AgDay Daily Recap -February 13, 2018

February 13, 2018 06:00 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
FEBRUARY 13, 2018

HEADLINES

THE PRESIDENT ROLLS OUT HIS BUDGET AND IT INCLUDES NEW IDEAS ON  INFRASTRUCTURE. PLUS THE HOW MANY ACRES OF COTTON WILL GO IN THIS YEAR? IN AGRIBUSINESS.. THE RETURN OF MARKET VOLATILITY. IS THERE A VETERINARIAN CRISIS ON THE HORIZON? WE'LL LOOK AT NEW STUDY  ON THE DAIRY REPORT. AND DOGGIE DENTISTS ARE HELPING KEEP THESE K9'S CLEAN. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL  SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD..

TRUMP’S INFRASTRUCTURE PLANS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. IT WAS A BUSY DAY IN WASHINGTON  MONDAY AS THE WHITE HOUSE UNVEILS ITS PROPOSED BUDGET FOR THE  COUNTRY. AND WITHIN THAT SPENDING PLAN, PRESIDENT TRUMP RELEASES HIS  IDEAS ON HOW TO SPEND A TRILLION DOLLARS TO IMPROVE THE NATION'S  HIGHWAYS, BI-WAYS AND WATERWAYS. AND HE PROPOSES A MAJOR SHAKE-UP TO THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM  DESPITE QUESTIONS ABOUT FUNDING - THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ROLLING  OUT MORE DETAILS AROUND HIS INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN. THE PRESIDENT  PROPOSING A ONE-AND-A-HALF TRILLION DOLLAR PUBLIC WORKS PROJECT. IT CALLS FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SPEND 200 BILLION DOLLARS OVER  THE COMING DECADE...AND IT ENCOURAGES OTHER LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT  AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO RAISE THEIR SPENDING ON INFRASTRUCTURE. IN ADDITION TO THE SPENDING, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION  WANTS TO REDUCE  THE AMOUNT OF TIME TO GET THE NECESSARY ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITS THAT  OFTEN STYMIE PROJECTS. THE PLAN ALSO SPENDS MORE MONEY IN INFRASTRUCTURE RELATED TO RURAL  AMERICA. "THE PROBLEM THE STATES HAVE AND LOCAL LEADERS HAVE WITH FUNDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE IS  HORRENDOUS AND WE WILL REBUILD WE WILL MAINTAIN AND THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WANT TO  SEE US TAKE CARE OF OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. "THE PRESIDENT SAYS THE 200-BILLION DOLLARS WOULD COME FROM CUTS IN  OTHER EXISTING FEDERAL PROGRAMS.

TRUMP’S BUDGET PLAN
NOW TO THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET PROPOSAL...WHICH THE TITLE CALLS  EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE, ACCOUNTABLE. WHILE JUST A PROPOSAL IT CALLS FOR CUTS TO CORE AG PROGRAMS. THE PRESIDENT PROPOSES $1.8 TRILLION IN CUTS FROM MANDATORY SPENDING  PROGRAMS OVER THE NEXT DECADE.  AT USDA THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUESTS A 16 PERCENT DECREASE FROM  THE 2017 LEVELS. IT CUTS CROP INSURANCE AND OTHER FARM PROGRAMS BY 47 BILLION DOLLARS  OVER 10 YEARS. THE BUDGET REDUCES THE PREMIUM SUBSIDY ON CROP INSURANCE FROM 62  PERCENT TO 48 PERCENT. AND IT CAPS  INSURANCE COMPANY UNDERWRITING GAINS AT 12%. THE PROPOSAL WOULD LIMIT COMMODITY, CONSERVATION, AND CROP  INSURANCE SUBSIDIES TO PRODUCERS WITH AN ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME OF  $500-THOUSAND OR LESS.  THE FOOD STAMP OR SNAP SIDE OF THE LEDGER, THE PRESIDENT MAKES A  MAJOR CHANGE. THE WHITE HOUSE PROPOSES CUTTING $214 BILLION FROM THAT PROGRAM  OVER 10 YEARS AND IT CALLS FOR PARTIALLY CONVERTING SNAP TO A  COMMODITY DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM-- CUTTING CASH PAYMENTS AND  SUBSTITUTING THEM WITH 100 PERCENT AMERICAN GROWN FOOD. WHILE ALSO TIGHTENING WORK REQUIREMENTS. BUT GETTING SNAP CHANGES APPROVED IN CONGRESS ARE ALWAYS DIFFICULT. "I'VE BEEN THROUGH CONFERENCE COMMITTEES ON THREE FARM BILLS IN MY TIME IN CONGRESS. WE  ARE ABLE TO PASS A FARM BILL BECAUSE WE WORK WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE LITTLE INTEREST IN AG POLICY  BUT CARE A LOT ABOUT THOSE NUTRITION PROGRAMS. IF WE UNDO THAT COALITION, THE CHANCES OF  GETTING A FARM BILL COMPLETED BEGIN TO DISAPPEAR. ""AND I ALSO WOULD SAY USDA HAS JURISDICTION OVER NUTRITION PROGRAMS LIKE SNAP. AND  CONSUMERS OF AG PRODUCTS ARE HOW WE EARN A LIVING."THE SNAP PLAN WOULD SAVE 214 BILLION DOLLARS OVER 10 YEARS. IT INCLUDES MORE THAN 90 DOLLARS A MONTH IN CASH AND A USDA FOOD  PACKAGE INCLUDING SHELF-STABLE MILK, CEREAL, PASTA, PEANUT BUTTER,  BEANS, CANNED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, MEAT, POULTRY OR FISH.

