRIBUSINESS.. FOLLOWING THE FUNDS. "I'M BETSY JIBBEN . FLORIDA CITRUS GROWERS ARE TAKING A HIT DUE TO CITRUS GREENING. WE TALK WITH  CALIOFRNIA PRODUCERS ABOUT WHAT THEY'RE DOING TO PREVENT IT." AND AFTER DECKING THE  HALLS, THIS BIG TREE IS HELPING BUILD WALLS FOR A GOOD CAUSE. AGDAY - PRESENTED BY CHEVY SILVERADO. HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH-STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY.

PURDUE AG  BAROMETER
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. WHILE WALL STREET REGALES IN THE  STRENGTH OF THE ECONOMY AND THE SURGE OF THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL  AVERAGE, PRODUCERS ON THE FRONT LINE OF AMERICAN AGRICULTURE ARE  LESS THAN OVER-JOYED. THE DOW HIT A NEW HIGH ONE WEEK AGO, SURPASSING 24-THOUSAND. BUT IN RURAL AMERICA, FARMERS ARE LESS EXCITED ABOUT THE ECONOMY IN  THE FUTURE. THE PURDUE AG BAROMETER DROPPING SEVEN POINTS IN NOVEMBER TO A  LEVEL OF 128. BAROMETER ANALYSTS SAY THAT DECLINE SIGNALS A SLUMP IN U- S AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS' CONFIDENCE. PURDUE SAYS THAT'S THE SECOND WEAKEST CONFIDENCE LEVEL IN ALL OF 2017. THE NOVEMBER SLIDE WAS DRIVEN BY PRODUCERS TAKING A LESS-OPTIMISTIC  VIEW OF THE FUTURE. "WE ASKED PRODUCERS TO RATE THE NEXT 12 MONTHS IN AGRICULTURE AS EITHER A GOOD TIME OR A  BAD TIME IN AGRICULTURE. IN OUR LATEST SURVEY 62 PERCENT OF RESPONDENTS SAID THAT THE NEXT 12  MONTHS THEY EXPECTED TO BE MORE BAD TIMES FINANCIALLY. "WIDMAR SAYS THE BAROMETER SURVEY ROUTINELY ASKS ABOUT FARMLAND  VALUES. THE NOVEMBER RESULTS SHOW PRODUCER EXPECTATIONS APPEAR TO HAVE STRENGTHENED  SOMEWHAT AS MORE PRODUCERS EXPECT FARMLAND VALUES TO INCREASE RATHER THAN DECLINE IN  THE NEXT 12 MONTHS. WIDMAR SAYS THIS IS FIRST TIME THIS HAS HAPPENED SINCE DATA  COLLECTION BEGAN IN OCTOBER 2015.

TRUMP SCALING BACK MONUMENTS
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ON MONDAY TOOK THE RARE STEP OF SCALING  BACK TWO SPRAWLING NATIONAL MONUMENTS IN UTAH, DECLARING THAT  "PUBLIC LANDS WILL ONCE AGAIN BE FOR PUBLIC USE"  CATTLEMEN AND PUBLIC LAND ADVOCATES CHEERING THE DECISION. WHILE TRIBAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS SAY THEY'LL SEE THE  ADMINISTRATION IN COURT. AT THE CENTER OF THE DISAGREEMENT, THE BEARS EARS AND GRAND  STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENTS.  BOTH ENCOMPASSING MILLIONS OF ACRES OF LAND. THE PRESIDENT'S DECISION WOULD REDUCE BEARS EARS BY 85 PERCENT TO  ROUGHLY 202-THOUSAND ACRES. GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENT, WILL BE REDUCED FROM  NEARLY 2 MILLION ACRES TO JUST OVER 1 MILLION. SOME 3,000 DEMONSTRATORS LINING UP NEAR THE UTAH STATE CAPITOL IN  PROTEST OF TRUMP'S MONUMENT ANNOUNCEMENT.  SHAUN CHAPOOSE, UTE INDIAN TRIBE: BUT FOR SOME REASON THEY WANT TO FIGHT, AND I'M HERE TO  TELL YOU 'IF IT'S A FIGHT THEY WANT, IT'S A FIGHT THEY'RE GONNA GET.'" SHANIAH CHEE--NAVAJO TRIBE MEMBER  "IT PROVIDES US WITH WOOD FOR WARMTH AND MEDICINE AND OVERALL IS A SACRED SITE,"  A COALITION OF FIVE TRIBES SPENT YEARS PUSHING FOR THE CREATION OF BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENT. