AgDay Daily Recap - February 22, 2017

February 22, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
FEBRUARY 22, 2017

HEADLINES
THE OUTLOOK FOR THE AG ECONOMY IS SET FOR  RELEASE. CORN WARS...MEXICO V-S U.S. REALITIES...AN AGDAY EXCLUSIVE. IN  AGRIBUSINESS...IS THERE BULLISH OPTIMISM OUT THERE? THE MARKET SAYING THERE  'S SOMETHING OUT HERE THAT THE FUNDAMENTALS ARE NOT SHORT TERM REFLECTING. THE PACKER TV  TALKS NEW PINK PINEAPPLES. AND RENEWING A PLEDGE TO RECYCLE  AGRICULTURAL PLASTICS. LESSONS FROM A WISCONSIN DAIRY. AGDAY-BROUGHT  TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.

FARM INCOME, ECONOMIC CONDITIONS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. LEADING AGRICULTURAL ECONOMISTS  GATHER THIS WEEK TO LOOK AT THE INDUSTRY IN 2017.  AND IF ATTITUDES  MATCH GRAIN PRICES, THERE COULD BE PLENTY OF GLUM FACES. USDA IS HOSTING ITS ANNUAL AG OUTLOOK FORUM IN WASHINGTON. ATTENDEES TAKE AN INDEPTH LOOK AT THE CURRENT ECONOMIC CONDITIONS  OF THE FARMING AND RANCH SECTOR. THE AG DEPARTMENT HAS ALREADY FORECAST THAT U-S FARM INCOME WILL BE  DOWN 45-PERCENT FROM FOUR YEARS AGO. DURING A HOUSE AG COMMITTEE HEARING LAST WEEK, CHIEF ECONOMIST FOR  USDA SAID CREDIT REMAINS TIGHT BUT FARMERS REMAIN RESILIENT AS THEY  LOOK FOR WAYS TO CUT PRODUCTION COSTS AND REMAIN SOLVENT. "APPROXIMATELY 11% OF CROP FARMS AND 10% OF LIVESTOCK OPERATIONS HAVE DEBT TO ASSET RATIOS ABOVE 40% PUTTING THEM IN THE HIGHLY OR VERY HIGHLY LEVERAGED CATEGORY. THOSE LEVELS HAVE BEEN TRENDING UPWARD SINCE 2012 BUT REMAIN BELOW THE PEAK WE SAW AS RECENTLY AS 2002 WHICH WAS A LOW POINT FOR FARM INCOME." "I LIVED THRU THE 80S. I KNOW HOW BAD THE 80S WERE. WE'RE NOT THERE YET. BUT AS WE MOVE ALONG, IF WE CAN'T TAKE REGULATIONS OFF OUR FARMERS. IF WE CAN'T INCREASE OUR TRADE AND GET OUR COMMODITIES OFF THE SHELF. AND GET OUR COMMODITY PRICES BACK, IF WE CAN'T MAKE THE RIGHT MOVES REALLY QUICK, REALLY SOON WE MAY GO THROUGH ANOTHER COUPLE YEARS OF DEPRESSED PRICES AND THAT WOULD PUT US THROUGH A TAILSPIN. THE EVENT WILL FEATURE CHIEF ECONOMIST ROBERT JOHANSSON, FORMER  IOWA GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD AND HOUSE AG COMMITTEE CHAIR MIKE  CONAWAY. BUT THERE WON'T BE AN AG SECRETARY ON THE SPEAKERS LIST. FORMER GEORGIA GOVERNOR -- SONNY PERDUE CONTINUES TO AWAIT HIS  CONFIRMATION HEARING AT THE SENATE. THAT'S NOT LIKELY TO HAPPEN UNTIL NEXT MONTH.