199A FIX
CONGRESS CONTINUES TO WORK ON LANGUAGE TO CORRECT A TAX REFORM  PROVISION THAT COULD ALTER U.S. GRAIN MARKETING PATTERNS. KNOWN AS 199A IT FAVORS CO-OPS OVER PRIVATE GRAIN SELLERS AT TAX TIME. AN AGREEMENT WASN'T REACHED IN TIME TO MAKE IT IN THE TWO-YEAR BUDGET  DEAL.  SENATOR JOHN THUNE SAYS A SOLUTION IS "CLOSE". HE SAYS  QUOTE "WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN CONSENSUS WITHIN THE STAKEHOLDER  COMMUNITY ON THE LANGUAGE, BUT WE HAVE I THINK PROBABLY AS GOOD AS  WE'RE GOING TO GET AT A SOLUTION." 

COTTON ACRES IN 2018
AFTER THE RECENT RETURN OF MARKET VOLATILITY COTTON MARKETS  REACTING MONDAY TO THE NATIONAL COTTON COUNCIL'S 2018 ACREAGE  ESTIMATE. THE ANNUAL SURVEY OF PRODUCERS FOUND FARMERS INTEND TO PLANT 31  POINT 1 MILLION ACRES OF COTTON THIS SPRING. THAT'S UP MORE THAN 3 AND A HALF (3.7%) PERCENT. WHILE MOST COTTON STATES EXPECT MORE ACRES THERE ARE AREAS OF NOTE.  IN NORTH CAROLINA, THE SURVEY FOUND AN 8 PERCENT INCREASE AS ACREAGE  MOVES AWAY FROM SOYBEANS.  THE LARGEST DECLINE WAS REPORTED IN MISSISSIPPI WITH 5.5 PERCENT LESS  COTTON ACREAGE IN 2018. AND KANSAS--IN WHEAT COUNTRY, THE NCC IS REPORTING A 55 PERCENT  INCREASE IN COTTON ACREAGE.  AND 21 PERCENT HIGHER IN OKLAHOMA. "ONE OF THE REASONS WE SEE IN TERMS OF THE POTENTIAL INCREASE IS THAT WHILE COTTON PRICES HAVE  STRENGTHENED A LITTLE BIT OVER THIS PAST YEAR COMPETING CROP PRICES HAVE REALLY REMAINED FAIRLY  STABLE SO COTTON HAS IMPROVED A BIT RELATIVE TO TWO COMPETING CROPS AND THAT SEEMED TO BE  ENCOURAGING ACRES INTO COTTON. I DON'T THINK THIS REALLY SURPRISED A LOT OF THE PARTICIPANTS AT  OUR ANNUAL MEETING WE HAD SEEN THE ESTIMATES IN THIS RANGE I THINK RIGHT NOW THE INDUSTRY'S  JUST GOING TO CONTINUE TO WATCH WHAT HAPPENS BETWEEN NOW AND PLANTING TIME PARTICULARLY IN  TERMS OF MARKET AND WEATHER DEVELOPMENTS BECAUSE WE KNOW THOSE ARE GOING TO PLAY A  ROLE."