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA MADE THE DESIGNATION LAST DECEMBER.  WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE, HE TAPPED HIS NEW INTERIOR  SECRETARY WITH THE JOB OF REVIEWING PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION'S  DESIGNATIONS. ETHAN LANE/PUBLIC LANDS COUNCIL"THESE LARGE SCALE DESIGNATIONS SOUND GOOD TO PEOPLE IN THE CITIES AND BACK EAST WHO  DON'T REALLY KNOW HOW THESE RESOURCES ARE CARED FOR. THIS IS A GREAT HEADLINE FOR SOME  ADMINISTRATIONS."GAIL JOHNSON\RANCHER IN BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENT\SAN JUAN CO. UTAH "MY HUSBAND SANDY HE'S ON THE BULL DOZER THERE AND HE'S CLEANING A POND" FOR OTHERS WHO LIVE HERE--AND DO THE WORK OF MANAGEING THE LAND  EVERY DAY, THEY FEEL A MONUMENT DESIGNATION DOES MORE HARM THAN  GOOD. SANDY JOHNSON\RANCHER IN BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENT\SAN JUAN CO. UTAH "THEY WOULDN'T HAVE NOTHING TO SAVE IF WE DIDN'T ALREADY SAVE IT. THAT'S THE WAY I LOOK AT IT  YOU KNOW."THE JOHNSON'S AND OTHERS WHO LIVE IN THE AREA SAY MORE RED TAPE AND  GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT ONLY COMPLICATES THEIR ABILITY TO MAKE A  LIVING. THEY SAY YOU CAN STILL DO EVERYTHING THAT YOU COULD BEFORE. BUT THAT'S NOT NECESSARILY  TRUE. YOU HAVE TO GET PERMISSION. YOU HAVE TO MOTHER MAY I TO GO OUT AND CLEAN A RESERVIOR TO PUT IN A NEW CROSS FENCE.  GAIL JOHNSON\RANCHER IN BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENT\SAN JUAN CO. UTAH "THERE'S THE POSSIBILITY THAT THEY COULD RESTRICT YOU BEING ABLE TO DO IMPROVEMENTS WHICH  WOULD INCLUDE OUR  WATER. //(CUT) 4:05 AND IF YOU'RE OUT YOUR WATER THEN YOU CAN'T RUN YOUR  CATTLE HERE.” BUT THE TRIBES AND MANY ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS SAY THE MONUMENT  DESIGNATION IS FOR THAT REASON...TO PROTECT THESE LANDS AND THEIR  RESOURCES. EMILY BLEYL, ENVIRONMENTALIST: " THEY ARE TREASURES, NATIONAL TREASURES IN TERMS OF THE ANTIQUITIES, IN TERMS OF THE OPEN  SPACE, THE MULTIPLE USES THAT CAN BE APPLIED TO THE AREA. I HATE TO SEE IT EXPLOITED ETHAN LANE "WE KNOW THAT THERE'S A LOT OF OUTRAGE FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNITIES ABOUT THE  REDUCTION. THEY'VE BEEN REALLY PROTECTIVE OF THE ANTIQUITIES ACT. ITS A REAL SHORTCUT FOR THEM TO  ACHIEVE SOME OF THEIR GOALS AS ASSOCIATIONS. AND SCORE POINTS WITH THEIR MEMBERS. WHAT WE  WOULD ASK OF THEM IS THIS FEELING THEY HAVE RIGHT NOW OF BEING UPSET BY THIS PROCESS THIS IS  THE FEELING THAT RANCHERS AND LANDOWNERS AROUND THE WEST HAVE FELT THIS DESPERATION FOR  DECADES NOW AND GENERATIONS."FEELINGS ABOUT A FIGHT WITH A LONG HISTORY AND ONE THAT'S SURE NOT TO  END HERE.  