MEXICO BUYING CORN FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
A LAWMAKER FROM MEXICO IS VERBAL ABOUT AUTHORING A BILL WHICH WOULD  HAVE THE COUNTRY BUY CORN FROM OTHER COUNTRIES BESIDES THE U.S - A  POSSIBLE THREAT TO THE U.S. CORN INDUSTRY.  A REAL THREAT OR NOT, THE U-S AG INDUSTRY IS WATCHING.  BETSY JIBBEN HAS  REACTION FROM FARM COUNTRY.  SINCE HIS TIME ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL,  PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP HAS NOT  BEEN SHY REGARDING HIS VIEWS ON RENEGOTIATING NAFTA...  "I HAVE SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT NAFTA, NAFTA HAS BEEN A CATASTROPHY FOR OUR COUNTRY."A STANCE WITH MIXED REVIEWS IN FARM COUNTRY... ESPECIALLY SINCE MEXICO  IS ONE OF OUR LARGEST AGRICULTURAL TRADING PARTNERS INCLUDING THE  LARGEST IMPORTER OF U.S. CORN.  "HE HAS STARTED ON EVERY OPPORTUNITY HE'S NOT ANTI-TRADE, HE WAS ANTI-THOSE AGREEMENTS  AND PRO-TRADE,""NAFTA IS A RELATIVELY OLD TRADE AGREEMENT. THERE ARE THINGS THAT CAN BE DONE TO IMPROVE IT.  WE LIKE THE SURGICAL APPROACH TO MAKING IMPROVEMENTS. 15 BECAUSE THERE IS A LOT AT STAKE  WITH THAT MEXICAN MARKET," SLEIGHT SAYS ALL U.S. FEED GRAINS - SORGHUM, BARLEY, DDGS, ETHANOL,  CORN - ARE IMPACTED BY MEXICO.  "JUST TALKING WITH OUR STAFF DOWN IN MEXICO CITY, IT'S FROSTY DOWN THERE WITH OUR ENDUSERS,  THEY'RE LOOKING AT ALTERNATIVE SUPPLIES, THEY'RE WORRIED. THEY'RE WORRIED THEY MAY LOSE U.S.  SUPPLIES AND THEY ARE A LITTLE AGITATED THAT THEY'RE SEEING ALL OF THIS FRICTION. IT'S HAVING AN  IMPACT ON THE ATTITUDE OF OUR BEST CUSTOMERS FOR U.S. CORN."NOW THERE'S TALK OF BUYING CORN FROM BRAZIL AND ARGENTINA IN RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT TRUMP'S TOUGH STANCE ON MEXICO.  IT'S A TOPIC IOWA SENATOR CHUCK GRASSLEY ADDRESSED DURING A SERIES OF  CLOSED DOOR MEETINGS IN WASHINGTON D.C. TO TRUMP'S TOP TWO TRADE  ADVISORS LAST WEEK."WHAT I'M TRYING TO POINT OUT IS THAT YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE WITH WHAT YOU DO, THAT THERE'S NO  RETALIATION AGAINST AMERICAN AGRICULTURE BECUASE AMERICAN AGRICULTURE IS THE ONLY SEGMENT OF  HTE ECONOMY THAT WILL HAVE A POSITIVE BALANCE OF TRADE,"> AND MEXICAN LAWMAKERS ARE PLANNING ON TAKING ACTION.   MEXICO'S AGRICULTURE MINISTER - SAYS HE WILL LEAD A BUSINESS  DELEGATION TO BRAZIL AND ARGENTINA WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS TO  POTENTIALLY BUY MORE YELLOW CORN- HE SAIDTHE GOVERNMENT IS OPEN TO A QUOTA AND TARRIFF CHANGE AS WELL.  IT'S A MOVE THAT COULD CREATE IMPLICATIONS FOR U.S. FARMERS.  "I THINK THE TRADE DEALS THAT WERE MADE, THEY'RE HARD FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND WHICH  SIDE GOT THE BETTER DEAL ON IT. I DON'T THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A PROBLEM. IF PEOPLE WANT FOOD,  THEY'LL BUY IT. 22 THEY'RE POSITIONING THEMSELVES AND TESTING THE NEW PRESIDENT TO SEE WHAT  THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH BUT I DON'T THINK IN THE END IT'S GOING TO MAKE MUCH DIFFERENCE,"GRAIN VESSELS ARRIVE AT SEVERAL GULF COAST AND A FEW PACIFIC  TERMINALS IN MEXICO.  BUT MAJORITY OF U.S. GRAIN IS SHIPPED TO MEXICO BY RAIL.  ACCORDING TO THE WATERWAYS COUNCIL, INC. MEXICO REGULARILY BUYS CORN FROM SOUTH AMERICAN AND WILL LIKELY AGAIN THIS YEAR APRIL THRU  AUGUST. IT ALL DEPENDS ON HARVEST AND PRICE.  SOME ANALYSTS SAY IF THE MOVE *DOES* HAPPEN, THE U.S. WILL SEND THAT  GRAIN TO OTHER COUNTRIES.  "IF MEXICO STOPS IMPORTS FROM THE U.S. THEY'RE GOING TO GET IT FROM SOUTH AMERICA, WHICH ULTIMATELY OPENS THE DOOR FOR THE U.S. TO EXPORT OUR GRAIN TO THE PLACES THAT WE'RE REPLACING.  28 INSTEAD OF SOUTH AMERICA EXPORTING TO THOSE COUNTRIES, THE U.S. WILL DO IT. 33 IT JUST  CHANGES THE WORLD TRADE GRID. PEOPLE STILL GOTTA EAT. 36">  AND FEEDING PEOPLE IS WHAT WILL ULTIMATELY DICTATE TRADE ON BOTH SIDES  OF THE BORDER.  REPORTING FOR AGDAY, I'M BETSY JIBBEN. THANKS BETSY.