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US THIS MORNING FOR TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS.  GOOD MORNING MIKE.  GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  LET'S START OFF IN WASHINGTON, IOWA. MIKE BERDO SAYS CALVING IS IN FULL  SWING.  CALVING BEGAN LAST WEDNESDAY. THERE'S MORE THAN A FOOT OF SNOW, NOT IDEAL BUT THE SUN IS OUT TODAY WHICH HELPS.  AND PAUL OVER IN SOUTH GEORGIA SENDING US THIS PICTURE OF HIS TWO  FUTURE FARMERS ENJOYING THE CATTLE AND THE SUNSHINE. PLEASE BE SURE  TO BRING THAT SUNSHINE OVER TO THE MIDWEST, PAUL.  AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE WIND SPEED FORECAST MAP YOU CAN SEE NOT A LOT OF WIND TO START TODAY  BUT WE'RE GOING TO GET A LITTLE BIT WINDIER AS THE DAY GOES ON. AS WE LOOK AT THE FAR NORTHERN  PLAINS A LITTLE BIT THROUGH THE SOUTHWEST NORTHERN ROCKIES AND THEN AS WE HEAD INTO THE DAY  TOMORROW IT'S A MUCH WINDIER DAY IT SEEMS LIKE ESPECIALLY FROM THE MIDWEST INTO THE WESTERN  PARTS OF THE COUNTRY EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE ROCKIES ESPECIALLY IT LOOKS LIKE A PRETTY WINDY  AFTERNOON. THAT'S A LOOK AT THE WIND SPEED FORECAST. WE'LL HAVE THE REST OF YOUR FORECAST  COMING UP. BUT FIRST HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN. TEMPS. 

TEASE
UP NEXT WE'LL LOOK AT A BIG RUN ON SOYBEANS MONDAY AND TALK ABOUT THE  RETURN OF VOLATILITY TO COMMODITY MARKETS. AND AS A NATION WE SPEND 60-BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR ON OUR PETS! AND THAT INCLUDES DENTAL WORK. DETAILS OF "DOGGIE DENTAL" LATER ON AGDAY.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS LETS FIND OUT WHY GRAINS MARKETS SAW SO MUCH ACTION  MONDAY.  FOR THAT WE TURN TO VIRGINA MCGATHY ON THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN  CHICAGO.  VIRGINIA. TODAY'S SOYBEANS THEY GAPPED UP. IT SEEMS THAT THE WEATHER WORRIES IN ARGENTINA HAS  HEATED UP AGAIN THAT SOME AREAS OF THE OF ARGENTINA DID NOT GET THE RAINFALL THAT OTHER AREAS  DID. AND SO THERE IS SOME WORRIES ABOUT SOME CROP DAMAGE. NOW WE'VE HIT THESE NEW HIGHS  AND TEN DOLLAR HAS NOW BECOME THE SUPPORT AS OPPOSED TO THE RESISTANCE. IF WE CAN STAY IN  THIS AREA AND GET SOME FOLLOW THROUGH BUYING WE COULD DEFINITELY BE OFF TO THE RACES. CORN  WAS ALSO ON THE RISE THAT WEAKER U.S. DOLLAR INDEX IS REALLY UNDERPINNING ALL THE COMMODITIES.  THE FUTURES ACROSS THE BOARD AND SO THEY GAVE THE MARKET TO LIFT WE'RE IN AN AREA THAT WE  HAVEN'T SEEN CORN SINCE EARLY DECEMBER THE U.S. DOLLAR INDEX ALSO COMING DOWN DEFINITELY  LETS US BECOME A LITTLE BIT MORE COMPETITIVE AND THAT'S WHY PART OF WHEAT IS RALLYING.  INTERESTING THING ABOUT WHEAT IS THAT DROUGHT CONCERNS IN THOSE PLANES ARE REALLY LIKE DRIVING  THAT MARKET HIGHER. BUT THERE HAS BEEN A REAL SCRAMBLE OF THIS SHORT COVERING TODAY. CATTLE  REBOUNDED. IT SEEMED THAT THE FIRM PHYSICAL CATTLE PRICES REALLY STOPPED THAT FUTURE SLIDE THAT  FIVE DAYS SLIDE THAT THE LIVE CATTLE WAS REALLY MOVING LOWER. THAT'S ALL FROM THE FLOOR AT THE  CME GROUP HERE IN CHICAGO. VIRGINIA MCGATHEY. 