JONATHAN NEZ, VICE PRESIDENT, NAVAJO NATION: "WE'RE A RESILIENT PEOPLE; WE'RE STRONG, WE'RE OVERCOMERS AND WE'LL SEE PRESIDENT TRUMP IN  COURT." ITS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THE PRESIDENT DID NOT GET RID OF THESE  MONUMENTS ONLY REDUCE THEM IN SIZE. THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE SAYS, NO PRESIDENT HAS EVER TRIED TO  ELIMINATE A MONUMENT, ALTHOUGH SOME HAVE BEEN REDUCED OR THE  BOUNDARIES REDRAWN ON 18 OCCASIONS. THE MOST RECENT INSTANCE CAME IN 1963, WHEN PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY  SLIGHTLY DOWNSIZED BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT IN NEW MEXICO.

CALIFORNIA EGG PRODUCER LAWS
A DOZEN STATES WANT THE U-S SUPREME COURT TO BLOCK A CALIFORNIA LAW  THAT MANDATES HOW EGG PRODUCERS - OUTSIDE OF CALIFORNIA - MUST RUN  THEIR OPERATIONS. THE CALIFORNIA LAW SAYS EGGS SOLD WITHIN THE STATE MUST COME FROM  HENS THAT ARE RAISED IN ENHANCED CAGES. THOSE CAGES GIVE MORE ROOM TO CHICKENS. THE LAWSUIT CLAIMS CALIFORNIA'S REQUIREMENTS VIOLATE THE INTERSTATE  COMMERCE CLAUSE IN THE CONSTITUTION, AND PRE-EMPT FEDERAL LAW. ACCORDING TO 2012 STATS, CALIFORNIA PRODUCES FIVE BILLION EGGS  ANNUALLY. BUT THEY IMPORT ANOTHER FOUR BILLION FROM OTHER STATES TO  SATISFY DEMAND.  30-PERCENT OF THOSE EXTRA EGGS COME FROM IOWA. CALIFORNIA VOTERS APPROVED THIS EGG INITIATIVE IN 2008.

CROP COMMENTS
A COUPLE OF WEATHER CHALLENGES FOR FARMERS IN CALIFORNIA. MIKE  HOFFMAN WITH THE DETAILS THIS MORNING, MIKE. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. ONCE AGAIN WILDFIRES ARE THREATENING CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS. DRIVEN BY  THE SANTA ANA WINDS, THESE HAVE CONSUMED MORE THAN 70 SQUARE MILES  IN VENTURA COUNTY. FIREFIGHTERS SAY THE WINDS ARE HIGH AND FUEL IS ABUDANT. CALIFORNIA CITRUS MUTUAL SAYS THE FIRES HAVE IMPACTED THE LARGE  CITRUS INDUSTRY IN THAT COUNTY. BUT THE EXTEND IS UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME. MEANWHILE A COUPLE HOURS NORTH IN CALIFORNIA'S CENTRAL VALLEY,  FARMERS ARE WORRIED ABOUT COLD TEMPERATURES TAKING A BITE OUT OF  THEIR CITRUS CROPS. CALIFORNIA CITRUS MUTUAL SAYS SUB-FREEZING TEMPS  FAILED TO MATERIALIZE ON MONDAY NIGHT.  ABOUT 85-PERCENT OF THE NAVEL  ORANGE AND LEMON CROPS ARE STILL ON THE TREE IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY. GROWERS WOULD LIKE A GRADUAL DECREASE IN TEMPS INSTEAD OF A SUDDEN  DROP. AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. FARM JOURNAL ON AIR IS THE GO-TO APP FOR AMERICAN AGRICULTURE.  AGDAY, AGRITALK, U.S.  FARM REPORT AND MORE - 24/7 ACCESS TO ALL OF YOUR FAVORITE SHOWS. TV AND RADIO...IN YOUR  HANDS, ON DEMAND.  FARM JOURNAL ON AIR - DOWNLOAD THE APP TODAY. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'LL LOOK AT MANAGED MONEY AND WHAT IT COULD  MEAN FOR MAJOR COMMODITY MARKETS. AND LATER, FLORIDA'S CITURS INDUSTRY HAS BEEN HIT HARD BY CITRUS  GREENING--GROWERS IN CALIFORNIA SAY ITS JUST A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE  THE DISEASE TAKES HOLD IN THEIR STATE. AND NEW USE FOR THIS TREE AFTER THE HOLIDAYS.