RENEWABLE FUELS STANDARD
CONTINUED DEMAND IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF FUTURE PRICES. ONE OF THOSE KEYS FOR CORN IS GRAIN USED FOR FUEL. POLITICO REPORTING TUESDAY, THAT A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF LAWMAKERS IS  STARTING TO TALK ABOUT UPDATING THE RENEWABLE FUELS STANDARD. SO FAR, THE REPORT SAYS ETHANOL AND OIL INDUSTRY LEADERS HAVE MET  WITH LAWMAKERS. THE ALWAYS IMPORTANT-- AUTOMAKERS HAVE NOT. LAWMAKERS SAY THEY REALIZE ANY REFORMS ARE GOING TO BE HARD TO COME  BY. HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY SAYS CHANGES TO THE RFS WILL BE  ON THE HOUSE DOCKET DURING THIS CONGRESSIONAL SESSION. MILD CONDITIONS RIGHT NOW CAN SURE HELP FOR EASIER CALVIING SEASON. 

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS IN CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. WE START CROP COMMENTS IN CENTRAL MAINE.  A FARMER FROM THAT AREA  POSTED A PHOTO ON AGWEB-DOT-COM. THEY'RE HAVING A VERY WARM CALVING SEASON THIS WINTER. THEY'VE MOVED THE COWS AND  CALVES TO THE FEEDLOT TO GET THEM OUT OF THE MUD FOR AWHILE. MEANWHILE IN THE TEXAS PANHANDLE, SOME WINTER WHEAT IS GETTING A  LITTLE DRY. THE "NASS" REPORT FROM TEXAS SAYS SOME PRODUCERS IN THOSE  NORTHERN HIGH PLAINS ARE BEGINNING TO IRRIGATE WHEAT. .ND TAKING A LOOK AT THE CROP MOISTURE YOU CAN SEE A FEW WET AREAS IN  THE SOUTHERN PLAINS AND THE SOUTHEAST BUT BOY THE WEST COAST  OBVIOUSLY VERY WET FROM THE RECENT RAINS AND SNOWS WE'LL HAVE YOUR  FORECAST COMING UP BUT FIRST HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RESICORE HERBICIDE FOR CORN.  WITH A UNIQUELY POWERFUL  FORMULATION OF PROVEN INGREDIENTS, RESICORE GIVES YOU EXTRAORDINARY POWER OVER WEEDS.  LEARN MORE AT POWEROVERWEEDS.COM.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK A RETURN TO THE NATIONAL FARM MACHINERY SHOW FOR  ANSWERS ON WHY AGRICULTURE SEEMS TO BE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE YEAR  AHEAD. AND LATER, PLASTICS COME IN HANDY ON THE FARM...WE'LL STOP BY A  WISCONSIN FARM MAKING THE PLEDGE TO RECYCLE THESE TOOLS OF THE  TRADE. THE NEXT GENERATION OF HEAVY DUTY ENGINE OILS ARE HERE.  INTRODUCING DELO 400 WITH ISOSYN ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY.  THE NEW DELO 400 PRODUCT LINE IS BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS MARKETS WERE CLOSED MONDAY. LETS SEE HOW THE  TRADING WEEK STARTED ON TUESDAY FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN  CHICAGO. THE CORN MARKET WHICH IS HELD FIRM AND HAS HAD SOME DEMANDS THAT JAPAN WAS A GOOD BUYER  IN THE EXPORTS ON THE EXPORT ANNOUNCEMENTS HERE THIS MORNING ALSO UNKNOWN DESTINATIONS  BEAN MARKET WHICH WAS FIRM. OVERNITE HAS SOLD OFF ONE RIGHT TO RESISTANCE AND THE DAILY  CHARGE FOR MAY FUTURES FOR MARCH FUTURES AS WELL FOR THAT MATTER AND AND THEM BACK. DROP IN  TURN LOWER A FIRM TONE AND THE LIVESTOCK MARKETS ESPECIALLY IN THE CATTLE MARKET WHICH REALLY  TRADED HIGHER IN THE FEBRUARY CONTRACT FOR A LIVE CATTLE AND SOMEWHAT HIGHER IN THE REST OF THE  MONTH