AGRIBUSINESS
JOE VACLAVIK OF STANDARD GRAIN OUR GUEST HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK JOE AS WE LOOK AT  THESE MARKETS WE'RE STARTING TO SEE TRICKLES OF VOLATILITY ESPECIALLY INTO GRAINS. WE'RE SEEING IT  IN STOCKS. WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THAT. WE SAW A MASSIVE MASSIVE SPIKE IN VOLATILITY IN THE  STOCK MARKET EARLY LAST WEEK WE HAD A DAY WHERE THE DOW JONES WAS DOWN 1300 PLUS  POINTS OR SO AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE HAVEN'T SEEN IN A LONG TIME IT'D BEEN MONTHS AND YEARS AND SOME OF THESE MARKETS WITHOUT THAT SORT OF VOLATILITY. SO THE VOLATILITY UNWIND THE  UNWIND OF THIS LOW VOLATILITY TRADE ACROSS FINANCIAL MARKETS IS HAPPENING VERY VERY QUICKLY. IT'S MORE PRONOUNCED IN THE STOCK MARKET BUT I THINK WE ARE STARTING TO SEE IT TRICKLE INTO SOME OF  THE COMMODITIES. WE'VE SEEN SOME WIDER DAILY TRADING RANGES AND THINGS LIKE CRUDE OIL GOLD  AND SILVER. SOME OF THE ENERGIES CERTAINLY AND EVEN IN THE GRAIN MARKETS YOU KNOW WE WE  HAD A DAY THERE LAST WEEK WHERE THE CORN MARKET WAS UP ALMOST FIVE CENTS SO THAT'S PRETTY  RARE THESE DAYS RIGHT. AND THE MARKET HAD A DAY WHERE WE WERE UP 15 TO 20. SO WE'RE  SEEING SOME INCREASED VOLATILITY WHICH I THINK OVERALL FOR THE FARMER IS A GOOD THING. I WAS  GOING TO ASK YOU IS THAT A GOOD THING OR A BAD THING TO SEE MORE OF IT. I THINK IT'S A GREAT THING  BECAUSE THINK ABOUT WHAT WE'RE COMING OUT OF HERE. WE'RE COMING OUT OF A PERIOD OF  EXTENDED LOW VOLATILITY WHERE THE CORN MARKET DID NOTHING. WE TRADED AT 350 FOR MONTHS AND  MONTHS AND MONTHS AND THEN THE DECEMBER CONTRACT EXPIRED AND THEN THE MARCH CONTRACT TRADED AT 350 FOR TWO MONTHS. SO YEAH IT'S WELCOME. WE NEED VOLATILITY TO OFFER THE FARMER  MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES. WE'RE SEEING IT IN THE WHEAT MARKET RIGHT NOW. SURE. WITH THIS. WITH  THIS DROUGHT SCARE CROP SCARE WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT A LOT OF VOLATILITY THERE HIGHEST  PRICES IN SEVERAL MONTHS. SO I'M HOPING THAT THIS VOLATILITY CONTINUES. ALL RIGHT WE'LL KEEP AN  EYE ON IT. THANK YOU JOE APPRECIATE THAT WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A COUPLE OF  MINUTES.  YOUR NEXT PIECE OF EQUIPMENT IS ON MACHINERY PETE DOT COM. SEARCH EQUIPMENT FROM  DEALERSHIPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO FIND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR. ONLY ON MACHINERY PETE DOT  COM. 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE AS WE LOOK AT THIS  SYSTEM IN THE SOUTH WEST WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS PULLING SOME MOISTURE INTO THAT PART  OF THE COUNTRY. HOW'S IT LOOKING SO FAR. YEAH THE STORM DOESN'T LOOK REAL IMPRESSIVE TO ME BUT  IT IS DEFINITELY GOING TO PULL SOME MOISTURE INTO THE SOUTHWEST OVER THE NEXT THREE OR FOUR  DAYS. AND AS DEFINITELY GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE DROUGHT AREAS IN THE FOUR CORNERS REGION. NOW  OBVIOUSLY YOU'RE GOING TO NEED A LOT MORE THAN ONE STORM SYSTEM BUT NONETHELESS ANYTHING  BEGINS TO HELP THE PROCESS. ALSO A STATIONARY FRONT IN THE SOUTHEAST LITTLE BIT OF MOISTURE STILL IN THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS KIND OF