AGRIBUSINESS
RECEIVE A FREE TRIAL OF THE DAILY GRAIN PLAN NEWS LETTER FROM ROACH AG MARKETING.  TEXT  ROACH TO 31313.  START YOUR SUBSCRIPTION BY TEXTING ROACH TO 31313. IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR MARKET DIRECTION, ANALYSTS RECOMMEND WATCHING  MANAGED MONEY OR FUND MOVEMENTS. TYNE MORE HAS MORE FROM THE ROAD WITH TODAY'S ANALYSIS. HERE NOW IS JULIANNE JOHNSON OF PROFARMER. JULIANNE WHEN WE LOOK AT THE FUNDS OR OUTSIDE  MONEY AND THE POSITIONS CURRENTLY THAT THEY HAVE ON CORN AND SOYBEANS ON WHEAT YOU KNOW  WHERE DO THEY SET TODAY AND WHAT IMPACT COULD THAT HAVE ON PRICES KIND OF SHORT TERM. YEAH  ABSOLUTELY IT COULD HAVE A SHORT TERM IMPACT BECAUSE THERE'S JUST NOT A LOT OF FRESH NEWS FOR  THE MARKETS TO DIGEST AND SONS ARE GOING TO BE EVENING POSITIONS AS THEY CLOSED THEIR BOOKS  OUT FOR THE END OF THE YEAR. FUNDS ARE NEAR RECORD NET SHORT THE CORN MARKET HOLD A VERY  LARGE NET SHORT POSITION IN THE WINTER WHEAT MARKETS AND SLIGHTLY NET LONG THE SOYBEAN  MARKET. SO WE COULD SEE SOME FUNDS COVER THEIR SHORT POSITIONS AND GIVE US A LITTLE BIT OF A  BOUNCE WHETHER OR NOT IT'S AN AGGRESSIVE ENOUGH BALANCE TO BE ATTRACTIVE PRICE FOR PRODUCERS  TO MAKE ANY SALES BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR IS YET TO BE SEEN BECAUSE THERE'S SO MUCH  SUPPLY THE THERE FOR CORN AND WHEAT BUT SOYBEANS IF THEY CONTINUE TO TO DEFEND THAT NET LONG  POSITION AS WE HAVE SEEN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS EVEN WITH RAINS IN BRAZIL AND SOME  SOMEWHAT NEGATIVE NEWS IN THE SOYBEAN MARKET IF THEY DEFEND THAT LONG POSITION IT WILL KEEP  THE SOYBEAN MARKET SUPPORTED YOU KNOW THE FUNDS REALLY SEEMED TO LIKE CATTLE FOR SOME  REASON AND WE LOOK AT CATTLE PRICES HAVE BEEN YOU KNOW AND SOMETIMES THAT'S THAT'S HELPED  CATTLE PRICES. DO YOU THINK WE COULD SEE SIMILAR ACTION ON ANY OF OUR OTHER COMMODITIES LIKE  CORN SOYBEANS OR WHEAT. COULD IT TAKE A LARGE FUND ACTION TO MOVE OUR PRICES A CONSIDERABLE  AMOUNT. OH ABSOLUTELY. I MEAN THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT WHEN WE SEE THE POTENTIAL FOR  SOME SHORT COVERING THAT COULD SPUR SOMETHING IN THIS MARKET COULD COME IN A TIME OF SOME  UNEXPECTED DEMAND TOO. SO THE COMBINATION OF THOSE TWO FACTORS COULD PROVIDE A NICE LITTLE  BOUNCE IN THE CORN MARKET BUT IT'S JUST AT THIS POINT A HOPE THAT TWO THINGS WILL HAPPEN AT THE  SAME TIME. FINGERS CROSSED. JULIANNE WE APPRECIATE IT. LET'S TAKE A QUICK BREAK IN THE  MOVIE. BACK WITH MORE AGDAY. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY LIBERTY HERBICIDE, THE SIMPLY BETTER SOLUTION FOR SUPERIOR WEED  CONTROL AND A STRONGER YIELD.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN LOOKING AT THE ROOT ZONE  MOISTURE MAP AND I THINK THIS IS PROBABLY GOING TO ECHO THE DROUGHT MONITOR THAT WAS LATER  THIS WEEK ESPECIALLY THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY THE EAST COAST AND OUT IN ARIZONA. I  AGREE. A LOT OF THE COUNTRY STARTING TO DRY OUT NOW. VERY COLD DRY AIR STARTS AND INVADE MOST OF  THE LOWER 48. NOW WEST IT WON'T BE QUITE AS COLD BUT BECAUSE OF A BIG RIDGE YOU'RE NOT GOING  TO SEE ANY BIG STORMS COMING INTO THE WEST COAST EITHER SO I DON'T SEE A LOT OF MOISTURE  ACROSS MOST OF THE COUNTRY MAYBE SOME THROUGH THE SOUTHLAND AS WE'LL GET TO RIGHT NOW  BECAUSE THE WEATHER MAP SHOWING SOME RAIN DEVELOPING ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRAL TEXAS.  THIS ARCTIC FRONT HAS STALLED OUT IN THAT AREA ALONG THE GULF COAST AND THAT'S WHERE YOU'RE  GOING TO SEE A LOT OF MOISTURE. MOST OF THIS SNOW I MEAN YOU MIGHT GET A COUPLE THREE INCHES  IN PLACES IN THE NORTHERN GREAT LAKES BUT IT'S FLUFFY SNOW IT'S VERY COLD AIR AND IT'S NOT REALLY A  LOT OF MOISTURE WITH IT. SO PUTTING THE MAPS INTO MOTION WE HAVE WEAK SYSTEMS KIND OF  ROTATING AROUND THE MAIN STORM OVER EASTERN CANADA AND THOSE WILL BRING A FEW FLURRIES A FEW  SPRINKLES HERE AND THERE BUT THE BULK OF THE MOISTURE OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS IS GOING TO  BE DOWN ALONG THE GULF COAST WHERE THAT STATION THAT'S FRONT KIND OF STALLS OUT AND STAYS  WHERE IT IS AND THAT PUTS DOWN SOME RAIN. IT'S ALSO GOING TO BE SOME SNOW. PARTS OF NEW  MEXICO WEST TEXAS THAT'S PRETTY FAR SOUTH FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR TO SEE SOME SNOW FLYING  BUT THAT'S THE WAY IT'S LOOKING. LAKE EFFECT WILL PICK UP IN PLACES AS WELL AS WE HEAD THROUGH  OVERNIGHT HOURS TONIGHT AND INTO THE DAY TOMORROW AFTERNOON. SO THAT KIND OF MOVES ON OVER  INTO THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES WEAK SYSTEM CAUSING A LITTLE BIT OF LIGHT SNOW. PARTS OF THE  NORTHWESTERN PLAINS PARTS OF COLORADO BY LATER IN THE