AND THEN FIRMER IN THE FEEDER CATTLE THE FEEDER CATTLE SEEMS TO BE RELATED. AS MUCH TO  THE WEATHER IS ANYTHING MANY OF THE CATTLE GRAZING AREAS SEEING SOME RECORD MORE IN FEAR  OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS LAST WEEK REALLY AND CAUSING SOME PASTURES TO REALLY START TO GREEN UP  AND MAKING OF THEM MUCH EASIER AND CHEAPER TO FEED FOR YOUR ACCOUNT GET THEM READY FOR  THE FEED LOTS THANKS VERY MUCH THIS IS JACK SCOVILLE VICE PRESIDENT PRICE FUTURES GROUP HERE ON  THE CME FLOOR WITH SOME COMMENTS FOR THE MARKETS

AGRIBUSINESS
SOME KEY INDICATORS POINTING TOWARD OPTIMISM FOR GRAIN GROWERS AND  AGRICULTURE AS OF LATE. TYNE MORGAN SAW IT FIRST HAND LAST WEEK AT THE NATIONAL FARM  MACHINERY SHOW.  TYNE. HERE NOW WITH BOB UTTERBACK OF UTTERBACK MARKETING BOB YOU KNOW HERE AT TRADE SHOWS LIKE  NATIONAL FARM MACHINERY SHOW AND THINGS MOODS ARE POSITIVE. I MEAN IT SEEMS LIKE THERE 'S  SOME BULLISH RHETORIC GOING OUT THESE FARM SHOWS ARE YOU BULLISH WHEN IT COMES TO THE  MARKETS I AM POSITIVE. I THINK THE MARKETS CAN BE UPBEAT FUNDAMENTALLY YOU CAN'T BE A STRONG  MARKET AS THE MARKET 'S ACTION IS SO THEN THE MARKET SAYING THERE 'S SOMETHING OUT HERE THAT  THE FUNDAMENTALS ARE NOT SHORT TERM REFLECTING AND I THINK THAT IS TRANSMITTING TO. I THINK WHAT  'S IN WASHINGTON WERE SEEING IN THE DEREGULATION AND THE POSITIVES FROM THAT WERE SEEING THE  POSSIBILITY INFRASTRUCTURE EXPANSION WERE SEEN THE POSSIBLY REDUCTION IN TAXES AND ALL THOSE  WILL HAVE A VERY POSITIVE SPIN. NOW THE WORK OF THE APPREHENSION IS IS TRADING RIGHT AND DOES  WASHINGTON BOG DOWN THE AGENDA SO WHEN A MEXICAN LEGISLATOR SAYS I'M INTRODUCING  LEGISLATION TO START BUYING ALL OF OUR CORN FROM ARGENTINA AND BRAZIL AND NOT THE U S DOES THAT  WORRY YOU I THINK WORRIES US AND I THINK THAT 'S THE SPEED BUMPS ALONG THE WAY BUT A LONG  TERM IF THEY DID IT. THE ARGENTINE BRAZILIAN FARMERS COME UP AND TAKE THEIR GRAIN AWAY FROM  US. WELL NOW WE'RE GOING TO TAKE AWAY FROM THEM BECAUSE WE STILL HAVE THE BEST  INFRASTRUCTURE. THE BEST PRODUCTIVITY AND WE WARN YOU IT WOULD PRESENT TRANSPORTATION  BOTTLENECKS BUT A SHORT TERM IF THAT HAPPENS DURING THE FALL TIME PERIOD THAT 'S WHEN I THINK I  COULD HAVE ROLLED OFF THE WATER SO WHAT IS IT GONNA TAKE TO MOVE PRICES HIGHER IS IS WEATHER THE ONLY ISSUE THAT COULD CAUSE THE BULLISH RUN HIGHER IN THESE PRICES. I THINK IT'S PLANTED  ACREAGE MIX. WE STILL HAVE THE CORN BEANS SWITCH I'VE HAD FARMERS TELL ME SINCE LAST WEEK.  TELL ME THEY'RE SWITCHING MORE ACRES FROM CORN TO BEANS THAN A YEAR THAN YOU. I KNOW THAT  YOU KNOW THAT I KNOW TYPE SYNDROM OR BY WHICH TIME I GO BACK BUT I THINK A LOT OF GUYS PLANT  TOO MUCH. CORN LAST YEAR WE'RE GOING TO PLANT MORE BEANS SO IT REALLY IS ALL ABOUT WEATHER ALL  RIGHT THANKS SO MUCH BOB UTTERBACK OF UTTERBACK MARKETING STAY WITH US. WE'LL BE BACK WITH  MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MOMENT AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY TOP THIRD AG MARKETING.  FARMER-FIRST, WITH A PLAN FOR EVERY  MARKET. 