LINGERING AND A WEAK LITTLE SYSTEM MOVING THROUGH  OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS JUST WITH SOME CLOUDS AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TODAY. YOU CAN SEE  THIS STORM SYSTEM IS NOT EXACTLY PUMPING IN A LOT OF MOISTURE OUT IN THE SOUTHWEST  UNFORTUNATELY BUT IT WILL ESPECIALLY IN THE AFTERNOONS AS WE HEAD THROUGH TIME. SEE A LITTLE BIT  MORE MOISTURE COMING IN AND SEE THIS WEEK'S SYSTEM MOVING THROUGH THE SOUTHERN PLAINS  MOVES INTO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY WITH A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN THERE. COLD FRONT GETTING READY TO  CROSS THE CANADIAN BORDER WITH SOME SNOW IN THE FAR NORTHERN PLAINS. OTHERWISE IT'S KIND OF  A LULL IN THE STORM SYSTEMS THAT WE WERE SEEN FOR A WHILE THERE CROSSING NORTHERN PLAINS AND  THE GREAT LAKES HAS NOT A WHOLE LOT GOING ON AS WE START THIS WEEK AND HEAD INTO THE MIDDLE  OF THE WEEK AS WELL. TAKING A LOOK AT THE PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS LITTLE  BIT IN THE SOUTHEAST SOME IN THE SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL ROCKIES ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS  EVENINGS THERE A MODEL DOESN'T AND A LOT IN THE SOUTHWEST UNFORTUNATELY BUT STILL WE'RE IN A  PATTERN WHERE WE COULD SEE MORE OF THAT OVER TIME OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS. AND WE  HAD A LITTLE BIT MORE IN THE SOUTHWEST OR SOUTHEAST IN THE NORTHWEST I SHOULD SAY SNOWFALL  ESTIMATES MOST OF IT HAS BEEN IN THE CENTRAL PORTIONS OF THE ROCKIES ESPECIALLY COLORADO AND  ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS WE'RE GOING TO ADD MORE AND MORE SNOW UP TO THE NORTH  NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE ROCKIES WESTERN MONTANA AND NORTHERN IDAHO AND THAT WILL KIND OF  SPREAD SOUTHWARD. HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON NOT TOO BAD. 50S 40S AS YOU HEAD  THROUGH THE PLAINS STATES EVEN 20S UP BY THE CANADIAN BORDER. NOT BAD FOR THIS TIME OF THE  YEAR LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT GOING TO BE IN THE 20S ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS WITH A FEW  TEENS 40S OHIO VALLEY 60S BY THE TIME YOU GET TOWARD THE GULF COAST AND HIGH TEMPERATURES  TOMORROW AFTERNOON AND 60S AND 70S THROUGH THE SOUTHERN TIER OF STATES AND 30S AND 40S  THROUGH THE GROWING COUNTRY THE MIDWEST. I'LL TELL YOU WHAT THOSE ARE DECENT NUMBERS FOR THE  MIDDLE OF FEBRUARY AND THAT'S ALL BECAUSE THE JET STREAM HAS GOTTEN RID OF THE TROUGH IN THE  EAST IT'S GONE TO THAT CUTOFF LOW IN THE SOUTHWEST. WE DO SEE THE TROUGH DIG SOME COLD AIR  AGAIN INTO THE NORTHERN TIER OF STATES OVER TIME. BUT OUR MODEL KEEPS WANTING TO GO BACK TO  THAT LOW IN THE SOUTHWEST AND SO THAT'LL KEEP MILD WEATHER OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN PARTS OF THE  COUNTRY AND BIG CHANGES OVER THE WEST. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW LET'S TAKE A  LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL LAKE VIEW OREGON A GOOD DEAL OF SUNSHINE IN MILDER TODAY HIGH OF 45 DEGREES. ABILENE TEXAS MOSTLY CLOUDY AND RATHER COOL WITH A HIGH OF 51 AND  ROCK ISLAND ILLINOIS A MIXTURE OF SUN SHINING CLOUDS HIGHER AROUND 30 TO. 