DAY PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE OVER THE PAST  24 HOURS SEEN SOME DECENT AMOUNTS WITH THE COLD FRONT THROUGH THE SOUTHEAST UP THE  EASTERN SEABOARD ADDING IN THE NEXT 36. SO WE DON'T ADD TOO MUCH AT ALL FARTHER NORTH BUT  WE DEFINITELY HAD SOME DOWN ALONG THE GULF COAST. SOME AREAS OF SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS  COASTAL LOUISIANA MAY GET ONE TO TWO INCHES OF RAINFALL OVER THE NEXT 36 HOURS OR SO SNOWFALL  MAINLY CONFINED TO THE NORTH BUT LIKE I SAID WE'RE GOING TO ADD SOME OVER THE NEXT 36 HOURS.  SOUTHERN COLORADO INTO WEST TEXAS EVEN NORTHERN MEXICO GETTING SOME ACCUMULATING SNOW.  THIS AIR IS SO COLD FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR LAKE EFFECT AREAS YOU HAVE TO WATCH YOUR LOCAL  FORECAST SEE HOW MUCH YOU'RE GOING TO GET THERE. HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON VERY COLD  IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS AND VERY CHILLY FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR EVEN INTO THE SOUTHERN PLAINS  YOU SEE LOWS TONIGHT GOING TO DROP INTO THE LOW TEENS AND THE FAR NORTHERN PLAINS 40S DOWN  TO THE GULF COAST. THAT WILL BE THE HIGHS TOMORROW. THAT IS REALLY COLD FOR THIS TIME OF THE  YEAR. AND IT'S EVEN COLDER FARTHER NORTH BECAUSE OF THE JET STREAM. YOU CAN SEE HOW THIS  POLAR EXPRESS BASICALLY JUST COMING SOUTHWARD AT LEPS UP FOR A DAY HERE AND THERE BUT THEN  ANOTHER PLUNGE NEXT MONDAY AND TUESDAY RIGHT INTO THE CENTER OF THE COUNTRY. THAT'S A LOOK  ACROSS THE COUNTRY. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. WE'LL HEAD TO MEDFORD OREGON  MORNING FOG THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY SKIES. HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 47 DEGREES. TOPEKA KANSAS  PARTLY SUNNY IN RATHER CHILLY HIGH ALSO 47. AND FINALLY TRENTON NEW JERSEY I DIDN'T DO THIS ON  PURPOSE BUT CHILLIER CLOUDS AND SUNSHINE HIGH OF 47 DEGREES. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'LL TALK HURRICANE FUNDING AND CHALLENGES  FACING CITRUS GROWERS ON OUR PACKER TV REPORT. AND THIS FAMOUS CHRISTMAS TREE WILL HAVE A NEW PURPOSE IN LIFE AFTER  THE LIGHTS COME-DOWN. AND THAT PURPOSE MAY PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ENLIST WEED CONTROL SYSTEM.  MORE WEED CONTROL.  LESS  DRIFT AND VOLATILITY.  MAXIMUM YIELD POTENTIAL.