WEATHER
ADD STRATEGO YIELD FUNGICIDE AT THE EARLY SEASON RATE TO YOUR POSTEMERGENCE HERBICIDE  TANK MIX. YOU'LL GET HEALTHIER FIELDS, HIGHER YIELDS AND A HIGHER RETURN ON INVESTMENT.  WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN HERE LOOKING AT THIS STORM THAT JUST HIT  THE WEST COAST AND YOU SAY STILL MOVES RIGHT ACROSS COUNTRY AND THIS COULD BE A PRETTY BIG  WEATHER MAKER AS IT COMES EAST MIGHT EVEN GET SEVERE WEATHER AND SNOW ON THE NORTH SIDE  OF IT WE ALSO HAVE THIS VERY SLOW MOVING SYSTEM IN THE NORTHEAST FROM GULF THIS JUST IN A  BARELY BE MOVING ACROSS FLORIDA'S SO YOU HAVE A COUPLE OF DAYS WITH SHOWERS AND  THUNDERSTORMS. SCATTERED ABOUT THAT AREA. SOME LINGERING SHOWERS FROM A COOL FRONT THAT'S  FALLING APART IN THE CENTRAL PORTIONS OF THE APPELLATIONS IN THE PARTS OF THE NORTHEAST PUTTING  THE MAPS IN THE MOTIONING YOU CAN SEE HOW THAT KIND OF FALLS APART NORTHERN SYSTEM JUST  CAUSING A FEW RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS IN THE UPPER GREAT LAKES AND AGAIN THIS IS THE SYSTEM  THAT'S GOT A LOT OF ENERGY WITH IT DOES NOT HAVE A LOT OF MOISTURE. NOW. THAT IT'S GONE PAST THE  SIERRA NEVADA RANGE WHEN IT WILL BE PICKING UP GULF MOISTURE. AS IT MOVES EASTWARD NEXT  SYSTEM NOT QUITE A STRONG HITTING. THE WEST COAST WHAT IS GOING TO KEEP THE RAIN AND MOUNTAIN  SNOWS GOING HEADING THROUGH TONIGHT YOU CAN SEE HOW EVERYTHING CONTINUES TO MOVE OFF TO  THE EAST. THE ONE OVER FLORIDA AGAIN JUST BARELY MOVING ACROSS THE PENINSULA OF FLORIDA AND  THIS SYSTEM WILL BEGIN TO GET A LITTLE MOISTURE WITH THAT AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW  STILL NO SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS OUT AHEAD OF IT LOOKS LIKE BUT BY FRIDAY THAT WILL BE  CHANGING YOU CAN SEE THOUGH A FAIR AMOUNT OF RAIN MAYBE MIXED WITH SNOW ARE BACK IN THE  PARTS OF SOUTHERN MINNESOTA NORTHWESTERN IOWA IT'S MAINLY RAIN INTO THE SOUTHERN GREAT LAKES  DURING THE AFTERNOON TOMORROW AND THE SNOW WITH THAT SYSTEM STARTS TO BREAK OUT ACROSS  NEBRASKA AND SOUTH DAKOTA. PLACES THAT HAVE BEEN IN THE SIXTIES A LOT LATELY SO BIG CHANGES  THERE PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES SHOWING SOME DECENT AMOUNTS OF RAIN WITH THAT A SOUTHEASTERN  SYSTEM THOUGH ONE OF THE GULF OF MEXICO ANYWAY ADDING IN THE NEXT THIRTY SIX HOURS YOU'LL SEE  HOW IT'S GONNA BE MAINLY FLORIDA. GETTING THAT THAT ONE AND SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF FLORIDA ARE  COMPUTER MODEL SHOWING TWO TO MAYBE THREE INCHES OF RAIN COMING DOWN YOU CAN SEE THE  AREAS OF ONE TO TWO INCHES MOVING ACROSS PARTS OF THE WESTERN PLAINS AND PARTS OF THE  NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE ROCKIES CHECKING OUT SNOWFALL ESTIMATES IT 'S MAINLY SNOW IN HIGHER  