TEASE
WE'LL TURN OUR ATTENTION TO THE DAIRY MARKET AFTER THE BREAK WITH THIS  WEEK'S DAIRY REPORT. LATER, TAKING A BITE OUT OF TOOTH DECAY....IN OUR PETS!....AS WE HEAD IN THE  COUNTRY. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY LIBERTY HERBICIDE, THE SIMPLY BETTER SOLUTION FOR SUPERIOR WEED  CONTROL AND A STRONGER YIELD.

DAIRY REPORT
IN OUR DAIRY REPORT, THE SENATE STARTING IMMIGRATION REFORM DEBATE  THIS WEEK....A FARM GROUPS LOOK FOR CHANGES TO THE H2A PROGRAM THAT  WOULD ALLOW YEAR ROUND WORKERS.  CURRENTLY THE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL GRANTS 1.8 MILLION DREAMERS A  PATH TO CITIZENSHIP IN RETURN FOR A $25 BILLION BORDER WALL TRUST FUND  AND CHANGES TO THE LEGAL IMMIGRATION SYSTEM.  DEMOCRATS ARE PLANNING THEIR OWN PROPOSAL. WASHINGTON WATCHERS EXPECTED SIGNIFICANT MOVEMENT BY THE END OF  THE WEEK. LAST WEEK'S BUDGET COMPROMISE CAME WITH CHANGES TO THE  THE MARGIN PROTECTION PROGRAM.   (MPP) CHANGES IN THE PACKAGE WOULD SHIFT THE CALCULATION OF THE ACTUAL DAIRY PRODUCTION MARGIN TO MONTHLY AS OPPOSED TO A  CONSECUTIVE TWMONTH PERIOD. USDA IS ALSO SET TO EXTEND THE ELECTION PERIOD FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2018. THAT WOULD INCLUDE THOSE WHO HAD ALREADY ELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN  THE PROGRAM BEFORE THE BUDGET BILL BECAME LAW. MEANWHILE CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER SPENDING LAST WEEK IN THE UNITED  STATE. HE SAYS "THERE IS A CLEAR PATH FORWARD ON NAFTA."  MINISTER TRUDEAU CAPPING A U.S. TOUR SATURDAY IN LOS ANGELES.  HE ALSO IDENTIFIED SEVERAL TOUGH ISSUES — INCLUDING CHAPTER 11  INVESTOR-STATE DISPUTE PANELS, U.S. PROPOSALS FOR THE AUTO SECTOR,  AND A U.S. DEMAND FOR A SUNSET CLAUSE. ON THE DAIRY SIDE, A NEW REPORT SAYS U.S. DAIRY IS HEAVILY SUBSIDIZED . DAIRY FARMERS OF CANADA RELEASING A REPORT THAT SAYS 73% OF THE  RETURNS RECEIVED BY U.S. DAIRY FARMERS IN 2015 WERE A RESULT OF DAIRY  FARM SUBSIDIES, SUCH AS THE MARGIN PROTECTION PROGRAM, THE  SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND OTHERS.  MEANWHILE U.S. FARMERS HAVE COMPLAINED ABOUT SUPPORTS FROM  CANADA'S  QUOTA SYSTEM. WE'VE REPORTED FOR SEVERAL YEARS ABOUT THE SHORTAGE OF LARGE- ANIMAL VETERINARIANS IN THE COUNTRY. AND A NEW STUDY INDICATES THE  PROBLEM WON'T BE GETTING BETTER. AND THAT'S DUE - IN LARGE PART - TO  STRESS OF THE JOB. MERCK ANIMAL HEALTH ALONG WITH THE AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL  SOCIETY CONDUCTED AN IN-DEPTH SURVEY OF VETS. IT FOUND THAT ONE-OUT OF 20 VETERINARIANS SUFFER FROM PSYCHOLOGICAL  STRESS. THAT'S IN LINE WITH THE REST OF THE POPULATION. BUT WHEN YOU  LOOK AT YOUNGER VETS, IT GETS MUCH WORSE.  83-PERCENT REPORTED  ANXIETY.  AND ONLY A QUARTER < 27%>WOULD SUGGEST TO FRIENDS OR FAMILY TO GET  INTO THIS LINKE OF WORK. HIGH STUDENT DEBT WAS THE TOP CONCERN OF THESE YOUNG DOCTORS. MOST  GRADUATE WITH MORE THAN 138-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DEBT.

TEASE
STILL TO COME - WHEN CHEW TOYS AREN'T ENOUGH FOR YOUR CANINES. "I'M CHARLES DENNEY. WE LOVE OUR PETS AND DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO  KEEP THEM HEALTHY. AND THAT SHOULD INCLUDE HEALTHY TEETH AND GUMS.  THAT STORY COMING UP ON AGDAY."