PACKER TV
ON THE PACKER TV, SOME CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATES ARE THREATENING A  GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN OVER HURRICANE RELIEF FUNDING. LAWMAKERS FROM FLORIDA AND TEXAS SAY THE DISASTER FUNDING PLAN  WHICH COULD BE ATTACHED THE CONTINUOUS RESOLUTION ISN'T ENOUGH FOR  THEIR STATES.  THE TWO DELEGATIONS WRITING A LETTER TO THE HOUSE EXPRESSING THEIR  DISAPPOINTMENT.  CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS MUST PASS A BILL THAT FUNDS THE GOVERNMENT BY  DECEMBER 8 IN ORDER TO KEEP IT RUNNING AND AVOID A SHUTDOWN. SOME OF THOSE LOOKING FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE ARE CITRUS GROWERS IN  FLORIDA. BETSY JIBBEN REPORTS ON AN INDUSTRY FACING MAJOR PRODUCTION LOSSES  BEFORE THAT HURRICANE EVER HIT.  WHEN HURRICANE IRMA STORMED THROUGH FLORIDA, IT DID NOT DISCRIMINATE  CROP PRODUCTION LOSSES FOR THE STATE'S CITRUS GROWERS CONTINUE TO  RISE. "WE'VE BEEN CUT ON A PRODUCTION LEVEL IN HALF BECAUSE OF THE DISEASE AND NOW THIS CUTS THAT  HALF, IN HALF,"FLORIDA'S CITRUS CROP HAS BEEN PLAGUED WITH A DISEASE CALLED CITRUS  GREENING-SPREAD BY  AN INSECT CALLED THE ASIAN CITRUS PSYLLID AND THERE'S NO KNOWN CURE.  USDA IS FORECASTING FLORIDA'S ORANGE PRODUCTION AT 50 MILLION BOXES  WHICH WOULD BE 27 PERCENT LESS THAN LAST YEAR AND THE LOWEST SINCE  THE 1945 - 1946 SEASON.  "WE REALLY NEED TO DO SOME PRUNING HERE,"> GROWERS LIKE AL STEHLY IN ESCONDIDIO, CALIFORNIA  HOPE THEY'RE NOT  NEXT.  "WE'VE TAKEN THE ATTITUDE IT'S NOT IF IT COMES, IT'S WHEN - SHOW HIM NODDING"FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES, CALIFORNIA PRODUCED 4 MILLION MORE TONS  OF CITRUS THAN FLORIDA DURING THE 2016 - 2017 SEASON. "WE'RE PRODUCING MORE ORANGES IN CALIFORNIA NOW THAN FLORIDA AND THAT'S CRIMINAL. OK, IT'S  NOT CRIMINAL BUT IT'S SAD FOR FLORIDA," STEHLY SAYS CALIFORNIA GROWERS ARE JUST HOPING TO SURVIVE LONG  ENOUGH UNTIL A CURE OR TREATMENT IS FOUND.  PSYLLIDS WITH THE DISEASE HAVE BEEN FOUND IN VARIOIUS AREAS OF  CALIFORNIA BUT SO FAR ONLY RESIDENTIAL AREAS. "IF THE DISEASE IS HERE, IT CAN BE IN THIS TREE FOR 5 YEARS BEFORE WE KNOW IT,"HE SPRAYS MULTIPLE TIMES A YEAR TO TRY TO LOWER THE PEST POPULATION  AND COORDINATES WITH THE NEIGHBORING GROVES TO SPRAY WITHIN A 2 WEEK  PERIOD, THAT WAY THE PSYLLID CAN'T FLY FROM GROVE TO GROVE.  "THE CILLID IS IN THE NEW FLESH. SO IT'S HERE"ALTHOUGH  NOT ALL PSYLLIDS CARRY THE DISEASE.  "IT'S NOT LIKE THE MOSQUITO AND MALARIA. IF THERE'S NO MALARIA THE MOSQUITO BITES WON'T GIVE  YOU MALARIA. BUT IF THE MOSQUITO PREVIOUS BIT SOMEONE WITH MALARIA, YOU'RE GOING TO GET  MALARIA. IF THERE'S NO GREENING HERE AND THE INSECT IS ON THE TREE, IT WON'T BRING ME THE  DISEASE,""NO, THAT'S NOT A PSYILLID. NONE THERE,"OH THERE'S ONE""IT'S RIGHT THERE NOW THAT IS NOTHING TO GO THROUGH THIS MANY LEAVES AND  ONLY FIND ONE” STEHLY IS TRANSITIONING THESE TREES INTO ORANGIC PRODUCTION HOWEVER,  HE BELIEVES A  GMO TECHNOLOGY MAY BE THE THE ONLY WAY TO COMBAT THE  DISEASE AROUND THE WORLD.  