ELEVATIONS OUT WEST VERY LITTLE SNOW IN THE LOWER ELEVATIONS EAST OF THE ROCKIES WHICH YOU CAN  SEE HOW THAT 'S GOING TO CHANGE. WE'RE GOING TO START SEE SOME SNOW BREAKING OUT THE HIGH  PLAINS ESPECIALLY NEBRASKA AND SOUTH DAKOTA AND WILL CONTINUE TO COME DOWN ON THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OUT WEST SEVENTIES AND EIGHTIES SOUTHERN PLAINS SIXTIES IN THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY  STARTING TO TURN COLDER AGAIN IN THE FAR NORTHERN PLAINS THE LOWS TONIGHT GOING DROP OF ONLY IN  THE FIFTIES IN THE SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THIS THE OF THE COUNTRY MAINLY IN THE PLAINS AND OHIO  VALLEY AND MORE THE SAME TOMORROW'S SEVENTIES WITH A FEW EIGHTIES IN TEXAS BUT IT IS TURNING  COLDER IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS THERE 'S THAT SLOW MOVER IN THE JETSTREAM BARELY MOVING ACROSS  FLORIDA NOW A SEASONED TROUGH DIGGING IN AND THAT 'S THAT BIG STORM FRIDAY AND SATURDAY FOR  THE GREAT LAKES. COLDER AIR STARTS TO COME INTO THE NORTHERN TERRORIST STATES. AS WE HEAD INTO  NEXT WEEK THAT 'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW LET 'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS.  FIRST OF ALL SALEM OREGON CHILLY WITH TIMES OF LIGHT RAIN DID A HIGH JUMPER OF ONLY FORTY SIX  DEGREES WACO TEXAS PLENTY OF SUNSHINE AND VERY WARM HIGH OF AROUND EIGHTY AND FINALLY  MANSFIELD OHIO MILD WITH CLOUDS AND SOME SUNSHINE HIGH ROUND SIXTY FOUR DEGREES GET THE ROOTS YOUR CROPS NEED, BY GETTING RADIATE FIRST.  VISIT LOVELAND PRODUCTS.COM  SLASH RADIATE.  SEE YOUR CPS DEALER TODAY.

PACKER TV
ON THE PACKER TV-- THE U-S GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE IS CALLING FOR A  MORE UNIFIED APPROACH TO FOOD SAFETY ISSUES WITHIN FEDERAL AGENCIES. THE GAO REPORT CONTINUES TO POINT OUT FRAGMENTATION IN THE WAY  AGENCIES WORK. IT'S A PROBLEM THE GAO HAS BEEN POINTING OUT FOR MORE THAN FOUR  DECADES.THE PACKER REPORTING THAT SOME 30 FOOD SAFETY LAWS ARE CURRENTLY  RUN BY 15 DIFFERENT FEDERAL AGENCIES. SEVERAL SENATORS ARE NOW ASKING THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO  CONTINUE WORKING TOWARD STREAMLINING THE FEDERAL FOOD SAFETY  SYSTEM.ON THE WEST COAST, THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES SAYS JANUARY WAS IT'S  SECOND BUSIEST MONTH IN THE PORT'S 110 YEAR HISTORY. JANUARY IMPORTS WERE UP 13 PERCENT YEAR OVER YEAR. EXPORTS JUMPED NEARLY 30 PERCENT. AND THERE'S A NEW ITEM TO LOOK FOR AT THE GROCERY STORE. THE FDA JUST APPROVING A PINEAPPLE WITH A HOT PINK CENTER. THE COMPANY IS HOPING THE NEW BRIGHT COLOR WILL HELP BOOST SALES. THE PINK COMES FROM LYCOPENE THE SAME COMPOUND FOUND IN TOMATOES  AND WATER MELON. THE NEW "PINK PINEAPPLES" WILL BE GROWN IN COSTA RICA.