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  TRACTORS, HAY TOOLS, UTILILTY VEHICLES, MOWERS AND  MORE.  VISIT KUBOTA.COM TODAY.PET OWNERS OFTEN DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO PROTECT THEIR ANIMAL'S  HEALTH – AND THAT INCLUDES TEETH AND GUMS ON VET VISITS. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE U-T INSTITUTE OF AGRICUILTURE, CHARLES  DENNEY HAS MORE ON HOW U-T VET STUDENTS PROVIDE 'DOGGIE DENTAL". OUR PATIENT IS AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD BOXER NAMED ISABELLA. BUT THIS IS NO ORDINARY VET  CHECKUP. ISABELLA IS HERE FOR DENTAL WORK. THE DOG HAS OVERGROWN GUMS AND A CYST IN HER MOUTH.  ISABELLA'S OWNERS DISCOVERED THIS ON A RECENT VET VISIT. THOMAS DILLON: "ONCE YOU KNOW THERE'S AN ISSUE IN THE MOUTH, AS AN OWNER YOU BECOME A  LITTLE BIT MORE CONSUMED WITH THE BEHAVIORS AS IT RELATES TO EATING. I HAVE NOTICED THERE'S JUST  NOT ENOUGH ROOM IN HER MOUTH FOR HER TONGUE OR ANYTHING ELSE." AT THE UT COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE, THEY DO PROCEDURES LIKE ROOT CANALS, TOOTH  RESTORATIONS AND ORAL SURGERIES. OVERGROWN GUMS LIKE IN ISABELLA'S CASE CAN LEAD TO BACTERIA GROWTH, WHICH CAN GET INTO AN  ANIMAL'S BLOODSTREAM AND AFFECT OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY. CHARLES DENNEY: "FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL PET DENTAL HEALTH MONTH. LEADERS HERE AT UTCVM  SAY YOU SHOULD HAVE YOUR PET'S TEETH CHECKED ONCE A YEAR, AND MORE OFTEN IF THEY'RE OLDER OR  A SMALLER BREED OF DOG." "THE STATISTIC IS THAT ABOUT 80 % OF DOGS AND ABOUT 70% OF CATS HAVE SOME FORM OF DENTAL  DISEASE BY AGE 3." TIFFANY HUNT IS A DENTAL AND ORAL SURGEON TECHNICIAN AT UTCVM, AND TOOK X-RAYS OF ISABELLA,  PERFORMED A BIOPSY ON THE MASS, AND LATER CLEANED HER TEETH. HUNT ENCOURAGES OWNERS TO BRUSH THEIR PETS' TEETH AND WATCH FOR THINGS LIKE LOSS OF APPETITE  AND BAD BREATH. PROPER NUTRITION IS ALSO IMPORTANT FOR A HEALTHY MOUTH. TIFFANY HUNT: "IT USED TO BE A THING SAYING YOU NEED TO FEED THEM DRY FOOD BECAUSE CANNED  FOOD CAN LEAD TO DENTAL DISEASE. THAT'S KIND OF MORE OF A MYTH WE'VE LEARNED OVER TIME. NOW  DRY FOOD IS NICE BECAUSE THEY DO GET THAT CRUNCHY TEXTURE AND MECHANICAL." "SO WHAT CAN  HAPPEN IS JUST THEIR TEETH CAN GET LOOSE AND THEIR GUMS RECEDE, SAME THING AS LIKE WITH  HUMANS WHERE WE CAN GET BAD TEETH, AND THEN THEY CAN GET LOOSE AND GET BACTERIA AND  INFECTION, SO THEN THEY NEED TO BE EXTRACTED." UNFORTUNATELY THAT WAS THE CASE WITH ISABELLA, WHO LATER HAD THREE TEETH PULLED. BUT HER  PROBLEMS WERE CAUGHT EARLY, AND HER FUTURE ENCOURAGING. YOUR PET CAN HAVE THE SAME  OUTLOOK, AS LONG AS WE MAKE DENTAL CARE A PRIORITY WHEN IT COMES TO OVERALL HEALTH. THIS IS CHARLES DENNEY REPORTING. BY THE WAY, THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS SAYS AMERICANS SPEND ABOUT  60-BILLION DOLLARS ON THEIR PETS EACH YEAR. ABOUT A QUARTER OF THAT IS  ON VET CARE. ABOUT 25-BILLION IS SPENT ON PET FOOD.

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. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RAM COMMERCIAL - AMERICA'S LONGEST-LASTING HEAVY DUTY  PICKUPS.

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