CURRENTLY, GM CITRUS IS NOT SOLD COMMERCIALLY.  "REALLY, I THINK THE GMO MAY BE THE ANSWER, EVENTUALLY OR SOME TYPE OF LUCKY BREEDING AND  THEN YOU WON'T HAVE ORGANIC CITRUS,"AS CALIFORNIA GROWERS AIM TO PRODUCE A BIG CROP "THIS IS NOT BAD,"> THEY ARE LEARY AND ON ALERT WATCHING GROWERS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE COUNTRY FOR CLUES  TO A SOLUTION. "WE THOUGHT THAT WE DID HAVE A BETTER CROP AND MAYBE IT WOULD PLATEAU AND WE'D INCREASE.  VERY OPTIMISTIC IN THE INDUSTRY BUT AFTER THIS, IT'S BEEN TOUGH,"REPORTING FOR AGDAY I'M BETSY JIBBEN.  THANKS BETSY.  FLORIDA AG. COMMISSION ADAM PUTNAM SENT AN URGENT LETTER TO THE  STATE'S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION ASKING FOR RELIEF FOR THE STATE  AFTER THE 120 BILLION DOLLAR AG INDUSTRY UNDERWENT MORE THAN 2.5  BILLION DOLLARS OF DAMAGE...AT THE HANDS OF HURRICANE IRMA.

TEASE
THE ROCKEFELLER CHRISTMAS TREE IN NEW YORK WAS JUST LIT-UP LAST WEEK.  BUT WE'LL SHOW YOU WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER THE LIGHTS GO DOWN ON  ANOTHER HOLIDAY SEASON. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY CORVUS - THE NUMBER ONE PRE-EMERGENCE CORN HERBICIDE.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA'S M5 SERIES - BRINGING NEW  LEVELS OF COMFORT TO HARD WORK.  LEARN MORE AT KUBOTA.COM, OR VISIT  YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER TODAY. ONCE THE LIGHTS GO OUT ON THE MASSIVE CHRISTMAS TREE AT ROCKEFELLER  CENTER IN NEW YORK CITY, THE TREE WILL FIND A NEW HOME, SO TO SPEAK. AND  THAT HOME IS WITH "HABITAT FOR HUMANITY". AFTER THE HOLIDAYS, THE ICONIC TREE IS MILLED INTO PLANKS AND TWO BY  FOURS. THE LUMBER IS THEN USED IN NEW OR RENOVATED HOMES AS PART OF THE  NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION HABITAT FOR HUMANITY. THE 2016 TREE IS GOING INSIDE A HOUSE IN NEWBURGH, NEW YORK - ABOUT 50  MILES FROM WHERE IT STOOD IN ROCKFELLER CENTER\. THE WOOD RECEIVES A SPECIAL STAMP TO MARK ITS UNIQUE JOURNEY. "IT WASN'T JUST THROWN AWAY. IT WAS USED IN MY HOUSE!"> CATHY COLLINS, HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF GREATER NEWBURGH'S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: "I LOVE  SEEING IT ARRIVE. I LOVE SEEING THE STAMP. I LOVE KNOWING IT WAS PART OF THIS TREE THAT BRINGS  SUCH JOY."THE WOOD IS TOO KNOTTY TO SUPPORT A LOT OF WEIGHT SO IT'S USED MOSTLY  ON INTERIOR WALLS. OF COURSE MOST OF THE WOOD IS HIDDEN IN WALLS AND CEILINGS. SO IT'S A BIT  OF BUILT-IN CHEER THAT CAN BE FELT BUT NOT SEEN. 

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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