TEASE
UP NEXT SEE HOW WISCONSIN DAIRY PRODUCERS ARE TRYING TO REDUCE  THEIR CARBON FOOT PRINT....BY USING RECYCLED PLASTIC. IN THE COUNTRY IS NEXT. HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A DREAM SPORTS TRIP, PLUS A $10,000 DONATION FOR A COMMUNITY  SPACE.  TEXT DREAM TO 31313 TO ENTER TODAY.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  DISCOVER THE POWER BEHIND THE M6 SERIES AT  KUBOTA.COM.  WHETHER IT'S HAY OR SILAGE, A GROWING NUMBER OF FARMERS SEEM TO BE  USING PLASTIC TO STORE THOSE CROPS. BUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE  PLASTIC IS WORN OUT OR PAST ITS PRIME? IN THIS VIDEO PROVIDED BY THE WISCONSIN MILK MARKETING BOARD, WE LEARN  MORE ABOUT A CAMPAIGN TO GIVE NEW LIFE TO WORN-OUT PLASTIC....AND KEEP  IT FROM ENTERING A LANDFILL. AT SUNBURST DAIRY FARM IN BELLEVILLE THE BROWN FAMILY YEAR 'ROUND TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR COWS.  AFTER EXPANDING THEIR FAMILY FARM TO 500 COWS, THE BROWNS STARTED USING PLASTIC AG BAGS TO  HOLD THEIR FEED. "PLASTIC IS REAL VITAL AS FAR AS PRESERVING OUR FEED. TO US IT'S LIKE A ZIP-LOC®  BAG. YOU KNOW, YOU CAN PUT YOUR PRODUCT IN THERE AND IT STAYS FRESH!" HOWEVER IT'S ONE THING  TO USE PLASTIC AND ANOTHER TO DISPOSE OF IT.  "WE HAVE TO FIND WAYS TO DISPOSE OF IT AND IT WAS A CHALLENGE EVEN WORKING WITH OUR LOCAL  WASTE COLLECTION PLACE." "IT'S A GREAT TOOL FOR FARMERS TO USE FOR STORAGE, BUT THE PROBLEM IS  WHAT DO YOU DO WITH IT? THE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM WAS REVOLUTION PLASTICS. THE ARKANSAS- BASED COMPANY PROVIDES FREE DUMPSTERS TO FARMS WILLING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RECYCLING  PROGRAM AS WELL AS FREE PICKUP SERVICE TO HELP FARMERS RECYCLE AG PLASTIC. "WE LAUNCHED A  FULL PROGRAM IN JUNE OF 2016. WE NOW HAVE 2500 DUMPSTERS ON FARMS. WE'RE SERVICING 72  COUNTIES ACROSS FOUR STATES." RESIDUAL DIRT AND FEED LEFT ON AG PLASTIC MAKES IT DIFFICULT FOR  MOST PROCESSORS TO RECYCLE. BUT REVOLUTION CAME UP WITH AN ANSWER. "WE HAVE A PATENTED  WASH SYSTEM WHICH WE'VE PERFECTED OVER THE YEARS, TO HELP CLEAN THE PLASTIC. SO CLEANING  THE PLASTIC IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST STRUGGLES AND BIGGEST CHALLENGES." NOW AG PLASTIC FROM  WISCONSIN'S SOUTHERN REGION IS HAULED TO THE GREEN COUNTY LANDFILL WHERE IT'S BAILED AND  LOADED ONTO TRUCKS TO HEAD TO ARKANSAS FOR RECYCLING INTO TRASHCAN LINERS. "WE'RE KEEPING  ABOUT 125 TONS OF AG PLASTIC OUT OF THE LANDFILLS EVERY WEEK." "IT'S GREAT FOR THE FARMERS; IT'S A  FREE PROGRAM, AND SAVING A FARMER PROBABLY ROUGHLY A THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR IN DISPOSAL  FEES." AND THAT'S WISCONSIN DAIRY NEWS.YOU CAN LEARN MORE AT REVOLUTION PLASTICS DOT COM.

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR BETSY JIBBEN AND MIKE HOFFMAN,  I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY. 

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